York

The Food of Love

February 10th, 2013
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Yes it’s here, the V Day – the occasion where some go into hiding or others dress up, plate up and count the red roses that arrive on their doorstep. For some, the day is full of mystery, romance or maybe just ‘another day’ for others. It could be a day of reminiscing, or a look into the future. For those of you who are single, you may be thinking of planning the perfect dinner date? Or for those in a relationship, why not book that memorable night away and devour sublime restaurant food courtesy of York’s Hotels or vast array of boutique guest houses?

Single? You aren’t quite sure where to take her. You know that your favourite noodle bar is a definite no – last year you tried curry and ended up ordering a vindaloo to try and act the ‘tough guy’ – four pints of water and a week later, she never called you. Or, the memorable classic from two years ago where you saved your hard earned pennies to take your date to the classy seafood restaurant on the high street – you had to run to the hole in the wall because the wine must have been made on site at that price. You also remember sarcastically asking the waiter if he crushed the grapes himself – this date never called either.

This year, for those of you that want to opt for value, good food and a more casual atmosphere (you despise public displays of affection, scented candles and acoustic background music), why not visit the high street – ASK Italian. For Valentine’s day, ASK along with chain Prezzo are offering a discounted 3 course set menu from £17.95 with ASK throwing in a free glass of Prosecco – hopefully the bubbles will excite her, tell her you work for NASA and regularly fly to the moon, and before you know it, you have made it to dessert without being left alone with a smirking ‘I knew she would make a run for it’ grin from the wine waiter.

The menu commences with a butternut squash, chestnut and pancetta soup – prepare to taste a nutty soup, finished off with crispy pancetta and Italian croutons. Mains include Fettuccine with smoked prosciutto, sautéed mixed mushrooms in a creamy sauce enriched with Grana Padano cheese, garlic and parsley. Then why not share a pear tart, with poached pear halves, on an almond cream base served with warm vanilla gelato. For those of you who would much rather dabble in a few bottles of vino over a lazy lunch, whilst supporting a local business, then Wilde’s wine bar on grape lane offers a very informal atmosphere and large selection of burgers – ‘Black & Blue Burger’ topped with blue cheese or ‘Mexican chicken burger’ marinated in Wilde’s secret recipe.

For those of you in a relationship who want that extra special dinner experience – The Piano Restaurant at ‘The Churchill Hotel’, Bootham, are offering a romantic candlelit dinner with 4 courses, including home-made chocolates at £39.50 per person. The offer is valid until the 16th February and is open for 8 eight diners. So book quick, to sample succulent duck swimming in a chocolate and lentil sauce, or fresh and delicate plated mackerel with Rhubarb to start – the scallops are also perfection. Relax and enjoy the evening in one of York’s finest Georgian mansions whilst the piano keys set the mood. Then you can break into the chocolate fondant dessert with banana ice cream – maybe she will call back after all. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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