The round-up: where to wine and dine bae this Valentine’s Day
Aww yeah, love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to get spicy and start planning where you can serenade your love (or love-to-be) on February 14. There is plenty happening across the Gold Coast, from lip-smacking degustations and hot and heavy feasts to decadent desserts served with a side of pillow talk (for real). We love you guys, so we took the liberty of putting together a list of lusty ideas of where to wine and dine your lover this Valentine’s Day. Sprinkle that love all around folks and let’s get saucy!
The Star Gold Coast: If the way to your lover’s heart is through their stomach, then you’ll be spoilt for choice at The Star, with each of the chefs cooking straight from the heart to bring you their most love-filled dishes yet. Book a spot for two at Kiyomi for a decadent Japanese feast, indulge in a specially curated three-course set menu with a glass of Prosecco at Cucina Vivo, or enjoy a delicious shared menu with a cocktail on arrival at Garden Kitchen & Bar. Imperial at The Star has created a series of Valentine’s Day dishes, or you can don the stretchy pants at head for a fine buffet feast at Food Fantasy.
QT Gold Coast: Love is well and truly in the air at QT Gold Coast this year. You and bae can indulge in a gastronomic feast at Bazaar Marketplace with bubbles, cocktails, deliciously sweet desserts and live acoustic music – plus a few sneaky extras like Polaroid snaps and roses for your significant other. If it’s adventurous Japanese fare that brings you together, then you can enjoy bubbles and an innovative omakase set menu at Yamagen. If you really want to declare your love, then order the Room for Dessert – it costs $299 (keep reading) and you’ll get a Valentine’s Day chocolate egg shell filled with miso-caramel ice-cream, rose candy floss and a black-sesame waffle cone, plus a QT room key … where a bottle of Mumm champagne will be waiting for you. We’re not being presumptuous, but we all know what comes next.
Tiger Island at Dreamworld: Are you a little wild at heart? Unleash it with a candlelit dinner at Dreamworld’s Tiger Island. This exclusive three-course dinner with live music and a special tiger presentation will have you absolutely mesmerised. Plus, all of the proceeds go directly to the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation – one of the world’s largest contributors to wild tiger conservation, so that’s something to feel pretty chuffed about.
The Collective: The Collective is hosting a romantic evening under the stars for the most passion-filled day of the year. Think crisp white table linen, flickering candles and an enticing five-course dinner from each of the five kitchens. Each couple will be receive a bottle of French (aka real) champagne, a single rose and will be treated with serendipitous sounds of acoustic singer Mitch Lancaster. After dinner, you can cosy up on the outdoor lounge and enjoy The Collective’s first Cinema Under the Stars.
Little Truffle: If it’s fine food and fine wine you’re after, then savour the moment with a delicious four-course European-style menu designed by Little Truffle owner and chef Daniel Ridgeway. There will be delights like Moreton Bay bug and prawn tortellini, braised beef cheek with pan fried gnocchi and a selection of Little Truffle’s signature desserts to share. If you’ve got a boo to woo, then this is the ultimate spot for intimate dining.
Palazzo Versace: Keen to go all out this year and do Valentine’s Day like a total baller? Book one of Cupid’s Twilight Cabanas poolside at Palazzo Versace for an intimate three-course dinner within your own luxury cocoon under the stars. You’ll get a bottle of Moët & Chandon, his and hers miniature Versace perfumes and a long-stemmed rose for your Valentine. Seriously, what an absolute dream.
Seaduction Restaurant + Bar: If you’re really looking to score some serious brownie points, look no further than Seaduction Restaurant + Bar in Surfers Paradise. With tastes to satisfy even the most discerning palate, treat your loved one (and your tastebuds) to a truly lavish five-course degustation with expertly paired wines. Romantic setting? Tick. Fine food? Tick. Excellent wine? Tick. Yep, this one ticks all our boxes.
Meets & Eats Galentines Feast: If you’re running with the anti-Valentine’s vibe (go you!) then grab the girl squad for an exclusive Galentine’s Day progressive dinner through Nobby Beach with Meets & Eats. Single or not, this is a fine way celebrate friendship, food and femininity with a three-course feast at three different (secret) Nobby Beach restaurants. Just register as a group of four, then prepare to get a little bit socially adventurous!
Valentine’s Day Rooftop Party: Unattached? No worries! Whether you’re single and ready to mingle, it’s complicated, or otherwise you don’t have to spend the day of love alone. Grab your squad, soulmates, room mates or Tinder dates and get ready for one heck of a party at The Island.
room81: What better way to show your love than with a romantic French degustation. room81 in Broadbeach will ignite the fire of passion with a crafted cocktail followed by a truly indulgent five-course French-inspired menu – this is going to be pretty darn magical, lovers.
Ristorante Fellini: How about six courses of fanciful fare overlooking the water at one of the coast’s most charming Italian restaurants? Ristorante Fellini at Marina Mirage is making hearts melt and stomachs rumble on February 14 with its San Valentino degustation menu. You’ll start with a glass of sparkling and end with chocolate-dipped strawberries – and you can certainly expect some pretty impressive dishes in between. Can you feel the love?
Tasca: Venture to the heart of Coolangatta for an intimate date night in this cosy southern hang. The team is putting on a special three-course share dinner with matching wines (side note – the wines here are killer) across two seatings for the special night. Sip, snack and soak up those V-Day vibes.
Watermark Hotel & Spa: Get into a romantic food coma together with a two or three-course feast at Clifford’s or get amongst the action with an all-you-can-eat fiesta at Waves Buffet. If a double date is more your style, opt for the hearty four-person tapas spread with Cupid’s Kiss cocktails at Walrus Social House.
Season Restaurant: If you’re really keen to up the ante, head south for a truly sumptuous five course share-style spread at Season Restaurant at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa in Kingscliff. Embark on a culinary journey through the Northern Rivers food trail to experience some of the freshest local and organic produce the region has to offer. Paired with excellent wine and company, you have yourself a recipe for a rather memorable Valentine’s Day.
Prefer to stay at home? Opt for an edible gift and pre-order a Lovers Croissant (or four) from Bam Bam Bakehouse – these bad boys are filled with strawberries and cream and are available exclusively on Valentines Day. If you’re looking to impress your significant other with a drinkable, then get a Woocumber. Yes, a Woocumber. It’s a special Valentine’s Day gift pack by Hendrick’s Gin that comes with a bottle of the good stuff, a red rose and a cucumber so you can, um, woo him or her. If your lover isn’t one for gin, then opt for a bouquet of craft beer from Brewquets. Alternatively, just show up with a giant 100-cm stemmed rose from Fleurus and you’ll be in like Flynn. You’re welcome.
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