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9 Hearty Dishes For The One You Heart This Valentine’s Day

13 Feb , 2016  

Forget frou-frou notions of romantic dinners with fussy plating and terrible lighting. True love is all about comfort, or, at least, it should be. This Valentine’s Day, ditch the flowers and bleeding hearts for something a little more substantial and dig into our list of the yummiest comfort foods to share with the one you love (or, at the very least, the one you maybe kinda more than like)…


1. Cheese Fondue and Confit Berries at Le Pain Quotidien (Reserve now)

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Part of a special WowTables Valentine’s Day menu, the confit of berries provides a surprising twist to the wholesome goodness of fondue. Served with focaccia crisps, this is the only kind of cheesy you should be indulging in on this day.

2. Elvis Presley French Toast at The SocialFine Dine Love

The breakfast of kings – or the King as it were – the Elvis Presley French toast is inspired by the legend’s well-documented love for fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches (bacon optional). The Social one-ups the King by adding French toast batter into the mix, as well as a healthy drizzle of toffee sauce. It doesn’t come with bacon, but you won’t regret ordering a side of the good stuff with this.

3. Strawberry & Mozzarella Bruschetta at Olive Bistro (Goregaon)Fine Dine Love

Sometimes the most unusual pairings make the best couples. And that’s just the case with this fun twist on the classic bruschetta. Chopped strawberries are a surprising but natural fit with balsamic vinegar, mozzarella and sea salt. Enjoy the last of this season’s berries while you can!

4. Fatty oysters at Fatty BaoFine Dine Love

Forget what you’ve heard about oysters being an aphrodisiac. These babies are great with or without a side-serving of lust. This refined dish puts a spin on raw oysters and lime by serving them broiled with chorizo and ponzu for a divine sour kick.

5. Scotch broth at SodaBottleOpenerWala

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SodaBottleOpenerWala is all about Mumbai nostalgia, and nothing says that quite like a bowl of Scotch broth. As a good old-fashioned comfort dish, this soup is pretty much the culinary equivalent of a hug. It’s served as part of their Valentine’s special Bambaiyya Love Tiffin, which comes in a proper dabbawalla-style steel lunchbox. Other offerings include corn or seafood bhel, cutliss (that’s cutlets to the uninitiated), and a whole array of old-school Bombay favourites.

6. Chicken Kiev at GaylordFine Dine Love

Speaking of old school, Gaylord continues to serve up the classics you, your parents, and likely their parents grew up loving. This Valentine’s Day, indulge your naughtiest cravings with their diet-busting chicken Kiev – crumb-fried chicken breast stuffed with butter-fried mushrooms and cheddar cheese. Get ready to make your honey swoon. Seafood lovers, try the lobster thermidor.

7. Dumplings at Yauatcha (Reserve now)Fine Dine Love

Dumplings are comfort food par excellence, and no one does them quite like Yauatcha. You really can’t go wrong with anything on their menu. Don’t forget to finish off with their gorgeous (and delicious) Raspberry Delice and macaroons.

8. French Onion and Cheese Melt at Sassy Spoon (Reserve now)

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An elevated version of the classic grilled cheese, this Sassy Spoon favourite is a standout in a menu full of comforting, hearty dishes. If you’re looking for something heavier, try the rustic spiced baby lamb from their dinner menu.

9. Dough balls with Nutella at Pizza Express (Reserve now)Fine Dine Love

Taking Nutella toast to a whole new level, Pizza Express’ famous dough balls pair beautifully with this chocolate hazelnut spread. It’s delicious, decadent, and the perfect chocolatey end to a great Valentine’s Day.

Forget all the sappy things you hear this time of year, cause, love is sharing a plate of something completely sinful with the one you love. What do you think?

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Freyan Patel is a Mumbai-based freelance writer who nourishes her fixation with good grammar by writing high school-level English textbooks by day and fretting over typos in tweets by night. She also indulges her unhealthy obsession with food by eating, dreaming of, and occasionally writing about it in her free time. She likes funny people, reality TV, words that are fun to say, pina coladas (but isn't too keen on getting caught in the rain), and anyone who gets her references to corny retro songs.




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