Tables for two are a hot commodity on February 14. These five restaurants are especially enticing, with innovative Valentine’s Day menus that engage both the heart and the mind.
Aquavit, New York Red is the theme of the evening at this modern Nordic restaurant. The four-course menu includes Maine lobster with blood oranges and sea urchin, or smoked lamb tartare with bright watermelon radishes. Scottish salmon is cured with bull’s-blood beets, and seared diver scallops are paired with red sauerkraut. $250 per person with wine pairings. (212.307.7311, www.aquavit.org)
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Singapore The eight-course menu here begins with round-trip transportation in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce. The first course, Le Caviar Impérial, includes caviar in a coral infusion and green asparagus with lemon balm leaves. Delicacies such as black-truffle soup and lobster in a sauce of black Malabar pepper follow. $1,250 per couple. (+65.6577.6688, www.rwsentosa.com)
Hatfield’s, Los Angeles A deviled quail egg with smoked trout, goat cheese, and apple starts the six-course meal at Karen and Quinn Hatfield’s quietly glamorous restaurant. Karen oversees pastry, while her husband Quinn runs the savory side of the kitchen. For February 14, the couple’s combined efforts will include braised pork belly with creamy beluga lentils, slow-cooked beef-rib pastrami accented with smoked honshimeji mushrooms and grainy mustard butter, and a Meyer-lemon custard “tart” with huckleberries and blood-orange sorbet. $400 per couple with wine pairings. (323.935.2977, www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com)
The Musket Room, New York After only four months, this new restaurant from the New Zealand chef Matt Lambert has already earned a Michelin star (becoming the youngest New York restaurant to do so). Lambert is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a 10-course tasting menu that includes uni custard with squid ink and caviar, foie gras torchon with maple syrup and apple, New Zealand red deer with gin, and irresistible pumpkin-pie doughnuts. $680 per couple with beverage pairings. (212.219.0764, www.musketroom.com)
Nobu, London Berkeley St. The six-course omakase menu for Valentine’s Day features grilled king-crab legs with quinoa and tosazu truffle, crispy shrimp harumaki with caviar, venison loin with wasabi salsa, and selections of sushi and sashimi. Approximately $500 per couple with wine pairings. (+44.207.290.9222, www.noburestaurants.com)