Whether a starry-eyed date means a romantic dinner for two, discovering a sweet sensation together or locking eyes over a stately high tea, us foodies believe the quickest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. There’s an array of tempting love-themed menus and specials around Dubai, and you can kickstart planning your epicurean-based date right here.
Italian-Style Romance at Palazzo Versace Dubai
Reminiscent of a 16th century Italian palace, Palazzo Versace Dubai is a Neoclassical jewel with subtle traces of Arabian architecture. With its striking entrance, high ceilings, landscaped gardens and furniture that is tailor-made by Versace exclusively for the property, it’s a distinctive place to celebrate.
And, of course, with Italians being the masters of romance, the hotel and residential project that’s set in the heart of the Culture Village is ensuring love reigns supreme in February. One of the ways they want you to create a memorable moment with your loved one is a special dinner at Vanitas, Palazzo Versace Dubai’s signature Italian restaurant. And we can’t think of a better way to say, “Ti amo.”
Set against the luminous waters of the Dubai Creek with an al fresco terrace to reflect the heritage of palazzos, Vanitas is the perfect location for an intimate and romantic dinner. The restaurant is offering a four-course set menu, including the starter soup, Ricciola e Zuppa Fredda di Melograno. For the main courses, there’s Costolette di Manzo Disossate and Carbonara di Fregola al Tartufo, while the delicious meal ends with a Raspberry Heart.
For bookings, please call: +971 4 556 8820
Sharing the Love through Japanese Fusion at Katsuya By Starck
As the saying goes, sharing is caring, and if you feel like sharing some scrumptious sushi platters with your partner, Katsuya by Starck is the place to be on that big date night. Located in Jumeirah Al Naseem Hotel in Madinat Jumeirah, the restaurant is an artistic union of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi’s fresh take on Japanese classics with world-renowned designer Philippe Starck’s sleek and sultry interiors. Its inventive combination of Japanese and Californian cuisine ensures it has a truly global appeal.
To welcome the evening, guests can enjoy a complimentary amuse-bouche paired with a drink like the signature Katsuya Elixir, which comes served with a scoop of love in the form of heart shaped strawberries. Guests have the choice of a salad or classic role as appetizers and can then choose two main courses from a carefully curated set menu, comprising of Katsuya signatures and heart-shaped sushi rolls. Then, as no date night is complete without a sinful dessert, there’s a special limited-edition surprise that is sure to tickle your senses!
For Reservations, please call: +971 4 419 0676
Making A Day Of It With High Tea At The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah
For Dubai-based couples who want to make a whole day out of the holiday synonymous with romance, threre’s nothing like cranking up the music and taking a scenic road trip with that special someone. And as the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah is positioned on the serene shores of the Arabian Sea, boasting dramatic views of the Hajar Mountains, it seems to be the perfect refuelling spot.
As well as other memorable romantic offerings, the landmark luxury hotel is offering an afternoon tea for two. A perfect token of affection, you can choose to enjoy the treats in the privacy of Waldorf Astoria’s lavish suites, while enjoying the sunshine on the Camelia Terrace or delighting in the luxurious and traditional Peacock Alley. As well as savoury bites, you have a choice of various sweet options to enjoy with your tea.
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Argentinian Delights By The Water At El Chiringuito By Night
Flickering candlelight, moonlight bouncing off the lagoon, city lights and mood setting music make for an extremely special date night. So you’re bound to earn some brownie points by surprising your other half with a romantic dinner at El Chiringuito by Night. The newly built beach terrace at El Chiringuito, which is located at Rixos The Palm in Palm Jumeirah, certainly checks all the right boxes.
Plus, Argentinian Head Chef, Diego Sebastian Moreno, makes sure all the meats, fish and vegetarian options are cooked to perfection. Couples can enjoy starters like fresh salads, Italian Burrata and Carabineros a la Sal, the popular jumbo scarlet shrimp with lime oil sauce. Then the eatery with the Ibiza-esque vibe is inviting guests to share a Tomahawk Steak, the Black Angus Entrecote, Sea Bass in Salt or the Sole Meunière for a mouthwatering barbecue delight.
For reservations, please call: 971 54 449 6464
A Sweet Treat At Catch 22
Located in The Beach Mall, JBR, Catch 22 is a top spot for young couples as the Instagram-friendly surroundings appeal to the modern diner. The contemporary casual dining restaurant that incorporates influences from a myriad of regions has come up with two additions to the dessert selection, just in time to share a sweet moment on February 14. So if your partner has a renowned sweet tooth, one way you can really make it a tailor-made date is to stop by to try one of the new delicacies.
Catch 22’s Red Lava Lova takes everyone’s favourite red velvet cake and infuses it with a fresh twist. Perfect for sharing, the molten lava cake is served with sweet caramelized hazelnuts for an added crunch, topped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with a velvety vanilla sauce.
For chocolate lovers, the Choco Crunch Melt is a decadent brownie filled with smooth caramel. Plus, chocolate cream sits on a layer of vanilla cream enrobed in a crunchy chocolate coating, garnished with some extra crunch, finally topped with a warm chocolate sauce.
For reservations, please call: 971 4 424 3057
An Unforgettable Afternoon Tea at the St. Regis Dubai
If you want to experience a timeless ritual surrounded by inspiration from New York’s gilded age with your loved one, teatime at The St. Regis Dubai, found in Al Habtoor City, is the perfect choice. Influenced by the beaux-arts architecture of the original St. Regis New York, the hotel’s interiors transport you back to the 18th century of classical design accentuated.
Experiencing The St. Regis Dubai’s afternoon tea is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your special someone. The tea is offered at Sidra, the lounge that honours Lady Astor’s vision of a fine afternoon tea. And as you nibble on traditional tea-time staples together, you can enjoy the delightful scenery over the Versailles Gardens. The afternoon tea offers an assortment of unique tea blends as well as the hotel’s signature Citron-Caviar Rose, a flavoured black tea with lemon peel, rose essential oil, hints of lime and fragrant flower petals. To complete the experience, guests can enjoy a sparkly drink amidst the delicate sounds of the grand piano.
For reservations, please call: +971 4 435 5555