Bored of having rooftop nights? Or even a sea facing evening? Or you think Candle light dinners aren’t you? But you still want to celebrate valentine’s day and want some good food along with it?
If yes, then spend 5 more minutes to read about this compilation of 10 non-mainstream valentine’s day places which have something to offer unlike your normal romantic date places and definitely have some good food to hog. Trust The Hogger’s Blog (also our guest writers) and have a very happy Hogger’s Valentines.
I would take the the honor to kick start this list with a tiny burger joint situated in Hiranandani Meadows Thane. Imagine you are sitting with your date and it’s raining heavy. There is a dry shelter over your head but no electricity and a burger greasy messy along with some yummy bacon fries and the owner playing some soft music on his guitar. This was one of the evenings I spent at Fooze.
A small little place in Thane which serves massive burgers. Fooze has a very cozy feel to it, the sitting section has small tables and chairs and some old books and empty booze bottles along with the story of how fooze began.
Fooze is a dream of two people who met over a beer and decided to have a burger joint of their own. Kartik and Shivam have over the period of time have done some great work and have created my favourite burger joint ever.
Surprise your Valentine with the some crunchy messy burgers at a typical burger joint who when contacted for Valentine’s day offer came back with a reply “Pyaar ek dhoka hai”
What to order? Fooze has a variety of Bs to offer on the menu. But my favourite is to pick Shivam’s brain and ask him to make me something new and exciting in which he has never disappointed me. If you think burgers are too messy on your first date, then go for their FTBs (Fuck the Buns) which is all the burger masala without the buns (their bestsellers) also don’t don’t miss the Bacon Fries.
Fooze is situated at Hiranandani Meadows Thane and in my best knowledge would be the highest rated Burger Joint on Zomato in Mumbai/Thane/Navi Mumbai region. Despite of the high rating I give my non veg lovers a personal guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with the pork/bacon/meat blast that you are about to receive.
Next up we have the founder of THB and our over-grown baby hulk Amrith Padmanand who will be presenting two of his choices. Amrith is a serial dater who is still single and has a lot of experience in the dating field 😛 He brings to you two cool offers at hand for Valentine’s day
2. Irish House
Celebrate singles week at The Irish House
Do you hate sharing your food like Joe? Do you love sleeping in your bed diagonally? Do you love to be your own boss? Then your favorite neighborhood pub, The Irish House is all set to make you feel special by celebrating your singlehood throughout the Valentine’s week. Starting from 7th February 2018 to 14th February 2018, say cheers to your freedom coz love is too mainstream.
Get to write about being single and stick it on their ‘Freedom Wall’ and express your true feelings as the best messages will stand a chance to win a free beer. And if writing is not your forte, then go for ‘Ex-boxing’ as The Irish House is giving you a chance to take out your vexation on the punching bag, so that you can punch ‘em and move on.
So if you are single and proud, drown yourself into some of the potent LIITs as The Irish House has curated a special high-tea menu which includes Sparkling Star, Nutty Monk, Irish LIIT, Orange Sundowner, Blue Wings, Spiced Classic, Ginger Berry and Citric Tonic. And to end the celebration on a musical note, enjoy a live performance by “Rupin Pahwa Collective” at The Irish House, Andheri on 14th February 2018 and get an extended happy hours at the outlet until 9 pm.
So this Valentines’ Week, head over to The Irish House for a week full of madness! Coz, why should couples have all the fun?
3. Agent Jacks
Upto 10 couple vouchers to be won at Agent Jacks this Valentines Day
If you really want to win over your TRUE LOVE and here we mean the quirky and hard to convince Agent Jack then you got to try hard and be creative. Agent Jacks Bar is all set to reward 10 lucky couples a chance to win vouchers worth INR 2000 on how creative you convince via a Social Media contest. P.S. – be more creative and witty to ease your way thru the agent’s heart.
The next two will be presented by our favourite under-grown advocate golden cheese AKA Neha Shaw. Neha is an extensive traveller and at times travels for food with her good ol Valentine. Using her profound experience our adorable cheese presents for you a Home-baker for all your and your date’s sweet-tooth cravings and another newly opened outlet
If your idea of a valentine’s gift hovers close to desserts, customised cakes, or anything that is sweet, I would suggest the following two:
Priyanka at Bakerville does cakes customised to the T- base, flavours, shape, size, messages, etc. etc. Go for the regulars like the Double Chocolate Cake, or red being the colour of the day, the soft Red Velvet cake. Too shy to tell him/her how much you love him/her? Don’t worry, they have you covered! Write your heart out on a message inside one of their Message Cakes. Or surprise him or her with a Surprise Cake and watch them discover a delectable surprise (decided by you) in the centre of the cake. Add an elegant and personal touch with their Monogram Cakes to show your beloved that they are your favourite! Love comes in all sizes, so why should cakes be an exception!! Customised cupcakes, just like their cute little Red Velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frostings or butter cream frostings are an option to. They also have a V-Day special gift box containing Two Cupcakes, 1 Jar Cake, cookies and chocolates!!
And if you are still confused or have an cake idea but execution is the problem, get in touch with Priyanka at http://www.facebook.com/bakervillepriyanka. P.S.- Priyanka is Thane based!
5. Cafe Neo
Cafe Neo at Dadar Shivaji Park, is a recently opened, cute little dessert cafe, done up in pretty shades of white and pink!! They do these extremely cute red little hearts shaped pancakes, Dutch Poffertjes, topped with sauce of your choice!! Also must try is their crepes, crispy and light and none other like them in the whole of Mumbai!! Go for their signature coffee butter one, and you will thank me later!! And post satisfying your sweet cravings, walk down the lane (literally 20 steps or so), for one of the most iconic view of the Bandra Worli sea link, and chit chat away till wee hours, in the cool sea breeze, as the perfect end to your V-day date!!
Next up is our Committed Candy boy a recently qualified CA who loves to travel to all date places with his Baker gf. Sarthak Ghosalkar will give you the next two additions to this list.
6. Cafe Mangii
Cafe Mangii situated near Hiranandani Gardens on the Powai lake has been serving some delicious continental food for quite a long time. The restaurant has a simplistic decor and has kept it minimal. A live pizza stone oven on one corner shows you the view of freshly baked pizzas while the bar sprawls the whole length of the wall besides the stone oven. Mangii oozes romance in its setting and it’s a great place for couples to enjoy the quietness.
This 14th February, say Ti Amo the Mangii way as they are ready to celebrate love. The chefs have whipped up an absolutely extraordinary 4 course meal complete with a soup/salad, appetiser, main course and dessert. All of this with complimentary glass of wine for Rs. 2799 for two! And there is also a live performance by Pravir Barot from 8 p.m. onwards to make your evening even more romantic.
7. London Taxi
London Taxi at Kamla Mills , Lower Parel is our next find in this list! Great food, amazing cocktails are a prerequisite but London Taxi has an extra touch of finesse to what they have to offer. You will find the finest ingredients making it to your table in an artistic presentation, be it entree, mains or desserts.
Moreover, all you couples out there must try it this valentine’s day because they are bringing to you UNSINGLE in Style Cocktail Masterclass.
London Taxi plans to make your Valentine non-cliché and genuinely exciting to do. Learn a fun, new skill with your significant other this Valentine’s Day at the special Couples (any kind) Cocktail Masterclasses held at London Taxi
London Taxi will inject some flirt into our cocktail masterclass. Your evening will start with a pimped up sparkling wine before you tap into your inner mixologist to shake up two specially themed cocktails An abundance of quirky ingredients will be at hand to help you craft the prettiest of cocktails.
Learn the tricks of trade from celebrity mixologist Ami Shroff and loads of cracking booze afterwards. A cool, original way to spend some quality time with your special someone.
Time – 7pm to 8.30pm
Date – 14th February
Price – 3500++ per couple (includes 4 cocktails and round of food)
For reservations:+91 7710082222
Last from the THB is our newest entrant Dhruti Hamlai, one half of the Hamlai sisters she is a hotshot interior designer who loves to hog. Dhrutis bf owns one of the better restaurants in the city but to avoid conflict of interest we didn’t mention the place here 😛 Dhruti brings to you her ideal Valentine’s date place.
Quiet befitting to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone gorging on the best culinary delights in town. White rustic walls and Mediterranean pebbles underfoot, distressed blue doors and dim lighting signify Olive. It’s relaxed and cozy atmosphere is perfect for a candle lit meal for date night. The menu offers up familiar Western plates with a hint of Mediterranean flavours. Every ingredient used is fresh and the dishes are prepared with care. They also have some delicious cocktails on the menu, we recommend JALAPENO HONEY – a phenomenal sweet and spicy cocktail you have never tried before. For the Wine connoisseur in you, there’s a pretty extensive list for you to choose from. Watermelon and feta cheese salad, BURRATA AND HEIRLOOM TOMATOES , MUSHROOMS AND FETA, are our top picks for to kick off your meal and for the mains we recommend the all time favourite Lab ribs, Sea bass risotto and all of their amazing pizzas.
Tiramisu cookie sandwich and dark chocolate fondant are the two best picks to end your meal on a sweet note. Dinner at Olive will earn you guaranteed brownie points. Trust us on this one, you can never go wrong with a classic.
Now we move on to our guest writers the Shah bros, first up is style personified, the suave Tejas Shah of the Khai Peene Jalsa fame, one of the most dedicated blogger I have met, Tejas to the best of my knowledge is single and ready to mingle, so ladies line up and get your grub at http://www.khaipeenjalsa.com. KPJ brings you a whole day’s setting at Alibaug :-
Beautiful sunsets, dramatic skies, cool sea breezes, a bottle of wine and a scrumptious fair to help you slip in to a romantic moonlit night. Could there be a better setting for your Valentine’s? Boardwalk on Mandwa beach is an ideal place by the Arabian Sea to sing the song of heart for your special one.
The waterfront restaurant in Alibaug serves wood-fired pizza, cocktails, and even organises luxe boat trips back & fourth. The decor is characterised by white with splashes of Mediterranean blue, and a few subtle maritime decor elements. There is an indoor and outdoor section, but the wooden deck with a line of solo chairs looking out at the sea is where the real charm is.
Boardwalk by flamboyant is just a boat ride away from Gateway of India.
Our next guestwriter is Paras Shah from The Fork Play. Paras’ exceptional food photography skills was the foundation of forkplay, But had he put even half of that effort in clicking portraits for his female fans, I am sure he would have got a lot of foreplay as well 😛 Nonetheless you can follow his food journey at @theforkplay on Instagram and maybe if you impress him he might take you along for one of the many valentine’s day dinners he is set to have. Today Paras presents for you a classic modern asian fine dine for a cool and quiet dinner with your bae:-
Pa Pa Ya is a modern asian bistro which has taken the Asian Dining experience to the next level with the help of their contemporary cooking techniques and the use of latest innovation in the field of Molecular Gastronomy. The presentation skills are jaw droppingly beautiful.
The ambiance of this place is perfect for a romantic dinner, with alluring interiors. The dim lighting is mysteriously attractive. They have 3 different sections and all of them have different interiors. Its just perfect for a romantic dinner, post dinner you can also take a romantic walk at the Gateway of India or also go for Sailing..
The Must Try Dishes here are – Layered Sushi Pizza, The Chocolate Ball on Fire, Yaki Udon Noodles, Truffled Imitation Oakwood.
Layered Sushi Pizza, A mind blowing combination of Italian and Japanese food in one single dish. Very thin crispy corn tortilla is the base and then comes sushi rice on top of it with an in house sauce. It was garnished with thinly sliced zucchini and another spicy sauce.
If you are still with us reading this I thank you for your patience and wish you all a very Happy Valentine’s Day. If you use any of our recommendations do drop us a comment as to how much you liked it or not. I also thank our guest writers KPJ and Forkplay for their valuable additions and finally to my team at The Hogger’s Blog for putting up with me…bon appétit