Love in the time of coronavirus.
From Portuguese and Thai-Peruvian feasts to breakfast in bed and rooftop dinners, here are 13 great Valentine’s dining deals to treat your partners to this year.
Image: Il Fumo
What: Four-course tasting menu (B2,490/person)
Chef Nelson Amorim of the Portuguese-inspired Il Fumo highlights fresh ingredients from across Europe in dishes like pan-seared foie gras, roasted beetroot with Périgord sauce, and casarecce with Rubia Gallega ragu and Ibérico pork “pluma” with carrots and seasonal vegetables.
Feb 12-14. 1098/2 Rama 4 Rd., 02-286-8833
What: Tasting menu (B3,850/person)
Mia’s Valentine’s tasting menu is a medley of signature dishes with a few twists, like the deep-fried oysters with wasabi and green mango relish, and the pan-seared foie gras with apricot and five spice. Mains include poached turbot with a quinoa crust and a 48-hour braised short rib with artichoke served in various textures. Desserts stick with the love theme. Think strawberry yogurt ice cream with white chocolate and petit fours.
Feb 13-14. 30 Attha Kawi Soi 1. 098-862-9659
Image: Bull & Bear
What: Three- and five-course set menus (B2,900++/B3,900++)
The Waldorf Astoria’s Bull & Bear highlights top-quality grilled meats and seafood for its Valentine’s specials. Dishes include Kobe wagyu sirloin with truffle and cepe mushrooms, grilled John Dory with river prawn bisque and white asparagus, and a vanilla tartelette with cherry and dark chocolate.
Feb 12-14. Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, 151 Ratchadamri Rd. 02-846-8850
Image: Sindhorn Kempinski
What: Five-course dinner (B5,900++/B7,900++/B9,900++; all per couple)
The Sindhorn Kempinski has a few Valentine’s packages to choose from. Opt for the five-course dinner at Flourish, featuring dishes like an asparagus panna cotta amuse bouche and a strawberry cremeux, or dine among the rooftop gardens (B7,900++ per couple/B9,900++ including a bottle of champagne). Seating is limited for the latter.
Feb 14. Sindhorn Kempinski, 80 Soi Tonson. 02-095-9999
What: Five- and nine-course tasting menus (B2,200++/B2,800++)
Chef Monthep “Thep” Kamonsilp has created new dishes for the occasion that spotlight the transition from Thai winter to summer. Think a pink-hued, yen ta fo-inspired Khon Kaen biodynamic pork served with fermented tofu and sesame meringue and a pea custard, inspired by the Northern dish of khao ram feun, with aromatic smoked wagyu rump and chili kumquat.
Feb 13-14. 25/F, Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, 865 Rama I Rd. 065-328-7374
Image: La Scala
What: Set menu (B3,500++)
The Sukhothai hotel’s Italian stalwart offers dishes like scallop carpaccio, creamy lobster soup, foie gras risotto, and more on Valentine’s this year. You can also score takeaway treats at La Scala in the lead-up, like cherry truffles, strawberry rose jam, and a millefeuille cake.
Feb 14. The Sukhothai Bangkok, 13/3 South Sathorn Rd. 02-344-8888
Image: Kimpton Maa-Lai
What: Stay-and-dine and breakfast in bed (from B6,000)
For those who don’t want to dine in a room full of strangers, the Kimpton Maa-Lai has a solution: celebrate in the privacy of your own room. Book a staycation package, and you can get breakfast in bed with a bottle of prosecco or champagne (B6,000 prosecco/B8,000 Louis Roederer champagne). You can also get a stay-and-dine package that includes a three-course dinner created by executive chef Lamberto Valdez, plus breakfast for two a daily refill of the minibar (from B6,600/night in a deluxe room).
Feb 12-154. Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkokm 78 Soi Tonson. 02-056-9999
What: A la carte
Specials of the day include Mazzara red prawn with creamy burrata and pesto (B680), seafood ravioli with line-caught fish, squid, and crab (B590) and fresh troccoli pasta with squid ink and crab (B450). For mains, standouts include whole-grain fettuccine served with pigeon ragu (B990), Tuscan kale and earthy black truffle, and fresh, grilled fish with puntarelle and zucchini flowers (B690). Don’t leave without trying the V day dessert, Millefoglie (B350), with buttery puff pastry layers, red fruit, and chantilly cream.
Feb 14. 20/4 Sukhumvit Soi 31. 02-261-2056
Image: La Bottega Bangkok
What: A la carte
Start the evening with Fassona beef carpaccio with winter black truffle and roasted hazelnut vinaigrette (B1,050), and seared scallop with foie gras served with applesauce, red onion confit, and Jerusalem artichoke chips (B1,290). Mains include homemade angel hair pasta with Brittany Blue lobster, cherry tomatoes, and basil (B2,790), and New Zealand roasted lamb chops with sauteed artichoke and a wild berry gastrique sauce (B1,890). End the night with their one-of-a kind strawberry tiramisu (B420).
Feb 14. Terrace 49, Sukhumvit Soi 49. 02-204-1731
Image: Na at Bangkok 1899
What: Tasting menu (B1,200/person)
This special Peruvian-Thai set menu marries the two flavorful cuisines from South America and Southeast Asia. The colorful menu includes a yum-style ceviche, a unique Peruvian take on the country’s beloved kaprao, and beef heart with Thai chimichurri sauce. Dessert sees a classic rice pudding dolled up with fresh mango.
Feb 14. 134 Nakhon Sawan Rd., 089-164-4454
What: Tasting menu (B2,800/person)
David Thompson’s latest Bangkok restaurant highlights delightful dishes from the 1950s. Go back in time with your loved ones over dishes like an elevated crab toast, duck galantine, and lobster braised in sugar cane.
Feb 14. 5/F, Central: The Original Store, 1266 Charoenkrung Rd., 02-116-8662
What: Tasting menu (B4,200/person)
The all-new Gaa sets the mood with candlelit tables set with a fresh rose. The tasting menu, meanwhile, includes oysters with spicy gooseberry and a hint of smoky mezcal, and snacks like spicy uni, the signature Bombay sandwich, and truffle paniyaram (lentil and rice balls). For the main course, you can choose between tandoori lamb or a seafood feast to share (must be ordered in advance). Desserts include their Love Sparklers, which consist of ice cream kulfi falooda (an Indian rose milk-based drink) and chocolate papadum. Beverage pairing will be available.
Feb 14. 46/1 Sukhumvit Soi 53. 063-987-4747
Image: Siam Kempinski
What: Six-course tasting menu (B14,999/couple)
The Michelin-starred restaurant is going all out with a six-course tasting menu that includes a complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne and a bouquet of flowers. Starters include pomegranate salad and tiger prawns with red roses, or tiger prawn flambéed with gin, rose, lemongrass, and tamarind; tom kha with asparagus flan and black truffle, or frozen tom kha with crispy chicken skin, asparagus, and black truffle. The main course features beef tataki served with ponzu slush and fermented garlic, or beef ribs glazed with soy and crispy garlic. The finale is a heart-shaped mango mousse cake covered with red glacé liquid with a strawberry coulis filling to share.
Feb 14. Siam Kempinski Hotel, 991/9 Rama 1 Rd., 02-162-9000