When it comes to Valentine’s Day dinners, people tend to revert to the stereotype of French or Italian – as if these are inherently more romantic cuisines. That ain’t necessarily so, but San Carlo Cichetti in the West End would make a good choice for any Latin lover. Elegant and slickly professional, with acres of smooth marble and even smoother Italian staff, it’s offering a Valentine’s Day menu designed by celeb chef Aldo Zilli (£56.95 per person).
Alternatively, there’s acclaimed modern Indian restaurant Namaaste Kitchen in Camden. Here, the setting is sleek, the lighting low and there’s a six-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. Tickle your loved one’s tastebuds with tikka (coriander-lime chicken or paneer-stuffed rhubarb) or get their pulse racing with pistachio chicken korma – edible silver is one of the indulgent ingredients. The menu costs £44.95 with a kir royal to start and a matching wine for each course (£29.95 without wine). Cathy Phillips
For other London restaurants that are perfect for romance, on Valentine’s Day or other times, see our Valentine’s restaurant listings.