The round-up: special Valentine’s Day dinner spots
You matched on Tinder, laid the groundwork with some smooth talking, worked up the courage to ask out that special someone and now you’ve nabbed a hot date for Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you were seduced by a smooth pick-up line or were wooed with a heartfelt expression of affection, or maybe you have been dating that special person for a while and are looking for a great spot to spend an intimate evening and reaffirm your undying love. It doesn’t matter – you’ve got a decision to make. You can make Valentine’s Day memorable by picking a great spot for a romantic dinner – allow the cupids at The Weekend Edition to suggest a few seductive spots to flirt all night long.
The Lab: Treasury Casino’s high-end eatery and bar is putting on a show for Valentine’s Day. On February 13–14, lovers can sit down to a mind-blowing menu that includes oysters, pork belly with apple foam, lamb back strap with roasted vegetable puree, peppered fettucini with mushrooms and decadant desserts like chocolate truffle and Bailey’s mud, honey fried figs with pear gel and cashew and coconut cake.
Stone Restuarant & Bar: Stone in South Bank is celebrating Valentine’s Day all weekend with a three-course offering. Start with an entrée of blood orange cured Hiramasa kingfish with baby beetroot, before enjoying Yarra Valley spring chicken with baby pea puree and zucchini ribbons and vanilla bean panna cotta.
Vintaged Bar + Grill: The Hilton Hotel’s acclaimed restaurant is getting in on the action with a menu mixing surf and turf and some creative desserts. You and your Valentine can enjoy Moreton Bay bugs, Alaskan King crab, Angus beef filet and Cone Bay barramundi with some complementary bubbles. If you are thinking of taking the plunge and proposing, Vintaged Bar + Grill will reportedly have a special package you can take advantage of!
The Picnic Club: Classic Picnic Club hampers will be available for pick up from Wandering Cooks from midday and can be pre ordered online up until Friday evening on 12 Feb. Wandering Cooks are opening their bar up from 3pm and turning their warehouse into a picnicking oasis. You can either pre order a hamper to pick up and eat in or come and build your own from our last supper style spread.
Restaurant Two: The iconic inner-city destination is offering a memorable dining experience. Restaurant Two’s Valentine’s Day dinner degustation includes siches such as smoked tomato, rosemary and buffalo mozzarella arancini, crispy skin pork belly, lemongrass infused puree and dahl and mango chutney, and lemon sponge cake, white chocolate mousse with blueberries and sheep’s milk yoghurt parfait.
ARIA: One of Brisbane’s best dining spots is getting in on the action with a special Valentine’s Day dinner. A set menu is on offer boasting oysters, smoked kingfish, ocean trout, duck, lamb, parfait, glazed strawberries with milk cake, Valrhona chocolate ganache and a glass of Mumm champagne.
e’cco bistro: Dig into a divine degustation menu with complimentary hors d’oeuvres on arrival and matched wines throughout the feast.
Sofitel: Patrons at Sofitel can take advantage of three stellar dining options. Enjoy a seafood buffet at Thyme2 for $119 per person, or a five-course degustation with a bottle of champagne in Privé249 for $199-235 per person. If neither of those tickles your fancy, indulge in a Valentine’s Day high tea with bubbles and chocolate fountain for $80per person.
Bacchus: If you really want to impress, Bacchus is the best bet with a four-course degustation from $169 per person, live jazz, long stem roses and hand-crafted petit fours.
Che Asado & Bar: Put a Brazilian spin on Valentine’s Day this year with a six-course menu and two and half hour drinks package at Che Asado. Tuck into pacific oysters, wagyu bresaola, and sand crab croquet and kingfish tiradito, then wash it down with a complimentary cocktail.
Darling & Co: One of Paddington’s classiest spots is preparing a four-course Valentine’s Day menu including cured ocean trout with asparagus and mango and macadamia bombe Alaska.
Aquitaine Brasserie: Take in a three-course lunch or five-course degustation at this riverside destination. Tiger prawn and cured tuna, bendele duck and lamb, bacon and scallops are just some of the meals on offer for Valentine’s Day.
Eagles Nest Rooftop Bar: After being closed for close to six weeks, Eagles Nest is reopening with a new food and beverage menu including shared platters and some great cocktails.
Nest: Enjoy a candlelit, three-course dinner on Saturday February 13, and have your favourite love song played by a live musician. If you are still looking for love, Nest is also hosting a blind date game show, Nostalgia & Nibbles on Sunday February 14.
Gusto da Gianni: The Portside destination is putting it all out there with its Valentine’s Day offering – a special three-course menu offering sumptuous delights such as oysters, lobsterm and marinated wild peaches with white chocolate gelato.
Gypsies Wagon: This intimate Gaythorne venue is doing something a little bit different for Valentine’s Day. For $69 patrons can chow down on pumpkin and sage arancini, epic burgers with fries and panacotta, plus guests will be treated to a watermelon daiquiri on arrival.
Jade Buddha Bar & Kitchen: If you don’t mind being a bit of a glutton in front of your date, Jade Buddha is offering all you can eat dumplings on Sunday February 14 – oh, and for only $10, too.
Delfina’s Bistro: This Emporium eatery is the spot for a delicious four-course dinner on every night of the Valentine’s Day weekend. Sip on Spanish cava, eat tender pork loin with saffron poached peach, pumpkin puree and blackberry dressing and luscious spiced chocolate tart with brown butter and malt ice cream.
Pony: Eagle Street is a great spot to treat your loved one to a memorable meal. Pony is offering a three-course dinner with a glass of Veuve Clicquot for $95 per person.
Libertine: The Barrack’s hotspot is a great destination for a French-Vietnamese banquet for two with a glass of bubbles included. Try not to rave about the cognac glazed crispy skin pork belly.
Mons Ban Sabai: For $50 per person, Mons Thai patrons can enjoy a special Valentine’s Day meny that includes steamed dim sims, panang curry, garlic and pepper crab, warm chocolare brownies with vanilla bean ice cream and much more.
Cloudland: Madame Hedges is serving up a four-course Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner for $55, including a set menu and glass of champagne on arrival.
Pawpaw Cafe: Lovebirds are catered for at this East Brisbane locale, with a few tantilising menu options available. Indulge in a Bangkok platter for two, boasting chilli chicken ribs and a choice between green papaya salad and vegetarian spring rolls or Isan tuna and satay chicken.
Popolo Italian Kitchen and Bar: South Bank’s go-to for tapas and shared plates is offering Valentine’s Day patrons a seven-course extravaganza for $89.
Regatta Hotel: Take things easy on Valentine’s Dat with a laid-back veranda lunch, including dishes such as pumpkin and goat’s cheese arancini, prosciutto wrapped pan seared chicken breast and a glass of Moet.
Gianni’s Kitchen: Celebrate Valentine’s Day in true Italian style, with a set menu including delicious dishes such as home made ravioli pasta filled with pumpkin, amaretti, Italian mustard, eye fillet wrapped in prosciutto and pan-seared Atlantic salmon.
Stokehouse Q: This acclaimed South Bank destination is inviting patrons to enjoy a three-course menu and premium beverage package with 2004 Chandon ‘Prestige Cuvée’ Sparkling, Cape Mentelle wines, a Midnight Kiss cocktail and a selection of beers for $195 per person.
Atticus Finch Cafe: This quaint cafe is getting rowdy on Valentine’s Day – order two drinks from the brand new alcoholic drinks menu and enjoy a free plate of bruschetta fingers, Ruben toastie fingers or mince toastie fingers.
Toro Bravo: If you prefer an informal dining scenario, Toro Bravo has got you covered with a three-course tapas banquet, which includes delicious bites such as streaky bacon wrapped dates and churros with white chocolate.
Urbane: Sit down to four or five-course dinner at Urbane that caters to both herbivores and carnivores.
Variety Valentine’s Ball: Raising much needed funds for the Variety Children’s Charity, the ball will feature endless entertainment and jitterbugging opportunities, as well as canapes, a dessert buffet and four hours of drinks.
Watt: River views and good food – New Farmer’s Kitchen is whipping up a three-course feast with two sittings available for $89per person.
Willow & Spoon: This humble café will be opening for the special occasion on Sunday February 14 with a new evening tapas menu for $59per person.
Catchment Brewing Co: West End’s newest beer haven is putting on a live oyster shucking display, where you can get your fix of aphrodisiacs and a few intimate drinks before hitting the town.
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