The round-up: delight your date this Valentine’s Day with these romantic dining options
Whether you’re all loved up or you’re single and ready to mingle, Valentine’s Day is a day that should be celebrated with your nearest and dearest. Whether you’re keen to keep it intimate with a dreamy poolside dinner with your significant other, enjoy a lusty night out with your lover, or let your hair down and party with your pals, there are plenty of ways you can do Valentine’s Day on the Gold Coast. Here are some of our top picks for playing cupid.
QT Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise: Sure, dinner and a movie are nice and all, but have you considered a starlit evening in a coastal-luxe poolside cabana? It’s about as romantic as it gets. Spoil your QTie with dinner for two in a luxury poolside cabana where you’ll begin with a glass of bubbles, followed by four glorious courses designed to nibble together under the stars. The cabanas are $275 for two people, and there are two sittings available at 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm. If your love language is oriented towards food, book a seat at Bazaar Marketplace and indulge in a bountiful ‘Lover’s Feast’. Complete with champagne on arrival, trawler-fresh seafood, slow-roasted meats, Asian delights and gourmet salads – this is guaranteed to set the scene for a successful Valentine’s date. Bookings for both events are strictly limited – if you’re keen, jump over here.
Koala Breakfast at Paradise Country, Oxenford: Why settle for a stuffed toy to show your affections, when you could cuddle a real-life koala? If you and your love interest adore cuddly creatures great and small, take in the romantic charm of a farm this Valentine’s Day. Guests can enjoy a beautiful buffet breakfast at The Farmhouse Restaurant before learning all about Australia’s most-loved marsupials in an exclusive presentation from the wildlife team. You’ll be invited to get up close and even have your photo taken with an adorable koala. The Koala Breakfast is on Sunday February 13. For a Valentine’s Day you will both cherish for years to come, book here.
Luxe Boho Picnic with alpacas at Mountview Alpaca Farm, Canungra: Carrying on the theme of wild encounters, this is pretty much a dream date for animal lovers. If you’re yet to make the drive to Mountview Alpaca Farm, this is the perfect opportunity. Roll out a rug under the shade of a tree and enjoy a picnic spread before frolicking through the vineyard with a couple of cheeky alpacas. It’s basically the script for your new favourite rom-com. For those extra-special occasions, like Valentine’s Day for example, there’s a dreamy boho set-up, which includes a teepee, pillows, chairs and a grazing board. Picnics must be pre-booked online and be warned, they can get pretty busy on weekends! Book your alpaca experience here.
The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach: Romance is the air at The Star Gold Coast, with each of the venues serving up plenty of seductive fare, from opulent sky-high feasts to degustation delights. Garden Kitchen & Bar is luring lovers with a set menu for two, which includes Sydney rock oysters with champagne, a mouth-watering cut of Grand Chester tenderloin, followed by a decadent chocolate-filled dessert. Cucina Vivo is setting the scene for an enchanted evening filled with divine Italian flavours. The sumptuous degustation menu includes entrees of buffalo mozzarella and semolina-coated Loligo squid, alongside mains of Milly Hill lamb and a garlic prawn herb risotto. Just be sure to save room for the dessert, which features a tantalising taste of Italy. Kiyomi is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression with two exclusive Valentine’s Day offers including a sashimi platter for two, complete with The Star Oscietra caviar, and a macha white-chocolate fondant will bring it to a fitting finale. If you’re really keen to set the bar sky-high (literally) treat your special someone to a fanciful feast at Nineteen at The Star. The Valentine’s Day menu, crafted by executive chef Uday Huja, features oysters (nature’s aphrodisiac), succulent steak and a little something sweet to finish.
Miss Moneypenny’s, Broadbeach: Let us set the scene. It’s the most romantic evening of the year, you’re sitting opposite your lover and being treated to a Signature Seven-Dish Chef’s selection while gazing lovingly into their eyes. Chef Adam Dundas-Taylor will be serving up a curated selection of the finest eats including Hiramasa kingfish ceviche, seared wagyu beef skewer and wild Coral Coast barramundi. Sound good? Bring your Valentine’s Day vision to life at Miss Moneypenny’s Broadbeach for $95 per person for the Signature Seven-Dish Selection. Bookings are essential.
eforea spa at Hilton, Surfers Paradise: We’re partial to a mutually beneficial gift. If you are also a fan, book a Valentine’s Day couple’s massage at eforea spa at Hilton. Sink into a state of pure relaxation with a blissful 90-minute massage side-by-side in the privacy of the serenity suites. Once your massage is complete, you and yours can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine or herbal tea in the lounge as you slowly come back to reality. Ordinarily, the couples’ experience would be $415, but for the month of love, you can enjoy a discounted rate of $330 (excluding Sundays). Book here.
The Brooklyn Wine + Tapas, Varsity Lakes: If you’re looking for something outside of your usual haunts, The Brooklyn Wine & Tapas in Varsity Lakes is just the place. With plenty of moody nooks to sink into, it’s the perfect setting for a romantic evening. The gorgeously appointed venue is even rolling out the red carpet for its first Valentine’s Day with a four-course dinner menu for $89 (or $159 including wines to match). For reservations, call 0455 745 940.
BOBs Beers, Surfers Paradise: For lovers who enjoy a craft brew, BOBs is dishing up a delightful three-course set menu that has been personally curated by Head Chef Norbert Szlama. Start with a serve of burrata focaccia or wagyu carpaccio before moving on to a primo cut of flank steak or wild barramundi massaman curry. Bring your meal to a sweet finish with a heart-shaped coconut mousse. Book here.
Harajuku Gyoza, Broadbeach: If you’re keen to ditch the fancy stuff and opt for something a little more casual (and delicious), Harajuku Gyoza is luring low-key lovers with a crisp Japanese craft beer from Yoyogi Brewing Co or house wine on arrival, plus a delicious banquet of Japanese dishes for just $40 per person. Included in the Valentine’s Day banquet is soft shell crab, two types of the venue’s famous dumplings, karaage chicken, miso soup, edamame, and your choice of yummy dessert dumplings. Bookings are required and can be made at harajukugyoza.com/book – use code VDAY in your booking notes.
Candlelight Strings: Valentine’s Day special Romeo and Juliet at Miami Marketta, Miami: What could be more romantic than a candlelit string quartet? Literally nothing. If you really want to woo your boo, this unique classical concert is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. You don’t need to know all things classical to enjoy the evening; simply sit back and savour the stunning pieces. Tickets are strictly limited – grab yours here.
Roosevelt Lounge, Broadbeach: With Valentine’s Day falling on a Monday, many of your go-to venues will be closed. The ever-romantic Roosevelt Lounge, however, is making an exception for the day of love and rolling out a special set menu for one day only. Treat your date to a stunning three-course meal with a glass of Pol Roger for $130 per person. There are two seatings available, one at 5:30 pm and one at 8:00 pm. Mignon McLaughlin once mused that a successful relationship requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. Fall in love all over again at the gorgeous (and inherently romantic) Roosevelt Lounge.
Singles Sundays at The Henchman, Miami: If you’re single and looking to mingle, The Henchman is your ultimate wingman this Valentine’s Day. Hosted by Miss Rhiannon Oloughlin, you are cordially invited to join the crew for a celebration of love! There will be speed dating rounds, specialty menu items and some pretty delicious cocktails, what’s not to love? Plus, proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Headspace. Double win.
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