Brazilian chef Carlos Silva has been involved in the Richmond restaurant scene since 1993. Bistro 27 features his interpretation of European dishes such as escargot and chicken cordon bleu. If you can't decide between the Kobe beef burger or the Bœuf à Minute, try the chef's three-, four- or five-course tasting menu. As of December 2010, the tasting menu prices range from $45 to $55 per person. The wine list has local Virginia wines, and features 27 vintages for under $27. The overall feeling of the restaurant is upscale yet intimate. It is perfect for a romantic first date or anniversary. Located on busy West Broad Street, Bistro 27 has free parking in the rear of the Renaissance hotel near Grace Street.
Havana 59 is bright, fast and full of atmosphere. The decor mimics Havana in the 1950s. This spot is a perfect place to bring a date to try one of the signature cocktails like the original mojito or an espresso martini. The menu celebrates the history of Cuba with an American influence. The main entrees are seafood heavy, and include the signature saffron rice paella. End the evening with a piece of guava-lime cheesecake or a Cohiba Rubusto Dominican cigar on the outdoor deck.
On rare occasions, romance is served at breakfast. The Jefferson Hotel serves a weekly Sunday morning champagne brunch. This beautiful hotel serves the brunch in a rotunda surrounded by marble columns. A string trio plays among carved ice sculptures. The menu is based on fresh, seasonal Virginia ingredients including breakfast, lunch and dessert items. Reservations are a good idea, and they require a deposit for parties over five. Try the three-cheese grits and stuffed crepes. As of December 2010, the brunch prices are $48 per adult.
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