The Great Bard once said, “If music be the food of love, play on,” but we think that actually, maybe food is the food of love. Of life’s many pleasures, there are surely few greater than beautiful food, served in beautiful surroundings, shared with the people you love.
If you and your significant other are planning on a special outing this Valentine’s but aren’t quite sure where to go, fear not – read on for a small selection of our restaurant recommends.
The Magnificent – Rosso
“Rosso” in Italian means red – the colour of passion… the colour of love. What could be more fitting? For sheer “wow” factor, Rosso is hard to beat. Formerly the home of Lancashire & Yorkshire bank, this Grade II listed building brings a touch of London-style opulence and class to the top of King Street. Throw in delectable cocktails, live jazz and fine Italian cuisine and you’re on to a sure-fire date night winner.
Click here to view Rosso’s Valentine’s menu.
Rosso Restaurant & Bar, 43 Spring Gardens, Manchester, M2 2BG
The Cool and Contemporary – Room
Room has been serving up classic dishes with a contemporary twist for several years now, and the food is just as elegant, mouth-watering and satisfying as ever before. The culinary skill and panache on show earned the restaurant its second AA Rosette in 2011 – an accolade it continues to hold today. It also happens to reside in one of Manchester’s finest dining rooms. One of the city’s best.
Click here to view Room’s Valentine’s menu.
Room, 81 King Street, Manchester, M2 4AH
The Kinky – Lounge 10
Dining in Lounge 10 feels a little bit like you’ve stumbled into the secret parlour of a rich, eccentric uncle; the kind of uncle who sits around in his velour dressing gown, smoking cigars and talking about beautiful women. It’s unique – a place of over-the-top decadence, decked out with heavy velvet drapery and naked ladies on the wall parading as art. Though it may seem terribly gimmicky, it’s actually huge amounts of fun, plus the food is excellent.
Click here to view Lounge Ten’s Valentine’s menu.
Lounge 10, 10 Tib Lane, Manchester, M2 4JB
The Parisien – 63 Degrees
Paris is renowned the world over as the city of lovers and the city of light; a name synonymous with beauty, romance, and fine dining. The good news is that you don’t need to hop on a flight or a Eurostar to recreate the magic of “la cuisine Française” because the Moreau family have brought it to Manchester for you. Head Chef Eric lends his own love and passion for French food to every dish in this fantastic gem of a restaurant. Try the cream of carrot soup with giant prawn. Parfait.
Click here to view 63 Degrees’ Valentine’s menu.
63 Degrees Restaurant, 20 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PN
The Chic – Harvey Nichols
Stylish yet unpretentious, the Second Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols is the perfect place to enjoy great Modern European cuisine whilst resting weary feet and soaking up the cityscape. One of the most notable features of the restaurant is its award-winning wine list, which offers more than 400 meticulously chosen wines from all over the world. Oh, and then there’s the small advantage of the location… shopping AND food. What a combination.
Click here to view Harvey Nichols’ Valentine’s menu.
Harvey Nichols, 21 Cathedral Approach, Manchester, Lancashire M1 1AD
The Eclectic – Belle Epoque Restaurant
Taking its name from a period of French history marked by artistic and cultural refinement, Knutsford’s Belle Epoque Restaurant serves up top-quality haute cuisine in wonderfully eclectic, luxuriant surroundings. Admire the various objets d’art as you tuck in to dishes fit for a king (or queen), such as goose & pheasant ballotine, assiette fillet de boeuf, terrine of quail aux fois gras and lobster thermidor.
Click here to view Belle Epoque Restaurant’s Valentine’s menu.
The Belle Epoque, King Street, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6DT
By Alaka Prodhan (@EchoingBronze)