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With Valentine’s Day round the corner, romance is well and truly in the air in London. Those looking for the perfect place for date night will find cute, romantic spots to their heart’s content. From hearty, traditional Italian ristorantes to trendy modern eateries - regal curry houses to romantic neighbourhood nooks. We’ll take you through some of the city’s most famous streets and boroughs to find romantic dining in the Capital this season. To make sure you and your loved one have that picture perfect moment this Valentine’s weekend, TheFork are proud to introduce some of our most romantic restaurants in the capital.

L’Artigiano Pasta Bar, Fulham

L’Artigiano Pasta Bar

Take your seats at L’Artigiano, where you can romance your partner underneath a canopy of fresh flowers and foliage. The staff here are dedicated to providing you a relaxing and atmospheric evening of the finest food, from the land of the language of love.

Start your romantic tale with starters of Buratta, with caprese, parma ham, pesto and pistachio toppings. Follow that with a delicious baked stuffed aubergine with courgettes and a mozzarella crust, or the home-made crunchy vegetarian pesto lasagne. Pizza lovers will love the hand-rolled sourdough crusts, with toppings of margherita, diavola, capricciosa and tricolore. Being a pasta bar, the pasta dishes here are customisable to your taste. We would definitely recommend the Black Ink Tagliolini for a dark and extravagant dish.

BOOK L’Artigiano Pasta Bar, Fulham

The Delaunay, Covent Garden

The Delaunay

London’s famed Covent Garden is a historic part of the city, long a home of shops, traders, hotels and theatres. Also calling the district home is modern hotel marvel The Delauney; inspired by the grand cafes of mittel-Europe, this opulent location welcomes you through marble columns to take your table in the spacious dining hall.

From restaurateurs Corbin & King, the menu here is a romantic roam through some of the finest produce and most decadent dishes in Europe. Breakfast serves brunch classics, such as eggs Arlington and potato Rosti with fried eggs, or pancakes with berry compote and a selection of classic Viennoiserie. The Confit of Duck is a rich dish that will transport you to the cafes of Paris. Treat your sweetheart to a treat for dessert, from the chocolate & hazelnut Gugelhupf to a traditional blackberry & apple Crumble.

BOOK The Delaunay, Covent Garden

Blanchette Soho, Soho

Blanchette Soho

The next romantic restaurant on our list is a passionate affair of French fine-dining. Blanchette, in famous Soho, is a picturesque European-style eatery with a rustic interior and a welcoming terrace to enjoy with your partner. Whether you’re seeking somewhere to eat before the theatre, or a destination to wine and dine away the evening, this lovingly run restaurant has your name on it.

Run by three French brothers and named after their mother, this restaurant is truly a family affair, and that love can be tasted in each dish. Set the tone with French classics like croque monsieur, Paté en croute and the baked St Marcellin with truffle honey. Move onto mains of Moules Marinière, or grilled pork belly with king oyster mushroom and blue cheese crumble. Showcasing traditional cooking, the rack of lamb cooked in hay with pink peppercorn and a duck jus is a must-have.

BOOK Blanchette Soho, Soho

Shezan, Knightsbridge

Shezan Knightsbridge

If you have a taste for exotic climes and the vibrant flavours of Eastern fare, then Shezan, in Knightsbridge, might be calling to you. With its interior a treasure trove of regional artworks and antiques, Shezan is an Indian fantasy that will transport you to the romance of the Raj and the palaces of Mumbai.

The shuruaat appetisers here are a great way to start your journey. The Sabzi Kabab is made from assorted fresh vegetables with oriental spices and herbs, coated with home-made breadcrumbs then fried. Freshly made soup, of lobster and Mulligatawny varieties, showcase expert blends of flavour. For your mains, try the house speciality of the Nihari - lamb shanks slow cooked with fresh ingredients and subtle spices, then simmered in a masala and yoghurt sauce.

BOOK Shezan, Knightsbridge

TH@51, St James’

TH@51

As is given away by it’s modern moniker, TH@51, this restaurant concept specialises in uniting the traditional and beautiful with the new and modern. Housed in the historic and romantic St James’ Court, near Buckingham Palace, here you can dine in one of the most storied and exclusive neighbourhoods in the city.

Gorge yourself on treats that showcase a fusion of the old and new, the familiar with the foreign. The Desi scotch egg is a perfect example, opting for a spiced Mumbai lamb filling, curried mayo and mango chutney to serve, or the Paneer Wellington, a baked puff pastry with spiced tikka masala, garlic, baby spinach and mascarpone makhani. The Goi Con is another treat from the Far East; rice paper wraps with red cabbage coleslaw, mint chutney and passion fruit dip.

BOOK TH@51, St James’

 

Bombay Brasserie, South Kensington

bombay brasserie

This next restaurant is another specialist in serving traditional Indian food with modern flair and expertise. Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington is held in a spacious conservatory, giving you the perfect romantic atmosphere in which to explore their Michelin-star menu.

The Brasserie specialises in dishes inspired by India’s cultural capital, from the Mango Curry to the Nalli Shank Rogan Josh. The Masala Sea Bass is a tender taste of fragrance and flavour of the region. The trio of vegetarian Specials is sure to please diners who don’t eat meat - an irresistible assortment of Paneer Soola, Sev Batata Puri and Subz Tikki. Pair this with rice dishes like fluffy Basmati and vegetable Pulao for that all-authentic experience.

BOOK Bombay Brasserie, South Kensington

108 Brasserie, Marylebone

108 Brasserie

Another Brasserie next, this time in upmarket Marylebone, where chef Simon Conboy runs his kitchen with passion and flair. 108 Brasserie specialises in elaborate fine-dining on impressive European-style dishes, the kind that are certain to woo your lover or crush.

Starters here are a feast for the senses. The crispy Tiger Prawns come in a spicy cocktail sauce, and the classic steak tartare comes served with a choice of sourdough or French Fries and salad. Fresh cauliflower Tabbouleh is topped with golden raisins, soft herbs, pomegranate & lemon. Or the Dorset crab linguine, that comes decadently doused in lemon, chilli & parsley. Classic sweet treats make for the perfect afters, from the banana split with Chantilly cream, to the vanilla Crème Brülée with shortbread & caramelised clementines.

BOOK 108 Brasserie, Marylebone

Coq d’Argent, Bank

Coq d'Argent

Aptly located at 1 Poultry in Bank is the famous London restaurant Coq d’Argent. An impressive tower with a splendid circular roof garden, if excess is what you’re after for your romantic meal, then this former power-lunch spot is the real deal. Perched on the site of the old Roman Temple of Mithras, you can feel like true Romans as you wine and dine with the bustling city beneath you.

The starters here showcase the best in high-end luxurious dining. The fromage de Chèvres is a Poitou goats' cheese parcel pastry with pepper piperade and a honey and basil dressing. The Saumon fumé is light and delicate, made of oak smoked salmon, crème fraiche and lemon on Melba toast. For lovers of fine seafood, crustaceans, served with lemon, mayo and mignonette, can be ordered individually, and they serve fine Caviar from Baerii and Oscietra, farmed in France.

BOOK Coq d’Argent, Bank

28-50, South Kensington

28-50 South Kensington

This relaxed restaurant and wine bar provides the perfect modern romantic setting for you and your partner to dine in. Specialising in Pan-European fare, chef Julien Baris brings passion, experience and expertise to his kitchen at 28-50 in South Kensington. With a well-lit, stylish interior and al fresco tables available, this is the spot to be seen while dining in West London this weekend.

Starters here are light and fun, from the smoked almonds and Nocerella olives to miniature rounds of Spanish chorizo. Cheeseboards and charcuterie platters keep the eating social and shared, with the Garden Sharing platter providing locally-sourced freshness. Try 28-50’s own classics for your main dish, from the wild mushroom Risotto with chestnuts, leek & shallots to the house cheeseburger, topped with iceberg lettuce, pickles, smoked bacon and truffle mayo. The special set fondue menu is a memorable way to share a moment with your loved one this winter.

BOOK 28-50, South Kensington

Cacciaris, Notting Hill

Cacciaris Notting Hill

The last place on our list takes you to one of London’s most famous romantic hot-spots. Notting Hill, famous of course for the romantic movie that shares its name, is a picture perfect part of West London that is blessed with many great restaurants. Not least of all of them is Cacciaris, an authentic Italian spot that provides food with passion to the local residents.

As you take your seat at one of the al fresco tables, peruse starters that will make your mouth water. The Buratta is topped with Parma ham that is cured for 24 months for the best flavour. The Tartare Salmon is delicate and excellent when paired with avocado Mousse, balsamic & Sesame seeds. The Tartare Tuna is equally as good, served with avocado, capers & an olive pate. Italian classics follow, from Chicken Milanese Escalope to Fritto Misto; Fried Prawns, Calamari, Zucchini & Carrots. Accompany these fine dishes with a glass of the house champagne, and feel like the star of your own romantic movie.

BOOK Cacciaris, Notting Hill

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