Valentine’s Day is here again, but this year things are a bit different. While you can’t book a reservation at your favourite restaurant, you can order a fantastic meal to takeout from almost any restaurant in town. Plus, you get to snuggle up with your sweetheart in comfortable clothes on what might be one of the coldest days of the year (doesn’t sound so bad!).
Toronto chefs have gotten very creative this Valentine’s Day, and many are offering takeout meals for two that are both plentiful and inventive. Here are our top picks.
Why eat a nice meal when you can make one too? Constantine’s Valentine’s Day kit comes with beetroot and smoked trout, wood-fired pita, tortellini in brodo, cod en croute, a melange of mushrooms, and a maple and cranberry eclair to finish it all off ($125). But Constantine is going one step further with a live cooking class hosted by chef Craig Harding that will take place on Valentine’s Day.
Lobster spaghetti and flourless chocolate cake are part of the Valentine’s Day deal at Manita, but that’s not all — Manita is also sending fresh cut flowers and a bottle of Prosecco to anyone ordering their Valentine’s Day option (delivery to the downtown core is free). We can’t think of a simpler way to give someone you love a floral gift while also enjoying a decadent lobster meal!
This popular spot is getting in on the Valentine’s Day takeout spirit with a dinner for two, including a choice of pasta, sides, and tiramisu ($150). Looking for a vegan Valentine’s Day option? In that case, Ufficio also has a plant-based menu featuring risotto, rapini, arancini, and other classic Italian options with a tempting vegan tiramisu to end the meal ($140). These meals go on sale this Friday.
We love the Valentine’s Day takeout menu from Marben, entirely inspired by the 1980s. Enjoy chicken roulade cordon bleu, pizza rolls, big Caesar salad, twice-baked potatoes, and a Sixteen Candles layer cake (chocolate sponge cake with raspberry filling) for $180. You can also order a “Shot Through the Heart” box of pre-made shots. Orders must be made 72-hours in advance.
Sometimes you have to go with the classics, and few restaurants do those famous dishes better than the Maple Leaf Tavern. This Valentine’s Day, you can order a dinner for two that includes oysters Rockefeller croquettes, porcini mushroom soup, surf and turf, beef short rib en croute, grilled shrimp, potato and onion gratin, and a flourless chocolate cake. Our stomachs are happily full just thinking about this meal! Dinner for two from Maple Leaf Tavern is $150. Order takeout by emailing your details and pickup time to email@example.com.
Enjoy a three-course meal from the famous Cafe Boulud, including a choice between veal cheek à la bourguignonne or whole rotisserie duck for two, an appetizer of tuna chaud-froid, and a jasmine and raspberry St. Honoré (caramelized puff pastry, jasmine cream, raspberry whipped ganache) for dessert. You can also add a caviar or cheese plate to the mix, along with some fantastic wine pairings. If you want to grab an edible gift simultaneously, Cafe Boulud also offers various options, including a chocolate heart, a box of chocolates, a homemade chocolate bar, and a tower of macarons. The main meal is $80 per person, and add-ons are priced accordingly.
Anything from Lee is bound to be unique, but the restaurant went all out this Valentine’s Day with salmon sashimi, duck confit bao, squash and onion ravioli, adobo-braised short ribs, and bacon-wrapped scallops. Sides include garlic mash, creamed corn, and Singapore slaw, but what’s Valentine’s Day without dessert? Lee doesn’t disappoint with coconut panna cotta, caramel corn and chocolate strawberries, and passionfruit gelle — all layered together to create a dessert that we’re already drooling over. This takeout meal for two is $250 and must be ordered 24 hours in advance.
This Valentine’s Day, George restaurant is giving patrons quite a few takeout options that range from seafood to plant-based. You can even choose your dessert and mix-and-match main dish choices according to meal preferences — we haven’t yet seen a menu as vast as this one. Vegetarian date? No problem! Serious meat-eaters? George has you covered there too. Just make sure that you book soon to get your meal on time for the big day ($125 per person).
If you’re looking for a unique takeout option, Balzac’s will send you coffee, protein pancake mix, and a bottle of maple syrup. Breakfast in bed, anyone?
Who says that dessert is not a meal? Not us! The Clockwork Bar at The Fairmont sells a sweetheart box and bubbles package that includes a box of desserts made in-house along with a classic bottle of Moet for $149.