For most people the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, however, for those in love there is something truly special about Valentine’s Day. It is a day to celebrate love in all its forms, whether it’s a stroll around the Galle Fort, a big romantic gesture or an intimate dinner, the 14th of February is truly a day for all lovers.
If you’re wondering how to celebrate the holiday of love this year, we suggest you bring your Valentine to the historic Galle Forte for a special Valentine’s dinner at AQUA Forte. Our Head Chef Roberto has carefully curated a five course wine paired authentic Italian meal to give you and your partner an unforgettable Valentine’s Day celebration.
Here’s how you can celebrate the Festival of Saint Valentino in Galle with AQUA Forte.
Begin your dining experience with a special welcome Rossini cocktail and an amuse bouche, which will awaken your palate and prepare it for the ensuing meal. The “Il nostro Benvenuto” consists of creamy baccala cod and a thin slice of beetroot carasau bread – after all how can you celebrate lovers’ day without a touch of pink?
To make the night even more special, we recommend you accompany this meal with a bottle of Bellavista Alma Grand Cuvée Franciacorta DOC. This premium Italian sparkling wine is fruity and floral with a refreshing palate and a creamy buttery texture. However, should you desire, you can always speak to our Head Chef of Maitre d’ for an alternative wine option.
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For the first course, enjoy our “Giardino di Mare”, a seafood and tapioca soup served with coral chips, squid ink sponge and topped with a Campari foam. This will be followed by the “Risotto Oro e Zafferano”, a decadent risotto prepared with Iranian saffron and served with an edible gold leaf for an extra flair. For your main course, enjoy this “Aragosta al Lampone”, which consists of a fresh pan fried lobster that is served with a raspberry reduction, water spinach and sesame chips.
Finally, indulge in a delicious dessert! Head Chef Roberto has created a dessert especially for the occasion. Delight in a Valentine’s Meringue made in the Pavlova style and topped with fresh red berries and Chantilly cream. This dish is the perfect way to end your romantic dinner at AQUA Forte, and to make the meal even more memorable, you should cap off the night with our homemade berries liqueur.
The Galle Fort has a very similar charm to that of a quaint Italian village. With rambling cobblestone streets, large colonial villas and of course stunning views of the Indian Ocean along the ramparts, there is no place more romantic to spend Valentine’s Day than the Galle Fort.
If you’re spending the full day out, or perhaps you’re enjoying a Valentine’s week along Sri Lanka’s south coast, we recommend you spend one day exploring the Galle Fort. Begin your day by visiting some of the Fort’s historical landmarks such as the Meeran Mosque and the National Maritime Museum, followed by souvenir shopping at the Fort’s many boutiques. After a morning of exploring, enjoy a laid back lunch at our sister restaurant AQUA Pizza which serves authentic Neapolitan pizza and beat the tropical heat with some homemade ice cream.
As the evening begins, head to the ramparts where you can witness one of Sri Lanka’s spectacular sunsets. Watch as the sun dips in the horizon and casts everything in a golden light making it seem as though you’re seeing the world through rose tinted glasses. Finally, visit AQUA Forte for a night of romance and a unique Italian fine dining experience.
We have two dining options for our special Valentine’s Day Dinner: The Menu and Wine package per couple for Rs. 55,000 or The Menu only per couple for Rs. 38,500.