Valentine's is the busiest night of the year for most restaurants, resulting in cramped tables and slow service — generally causing feelings of exhaustion rather than romance. Skip the overpriced bubbly, and instead cook a romantic dinner together from the comfort of your own home! Here's our suggestion for a menu sure to result in some quality snuggle time.
Pomegranate seeds and a little bubbly make this the perfect option for a romantic dinner for two. To make an extra-special garnish, add a few pomegranate seeds to each well of an ice cube tray and top them up with water. Freeze and then serve alongside the sparklers.
Photography: Steve Krug
Risotto is at its best when served straight from the stove, as it loses its silky texture while it sits. Roasted beets give this risotto its subtly sweet flavour. For the most beautifully hued dish, we've added the beets toward the end of cooking.
Photography: Maya Visnyei
The strong flavour of molasses stands up to lamb shanks, while braising mellows out the complex flavours. Serve with a side of couscous and an extra sprinkling of fresh thyme.
Photography: Jodi Pudge
The crunchy coating for these dark chocolate truffles is made from finely chopped chocolate-covered espresso beans and is a great way to end off a romantic dinner.