For their Valentine’s menu, the Bangkok branch of this New York imported eatery fine-tuned the traditional Barcelona tapas with touches of Thai flavours. Chef De Cuisine Zach Watkins (who’s also been featured on our list of Thailand’s Most Eligible Chefs) explained the ethos behind the restaurant is to combine locally sourced ingredients to Toro’s signature dishes in order to honour local cuisine and palate, while also creating a more exciting dining experience. For 2,500++ THB per couple, enjoy small plates like marinated French Oleron oysters with calamansi ponzu and shiso, as well as the Filete a la Plancha – spiced rubbed hanger steak topped with green curry butter. Rounding up the night nicely is the banana miso churros and two complementary glasses of sparkling wines and a special gift for every couple.
Toro, 72 Courtyard, 72 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Bangkok; tel: 0-2392-6922; www.facebook.com/torobangkok
The Italian wine bar and restaurant in the heart of Sathorn is serving up a special degustation menu that love birds can order from alongside their signature dishes. The evening is divided into two shifts, the first starts from 7pm to 9:30pm and the second from 9:30pm to past midnight. Choose from dishes including slow cooked Italian ‘Carnaoli’ risotto blended with Taleggio cheese and black truffle, charcoal grilled Norwegian snow fish fillet, and more. For dessert, Opus will be offering crepes nutella with Cognac reduction sauce. The dinner is priced at 2,190++ THB per person.
Opus, 64 Pan Road, Silom, Bangkok 10500; tel: 02-637-9899; www.wbopus.com
Sitting in the garden tucked inside Sukhumvit 47 is Western restaurant Freebird, which serves contemporary Australian cuisine. The rustic and cosy yet modern interiors can be a perfect venue for a date who prefers homey feels. At 2750++ THB per person, the Valentines day course menu consists of intricate dishes such as freshly shucked oyster with pickled red onion and shiso vinegar dressing; poached squid and barramundi, green chilli and lime, grapes and ajo blanco; eggplant and fresh curd tortellini, gazpacho vinaigrette and fermented onion; and cod with yuzu kosho, blue swimmer crab, tarragon, corn salad and soy broth. There will also be a special complimentary cocktail, Nightingale, made of sake, grapes, gin, eggwhite foam and jelly, for ladies. You can also add 1250++ THB per person for wine pairing.
Freebird, 28 Alley, 47 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Tan Nuea, Watthana, Bangkok 10110; tel: 02-662-4936; www.freebirdbkk.com
Nothing screams elegant more than the sophisticated flavours and beautiful presentation of the food by Chef Man’s Chinese restaurant located at the luxurious Mahanakhon Cube building. If you are looking for sumptuous Chinese cuisine, M Krub’s Valentine’s set menu, which is priced at 5,800 – 7,800 THB per person can do no wrong. Items on the special menu include the golden rocher foie gras ganache crunchy hazelnut; fresh crab meat and truffle tofu; the restaurant’s signature stew supreme fish maw with abalone sauce; gratinated golden broth crab meat shark’s fin; and more.
M Krub, Mahanakorn Cube, Narathiwat Ratchanakarin Rd., Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500; 02-019-8105; www.chefmangroup.com
Indulge in Italian dishes on your Valentines date at Il Fumo at Rama IV road. With the restaurant’s 4-course tasting menu, you and your date will get to experience the restaurant’s specialties such as wood charcoal grilled squid and foie gras; tagliata of 60-day dry aged Irish angus beef; chocolate ganache and red rose reduction; and more.
Il Fumo, 1098 Rama IV Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120; tel: 02-286-8833; www.ilfumo.co
Go on a journey to discover traditional Thai cuisine with your date this Valentine’s. At the price of 3,800++ THB per couple, the Valentine’s specials include complicated traditional Thai dishes such as stuffed flower-shaped dumpling; crabmeat salad with lemongrass and mint; spicy and sour soup with grilled salted damsel fish with coconut milk, duck breast with tamarind sauce; and Saneh Jaan for desserts. The set includes two traditional herbal liquor.
Saneh Jaan, Glasshouse at Sindhorn, 130-132 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330; tel: 0-2650-9880; sindhorn.com/glasshouse