11616 Ventura Blvd.,
Raphael Restaurant in Studio City plans to take lovers on a culinary journey designed to seduce the five senses and immerse guests in romance on Valentine ‘ Day. This up-and-comer on the L.A. restaurant scene, which recently tapped Chef Adam Horton formerly of Saddle Peak Lodge, will offer guests a four-course, aphrodisiac-inspired menu featuring world cuisine at its best.
“The menu is very sexy, and will excite the senses of taste and smell,” said Horton. “And with the restaurant ‘ sensual decor and gentle background music appealing to the senses of sight and sound, we are confident that the sense of touch will take care of itself.”
Dinner will begin with a choice of celery root soup with winter truffle; roasted apple salad with blue cheese, endive, watercress and spiced walnuts; or lightly poached oysters with champagne cream, caviar and cauliflower. For the second course, guests can choose from butter poached Maine lobster with sunchoke, fennel and black garlic; sweet potato agnolotti with black trumpet mushrooms and winter truffle; or pan roasted loup de mer with watercress and roasted garlic.
The romance continues with the entrees. Couples can choose from a grilled chateaubriand for two with gruyere potatoes asparagus, crispy garlic mushrooms and red wine mustard sauce; olive oil-poached butterfish with Meyer lemon, capers, asparagus and baby carrots; Raphael ‘ famous 48 hour rib steak with bacon onion jam, crispy blue cheese, wilted arugula and yams; or house-made gnocchi with forest mushrooms, English peas and garlic greens.
Finally, the meal sweetly concludes with a choice of the restaurant ‘ “textures of chocolate;” banana-huckleberry bread pudding with crème glace; or strawberry and lemon vacherin.
The prix-fixe menu is available for $70 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are required.