From Portuguese and Thai-Peruvian feasts to breakfast in bed and rooftop dinners, here are some of the capital city’s choicest Valentine’s dining deals to treat your partners, friends or sidelinin’ kiks to this year.
Four-course tasting menu (THB2,490 per person)
Chef Nelson Amorim of the Portuguese-inspired Il Fumo highlights fresh ingredients from across Europe in dishes like pan-seared foie gras, roasted beetroot with Périgord sauce, and casarecce with Rubia Gallega ragu and Ibérico pork “pluma” with carrots and seasonal vegetables.
Feb. 12 – Feb. 14, Rama 4 Road, 02-286-8833
Tasting menu (THB3,850 per person)
Mia’s Valentine’s tasting menu is a medley of signature dishes with a few twists, like the deep-fried oysters with wasabi and green mango relish, and the pan-seared foie gras with apricot and five spices. Mains include poached turbot with a quinoa crust and a 48-hour braised short rib with artichoke served in various textures. Desserts stick with the love theme. Think strawberry yogurt ice cream with white chocolate and petit fours.
Feb. 13 – Feb. 14, Soi Attha Kawi 1, 098-862-9659
Bull & Bear
Three- and five-course set menus (THB2,900++ / THB3,900++)
The Waldorf Astoria’s Bull & Bear highlights top-quality grilled meats and seafood for its Valentine’s specials. Dishes include Kobe wagyu sirloin with truffle and cepe mushrooms, grilled John Dory with river prawn bisque and white asparagus, and a vanilla tartelette with cherry and dark chocolate.
Feb 12 – Feb. 14, Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, Ratchadamri Road, 02-846-8850
Five-course dinner (THB5,900++ / THB7,900++ / THB9,900++; all per couple)
The Sindhorn Kempinski has a few Valentine’s packages to choose from. Opt for the five-course dinner at Flourish, featuring dishes like an asparagus panna cotta amuse bouche and a strawberry cremeux, or dine among the rooftop gardens (B7,900++ per couple/B9,900++ including a bottle of champagne). Seating is limited for the latter.
Feb. 14. Sindhorn Kempinski, Soi Tonson, 02-095-9999
Five- and nine-course tasting menus (THB2,200++ / THB2,800++)
Chef Monthep “Thep” Kamonsilp has created new dishes for the occasion that spotlight the transition from Thai winter to summer. Think a pink-hued, yen ta fo-inspired Khon Kaen biodynamic pork served with fermented tofu and sesame meringue and a pea custard, inspired by the Northern dish of khao ram feun, with aromatic smoked wagyu rump and chili kumquat.
Feb. 13 – Feb. 14, Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, Rama I Road, 065-328-7374
Set menu (THB3,500++)
The Sukhothai hotel’s Italian stalwart offers dishes like scallop carpaccio, creamy lobster soup, foie gras risotto, and more on Valentine’s this year. You can also score takeaway treats at La Scala in the lead-up, like cherry truffles, strawberry rose jam, and a millefeuille cake.
Feb. 14., The Sukhothai Bangkok, South Sathorn Road, 02-344-8888
Stay-and-dine and breakfast in bed (from THB6,000)
For those who don’t want to dine in a room full of strangers, the Kimpton Maa-Lai has a solution: celebrate in the privacy of your own room. Book a staycation package, and you can get breakfast in bed with a bottle of prosecco or champagne (B6,000 prosecco/B8,000 Louis Roederer champagne). You can also get a stay-and-dine package that includes a three-course dinner created by executive chef Lamberto Valdez, plus breakfast for two a daily refill of the minibar (from B6,600/night in a deluxe room).
Feb. 12-14, Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, Soi Tonson, 02-056-9999
A la carte
Specials of the day include Mazzara red prawn with creamy burrata and pesto (B680), seafood ravioli with line-caught fish, squid, and crab (B590) and fresh troccoli pasta with squid ink and crab (B450). For mains, standouts include whole-grain fettuccine served with pigeon ragu (B990), Tuscan kale and earthy black truffle, and fresh, grilled fish with puntarelle and zucchini flowers (B690). Don’t leave without trying the V day dessert, Millefoglie (B350), with buttery puff pastry layers, red fruit, and chantilly cream.
Feb. 14, Soi Sukhumvit 31, 02-261-2056
La Bottega di Luca
A la carte
Start the evening with Fassona beef carpaccio with winter black truffle and roasted hazelnut vinaigrette (B1,050), and seared scallop with foie gras served with applesauce, red onion confit, and Jerusalem artichoke chips (B1,290). Mains include homemade angel hair pasta with Brittany Blue lobster, cherry tomatoes, and basil (B2,790), and New Zealand roasted lamb chops with sauteed artichoke and a wild berry gastrique sauce (B1,890). End the night with their one-of-a kind strawberry tiramisu (B420).
Feb. 14, Terrace 49, Soi Sukhumvit 49, 02-204-1731
Na at Bangkok 1899
Tasting menu (THB1,200/person)
This special Peruvian-Thai set menu marries the two flavorful cuisines from South America and Southeast Asia. The colorful menu includes a yum-style ceviche, a unique Peruvian take on the country’s beloved kaprao, and beef heart with Thai chimichurri sauce. Dessert sees a classic rice pudding dolled up with fresh mango.
Feb. 14, Nakhon Sawan Road, 089-164-4454
Tasting menu (THB2,800 per person)
David Thompson’s latest Bangkok restaurant highlights delightful dishes from the 1950s. Go back in time with your loved ones over dishes like an elevated crab toast, duck galantine, and lobster braised in sugar cane.
Feb. 14, Central: The Original Store, Charoenkrung Road, 02-116-8662
Tasting menu (THB4,200/person)
The all-new Gaa sets the mood with candlelit tables set with a fresh rose. The tasting menu, meanwhile, includes oysters with spicy gooseberry and a hint of smoky mezcal, and snacks like spicy uni, the signature Bombay sandwich, and truffle paniyaram (lentil and rice balls). For the main course, you can choose between tandoori lamb or a seafood feast to share (must be ordered in advance). Desserts include their Love Sparklers, which consist of ice cream kulfi falooda (an Indian rose milk-based drink) and chocolate papadum. Beverage pairing will be available.
Feb. 14. Soi Sukhumvit 53, 063-987-4747
Six-course tasting menu (THB14,999 per couple)
The Michelin-starred restaurant is going all out with a six-course tasting menu that includes a complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne and a bouquet of flowers. Starters include pomegranate salad and tiger prawns with red roses, or tiger prawn flambéed with gin, rose, lemongrass, and tamarind; tom kha with asparagus flan and black truffle, or frozen tom kha with crispy chicken skin, asparagus, and black truffle. The main course features beef tataki served with ponzu slush and fermented garlic, or beef ribs glazed with soy and crispy garlic. The finale is a heart-shaped mango mousse cake covered with red glacé liquid with a strawberry coulis filling to share.
Feb. 14. Siam Kempinski Hotel, Rama 1 Road, 02-162-9000
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