VALENTINE'S: BOOK NOW
Dim sum and your loved one
Pretty, right? But not just that. Lulu Wild's dim sum packs both style and substance being the knockout element of both my visits to the Brindleyplace high-end Chinese — and they're going 'all in' on Valentine's Day with three courses for £55.
The starters include blush dim sum (prawn being the pick of the crop) as well as crispy duck rolls and mushroom with edamame dumplings, while mains has crowdpleasers like Mongolian lamb and roasted chicken in satay. Lulu Wild also specialises in talking points — such is its commitment to both the weird and wonderful when it comes to interior design! The bunny bedecked upstairs armchair, for example, taking on an all the more audacious slant in the year of the rabbit.
Brindleyplace sister site, Siamais, gives V-Day the Thai treatment with three courses and some fizz at £49.99 per person for three courses plus fizz. The enoki, shimeji and oyster mushrooms main, served in a chilli paste with jasmine rice, is one of my favourite veg dishes in that neighbourhood. Both Lulu and Siamais will take a free Polaroid photo of you and your dinner guest to take home, too, all retro like.
Lastly, Mailbox-based Aluna is pitching in at £45 for three courses and some fizz, or a beer, but you'll do very well to consider their showstopper of a sharing cocktail — 'Couple Goals'. It's a mix of vodka, cherry, lychee, rose, cranberry and strawberry — Instagram at the ready, people. Food options include tofu and mushroom bao, satay scallops, wok-fried ribeye in black bean and gooey, homemade chocolate brownies.
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