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Gourmet love

Cupid will aim his arrow at these Taipei City establishments on Valentine’s Day

By Catherine Shu  /  Staff Reporter

The Grand Hyatt Taipei’s Bel Air is a favorite spot for romantic dinners. Planning to pop the question? Let the restaurant know and they will prepare a special dessert platter.

Photo Courtesy of Grand Hyatt Taipei

Treat your date to a romantic evening on Valentine’s Day with special set menus at some of the city’s top restaurants, a luxury hotel getaway or chillwave music. Seats at restaurants serving set menus are limited, so make reservations by tonight to avoid disappointment.

Four restaurants in the Grand Hyatt Taipei will offer special Valentine’s Day menus. Renowned for its romantic atmosphere (and a popular spot for marriage proposals), Bel Air Bar and Grill will serve grilled US prime steaks and fresh seafood. Their Valentine’s Day set menu is priced at NT$3,600 per person. Bands Sound Stream and Cross Colors will perform at Ziga Zaga, where an Italian set menu is available for NT$2,800 per person. Laid-back lounge bar Cheers will offer a couple’s dessert platter with two glasses of Chandon Rose, soft-baked macaroons, rose-scented lychee mousse, chocolates and more. Pearl Liang’s menu features Chinese-style seafood. All prices are subject to a 10 percent service charge. For reservations, call (02) 2702-1200 X3188 or X3199.

● Address: 2 Songshou Rd, Taipei City (台北市松壽路2號2樓). On the Net: www.taipei.grand.hyatt.com

W Taipei’s Love 2012 package, which can only be booked on Feb. 14 through the hotel’s Facebook page, is one of this year’s best Valentine’s Day deals. Priced at NT$2,012 per person, it includes a double room, free usage of W Taipei’s gym, sauna and steam rooms, and swimming pool. The package is limited to 100 sets and you must be a fan of www.facebook.com/wtaipei to be eligible for the offer. The Love It Up room package, priced at NT$19,900 per night, includes one night in a Fabulous Room, which has a view of Taipei City and spa-style island bath tub, one bottle of champagne, a dinner for two at the Yen Chinese Restaurant and breakfast for two at The Kitchen Table. Reservations can be made at reservations.taipei@whotels.com, or online at: www.wtaipei.com.

W Taipei’s restaurants will also offer Valentine’s Day specials. The highlight of the Kitchen Table buffet’s bill of fare is a carpaccio bar with delicacies like truffled beef, tuna sesame and beet-cured salmon. The dessert spread includes Granny Smith tarts, Tahiti vanilla bread pudding, chocolate fondue and homemade sorbet. The Valentine’s Day dinner buffet is NT$2,012 per person, plus a 10 percent service charge. One glass of prosecco is included.

Yen Chinese Restaurant on the hotel’s top floor offers gourmet Cantonese food and a dazzling view of Taipei City. The dinner set menu is NT$2,520 with one glass of prosecco, while seats in a secluded “love cocoon” formed from bungee ropes are NT$9,999 for two people (10 percent service charge not included) with a bottle of champagne. For restaurant reservations, call W Taipei at (02) 7703-8887 or send an e-mail to bf.taipei@whotels.com.

● Address: 10, Zhongxiao E Rd Sec 5, Taipei City (台北市忠孝東路五段10號10樓). On the Net: www.wtaipei.com

Chef Daniel Negreira of DN Innovacion, which is renowned for its thoughtful molecular gastronomy and Spanish cuisine, has designed a special Valentine’s Day set menu. With unexpected textures and flavors, Negreira’s dishes are often surprising, but always a delight for the taste buds. Diners can pick from four main courses: Iberico suckling pig roasted at low temperatures to ensure the meat’s juiciness and tenderness; grilled Wagyu rib eye with red wine pear, roasted leaks and “massaged” potatoes; roasted monk fish served with different “textures”; or rack of lamb with grilled figs, cumin bones and “fake truffle.” The set menu is NT$2,300 per person (not including a 10 percent service charge). For an extra NT$1,314, diners can add a full wine pairing with a specially selected beverage for each course. DN Innovacion has set aside 10 seats for Taipei Times’ readers. For reservations, call (02) 8780-1155

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