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Philippe Restaurant + Lounge

1800 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 6110, 713-439-1000

The French are rumored to be legendary lovers, and Philippe's sexy "Valentine's 'Aphrodisiac' Menu," available February 11-14, does little to dispel the myth. The tantalizing three-course meal opens with goat cheese-filled artichokes and French chile endive salad, rosemary quail egg emulsion, and fig balsamic vinaigrette, followed by a duo of mustard-braised short ribs and ginger-seared tuna, and comes to climax with a seductive medley of red velvet cake with chocolate ganache (oui!), rose ice cream with candied pistachios (oui!), violet pavlova with vanilla chantilly (oui!), and fresh raspberries — ouiiiiiii! $65 per person.

No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil
Katharine Shilcutt
No. 89: Eggs El Salvador from Brasil
No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe
Allison McPhail
No. 76: Bacon-avocado burger from Facundo Cafe

Rattan Pan-Asian Bistro & Wine Bar

1396 Eldridge Pkwy. South, 281-556-9888

Rattan's recipe for romance begins with a champagne toast and ends with chocolate ganache crème brûlée. The four courses in between include many of the west side restaurant's sumptuous signature dishes, including tuna tataki, robata Kobe, Akaushi Kobe beef sirloin, Massaman sautéed salmon and grilled Peking duck breast. $48 per person.

TQLA

4601 Washington, 281-501-3237

TQLA's Valentine's Day prix fixe menu, available February 12-14, promises hot, sweaty expressions of uninhibited desire with three courses of modern Southwestern cuisine paired with three corresponding tequilas. The dinner kicks off with a glass of champagne, soup or salad, and Don Julio Blanco, followed by a choice of a grilled eight-ounce filet or pecan-crusted red snapper paired with El Tesoro de Felipe Reposado, and orange flan and Riazul Añejo for dessert. $45 per person/$70 with tequila pairing.

VIDA Tex-Mex

4224 San Felipe, 713-961-9200

The River Oaks restaurant billed as "Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine in a mature, sensual, environment" is offering two racy prix fixe dining options to tempt your Valentine. The "Double Dip" ($69 per couple) features a glass of champagne, "naughty nachos" topped with fried oysters and mango salsa, signature guacamole, carne asada, grilled red snapper filet, and "love bites" — heart-shaped buñuelos with orange dipping sauce. The "Roses are Red" option ($40 per couple) includes a glass of champagne, choice of roasted beet layered salad or red snapper ceviche, beef and chicken fajitas, and homemade zinfandel raspberry sorbet.

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jasonE
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Thanks for the 2012 dining guide!

 
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