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Valentine's Day Dinner Round-Up 2016 VOL. 2: Good Value & Actually-Not-Dinners
By Feb 5, 2016 Dining
Last week we covered the pricier Valentine's Day dinners happening around town. Well, these are some more affordable options.

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1. For Spanish cuisine, Tomatito celebrates Valentine's Day with a seven course dinner that includes a grilled seafood platter, grilled steak and mushrooms, artichoke hearts, dessert, and roses. Price is 499rmb per couple.

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2. On Huaihai Lu, Liquid Laundry is doing grilled oysters, tuna carpaccio, brunoise olive tapenade, seared scallops, chanterelle ravioli, beef filet, bone marrow bordelaise, and white bean ragu for 598rmb per couple.

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3. If you're scraping for the cheapest multi-course Valentine's dinner (sans Saizeriya), Kommune has a three course menu for 198rmb per couple that's available for lunch and dinner.

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4. Porcellino and Palatino offer some affordable Italian dinners. Porcellino has smoked salmon and prosciutto di parma wrapped melon, mantova pumpkin soup, Australian tenderloin or salmon as entrees, and tiramisu for dessert for 488rmb per couple.

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5. Palatino's got grilled polenta, Spanish ham, avocado and fried squid and shrimp, pizza Stracciatella, chitarrine pasta, gorgonzola, Australian beef fillet in a wine sauce with baked potatoes, grilled prawns, a profiterole with mascarpone cream, and chocolate and raspberries for 598rmb per couple.

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6. Not a dinner, but a possible date: Zotter Chocolate has a tour with a DIY chocolate-making session on February 13 and 14 for 180rmb per couple, but you'll have to do some PR work for them on WeChat.

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7. Those without a date can [maybe] find one at Mr Harry's speed dating event on the 14th. Price is 100rmb with "free-flow love punch" and sangria. Sounds like a rocking time.

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8. Supposedly oysters = love, and el Coctel has a deal with 10 Fine de Claire oysters and two glasses of rosé for 138rmb. That's a steal -- probably wanna RSVP for that one.

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9. Another option is to stay in and not go out at all. Just really close the blinds and not let the light in for a few days. Tablelife.com has some Valentine's Day dinner packages with steaks and wine starting from 237rmb, delivered and ready to cook.

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10. Finally, for those really on the solo tip, who resolutely and absolutely reject Valentine's Day consumerism, inflated prices, expectations, dreams, life goals, and good health, The Blarney Stone has something called Bacon Cheeseburger By Your Lonesome, which is exactly what it sounds like. For 111rmb, you get a bacon cheeseburger, a Carlsburg and a shot of Jameson.

Damn, I remember when a McDonald's double-cheese, an Asahi tall-boy, and a pint of er gou tou was like 40rmb. Oh wait, it still is.

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For more ideas, check our dedicated Valentine's Day events page.

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