The Best Restaurant in Cambridge for Valentine’s Day 2016
The official day of love is going down this Sunday, and like most people, the search for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner date is in full effect. The good news for Chroma residents and people in Cambridge is that we have a great selection of romantic settings to spend your Valentine’s Day in 2016. But nailing down the one spot that your significant other will like is the tough part. Allow us to sift through all the options and present to you what we think is the best restaurant in Cambridge for Valentine’s Day 2016.
Drum roll please…
Our Valentine’s Day pick for 2016 is Craigie on Main, a new American restaurant with a touch of French inspiration, who not only offers a vast and delicious menu on a daily basis, but is also serving up one heck of a Valentine’s Day special. Focused on fresh and seasonality, Chef Tony Maws has his a la carte and tasting menus changed daily to present the best ingredients possible for that day. Additionally, Craigie’s is committed to four enduring principles which will speak to the meal and drinks you will be consuming during your visit: first, they find the ingredients, and then they make the menu; Mother Nature knows best; the food and drinks sing off the same songsheet; and there is no place like home.
And if you want any insight into how they prepare their food, just let this video of how they showcase their burger be your indication.
A Special Valentine’s Day Menu
So, what makes this the best restaurant in Cambridge for Valentine’s Day? The answer comes in the form of their five-course meal with drink pairings prepared by Chefs Tony Maws and Aaron Chambers. From 5:30pm-9:30pm, this mouth-watering, five course menu comes in at $159/person with wine accompaniments at $55/person, but they are both totally worth it. Let’s break this down.
Sashimi of Pomegranate-Cured Maine Hamachi paired with The Valentine’s Day Cocktail
(blood orange, walnut tarator, castelfranco, sumac vinaigrette)
Vermont Heritage Pork Pâté en Croûte paired with 2011 Pinot Gris Grand Cru ‘Engelberg’ Jean-Marie Bechtold
(foie gras, red wine poached pears, traditional and nontraditional accompaniments)
Poached Oyster and Sturgeon Caviar paired with 2013 ‘Hefeabzug’ Nikolaihof
(cardoon barigoule, Champagne velouté)
Ragoût of Braised Oxtail paired with 2011 Barolo, Oddero
(buckwheat polenta, watercress, beets, caraway mustard, black truffle)
Phytoplankton Conchiglie Pasta paired with 2009 Muscadet Sèvre-et Maine, Delhommeau
(uni, razor clams, Punterella)
Dayboat Scallops à la Plancha paired with 2014 Vouvray ‘Les Argiles’ François Chidaine
(butter-poached lobster, Belgian endive, tangerine fennel flame, fenugreek)
Maine Lamb Three Ways: Roasted Loin, Braised Shank, and Pastrami-Cured Tongue paired with 2005 Minervois ‘Capitelle de Centeilles’ Clos Centeilles
(hand-rolled couscous, braised red cabbage, Medjool dates)
Veal Chop For Two paired with 2014 Bourgogne Rouge ‘Les Riaux’ Catherine et Dominique Derain
(pomme boulangère, bone marrow crust, roasted wild mushrooms, espresso mustard)
Blood Orange and Red Zen Granita
(candied rose petals)
Chocolate 3 Ways paired with NV Barolo Chinato, Cocchi
(assorted dipping accompaniments and treats)
As you can see, the menu for Valentine’s Day is unreal. We’d like to hear if you’ve dine at Craigie’s before or plan to this weekend. Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter at @ChromaCambridge. Thanks for reading!
-Mack, Chroma blogger