Swoon Worthy Valentine’s Day Desserts in HTX
Written by: Gabi De la Rosa
The only thing better than your Valentine’s Day sweetheart is Valentine’s Day desserts! We have curated a list of Houston’s most mouthwatering desserts to make this year’s celebration one to remember.
The Houstonian Hotel‘s Heart to Heart Valentine’s Day package will set the mood for a perfect romantic getaway. The package includes a dozen red roses, wine, deluxe accommodations, and credit for a scrumptious meal from TRIBUTE, the hotel’s restaurant.
Pastry Chef Catherine Rodriguez is set to wow Valentine’s Day guests with her S’mores for Two Dessert. This interactive dessert will be served so that guests can customize their s’mores experience. S’mores for Two is created with made-from-scratch heart-shaped graham crackers and heart-shaped marshmallows, Valrhona passion ganache, strawberry ganache, hazelnut praline, as well as milk and dark chocolate hearts. Scratch-made marshmallows and graham crackers? Definitely worth the reservation!
Ronnie Killen’s eagerly anticipated restaurant Killen’s TMX opened in January and judging by the rave reviews, Valentine’s Day will be the perfect time to try it out. If Killen is known for anything it is flavor, so it is no surprise that in addition to the authentic Tex-Mex and traditional Mexican flavors on the menu, Pastry Chef Samantha Mendoza has upped the ante on desserts, as well.
Churros con Chocolate is the perfect way to round out your Valentine’s Day meal at Killen’s TMX. Fried to perfection, the light and fluffy churros are rolled in cinnamon sugar and served not only with house-made dulce de leche ice cream, but also a bowl of cinnamon-laced chocolate sauce. Yes, you and your sweetheart can dip, dunk, or drizzle to your heart’s content.
State of Grace
Love is in the air and the kitchen at the ever popular State of Grace. Executive Chef Bobby Matos, best known for his upscale comfort food, has worked his magic once again with mouthwatering desserts to delight your Valentine.
Everyone has an opinion and a favorite when it comes to tres leches, especially in Texas. The popular dessert can be found at many restaurants, but none will equal the scrumptious plate of absolute goodness that State of Grace will serve this Valentine’s Day. Their tres leches is made with moist, light cake topped with airy Chantilly cream, served alongside mixed berry compote, and drizzled with white chocolate pearls. One bite and you will never consider another tres leches again.
Two of Houston’s most Instagrammable businesses have joined up to make Valentine’s Day treats a little sweeter. CRAVE Cupcakes and JoyBox Fine Flowers have created a special gift box filled with four cupcakes, two classic red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and two chocolate cupcakes with strawberry frosting. Each will have beautiful piped rosette frosting along with a Petite JoyBox filled with fresh flowers.
These sweet dessert treats will make their debut on February 11 for delivery or pickup at any of CRAVE’s three locations. If your sweetie is not a cupcake fan, both CRAVE and JoyBox have other Valentine’s Day themed treats available. Make your sweetheart and your Instagram followers happy!
Romantic Italian ambiance makes Ristorante Cavour an obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day meal. The restaurant inside Hotel Granduca is as close to Italy as you will get without boarding a plane. Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese was born and raised in Italy and his attention to authentic flavors makes every bite of food delectable.
Valentine’s Day guests are in for a treat when they order tiramisu, because not only is it delicious, but it is made tableside. Scratch-made lady fingers are coated with freshly pulled Italian espresso followed by sweet mascarpone cream. The cream is delicately piped on and the whole process begins again, before it is lightly covered in cocoa powder and served. This dessert experience is as much about theater as it is about taste.
Le Colonial always delivers a meal to remember, and their Valentine’s Day menu is no exception. Although you might be tempted to fill up on the first two courses, make sure to leave room for dessert. Executive Chef Hassan Obaye’s lineup of four flavorful desserts will end your meal on a high note.
The Chocolate & Raspberry Mousse Duet, like everything else on the dessert menu, is as beautiful to look at as it is to taste, but the Coconut & Passion Fruit should not be missed. The light and lovely coconut mousse is served in a bowl made of chocolate and topped with sweet coconut shavings. Alongside is passion fruit curd and warm persimmons compote. Chef Obaye nailed the texture, taste and presentation on this one.
Relish Restaurant & Bar
Cookies make everything better including Valentine’s Day and Relish Restaurant & Bar, located in River Oaks/Upper Kirby area has got you covered for the sweet treats. The cozy neighborhood eatery will have heart-shaped, decorated sugar cookies as well as sugar cookie conversation hearts available for purchase. Let your sweetheart know how much you care for them in the language of love or even better in the language of conversation heart sugar cookies.