I think it’s safe to say that Valentine’s Day means different things to different people. While some spoil their loved ones with gifts, others use it as an excuse to treat themselves (and rightly so). My favourite way to celebrate with my special one is over a long drawn-out, delicious meal, and toasting to our future with something fizzy and alcoholic, either at home or in one of our favourite restaurants in Manchester. With that in mind, I’ve put together this list of the best Valentine’s menus in Manchester for all the other foodie couples out there.
£30 or less
Rosylee – enjoy a 3 course roast dinner in the light and airy Northern Quarter tearooms for just £18.95 this Sunday. Pay just £5 for Bucks Fizz, Negronis and Bloody Mary’s for an extra somethin’ something’. Call 0161 228 6629 to book, website.
duttons – are really pulling out all the stops this year. Treat your loved one to some bubbles in Albert Square. An elegant 3 course dinner with a glass of champagne each is just £60 per couple. Think Seafood Platter to start and Porterhouse Steak to share with thick cut chips. Go all out and pre-order a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Brut champers for £39… Full menu here, book online here.
Zouk – the contemporary Pakistani and Indian restaurant on Chester Street are offering a spectacular Vday banquet all weekend which includes 8 different sharing dishes for just £25 per person. View the full menu and book here.
Iberica – if, like me, you’re someone who likes lots of little dishes, I recommend you go for the Spanish St. Valentine’s deli hamper at Iberica on The Avenue, Spinningfields. At just £35 per couple, it’s really affordable and perfect for a romantic midday treat. Menu and booking info here.
£50 or less
Tariff & Dale – Oyster and salami, flat iron steak, strawberry and champagne mousse, are all on the menu at Tariff & Dale this Sunday. Enjoy the very elegant 3 course dinner including an aperitif for a very reasonable £35 per person. Go for the drinks pairing option at an extra £15 pp if you really want to impress. Check out the menu on their Twitter here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book or call 0161 710 2233.
Cottonopolis – my new favourite haunt has a really impressive 5 course Valentine’s menu with a glass of champagne, for just £45 per person. The new kid on Newton Street specialise in sushi, bao buns and dim sum, tempura and yakitori dishes, and have some of the most delicious cocktails – honestly? I can’t get enough of this place. Highly recommended! Check out the menu here, and call 0161 236 5144 or email email@example.com to get booked in this weekend.
Tattu – modern Chinese cuisine in a fancy, highly decorative restaurant in Spinningfields. Tattu are putting their own spin on aphrodisiac oysters and black cod, and offering a four course dinner plus macarons to take away for £49.50. Menu and booking info here.
Pulling out all the stops…
Quill – Manchester’s latest fine dining restaurant on King Street are making a bold statement with their indulgent 10 course Valentine’s tasting menu. Expect the full works to include oysters, foie gras, venison, brill and enough truffle to shake a stick at, this is the menu to go for if your other half is a foodie. At £90 per head (including a glass of fizz) it’s not cheap, but expect a top drawer dining experience. The full menu and booking info can be found on their website here.
Pier Eight – Whether you’re treating them to a show or not, wine and dine your love in the spectacular and super-sleek Pier Eight at The Lowry theatre. Diners are sure to be blown away with the Valentine’s menu which includes an arrival cocktail, three courses with matching wines followed by coffee and petit fours, all while enjoying the romantic view over Salford Quays. This special menu is available for £55 per person, all weekend. All info here.
Ph. taken from restaurant websites.