Where to dine, grab takeout for Valentine’s Day in Marin – Marin Independent Journal
Here is another holiday that is usually celebrated with an extended meal at a restaurant. Although the romantic flow during this year’s Valentine’s Day dates may be interrupted by COVID discussions and mask adjustments, here are some options for venturing out, staying home but avoiding the kitchen and stepping up your crafty side. and create homemade chocolate confections for your special recipients.
• The Garage in Sausalito offers dine-in and take-out options on February 14. Reservations are available from 5-9:30 p.m. for a four-course tasting/sharing menu that features dishes like lobster ravioli; homemade smoked duck breast salad with goat cheese; scallops from the dayboat, mashed cauliflower with leeks and piperade chorizo sauce; and herb-crusted rack of lamb with almond green beans and marble-roasted potatoes ($190 for two).
Rather stay at home? The restaurant prepares a three-course meal for two including smoked salmon gougères; poached sole quenelle; cider rabbit casserole with pancetta-roasted apple, herb-roasted potatoes and braised cabbage; and a cream puff swan ($130 for two).
Go to legaragesausalito.com or call 415-332-5625 to make a reservation or to pre-order the take-out meal for pick-up Feb. 14.
• Unwind at Murray Circle Restaurant at the Cavallo Point Resort for a fine four-course prix-fixe meal and live music by acoustic pop singer Austin James from 5-9pm on February 14.
Start with a stacked bite of beet smoked salmon, cornmeal cake, creme fraiche and trout roe, followed by an endive salad or cauliflower soup; Pan-fried scallops with Burgundy tomato jam or Arborio with truffles, mascarpone and stuffed mushrooms; beef tenderloin with gorgonzola, potato croquet, Mary’s stuffed chicken or vegetable cassoulet (addition of thermidor lobster half-tail for an additional $20); and Chocolate Caramel Pie or Chocolate Sourdough Cake with Cashew-Coconut Whipped Cream ($95 per person).
The restaurant is at 601 Murray Circle at Fort Baker in Sausalito. Make your reservations at cavallopoint.com or call 415-339-4767.
• Michael Mina’s Bungalow Kitchen at 5 Main St. in Tiburon has a love-inducing backdrop built into its majestic waterfront dining spaces and relaxing lounges. The chefs have planned a decadent four-course prix-fixe menu that starts with specialties for the table – ahi tuna tartare, kataifi-wrapped prawns, crispy duck wings and a selection from the raw sea bass. Nantucket Bay scallops with black truffle risotto, Snake River Farms wagyu beef or Atlantic black bass follow and a white chocolate macaron with fresh raspberries and ruby chocolate swirl sauce is the finale ( $135 per person).
Book a table at bungalowkitchen.com or call 415-366-4088.
• The Squalo Vino wine bar and tasting room marks the holidays two days in advance. Stop by from 5-8 p.m. on February 12, with or without an appointment, for his first Valentine’s Day mixer. Pair a Cowgirl Creamery Heart’s Desire Triple Cream Cheese Platter with the special dew sangria, or choose from the extensive wine list by the bottle and glass at 34 Main St. squalovino.com.
• Executive Chef Brandon Breazeale of Paseo – A California Bistro serves a prix-fixe three-course meal in the freshly renovated, comfortable and classic setting of 17 Throckmorton Ave. in downtown Mill Valley. On the menu, vichyssoise with fried poached egg and chives; a choice of pan-fried scallops with black truffle risotto and Meyer lemon confit or wagyu fillet with duck fat potatoes; and chocolate soufflé with crème anglaise ($95 per person), with the option of adding champagne and oysters with caviar. The regular menu is also available.
Book a table at paseobistro.com or call 415-888-3907.
• Left Bank Brasserie spreads the celebration over three days with a fixed price four-course Happy Valentine’s Day dinner to eat in, take out or have delivered from February 12-14. Dishes include a chicory salad; wild mushroom soup; Maine lobster risotto or Portobello mushroom ravioli with truffles; dark chocolate fondant cake; and optional wine pairings ($85 per person). These items are also available à la carte.
Order or book a table at leftbank.com, or call 415-927-3331. The restaurant is at 507 Magnolia Ave. at Larkspur.
• Country-style Italian restaurant The Kitchen Table at 1574 Fourth St. in San Rafael opens February 13-14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Book a table at thekitchentablesr.com.
• The Jazz Hot Quartet presents a Valentine’s Day Dinner Show at Rancho Nicasio at 1 Old Rancheria Road in Nicasio. Dinner is served from 6 to 9 p.m. and music ($20) starts at 7 p.m. See details and book at ranchonicasio.com.
• Do you miss the pies made by Posie’s former owner, Kyle Caporicci? You’re lucky. The pastry chef partners with the Little Flower Shop at 14 Ross Ave. in San Anselmo, where you can pick up his pre-ordered desserts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 12. Treat yourself or your valentine to a Basque cheesecake, chocolate caramel banana cream pie, flourless chocolate torte and sea salt chocolate chip cookies.
Go to posiecreamery.square.site to place orders and to sign up for emails about additional pop-ups that Caporicci has planned as well as a big update that he will be sharing soon. For flower orders, go to thelittleflowershop.co or call 415-758-7045.
• Dee Wagner Events of San Rafael offers a dinner for two packaged and ready to be reheated at home. The meal includes sides for a cocktail; grilled squid tapenade; wild winter salad; roasted baby cauliflower; Potato gratin; grilled pasture-raised sirloin steak for two, cabernet mushroom sauce or grilled white bass, blood orange beurre blanc; and specially designed and packaged heart-shaped cookies ($125).
Place orders at deewagner.com before February 7 for delivery on February 11. A donation of $2 per meal goes towards feeding the hungry through Wagner’s nonprofit NoHungerHere.
• Creekside Pizza & Taproom in San Anselmo is making heart-shaped pizzas on February 14. Book a table or place an order at creeksidesa.com. The restaurant is located at 638 San Anselmo Avenue in San Anselmo.
• Local gourmet chocolate maker Pooneh Yamini, owner of Mon Rêve chocolate art studio in the Mill Valley lumber yard, shares her art in two hands-on Valentine’s Day-themed workshops.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on February 4 or 5, each participant will make 35 artisan chocolates – 20 heart-shaped candies personally hand-painted in cocoa butter colors and filled with dark chocolate ganache and 15 printed candies filled with hazelnut praline ganache ($159). ) — and walk away with eight personally designed Valentine’s Day gift sets.
During the second class, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on February 11 or 12, participants will create and personalize a Valrhona dark chocolate heart box and make small confections to garnish it while learning different food-grade cocoa butter painting techniques. ($125).
Classes are held at Mon Rêve studio at 129 Miller Ave. On the second floor. Register on monrevechoc.com or call 415-569-0057.
Leanne Battelle is a freelance writer and food columnist. Email her at [email protected] with news and recommendations and follow her on Instagram @therealdealmarin for more local food and updates on the launch of The Restaurant Guide Real Deal Marine.