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Calling all (food) lovers!

It’s long been told that the way to anyone’s heart (not just a man) is through their stomach. So whether you’re loved up, a party of one, or in a committed relationship with carbs, what better way to feel the love this Valentine’s Day in Brisbane than with these delectable dates.

Love Bug Weekend at One Fish Two Fish | Kangaroo Point

Why restrict the food of love to one day? Kangaroo Point’s One Fish Two Fish is reviving its much-loved Valentines special, Love Bug Weekend. This $95pp four-course menu showcases our region’s iconic Moreton Bay bug and is sure to go down a treat. Menu highlights include bug ceviche with tortillas lime and chilli, house-made gnocchi with bug in tomato and basil sugo, and the dessert that epitomises romance: chocolate dipped strawberries. Bookings are available over four seatings (12 pm-2 pm, 2:30 pm-4:30 pm, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm and 8 pm-late) from Sunday 12 through to Monday 14. See One Fish Two Fish’s website for more details.

E’cco Bistro | Newstead

Whether you’re celebrating Valentines or Galentines, the multi award winning E’cco Bistro promises an indulgent night for you and your loved ones. Be greeted with a cocktail on arrival and savour a special four-course menu by Philip Johnson and head chef Antoine Potier for $125pp. This is a one night only special – so make a booking here to secure your romantic night out.

Southside on Fish Lane | South Brisbane

Nestled within the greenery of Fish Lane is the urban oasis known for its punchy Southeast Asian flavours, Southside. And it’s serving up one of the more affordable Valentine’s banquets for $88pp. If duck sang choy bao or prawn wontons are tugging at your heartstrings, or if you simply want to absorb the ambience while sipping mojitos at their Kiki Cocktail Bar, Southside is taking bookings for Valentine’s night now via their website!

Za Za Ta | Fortitude Valley

Immerse yourself in a multi-sensory cocktail experience at Za Za Ta’s this Valentine’s Day! The Ovolo Group’s Group Creative Beverage Director (what a title), Andrea Gualdi has created the aromatic and romantic ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ cocktail, complete with matching hand cream. The idea is that you apply the hand cream, bask in its scent, as you sip and savour its accompanying cocktail for a unique sensory experience. Continue to tantalise your taste buds throughout the night with a four-course menu specially curated by Chef Michael Jackson and feast on dishes like halloumi doughnuts, yemenite butter bread, wild mushroom rillettes, blood orange sorbet, and more. Book the whole package for just $99 here.

C’est Bon | Woolloongabba

Transport your l’amour to your very own ‘Midnight in Paris’ at C’est Bon in the Gabba. Romance is always on the menu, with Valentine’s celebrations starting from 12 pm Sunday 13 for an alfresco ‘Long Lunch Intimate Affair’. Enjoy the last days of Summer on The Terrasse and indulge in four courses with paired French white wines for $165pp. For the night of the 14, toast your Mon Chéri with a glass of champagne on arrival, followed by a four-course menu (including scampi, duck, Queensland crab and caviar) served with a single rose and an array of sweets to finish for $120pp. Trés romantique. Book online here.

Walter’s Steakhouse | CBD

Experience a slice of the Big Apple in the core of Brisbane’s CBD, Walter’s Steakhouse. Valentine’s Day at Walter’s serves up a hearty $100pp banquet featuring its Signature Porterhouse, Dutch Hasselback, Pierogi and, for dessert, a Raspberry and Golden chocolate financier doughnut. Bookings are available on the Walter’s Steakhouse website.

Inchcolm Hotel | Spring Hill

Upgrade your Valentine’s dinner to a Valentine’s experience! Head to Spring Hill’s Inchcolm Hotel to become a mixologist for the night in a two-hour Cocktail Masterclass ($179 for two). Join forces with one of ‘The Inchy’s’ skilled mixologists who’ll guide you in creating six martinis from start to finish. Learn how to make all your favourite classics with a twist, plus some of the hotel’s secret signature concoctions – then tuck into a grazing board to share after class in the lounge. Book the 6 pm or 8 pm masterclass here for a unique and fun Valentine’s date.

 

You may not be able to buy love, but you can buy a night of good food. That’s basically the same.

Words by Priya Shah