Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Dining with Bookatable at Yaneff

In preparation for Saturday, Bookatable invited me and The Rugby Boy to Yaneff at DSTRKT to try out their special Valentine’s creation – the Ultimate Valentine’s Aphrodisiac Menu!

She says …

I have to admit, I was slightly apprehensive.  I’ve never been to DSTRKT before, but have only ever thought of it as a nightclub, and so I wasn’t expecting wonders when RB and I arrived at dinner last night.  However, my fears were quickly proven wrong … so wrong in fact, that I was blown away by the four (and a half) course meal and cocktail!

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All the ingredients were specially chosen for the aphrodisiac properties, and the menu carefully explained what each dish was made of, and why.

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First up was the champagne cocktail, always a good start to a meal! It was quickly followed by an amuse bouche – Oyster Popcorn – which was incredible, and a far less slimy way to enjoy the most infamous aphrodisiac.  The first official course was Valentine’s Guacamole, served in an adorable pig-shaped bowl.  Both the Rugby Boy and I agreed that it was some of the best guacamole we’ve ever tasted (ironic considering
we had a date at a Mexican restaurant just last week, and it was incomparable!).

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The second course was the one I was most dubious about.  Salmon & Passion Fruit Tartare with Quail’s Egg Yolk, Coriander, Blood Orange and Salmon Roe.  It was genuinely incredible.  And we were still on the second starter! An extra cool touch … it came presented in a smoke-filled glass cover, which took two waiters to deliver!

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And then it was time for the main course.  I was stuffed already, but managed a decent amount of the perfectly cooked tenderloin.  Interestingly, I should point out that whilst Bookatable had sent me to do the review, the restaurant staff had no clue I was there doing a review (so much so, that when we left without paying, someone chased me out of the restaurant!).  Which meant a lot to me, as the service all night was impeccable, and it was really good to know we weren’t just getting special treatment, or particularly good food, because they knew I was a blogger.

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Finally – dessert.  The first time either the Rugby Boy or I had eaten caviar … and the combination with the chocolate was bizarre, but really clever.  The salty taste of the caviar really cut through the rich chocolate of the mouse and truffles.

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It was genuinely one of the best meals I’ve ever had, and I was so surprised to eat such a tasty, innovative meal in a nightclub!  The setting was actually really cool, and the decor is different and modern.  I would definitely go back again to eat.

The Valentine’s menu is £49 a head, which I genuinely think is a bargain for what we ate, and the overall standard of every course.

He says …

Well thought out menu, with great food.  I enjoyed the luxury of champagne and cavier, and it’s a great shout if you’re trying to impress someone.  Very cool restaurant, very friendly staff.  It was quiet on a Wednesday night, but I think the atmosphere would be great when every table is full.  Tenderloin in particular was very well cooked.  Excellent value for money.

1 Comment on Aphrodisiac Valentine’s Dining with Bookatable at Yaneff

  1. What a menu and it’s all so beautiful too! Eat with our eyes first right?

    Michaela

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