Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, to start thinking ahead for something romantic to do with your sweetheart. Here are some ideas.
Starting this weekend and continuing through Feb. 14, Metro Grill offers a three- or four-course meal with optional wine pairing. La Madeleine also gives you nearly a week for stop by for a Valentine dinner or lunch. That’s six days to help you romance someone.
Hector’s on Henderson is now open for dinner on Mondays, but closed for lunch during the week. They’ll also be open on the 14th with the regular selections, or a five-course tasting menu from chef Blythe Beck for $55 per person (it’ll be available until the 17th for those who have to work Wednesday).
Nana’s four-course sweethearts menu includes a salad, appetizer (including a choice of seared Maine lobster or saut?d prawns), an entr? (select among a filet, sea bass, pork chops or kobe short ribs) and a special chocolate dessert). And that’s in addition to the view from the top of the Anatole. The per-person charge is $80.
Oceanaire’s new chef, Chad Kelley, will create a four-course tasting on Cupid’s Day featuring fresh seafood from around the world, including Scottish salmon Oscar, Alaskan halibut, roasted monkfish and even beef Wellington for landlubbers. The cost is $75. (Or go there on a Sunday or Monday throughout February and ask for the Joel Gott Winery wine pairing dinner.)
The extravagant Abacus is perfect for event dining like Valentine’s Day, and offers a five-course meal with a wide selection of appetizers, soups, entrees and desserts for $125.
The newly rechristened Warwick Melrose Hotel’s Landmark Restaurant serves a four-course dinner on Valentine’s featuring Dover sole, thyme-roasted chicken or spiced tenderloin for $85.
La Duni on McKinney Avenue is open on the 14th with a special $49, four-course dinner including a take-home champagne flute. Don’t want to eat out that night? Then pick up some artisan confections from La Duni Latin Caf? on Oak Lawn. Belgian chocolate truffles and dipped mantecadas, Brazilian kisses, cookies that say “I love you” in a variety of languages (pictured), even hot cocoa dust are available in gift assortments.
The Hotel St. Germain also offers some sweets for your sweet, from the New Orleans-style pralines royal ($15 for a box of 12) to tuxedo-clad fresh strawberries in a chocolate box to pistachio-almond bark and chocolate oysters. And it you really want to say I love you, try a beautiful 18-inch macaroon topiary garnished with fresh flowers. It’ll set you back $120, but you won’t need to buy any roses.
After the rush of Feb. 14, you can always try a wine dinner at Vue (formerly Veuve) in Addison on Feb. 17. The four courses are $65.
Alberto Lombardi will debut his third eatery in the Knox-Henderson when Sangria opens at the end of the month. Joining the French-themed Caf? Toulouse and the Italian Taverna, Sangria promises a rotating menu of Spanish tapas, including seafood paella and chorizo with mint.
The Mansion on Turtle Creek begins a tradition with recently-appointed executive chef John Tesar (and his even newer chef de cuisine Tim Byres, formerly of The Standard) by inviting a celebrity chef from out-of-town for a weekend of food. The specialty menu begins on Feb. 23 and 24 Then Tesar heard to New York for a James Beard House Dinner he’ll be preparing on March 15.
Victory Park continues to add attractions with the opening of the N9NE Steakhouse across from the W Hotel. Next month, a new Italian concept restaurant from the N9NE group, Novo Italiano, will open next door.
Amuse offers a choice between six different personal gourmet pizzas ($5-$9) and half-priced bottles of wine on Mondays, and half-priced burgers and $3 martinis on Tuesdays.
Arnold Wayne Jones
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 9, 2007