Valentine’s Day Dinners, Part II

Reserve now at these lovely feasts happening around Seattle.

By Hilary Meyerson February 2, 2011

One item on Crush’s Valentine’s dinner menu: lobster salad with blood orange.

Cafe Flora Feb 14. For the vegetable lovers, a four-course feast of “romance-inducing dishes” means wonton canape topped with avocado butternut pate and three sauces, almond phyllo roulade, and a “citrus kiss” salad of grapefruit, pea shoots, jicama, and watercress. End the meal with either devil’s food cake and molten Mexican chocolate or almond génoise with brown-butter buttercream, marzipan, and kumquat. $45/person; call 206-325-9100 to reserve.

Canlis Feb 13 & 14. By now the two-tops at Seattle’s romantic jewel are—surprise, surprise—basically booked, but larger groups can get in on the prix fixe food: cauliflower soup, Canlis salad, king salmon, and beef tenderloin followed by a decadent combo of chocolate cake, ice cream, and mousse. Couples may have a better chance at scoring a seat on the 13th. $125/person, with an optional $75 wine flight; vegetarian menu $95; call 206-283-3313 to reserve.

Crush Feb 11–14. What better spot to treat your crush? A special four-course menu offers delicacies such as gnocchi with black truffle and gruyere cream, Maine lobster salad, and slow-roasted wild salmon. Also available is a menu supplement of Hudson Valley foie gras steak, as well as the regular menu. $77/person, with an optional wine pairing at $54/person; call 206-302-7874 to reserve.

The Herbfarm Feb 11–14. The “Menu for Two Hearts” is made up of many (no doubt unforgettable) plates. $189–$205/person; call 425-485-5300 to reserve.

Lark Feb 14. Johnathan Sundstrom’s signature plates—smoked sablefish, seared Sonoma foie gras, artichoke-lemon burrata, and braised pork cheeks, to name a few—make up the three-tiered savories, topped off with your choice of dessert. $85 per person, with an optional wine pairing at $35; call 206-323-5275 to reserve.

Luc Feb 12–14. Look for shared specials, including leg of lamb, slow roasted pork, and salt roasted chicken. But first comes apple-parsnip soup with caramelized scallop, and for dessert, rum cake with passion fruit and meringue. $70/couple.

Rover’s Feb 11, 13, 14. A $45 Friday lunchtime celebration features four courses, with smoked Wagyu beef as the main. Or, join chef Thierry Rautureau by night for an elaborate menu featuring diver’s sea scallops, moulard duck confit, Wagyu beef, and savory black cherry gelee. Vegetarian menus are also available. $115/person, with a $60 wine pairing; reserve wine pairing $120/person; call 206-325-7442 to reserve.

Salty’s Feb 14. Come for their signature seafood or stick to the mainland and order off the vegetarian menu. Either way, end the meal with Fire and Ice, a warmed chocolate cake-slash-ice cream sandwich. Entrée prices include starter, main dish, and dessert, $59–$99. A Valentine’s weekend brunch at Salty’s on Alki and Redondo Beaches takes place Saturday and Sunday; $38–$45, kids $16–$23; children four and younger free.

Staple and Fancy Mercantile Feb 14. Start off with an assortment of shared dishes, then choose your own pasta (gnocchi with beef short rib, conchiglie with swordfish puttanesca), main (duck breast, daurade with artichockes), and finally, dessert (chocolate cake and bourbon ice cream or ricotta cheesecake). $75/person; call 206-789-1200.

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