Top Ten Romantic Restaurants
This Valentine’s Day, make the most of your time together with a candlelit meal for two at one of your local romantic restaurants.
The Dysart, Petersham
Housed in a traditional arts and craft building dating back to 1904, this elegant restaurant offers an unforgettably romantic experience. The setting is simple but beautiful with signature beams, a restored oak bar and bouquets of cultivated wild flowers to bring the interior to life. The menu boasts a modern European fare which includes roast partridge, wild halibut and Jerusalem artichoke velouté. Food is artistically presented on the plates and boards and make for a real treat to the eye. www.thedysartpetersham.co.uk
Le Raj, Epsom
A favourite among locals and celebrities alike for 26 years, Indian restaurant, Le Raj, in Epsom offers an opulent dining experience. As well as an impressive menu which brings a twist on traditional Asian cuisine using healthy cooking methods, it has an Instagram-worthy interior. It’s elegant, sophisticated and the tables are adorned with tea light candles and floral displays featuring roses and gerberas. With high praise from chefs James Martin and Heston Blumenthal, it’s a fabulous place to spend Valentine’s Day.
La Fiamma, Hampton Court
La Fiamma translates to ‘the flame’ and will certainly set your heart alight with its traditional Italian fare and gorgeous location. Their back windows face the historic Bushy Park so you can watch the deer wander freely through the trees as you enjoy your meal. Potted plants line the exterior and elegant wood furnishings and panels adorn the interior giving the venue a warm, inviting atmosphere. There’s an excellent range of pizzas, pastas and an extravagant set menu. There’s also an impressive cocktail list.
Tucked away in the heart of Clapham is the atmospheric restaurant, Minnow. With silk roses winding their way up the pergola, low-level lighting and pale-tone panelling, it captures a real romantic mood. On the menu you’ll find contemporary European cuisine, with dishes such as aubergine parmigiana and grilled squid. The dessert menu is also full of tempting classics such as sticky toffee pudding and apple and blackberry crumble. There’s also a wide selection of wines, house and classic cocktails to choose from.
The French Table, Surbiton
For a taste of the continent, Surbiton’s The French Table is ideal for all Francophiles searching for a touch of amore. It’s located in the leafy suburbs on the border of London and Surrey and has delighted dinners for 17 years. With its low lighting, minimalist design and neutral tones, it’s a cosy place to eat and drink with your partner. You’ll find some classic French dishes such as fois gras and terrine of confit duck, and fresh British produce such as Cornish monkfish and English pork belly. They’re also experts on wine pairing, so you’ll get the best recommendations to go with your food.
Located in the heart of Clapham Old Town is Michelin Star restaurant Trinity. For 11 years the team have been serving contemporary delights that are pleasing to the eye as well as the palate. Some of the highlights you might discover include soused Cornish mackerel, Lake District lamb and Choux a la Creme ‘Religieuse’. The interior is as opulent as the menu with rich purples, light greys and elegant table settings. The atmospheric lighting also gives a cosy ambience, perfect for a romantic date. You’ll also discover a great selection of wines from the chef’s cellar.
For a less intimate setting ideal for a first date, Boqueria in Battersea may be the answer. This award-winning Spanish restaurant offers tapas and traditional cuisine and the ingredients are sourced directly from Spain, giving diners an authentic taste of the country. You’ll find flavoursome small plates including all the favourites such as patatas bravas, tortilla Española and king prawns with garlic. Chocolate churros are also on the menu if the evening is going well enough to extend to dessert. The setting is casual but elegant, with calming, neutral tones – perfect for a more relaxed Valentine’s Day.
Sukho Suksan, Fulham and Chelsea
For a Valentine’s Day with a bit more spice, the Sukho Suksan on Fulham Road is sure to impress. This elegant Thai restaurant has a relaxing ambience and traditional decor. The menu is crammed with culinary masterpieces that change seasonally. Some highlights include steamed dumplings, Thai tacos and tiger prawns on skewers. There’s also a colourful range of cocktails for you and your loved one to choose from.
Chez Bruce, Wandsworth
Just on the edge of the leafy Wandsworth Common is the Michelin Star, Chez Bruce. The interior design is low-key but elegant and has subtle lighting which provides a cosy ambience for you and your date. The menu is inspired by classic French food and offers diners dishes typically French fare such as fois gras and cote de boeuf. Chez Bruce won the Sommelier’s Award Wine List of the Year in 2014 so you’ll also be spoilt for choice with the wine menu.
The Ivy Café, Wimbledon
You can get a taste of Central London sophistication right in the heart of Wimbledon Village thanks to the Ivy Café. The interiors are colourful and extravagant, and the exterior is lavishly decorated with an Art Deco feel plus floral displays which makes a fabulous setting for a romantic evening. There’s a host of British dishes on their a la carte menu such as shepherd’s pie and roast pumpkin soup, as well as European-style dishes such as lobster and fennel risotto and Chicken bourguignon. There’s a range of tempting desserts and cheeky cocktails if you fancy going all out this Valentine’s Day.
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