A romantic dinner for two in London on a Saturday evening sounds pretty swish. Throw in a sexy venue and you’ve got yourself the makings of a hot date night. South Place Hotel and Lime & Tonic have partnered together to create a romance package. It involves an indulgent stay in the sleek city of London hotel, as well as a tasty three-course dinner for two. Depending on how well your date goes, you might even choose to go for the ‘Tip of Your Tongue’ magical pill/cocktail combination too.
Romance isn’t Dead
The dating scene isn’t just for singletons looking for love though. Nearing on six years together, my husband and I still have date nights. I even receive the occasional spontaneous bouquet of flowers. However, the more romantic gestures he did in the first days have eased up a little. I kinda miss those ‘chocolates on the doorstep and cute note’ moments. So, when we ventured to 3 South Place (the brasserie in the hotel) for the foodie part of the package I was quite excited.
Greeted by the smiling staff, we were whisked over to our table. Moments later the chilled white wine magically appeared. Almost as quickly, it magically disappeared.
Whilst we browsed the menu we tucked into the pocket of warm breads, loading them heavily with creamy butter. I opted for the pea velouté, not feeling particularly enthused by the vegetarian options. However, first impressions aren’t set in stone (otherwise I wouldn’t be with him, or him with me). From the vivid green colour to the pleasingly fresh taste of the velouté, I was impressed.
In true mirror image of our opposite personalities, he went for a complete contrast to my vegetarian dish. You’ll have to take his word that the devilled chicken livers were delicious.
We mused about our Saturday adventures (me – The Great Contiki Challenge, him – band rehearsals), enjoying the fact that our table was secluded, away from the other diners. However, we were close enough to partake in a little people watching. We enjoyed the smiles and occasional loud laughter from the groups of friends and couples catching up over dinner. We sat mesmerised at one point, as the bar guy entertained us shaking cocktails at the back of the restaurant. We enjoyed the exposed kitchen too, as we watched the chefs easily switching from gentle bantering with each other to total seriousness as they created their masterpieces.
Before we knew it the main courses had arrived. When a dish makes the Mr steal my camera, you know it has to be a good one. Confit duck leg, mousseline potato, spring greens and red wine jus.
I attempted to devour the spring vegetable risotto with green spring onions and chive oil. However, it totally conquered me and went back looking untouched. It was delicious and my stomach certainly felt a lot fuller than when I arrived. Just remember to ask for it without the Parmesan if you’re a vegetarian or push it to one side.
The Power of Two
With just enough room left for dessert, we agreed on the pecan pie with bourbon cream, and the dark chocolate mousse with confit orange and praline tuile. We figured we’d combine forces and share the best of both worlds (a lot like our relationship). It’s so much better sampling two desserts, rather than one. Though of course mine was better. Obviously.
With a strong coffee and nibbled cookie (my bad), we naturally retired to the bar. We carried on sharing, going for the ‘Tip of Your Tongue’ (you can read about that cocktail for two here). Full and watered, I’m not sure we left South Place Hotel feeling any more romantic than usual. However, as we strolled underneath the starry sky, hand in hand, whether old or new romance, I couldn’t help smiling to myself. X
If you fancy your own evening at 3 South Place, two courses cost an affordable £20 or three courses cost £25. Dining and accommodation packages from £290.
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