The round-up: Valentine’s Day date spots in Brisbane that will make your lover swoon
In the words of Australian pop icon and wise sage John Paul Young, “love is in the air”. We’re just over a week away from Valentine’s Day – the most romantic day of the year – and lovebirds all over town are searching for the perfect locale to nest and cuddle up. Us cupids here at The Weekend Edition like to think we’re pretty deft marksmen with our bow and arrow of romance, so we’ve targeted a few Valentine’s Day events for loved-up couples to enjoy, whether you’re only a few dates beyond a Bumble match or are decades into a beautiful union.
Aria, Brisbane City: Valentine’s Day an occasion to show your loved one that they mean the most to you, so you cannot settle for just any old spot for dinner. Aria is undoubtedly one of Brisbane’s best restaurants and its Valentine’s Day offering is similarly top notch. Book in your spot and enjoy a glass of champagne on arrival, before sitting down to a three-course menu featuring the likes of rock oysters, pork jowl, Spanish mackerel, rump cap and a selection of Australian and international cheeses.
Vintaged Bar + Grill, Brisbane City: Hilton Brisbane’s signature restaurant is dishing up a Valentine’s Day feast so tantalising you’ll be tempted to start making heart eyes at your plate. Enjoy a glass of sparkling on arrival before gorging on a three-course feast boasting the likes of Tasmanian salmon ceviche, crispy fried quail, pan-seared barramundi, ricotta and silverbeet rotolo, Delmonico steak, mango and green-tea bombe Alaska, and Vahlrona chocolate cremeux on macadamia dacquoise sponge. If you really want to impress your significant other, make a booking posthaste.
Blackbird Bar & Grill, Brisbane City: For a truly romantic setting, you can’t go past sweeping river views illuminated by the twinkling lights of the Story Bridge. Blackbird Bar & Grill is pairing views with an amazing four-course meal for Valentine’s Day, offering up morsels designed by head chef Anthony Donaldson like poached ocean trout, quail pastilla, wood-grilled Darling Downs wagyu and chocolate delice. Fire off an email to Blackbird now to secure your spot.
Donna Chang and The Boom Boom Room, Brisbane City: Inner-city hotspots Donna Chang and The Boom Boom Room are each offering a tempting Valentine’s Day package. Enjoy a four-course dinner with matched wines within Donna Chang’s pastel-hued surrounds, or venture downstairs for live jazz, a special Valentine’s dish and your choice of signature cocktails or a bottle of Veuve Clicquot in The Boom Boom Room. Email Donna Chang or The Boom Boom Room to make a booking.
The Westin Brisbane, Brisbane City: Frankly, we can’t imagine a better Valentine’s Day idea than getting a room at a five-start hotel for a night. The Westin is a brilliant choice if you’re looking to staycay in the heart of the city, plus the hotel’s eateries and spa is offering plenty of extra incentives to stay. Eden’s Table is offering a special seven-course degustation menu filled with aphrodisiac ingredients (get your tickets here). The Heavenly Spa has a selection of pampering packages for couple to indulge in too, while next door at Four Points by Sheraton Brisbane, diners can enjoy a five-course beer degustation in partnership with Aether Brewing.
e’cco bistro, Newstead: They say the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach, so we suggest a gastronomic experience that will have you falling in love with every mouthful. At e’cco bistro, Philip Johnson and head chef Gert Pretorius have assembled a four-course spread consisting of Sydney rock oysters, champagne sorbet and tobiko caviar, gin-smoked chicken terrine and roasted lamb rump. Bookings are available through the e’cco bistro website.
Salon de Co, Brisbane City: Ovolo Inchcolm’s divine restaurant Salon de Co is awakening senses this Valentine’s Day with a special five-course tasting menu called the Adult Happy Meal. This feast encompasses rye stout waffles, Murray Gold cod and dark-chocolate Turkish delight bites. Secure your tickets here.
Portside Wharf, Hamilton: Not only is Portside Wharf’s riverside locale a seductive spot for romantic canoodling, its assemblage of eateries make for some sublime Valentine’s Day dining. Gusto Da Gianni is hosting a four-course dinner of Italian delights (with a special bottle of ‘I Love You’ prosecco to boot), while Byblos is plating up three-courses of heavenly fare with a beer, wine or cocktail on arrival. Belvedere Bar and Grill is also serving a four-course procession of eats from veal ragout to chocolate and strawberry tarts, while at Sono you can choose a six-course teppanyaki feast or select from its diving a la carte menu.
Heritij, Brisbane City: Want to blow the socks off your significant other? How does some Indian gastronomy sound? Heritij at Brisbane Square it pairing its panoramic views of South Brisbane with a four-course menu featuring pani puri, beef and galangal samosas, rendang lamb, Kashmiri lamb and spinach koftas. Book your table here.
The Lanes, Fortitude Valley: Winn Lane, Bakery Lane and California Lane will be turning into romance central this Valentine’s Day, with numerous vendors getting in on the lovey-dovey action. Kicking off on February 13, The Lanes will be celebrating Galentine’s Day. Over in Bakery Lane, Cakes and Shit will be hosting a cupcake and cookie decorating class, while My Botanical Lab will be offering a pamper package, tarot readings and flower smudge stick and crystal bracelet masterlasses. California Lane’s Alice Nightingale will be offering piñata making classes. Come Valentine’s Day, California Lane’s Bonnie Hislop will run a ceramic painting class, Giardinetto will be offering a special set menu, Breakfast at Tiffany’s will be playing on a big screen before live music carries lovers and friends on into the night.
OTTO Brisbane, Brisbane City: Elevated above the inner-city rabble, OTTO is a picturesque spot for some Valentine’s Day fine dining. The kitchen is preparing a special three-course menu for the evening, which includes the likes of smoked eggplant stracciatella, Rangers Valley short rib, duck breast, pumpkin and ricotta filled pasta and lime semifreddo. Get all the details – including booking info – here.
Mercado and The Duck Room, Bowen Hills: King Street’s gourmet food hall is getting in on the romance this year, giving couples the opportunity to select from three dining options across two seatings on Valentine’s Day. Mercado’s bistro is hosting three- and five-course dinners during the evening, featuring the likes of Mooloolaba tuna tataki, roasted duck broth and double coeurs of love. The Duck Room is plating up a stupendous 10-course menu including Blackman Bay oysters, duck and tamarind dumplings, seven-day dry-aged roast duck and wagyu beef tartare. Book online here.
Next Hotel and Lennons Restaurant, Brisbane City: Next Hotel is offering an extra-special overnight package for lovebirds this Valentine’s Day. The ‘Escape to Romance deal’ offers lovers a standard queen room for the night, a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck champagne, breakfast for two and a late check-out. If you really want to go all out, add on dinner at Lennons Restaurant and enjoy a four-course menu including Kingfish crudo, confit duck leg, twice-cooked pork belly and your choice of three desserts. Bookings can be made by calling Next Hotels on 07 3222 3232.
Snack Man, Fortitude Valley: The Happy Boy and Snack Man crew will be hosting something a little bit different for Valentine’s Day this year. Six winemakers will be coming together for ticketed event that wine lovers would be remiss to pass on. Each winemaker will be showing off their collection of wines alongside a generous selection of Snack Man’s Chinese small plate menu. Ticket holders will receive a welcome aperitivo cocktail and a six-glass flight showcasing wines from each producer. Tickets are limited, so book a spot now or miss out.
Three Blue Ducks, Brisbane City: Get close with your loved one with some unbeatable views of the Brisbane River (and some pretty divine fare, too) at Three Blue Ducks. The four-course menu includes a glass of sparkling upon arrival, and offers up the likes of salt and pepper tofu wrapped in betel leaf, barbecue octopus, chicken-liver parfait, maple-glazed roasted pumpkin, porchetta with parsnip puree, coffee-rubbed brisket and coconut custard with raspberry curd. Book your spot here.
Aquitaine Brasserie, South Bank: One of South Bank’s best spots to dine is naturally a go-to spot for Valentine’s Day celebrations. The restaurant is channelling the spirit of France with its three-course menu, plating up sous-vide quail, chargrilled eye fillet, smoked duck breast and white chocolate and raspberry mille fuille. Head to Aquitaine’s website for more details and booking information.
Stokehouse Q, South Bank: One of Brisbane’s best spots for riverside dining will be a hotbed of romance for Valentine’s Day, with a five-course menu that would make Aphrodite swoon. Head chef Marcel Nogaski has crafted a heavenly menu that will be completed with a special Valentine’s Day dessert designed by pastry chef Lauren Eldridge called the Bleeding Heart – a salted chocolate mousee that comes with liquid strawberry. Bookings are essential, but you can make one easily by clicking here.
GOMA Restaurant, South Bank: Romance has acted as a creative muse to many artists, which makes it only fitting that one of the best Valentine’s Day dinner spots happens to be Brisbane’s best gallery. GOMA Restaurant will be hosting a seven-course tasting menu experience, with a glass of champagne on arrival and dishes using Queensland wagyu, Whitsunday Coast barramundi and rooftop honey. Make a booking here.
Eleven Rooftop Bar, Fortitude Valley: Fortitude Valley’s elevated cocktail spot is subscribing to the mantra ‘the more the merrier’ this Valentine’s Day. Three’s a crowd, but for is a party – so single pals or couples can book a book for a shared menu experience. Given them a buzz on 07 3067 7447 to book.
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