With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we asked seven LA chefs to share what dishes they recommend ordering to wow a date on Valentine’s Day.
Love & Salt Chef Michael Fiorelli: Comfort Food Always Wins
"Rather than going for the most expensive tasting menu in town, pick a place that is offering a menu that appeals to you and your date's tastes. More and more we are seeing guests craving food that is comfortable and fun. Just because it's Valentine's Day doesn't mean you need to force yourself to eat someplace or something that you don't enjoy."
The Larchmont Chef Michael Bryant: Order Something Luxe and Bold
“A great way to impress your date is to step outside the box when ordering, and go for something bolder. Our Valentine’s Day menu includes an amuse bouche of caviar, and aji amarillo potato mousseline with our snapper—both are perfect dishes to wow someone special.”
The Arthur J Chef David LeFevre: Start with Champagne, End with a Hot Dessert
"One way to impress a date is to order in a way that feels celebratory. A great bottle of champagne to start sets the tone. In terms of food, truffles, luxurious meats (Wagyu beef, or bone-in dry aged steaks), lobster, or especially king crab, are a great way to say, ‘let's treat ourselves.’ I always like a bubbling hot dessert with cold ice cream to end a meal. That could be a soufflé or even a seasonal crisp. Something decadent and playful that makes your eyes sparkle and your mouth water."
Tavern Chef Suzanne Goin: A Juicy Steak for Two Will Set the Mood
"My favorite meal is a huge, thick steak [to share]—there's nothing more romantic on Valentine's Day. At Tavern, we'll have a bone-in rib eye served for two with a decadent potato-gruyere gratin and sauteed swiss chard. It's perfect for setting the mood."
Girasol Chef CJ Jacobson: Enjoy Something Special Like Lobster
"[Valentine’s Day] is a special day and deserves special food. For us at Girasol, that means lobster bisque poured tableside over luscious lumps of lightly poached lobster mixed with apple, market citrus, and almond-infused brown butter.”
Crossroads Chef Tal Ronnen: Order Italian Wedding Soup if You’re Popping the Question
“The Italian wedding soup on our Valentine’s Day menu is a fun play on its translation, also known as minestra maritata or ‘married soup.’ It was intentionally created for the menu in the spirit of Valentine’s Day. Plenty of proposals have been made over Valentine’s Day, but I think only a good dish and the right restaurant choice will ultimately seal the deal.”
The Little Door Chef T. Nicolas Peter: Make it Sexy with a Chocolate Dessert
“Lobster is always classy. The filet mignon is popular and sells extremely well. And of course, a decadent chocolate dessert like the bitter sweet molten cake.”
- Source: LA Confidential Photo: Andrea D' Agosto; David Young-Wolff