Valentine’s Day dinner offers are usually a slew of expensive tasting menus (red rose included!), but here are a few that caught my eye for offering something different (or aren’t just cray-expensive).
MINA TEST KITCHEN is holding the last night of chef Adam Sobel’s Little Italy. I managed to visit before leaving for NYC, and the hearty Italian-American food with a touch of soigné was all kinds of delicious, the Sunday Supper of your inner fat kid’s dreams. It’s also a cozy space that will feel just right for date night. The five-course menu is $65, and comes with spaghetti you can share with your sweetie à la Lady and the Tramp.
Also on the Italian tip is Spaghetti Sunday at ~CAPO’S~, which is quite the deal: a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs (again, shared like Lady and the Tramp), a Caesar salad, and garlic bread for two, plus two glasses of red wine and a sweet chocolate finish for $49.
Since Valentine’s falls on a Sunday this year, don’t rule out a nice brunch with your sweetie at ~FOREIGN CINEMA~, or you can stick around for their $95, three-course dinner, which is a “Gentle Love Letter” to David Bowie (you know the music will be great) and the film Basquiat will be playing.
On Saturday February 13th, ~JUHU BEACH CLUB~ over in Oakland is offering dinner for two for $70 (tax and tip not included), which includes cocktails, starters (pani puri), a main (biryani, with chicken or beef), and dessert. And if you add on an order of Black Dal ($9), $1 will go to Bay Area Black Lives Matter. Reservations here.
And if you absolutely need to weave some aphrodisiacs into your day, check out this early evening event at the CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS in Golden Gate Park that’s about the libido-enhancing power of plants from 5:30pm-8pm (and you get a free glass of bubbles with admission). $20 per person, two for $35 in advance (all tickets $20 at the door). Conservatory of Flowers, 100 John F. Kennedy Dr., Golden Gate Park.
Nothing says “I love you” like a big meatball. Photo from Little Italy, © tablehopper.com.
Sunday Feb 14, 2016