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What to cook for Valentine’s Day!

You’ve got the outfit and the gift sorted, but on one of the busiest nights of the year in the restaurant calendar it can often be difficult to get a table for two and that’s without even beginning to think about much they put prices up!

Why not treat your loved one to an intimate home cooked meal this Valentine’s Day?  Stuck on what to cook?  Don’t worry as Head Chef of Michelin starred Bohemia restaurant, Steve Smith, shares his tips on arranging the perfect Valentine’s dinner date.


Drink pink

At Bohemia Bar we serve a variety of Lanique based cocktails.  It’s the perfect drink for Valentine’s due to its pink colour and rich and floral taste as it’s made from a secret recipe that uses Attar of Rose! Try a signature serve of Lanique over crushed ice with fresh lime juice, or add it to Champagne or Prosecco for a twist to your fizz.

Create ambience

We like to create a sense of occasion at Bohemia so have low-hanging pendant lights suspended over the dining tables, perfectly illuminating our exquisite plates of food. Create ambience with dim lighting, background music playing and using your best cutlery!

Don’t forget the nibbles

Plan ahead and don’t forget appetisers to begin the evening. You don’t want to make yourselves too full, but it’s always nice to have a few nibbles on offer.

Aphrodisiac dishes

Try to include aphrodisiac dishes such as oysters which are very popular on Valentine’s menus and they pair really well with Champagne.  February is the perfect time to serve oysters.

Sweet and savoury

Lobsters and chocolate are two items which are instantly thought of when it comes to a Valentine’s dinner so why not try combining the two?

Don’t stress

After a fancy starter try to keep the main course simple but also impressive. Go for pan-fried fish or steak served with a colourful side dish. Remember – presentation is always important.

Indulge in chocolate

For Valentine’s, chocolate is a must on a menu as it makes the perfect elegant dinner dessert, especially when served with dessert wine. Simply go with a nice box of chocolates or try your hand at making chocolate mousse or a Black Forest gateau.

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