Where are you taking that special guy or gal this coming Thursday to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Some are celebrating before the big day and others will continue to celebrate afterwards and into the weekend.
Here is a list of Weinlein approved destinations featured in the Beverly Press and Park LaBrea News:
Montage Beverly Hills
Settle into a private poolside cabana at the Montage Beverly Hills with chocolate-covered strawberries, a mimosa flight and plush terry cloth robes. This special package for $450 is available from Saturday, Feb. 9, through Thursday, Feb. 14. Cabanas can accommodate invited to treat their sweethearts and themselves to bottomless mimosas at The Rooftop Grill on Feb. 14 for $42 per person. The Bar at the Montage Beverly Hills also welcomes guests on Feb. 14 for special cocktails like the Opposites Attract, The Heart and The Spirit. Enjoy live music starting at 7:30 p.m. For dinner, The Restaurant will offer a romantic four-course meal. Chef Monica Olaes’ menu is laden with rich and decadent offerings, including leek and potato cream soup with black truffles, seared scallops and beef tartare. Entrées include vegetable lasagna, Chilean sea bass and filet mignon. Sommelier-selected wine pairings are available exclusively on Feb. 14 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The dinner is $105 per person with an additional $55 per person for optional wine pairings. Stay overnight for a perfect getaway for two that includes luxurious accommodations, chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Champagne upon arrival. Enjoy complimentary access to the Spa Montage Beverly Hills, breakfast in bed or at The Rooftop Grill, and Canon Drive, (855)691-1162.
Celebrate romance with Skyspace Los Angeles’ “Toast From The Top” package. The $50 admission offers wonderful views; two chocolate-covered strawberries; two Skyslide rides, one per person; and two splits of Pommery brut Champagne and rosé, or a bottle of G.H. Mumm Champagne for an additional $25. The special is available now through Feb. 17. For tickets, visit bit.ly/2Sto8OY. 633 W. Fifth St., #840, (213)894-9000.
Dinner and a movie at The Grove
In honor of awards season, The Grove offers the ultimate movie-going experience for two. Enjoy an award-nominated film and a three-course dinner at select dining destinations at The Grove. Participating restaurants include 189 by Dominique Ansel, Bar Verde at Nordstrom, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill, Ladurée, La Piazza, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Umami Burger, and The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge. For $70 per couple, this special package includes dinner for two, complimentary valet parking and two reserved movie tickets for one of the nominated movies playing at the Pacific Theatres. Caruso Rewards members will receive free popcorn. The special is available Monday through Friday until March 1, but not on Valentine’s Day. 189 The Grove Drive, (323)900-8080.
Preux & Proper
Executive chef Sammy Monsour prepares a Southern spread on Feb. 14 for couples and friends to share. Start with a charcuterie paired with pâté de campagne made with rabbit and pork, green tomato chow-chow, seasonal accoutrements and fresh baguette. The seafood gumbo pot is made with Louisiana crawfish, tiger prawns, Willapa Bay oysters, Prince Edward Island mussels, rice and tobacco leeks. Another dish perfect for sharing is the traditional rabbit jambalaya prepared with Oz Family Farms rabbit, heirloom squash risotto, sage, pecorino sardo, golden raisins and pumpkin seeds. Finish with dulce de leche bananas Foster beignets with powdered sugar, or the Mama’s Key Lime Pie, featuring a secret recipe served with whipped cream. Beverage director Kassady Wiggins is making two special Valentine’s Day cocktails, the Love Potion #9 with Sipsmith London dry gin and the 50 Shades of Lavender with sparkling rosé. The restaurant is open from 4 to 10 p.m. 840 S. Spring St., Los Angeles, (213)896-0090.
The Belvedere offers a four-course, prix-fixe menu featuring fresh lobster caviar, a juicy and tender filet mignon, and puffy chocolate soufflé or tiramisu for dessert. Resident pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala will play during this special Valentine’s Day dinner from 5 to 10:30 p.m. The meal is $125 per guest. 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)975-2736.
Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
Walk through the elegant Waldorf Astoria to the Jean-Georges restaurant for a special tasting menu after 5 p.m. on Feb. 14. Start with an amuse-bouche, and sea urchin and caviar. Other offerings include fresh tagliatelle with black truffles, and fresh cod with a nut and seed crust. The wagyu beef tenderloin is served with silky glazed and roasted carrots. Finish with a chewy chocolate meringue topped with blood oranges and roses. The meal is $155 per person. 9850 Wilshire Blvd., (310)860-6566.
The recently opened Spanish-influenced restaurant located in the heart of Highland Park is offering a Spanish-Japanese Valentine’s Day prix-fixe dinner menu for $80 per person. Optional sake and wine pairings are $20 per person. Dinner reservations are available from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Menu items include Japanese vegetable tempura, Baja sea bass sashimi, chicken heart yakitori and unagi paella for two. 5715 N. Figueroa St., (323)474-6624.Circa 55
The signature restaurant at The Beverly Hilton is serving a four-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. with live guitar music starting at 6 p.m. The evening includes an amuse-bouche, appetizer, entrée and sweet treat by renowned pastry chef Thomas Henzi. This special includes one bottle of Le Grande Courtâge sparkling wine or one virgin cocktail per person. Couples get to take home a mini box of chocolate truffles to enjoy later in the evening. The special meal is $130 per couple or $65 per person. 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310)887-6055.
Enjoy chef de cuisine Luca Moriconi’s five-course, prix-fixe menu at $125 per person. Start with a special sangria cocktail, featuring red wine, Asian pear, strawberry, orange and honey, garnished with fresh fruit. The menu begins with an oyster amuse-bouche, followed by antipasto choices such as tomato soup with ricotta agnolotti and taggiasca olive dust. Next, enjoy mozzarella with candy cane beets, marinated strawberries, aged balsamic and mint, or carabineros prawn crudo with red pepper corn, sea beans, grapes and citronette. For the first course, choose between black mussels with artichoke lasagna or asparagus risotto with edible gold. The second course offers a choice between baked Dover sole filets or roasted Cornish hen served with truffled white polenta, green peas and seasonal black truffles. Finish with a passion fruit semifreddo for two, served with chocolate torsion and a candied rose. An à la carte menu is also offered. Reservations are from 6 to 11 p.m. 300 S. Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, (310)860-4000.
Institute of Culinary Education
On Feb. 14, make and enjoy classic shrimp cocktails, Caesar salad, grilled New York strips, creamed spinach, truffled mashed potatoes and mini New York cheesecakes with strawberry compote at the Institute of Culinary Education’s Pasadena campus. On Feb. 15, couples can learn how to make, shape and stuff pasta dough. You and your partner will create a complete fresh Italian dinner of pappardelle with Bolognese sauce, butternut squash ravioli with sage butter, tomato basil bruschetta, and a shaved fennel and radicchio salad. Each class begins at 6 p.m. and costs $240 a couple. 521 E. Green St., (888)718-2433.
Among cascades of flowers and elegant décor, chef Helene An makes romantic creations with seafood, apples, saffron, chili, banana, pomegranate, vanilla and watermelon. Start with the chilled watermelon consume, chilled Fanny Bay oysters with yuzu and truffle ponzu, and warm Alaskan king crab leg with sweet corn and tamarind sweet chili. The Eros Salad is made with pomegranate seeds, strawberries, kale, Brussels sprouts, almonds, red onion and cauliflower croutons. The surf ‘n’ turf dish features A5 wagyu and Maine lobster. For a sweet ending, try The Forbidden Apple made with pound cake, cobbler crumble, Baileys caramel liqueur and maca. An also makes her banana à la mode with turbinado brûlée, Baileys, caramel and Tahitian bean ice cream. 468 N. Bedford Drive, (310)205-8990.
On Valentine’s Day, Không Tên is offering 50 percent off all drinks all night for all singles sitting at the bar. There’ll also be a special flaming version of The Golden Pineapple cocktail for two. Throughout February, couples on any of the dating apps, including Tinder, Grindr and Bumble, can get 50 percent off drinks by showing the server or bartender both phones to prove a match. 11520 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, (424)832-7000.
E.P. & L.P.
Aussie-Fijian executive chef Louis Tikaram’s five-course menu begins with a glass of Champagne and hiramasa kingfish tartare. Couples will then share Australian king prawn and Maine lobster garlic butter noodles, hot and sour salad with wood-grilled short rib, and truffle fried rice. Finish with the Coco-Nuts About You pudding. This special dinner is $100 per person. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, (310)855-9955.
Enjoy a French-inspired Saint Valentine prix-fixe menu for $95 per person with an optional wine pairing for $55 each. Start with caviar toast, purple potatoes and crème fraîche, and entrées of chicken oysters with cappuccino, hazelnut and porcini, or a New York strip with bone marrow, barley and root stew. For dessert, enjoy a decadent chocolate dessert for two. An à la carte menu is also offered. 14. 8500 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, (310)360-3866.