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The ultimate date ideas for Valentine's Day in Brisbane
We might be more sarcastic than sappy, bit we’re romantics deep down in our cold, black hearts. Today is for the lovers, and we’ve got the scoop on all things coupley for everyone from soul mates to tinder dates.
CATBIRD SEAT BISTRO | WOOLLOONGABBA
Specialising in friendly yet classy communal-style dining, the cool cats at Catbird Seat are serving up a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner to get you feeling loved up and stuffed full. Tickets are $170 per couple and include a glass of Aussie sparkling for you and your special someone. For bookings phone (07) 3392 2645 or e-mail email@example.com
ASANA | CBD
Want to be decadent and diet friendly? For all our paleo pals out there, embrace your inner Fred and Wilma Flinstone and step into Asana. Start with a glass of champagne and get stuck a four-course tasting menu including a seafood platter featuring oysters (hello aphrodisiac), hot smoked King Ora salmon and a dessert of raw chocolate and cherry.
PONY DINING | CBD
Looking to get lucky? Don’t deny it, we know you too well. Views of the Brisbane river, Veuve Clicquot and a three-course dinner at one of Brisbane’s best fine dining restaurants for $115pp definitely has you in with a shot. Looking to be extra, extra? Choose the VIP exclusive seating option with a complimentary rosé and your choice of oysters, a cheeseboard or dessert cocktail for $85pp. Book here!
BACCHUS | SOUTH BANK
Nothing screams romance quite like rich chestnut by candle light – especially at Bacchus. Spoil your main squeeze with a decadent four-course degustation designed by Head Chef Massimo Speroni. Complete the experience with paired wines from their award-winning cellar for a truly memorable night. For bookings phone (07) 3364 0837.
COVENT GARDEN | WEST END
Spending V-Day in Covent Garden’s lush tropical courtyard? Yes way rosé! Romance your main squeeze with a banquet accompanied by a bottle of De Chancey sparkling rosé for $68pp. Book here.
THE OSBOURNE HOTEL | FORTITUDE VALLEY
Brisbane’s latest and greatest beer garden isn’t just for knocking back cold ones, it’s also the perfect spot for romance. With a glass of Mumm Rosé on arrival, the Lover’s three-course meal is the perfect way to start going steady with that special someone. Show off your best two-step with a live band playing all your favourite love songs – there’s definitely something in the air at the Osbourne. Phone 07 3252 9833 to save your spot.
REGATTA HOTEL | TOOWONG
Complimentary Möet and a view of the majestic Brisbane river – SIGN. US. UP. Enjoy a decadent three-course menu at The Regatta, finishing with the indulgent dessert, Chocolate 5 Ways. We don’t want to give TOO much away, but does a combination of ultimate brownie, raspberry & white chocolate brulee and Kahlua cream do things to you? We thought so. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure you get hit by cupid’s arrow.
GERARD’S BAR | FORTITUDE VALLEY
For something low key and cheeky, tap dat tapas at Gerard’s Bar! For just $35 with any drink purchase, you and your main squeeze can enjoy a selection of signature tapas. Bring your nearest and dearest – this special menu is for everyone. Call (07) 3252 2606 to book.
KENNIGO SOCIAL HOUSE | SPRING HILL
Crank up the charm and celebrate love in style in at the heritage listed Kennigo Social House. Fall in love over five delicious courses of quirky, modern Australian cuisine, including seared duck breast, roast pumpkin, cumin and macadamia praline and Buderim ginger ice cream. Don’t forget to cheers to your future with a complimentary glass of vintage Australian bubbles! For reservations phone (07) 3096 1622.
VINTAGED BAR & GRILL | CBD
Kick it fresh and local this V-Day with a two or three-course feast from Vintaged Bar & Grill. Starting from $58 the menu will feature local and seasonal produce, including premium Queensland wagyu and fresh MSC swordfish. For bookings e-mail email@example.com.
THE DEFIANT DUCK | NEWSTEAD
THE APO | FORTITUDE VALLEY
V Day is for trying something a little sexy, and what’s sexier than smoked brisket, chipotle pulled pork and BBQ ribs? The Apo is putting on a three-course spread, with a glass of sparkling for $85pp. To book in phone (07) 3252 2403.
GERARD’S BISTRO | NEW FARM
Super sweet on your main squeeze? Treat yourself to a romantic 4 course shared banquet at Gerard’s Bistro. Tickets are just $85pp, or really impress your number one with wine matching for $140pp. For bookings e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 3852 3822.
HATCH & CO | NEWSTEAD
Trying to hatch a plan for a second date? Make magic happen at Hatch & Co with their three-course Valentine’s Day set menu. Enjoy a glass of Mumm on arrival before devouring beetroot cured Tasmanian salmon, slow braised beef short rib and white chocolate cheesecake with brown butter sable. E-mail email@example.com
DEER DUCK | AUCHENFLOWER
The way to someone’s heart is through their stomach (seems legit), and what better way to burrow your way in there than with a romantic five-course degustation from Brisbane’s most whimsical restaurant, Deer Duck Bistro. For $155pp enjoy a glass of champagne before you indulge in Kingfish and pickled fennel, juniper duck with charred leek, sous-vide lamb with cauliflower and finish with Turkish panna cotta and pistachio praline. Call (07) 3870 8482 to book!
VICTORIA PARK BISTRO | HERSTON
Fancy a little side action this V’Day? Take a swing at Victoria Park Bistro’s delicious dinner deal. Treat your other half to al fresco dining (with city views no less), choosing from a selection of a la carte mains plus dessert to share for just $55 per couple. Looking for a hole in one? Test your skills on the putt putt course afterwards – winner buys the next round! Bookings essential: Call Victoria Park Bistro for reservations on 07 3252 0666.
IL VERDE | BOWEN HILLS
Someone stolen a pizza your heart? Want to re-enact the spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp? Il Verde has a cheesy idea to spoil your sweetheart – a set menu to gnocchi their socks off. With two seatings available, start with wild mushroom and truffle gnocchi, then make eyes over tender lamb cutlets. With house made gremolata. Sweet tooth? Indulge in a raspberry and dark chocolate panna cotta for dessert, bellissimo! Book in now.
DARLING & CO | PADDINGTON
Whether it’s a first date (bold), a new squeeze or a long-time lover, where better to shout your darling, than at Darling & Co.? Cosy up with that special someone at Paddington’s favourite and charm the pants off them with a three-course feast, including a glass of Veuve. Book here! If you can’t say ‘I love you’ with food, how can you? Words by Emma Callaghan – the gourmand whose best ever Valentine’s date was a bowl of spaghetti.