Valentine’s Day Options to Warm the Heart
There are many ways to declare your love in the city this Valentine’s Day.
Published: February 6, 2014 (Issue # 1796)
Singles dismiss it, new couples embrace it and married men tend to forget it. Yes, we are taking about Valentine’s Day, where ironically the day that celebrates love is usually met with more fear and loathing than with joy.
But regardless of your feelings, the day is still fast approaching (Feb. 14 for those who need reminding) and despite the sub-zero temperatures outside, there are plenty of events throughout the city to help ignite passion or thaw any frozen hearts for both couples and singles alike. Here’s our top selection to cater for all budgets and styles:
Dinner for Two
Petersburgers are spoiled for choice with most hotels and restaurants offering special Valentine’s Day menus next week.
Among the standouts include Grand Hotel Europe’s restaurants L’Europe and Caviar Bar, which have set a decadent menu of red caviar, oysters, fois gras, seared yellow fin tuna and duck breast to whet your appetite. Priced at 3,500 rubles per person ($99.50), guests can also make song requests at the time of booking to later surprise their loved ones during the evening.
Be sure to also stop by the hotel’s Mezzanine Cafe where pastry chef Pascal Galette will be unveiling his special edition Valentine’s Day chocolate. The chocolate ganache is infused with French roses, imported from Grasse, before being dipped in white chocolate. These sugary delights are the perfect take-home gift to sweeten any moment.
For something more intimate, Domina Prestige Hotel offers a candlelit dinner along with live music for 2,300 rubles per person ($65). King crab with mango sauce, octopus with shiitake mushrooms, avocado and pistachio souffle along with pink mulled wine are just some of the options on the romantic evening’s menu.
If you’re heading down the aisle (or want to give the hint), book a table at miX at W Hotel for “Elixir d’Amour” — a Valentine’s Day collaboration with local designer and fashion icon, Tatyana Parfionova. Enjoy a 4-course gourmet meal designed by famed head chef Alain Ducasse while enjoying a wedding fashion show throughout the night. Tickets for the night cost 3,000 rubles per person ($85.30).
The ever-popular Buddha Bar is also a trendy option, especially for those on a first date, as its effortless style never fails to impress. For Valentine’s Day, the restaurant has invited special guest DJ Lana Kenoby to help set the right mood at the table…and at the bar for those who are confident enough that their moves are more asset than hindrance in their efforts to impress.
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