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Last-minute Valentine dinner dates: our picks

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(L to R) Spanish chef Aitor Olabegoya will serve up a Valentine’s Day special at Doors tonight; a taste of his creations. Photograph: Reuters

(L to R) Spanish chef Aitor Olabegoya will serve up a Valentine’s Day special at Doors tonight; a taste of his creations. Photograph: Reuters

Single? Loved-up? What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than with good drink, great food and even better company? An array of dining and entertainment opportunities are on the menu tonight.

Haute cuisine with heart: Doors

Doors restaurant will be putting on a five-course meal by chef Aitor Olabegoya to celebrate the occasion. Olabegoya, based in Barcelona, is executive chef at Doors in Phnom Penh, in addition to running restaurants in Spain, Hong Kong, and Beijing.

The chef has been involved with Doors since its inception, and visits Cambodia every month to work with the head chef there.

But tonight’s diners should expect “food from the heart”, he said. “Just because it’s Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean that it has to be conventionally romantic by overdressing food with sugar and flowers; the depth of flavours and the freshness of ingredients will bring you the sensation of love.”

Cambodia is a fast growing country with a vibrant gastronomic scene, Olabegoya said. “You can either find deep-fried tarantulas, interesting street food or fine French restaurants.

“Tasting Cambodia’s flavours is a must for any chef in Asia.”

He owns and runs many companies, and manages his own restaurant in Barcelona.

The Valentine’s Day menu will include everything from oysters and salmon, to surf and turf and mini hamburgers.

The meal will set you back $42 per person, and tables need to be booked in advance. Doors will also have free-flowing wine from 6-10pm at $20 per person, and live jazz by Ritchie and Phil from 7pm to 10pm.

Classic cuisine at La Coupole

La Coupole restaurant will also be giving romantics a chance to pamper their loved ones.

They will serve a range of delicacies, such as classic crowd-pleasers, hearty pastas, quality prime cuts, fresh crustaceans, a divine cheese selection and an extensive range of desserts. There will be a live band, and red roses for all ladies.

The night will cost $49 per person including one glass of champagne, from 6.30pm to 10.30pm at La Coupole, Sofitel on Sothearos Boulevard.

Best for bubbles: Do Forni

For something a bit pricier, Do Forni have a five-course meal in a romantic setting. The night will include live piano entertainment and  champagne. The dinner is $80 per person, from 6pm to 10.30pm.

Riverside romance:  Hotel Cambodiana

Their five-course meal will be served outdoors with a view of the Mekong river.

For $190 per couple, you get a five-course meal, complimentary champagne, candles and a red rose. For $250 per couple you also get a private hut and your own personal waiter.

The Village

The Village presents Come Away with Me, a romantic night of live music. A line-up of international artists will perform a mix of popular love songs, covers and originals.

It features composer, pianist, artist and producer Amanda Bloom. She is joined by Australian Brett Creswell from rock band Sick Puppies.

And last but not least, Conrad Keely from alternative Texan rock band You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.

They will play from 7pm to 10pm at The Village on Street 360.

To contact the reporter on this story: Laura Walters at ppp.lifestyle@gmail.com

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