Monday, February 15, 2010

Calling All Valentine's Dinner Reports

Posted By on Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 2:22 PM

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Dining out has been part of my job for almost 10 years, so I don't normally rush to book Valentine's Day reservations. Feb. 14 is to restaurants what Dec. 31 is to nightclubs: Amateurs' Night.

But around 6 o'clock on Sunday, I suddenly didn't feel like cooking or having my kitchen-savvy husband cook for me. (Whole Foods' special on lobster tails be damned.)

I noticed that Chef Arnold Myint's delightful Suzy Wong's House of Yum on Church Street was offering a special three-course Valentine's Day menu for just $25 per person. And since Suzy's is fairly new, and the Church Street crowd tends to party later in the evening, I decided to see if we could snag a reservation. Happily, a table was available at 7:30. (The server said the place had been a madhouse earlier in the evening, presumably the dinner-then-a-movie-or-Rick-Springfield-at-the-Wildhorse crowd.)

The meal was terrific. The three shared appetizers included an Asian shrimp cocktail that blew my mind. Who knew that what shrimp cocktail has always needed is a generous helping of fresh bean sprouts, edamame and pickled ginger along with the cocktail sauce?

Check out a PDF of the menu here. Meanwhile, what about you, Bitesters? Did anybody else venture out on Valentine's weekend? Any meals worth noting?

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