Fine wines to five-star feasts – treat your love to the ultimate Valentine’s Day dinner at these inner-city restaurants
Looking for somewhere special to wine and dine this Valentine’s Day? We’ve got you covered. From wine-and-cheese pairings to secret banquets and indulgent set menus, we’ve scoped out five inner-city spots that are guaranteed to impress your lover or significant other on February 14.
Indulge in a tantalising tryst of wine, cheese and chocolate at City Winery’s sleek cellar door on Edward Street and sample your way through a fine collection of sips and artisan snacks. Surrounded by walls of fine wine, you and your lover can indulge in a specially curated cheese-and-wine pairing, which features three award-winners from Woombye Cheese alongside expertly selected City Winery drops. Next up, you’ll enjoy three decadent chocolates crafted by Brisbane-born artisan chocolatiers 31 Degrees, paired with three beautiful fortified and dessert wines for the ultimate sweet finisher. Like what you sip? You can buy wines straight from the source here, so grab a bottle (or two) to take home. City Winery’s wine, cheese and chocolate date night kicks off at 6:00 pm on Wednesday February 14 – tickets are selling fast, so jump here to secure your seats.
Soak up some of the best views across Brisbane River while savouring every moment of Madame Wu’s special Valentine’s Day banquet. As the Story Bridge glitters in the distance, a mouth-watering procession of modern-Asian delicacies and Madame Wu fan favourites will roll out, including natural oysters with finger-lime dressing, steamed duck buns, prawn toast with bonito mayo, wok-fried bug meat with XO sauce, wagyu scotch fillet with taro puree and perilla mustard, and sides like wok-tossed mushrooms with pickled green chilli and soy. A hojicha-tea and chocolate Swiss roll with chantilly and raspberry will round out the flavoursome feast. Bookings can be made online for Madame Wu’s romantic February 14 banquet.
If plates of burrata, serves of mortadella, hand-made pasta and decadent tiramisu are the way to you or your lover’s heart, then you’ll want seats at Amalfi-inspired gem Massimo this Valentine’s Day. Loved-up couples will receive a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival, before indulging in Italian delights from Massimo’s a-la-carte menu. Start with whipped ricotta dip and house bread, or flash-fried calamari with warm tartare, then twirl the forks into spaghetti with whole marron, chilli, garlic, fresh herbs and breadcrumbs. Or, share the love and go halves in the crispy porchetta and the whole Italian-style chargrilled chicken. The delicious evening at Massimo will wrap up with the limoncello semifreddo served with almond-biscuit crumb, Italian meringue and raspberry gel. There are two sittings at Massimo on Valentine’s Day – 5:30 pm and 7:45 pm. Jump to the website to book.
Glimmering chandeliers and ambient greenery will set the scene for an opulent Valentine’s Day, Donna Chang style. To mark the loved-up occasion, Donna Chang will be serving an exclusive one-off banquet menu packed with exquisite dishes that embrace Sichuan-style flavours. While the details of the menu are being kept tightly under wraps, we can assure you this delectable feast will have your taste buds dancing. There will also be an extensive list of sips for you both to explore on the night. This luxe Valentine’s Day feast will be served across two sittings – 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm. Bookings can be made via the Donna Chang website.
Rothwell’s Bar & Grill
Lovers will be treated to the ultimate night of indulgence at sleek Edward Street bar and grill, Rothwell’s. The set menu for two will kick off with a glass of Barrat-Masson Grain d’Argile champagne, followed by French-onion soup with crisp bread and king-salmon tartare with crab, egg and caviar. Rothwell’s iconic beef Wellington with potato puree, red-wine sauce and a house-leaf salad will be front and centre as the main, followed by a very decadent finisher – silky chocolate custard with pistachio cake and vanilla-poached cherries. The special Valentine’s Day set menu is $175 per head, and bookings can be made via the website.
This article was written in partnership with our friends at The City.
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