Dine her like a Queen: 10 awesome restaurants for Valentine’s Day
The UAE’s most romantic dining options that are sure to impress your other half.Peter Iantorno February 10, 2015
On Valentine's Day the restaurants of the UAE pull out all the stops to provide some of the most romantic settings imaginable in which to enjoy a meal with your partner.
From private Bruj Khalifa views to beachside cabanas, if you other half isn't impressed by these gloriously indulgent Valentine's Day meals, she's not worth the trouble:
Sofitel Sky Table
Venue: Probably the most unique experience in Dubai this Valentine’s Day, Sky Table puts you in a secret, private room on the 30th floor of Sofitel Downtown, with jaw-dropping views of Burj Khalifa.
Package: Two glasses of champagne at The 31 Bar, followed by four-course menu at Sky Table, flower bouquet for the lady and Valentine's dessert, plus a bottle of wine costs AED 2,015. The room can fit six people, but we recommend just the two of you. Details: Visit sofitel.com
Asia de Cuba, Abu Dhabi
Venue: Located at the St. Regis' Nation Towers Beachfront on the Corniche, Asia de Cuba serves Chino-Latino fusion food such as miso-glazed black cod, Wagyu fillet steak with chipotle potatoes and mojo duck confit.
Package: Three packages are offered, ranging from the standard four-course dinner (AED 800 per couple), to a special private beachside cabana dinner with champagne (AED 2,000 per couple), to an extravagant seaplane tour of the city, indulgent private meal, overnight stay in the lavish suite of the St. Regis and more for a snip at AED 25,000. Details: Visit asiadecuba.com/abu_dhabi
Mina A’Salam Hotel
Venue: Part of the sprawling Madinat Jumeirah complex, Mina A'Salam is a stalwart of Dubai's luxury hotel scene, offering vast peaceful gardens and exclusive beach access.
Package: This Valentine's Day, the hotel is offering a beach majlis dining package, including private chauffeur transfers, flowers, welcome drink, private butler, decadent beachside meal and personalised cake. Yours for AED 4,500 per couple. Details: Visit jumeirah.com
Venue: Headed by Michelin-starred, Lebanese-Australian chef Greg Malouf, Clé Dubai serves Middle East-style food at its very best.
Package: A special Valentine's Day three-course set menu, including a welcome glass of champagne starts at AED 450 per person. Details: Visit cle-dubai.com
Cipriani Yas Island
Venue: Set in the tranquil atmosphere of Yas Marina waterfront, Cipriani is a stylish, elegant restaurant serving classic Italian favourites such as a creamy burratta starter, pan-seared salmon and roasted veal shoulder.
Package: The four-course set menu costs AED 385 per person including service charge. Ladies also receive a free body massage voucher from La Riche Spa. Details: Visit cipriani.com
Emirates Golf Club
Venue: The clubhouse at Emirates Golf Club is home to a good selection of restaurants and bars, including a classic French, chilled-out terrace and modern Mediterranean, but on Valentine's Day, the course can be your restaurant...
Package: The 'Dine Under the Stars' package includes private transfers to and from the golf club, a six-course gourmet feast served on the heart of the Majlis course, which will be transformed into the ultimate romantic setting, a glass of champagne and unlimited red and white wine. All that for just AED 1,900 per couple. Details: Visit dubaigolf.com
Venue: With perfect views of the Dubai Fountain and award-winning Italian cuisine, BiCE Mare is almost tailor-made for Valentine's Day.
Package: A four-course set menu, with separate dishes tailored for ladies and gents, plus a couple of glasses of bubbly on arrival, costs AED 1,600 per couple. Details: Visit bicemare.com
Venue: Nestled in the heart of Downtown Dubai, classic French restaurant La Serre will be serving a bespoke Valentine's set menu designed especially for sharing.
Package: The Valentine's sharing menu is priced at AED 700 per person, the Valentine's lunch is AED 500 per person, or if you prefer, the normal a la carte will also be available. Details: Visit laserre.ae
Venue: Located in The Collection, within the St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Koi features a dedicated sushi bar, cocktail lounge and terrace where the restaurant's excellent contemporary Japanese cuisine can be enjoyed.
Package: On the 14th, Koi is offering a special five-course menu, including lobster dumplings, pan-seared cod and braised beef short ribs. Prices are from AED 450 to AED 650 per person, depending on which drinks package you go for. Details: Visit koirestaurant.ae
Anantara Dubai The Palm
Venue: Located on the East Crescent of the Palm Jumeirah, Anantara has seven different dining options, including Asian, Australian and seafood, but the one that's really likely to impress this Valentine's Day is the Dining by Design service.
Package: On the 14th, the hotel is offering couples their own private section of beach, a candlelit table for two and a specially created Valentine's set menu, plus a whole bottle of champagne. The price? AED 4,000 per couple. Details: Visit dubai-palm.anantara.com