Yes, it’s that time of the year when love is all around you and everywhere you go – of cupids, cards, crushes, chocolates and candy! With Valentine’s Day round the corner, the pressure to perfectly wine and dine your special someone is soaring. We’ve got you covered with our list of top seven romantic spots in the city that even Saint Valentine wouldn’t be able to resist.
Picture this: Dining under the stars, the sounds of the Arabian sea waves hitting the shore, cool breeze, the warmth of candlelight and a beautiful beach view completing the romantic experience. This is Estella. New on the fine dining scene, the food at Estella tastes as fabulous as it looks. Its take on modern Australian cuisine will leave you wanting for more. Accompany the decadent meal with their list of luxurious cocktails for a perfect date night and you won’t be disappointed.
Address: Ground Floor, Nichani Kutir Building, Opposite HDFC Bank, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu.
Phone: 7999998232, 7999998212
Pali Village Cafe
This charming 2010 joint has been a neighbourhood favourite since it’s opening and famous for celebrity spotting. Serving the best bread basket in town, this double levelled restaurant immediately transports you to a little town in Italy or Spain with its rustic decor, Stephane Wrembel tunes, and it’s dimly lit romantic setting. Be it a first date or a Valentine’s special, PVC never ceases to amaze. The ruby red sangrias, the al dente spaghetti alio olio, rounded off with their special warm chocolate fondant is a sure shot winner.
Address: 602, Ambedkar Road, Pali Naka, Pali Hill, Bandra West.
Phone: 022 26050401
Le 15 Cafe
Chocolate symbolizes love like no other. For those who want to skip dinner for dessert, head straight to Le 15 Cafe. Pooja Dhingra and her Chocolate factory will serve you an array of sweet and savoury waffles, desserts named after women, and a range of scintillating macaroons. This cute and quirky patisserie, partly decorated by fashion designer Masaba, is perfect for a casual, romantic meal for two. Post the decadence, we recommend grabbing a cup of tea or hot chocolate to go, and taking a walk along the Gateway promenade.
Address: Shop18,Lansdowne House Building, MB Marg,Near Regal Cinema, Apollo Bunder, Colaba.
Silver Beach Cafe
Tucked in the lanes of Juhu is a gem called Silver Beach Cafe. The ambience is quaint and the food is comforting. “Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate,” said author Alan D. Wolfelt. We completely agree! Nothing says “You’re special”, better than sharing the Pizza Ala Verdure or the Chocolate Fondue with marshmallows and pound cake at Silver Beach. If a breakfast Valentine date is your thing, do not miss out on the heart shaped waffles with butterscotch, banana and chocolate sauce.
Address: Jaldarshan Building, Near Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple, Gandhi Gram Road, Juhu.
Phone: 022 26208930, 9820417128
Olive Bar & Kitchen
This one’s an oldie but goodie! White Mediterranean walls and pebbles, blue cushions and candles signify Olive. It’s relaxed and pleasing atmosphere is perfect for your date night. Olive presents a set menu this Valentines with some delicious cocktails. Trust us on this one, you can never go wrong with a classic.
Address: 14, Below Pali Hill Tourist Hotel, Union Park, Khar.
Phone: 022 33956121
The international chain situated in trendy Bandra knows the art of seduction. Hakkasan, known for its Cantonese cuisine creates a special V-Day set menu for their diners including something old, something new and nothing blue. Be it their posh dining area or the Ling Ling lounge, the vibe is cosy, the ambience warm and the service remarkable. From dim sum to dessert, the courses are sure to leave you spellbound.
Address: 206, Krystal, Waterfield Road, Linking Road, Bandra West.
Phone: 022 26444444
If you’re looking to go big and impress, Asilo is the answer. The stylish rooftop lounge sits on the 40th floor of The St. Regis Hotel and boasts of one of the best city skyline views. This Valentine’s dine like a high-roller here with your special someone with delicious food and a bottle of bubbly over the bay view. It doesn’t get any better!
Address: The St. Regis, 40th Floor, Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel.
Phone: 022 61628031