Just in time for Valentine's Day, I got an unsolicited e-mail from a PR person working for South Coast Plaza's restaurants. This time, there's finally some information I'd want to share with you: the special Valentine's menus for just about every eatery at SCP.
So if you were thinking of one of SCP's many establishments for treating your honey, there's no need to go and do your own research.
JUST READ IT ALL HERE, after the jump.
But before you do, be aware that these specials aren't exactly optimized for the times that we're in.
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza
Dining room hours: 5 PM- 10:30 PM, lounge until 1 AM
Eight Course Valentine'sTasting Menu
$105 per person ($150 with wine pairings)
Charlie Palmer brings New York City sophistication and modern décor to its romantic main dining room and lounge. The eight course tasting menu, paired with wines, is laden with culinary aphrodisiacs, lovingly created by executive chef Amar Santana. Start with an amuse of tuna tartare and avocado; followed by chilled Kumamoto oysters; seared Hudson Valley foie gras; Alaska halibut; succulent sea scallops; and tender braised veal cheeks. The dinner concludes with Harry's strawberry gelee with anise-buttermilk sorbet and molten chocolate cake, dark chocolate mousse, hazelnut praline gelato
Dining room hours: 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
La Saint-Valentin 2009
$75 per person
Chef Florent Marneau's award-winning bistro has classic romantic Euro décor with its close quarters, white tablecloths, wood plank floors, stone walls and golden silk banquettes. Some of the starter dishes on this four-course dinner are teriyaki-roasted pork belly, asparagus risotto, foie gras terrine, Maui hearts of palm salad and oysters on the half shell. For mains, choose from the roasted Liberty Farm duck breast, braised boneless short ribs and prime filet or the grilled Tasmanian ocean salmon. Pastry chef Amelia Marneau's heavenly desserts feature some of her favorites such as almond macaroon, lemon cream, fresh raspberry, yogurt and Chambord gelato and a "Napoleon" of chocolate and praline and mocha gelato. Vegetarian options available.
Morton's The Steakhouse
Dining room hours: 5 PM - 11 PM
Dinner for Two
Morton's has a swanky main dining room where couples can enjoy an intimate three-course dinner for two. Start with Caesar or Morton's salad. For mains, guests can choose from three entrees: broiled sea scallops, colossal shrimp Alexander or jumbo lump crab cake with one signature potato or fresh vegetable to share. The legendary Morton's hot chocolate cake or Key Lime pie adds more sweetness to the meal's end. Pair your dinner with a bottle of 2007 Kenwood Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County or 2006 "A" by Acacia Pinot Noir, California, for an additional $39.
Dining room hours: 5 PM - 9 PM
Valentine's Day Dinner
Four courses: $75 per person
Three courses: $65
Pinot Provence is one of OC's most romantic restaurants with its Provencal-style wood beams, banquette seating, floral prints and darling patio. Celebrate love's special day supping on a four-course dinner, starting with an amuse of veal consumée and then choose two appetizers such as crispy pork belly, Hudson Valley foie gras torchon, sashimi of Kona Kampachi, classic escargot, winter vegetables, shaved prosciutto with fingerling potatoes or prime beef carrpaccio. The entrées include braised veal cheeks, seared Maple Leaf duck breast, Maine lobster tail, pan-roasted California sea bass, seared filet mignon or sautéed razor clams. Chef's dessert.
Royal Khyber Fine Indian Cuisine
Dining Room hours: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Valentine's Day Dinner
$33 per person
Take your love to exotic India for Valentine's Day at Royal Khyber where you will first lift a glass of Champagne to your partnership. Next, the chef here cooks up a three-course "sweetheart" dinner, beginning with either daal soup or samosa salad. Then, choose from leg of lamb cooked in the Imoghlai tradition, butter chicken or salmon Malabar. Dessert offerings include pistachio ice cream, gulab janan and rice pudding.
Dining Room hours: 4 PM - 9:30 PM
Four-courses for Two
$95 for Two
The American-style clubby atmosphere of The Clubhouse offers a Valentine's feast of great value. The four-course dinner here starts with choice of two soups, two salads, two entrées (like the 8 oz. filet mignon or a 10 oz. prime rib paired with crab-stuffed shrimp or firecracker crab cake). For dessert, indulge your taste buds in the molten chocolate cake, Key Lime tart or the crème brulée. You may also order the restaurant's signature dishes from the regular menu.
Dining room hours: 4 PM- 10:30 PM
Valentine's Day Prix Fixe Menu
$60 per person
Scott's has a laid back romantic plantation vibe, yet this top notch seafood eatery also has a sophisticated tastes with intimate booths, giant palms, high ceilings and brass accents. Enjoy a decadent three course prix-fixe menu created by executive chef Michael Doctulero. Or, you can also order from the traditional à la carte menu. For the first course, choose from such classics as Maine lobster bisque, Scott's famed sautéed calamari, Asian pear salad or roasted beet salad for the first course. For mains, try the Chilean seabass Kasuzuke, 8 oz. lobster tail and 8 oz. filet mignon. Dessert features dark chocolate brick with roasted banana sauce, vanilla bean crème brulée or cheesecake stuffed beignets served with fresh strawberries.
Dining room hours: 4 PM - 10 PM
Valentine's Day Dinner
Z'Tejas has a festive and fun atmosphere for Valentine's Day as well as some of the best margaritas in OC and a reasonably-priced menu of flavorful dishes. Chef Daniel Stevens has created a blissful three-course menu, beginning with the choice of appetizer: an artichoke heart beignet or blue tortilla and feta cheese salad. For mains, choose between the pecan-crusted chicken Oscar, chili seared scallops or pistachio-crusted beef tenderloin. Chef's choice of dessert.
Dining room hours: 11 AM - 8 PM
Valentine's Day Dinner
$55 per person
Cozy up to your Valentine at this lively, yet intimate Euro bistro filled with charm. The four-course lunch and dinner starts with a flute of Perrier Jouet Grand Brut while enjoying "Duetto di Zuppa," a combo of tomato purée and cream of potato leek. The second course features scampi pomodora. Then, choose either a petite filet, pan seared sea bass or vegetarian lasagna. Chocolate mousse, served with a side of raspberry purée, gives a lovely finishing touch.
Dining room hours: 5 PM - 10 PM
Valentine's Day Dinner for Two
$160 per couple
Modern sensibilities are heightened in Hamamori's minimalist, yet stunning main dining room. A delightful seven-item menu for couples who adore Japanese food starts with the tamari-marinated scallop and moves on to the lobster with Yuzu miso sauce to rock shrimp and the chef's choice of four pieces of executive sushi. For mains, choose from the miso-marinated lamb chops or the Kurobuta pork belly Kakuni or the tamari-marinated black cod dish. Chef's dessert.
Darya Fine Persian Cuisine
South Coast Plaza Village
Dining room hours: 5 PM - 10:30 PM
Valentine's Day Dinner
$59.95 per person (plus 18% gratuity + tax)
Darya is always a romantic spot with its Persian flair for the dramatic of marble columns, ornate artwork, picture windows, exotic cuisine as well as fast and friendly service. A three-course dinner is offered and live music adds spice to the evening. Start with a choice of savory appetizers or Persian salad; select from one of six entrees, ranging from shish kebab (choice filet mignon), chicken or shrimp kebab or charbroiled Lake Superior white fish, all served with charbroiled tomato and basmati rice. Indulge with a French pastry dessert.
650 Anton Blvd., Costa Mesa
Dining room hours: 5:30 PM - 11 PM
Valentine's Prix Fixe Dinner of four courses for $50 per person,
optional wine pairing for an additional $25
This newly-opened space has lots of European charm with its tile floors, soaring Palladian arches, picture windows and exhibition kitchen. Start with antipasti for two, followed by a choice of pastas (Hand-rolled squid ink garganelli, shrimp, arugula, yellow tomato or baked fazzoletto, ricotta, ortica). Next is swordfish involtini, salmoriglio, Sicilian cous cous or braised veal cheeks, gremolata, saffron risotto. Dolce is your selection of babà al rhum or bombo di cioccolato, orange cream, salted hazelnut. Menu subject to change based on ingredient availability.
Pacific Whey Café
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$24.95 per person
Dine-in on a three course special menu from February 12 through the 15th or also available for take-away, packaged ready to heat at home. Start with their Pacific Coast salad, a choice of entrees like sautéed shrimp, pan seared filet medallions, or grilled salmon, all served with Parmesan mashed potatoes and vegetable medley. Finish with a signature red velvet cupcake.