Typically I always cook for Valentine’s Day, or we decide to go out to eat at the spur of the moment. Last month I had asked Jon if he wanted to go out to eat for Valentine’s day, and if so we could decide on a new restaurant we haven’t dined at and I would make us reservations. He instantly said no to me making the reservations, and then said “what if I wanted to surprise you… what if I already have reservations made for some where special”. So I let him take on the task–no need to argue there! My only prerequisite was that we dine somewhere new.
I on the other hand surprised Jon and took him to Sew World Orlando for the day. I won 2 week 2 park tickets last year from the radio station to Sea World and Busch Gardens and I tried selling them online, but no luck. They were set to expire at the end of this month, so I figured we might as well use them at least once. So after I made breakfast on Valentine’s day morning I told him to get dressed, because we had to go out… I had a surprise for him. He’s not a big fan of amusement parks and the large crowds that come with them, but once he’s there he’s happy to be at the park. I knew this was the only way I would get him to go to Sea World. So we spent most of the day at Sea World, and then went home for a quick power nap, and then on to dinner. I was so tired, that I had told him let’s order in Chinese or go grab Chipotle… but he insisted we go out to dinner! Boy–am I glad we went out dinner; however, I’m sure we could have saved a pretty penny just ordering in!
I’m not going to lie leading into Valentine’s Day I had an idea of where he might have made us reservations, and sure enough I was right. He made us reservations at Le Coq Au Vin off of Orange Avenue. Both of us have drove past this restaurant for years now, and have always wanted to try it! The menu was prix fixe for Valentine’s day, giving us the opportunity to try 4 amazing dishes!
Jon started with the Cream of Cauliflower soup; it was garnished with crab meat and finished with a curry sauce. I had the Shrimp Andre, which is the french version of shrimp scampi! Both of the starters were delicious and packed with flavor!
We both had the Boston lettuce salad that was topped with bleu cheese crumbles and roasted pecans. A mustard seed vinaigrette was drizzled on top.
For our main course:
Jon had the Beef Tenderloin that was topped with mushrooms and a port wine truffle sauce. This dish was accompanied by au gratin potatoes, carrots, and haircot verts (a very thin green bean).
I had the Grouper Andre! The grouper was topped with bay shrimp and a buerre blanc sauce. My dish was also accompanied by au gratin potatoes, carrots, and haircot verts.
For dessert, I ordered the apple tart with caramel ice cream–which was to die for! It was a puff pastry with an apple puree topped with thinly sliced apples. I can’t rave enough about this dessert! Jon tried the Crepe’s Suzzette’s they were topped with a Grand Marnier sauce. They were good but not half as good as my dessert. By that point, though, both of us were beyond stuffed!
We will definitely be visiting this restaurant again when the menu is not price-fixed, so that we can also try some other dishes. Jon would love to try there escargot and coq au vin, and I would love to try there french onion soup!
Overall we had an amazing Valentine’s day, and although we do not eat like this all the time it gives us a great excuse to go out and treat ourselves to an amazing meal! The next high end meal we will have like this will be for our anniversary!