Valentine’s Day is less than a week away … and White Rock restaurants are ready to take your reservations (or your take out order) for this most amorous night of the year. Many of them are offering special menus to make it a dining experience to remember and follow up your meal with a treat from a local bakery and a romantic stroll along the promenade and the pier.
Take in the spectacular view of Semiahmoo Bay at the much loved Washington Avenue Grill. Enjoy all your favourites on their special Valentine’s limited menu, featuring items like smoked salmon on wonton crisps, beef carpaccio, lobster stuffed ravioli and a slow-braised beef short rib. Available for dine-in only on February 13 & 14. If dinner from the WAG is what your heart desires, but you’d prefer not to dine in, choose from a limited selection of “Take N Bake” meal kits and prepare your meal at home. 5-15782 Marine Drive, 604-541-4244, washingtonavenuegrill.com
A local favourite, and always a romantic choice, Jan’s on the Beach are offering a three-course menu for the weekend for both dine-in and take-out. The menu starts with a choice of French Onion soup or a mixed green salad. Entrees include salmon and crab wellington with bearnaise sauce and jumbo prawns, a 10 oz New York strip loin with green peppercorn sauce and garlic mashed potatoes, a half rack of New Zealand lamb with wild mushroom risotto or spinach & ricotta cannelloni. For dessert, your tastebuds will thank you as you savour a mini chocolate fondue or chocolate & Bailey’s cheesecake for dessert. Reservations for dine-in are required. $75 per person, February 12 -14, 14989 Marine Drive, 604-531-5444, www.JansontheBeach.ca
Onyx Steak & Seafood Bar, White Rock’s favourite steak house, is hosting a three-course dinner with mouthwatering items like beef carpaccio, crispy quinoa cakes, a 16-oz bone-in rib steak with potato pave and seasonal vegetables, ahi tuna and a maple bacon cheesecake. More than a traditional steakhouse, Onyx is a place for friends and family to gather and bond over great food and artfully crafted cocktails! February 14. $95 per person,1225 Johnston Road, 604-542-0334, onyxsteakhouse.ca
Make a reservation for a romantic dinner at Bin 101 and enjoy a specially designed three-course menu. Choices include an appetizer of bruschetta or a Moroccan beet salad, entree featuring a 10 oz AAA New York Striploin with garlic lobster mashed potatoes or Linguine Ai Frutti Di Mare with wild sockeye salmon, PEI Mussels, lobster, tiger prawns and west coast scallops. Wrap up with a Mousse Parfait or Dark Chocolate cheesecake. Pair your meal with an excellent bottle of wine, or a delicious cocktail. $65 per person, February 14, 1436 Johnston Road, 604-560-1434, bin101.ca.
All you need is love … and The Boathouse. Their special Valentine’s menu is one for the senses and features items like their delicious West Coast Chowder, lobster and crab ravioli, miso-crusted wild halibut and a choice of a seasonal crème brulee or molten lava cake. Pair your meal with a glass of sparkling wine. $65 per person, February 14, 14935 Marine Drive, 604-536-7320, boathouserestaurants.ca
Make it a Valentine’s night in with a gourmet grazing box for 2. Local company Terracotta Tummy is offering a vegan Valentine’s grazing box that includes two Blue Heron cheeses, house-made crackers, salted-caramel macaroons, preserves, pickles, fresh fruits, nuts and seeds. And FIVE Kitchen (604 538-8153) has deluxe charcuterie boxes available to order that are packed with cured meats, cheeses, breads and spreads, everything you could need for a relaxing, romantic night in.