As Valentine’s Day approaches, local restaurateurs are pulling out all the stops to attract customers. One of the busiest days of the year for some places, this amorous occasion is all about creative menus, elegant desserts, and ambiance. Whether you’re looking to impress a date, rekindle a romance, or just have fun and really good food, following are some places you should consider.
Meigas, 10 Wall Street, is an authentic Spanish restaurant that exudes warmth and friendliness. The dining room is beautifully decorated with Spanish pottery and artwork. The presentation of food is equally beautiful.
Owner, Carlos Hernandez, is just as concerned about the quality of his food as he is about the plating. “We use only high-quality ingredients, fresh pasta, paella made from scratch, and all-natural meats without hormones,” he said.
For Valentine’s Day, Meigas is offering an a la carte menu featuring their specialty tapas, and entrees such as heart-shaped raviolis, all expertly prepared by Chef Miguel Rebolledo. Ladies will receive a rose, and guests can also enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne. In addition, Meigas has a large selection of Spanish wines. To view the entire menu, visit www.meigasrestaurant.com, and for reservations, call 866-8800.
, 82 Seaview Avenue, has spectacular water views, and the dining room is also gorgeous. They are offering a prix fix menu for Valentine’s Day. For $55 per person, you have a choice of soup or salad, an entrée, and dessert. Some of the selections being created by Chef Fernando Garcia include lobster bisque, filet mignon, Mediterranean fish, and pumpkin ravioli. Desserts will include tiramisu, a chocolate bombe, and white chocolate mousse. The full menu can be found on their web site, www.harborlightsrestaurant-ct.com. For reservations, call 866-3364.
At , 89 Rowayton Avenue, not only will you enjoy the water views, if you’re lucky, you might be able to score a table in the corner near the fireplace. The newly renovated dining room is very cozy, and here you’ll find some of the freshest seafood around.
Some of the specials Chef Chris North will be creating for Valentine’s Day will include black truffle gnocchi, and lobster macaroni and cheese. “We’ll have more specials geared for two, and be using whatever the freshest catch of the day is at our seafood market,” he said. To view the menu, visit www.rowaytonseafood.com, and for reservations, call 866-4488.
, 98 Washington Street, is an award-winning restaurant that is known for elegance and comfort. Chef and owner, Matthew Storch said, “It’s all about delicacies on Valentine’s Day.” Although he was still undecided at press time what dishes he’ll be whipping up this weekend, the specials will be available on the web site, www.matchsono.com. For reservations, call 852-1088.
Café Chocopologie, 12 South Main Street, is probably one of the best bets for a decadent dessert. You can take your sweets to go, or dine in and take advantage of their gourmet, prix fix menu created specifically for Valentine’s Day. For $45 per person, the menu features a choice of appetizer, entrée, dessert, and a complimentary cocktail. Selections will include foie gras, smoked salmon blini, Cornish game hen with pistachio mousse, and mango panna cotta.
“We’re also crazy busy for Christmas and Easter,” said Greg Stewart, general manager. That’s because you’ll find a wide variety of confections here. Knipschildt Chocolatiers' 2011 collection for Valentine’s Day is sure to please, with rose truffles, and white chocolate filled with passion fruit and rosewater ganache, all wrapped up with ribbons in heart-shaped and other decorative boxes. To view the menu, visit www.chocopologie.com. For more information and reservations, call 854-4754.
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