Want to take your SO out for a nice meal on one of the biggest dining days of the year (which, for the calendar-impaired, is Thursday, Feb. 14)? Here are a half-dozen local restaurants that will be more than happy to oblige.
One of the most romantic restaurants this side of Ulan Bator is Delray’s Sundy House (106 S. Swinton Ave., 561/272-5678). Recently arrived chef Lindsay Autry will be dishing a three-course menu for $89 per person, with wine pairings for an additional $40. Among the choices: heirloom tomato salad, lobster risotto, New York strip steak and ricotta gnocchi. The regular menu will also be offered.
Contemporary Continental restaurant Josef’s Table (5030 Champion Blvd., 561/353-2700) is also presenting a three-course feast, this one for $41.95 per person, along with the daily a la carte menu. Start with shrimp and crab cocktail, then chow down on beef Wellington and finish with chocolate soufflé for two. Also included is a bottle of Bouvet Excellence Brut Rosé.
At Boca’s stylish new Tanzy (301 Plaza Real, 561/922-6699) adjancent to the swanky iPic Theater, there’s a whole roster of a la carte specials for Valentine’s Day (and through Sunday, Feb. 17). Apps include lobster salad and eggplant rollatini, entrees are lobster and filet mignon surf ‘n’ turf, her-crusted prime rib and pan-seared Dover sole, and desserts are chocolate Chambord mousse or red velvet bread pudding.
My first choice for romantic dining, Café Boulud (301 Australian Ave., 561/655-6060) has chef Jim Leiken turning out an elegant V-Day meal for $105 per person. It starts off with an assortment of canapés, then comes Hudson Valley foie gras with “black truffle crumble,” followed by either a duo of beef or sautéed duck breast with huckleberry coulis. Dessert is mango-passionfruit mousse or milk chocolate mousse with coconut cremeux.
For something a little different and a lot less expensive, RA Sushi (11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave., Palm Beach Gardens, 561/342-5454) is offering lobster sushi and a specialty cocktail for all of $20. The sushi consists of crab, cucumber and fresh strawberries rolled in pink soy paper and surrounded by lobster salad and avocado. The “Berry Encucumbered Refresher” blends cucumber vodka with Absolut Citron, Cointreau, cucumber, strawberry, lime juice and soda.
One more non-traditional V-Day dinner will be dished up at Uncle Julio’s (449 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, 561/300-3530), where you and your honey can share the Plato de Amor, a love platter that includes two lobster tails, for bacon-wrapped jumbo shrimp, beef and chicken fajitas, rice, beans, veggies, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream and fresh-made flour tortillas. Cost is $59.99 and it will be available until Sunday, Feb. 17.