Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Updated: ValDayLove

Mimosa Grill offers a small-plates-and-sparkling-wines menu for Valentine's night, with dishes ranging from N.C. oysters to pork loin, for $60 (that's including the wines). It will also offer a Valentine Sunday brunch Feb. 17 for $40 per couple. 327 S. Tryon St.; 704-343-0700.

Sir Edmond Halley’s plans specials, including wild mushroom bruschetta, Maine lobster tail bites with habanero cream, horseradish-encrusted filet medallions, pan-roasted corvina, and more Feb. 14-16. 4151 Park Road; 704-525-7775.

Chima does its Brazilian rodizio dinner for $79 per person on Valentine's Day -- that's an array of grilled meats and other proteins, plus a salad bar, dessert, glass of Champagne and coffee. 139 N. Tryon St.; 704-601-4141.

Mimi’s Cafe begins a Feb. 7-17 deal for Valentine's in which diners get a three-course French-inspired dinner for two for $26.99. Offered 4-11 p.m., the meal has entree options such as chicken Madeira, beef Bourguignon and four-cheese ravioli. 10224 Perimeter Parkway; 704-509-5911.

Harvest Moon Grille does three courses and a bottle of Prosecco for $120 per couple. 235 N. Tryon St. in the Dunhill hotel; 704-342-1193.

BLT Steak (at the Ritz Carlton uptown) offers Champagne tastings in a flight for $12 Feb. 11-16; a complimentary chocolate heart with lunch on Feb. 14; and a special menu for dinner that night that includes Kumamoto oysters, Scottish salmon, New York strip and more. 201 E. Trade St.; 704-972-4380.

Fern (1323 Central Ave.; 704-377-1825) will have three courses for $30: choice of Brussels sprouts salad or roasted and raw glazed white carrots; butternut squash risotto or puree and vegan chocolate cheesecake or mint whipped beets.

Halcyon (500 S. Tryon St.; 704-910-0865) will do a $60 Valentine meal, with courses including housemade ricotta and strawberry salad; shrimp and grits sushi roll; petite filet mignon with truffled turnip puree; and more.

Something Classic (1419 East Blvd. or 220 N. Tryon St.) will offer a pick-up Valentine menu (order by Feb. 11) that includes peppercorn beef filet for two, chicken Wellington for two and more.

Cosmos Cafe (300 N. College St.; 704-372-3553) offers a $34.95 menu Feb. 14-17, including choice of appetizer; salad or crab bisque; petite filet, chicken, prawns or pork loin; and dessert.

Kabuto at Lake Norman has a three-course, fixed-price Valentine's special Feb. 14-17: Japanese onion soup, salad and choice of steak, shrimp or salmon with chicken and glass of wine for $50 per couple. Choose two from the steak, shrimp or salmon grouping for $60. Reservations recommended: 704-655-0077; info at www.kabutolakenorman.com.

e2 will feature dinner specials Feb. 14 from chef de cuisine Brian Mottola, such as she-crab soup, filet of beef for two, and seared halibut. Reservations will be taken for 5-10 p.m. 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts; 704-414-4787.

D'Vine Wine Cafe offers a "special red menu" Feb. 14, 15 and 16, along with its regular menu. Among the red (which is $39.99 or $69.99 with the wine pairings): seared scallop with braised red cabbage and Duval-Leroy Champagne; filet and lobster with beet risotto and 2006 Conn Valley Pinot Noir and 2008 Keenan Merlot; and more.
14815 John J. Delaney Drive; 704-369-5050.

The Palm offers a three-course menu for two Feb. 13-17, featuring a 4-pound Nova Scotia lobster for two. 6705 Phillips Place Court; 704-552-7256.

Gallery does a three-course prix-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day Feb. 14-Feb. 16. with entree choices including vegetable pappardelle, grilled filet of beef and seared red snapper, for $55. Diners can get wine pairings for an additional $20. Reservations: 704-248-4100; 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway; www.gallery-restaurant.com.

Passion8 offers a five-course "Love Bug" dinner 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14 for $150 per couple. Among the options are red shrimp with Champagne sabayon; Hudson Valley foie gras; Maine lobster and parsnip bisque; filet mignon with fennel and Israeli couscous salad; duck breast; chocolate terrine and more. 803-802-7455; 3415 Highway 51 N, Fort Mill.

The Ritz-Carlton has an array of Valentine's plans:
Its 15th-floor Urban Sip will have live jazz Feb. 14 (a Thursday) as well as on that Friday and Saturday as usual, and will introduce "First Date": three courses of dessert with sparkling wines, offered both at Urban Sip and at the lobby-level Bar Cocoa for $75 per person. Example: strawberry sabayon with Lamberti Rosé Prosecco; warm chocolate cake with Banfi Rosa Regale; and spiced cranberry clafouti with Veuve Clicquot Rosé.
Urban Sip will also offer desserts for two, such as chocolate fondue and chocolate tasting plates, and a Champagne menu ranging from Krug Rosé and Dom Ruinart to Dom Pérignon and Veuve Clicquot.
Bar Cocoa will also offer, in its Cocoa Lab kitchen, a chocolate and Champagne lovers workshop 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 16 for $75.