You can still treat your Valentine to a delectable, restaurant-quality meal during lockdown.
A romantic evening out is off the cards for Valentine’s Day this year, but all’s not lost because these Leeds chefs and restaurants are whipping up oh-so indulgent takeaway feasts for the occasion. From Parisian cuisine to fine-dining tasting menus, there’s something to suit every couple. With the food so deliciously taken care of, all you’ll need to do is light some candles, pour out the wine and dial up the romance – what’s not to love?
HN @ Home. Enjoy all the luxury of Harvey Nichols at home this Valentine’s. Head chef Lee Heptinstall has created a delectable five-course menu for two. From baked scallops to the roast duck breast, it’s a culinary delight. It costs £100 and is delivered ready to finish at home. Order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more online.
Ambiente Tapas. This Leeds tapas restaurant is cooking up three-courses of delectable Spanish food for you to collect and heat at home. Start with a sharing platter of cured meats and cheeses, then snaffle five small plates of your choice, like albondigas, patatas bravas and aubergine parmigiana. You’ll get a bottle of Cava and cake to share, all for £50. Order online.
byMölly. Leave the cooking to Leeds chef Molly Payne this Valentine’s. For £55 per person, you can get a three-course menu full of indulgent treats, from the gooey camembert sharer to the duck leg confit main. Want to go all out? Try the beef wellington. Finish off with an assiette of mini desserts and petit fours. It’s delivered chilled for you to heat at home. Order online.
Stuzzi. Enjoy a romantic five-course Italian dinner courtesy of Stuzzi. For £80 for two, you can look forward to a medley of refined dishes like venison carpaccio, lobster ravioli, braised veal shin and dark chocolate tart. Want to go all out? Add fizz, macaroons and cheeses. You can collect your meal to heat at home. Order online.
Sarto. This specialist pasta restaurant has created a 6-course cook-at-home menu for the occasion. Start with antipasti, before tucking into delectable handmade pasta, smothered in ox cheek ragu or puttanesca sauce. The indulgence doesn’t stop there – dessert, cheese and bon bons are included. It costs £65 for two and can be collected or delivered. Order online.
Bundobust. How about an all-out Indian feast for Valentine’s? Bundobust have put together a combo menu of new specials that you can collect and heat at home. It costs £55 for 9 dishes, including black dhal and kofta kadai, plus cocktails. You’ll even get access to the Bundobust playlist, so you can recreate the restaurant experience at home. Order online.
Friends of Ham. Oh my! Cheese, charcuterie and wine! Friends of Ham are doing a French-inspired Valentine’s food box filled with all kinds of scrumptious treats. We’re talking brie, rosette salami, sourdough, chutney and olives. There’s a choice of wines to wash it down with too. It’s £40 for two and will be delivered to your door ahead of the occasion. Order online.
West Park Cafe. The folk at West Park Cafe have your Valentine’s Day plans covered with two delicious options to collect. You can indulge in a traditional afternoon tea for £14.50 per person, or tuck into their special three-course takeaway menu for £45 per couple. It includes a grazing platter starter, beef bourguignon main and a chocolate fondue dessert. Order on Facebook.
The Queen o’ t’ owd Thatch. This Leeds pub is doing a special three-course Valentine’s Day meal, that’ll be delivered for you to heat at home. The menu will be released closer to the time, but you can expect traditional British fare made with fresh, locally-sourced produce. There’ll be meat, fish and vegetarian options. Order online.
Jah Jyot. You can fire up your Valentine’s date night with Punjabi street food from Jah Jyot. They’re preparing a feast of nibbles, curries, rice, naan, chapattis and Indian sweets for you to share with your other half. It comes with Northern Monk beer and a bottle of Prosecco to wash it all down for £45. It can be collected or delivered nationwide to re-heat. Order online.
House of Koko. They’ve teamed up with Distrikt and Schnitfaced to bring you a decadent Valentine’s menu. For £30, you’ll get a camembert starter, plus five Spanish small plates for your main – there’s everything from chorizo frittata to jamon croquettes. You can add desserts for £8 and Distrikt cocktails for £14. It can be collected or delivered. Order via Instagram.
Oula Creative Catering. Want to wow your other half? Oula is serving up pink tacos for two. That’s right, they’re pink! You can get yours stuffed with spiced chicken or blackened cauliflower, and they come paired with tortillas, guac, spicy rice and slaw. End on a sweet note with sugar cookies, all for £40. It’ll be delivered ahead of the big day for you to re-heat. Order online.
Thic Little Bastards with Donuts. This collab between four favourites will make your Valentine’s one to remember. Little Bao Boy, Bastards Bistro, Thic Boy Kitchen and Doh’hut are doing a banquet for £50. It’s an Asian-inspired menu with the likes of chilli short ribs and hoi sin pigs cheeks, topped off with donuts. It’ll be delivered to be re-heated. Order via Instagram.
Grön Kafé. This Roundhay cafe has breakfast in bed sorted. For £35, it’s a luxurious affair with two whopping Croque Monsieurs, made with a truffle béchamel, and a double stack of French toast topped with cinnamon sugar and berries. Finish with strawberries dipped in chocolate sauce. It can be collected or delivered to be warmed through at home. Order online.
Owt. Wine lovers, this one’s for you. Owt is the first seller of Château Gasqui wines in the UK and this Valentine’s you can enjoy the rare tipple with Owt’s homemade Provençal dips. Choose from red, white or rosé and it’ll come with fresh focaccia to dunk in olive tapenade, roasted pepper purée and basil & sunflower pesto. It’ll be delivered to your doorstep. Order online.
The Owl. You can make your Valentine’s Day extra special with this seven-course extravaganza from The Owl. The menu includes culinary creations like baked Lindisfarne oyster, Yorkshire duck terrine and halibut in caviar sauce. It’s £155 for two and comes with a bottle of Crémant de Limoux to toast the occasion. It’s delivered chilled to heat at home. Order online.
Heaney & Mill. This Headingley favourite has two delicious Valentine’s treats. Get a breakfast in bed kit for two, full of pastries, pancake mix and huge breakfast sandwiches for £40, or tuck into a sensational three-course meal with luxurious delights like whole lobster thermidor and salted caramel profiteroles. It costs £99 for two and includes delivery. Order online.
CUX Culinary Company. If an evening of fine Venetian fare sounds like your ideal Valentine’s Day, check out CUX’s special menu. You’ll start with an antipasti platter and fizz, followed by a beef wellington, wrapped in smoked ham and crispy pastry. It’s Fritole alla Veneziana for pud with a chocolatey sauce. The menu costs £55 per person with delivery. Order online.
The Whitehall. You can tuck into a five-course meal from The Whitehall. There’s an amuse-bouche and a choice of beef carpaccio or scallops to start, before you share a chateaubriand, with dauphinoise potatoes. The feast is topped off with a chocolate fondant and an espresso martini digestif. It costs £95 with free delivery within a 10-mile radius. Order online.
La Casita. Tapas for two? Yes please! La Casita is doing a two-person set menu for £70. There’s six small plates to devour, including patatas bravas, braised ox cheeks and mushroom estofado, followed by chocolate tart for pud! It’s free local delivery and comes chilled with heating instructions. Order by emailing email@example.com and view menu on Facebook.
Harewood Food & Drink Project. You can enjoy fine dining at home with this Valentine’s tasting menu, prepared by chef Josh Whitehead. From the venison shin crumpet to the fig and walnut wine rolls, each innovative dish is made using ingredients grown on the Harewood estate. The eight-course menu costs £55 per person and you can collect it to heat at home. Order online.
Vice & Virtue. This is the perfect Valentine’s treat for foodies. It’s five-courses, plus nibbles and petit fours, for £60 per person. Cheese and truffle fondue, dry aged beef with lobster thermidor and passion fruit souffle are just some of the creative dishes in store. It’ll be prepared ready for you heat at home. Order by calling 07874629838 and view the menu on Facebook.
Salvo’s. The chefs at Salvo’s have prepared an Italian feast for Valentine’s Day. There’s beef carpaccio or dressed white crab to start, before a choice of pork belly with ‘nduja mash or sea bass en papillote for mains. The big finish? Espresso martini cheesecake with chocolate-dipped strawberries! It’s £75 for two and you can collect it to re-heat at home. Order online.
Sous Le Nez. The most romantic night of the year wouldn’t be complete without some delectable French fare and Sous Le Nez have just the ticket. Their Valentine’s Day menu for two includes dishes like foie gras, roasted lamb rump and spiced treacle tart. You’ll even be treated to cheese and a bottle of fizz, all for £100. It’s delivered chilled for you to finish off at home. Order online.
Blackhouse. You can look forward to an evening of succulent steak this Valentine’s Day. Blackhouse’s Cook at Home Menu comes with nibbles, a prime cut of steak, oodles of sides and sauces, plus an oh-so indulgent pud. The best part? You can cook the meat just the way you like it. It’s £75 for two and can be delivered nationwide. Order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Reliance. You can get a Valentine’s version of their popular At Home menu. It will be released on Tuesday 9th February for pre-orders, and you can expect their sophisticated-take on European fare, plus a special sharing-style main. They’re also doing Sunday roasts. Whatever you go for, it can be delivered chilled on Saturday 13th to heat up on the day. Order online.
Feed. This Pudsey favourite has two menus for you to collect. The first is a £20 per person brunch menu complete with fruity bircher, ox cheek crumpets and a sweet lemon roulade. There’s also an evening menu that features a main of succulent beef fillet with tartiflette, plus an equally delicious starter and pud. Order by calling 0113 2040928 and view menus on Facebook.Cover image: © Copyright Leeds-List 2021 by Contakt Photography