♥ Valentine's Day Eats!

A sampling of sweet things to treat your sweetie to on V. Day. All prices are per person, sans tax, tip, and, unless otherwise specified, beverages. Julia's Starters $5.50 to $6.95, main dishes from $13.95, but it's the desserts that make the heart beat stronger: cherry mousse with bittersweet chocolate sauce ($4.50), profiteroles with almonds and caramel ($4.25), and ganache dotted with red-velvet hearts ($4.75). Special menu available 510 p.m. Valentines Day only. 1714 N. 44th, 633-1175. Gene's Ristorante Singles: Here's your shot to profit from all that pain! Come dine in Gene's one-night singles-only upstairs room, bring your love-related sob-story, and see how it stands up against the miseries of others: Prizes range from your four-course dinner for free to a wet smack from a waitperson of your choice. 212 S. Third, Renton, 425-271-7042. Rose Club Caf鼯B> The V. Day dinner here promises "A special meal for special people," and is very specially priced: three courses (vegetarian, seafood, or carnivorous) plus lovely bubbly champagne for just $20. Singles and couples encouraged. 3601 McClellan Ave. S., 335-0908. Canlis Can't get a reservation for The Night itself? Not to worry: Greg Atkinson's romantic five-course tasting menu runs straight through February. Passion-fruit prawns, beet-orange-watercress salad, a champagne sorbet, peppercorn steak, and warm chocolate cake: yum. $65 per person, $100 with five paired wines. 2576 Aurora N., 283-3313. Bandoleone and Tango Danielle Phillipa's two Latin-accented bistros each lay out an array of tasty tapas items priced from $7 to $13 guaranteed to stoke your furnace, and they're available right through the weekend as well. 2341 Eastlake E., 329-7559; 1100 Pike, 583-0382. McCormick's Fish House Oysters, lobster, figs, fudge, and caviar: just a few of the ingredients in chef Kerry "We can at least satisfy your passion for food" White's aphrodisiac dinner menu, available Feb. 14-17. $34.95 or $69 for two (what? Why are you looking at me like that?). 1902 Second, 682-3900. Maximilien Dust off your French phrase book for a four-course menu of items like huitres ti褥s glac饳 au champagne, caille farci au foie gras, sauce Mad貥, and loup de mer, and live music from P'tit Voyou. $55. 81A Pike, Pike Place Market, 682-7270. Toi Featuring the four-course "lovers' platter for two" for $36: At that price, you can indulge in the French champagnes by the glass and the special amatory desserts. The Thai orchid for the lady (or gent) is complimentary. Live music 7-10 p.m. 1904 Fourth, 267-1017. Szmania Twice as much lovin': Celebrate a week early on Feb. 7 with tuna tartare with caviar, lobster chowder, and other dainties at a 6 p.m. gourmet club supper, $50 (Magnolia only), or wait for the day itself and the $59 special four-course menu at both restaurants. 3321 W. McGraw, 284-7305, and 148 Lake Street, Kirkland, 425-803-3310. Serafina A spectacular ࠬa carte menu with antipasti like bruschetta Fra Diavolo ($9.75), salads featuring blood oranges and olives ($7.95) or smoked duck and piquillo peppers ($10.95), three varieties of gnocchi ($14.95-$17.95), morel lasagna ($17.95) or braised lamb shank ($20.95), and many, many lovely desserts—and presumably romantic live music. 2043 Eastlake, 323-0807. Deux Tamales A special menu including lobster bisque ($8), smoked salmon parfait ($7), braised veal shank ($19), and the patented poached pear on cr譥 caramel ice-cream dessert ($8). Go on, have the Latina Amor cocktail: tequila, champagne, and a dash of Amaretto ($8). 4868 Rainier S., 725-1418. The Painted Table As much imagination went into naming the items on the special prix fixe menu as the dishes themselves. Tasty samples: Deliverance and desire (pan-roasted quail glistening in diaphanous pomegranate glaze); That obscure object of desire (tournedos of salmon with earthy morels and suggestive asparagus spears); and Relax my love (maybe there ought to be a comma there, but in any case, rich chocolate cake flowing with strawberries and raspberry sauce). $50, $75 with paired wines. 92 Madison (in the Alexis Hotel), 624-3646. Brasserie Margaux Tournedos, sea bass, paella, or squash ravioli accompanied by options like loverly Pacific oysters, sweet bite-size desserts for two, and a couple of glasses of Argyle Brut bubbly to toast each other with, plus 25 percent off other selected wines. $75 per couple. 401 Lenora, 443-4300. Cassis A tr賠French four-course menu studded with items like seared foie gras, mushroom consomm鬠roast squab, mushroom-leek potato baskets, and a bevy of gooey romantic desserts. $70. 2359 10th E., 329-0580. Hale's Brewpub Curried mussels, Caesar salad, choice of scallops in red wine over angel hair pasta or crab-stuffed sirloin, plus chocolate-raspberry decadence. $60 per couple. 6:30 p.m. 4301 Leary Way N.W., 706-1544. Sazerac An elaborate ࠬa carte menu for visitors on Love Night: shrimp cakes in aﯬi ($10.50), smoked trout salad ($9), honey-lavender game hen ($22), truffled goat-cheese ravioli ($20) . . . and for the unwillingly single, a special table to chat and dine with others similarly disinclined. 1101 Fourth, 624-7755. Tulio Delectably ࠬa carte: wood-roasted oysters with three sauces ($10) or salmon carpaccio with shaved fennel salad, cr譥 frae, and caviar ($11) for starters, for example, and roast duckling with braised leeks and green onion risotto ($24), pancetta-grilled tuna in a basil ragu ($26), and rosemary-roasted rib eye with horseradish gnocchi ($28). 1100 Fifth, 624-5500. Mistral Wall-to-wall love foods—game, lobster, caviar, oysters, and champagne; six courses $80, eight $100, with three wines add $50. 113 Blanchard, 770-7799. Avenue One A two-tier evening: till 6:45 p.m., three courses for $49, or $75 for five courses all evening. Sample from more than a dozen offerings: tuna tartare with pancetta and radish, parsnip soup with smoked salmon, saut饤 bass with fennel pur饬 banana frangipane tart. 1921 First, 441-6139. Watertown No significant other to toast? Go out and find one in the ruthless dating game devised by this Queen Anne watering hole: The attendees accumulating the most stars on their name tags win a free room at the W Hotel—if the gods are smiling, with each other. Oh, right, there's dancing, too. $5 cover for guys, ladies free. 106 First N., 284-5003. Dulce's Latin Bistro Dine to Latin jazz on goat cheese in puff pastry, crab bisque, choice of five entr饳 (halibut in mushroom crust, apple-stuffed duck breast, prawn-poblano ravioli, and more), with a dessert tray to follow. $50. 1430 34th, 322-5453. Andaluca A menu built around a classic presentation of whole lobster gratin with potato stuffing and braised greens. Salad, dessert, and chocolate truffles to wind up the meal. $47.50. 407 Olive, 382-6999. BluWater Bistro la carte specials to put you in the mood, among them: linguine with shellfish, garlic chips, crushed tomato, and basil ($15.75); tenderloin stuffed with brie topped with crab and asparagus ($24); and "warm, oozing chocolate cake" with strawberry sauce, candied orange peel, and cream ($7). 1001 Fairview N., 447-0769. Food and/or beverage news? Anything about cake? Or cookies? E-mail the Hot Sheet at food@seattleweekly.com.

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