Foodie Friday XI

This week’s Foodie Friday is getting loved-up in time for Valentine’s Day, so we’ve had a look at how you can celebrate Valentine’s Day with perfectly romantic, foodie treats…

Whether you’re loved-up, flying and always smiling, or single, think all that’s naff and just up for a laugh, you’ll know that Valentine’s Day is around the corner. The whole city is brimming with teddies hugging hearts, red banners declaring their love to passers-by, heart-shaped balloons swaying contentedly in the crisp, February wind, and the sound of a satisfied sigh somewhere down the tube.

For some fine dining around our romantic capital, we bring you some special Valentine’s Day meals hot off the Sauce HQ press, exclusively for your heart-shaped eyes only…

1 Lombard Street

Iconic City restaurants 1776 and 1 Lombard Street are teaming up with the luxurious lingerie brand, Agent Provocateur, to create a truly seductive treat for their loved-up diners. All ladies dining at the restaurants on the 14th February will be given a naughty-but-nice goody bag worth £55. The truly indulgent Dégustation menu at 1776 offers lovebirds decadent dishes including black truffle risotto and caramelised black cod. The menu is priced at £90 per person or £140 each with matching wines. The three course menu at 1 Lombard Street is priced at £48 per person and features the wonderfully romantic pink champagne risotto, and the fantastically indulgent fillet mignon with foie gras.  


 Launceston Place

Valentine’s Day is all about spoiling your loved ones, and Michelin-starred Launceston Place has devised the ultimate treat for romantic foodies this February 14th. Head chef Tim Allen will create a bespoke menu for each couple, based entirely around your lover’s favourite foods. Whether your other half has a flaming desire for three chocolate courses, or a menu that is an unadulterated celebration of cheese, anything goes. To make the evening extra special, diners will also be presented with a special bouquet of beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers. To top it all off, you get to eat your uniquely tailored meal in the chef’s private office, where you can watch the kitchen action through a live television link. Reality TV just got interesting…



A diamond is forever, right? To truly wow your loved one, treat her to Sauterelle’s six-course Valentine’s Day menu. The mouth-watering choices include scallops served with caviar d’Aquitaine, buttermilk panna cotta with Lincolnshire rhubarb and Champagne granite.
Not enough? Well, to truly make it a night to remember you will receive a one-carat Ashoka-cut diamond ring with 62 facets, surrounded by a further 0.55 carats of round, brilliant-cut diamonds on a platinum band.

We bet she will never forget this Valentine’s day!


Take a peek inside the Evening Standard which lists Launceston Place and Sauterelle as their “Most Exclusive Table” and “Most Expensive Dinner” respectively, in their Ideas for a Valentine’s Day Blowout.



 Groundbreaking pan-Asian restaurants Inamo and Inamo St James are making technology romantic this Valentine’s Day. Happy couples will have the chance to customise their interactive tables with images of their choice, creating a unique ambience for each couple. The specially created four-course menu is a romantic foodie heaven, including brand new dishes such as heart-shaped salmon and avocado maki rolls, and Szechuan carpaccio of beef. The menu is priced at £35 per person, and is available until 16th February: the perfect excuse to extend the delicious combination of food, fun and romance!



Union Jacks

Over at Union Jacks, celebrate Valentine’s Day the good, old British way with the Great British Valentine’s Day menu. Enjoy winter-warming iron bark pumpkin soup, and succulent Scottish hake fillets in the relaxed, retro atmosphere of this fantastic Chiswick joint. The meal is priced at a tantalising £30 per person.


Valentine’s Day Great British Menu

Thursday 14th February  2013


On arrival

A Cornish Champagne cocktail for the Jills or UJ’s Hedgerow Sling for the Jacks

 To start choose between either

 West Mersea Oysters served 3 –ways

Adnams  Bloody Mary Sauce – old school shallot & red wine vinegar –crispy bacon & a dash of Lea & Perrins


Roasted Iron Bark pumpkin soup

and marjoram oil..


Then for your Main Course


Slow Braised Hereford Ox cheeks

with creamy “herby”  mash and loads of rich red wine and port gravy


Scottish Hake fillet

served with lemon butter sauce, toasted hazelnuts and heritage Jersey potatoes


And for pudding


Homemade spiced plum sorbet with twice baked fennel and hazelnut biscuit

Washed down with a  mini British Plum Daiquiri


Food fight British cheese plate (£3 supplement)

with a glass of Berry Bros & Rudd St James’s finest reserve port


Then finally, your choice of tea or coffee.


£30 per person









With all these exciting dining experiences going on, we took a look at some food that has been getting the Valentine’s touch too, such as this enamoured egg from www.thefrisky.com

So whilst we cut curves into our sandwiches, and swirl hearts in our coffees, we thought we’d take a look at how Valentine’s Day has inspired food around the world…


Time, Japanese Cafe Offers Chocolate Face Truffles as Valentine Gifts, Yue Wang

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate, and the tradition holds that women should present their male friends or partners with chocolate. Time reveals that Fab Cafe in Tokyo took this one step further this year when they offered to make bespoke chocolate moulds… of your loved one’s heads.


From Argentina With Love, Heart-shaped Alfajores for Valentine’s Day, Rebecca Caro

Entering the world of spice and Latino love, in Argentina, we found some Valentine’s inspired Alfajores, a sweet, honey and almond cake, which is a lovely, easy-to-make gift to delight anyone’s taste buds.


Time Out, Derrière

And lastly, getting classy and chic in the City of Love, Paris, we found this quirky restaurant that lets diners get a little more intimate over their dining… by eating in the restaurant bedroom.

We hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day!



Lidia Szmid, Charlie Mundy and Elena Toselli