Buro 24/7 Middle East guide: Top 10 Valentine's Day dining
La Petite Maison, Matto, Gaucho
The season for love and romance is upon us once again and with that comes the customary candle-lit dinners and decadent desserts. Fortunately, the UAE offers a melting pot of flavours and no matter your culinary desire, be it Italian, French or Argentinian, there is always the perfect place to dine on Valentine's Day. Take a look at Buro 24/7 Middle East's top 10 restaurants for that special day.
Fortnum & Mason
Break away from tradition and opt for a romantic afternoon tea instead at Fortnum & Mason. In addition to the unbeatable views of the iconic Burj Khalifa and its surrounding fountains, the tea connoisseurs will be preparing a special three-course meal that includes foie gras, a rack of lamb, sea bass and ice cream sundaes.
For reservations, call +971 4 388 2627.
La Petite Maison
Arguably the French restaurant in Dubai, La Petite Maison is celebrating Valentine's Day with a smorgasbord of gastronomic fare that includes dorset crab, black river caviar, snails with garlic butter, carpaccio of scallops as well as grilled tiger prawns with olive oil and chili dressing. End the night of red carpets and pink roses with a selection of desserts including cassata with fresh berries, warm chocolate mousse with malt ice cream, and vanilla crème brulee
For reservations, call +971 4 439 0505.
Discover a reimagination of classic Italian flavours at Matto this Valentine's Day. Known for its cheeky culinary concoctions, the four-course Valentine's Day menu includes salmon carpaccio and tagliata di manzo while the dessert is kept a secret from the diners until the very end.
For reservations, call +971 4 444 1335.
Add a little Asian flavour this Valentine's Day at Hakkasan. Both the Dubai and Abu Dhabi locations are set to prepare a one-night only menu that includes wok-fry Canadian lobster, steamed Chilean seabass and seared lamb tenderloin in Mongolian sauce. To complete the exotic fare, satisfy your taste buds with lychee panna cotta with raspberry and lychee sorbet.
For reservations, call +971 4 384 8484 (Dubai) or +971 2 690 7999 (Abu Dhabi).
Famed for its Argentine culinary showstoppers, Gaucho's unique Valentine's Day menu comprises of both his and hers menus. For example, while the ladies can expect salmon carpaccio for starters, the gentlemen will be served beef tenderloin instead. Nevertheless, there are opportunities to share the dishes, specifically the dessert which is either the dark chocolate brownie, the milk chocolate meringue or the white chocolate ginger cheesecake.
For reservations, call +971 4 422 7898.
Combine a night of romance with a love for Italian food as Armani Ristorante. The restaurant is offering a seven-course menu that runs the Mediterranean culinary gamut from oysters to caviar, risotto and truffles. Each meal is rounded off by a dessert that mixes the intoxicating aroma of tonka beans with the freshness of berries and the smooth textures of meringue and sorbet.
For reservations, call +971 4 888 3888.
La Cantine Du Fauborg
French culinary institution La Cantine Du Fauborg offers diners the opportunity to go home with a special Valentine's Day gift from Maison Messika. Even without the sparkling addition, you'd still be guaranteed exquisite French fare complemented by stunning city views.
For reservations, call +971 4 352 7105.
Cipriani Yas Island
It's a perfect romantic setting at Cipriani Yas Island courtesy of an abundance of lit candles complemented by a violinist. On the table, a four-course menu that includes traditional favourites awaits. Start off with a variety of shared-style appetisers suck as maki and salad before moving on to a prawn and zucchini risotto. Mains include hammour or lamb chops while dessert is a trio of flavours; chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
For reservations, call +971 2 657 5400.
BBQ Al Qasr at Emirates Palace
If you require a setting to match the food, then BBQ Al Qasr might just be your go-to place. The beachside restaurant is offering your private gazebo for that romantic meal under the stars, paired with a cool sea breeze. For a more casual affair, opt for the picnic package where you get to dip your toes in the sand while a cellist sets the mood.
For reservations, call +971 2 690 7999.
Savour the taste of the Carribean at Miss Lily's where you will be served authentic Jamaican cuisine including their signature jerk chicken, curry goat stew, jerk corn and salt cod fritters. But more than just about the food, the ambiance – complete with dance floor – transports you to a place where music and food have become the soul and passion of the nation.
For reservations, call +971 4 354 4074.