Bring the Valentine's Celebration Home With These Meaty Mains, Set Meals + More V-Day Eats
Prefer to stay in than head out? These dishes and sets have you covered.
(SPOT.ph) Valentine’s season may primarily be about expressing love, but love and food go hand in hand—which is to say, we believe that there’s nothing like showing your affection through food! Though going out to a fancy resto might be the first thing that pops into mind, with the ongoing pandemic, it’s totally understandable if you’d rather stay within the four walls of your own home. Enter these stellar dishes and set meals that you can order in advance and get picked up or delivered and dig into, right from your home dining table. Whether you decide to dress up just for fun or celebrate in your jammies, you and your S.O. will definitely be in for a tasty ride.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with these dishes and sets:
Steak Catering from Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
Steak, of course, is a Valentine’s classic—but it isn’t always the best dish to get delivered. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse has got just the thing: they recently came out with their own catering service, where they bring their own mobile kitchen truck to your doorstep and cook your food right then and there—no contact involved, and they can cater to any private function. You can choose the dishes for your meal—options include appetizers like the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail (P898) and Wolfgang’s Crab Cake (P868), and mains like the Porterhouse (starts at P7,776 for two), T-Bone (P5,988/700 grams), and Ribeye Steak (P7,288/900 grams).
For bookings and inquiries, visit the Catering section of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse’s website. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Valentine’s-Themed Smoked Salmon and Black Caviar Pie + Afternoon Tea Set from Bizu
Nothing screams “living the good life” quite like salmon and caviar—especially when you’ve got lush ol’ cream cheese to tie the two together. For Valentine’s season, Bizu’s got a special heart-shaped Smoked Salmon and Black Caviar Pie (starts at P2,500/personal), which has melt-in-the-mouth slices of Norwegian smoked salmon plus dill-imbued cream cheese and black caviar that contribute pops of brininess to the mix.
Prefer a dainty treat? Bizu’s also got an ingenious Afternoon Tea Set (P1,200/good for two) that comes in a box. As the name implies it’s got everything you need for a high tea sesh at home—including canapés, scones, sweets, petit sandwiches, and your choice of tea.
Organic Eggs Tagliatelle Mushrooms Truffle Pasta from Va Bene Pasta Deli
Magic happens when cream, truffle (be it in paste, good-quality oil, or straightup 'shroom form), and pasta collide—so it’s no wonder truffle pasta happens to be so well-loved by folks in the Metro, and its decadent-AF character makes it especially suitable for Valentine’s season. Va Bene Pasta Deli’s version (P480) topped our 2019 Top 10 list with its silky, creamy wine sauce with a good amount of earthy truffle; plus their own fresh tagliatelle pasta that’s a touch thick, helping balance out the rich sauce.
Shiitake Mushroom Salad from DanDan Asian Eatery
Don’t discount the power of a good salad to breathe vibrancy into any special meal—or at the very least, balance out the richer dishes so you don’t end up with the dreaded feeling of umay. Dandan Asian Eatery’s Shiitake Mushroom Salad (starts at P270/single) gives you a taste-and-texture party in a box with its combo of seasonal greens, naturally umami shiitake mushrooms, roasted onions, peanuts, and a nutty roasted-sesame dressing to tie everything together.
Signature Lobsta Trays from Lobster Mobster
If you’re looking to impress, lobster definitely fits the bill and you can get good-for-sharing trays of the coveted crustacean from Lobster Mobster! Their Signature Lobsta Trays (P3,800) have fresh rock lobsters—choose from eight to 10 Mama Lobster halves, six Daddy Lobster halves, and four Monsta lobster halves (in increasing size per half-lobster). These lobsters are blanched and bathed in your choice of flavor: Garlic Butter, Lemon Butter, Cajun, or Baked Garlic & Cheese.
Arroz Con Pato from Elbert’s Steak Room
Duck, anyone? This poultry makes for a suave V-Day option, especially when turned into the elegant bistro classic known as duck confit. One standout spinoff to try is Elbert’s Steak Room’s Arroz Con Pato (P2,000)—a dish similar to paella with a Valencia Bahia rice base cooked and topped with tender pieces of duck confit. As with paella, because it’s got your starch, meat, and veggies in one pan, it’s a complete meal in itself but also goes great with other mains.
For orders, visit the Elbert’s Steak Room section of Elbert’s Delivers’ website. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Grilled Apahap from Sagana
Fish is a great option if you're looking to go relatively light. In the Grilled Apahap (P940) French-Filipino restaurant Sagana breathes continental flair into apahap (Asian sea bass) by giving it “potato scales”—a technique of layering over potato slices so as to look like fish scales, and cooking it until golden-brown on the outside but still tender within. Sagana serves the fillet over julienned vegetables for earthiness, then serves it with a beurre blanc sauce that breathes richness into every forkful.
Classic Heart Classic Grazing Box from Grazerie Manila
Know how you can really take your lovey-dovey time to the next level? Get your mind out of the gutter—we’re talking about having a box of cheese, charcuterie, and other sweet and savory nibbles by your side, of course. Grazerie Manila’s got a special Classic Heart Classic Grazing Box (starts at P999/petite) with the said items in a swoon-worthy heart-shaped box; you can also opt to get a bottle of rosé or sparkling wine (P899) to complete the experience.
Fresh Aklan Oysters from Sea to City PH
If you’re looking to get in the mood—like, the mood (nudge nudge, wink wink)—we’ll just put it out there that oysters are believed by some to be an aphrodisiac. Whether or not that actually holds, we’ll leave for you to judge (or try); either way, their slick and succulent mouthfeel—not to mention clean taste—might just ignite your inner fire, or at the very least give your taste buds a treat! Get your fix of fresh, naturally sweet oysters from Aklan from Sea to City PH; we recommend getting them in raw and straightup format (P140/kilogram) to best savor their natural flavor, but you can also get baked (P350/10 pieces) or rockefeller-style (P350/10 pieces) versions from this small seller.
Agnello Arrosto from a mano
Lamb rack is one of those special-occasion dishes that we can’t get enough of—and though in its plain, simply roasted state it’s superb, Italian spot a mano takes it to treat-yo’-self worthy heights with the addition of a “crust” of parmiggiano reggiano and rosemary in the Agnello Arrosto (P2,515). The result? Added savory dimension and depth that makes for an even more memorable meal.
Dia De San Valentin 5-Course Set Menu from Hola Bombón
Spanish spot Hola Bombón’s got a special Valentine’s set menu with five courses (P1,950) featuring your main course of choice, plus the option to add on a mini-bouquet of flowers from Designer Blooms for P995! Each set includes an Ensalada with jamon serrano and idiazabal cheese; the Croquetas de Setas or croquettes with wild mushrooms and a truffled liver pate; the Paella de Pulpo y Chorizo or octopus-chorizo paella; your choice between the Cabecero (Iberian pork collar) or Bacalao (salt cod fillet) for the main; and their Dark Chocolate Basque Burnt Cheesecake. They’ll be taking orders from February 11 to 13, from 12 to 9 p.m.
Valentine’s Surprise Takeout Set + Breakfast Set from Duck and Buvette and Apero
Sibling restos Duck and Buvette and Apero have teamed up in the Valentine’s Surprise Takeout Set (P3,300), which features some of their best-loved dishes. Start off with the layered Crispy Potato Pave with Caviar before moving on to the Spring Salad with Chestnuts, then go ham on the Duck Leg Confit, Cacio e Pepe Mac n Cheese, and Barramundi Fillet with Fried Corn as you exchange sweet nothings with your special other. Also included is the Chocolate Custard with Banana and Strawberry Brulee dessert, so you can finish on a sweet note!
The celebration doesn’t end with Valentine’s lunch or dinner, though; you can extend it to the morning after with Apero’s Valentine’s Breakfast Take Away Treat (P2,400). Each order includes a box of four of their signature pastries (Mini Morning Bun; Mini Pain au Chocolat; Mini Sourdough Croissant; Mini Tomato, Basil, and Cheese Sourdough Croissant; and Homemade Raspberry Lemon Jam), a Sausage & Potato Waffle, Caviar & Eggs (with sourdough on the side), and two glasses of their own Mimosa.
Romantic Dinner at Home from Spiral
Sofitel Manila’s famed buffet Spiral brings the opulent experience to your dining table with their at-home sets. If you’re looking for a real grand feast for Valentine’s, you can’t fail with their Romantic Dinner at Home set (P10,000). Included in each set are their Burrata Salad, cheese, charcuterie, a Chef’s Sushi Selection, Beef Wellington, Truffle Roasted Poulet Jaune, a variety of sides for their meat (olive oil-smashed potatoes, balsamic portobello mushrooms, grilled seasonal veggies, and chicken jus), and of course, a box of pralines and macarons for dessert.
Valentine's Set Delivery Meal from Le Petit Souffle
Le Petit Souffle takes on French classics with whimsical Japanese flair, and you can get your fix of their signatures this season of hearts with their Valentine's Set Delivery Meal (P1,495/head, minimum of two persons). It includes a soup (French Onion Soup or Sweet Corn Potage), an Apple Walnut Salad, a main course (Poulette Pomodoro, Porc Bourguignon, Squid Ink Rice, or Carbonara Souffle), and a Basque Burnt Cheesecake for dessert (choose from Classic, Ube, or Strawberry) plus their Forest Berries Fruit Blend to wash it all down.
For orders, visit the Le Petit Souffle section of the Tasteless Food Group's website or contact 0917-841 -032. You can also check out their Facebook page.
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