Your guide to Valentine’s Day, drinks and eats in L.A., part two
Here we go again
The first time around we gave you plenty of options to please your significant other on Valentine’s Day, but it seems that Los Angeles restaurants have more V-day spirit than we could cover in one guide. Here is part two.
Drago Centro in downtown LA with chef Ian Gresik presents a special Valentine’s Day tasting menu with optional wine pairing. The menu will include: l’Insalata di Uova e Asparagi, Gli Spaghetti alla Carbonara, l’Anatra, and La Mousse al Cioccolato. The four-course meal will be available for $65 from 5 pm – 10 pm ($100 with wine pairing). 525 South Flower Street, Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071. 213-228-8998
Beachwood BBQ is presenting a four-course dinner and beer pairing for $50 per person. An appetizer of baby greens, strawberries, candied pecans, herb goat cheese fritter, and meyer lemon vinaigrette will be followed by pan seared scallops as well as bacon spinach and fontina stuffed smoked pork tenderloin. Flourless chocolate torte will be on deck for dessert. Dinner will be served at both the Seal Beach and Long Beach locations beginning at 6pm, and the regular menu will still be available. Beachwood BBQ Seal Beach: 131 1/2 Main St, Seal Beach, CA, 90740. 562-493-4500. Beachwood BBQ Long Beach: 210 E. 3rd St, Long Beach, CA, 90802 562-436-4020.
Chaya is offering Valentine’s Day dinner at any of its three establishments in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, and Venice.
Chaya Beverly Hills will offer a three-course menu created by Executive Chef Harutaka Kishi featuring: Amuse Bouche of Fanny Bay Oyster, Foie-Gras au Torchon and Mole Rubbed Hamachi or Chilled Almond Soup, as well as either Roasted Spice Venison with Black Garlic Puree, Basil Steamed Loup de Mer Ocean or Pan Roasted Ocean Trout. This prix fixe menu will cost you $85 per person. 8741 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048. 310-859-8833.
Chaya Downtown with Executive Chef Kenjo Atsushi, will feature an Assortment Appetizer Platter with House Cured Salmon Tartar and Foie-Gras Ballotine with Pomegranate, Riesling, and Grape Must. You will also get Coffee Spiced Black Angus Filet Mignon and a Belgian Chocolate Three-way for dessert, all for $65 a person. 525 S. Flower St, Los Angeles, CA 90017. 213-236-9577.
Chaya Venice, with Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe, will also be presenting unique menu items including “Antipasto For Two:” Escargot en Cocotte, Lobster Spring Roll with Aji Amarillo, Organic Beets with Creamy Chèvre Cheese, and a Kobe Roll($38), “Surf and Turf:” Kobe Beef Rib Eye with Black Truffle Madera Sauce, Herb Butter Poached Half Main Lobster with Espresso Yukon Mashed Potatoes, and Curry Brussels Sprouts ($48), and for dessert, Dark and White Chocolate Covered Strawberries with Chocolate Mousse and Warm Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding or Lemon Cheese Cake ($22). 110 Navy St, Venice, CA 90291. 310-396-1179.
Executive Chef Pascal Lorange at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood will serve dinner for $52 per person. The meal will include a choice of Santa Barbara Prawns, Veal Carpaccio, or a half dozen oysters to start, followed by either Roasted Rack of Lamb or Grilled Truffle Chicken Paillard. Pastry Chef Andrew LeStourgeon will then present a Valrhona Chocolate Heart served with a Honey Lavender Madeleine for dessert. Email email@example.com for a chance to win a complimentary dinner for two. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069. 310-360-9100.
Napa Valley Grille in Westwood Village has a three-course prix fixe menu by new Executive Chef Taylor Boudreaux. Selections include Roasted Sonoma Rack of Lamb with Fingerling Potatoes, Marinated Fennel, or Lamb Jus along with Chateaubriand (for two) with Yukon Potato Purée, Sautéed Bloomsburg Spinach, and Red Wine Reduction. For dessert, your choice of White Chocolate Frozen Soufflé or Passion Fruit Coconut Custard Cake, all for $75 per person. 1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90024. 310-824-3322.
Cafe Del Rey is presenting à la carte selections from Executive Chef Daniel Roberts from February 10 – 12, or a three-course prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. Dishes such as House-Cured Salmon with buckwheat blini, white sturgeon caviar, lemon crème fraîche, and micro chives; and Pan-Seared Scallops with parsnip purée, mustard greens, roasted fingerling potatoes, and vanilla-saffron sauce. Other offerings include Seared Haloumi & Wild Arugula Salad, Bluenose Sea Bass, Veal Saltimbocca, Beet Risotto, and a Chocolate Espresso Tart. The February 14 dinner will be $65 per person and begins at 5:30 PM. 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. 310-823-6395
Caza Azul Cantina in Westwood offers a four-course menu for Valentine’s Day for $49.95 per person. Menu Items will include: Tiradito de Hamachi, yellowtail with avocado, rocoto chile in olive oil, lime juice, and ponzu sauce, Aguachile de Camarón, fresh shrimp marinated in a spicy lime serrano pepper sauce with onions, avocado, fresh cilantro, and cucumbers, topped with extra virgin olive oil, as well as Medallones de Filete al Limón, Halibut Adobado, and Pechuga XI-XE, with a sweet Flan de Coco dessert. Specialty drinks such as El Diablo and Matador Special will be available for $10. 10853 Lindbrook Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024. 310-209-0666.
Cecconi’s West Hollywood will be serving either a three-course meal featuring black truffles ($70) or a champagne and oyster special ($50) accompanied by a live jazz band. The Valentine’s Day meal will have appetizers such as Cream of Cauliflower Soup and Wood Oven Roasted Scallops. Entrees will include: Wood Roasted Spicy Lobster, Kobe Filet Mignon, and Risotto; with multiple options for dessert. 8764 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069. 310-432-2000.
Sushi Roku in Pasadena will be featuring a four-course menu for $85 a couple which includes starters like Snow Crab Salad and Filet Mignon Wrapped Asparagus. Dinner will consist of either Katana Lamb Chops with Shishito Mashed Potatoes or assorted sushi. 33 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103. 626-683-3000.
Executive Chef Greg Daniels presents Valentine’s Day Haven, at both the Orange and Pasadena Haven Gastropub locations, for $40 a person ($20 for beer or wine pairing). Orange Haven will have California Spiny Lobster to start and choice of Roasted Venison Loin or Loch Duart Salmon, while Pasadena Haven begins with Purple Baby Artichoke and follows with either Elk Loin or Loch Duart Salmon. Orange Haven Gastropub: 190 South Glassell St, Orange, CA. 714-221-0680. Pasadena Haven Gastropub: 42 S. De Lacey Av, Pasadena, CA. 626-768-9555.
A Valentine’s dinner at Marino Ristorante will cost $65 a person and will get you a four-course meal with items such as Antipasto di polipo or Torre di Portobello, Mezze Maniche Macini All’Astice in salsa Rosa or Pasticciata Verde, then (Secondi) Merluzzo Alla Marechiaro or Filetto con Funghi Porcini. Ricotta Cheese Cake with Mixed Berries or Semifreddo will be the dessert options. 6001 Melrose Av, Los Angeles, CA 90038. 323-466-8812.
If you’d like to try something difficult to pronounce, Executive Chef Dakota Weiss at NINETHIRTY at The W in Westwood will feature pissaladiere and bisque de pomme de terre blanche, followed by either rouget en papillote or osso bucco of l’agneau. A salad of frisee and rocket lettuce and tarte tartin for dessert are also included for $70 per person. 930 Hilgard Av, Los Angeles, Ca 90024. 310-443-8211.