Remember when a card and carnation were enough?
If your sweet pea is harder work than that, make the blackest heart melt like a chocolate fondant, with one of the Valentine’s Day takeaways from Edinburgh’s best restaurants.
Harvey Nichols’ Forth Floor Brasserie
If you want to put a ring on it, splash out on the HN @ Home Valentine’s Meal. It’s £100 for two and includes four courses of decadent classics, from lobster to beef Wellington, passionfruit cheesecake and baked camembert. Delivery is available to most of Scotland (check website).
Chef Paul Wedgwood has created a five or seven-course Valentine’s Celebration Box tasting menu. It starts from £135 for five courses for two and comes with an aperitif – choose from Fidra Gin and tonic or their Love Potion #9 cocktail – and can be delivered nationwide for free. Dishes include the sous vide bavette steak.
Start Valentine’s Day off the right way with a delivery of Milk’s Brunch Box for Two, available in original, vegetarian or vegan options, for £35. The original features smoked salmon, almond croissants, home-made clementine and vanilla bean marmalade, buckwheat and cardamom granola, and loads of other delights. Better than toast and Marmite.
Dine recently decamped from their Traverse Theatre spot to Murrayfield. Their Valentine’s Weekend Menu is available from Februar 12-14 and costs a reasonable £24.50 per person. There is a selection of dishes to choose from, with options including a main course of maple glazed Scottish sea trout, ratatouille and saffron potatoes.
The Garden Bistro
Make them go gooey with this place’s Love in a Box offering. It’s £75 for two – or £95 if you add a bottle of Prosecco – for four courses, which include a beef Wellington (a bit of a theme on Valentine’s menus, we’re finding) with potato dauphinoise and Provencal vegetables, as well as a chocolate fondant with Callebaut chocolate and macerated strawberries.
If this was always your favourite date night spot, then visit Lady Lawson Street on the day itself to collect their pre-ordered Valentine’s “finish at home menu” for £35 per person. It’s four courses, plus sourdough with cultured butter, and includes a starter of brown crab, horseradish, buttermilk and kohlrabi.
If your loved one is a cheap date, then stick to pizza. For £35 per couple, this place is offering a ten-inch Margherita pizza, two arancini, four mozzarella sticks, two macaroni croquettes, a bottle of Prosecco and a tub of gelato. Available for delivery or collection from February 8-15.
The Bon Vivant
Click-and-collect your Bon Vivant at Home menu from Edinburgh’s Thistle Street. It’s £50 for four courses for two, and is a bonnie looking menu, with starters including beetroot, chicory, pickled cherries, Blue Murder and candied walnuts. Vegetarian options are available and you can add booze to your collection, if you check out the wares from their neighbour, The Bon Vivant’s Companion.
We’d marry anyone who treated us to this restaurant’s Valentine’s Day at Home menu, for delivery on February 13 (can be kept for the following day if stored correctly). They had us at a starter of lobster and crab ravioli with shellfish bisque and Exmoor caviar. You could also order their six Cumbrae oysters with fermented cucumber juice and dill oil for a tenner.
McLarens on the Corner
Available for delivery of collection from Morningside Road, from February 12-14, this corner gastro pub’s menu is £80 for two, and they’ll chuck in a couple of Eden Mill Gin miniatures. We like the idea of a chateaubriand to share, if you can be trusted to do so fairly. It comes with gruyere potatoes Dauphinoise, seasonal greens and peppercorn sauce.
Contini at Home
We like that Contini have the option of a Valentine’s Menu at Home for one, at £35. Perfect for happy singles, who fancy three courses plus focaccia. Contini George Street’s sister restaurant, Cannonball House, has a separate menu, for the same price, but with dishes such as the slow cooked beef cheek with butter mash and a confit Phantassie shallot dressing.
On February 12-14, this restaurant will be offering a special four-course menu with a bottle of fizz. If you live within EH1 and EH16, they’ll drop it off or you can collect. For £95, you’ll get four courses and a bottle of fizz. We like the sound of the chocolate and peanut butter cookie tart with creme fraiche, and you can add on a cheese course of Lanark Blue, walnut and prune cake, for an extra £7. Surely they’re worth it?
Honeycomb & Co
For £30, pick up this Bruntsfield cafe’s Teafor2 Valentine’s Afternoon Tea. It features a choice of sarnies – peat smoked Scottish salmon, pulled pork or vintage cheddar – along with various sausage rolls and cakes, including their Belgian chocolate brownie with a ruby chocolate heart.
Mark Greenaway’s Further Afield
As long as your special someone does not expect something else on the day itself, celebrate Valentine’s early with this chef’s special menu, available from February 11-13. It costs £95 for two and includes Isle of Mull scallops, beef wellington, truffled brie, Mark’s quirky “Roks and Moss” dessert, a 37.5cl bottle of Laurent Perrier and more. Collection is available, or delivery if you live within the EH1 to EH17 hood.