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Where to wine and dine in Bangkok this Valentine’s Day 2020

Out of the 365 (or 366) days of the year – let’s be real now – Valentine’s Day is the day most loved up people look forward to.

Yes, food is what fuels our bodies. But what actually fuels our minds, souls, and spirits? One word – short, precise, right, and simple: it’s love. Especially for this month, the joy of love is filling the air, and it seems to be fiercely competing with the polluted air we’re currently facing.

So as Valentine’s Day is drawing near, all you love birds out there are probably cruising the streets, looking for a place to celebrate a romantic dinner with your significant other. Search no more. We’ve curated a list for where to take your lover to wine and dine this Valentine’s Day.

Blue by Alain Ducasse

When: 14-15 February
Price: THB 7,000++ per person

Think outside the chocolate box and consider Blue by Alain Ducasse for a Valentine’s dinner of all things sweet and sophisticated. It features everything from Duck Foie Gras Royale and Lobster and Black Truffle Salad, over to Sea Bass with Gold Caviar, Lamb Two Ways, and Chocolate from Alain Ducasse’s Manufacture in Paris. The six-course dinner with a romantic river backdrop will surely cast a spell on your lover’s heart.

Blue by Alain Ducasse, Level One, ICONLUXE, ICONSIAM, Bangkok, +662 005 9412; Open: Mon-Sun, 12-2 pm for lunch and 6:30-9 pm for dinner.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin

When: 14 February
Price: THB 14,999++ per couple

If your ideal Valentine’s Day is fuelling up on Thai food with modern tweaks, think Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin. The Michelin-starred restaurant within the Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok curates an eight-course meal especially for love birds who cherish an elaborate Thai cuisine. The menu includes dishes like Tom Yum with Prawn Cracker, Foie Gras with Tamarind, Maine Lobster Salad with Frozen Red Curry, Wagyu Beef with Soy Sesame Butter and more. Ladies especially will get a box of blooms and a bottle of Moët & Chandon Brut Champagne to elevate your night with delicate bubbles.

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, Siam Kempinski, 991/9 Rama I Rd, Bangkok, +662 162 9000Open Mon–Sun, 12 pm–3 pm and 6 pm–10:30 pm.

Seen Restaurant & Bar

When: 14-16 February
Price: THB 6,999++ per couple for dinner only, and THB 8,999++ per couple including a bottle of Billecart Salmon Champagne

For a dinner to impress, set the night up for success with the Deliciously Sexy Dinner at Seen. The rooftop restaurant within the Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel offers up a spellbinding riverscape of the Chao Phraya River and a simple yet splendid three-course dinner: Gillardeau Oysters and Pan-seared Foie Gras, Saffron Risotto with Lobster or Spiced Wagyu Steak and a Guanaja 70% Chocolate Tart.

SEEN Restaurant & Bar, Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel, 257 Charoenkorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok, +6624 319 100; Open: Sat-Thu, 5:30 pm-1 am; Fri: 5 pm-1 am.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

When: 14 February
Price: THB 25,000 net per couple at Le Normandie, and THB 11,000 per couple at Lord Jim’s

For a gold standard of food and ambience, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok always tops our list. The riverfront hotel is a master when it comes to fine dining fare and arranging an elegant setting perfect for any occasion.

This Valentine’s Day, opt for the star-studded Le Normandie for a sumptuous seven-course menu, if you have a craving for French cuisine touched with contemporary flair. Take pleasure in Hand-dived Scallops, Mediterranean Carabineros Prawn, Wild Monkfish and Bresse Pigeon Tourte. Or plunge into the pool of seafood through a six-course dinner at Lord Jim’s, including dishes like Tara Oysters, Carpaccio of Smoked Yellowtail, Caramelised ‘Jean Larnaudie’ Foie Gras, 300g Rib Eye for two, a Rosé Champagne Parfait, and more.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok, +662 659 9000.

Hotel Muse Bangkok

When: 13-15 February
Price: THB 5,500 net per couple for a meal at Medici Kitchen & Bar and THB 3,200++ per couple for a meal at The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar

Add a real spark to your Vday with Hotel Muse Bangkok. Medici Kitchen & Bar is whipping up a stellar dinner, featuring four courses accompanied by tuneful live pop opera and sparkling wine. Meanwhile, The Speakeasy Rooftop Bar welcomes you to immerse into the era of 1920s in America with a drool-inducing seafood platter on one side, and a bottle of bubbly on the other.

Hotel Muse Bangkok, 55/555 Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Bangkok, +662 630 4000.

La Bottega

When: 14 February

Not into time-killing fine dining but still need an upscale meal? La Bottega with its vivid vibe and vibrant Italian food should be your Plan A. The venue with its exclusive “Will You Be My Valentine?” menu will cater to your palate just right. The “50 First Dates” composing of seared scallops and foie gras with apple sauce and Jerusalem artichoke chips is a good seductive choice; but the “I Have A Crush On You” with parmesan ravioli swimming in black truffle butter sauce boasts a tongue-satisfying softness anyone will love. For dessert, the “La Dolce Vita” almond tart is a go-to for cheesy dessert lovers. Here’s where Italian fare is spiked with a pinch of a love potion.

La Bottega, Sukhumvit Soi 49, Building Terrace 49 2nd FL, Bangkok, +662 204 1731; Open: Mon, 5 pm-12 am; Tue-Sun, 11 am-3 pm for lunch and 5-11 pm for dinner.

Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar

When: 14 February
Price: THB 3,900++ per couple.

What skyrockets a fine meal to an ultra-posh one is the picturesque cityscape, and you can get it here at Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar. For Valentine’s Day only, the restaurant atop Bangkok’s iconic pixelated building, King Power Mahanakhon, is doling out a scrumptious 3-course dinner, capping off with a box of macarons and a red rose for lovers. Perched on the 76th floor, the urbanscape here is as Instagram-worthy as the food.

Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar, King Power Mahanakhon, 114 Narathiwas Road, Silom, Bangkok, +662 677 8722; Open: Mon-Sun, 5 pm-1 am.

Kankanit Wichiantanon
Writer, Bangkok
Kankanit is a writer by day and a baker by night. If there’s one thing you should know about her, it’s that she can wax poetic about food 24/7. Her daily routine is writing, cooking, eating, repeat. They are the things that inspire her from morning 'til night.