Let the old adage, “let love come from the stomach” be your motto this Valentine’s Day and plan a date-night for your “significant other” for that one special evening. Albeit, it might be difficult for you to savour time in a crowded restaurant because Valentine’s Day is considered as a “lovers holiday” by default but for some  some quality time in the classic fashion when we have limited, but some really great options when it comes to dining in Lahore.


Gai’a is an upscale Japanese restaurant located in Phase 5, DHA offering modern Japanese food with traditionally authentic flavors in a vibrant and sophisticated ambience. Even though, their prices are slightly over-priced, your experience at Gai’a is going to be absolutely memorable. This Valentine’s Day, Gai’a has a special “deal for two”, so if you’re thinking to surprise your significant other, make a reservation now.


Located in the walled city, Andaaz is an intimate locale for a serene dinner time, especially because of its surrounding areas and history. They offer continental cuisine which is finger-licking good and impeccable service. The ambience is perfect with a candle-light setting for two.


Is an authentic Italian restaurant offering the best in quality of food, customer service and experience. With tones of beige and terracotta and large window panes, Tuscany Courtyard immediately transports you to a small Italian villa. And if you decide to go there for a private night out, reserve a place under the patio which is covered with natural shrubbery and antiquities.


Dynasty at Avari Hotel offers classical Cantonese style dishes with ethnic flavours and spicy Szechuan sizzlers in a friendly environment under skilled supervision, and is the best Chinese food place in town.


Possibly the best Mughali cuisine prepared in the most traditional way in Pakistani, Indian and BBQ style in Lahore is offered at Dumpukht at Pear Continental Hotel. Dumpukht has a vast repertoire of food in salty and spiced flavours. And is definitely a place for desi foodies.


Set amidst the polo fields, The Polo Lounge gives a truly fine experience in continental food with French techniques for the ones with a distinguished taste. Imagine watching a polo game with gourmet cuisine? Sounds fancy, so give it a try this Valentine’s Day!


Even though the names suggests an English restaurant, but the ethnic tiles, decor and music very much screams that East End is a desi Bohri place and a popular one in Karachi. The food is exquisite in taste and style and offers a wide range of three to five course meals and you have the liberty to choose three or four entrees. Nonetheless, if you’re looking for a one-on-one time with the dim lighting for the afterglow, East End is your pick.


Sakura at Pearl Continental Hotel is one of the finest restaurants in Karachi with the ultimate Japanese delicacies; Sushi and Sashimi. The urban decor, live teppanyaki counter and authentic flavours are bound to transport you and loved one for a far East experience.


Mediterranean dishes to the ultimate gastronomic experience under a skilled staff is what Okra breathes. In the hustle bustle of Karachi, Okara offers a quaint yet modern touch to the ambiance with succulent dishes that you can choose from their menu. They also have a “specials” menu as well, so that might just be your que this Valentine’s Day.

Written by Faryal Syed
Asst Editor. Blogger. Enthusiast.