The round-up: Valentine’s Day date spots that will make your lover swoon
Hey there you little lovers – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time for you to express your affection towards your significant other in a slightly more romantic way than the usual Netflix on the couch move. If you’re looking to score some serious brownie points this February 14, we would suggest adhering to the age-old advice that the real way to someone’s heart is through the stomach. From offerings of champagne towers to long-stemmed roses and personalised wine, we’ve rounded up Brisbane’s best spots to get cosy with your numero uno this Valentine’s Day.
Vintaged Bar + Grill: For those with a taste for the finer things in life, Valentine’s Day at Vintaged Bar + Grill is sure to impress. Choose between two or three courses with a tantalising range of options for entree, mains and dessert – think Berkshire pork belly, grilled miso eggplant and coeur a la crème as a taster of what’s on offer.
Kennigo Social House: Looking to charm your date with some old-school cool? Take them for a dining experience in a heritage-listed Queenslander! Kennigo Social House is putting on a delectable five-course spread including tataki of wagyu beef, seared duck breast, Buderim ginger ice cream and white chocolate custard, which you can enjoy in either a verandah, courtyard or restaurant setting.
The Lab Restaurant and Bar: Keen to level up your relationship? The Valentine’s offering at The Lab will score you some very serious bonus points. Tuck into a sumptuous four-course feast including a bottle of Domaine Chandon to share, followed by a surprise gift supplied by The Lab, then finish it all off with a night cap cocktail at The Kitty. All of this is included in the price of the night – you just get to swoop in and play the hero.
Casa Cibo: The iconic line in Titanic that mentions something about “paint me like one of your French girls” has gone down as one of the most romantic moments on film – there’s something about making art that’s just sexy as hell. Capitalise on this sentiment by heading to Casa Cibo’s cute Cork & Chroma paint and sip session for Valentine’s Day, where you can create a masterpiece with your lover whilst sipping and snacking.
Cloudland: It don’t mean a think if it ain’t got that swing, so make tracks for Cloudland on V-Day to lap up some romance Golden Age style! Dine on a delectable three-course menu with a two hour drinks package of beers, wines and Mumm Champagne (fancy), with mood-enhancing entertainment including a show featuring the Swing Central Big Band and special performances by Jacqueline Furey’s Burlesque Ensemble.
Eleven Rooftop Bar: There’s something super romantic about the night sky, which is why Eleven Rooftop Bar is a prime spot for some Valentine’s Day wooing. Wine and dine on the likes of a delectable three-course meal featuring Wagyu beef carpaccio, succulent duck breast and adorable dessert options like the strawberry and chocolate tart with a coconut crust, layered strawberries and mascarpone. So sweet!
One Fifty Ascot: Valentine’s Day is a pretty good chance to pop questions, and the main question at One Fifty Ascot will be ‘two courses or three?’ Choose between two courses for $55 or three courses for $70, each including a complimentary beverage. With a special menu boasting chicken liver parfait, Junee lamb rump and a chocolate and rum-raisin brownie (good lord), it will be pretty tricky to limit yourself – but you can if you want.
The Jetty South Bank: If you take your date to The Jetty, you can spout such cheesy lines as, “The only thing more beautiful than this riverfront view is you!” Think of the potential, guys! Oh, and the two and three course menus available are also pretty darn excellent – seduce your paramour with delights such as Hervey Bay scallops, crisp confit duck and crème brûlée.
Il Molo: Italians practically wrote the book when it comes to romance, so it makes sense to get your cupid on with an Il Molo feast. Choose between two or three courses with poached veal, market fish and cannoli all making an appearance on the authentic Italian menu. Bellissimo!
Sono: When it comes to gestures of love via the stomach, more is definitely more – which is why Sono is going all out and offering a six-course Teppanyaki or a la carte menu for Valentine’s Day. The award-winning restaurant is known for its elegant and authentic cuisine as well as the awesome theatrics of its chefs, making it a home run V-Day date destination.
OTTO Brisbane: You know what really ups the romance factor on a date? A breathtaking view, that’s what. OTTO has one of the best in town and on Valentine’s Day will be serving up a romantic three-course choice menu and sides, plus a welcome cocktail on arrival. Choices include Moreton Bay blue swimmer crab spaghettini, twice-cooked Berkshire pork belly, and strawberry panna cotta. You might want to propose to the chef when you’re done.
Gusto Da Gianni: Something old, something new … even if you’re not ready for wedding bells, the rustic setting and modern menu at Gusto Da Gianni set the perfect scene for romance. Enjoy four sumptuous courses whilst overlooking the river and try to resist the temptation to re-enact the pasta scene from Lady and the Tramp. If you really want to impress, you can pre-order a personalised bottle of 958 Santero ‘I Love You’ with your lover’s name on it for only $50.
Byblos: In the words of Hannah Montana, you’ll truly get the best of both worlds at Byblos. Creating a delicate fusion of Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine, this Portside gem has crafted a stunning three-course menu for V-Day that is sure to invoke some seriously amorous feelings. The drinks list here is also fantastic if you’re seeking a bit of Dutch courage.
Max Brenner: If movies have taught us anything, it’s that chocolate is truly the sexiest of all desserts. Lucky for all of us that Max Brenner happens to be the absolute mecca of all things cocoa. The gang is launching its brand-new pizza for Valentine’s Day, so if dessert for dinner is your kind of date then you’d best pay Brenner a visit.
Bavarian Bier Cafe: Do you believe in brew love? If so, Bavarian Bier Cafe is the place to declare it. Feast on your favourite morsels such as bratwurst, schnitzels, pork knuckles and more – just maybe lay off the sauerkraut if you plan on taking your date home. As a cute little gesture, the venue will treat loved-up couples that have made a reservation for the night to a glass of sparkling or beer.
George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant: Some couples are totally comfortable with the fact that they are old souls at heart and love nothing more than an early bird dinner. If this sounds like you, you’ll be delighted to note that George’s Paragon is doing two sittings for its decadent Valentine’s Day feast – for a sensible bedtime you can go for the 5:00 pm session, or night owls can dine from 8:00 pm until late. Either way, you can’t go wrong with fresh seafood.
ARIA: Want to score some serious brownie points this Valentine’s Day? Spoil the object of your affection with a lavish dinner at the award-winning ARIA, where champagne, canapes, a mouth-watering three-course meal and stellar service combine to make one heck of a night out.
Cha Cha Char: Make no moo-steak, fans of bovine-based eats will go absolutely bonkers for the offering at Cha Cha Char. The illustrious steak restaurant will be holding two dinner seatings for the evening – a two-course option at 5:00 pm or a three-course feast at 7:30 pm. Expect the most succulent cuts, the most delectable accompaniments and some top-notch service that is sure to impress your date.
Pony Dining: The song ‘Pony’ by 90s hit-maker Ginuwine is perhaps one of the most saucy tracks ever written, so you’d best believe the team at Pony Dining know a thing or two about setting the mood. Devour a three-course dinner with a glass of Veuve Clicquot on arrival, or step up your courting game for a little extra cash that will nab you a table in the river view dining area, a complimentary rose and your choice of either half a dozen oysters, a cheeseboard, or a dessert cocktail jug to share.
Victoria Park Bistro: Nothing says true love like sharing dessert – it’s the ultimate gesture of respect and admiration. Victoria Park Bistro will be dishing out a delicious dinner for two with your choice of two a la carte menu items plus a tasty dessert to share – for just $55 all up. The mood will be enhanced with twinkling fairy lights, lush canopy trees and romantic beats – that’s amore!
Dutch Courage Officers’ Mess: Gin, jazz and cocktails are a pretty sexy combination – one that Dutch Courage happens to have locked down. Lovers are presented with two equally fabulous options for the evening – the Banquet & Teapot including five courses crafted by head chef Regan Haira (and a Hendrick’s teapot of gin, of course), or the more laid-back Gin & Canapes situation.
LONgTIME: We love you LONgTime, and we love your long dinners. For the most romantic day of the year, head chef Ben Bertie has gone all out with a specially crafted nine-course Thai banquet featuring some of the most mouth-watering flavours that the restaurant is famed for. Journey down the twinkling laneway and lead your lover to a dining experience that’s second to none.
Covent Garden: If you could do with a night of garden romance, West End’s premier botanical bar has well and truly got you covered. Covent Garden’s lush surrounds will set the scene for two dinner sittings – early or late – where diners can indulge in a banquet for two served with a bottle of the venue’s bestselling De Chanceny sparkling rosé.
Stamford Plaza: For those who love to indulge in a fairytale fantasy, Stamford Plaza’s The Brasserie on the River will deliver this in spades. A magnificent garden champagne tower will set the tone while you sip champagne cocktails under the stars to a river backdrop. Roving entertainment and a long-stem rose to take home will mark the occasion, with the choice of a premium seafood buffet or the extra-special candlelit tables hosting a divine five-course degustation menu with matching wines.
Gerard’s Bistro: When it comes to love, sharing is often the key to a long and healthy relationship. Thus, it makes sense to head to Gerard’s Bistro for a shared four-course banquet menu that will have you licking your lips with delight. If you’d like to get even more fancy with it, you can choose to go down the wine-matching route for some extra cash.
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