Valentines Day is a time of new love aka an excuse to charge exorbitant prices for milk chocolate and make overused sexual references to celebrate a time when Romans got drunk and whipped their women with animal hides, but I digress. Here are ten dinners that’ll make it worthwhile.
Mammamia!: Mammamia! is offering a special Valentines Day set menu with four virility-boosting courses. First course entails a choice of Balik salmon and big-eye tuna or San Daniele and Iberico ham with Stracciatella cheese. For the pasta course, pick between a handcrafted linguine tossed with sea urchin or Maccheroncelli tossed with beef cheek. The main course gives you a choice of either grilled seafood or slow-cooked pork ribs with rosemary potatoes. A dessert of double chocolate tortino will ensure you end the night with a ‘bang’ (zing).
388RMB // 5:30-10:30pm // Mammamia! // Super Brand Mall, GF50, 1/F, 168 Lujiazui Xi Lu, near Lujiazui Huan Lu (陆家嘴西路168号, 正大广场1楼, 近陆家嘴环路).
M on the Bund: M on the Bund is serving up a salacious five-course Valentines Day feast. The culinary viagra features Demitasse of Jerusalem artichoke soup, oysters, a choice foie gras terrine and sauternes or an organic salad, a choice of beef Rossini, butter poached cod, or Moroccan vegetable couscous, and a Grand Dessert platter.
596RMB // 6-8:30pm // M on the Bund // Five on the Bund, 7/F, 20 Guangdong Lu,
near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu (广东路20号, 外滩五号7楼, 近中山东一路).
Miyabi Japanese Restaurant: Is there anything more romantic than codfish? A lot of things. But it is delicious, and will be featured at Miyabi’s 9-course Valentines Day menu, which includes stewed abalone, classic sashimi platter, King crab tempura, the aforementioned cod fish with pumpkin sauce, and flaming banana with ice cream.
888RMB // all day // Miyabi // Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou 6/F, 59, Siping Lu, near Hailun Lu (四平路59号6楼, 近海伦路).
Elefante: Elefante gets you in the mood with an eight-course Valentines Day menu. Fare includes oysters, Iberian paletilla served with toasted tomato bread, fennel and truffle cappuccino, baby burrata with roasted tomatoes and pumpkin with hazelnut vinaigrette, foie gras-stuffed-pigeon with warm lentil salad and cherries with Pedro Ximenez sauce, codfish with pommes mousseline and sautéed porcini, herb-crusted rack of lamb with lemon-confit, and a Valentine’s dessert.
888RMB // Elefante // 20 Donghu Lu, near Huaihai Lu (东湖路20号, 近淮海路).
D.O.C Gastronomia Italiana: Celebrate Valentines Day at D.OC. with a special sharing menu featuring a flute of champagne, Canadian lobster and string beans with celery and tomato salsa, risotto with speck and broad beans, basil tagliolini with zucchini, prawns, taggiasca olives and bottarga, and then a choice of seabass and scallops, or a New Zealand rack of lamb. For reservations, call (0)21-6473-9394 or email [email protected].
588RMB // D.O.C. Gastronomia Italiana // 5 Dongping Lu, near Yueyang Lu (东平路5号, 近岳阳路).
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].