What, you didn't make Valentine's Day dinner reservations yet? Me neither. We'd both better get crack-a-lackin', because there's only a week left. Here's the lowdown on several restaurants featuring special multi-course meals...
Canal Restaurant: Four-course dinner, $75 per person ($105 with wine pairings). Highlights: Chicken samosas; gorgonzola stuffed filet mignon; silken chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake. Call 480-949-9000 for reservations.
Asia de Cuba at Mondrian Scottsdale: Four-course dinner, $75 per person. Highlights: Sautéed diver sea scallops with sweet and sour plantains and habanero corn crema; duck and soba noodle salad with charred pineapple and Thai peanut dressing; wood-roasted rack of lamb with mint and chile-glazed white sweet potatoes with papaya chutney. Call 480-308-1131 for reservations.
Bloom: Prix-fixe dinner, $50 per person or $100 per couple. Highlights: Maine lobster soup; brown sugar short ribs; key lime tart. Call 480-922-5666 for reservations.
NoRTH: Prix-fixe dinner, $50 per person or $100 per couple. Highlights: Wild mushroom pizza; white prawns with parmesan gnocchi; Nutella mousse cake. For reservations at the Scottsdale location, call 480-948-2055, or for reservations at NoRTH Glendale, call 623-537-4500.
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The Greene House: Prix-fixe dinner, $60 per person or $120 per couple. Highlights: Parmigiano and mascarpone ravioli; wild Alaskan Copper River salmon; dessert trio of butterscotch pudding, chocolate tart and blood orange sherbet. Call 480-889-9494 for reservations.
Olive & Ivy: Prix-fixe dinner, $60 per person or $120 per couple. Highlights: Sweet potato tortelli, painted lamb shank; “Passionate Affair” dessert, with chocolate and raspberry passion fruit mousse, strawberry passion fruit sorbet, and passion fruit jellies. Call 480-751-2200 for reservations.
Ristorante Tuscany at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa: Five-course chocolate-themed dinner, $85 per person. Highlights: Duck prosciutto with crispy chocolate-gorganzola truffle; chocolate "chantilly" of Dungeness crab-andouille sausage; Absolut white chocolate-strawberry parfait and passion fruit heart lollipop. Call 480-293-3988 for reservations.
Meritage Steakhouse at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa: Prix- fixe dinner, $75 per person. Highlights: Lily petal and hearty greens salad; beef tenderloin for two with horseradish potato soufflé and baby vegetables with white truffle béarnaise; dark chocolate milkshake for two. Call 480-293-3988 for reservations.