Wine and Dine your Love with these Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

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Impress your date, treat your partner, or go all out and do a dinner party for friends. This is our choice of Valentine’s dinner ideas to help you make a splash during the month of love.

Starters for the Ideal Valentine’s Dinner

Set the mood with one of these appetizers

Confit Tomatoes with Whole Garlic & Thyme

This method of slow poaching of tomatoes in oil makes them soft and sweet – serve alongside fresh or toasted bread (you don’t want to miss out on any of that delicious sauce!)

Recipe for Confit Tomatoes

Baked Camembert with Roasted Figs & Caramelised Nuts

A starter for a special occasion, this Baked Camembert gets delectably gooey and is perfectly complemented by the sweet and sticky roast figs. Yum!

Recipe for Baked Camembert

Beef Tataki with Crispy Garlic

Tataki is like the beefy cousin of sashimi. Just lightly seared and served with tasty toppings. This is a celebratory starter for a special meal and looks very impressive, in case you’re out to impress anyone special…

Recipe for Beef Tataki

Gin Botanical Cured Trout

A stunning dish infused with the botanicals used in gin. Serve alongside a special gin cocktail to really kickstart the evening.

Recipe for Gin Botanical Cured Trout


The Main Attraction…

Go big or go home with these tasty mains ideas.

Wagyu Denver Steak Salad with Caramelised Pears, Blue Cheese & Walnuts

This is the ultimate steak salad, perfectly tender Wagyu with spicy rocket, sweet pears and punchy blue cheese. Your date will definitely feel the love when they see this.

Recipe for Wagyu Denver Steak Salad

Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle

This isn’t your average weeknight pasta! Although it looks complicated, this pasta is super simple to prepare, but packs all those luscious weekend and special occasion flavours we love.

Recipe for Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle

Pan-fried Calamari with Mayonnaise & Guacamole

If I arrived at someone’s house and they’d made me this calamari for dinner… well, let’s just say that I’d be mighty impressed.

Recipe for Pan-fried Calamari with Mayonnaise & Guacamole

Beef Short Rib Tacos with Stir-fried Vegetables

It’s always a good idea to break the ice by serving a dish you can only eat with your hands — it’s the only way to get comfortable with each other!

Recipe for Beef Short Rib Tacos


Stylish sweets to swoon over…

You simply have to have something sweet and sultry to end a Valentine’s meal. These ought to do the trick.

Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Malted Puffs

A decadent dark chocolate tart highlighted with a sprinkle of Maldon salt and crushed malted puffs. The perfect way to end a romantic evening.

Recipe for Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Malted Puffs

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

This is a lovely combination of the tartness of the berries, tanginess of the cheesecake and richness of the chocolate.

Recipe for Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Valentine's dinner ideas
Valentine's dinner ideas

Chocolate & Espresso Filled Domes

A chocolate Bavarian mousse, filled with a white chocolate and coffee cremeaux, with a sticky hazelnut brownie biscuit – what’s not to love?

Recipe for Chocolate & Espresso Filled Domes

 Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

Because at the end of the day we all need a little self-love.

Recipe for Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

OLIVE OIL CHOCOLATE TORTE WITH MASCARPONE & SEASONAL BERRIES

Chocolate is apparently an aphrodisiac so why not take full advantage of that on Valentine’s Day. This torte is luscious and has a fudgy texture, it’s also surprisingly easy to make.

Recipe for Chocolate Torte

After Dinner Espresso Chocolate Truffles

This is an after-dinner indulgence that will wow your date!

Recipe for After Dinner Truffles

LEMON CURD CRÈME BRÛLÉE

A twist on a classic French dessert. This dessert is sure to impress your loved one!

Recipe for Lemon Curd Creme Brulee

Yoghurt & Lime Tart

Lime adds a citrusy note to this yoghurt-based tart – bound to be a zingy end to a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner!

Recipe for Yoghurt & Lime Tart

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