Valentine’s Day is coming, so here at MFON towers, we’ve come up with the most romantic way to spend an evening with the love of your life – on the sofa with a dine in for two meal.
It’s cheap, comes with alcohol and saves washing up all those pots and pans. Also, Valentine’s Day is on a school night and we all know that thanks to lack of babysitters, ability to do washing and put it away in the same day and general organisation skills, making it out on a school night – and actually relaxing – is a ridiculous idea.
To make it easier for you to choose, we’ve pitted four supermarket dine in for two meals against each other and come up with what we think is the best one. You’re welcome!
Price: £20 for three courses and a bottle of fizz.
Choices include smoked duck pâté with apricot glaze, baking French camembert, smoked terrine slices and balsamic onion and cheddar tartlets.
These include flat iron beef steaks, yellowfin tuna steaks, beef bourguignon, coq au vin and pork belly fillet medallions.
Chunky chips, potato dauphinoise, butter mash, wheatberries, lentil and green veg, and seasoned charlotte potatoes.
Raspberry and rose profiteroles, baked vanilla heart-shaped cheesecake and salted caramel and chocolate tarts.
Verdict: Ok, the heart shaped cheesecake has done exactly what was intended and made everyone here say ‘ahhh’ when they saw it. However, the one night a year of love and indulgence shouldn’t really include the words lentil and green veg in our opinion. A nice menu but not a front-runner yet.
View the full Waitrose menu here www.waitrose.com/home/inspiration/valentines_day.html
Price: Two mains, two sides, two desserts, a bottle of bubbly or a box of chocolates for £20.
You can choose from lamb shank with roasted vegetables, chicken with mushroom pinot sauce, beef wellington, pulled beef lasagne and monkfish medallions with lemon butter.
Choices include, A’ la carte creamy mash garlic and herb, petit pois and carrots, cheddar cheese and onion rosti and triple cooked chips.
The selection of desserts includes salted caramel dessert, cheese selection, white stilton heart with prosecco and strawberry confetti, and passion fruit Pana Cotta.
The fact that you get to choose 2 of each course may be enough of a reason to call it a winner from the off! On the flip-side, if you’re a couple who aren’t good with pressured decisions in the middle of a supermarket, then the Tesco offer may be one to avoid. No arguments on Valentine’s day. A bit of a heartier (excuse the pun) range of dishes, the beef wellington and lamb shank sound perfect for a wintry evening in, snuggled on the sofa. The extra prosecco in the dessert may have also slightly swung the vote in Tesco’s favour here, but we’re willing to stay open-minded until the very end.
View the full Tesco menu here www.tesco.com/groceries/zones/default.aspx?name=valentines
Marks and Spencer
Price: A starter, main, side, dessert, wine or prosecco and chocolates for £20.
There’s a big range to choose from here, including tomato and camembert tarts, gastropub runny scotch eggs, Welsh rarebit cheese bake, Thai style fishcakes, whitebait and Moules marinieres.
Gastropub duck a l’orange, rack of lamb, goats cheese lattice en croute, slow cooked duck legs, salmon medallions with lobster and langoustine, sirloin steak and ribeye steak.
Includes potato rosti, rosemary potatoes, garlic mushrooms, chunky chips, carrot and swede crush, crispy potato wedges and layered classic vegetables.
Posh profiteroles, tarte au citron slices, melt in the middle chocolate puddings, millionaire’s shortbread, crème brulée and chocolate and salted caramel rose desserts.
Verdict: The runny scotch eggs are really doing it for us, plus the fact that you can choose from two steaks is a very big positive and would probably please the man in your life too. This one is an indulgent menu, which makes you feel like you’ve gone out for dinner and, for that reason, its high up on our favourites list.
View the full Marks and Spencer here www.marksandspencer.com/s/food-and-wine/dine-in
Price: A starter, main, side, dessert, wine and chocolates for £15.
Red pepper, tomato and mozzarella arancini, cheddar and caramelised onion soufflé, camembert and chutney all-butter tart, and black pudding croquettes.
Rump steak with pink peppercorn and prosecco butter, duck breast fillets in ruby port sauce, beef bourguignon, slow cooked lamb with mint sauce, and chicken, chorizo and king prawn paella.
Pink peppercorn mash, potato wedges with aioli, Provolone flatbreads, and asparagus, tenderstem broccoli and kale medley.
New York baked cheesecakes, Millionaire’s baked cheesecakes, black forest and amaretto desserts, and dark chocolate brownie puddings.
Verdict: Great value for money and still includes the words ‘steak’ and ‘slow cooked lamb’. We love the addition of the black forest desserts too, which are a little different to all the desserts you will find on the other menus.
View the full Asda menu here http://www.asda.com/valentines-gifts/
ASDA! There may not be as much choice as some of the other menus but we don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing if all the options are so good! Quality sounding dishes that come with just a £15 price tag means that Asda won us over. Check out the full menus and make your own decisions, though, and however you spend your Valentine’s Day evening – have fun and don’t talk about the kids!
Let us know what your plans are for Valentine’s Day and which dine in for two meal floated your boat! Tweet us @weareMFON or email firstname.lastname@example.org – we’ll publish the most romantic story we receive!