Top 5 South Asian Restaurants for Valentine's Day

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Next week marks a day of love and celebration for couples all around the world.  SEEMA has put together our top 5 South Asian restaurant choices in the United States to help make your Valentine's Day special. Whether it's helping create an unforgettable night or sharing flavors, these restaurants always make the day special! 

1. Badmaash

Located in the heart of Hollywood, CA, on Fairfax Ave., Badmaash provides a modern flair on traditional Indian dishes that transform them into trendy culinary experiences.

The menu features items like Butter Chicken and Onion Fritters (onion bhajjia), and offers a slew of other comfort-food-style Indian spinoffs of Tikka Masala and Daal Makhanis. For Valentine's Day, a surprise signature dish will debut for customers to enjoy.

Note that that this place fills up quick! So click here to book a reservation and secure a spot for you and your loved one!

2. Intersect by Lexus

What better way to honor Valentine's Day in New York City's Meatpacking District than  a special dinner at Intersect by Lexus. 

Featuring a combination of Portuguese and Indian flavors, Intersect is a restaurant where "creative minds meet and share ideas; where inspired people intersect with sublime expressions of culture to experience amazing." Main dishes include a Seafood Tower with Kokum oysters, clams, and Green Mango Scallops, as well as more traditional meals like Mapusa Sun-dried Pea Curry and a Striped Bass Coconut Curry. 

For Valentine's Day, Intersect is hosting a special 5-course meal at $150 per person. There's also a wine pairing option for an additional $50 per person. 

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3. Lotus of Siam

Not only can you hit the strip and see an unforgettable show, but Las Vegas is also home to Lotus of Siam, one of the premier Thai restaurants in the U.S. 

With numerous recognitions from the Travel Channel and the Food Network, and winning the prestigious James Beard Award for culinary excellence, Lotus of Siam is a culinary delight.  The menu features tasty dishes like Garlic Prawns, Khao Soi (crispy duck), and traditional main courses like Pla Dook Yang (catfish) and Nua Nua Tok (charbroiled beef). 

On Valentine's Day, the restaurant will unveil a special dinner option and wine pairing, but guests won't be able to find out until the night of. You can book a reservation on their site. 

4. Phodega

Phodega is a delicious hideaway tucked inside Chicago's Wicker Park. 

Featuring simple but richly flavorful Vietnamese pho, this place swarms with locals and visitors from all over the globe who crave something warm and unforgettable. Patrons can choose either chicken or beef pho, or  go for a chicken rice dish that's either fried or half Hainan-style and half fried. That's all you need!

Although there aren't any Valentine's Day specials, Phodega is the perfect place to for a causal and fun celebration in a trendy location. 

5. Little India Restaurant & Bar

No list of top South Asian restaurants would be complete without a traditional Indian dining experience like that offered by Little India Restaurant & Bar in Denver. 

Voted "The Best Indian Food in Denver" and "The Best Indian Lunch Buffet," Little India features an affordable and expansive Indian menu that covers all the major favorites. From Pakora Masala to all types of Tandoor options, customers can experience a range of flavors and steep themselves in traditional Indian cultures all at once. 

Little India features a Happy Hour every day from 3 PM to 6 PM, which will have extended hours on Valentine's Day.

Be Prepared this Valentine's Day

No matter where you find yourself this year on Valentine's Day, do your best by preparing ahead!

When it comes to booking reservations and ensuring a great meal with someone you love, the early bird gets the worm. If you plan to check out any of these locations above, visit their websites now and book a table!