Valentine’s Day 2014 falls on a Friday this year, and reservations are a must. There are an abundance of romantic dining destinations in L.A. doing the Valentine’s Day dinner thing, but we’ve put together a narrowed-down list of restaurants offering prix-fixe menus. Make a toast to your loved one, and enjoy the romance in Los Angeles.
111 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Spend an intimate evening in the Scratch Bar secluded dining room on Valentine’s Day as Chef/owner Phillip Frankland Lee welcomes friends and lovers to dine and enjoy a special six-course prix-fixe menu (from $55 to $65 per person/wine pairing from $30 to $40 per person). There will be three seating time slots available: the first at 5, 5:30 or 6pm, the second at 7, 7:30 or 8pm and the third at 9 or 9:30pm. Menu highlights will include a complimentary oyster and glass of champagne and Chef’s “made from scratch” culinary offerings such as honey fried olive stuffed olives, pork belly and raw oyster, green mussel and sea urchin sake shooter, blackened cauliflower, bone marrow, sourdough, smoking goat milk cheese, dry-aged hanger steak and a dark chocolate and cayenne candy bar.
525 S. Flower St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Satiate your love affair with food in the chic setting at CHAYA Downtown. In addition to the French/Japanese-inspired a la carte dinner menu, CHAYA will also provide a prix-fixe menu ($65 per person, not including gratuity, tax or alcohol) highlighting flavors and ingredients that invigorate the palate. CHAYA will offer guests “A Love Spell” cocktail ($10) created with Lucid absinthe, sweet vermouth, raspberry puree, lemonade and simple syrup with an edible orchid garnish or a glass of Perrier Jouet, Grand Brut from France ($18). Begin the evening with an assortment of appetizer tastes including the house-cured salmon tartar with sesame tuiles. Second course is a coffee-spiced black angus filet mignon, served with parsnip veloute and pommes maxim, topped with a port wine sauce. The sweet final course is a Belgian chocolate three-way featuring chocolate demitasse, peanut butter chocolate mousse and chocolate ice cream with fresh market berries.
Michael’s On Naples
5620 E. 2nd St.
Long Beach, CA 90803
It’s amore this Valentine’s Day at Michael’s on Naples in Long Beach. This year, the romantic Italian restaurant is serving a seductive five-course prix-fixe menu ($85 per person). Chef David Coleman presents Kumamoto oyster with Meyer lemon confit as the stuzzichino. Antipasto options include asparagi bianchi (white asparagus with house-made duck prosciutto and poached duck egg), or insalata di granchio (Dungeness crab salad). The pasta course offers house-made spaghetti with Santa Barbara spot prawns or an agnolotti pasta stuffed with short rib. Main course choices are bistecca alla griglia (grilled block cut New York steak), tonno in padella (pan seared Ahi tuna) or agnello al forno (lamb rack). For dessert, order both of these to share: cremino di cioccolato (a chocolate mousse with salted caramel, hazelnut cream and shortbread) and fragole e Champagne (strawberry and lemon trifle, pound cake and Champagne gelee). Michael’s Sommelier Massimo Aronne will be walking throughout the dining room to recommend wine pairing selections from the restaurant’s 400-label wine cellar.
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Church & State
1850 Industrial St.
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Located in the arts district in Downtown Los Angeles, Church & State sits on the ground floor of the original NABISCO bakery and offices, which was built in 1925. This French bistro is romantic at heart with the nature of its international food and historical location. For Valentine’s Day, Church & State will present a prix-fixe menu ($85 per person, $43 additional for wine pairings) that features several aphrodisiac ingredients. Twosomes will begin the food fest with soupe de Betterave (beet soup accented with ginger and garlic). Premier offers a choice of huitres glacees (chilled oysters, caviar and avocado), or salade de quinoa made with micro basil. The deuxieme features St. Jaques et Coquillages (scallops, shellfish and artichoke) or champignon sauvage (wild mushrooms and parsnip). Select one from plats principaux: saumon, endives, agrumes (featuring pine nuts and infused coriander jus), tournedos de boeuf (beef tenderloin in a black winter truffle jus), or legumes d’hiver et orge perle (barley with winter vegetables and a poached egg). This menu will be offered exclusively February 14-15.
7494 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Salt’s Cure is successful on the principle of its chefs Chris Phelps and Zak Walters: every meal sources ingredients grown and raised in California, all of which are butchered and crafted in house, “if it’s not within six hours of the restaurant, it’s not on the plate.” With that in mind, Salt’s Cure Valentine’s Day menu features ingredients from within the local community. Offered a la carte, there are several highlighted starters and main courses to choose from the specially prepared holiday menu. Appetizers include sweet pea soup, spinach salad with strawberries, cheddar and pecans, lamb tartar and grilled oysters. Dinner entrees highlighted are butter poached lobster, stuffed quail breast and fried quail legs, halibut with crab hash, duck breast and oatmeal griddle cakes, a Berkshire chop and beef tenderloin. Wines and beers are suggested on the restaurant’s chalkboard menu. This is a perfect setting for a little less serious date night.
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