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Valentine’s Day in Austin? Check these restaurant and hotel options

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If you’re planning a romantic Valentine’s Day in Austin, here are some great choices:

HOTEL ELLA

16112950_941708259262951_7940591208806835959_oThis Valentine’s Day, the charming Hotel Ella where love has been celebrated for generations will offer a romantic stay package. The Valentine’s Day Package at Hotel Ella includes:

  • Three-course dinner for two at Goodall’s Kitchen
  • Sparkling rosé and chocolates in room when guests arrive

This package is available for stays on Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14 and guests can book by visiting this link.

Goodall’s Kitchen will also host a special Valentine’s Day Dinner on Tuesday, February 14 with reservations available between 5-10 p.m. Complimentary valet parking is included. The 3-course menu by Executive Chef Michael Paley and beverage pairings by Beverage Director and Certified Sommelier Mandi Nelson includes:

  • AMUSE BOUCHE
    • Arancine porcini mushroom, smoked mozzarella, black truffle
    • Bouvet Brut Rosé, Loire Valley, France
  • FIRST COURSE
    • Bigeye Tuna Carpaccio winter citrus, avocado, fresno pepper, sunflower seed sprouts
    • Château de Sancerre, Sancerre, Loire Valley, France
  • ENTREE (CHOICE OF)
    • Pan Roasted Barramundi brussels sprouts, lobster & scallion orzo
    • Ramey Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California
    • Grilled Filet Mignon peekytoe crab, uni butter, broccolini, potato puree
    • Round Pond “Kith and Kin” Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California
  • DESSERT
    • Gateau Frit lemon diplomat; pomegranate gel, lemon chip, meringue
    • Kracher Beernauslese, Burgenland, Austria

The dinner will cost $55 per person with beverages available for purchase or an additional $40 wine pairing option. Reservations for the Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for two can be made by visiting goodallskitchen.com/menu/valentines-day.

KUNEHO

On Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14, newly-opened Kuneho will offer a 7-course prix fixe menu with an optional beverage pairing that is composed of aphrodisiacs. The Borough Bar will also be featuring Valentine’s Day cocktails, Japanese Whisky selections, and tantalizing sparkling wines.

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The 7-course menu includes:

  • Oyster, dashi, banh, cuon
  • Heart of palm, yamaimo, sous vide duck yolk, smoked soy
  • Madai, sea bream in leche de tigre and puffed sorghum
  • Rabbit, winter vegetables, adobo sauce
  • Perfect bites: caviar chawanmushi, uni gunkan, foie nigiri
  • Black chicken, black rice, black raddish, ginseng
  • White chocolate rose petals, white miso panna cotta

The Borough Bar featured cocktails include:

  • Handsome devil: gin, campari, damiana, ginger, ginseng, sweet vermouth
  • Cama de rosas: blanco tequila, agave gin, maraschino, grenadine, lemon, peychaud’s, rose water angostrura

The prix fixe menu will cost $85 per person and with drink pairings will cost $125 per person. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling (512) 436-9626.

L’OCA D’ORO

pastawine-1000x450Mueller Italian restaurant L’Oca d’Oro will open its doors on a day it is normally closed to host the Valentine’s Day Mash-up 2017 on Tuesday, February 14. As part of their larger dinner series, this 4-course dinner will have menus inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder and Public Enemy.
Guests will have a “Love” or “Hate” option to choose from for each course – one dish named after a Stevie Wonder album and the other dish named after a Pubic Enemy album. Diners will choose which side of the menu they want to order from for each course and the restaurant will be playing music by those artists the entire evening.
The Mash-up menu created by Executive Chef Fiore Tedesco and General Manager Adam Orman includes:
  • FIRST COURSE (Pick one)
    • Stevie at the Beach (1964)
      • Frutta di Mare – Snapper, shrimp, oyster mayonnaise
    • Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987)
      • Caviar – Gran Saraceno crespelle, whipped contadina, pickled mustard, lemon thyme
  • SECOND COURSE (Pick one)
    • Signed, Sealed & Delivered (1970)
      • Agnolotti – Morning glory ricotta stuffed pasta, brown butter pickled pine nuts, rice party
    • Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
      • Corzetti – Stamped beet pasts with smoked maitake mushrooms, beet mascarpone, and black truffle butter
  • THIRD COURSE (Pick one)
    • Hotter than July (1980)
      • Urfa (Justin) Beiber – Smoked short rib
    • Apocalypse 91…The Enemy Strikes Back (1991)
      • Pollo alla Trentina – Capon ballotine, polenta, sage, red wine gastrique
  • FOURTH COURSE (Pick one)
    • My Cherie Amour (1969)
      • Red Velvet ‘Opera’ Cake – Chocolate, salted milk jam buttercream, red mirror glaze, whipped cream cheese
    • It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
      • Arborio Rice Pudding – Sunchoke panna cotta, cinnamon gelato, sunchoke chips

Reservations are available from 5-10 p.m. for $65 per person with an optional $30 wine pairing (1/2 glass with each course). Guests can secure a spot by calling 737-212-1876 or booking through the website at http://www.locadoroaustin.com/reservations/. 

OLIVE & JUNE

oj-historyFrom February 10 through February 14, Olive & June will offer special “features” in honor of Valentine’s Day alongside the regular menu. These dishes can be ordered individually (prices vary) or all together as a 4-course prix fixe menu for $56 per person. The features by Executive Chef Brian Moses include:

  • Fried ravioli, carrot ricotta, balsamic aioli
  • Butternut squash pappardelle, garlic, chili flake, smoked chicken thigh
  • Salmon, artichokes, citrus, roasted tomato
  • A vegetable side, chickpea, mint, roasted tomato
  • Dessert is TBA

In addition to the regular menu and special features, the restaurant will offer a Pasta Tasting Menu in celebration of Olive & June’s 5-year anniversary for the entire month of February. This is a 5 or 3-course rotating pasta menu in which Chef Brian brings back popular pasta dishes that have been highlighted on Olive & June’s menu at some point since opening. The 3-course menu will be $35.50 per person and the 5-course menu will be $49 per person. Both menus require at least 2 people at the table.

Reservations can be made through the Olive & June website at http://oliveandjune-austin.com/ or by calling 512-467-9898.

SHERATON GEORGETOWN TEXAS HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER

Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center is offering two packages and special menu offerings at its restaurant, Brix And Ale, surrounding Valentine’s Day this year.

The Romance Package is perfect for couples looking for an exciting getaway in the charming city of Georgetown. The package is available for booking now until Feb 12. It includes:

  • A Full American breakfast for two daily (in-room dining)
  • Chocolate or fruit and a bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • 4 p.m. late checkout (based on availability)

Guests can book online by visiting http://www.sheratongeorgetowntexas.com/ or call 866-716-8134 and mention rate plan SIROMPKG.

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Another package option offered at the Sheraton Georgetown is the Sweet Escape, which is available for stays during the weekend of Feb 9-12. This package includes:

  • 10% off the best available rate
  • 15% off brunch at Brix And Ale on Feb. 12
  • S’mores kit for two to use by the new outdoor fire pits

While in town, guests can check out Sweet Affair on the Square (tickets sold separately) in Georgetown‘s adorable downtown district. Book this stay online by visiting http://www.sheratongeorgetowntexas.com/ or call 866-716-8134 and mention rate plan SWEETESC.

Brix And Ale’s Valentines Surf and Turf menu will be offered from February 10 through February 14 alongside the regular dinner menu. This special themed dinner includes your choice of filet of beef or herb marinated gulf shrimp for the main course and porcine risotto or beet reduction as a side. The price is $28 per person. For dessert, patrons can enjoy a cast iron baked cookie with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce for $10 per cookie (serves 2).

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Shelley Seale

Shelley Seale is a freelance journalist and author in Austin who has written for National Geographic, USA Today, EAT Magazine, TravelFinder, The Guardian and Texas Monthly, among others. She loves food, travel, yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. Shelley has performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, she doesn’t know how to whistle.

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