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Dine your way to your lover's heart - Valentine's in Xiamen

Updated: 10 Jan 2012
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Celebrate! Celebrate! Celebrate! Xiamen has all the great venues to celebrate these days for all occasions. It doesn’t seem so long since we were celebrating Christmas and the New Year, and Valentine’s Day is quickly coming up and the traditional way to celebrate is with a romantic dinner date.

Romance is in the air, and to win your lover’s heart, a meaningful gift and a romantic night out on the town is an opportunity to show your passion, love and care with your loved one. Over the last few years, many Western and Western type restaurants of various culinary tastes have sprung up all over Xiamen, and they cater to various tastes and budgets.

With venues offering a myriad of aphrodisiacs on their menus, gorgeous views, nostalgic jazz, romantic feelings and many other enticements, the WOX Team has gone out in the last 2 months in search of some great venues, and here's our selection of some of the very best choices for Valentine's Day in Xiamen.

This February 14th, treat your sweetie to something savory!

 

Olea Western Restaurant

 

 

With modern and artistic decor and a large French window overlooking the street scene, Olea is a cozy restaurant that'll make you and your loved one want to linger for hours.

Located on the second floor of the Sheraton Xiamen, the restaurant is a sophisticated steak house offering mouth-watering premium steak and delicious seafood from Australia. They also offer a wine list that predominantly features fine wines from South Australia.

The chef at Olea has created a special menu featuring fresh seafood and delectable desserts for Valentine’s day lovebirds. These dishes are given romantic names such as Endless Love and Love at First Sight, which will melt the heart of your loved one.

 

Napoli Pizza

 

 

Cozy and romantic, this light-yellow two-story restaurant is a gourmet's delight.

Many patrons consider it the best pizza in Xiamen. Each pizza is prepared using hand rolled pizza crust which is covered with fresh, all-natural ingredients such San Marzono (plum) tomatoes, Bufala mozzarella, basil, salt and yeast and then baked in a wood-burning brick oven. Probably the only such oven in Xiamen, and this produces the authentic flavor that makes Neapolitan pizza famous.

Also on the menu are other Italian favorites such as calzones, and a variety of other pasta dishes. If you are looking for something more substantial you could try the grilled beef tenderloin or T-bone steak and if you want something light, one of the12 different salads offered on the menu would be perfect. Don’t forget the desserts though! Napoli offers a tiramisu which is considered by some to be the best in Xiamen.

The restaurant is decorated in a distinctive southern Italian style, and is only 5 minutes walk from the Crowne Plaza Paragon Xiamen.

 

Elegant Palace Chinese Restaurant

 

 

This is an excellent and elegant venue for intimate and private gatherings, with 16 traditional Chinese-style private dining rooms where you can celebrate Valentine's Day with your friends in style behind closed doors.

The restaurant offers the most delicious and authentic Fujian cuisine around and offers you the option to personally design your own dishes. The chefs are of the highest caliber, with knife skills and cooking techniques which greatly enhance the flavor, aroma and texture of the seafood and other dishes, as well as the broths and soups.

 

Wabizen

 

 

The restaurant offers a beautiful view of Gulangyu island and the harbor and features a very creative menu that blends Japanese, Chinese and local cuisine, in addition to offering several western dishes that would please the most discerning customer.

Wabizen’s veteran Japanese chef has brought together a menu that features sushi, sashimi, salad, soup, pizza, beefsteak and Chinese dishes. Seafood creations based on Japanese cooking are one of Wabizen's strengths.

Those customers wanting a complete Japanese dining experience will be happy to learn that the bar offers a complete compliment of Japanese sake (ten different varieties) served either warm or cold, in addition to imported beers. If you’re interested in trying a variety of dishes then order the set menu (138RMB) that includes an appetizer, an entrée, side dishes, and dessert. An ala carte’ menu is offered as well.

 

The Jazz Bar & Restaurant

 

 

Overseen by an internationally recognized chef, this venue offers the best western style food in the city. Enjoy its lively atmosphere and garden views for any evening gathering.

Come and savor the glamour of Italian Cuisine with their celebrated Italian chef. All kinds of pasta, pizza, steak, and other Italian staples will make you feel as though you've stepped into Italy. Choose whether to enjoy a fancy full meal or dine a la carte while enjoying the hot and sexy music played by the fabulous live band, Sunrise.

 

Greg's Xiamen Xiamen

 

 

After Bordeaux, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Humen…French chef Greg is finally coming back to cook on his favorite Island of Xiamen.

Colorful and sophisticated Fusion Cuisine, melt-in-your-mouth Foie-Gras, Filet Mignon en Blanquette, freshly baked fruit tarts, homemade ice-cream and many, many more will delight your palate and leave you wanting more of this authentic French Provence adventure.

All of this in heart of Xiamen, under shades of red and black, served with a beautiful view of Yuandang Lake.

 

Crystal Spoon Thai Food

 

 

Crystal Spoon Thai Food Restaurant is an authentic restaurant specially approved of by the Thai royal family.

Located on the 5th floor of the Xiamen SM Lifestyle Center, Crystal Spoon Thai Food Restaurant offers you an elegant, glamorous and romantic environment giving you a truly fairytale atmosphere. Featuring a motif of black, white and red, the restaurant is decorated with a variety of crystal lamps, Thai folk artworks and exotic indoor plants. A big glass screen divides the restaurant into two parts and creates a semi-private dining room for intimate diners.

Among the dishes on offer you'll discover authentic Thai dishes like Deep Fried Shrimp Cake, Golden Curry Crab, Mixed Seafood Salad, Grilled Sirloin Beef with Red Curry Sauce and Steamed Garoupa in Lemon Sauce as well as a great selection of creative dishes based on traditional Thai food.

 

Nice Restaurant

 

 

Beautiful light-colored decor, stylish lighting, and elegant contemporary furniture create an enticing and relaxing atmosphere at NICE Restaurant.

As the first tuna-themed restaurant in Fujian province, the restaurant uses tuna as the main raw material in 90% of its dishes, and its fusion cuisine is sure to please the taste buds of all guests.

Their menu offers an extensive selection of healthy but tempting dishes such as Tuna Sushi, Tuna Sashimi, Tuna & Pumpkin Soup with Puff-pastry, Baked Rice with Tuna, Tuna with Kimchi and Tuna Ravioli. You will always find your favorite tuna cuisine at NICE Restaurant.

The desserts created by the chef who studied patisserie in Japan come highly recommended by many customers. The chocolate cake is rich and intense, and the cheese cake is delightfully moist and dense and goes perfectly with the Maraba coffee.

 

The House I

 

The House was established in the summer of 2002 in a beautiful 1940 Victorian -era Chateau with a southern Louisiana twist, filled with vibrant ceramic floors, high ceilings, enchanting rooms and an exotic garden that leaves one infused with relaxation and comfort.

Their Beverly Hills Chef - Tomer Biran - has brought a new touch to fine dining in Xiamen. He has created a fusion menu filled with colors and flavors and uses only the freshest farmers’ market ingredients available. Chef Tomer has famously cooked for many celebrities and movie stars in Los Angeles.

The House has enjoyed top reviews and has been visited by some of Chinas celebrities and top government officials. The Restaurant is famous for its great food and service!

 

SUPER

 

 

Situated on the 3rd floor of Wanda Plaza, this restaurant is an elegant and romantic setting with subdued lighting and is decorated with beautiful indoor plants, stylish glass screens and comfortable velour sofas.

Transport yourself to Europe with a culinary experience that includes dishes such as French Baked Escargot with Wine Sauce, Spaghetti Bolognaise, Roasted Pork with Honey Sauce and Gratin Mushroom with Vegetable Sauce.

SUPER also offers a great selection of creative Italian pizzas and tasty snacks such as Désirée Potato Fries and Roasted Chicken Wing are very popular items on the menu.

 

SOURCE: WOX Food

 

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