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6 Of The Most Romantic Restaurants- London And Paris…

Whether you’re on your first romantic date, celebrating a lover’s anniversary or deciding where to book for a romantic Valentine’s proposal, we have some of the best places in London and Paris to impress your loved one.

All of our recommendations can be found using the FoodSnapp app, simply use the location icon  at the bottom, here you’ll see Google reviews and FoodSnapp ratings with pics and full address.

1.  Clos Maggiore

This place is famous for being one of London’s top-rated restaurants for romance.

Clos Maggiore ticks all boxes when it comes to romance and even has a Michelin star chef. The restaurant is cosy and intimate, but we highly recommend requesting a candlelit table in the enchanted conservatory and get this, it also has a REAL fireplace!

On valentines there are two tasting menus one with meat, the other vegetarian. The tasting menu is £160 per head and for an optional £65 you can pair each dish with 6 classic wines or if you’re going all out £95 for 6 premium wines.

The menu here is mainly French and Mediterranean a favourite amongst our team was the native lobster with caviar, fennel and lobster broth, our meat-eating colleague loved the venison tartare with beetroot and blackberry and our vegetarian in the group said the mushroom linguine with lack English truffle was the best he’d ever tasted outside of Italy.

It’s worth noting that although the vegan tasting menu is not particularly special for Valentine’s as it’s available throughout January and February it is truly as sumptuous as the menus listed above and will cost you £85 per head. All ingredients are seasonal and where possible local.

Clos Maggiore is most definitely one of the most Foodsnapp-able places so between kisses keep snapping and download onto the FoodSnapp app.

Tip: Book early as it is very popular.

Where: 33 King St, London WC2E 8JD

Website:  Clos Maggiore

Wheelchair Accessible

2. Bouchon Racine

A romantic hideaway at the top of an old pub in Farringdon, who says you need to splash the cash in the name of romance?

Bouchon Racine has a top pedigree chef Henry Harris who operated for many years at Racine in Knightsbridge until he opened Bouchon Racine with two other culinary business partners one who happens to be French in 2022.

For valentine’s we recommend requesting a seat in the inside balcony overlooking the busy streets below with candles flickering on the table and fairy lights twinkling in the background. Vibe is 1930’s and the food is unashamedly French and seductive.

The ambiance is intimate, it feels like a family run business and even the website directs you to their Instagram page if you want to see the latest menu, this is rustic French at its best. For a Valentine aphrodisiac try the six oysters for £32 and a bottle of French Champagne or for something heartier and warming try the rabbit mustard sauce with smoked bacon at £24.50, delicious. You will find all the French classics here including Escargot but with a culinary twist. If you ditched the most expensive dish of cote de boeuf which is £95 a night out here with desserts will cost around £65 per head. We feel like we’ve had a night in Paris without the expense of the Eurostar and an overpriced Parisian hotel!

Tip: Book in advance it’s small, intimate and in demand. Check out their menu on Instagram.

Where: Three Compasses, 66 Cowcross Street London Ec1M 6BP

Website:  Bouchon Racine

The Three Compasses
   2. Sessions Arts Club

Scoring high on all review sites this restaurant is glamourous and grandiose, dress to impress and be prepared to be wowed.

It is a little bit tricky to find in fact Conde Nest Traveller 

Commented “It might take a few furtive strolls around this Grade II-listed former courthouse in Clerkenwell, London, to discover the secret red door with a very discreet Sessions Arts Club buzzer.”

A visit here makes you feel special and exclusive even the brass lift that takes you up to the 4th floor feels decadent and exciting. Your end destination is a high room with arched windows, shabby chic walls covered in artwork and mesmerising gold sculptures hanging from the ceiling, set over two levels you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, a time where electricity didn’t exist as the whole room is flickering with light from candles in every direction.

Now let’s get onto the food, this is not just ambiance without substance. Menu is distinctly eclectic prices from £5 such as the brown shrimp croquettes for an appetiser to £29 for a succulent hake, watercress and ratte, let’s not forget the quince Bellini at £10 a glass which we think is exceptionally reasonable. The idea is you order between 3-6 options from the menu, for two of us we ordered four plus a dessert of crème brulee which was plentiful.

For Valentine’s there is no special menu but as this place oozes character, romance and love it’s the perfect restaurant for a romantic lunch or dinner.

Tip: They hold a lot of private functions so check availability in advance.

Where: Old Sessions House 24 Clerkenwell Green London EC1R 0NA

Website: Sessions Art Club                      Wheelchair Accessible

 1.  Le Grand Véfour

Simply meaning the first grand restaurant in Paris. This is a favourite amongst Parisian lovers and dates to 1784.

Overlooking the gardens of the Palais Royal it is rumoured to of been the favourite eating place for the most romantic couple of all time, Napoleon, and Josephine.

The interior is typically “old” French style with hand painted panels, etched mirrors and gilded décor making it one of the most beautiful restaurants in Paris. It was bought and refurbished in 1984 by the famous Champagne family Tattinger, they restored it to its modern-day 19th century glory without compromising on its history and charm. Once a 3-star Michelin restaurant then 2, but due to Covid and general decline in tourism, chef Guy Martin not only heads the kitchen but since 2008 has owned the entire restaurant.

Guy Martin is an award-winning chef sadly there are no Michelin stars, but he’s gone from strength to strength. His dishes are packed with seasonal ingredients, his food is said to combine pleasure and wellbeing, awakening senses, emotions, passion, and sensuality. His cuisine is modern and daring. Nowadays it is more of an elegant bistro than a fancy high gastronomy, prices are more affordable and dress code more relaxed.

There are 2 sittings for dinner one at 7pm and then from 9pm, they have a special Valentines menu. If you love history, good food and a romantic story, and want to make a wedding proposal you’ll be following in the steps of France’s most romantic couple Napoleon and Josephine.

For disabled visitors the restaurant is accessible but there isn’t a toilet on the ground floor.

Where: 7, RUE DE BEAUJOLAIS 75001 PARIS FRANCE

Website: Le Grand Vefour      Wheelchair Accessible

Le Grand Vefour
2.  Passionné

A Michelin star restaurant with amazing reviews on FoodSnapp, Tripadvisor and Google. Set back from Grands Boulevards it has a minimalist vibe of blue mosaic tiles, dark floors and walls, a décor fusion of far east meets sophisticated French and it doesn’t stop there, the chef is Japanese Satoshi Horiuchi originally from Hokkaido but the food he creates is modern French food at its best. Satoshi is passionate about his ingredients and spends time sourcing nothing but the best.

Every course is visually appealing, dishes are imaginative, full of flavour and presented like a work of art. Service staff are attentive and knowledgeable.

Open for lunch and dinner with a fixed price set menu for dinner compromising seven tasting dishes for €145 per head with an additional wine pairing of €69 for 3 wines or €98 for 5.

Lunch menu has either a 3 course set menu for €47 per head or 5 courses at €85, lunch reservations finish at 2pm.

We can’t get a copy of the Valentine’s menu but we were advised it is €350 per head. For disabled visitors the restaurant is accessible however the toilet isn’t so only those with a strong bladder can drink here. WC is on a different floor only reached by stairs.

Tip: It closes on a Monday.

Where: 17 Rue Bergère, 75009 Paris, France

Website: Passionné

Wheelchair Accessible

3.  Orgueil

This place has some great reviews, many describing it as “cool” “trendy” with “excellent food”. With this mind the FoodSnapp team had to be there as undercover critiques of what seemed too good to be true.

I have to say we were not disappointed, the interior like their menu is intimate and elective, classical yet modern, earthy tones of woods and greens and a hand painted ceiling this restaurant has all the trappings of intimacy and romance.

There are two Valentine menus the Saint Valentin Bistro menu at €90 per head and the Saint Valentin Speakeasy menu for €225 per head but this includes wine so it’s good value for money.

Both are tasting menus for €90 you get five delicious dishes to sample including the well-known aphrodisiac of oysters wonderfully flavoured with chili followed by cress tagliatelle with soy and hazelnuts, cod confit with wakame and white wine sauce which simply melts in your mouth leaving you drooling for more. Three dishes in and they serve the next mouth-watering dish of chicken in orange butter, Maltaise sauce and smoked potato Purée, at this point the whole team had transcended to heaven with only one thing on our mind could we squeeze in the final dish of ginger and grapefruit pavlova? With a few sips of excellent French wine, we finally reached the end goal of dessert, it was worth the squeeze, tasty yet simple.

The €225 speakeasy menu has eight tasting dishes, five are the same as the bistro menu but they have added squid in virgin sauce, lobster in pickled beetroot and a cheese dish with pistachios all paired and washed down with good French wine.

Tip: Word is spreading about Orgueil so book early.

Where: 6 Rue Popincourt 75011 Paris

Website:  Orgueil        Wheelchair Accessible

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