Sexy Little Sweets are the desserts for an extravagant Valentine’s Day tasting experience in the intimate chef’s tasting room within The Bazaar at the SLS Hotel. The multi-course prix-fixe menu includes Jose’s Combination, tornedos Rossini, Japanese baby peaches, and linguini and clams. With five different dining areas at The Bazaar at SLS, there is something to please every Valentine. 465 S. La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5555. www.thebazaar.com
Healthy Valentine’s Dining
Fresheast is the newest high quality, organic, sustainable and affordable Asian cuisine restaurant in West Hollywood. Diners are served healthy portions, with no butter, salt or nuts in any of their dishes. Ideal for couples who are eating right this Valentine’s Day. 8951 Santa Monica Blvd. G-1, (310)859-9989.www.fresheast.com.
Napa Valley Grille
Couples may select their favorite dishes off the menu this Valentine’s Day at Napa Valley Grille. Chef Joseph is offering two special appetizers, two main course specialties, and two favorite side dishes. Pastry chef Manuel Ortega will be preparing a Laura Chenel goat cheese tart with fresh black berries and white honey. 1100 Glendon Ave. (310)824-3322. www.napavalleygrille.com.
Come downtown on Valentine’s Day and enjoy Corkbar’s California-centric wine bar experience with an a la carte menu featuring seared duck breast with a port wine reduction sauce and molten chocolate cake with crème anglaise. Entrée prices range from $10-$20. Enjoy your meal with a high-end sparkling wine flight for $25. 403 W. 12th St., (213)746-0050. www.corkbar.com
An intimate five-course tasting menu awaits with such delicacies as pan roasted diver scallops with a saffron-vanilla emulsion and marinated celery, a butternut squash flan with coconut soup and curry dusted crispy sweet breads. For an entrée, Hatfield’s will serve Wagyu flat iron and braised short rib with maitake mushrooms, harissa, smoked potatoes and watercress. The price is $129 per person. 6703 Melrose Ave. (323)935-2977
Enjoy Valentine’s Day this weekend with a special meal of Chateaubriand and a stuffed lobster tail for two. On Monday, Larchmont Grill will offer a three-course prix fixe menu, ending with a chef’s chocolate lovers’ medley for two for $65 per person and a wine pairing with each course for an additional $20. 5750 Melrose Ave. (323)464-4277. www.larchmontgrill,com. (Read a complete review on page 13.)
Speed Date on Valentine’s Day
Sit on one of the world’s largest sofa (213 feet in length) by Bo Concepts Urban Design with 150 other single speed daters between the ages of 30 – 43. Led by HurryDate, singles get a three-minute shot to see if Cupid hits. Located on the Third Street Promenade, guests are treated to drinks, food and ice-skating after the event at “Ice at Santa Monica.” The event starts on Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. http://www.hurrydate.com/longestsofa.
Tour of the Senses
This Sunday and Monday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Whist at the Viceroy Santa Monica will offer a four-course menu by chef Tony DiSalvo. The highlights include butter-poached lobster with risotto, apple, shiso and kaffir lime broth and chocolate Tartufo. After dinner, adjourn to one of the outdoor cabanas – or “Scent Tents” where you and your valentine can enjoy aromatherapy oils and customized body scrubs, packaged for guests to take home. The “Bubble” cabana offers flights of champagne and sparkling wines. The evening is $95 per person that includes the four-course dinner, champagne tasting and customized scrub.
1819 Ocean Ave. (310)260-7511. www.viceroysantamonica.com
Italian Valentine’s Day
Chef Mirko Pademo at Oliverio in the Avalon Hotel is preparing a romantic Italian meal from Feb. 12 to Feb. 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $65 per person and $100 with wine pairings. Some of the items featured include chitarra pasta with lobster, roasted tomato and asparagus and a premium all-chocolate buffet. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd. (310)277-5221.
Anti-Valentine’s Day Party
Don’t have a date this Valentine’s Day? No worries, go mix and mingle at Gladstones Malibu on their outdoor deck on Feb.13 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Share a bucket of Miller Lite with friends for $15 or drink bottomless Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas for $25. Listen to the music from Black Crystal Wolf Kids, a rock tribute band. 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy. (310)454-3474.
Fine Dining Valentine’s Meal
Chef Rene Charest at L’Ermitage is serving up such specialties as oysters and pearls topped with black pepper crème fraiche, seared foie gras served on amaretto French toast with balsamic maple syrup. For dessert, try his chocolate profiteroles and vanilla bean ice cream bathed in a warm cherry sauce. Afterwards, check out the Blue Tangerine art exhibit at the hotel. America Martin, Andy Moses and Susan Woodruff have some of their music-inspired paintings and abstract art displayed. 9291 Burton Way, (310)278-3344.
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