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Friday, February 12, 2016

Wondering what to do and where to go this Valentine’s Day? The 48hrs Team brings you picks from some of the best Valentine’s Day meals, along with a selection of great gifting options

Dinner at Indigo Deli
The way to anyone’s heart is through good food (and wine)! And Indigo Deli has an extensive menu that has been crafted specially for the occasion — Lobster Bisque, Swiss Cheese & Sweet Garlic Soufflé, Saffron Fettuccine, Seared Brandy Buttered Scallops. And hey, if you don’t have a special someone, you can always use dessert as a pick-me-up! Take your pick from the Strawberry Shortcake with 3 Berry Mousse and the Old-Irish Crème Brule.
Price Rs 2,500 approx
Where Indigo Deli outlets across the city
Contact 25181010

Dinner at Amadeus
This Valentine’s Day, Amadeus — which loosely translates to “love god” in Latin — has a special wine and dine offer for couples! Paired with an innovative repertoire of Levantine, Spanish and Eastern Mediterranean cuisine is a complimentary glass of Chandon Brut. Their exclusive menu includes several mouthwatering dishes such as the Moroccan Charmoula Rawas Squares, the Turkey-Bacon Wrapped Prawns and the Charred Chicken. The cherry on top is the special Valentine’s dessert, prepared by Chef Farrokh — the Filo Mille Feuille with Assorted Berries. Now, that’s a meal you won’t forget!
Price Rs 4,000 for two
Where Amadeus at NCPA, Gate No. 2, Next to TATA Theatre, Nariman Point
Contact 67230111

Dinner at Monkey Bar
We love the concept of Monkey Bar’s oh-so-adorable ‘Made For Each Other’ menu! You should try their Romeo & Juliet, Cleopatra & Mark Anthony, Superman & Lois Lane, Micky & Minnie, and even Laila & Majnu, each comprising of an irresistible combination of food and drink. Grab your better half or your bff and celebrate the foodgasm! If food is the fuel for love, cocktails aren’t far behind. If you love gin, try their G+T Love (gin, tequila, triple sec, ginger, bitters, topped with beer) or the Monkey Love (gin, lime juice, sugar syrup, topped with Red Bull and a few slices of cucumber).
Price Rs 1,800 for two
Where Summerville, 14th & 33rd Road, Ground Floor, Linking Road, Bandra (w)
Contact 26005215

Valentine’s Day Party at Zoobar
If you’re not into boring dinner dates, here’s something different for you and your partner to try this Valentine’s Day. Zoobar is hosting a special Valentine’s Day party with a power-packed DJ mix! And, if you think it can’t get any better than this, read on. The deal also includes unlimited Indian-made foreign liquor and food. What else do you need?
Price Rs 3,000 for two
Where 1st Floor Liberty Lodge, D.J. Road, Above McDonalds, Vile Parle (w)
Contact 9699966227

Party with DJ Danny at Fat Man’s Café
Unlike most young vibrant venues in the city, Fat Mans Café is opening its doors this Valentine’s Day to proud singles. You can interact with like-minded people (read: commitment phobes) and groove all night to the infectious beats of DJ Danny from the House of DJ Alex. They’re also offering exciting deals on domestic and international alcohol. The winner of their Instagram contest (whoever comes up with the corniest pick-up line) will take home a bottle of champagne!
Price Drinks from Rs 149 onwards
Where Fat Mans Café & Grill, Tian building, Gulmohar road, JVPD Scheme, Juhu
Contact 26254446

Heart-shaped pizzas at Café Lager
The French may be known as great lovers, but the Italians really show their love through their food. So, this Valentine’s Day, treat your better half to a wood fried heart-shaped pizza at Café Lager. PizzAah! — the newly launched pizza delivery chain operating out of Café Lager — has special authentic Italian pizzas for  you to enjoy this weekend. And, you can take your pick from traditional, classic, contemporary and international pizza styles of the wood-baked and smoked flavour pizzas. We wonder who will take the first slice...
Price Medium pizzas start at Rs 215
Where Café Lager, Mamta Building, 183, Waterfield Road, Opposite National College, Bandra (w)
Contact 9029889889

Buffet at Made in Punjab
Is your partner a food-lover? Nothing will entice them more then, than this a lavish spread of Punjabi delicacies. Made in Punjab has curated a menu that features classic treats including Sarson Da Saag, Makki Di Roti, Gur-Makkhan and Navratan Korma, with modern variants such as Raspberry Phirni Shot, Mix-berry Shrikhand. To help you wash down the meal, there are buy-one-get-one-free offers and other deals on alcohol.
Price Rs 2,199 per couple for the five-course meal (with a glass of house wine or cocktail each)
Where Made In Punjab, Level 2, Inorbit Mall, Mindspace Link Road, Malad (w)
Contact 9004515000

Special menu at Bungalow 9
This iconic Bandra space has been a staple date venue for couples looking for a place to enjoy a romantic meal. And, if you want to enjoy an old-fashioned date, it’s the perfect place for you. You can tuck into a pre-set romantic meal that features unique dishes such as the Amuse Bouche and Pan-Seared John Dory, with Béarnaise and Champagne froth. Are you planning to propose to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, but want more privacy? You can rent out the whole terrace, lounge or dining area.
Price Rs 2,999 per couple
Where Bungalow 9, St. John Baptist Road, Near Lilavati Hospital, Bandra (w)
Contact 61179999

Dinner at Serafina, Kala Ghoda
If dramatic displays of affection and extravagant presents are not your cup of tea, head to Serafina for a romantic evening with your partner. Steep yourself in engaging conversation and savour their mélange of gourmet dishes. Their five-course meal features North Italian options including Minestrone, Brodo Di Pesce, Serafina Chicken Sala and Bocconcini Alla Caprese.
Price Rs 1,800 per couple (includes two glasses of wine)
Where Serafina, Dubash Marg, Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda
Contact 49150050/ 55

Valentine’s Party at Westin
Gunning for something different this Valentine’s? The Westin Mumbai Garden City has the whole weekend mapped out for you! Start off with their Pre-Valentine Party on February 13 from 8pm onward at Prego — there’s live music and a DJ, dancing and scrumptious food to make it a proper celebration. On Valentine’s Day, choose between the special buffet at Seasonal Tastes and the custom Italian experience at Prego from 8pm onward. Or, step into Kangan and enjoy a delicious spread of Indian food as you enjoy the soulful ghazals that will be performed in the background.
Price Rs 2,999 (plus taxes) for the Pre-Valentine Party
Where The Westin Mumbai Garden City
Contact 61470000/ 9004661088/ 9004661031

Breakfast at MeSoHappi
Valentine’s always conjures up images of candlelit dinners and romantic evenings on a beach. But, what about the most important meal of the day? If you’re not the kind to skip breakfast, don’t miss out on the Valentine themed breakfasts at MeSoHappi, which will take place all this month from 7am to 11.30am. This Valentine’s weekend, share their English breakfast platter for two with your special someone. Eating breakfast alone? Try their Sunny Side Singleton! You can’t go wrong either way.
Price A la carte
Where MeSoHappi, Ground Floor, B-Wing, Pinnacle Corporate Park, Bandra Kurla Complex
Contact 30151208

Brunch at blueFROG
We know it’s called “blue” frog, but this Valentine’s it’s all set to embrace the colour of love. blueFROG will put out a red-themed brunch, with every element of the meal specially crafted to capture the essence of the day. Your romantic journey begins with the Ricotta Hearts, with splashes of a few interesting cocktails that include Red Riddle, Sins of Angels, The Inferno and Kiss on the Lips. And, stick around for a Valentine themed theatre performance that includes a three-course meal and two cocktails or glasses of wine.
Price Rs 2,500 (all inclusive); Rs 2,000 (without alcohol)
Where Zeba Centre, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Sitaram Jadhav Marg, Lower Parel
Contact 61586158

Anti-Valentine's Day Celebrations
Valentine’s Day is great if you have someone special to spend it with, but what if you’re all alone on this day? Well, don’t worry because there is a solution — two actually. Take part in an Anti-Valentine’s Day celebrations around the city. On February 13, visit the upbeat Hoppipola. Their range of innovative cocktails such as the Blood Bank, Playboy and Drown in Love should get your spirits up. On February 14, choose Eddies for its “bottomless glass” with unlimited refills for three hours. And, great offers on drinks await you if your group is made up of 3, 5, 7 or 9 people.
Price A la carte
Where Eddies, Silver Croft Building, 16th Road, Opp. Mini Punjab, Bandra (w)
Contact 26002637 (Eddies)

Get Gifting
Still looking for a gift for your partner? Here’s a roundup of our picks! Take a look

All things sweet
Can you ever go wrong with chocolates? The answer is no. Cherish the different flavours of chocolate with this Date Night chocolate from All Things Chocolates.
Price Rs 600

Lace with love
Get the excitement going with this limited edition lingerie from Marks & Spencer.
Price Rs 2,398

Good scents
Play it safe with these perfumes from All Good Scents.
Price Rs 990 onwards

Love bites
The delicious assortment of adorable little chocolates from Fantasie Fine Chocolates will leave your Valentine mesmerised.
Price Rs 750

Gift your tech-savvy partner this Y-splitter from Zebronics.
Price Rs 675

Fine wine
Prepare a delicious dinner spread and serve it with the Zampa Soirée Brut Rosé wine.
Price Rs 1,300

Wellness basics
This Plum gift for your partner contains all the basic wellness products.
Price Rs 1,685

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