Magazine article Sunset

Dishes for Sharing: Add Extra Romance to Any Dinner Date

Magazine article Sunset

Dishes for Sharing: Add Extra Romance to Any Dinner Date

Article excerpt

With small-plate restaurants popping up everywhere these days, sometimes it's easy to forget the pleasure afforded by large plates. A romantic dinner is made even more so when you share a single delicious dish. And if you've forgotten the fun of going halves on a roast chicken or an airy souffle, plenty of Bay Area restaurants haven't. Order these dishes for two, and you won't have to worry about stretching across the table for a bite. For two people who finish not only each other's sentences but also each other's dinners, these restaurants are the perfect places to celebrate.

French kiss

Cafe Jacqueline would be among the most romantic restaurants in town even if it weren't for the creamy souffles at the menu's heart. Order the delectable crab souffle ($50); you'll have plenty of time to gaze into each other's eyes before it arrives, puffed, browned, and rich with crabmeat. The only thing better is the chocolate souffle for dessert ($30). Technically, it's big enough for three or four people, but my husband and I were enchanted enough to spoon up every sweet bite. Special menu on Valentine's Day. Dinner Tue-Sun; reservations required. 1454 Grant Ave., San Francisco; (415) 981-5565.

Coastal sophistication

Cetrella Bistro and Cafe hits the perfect notes for a romantic getaway to the coast, from the cozy fireplace to its rib-eye steak for two with addictive pommes frites ($28). The only potential problem is a difference of opinion on how you like your steak cooked. One of us likes medium, the other rare, so we ordered medium-rare--compromise being key to marriage. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.