If you're trying to think of ways to spoil your partner on Valentine's Day this year, you'll be glad to know restaurants in the UAE are going all out, with delicious meals served in the most romantic of settings.
Here’s a look at some of the best deals.
Under Dh250 for two: sweet and simple
The Bollywood-inspired restaurant is offering couples a Valentine's Day three-course meal that includes two beverages, one starter, two mains and one dessert from the main menu – complete with heart-shaped bread. The deal is available for dine-in and delivery, but diners also get a chance to enter a Bollywood quiz, in which participants have to get as many right answers in the shortest possible time to win. The winner gets a food voucher for another dining experience.
Sunday, February 14; 11.30am-midnight; Dh119; behind Dubai Central Post Office, Al Karama; 04 335 5144
Couples can tuck into a meaty offering over at the Turkey-born steakhouse, which is offering a sharing-style platter for two. Main courses include one kilogram of Butcha’s signature meat with Turkish spices, sucuk, merguez sausages, lamb shashlik, as well as additional plates and sides. The meal includes soft drinks, special mocktails and Turkish tea and coffee.
Sunday, February 14; 7pm onwards; Dh245 for two; City Walk and The Beach; www.butchasteakhouse.ae
Start your Valentine's Day on the right note – with limited-edition heart-shaped pancakes. On the day, popular breakfast joint Eggspectation will be serving every table a complimentary strawberry and cream cheese heart-shaped pancake when they order a main course.
Sunday, February 14; timings vary; The Beach, JBR; City Walk, Al Safa Street; eggspectation.ae
The modern Indian bistro sets the scene with a single rose on every table. Diners can tuck into a three-course feast, including dishes such as the beetroot tikki with a green apple and mint chutney, mascarpone risotto with tomato gravy or homestyle chicken curry. Dessert will be a "Farzified" mille feuille layered with strawberry halwa. It comes with two spoons.
Friday to Sunday, February 12 to 14; noon onwards; Dh99 per person; City Walk and Barsha, behind Mall of the Emirates; farzicafe.ae
Marks & Spencer cafes are spreading the love this Valentine's Day with a two-for-one offer on its breakfast items. That means that, throughout the weekend, residents can start their day with indulgent dishes such as the buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs on toast, croissants and even crushed avocado with poached egg, with their sweetheart's breakfast on the house.
Friday to Sunday, February 12 to 14; until noon; prices start at Dh19; The Dubai Mall, Dubai Festival City Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Marina Walk and Springs Souk; marksandspencermena.com
The French-Mediterranean restaurant has three set menus for breakfast, the most popular being the French breakfast with croque madame (a pan-fried sandwich with bechamel sauce topped with an oozy poached egg) to transport you to mornings by the Seine. For lunch, they have the special Valentine's Day offer wherein guests can choose any one salad, main and dessert for Dh99 per person. It also has a "tower of love" afternoon tea experience and a gift box filled with sweet treats available for purchase.
Saturday and Sunday, February 13 to 14; timings vary; Dh99 onwards; Dubai World Trade Centre; 04 386 5333; parlour.ae
Couples looking for something offbeat can tuck into a four-course southern Vietnamese spread at this popular venue. The menu is available for one day only for lunch or dinner (dine-in only) and includes all the restaurant's classics – chicken satay skewers, salt and pepper calamari, beef brisket pho noodle soup, Szechuan chicken stir fry and more. The regular menu is also available.
Sunday, February 14; timings vary; Dh219 per couple; Downtown Dubai and Jumeirah Lakes Towers; vietnamesefoodies.com
Dh250 to Dh500: Spoil them silly
The restaurant aims to add a little spice and sizzle to Valentine's Day plans, with a three-course menu that gives global cuisine an Indian twist. On the menu are starters such as the foie gras tarte tatin, mains including the truffle-coriander tortellini wagyu nihari and beetroot podi prawns, and a decadent Love at Last Bite dessert to share.
Sunday, February 14; 8pm onwards; prices start at Dh400 per couple; La Mer; 04 344 4384; www.mastidubai.com
MasterChef, the TV Experience
The restaurant inspired by the reality TV show is all set to make Valentine's Day one to remember by offering a four-course set menu for two. Begin the evening with a caviar and waffle amuse bouche, and choose between the brie cheese creme brulee and bloody valentine, which is a mix of blood oranges and salmon carpaccio. Diners can then choose between the duck crepe suzette or a vegetarian option of balsamic pearl onions, mixed mushrooms, parmesan meringue and rocket greens in a tart base. Round up the evening with the melon d'amour, a poached melon dessert.
Perry & Blackwelder’s Original Smokehouse
The smokehouse is going all out for Valentine's Day, with a "Mr and Mrs Valentine's" event on Sunday, February 14. The dinner invites couples to participate in the fun couple knowledge game "who's the better half?". The couples who know each other the best stand to win a breakfast brunch for two, all while digging into a three-course menu, which includes dishes such as coconut shrimp, Cajun chicken and a warm chocolate cookie.
Sunday, February 14; 7pm-10pm; Dh398 per couple; Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai; 800 666 353; jumeirah.com
The authentic Italian restaurant on the Souk Boulevard at Souk Madinat Jumeirah will be dishing out scallops with parmesan crust, prawn and spicy lobster bisque and even heart-shaped pizzas as part of a specially curated three-course Valentine's Day meal. Follow it up with the chocolate mousse with a hint of spice in the romantic Souk Madinat location.
Thursday to Sunday, February 11 to 14; 6pm onwards; prices start at Dh399 per couple; Souk Madinat Jumeirah; 800 666 353; www.jumeirah.com
Dh500 to Dh999 per couple: An evening to remember
Bistro Des Arts
The restaurant is inviting couples to celebrate over a three-course Parisian menu. There’s lobster soup or poached egg yolk with beetroot carbonara foam and caviar, followed by seared salmon or slow-cooked short ribs for the main course. The three-course menu is topped off with a stack of profiteroles or a chocolate fondant with strawberry sorbet. All this, plus a welcome drink, and a romantic setting.
Sunday, February 14; 6pm-11pm; Dh390 per person; Dubai Marina Promenade, Marina Mall; 04 551 1576; www.bistrodesarts.ae
Bread Street Kitchen & Bar