7 tips to bring the restaurant ambience home
We're really starting to miss evenings out at our favourite
restaurants, especially at this time of year when we'd usually be
planning a romantic dinner for two. So why not take Valentine's
Day as an excuse to recreate the restaurant experience in your
very own dining room? Get dressed to the nines and call the
babysitter: tonight we're dining in like never before!
1. Set the scene
Turning your dining room into a pop-up restaurant is all
about atmosphere. Pull out a beautiful tablecloth and set the table
with care: folded napkins, polished silverware and sparkling wine
and water glasses in the right places will make all the difference.
And this is definitely an occasion for your best dishes! Add a few
candles or a small bouquet of fresh flowers as a centrepiece, and
don't forget a little mood music. For a finishing touch: put the
evening's menu on a blackboard, or print it out on pretty paper!
2. The art of the happy hour
There's nothing better than nibbling at a bowl of olives with a
nice aperitif. In little Mediterranean bistros, you'll often get an
assortment of olives on the table before your meal. Black or green,
Kalamata or Manzanilla, stuffed with garlic, pimento or almonds:
olive counter to put together the perfect mix of your favourites
from over 40 varieties.
3. The beloved bread basket
What do we miss the most about dining out? The moment when the
server sets down a basket of hot, fresh bread, obviously! Stop by
counter and choose from a delectable selection of baguettes,
loaves, rolls and Mediterranean specialities, all fresh from the
oven. Whip up some elegant little butter balls, wrap your bread in
a clean napkin and savour the moment!
Go big with a four-course menu, with a focus on recipes you can
make ahead of time. Start the meal with a light
soup to whet your appetite, followed by a fresh appetizer like a beet
cucumber and yogurt salad. For the main course, choose something a
little extra special: lemon
veal cutlets , leg
of lamb or grilled
fishare just a few show stopping ideas. And why not add a platter
of oysters if we're really going all out? Whether you go for fried
oysters or try an oyster
gratin, they're a perfect, elegant addition to a romantic dinner
5. Wine pairings
What's a dinner out without a good bottle of wine? For your
aperitif and appetizers, start with a light white wine, like an
Italian Soave or a Greek Assyrtiko that will also go nicely with a
main course of fish. If you're serving red meat like lamb, beef or
veal, opt for a medium-bodied, oaky red. For a regional pairing,
try a Moroccan, Lebanese or Israeli wine with notes of warm spices
and jammy fruits.
6. Delicious desserts
For the all-important finishing touch, don't forget dessert!
And we don't mean a couple of cookies or a few squares of
chocolate. Stop by to see what our pastry chefs have created and
choose from our tempting selection of shortbreads, cakes and
European delicacies. Or if you're in the mood for something with
more of a Mediterranean flair, try our maamouls, knafehs, baklava
and other fresh delights with a hint of pistachio-- and end your meal
on the sweetest of notes.
7. Catering service
If you'd rather spend more time at the table and less in the
kitchen, prepared dishes to go are an excellent option. From
savoury grilled dishes to freshly baked pizzas to an impressive
variety of dishes showcasing Mediterranean flavours, the catering
service at your Adonis Market offers delicious fresh dishes to
enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Some locations even offer