In Love, in Melbourne

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In love, in Melbourne

February 14 is only a week away. The annual event tends to be a bit of a love hate thing for most. Though if nothing else, it’s a good excuse to get out and enjoy some of the amazing (and next week, romantically themed) Melbourne food and drink fare.

GRAM has compiled a snapshot of what’s on offer next Friday for the romantically minded, both paired and single and something for all budgets.

The Rickshaw
199 Gertrude Street Fitzroy
9419 5930
www.therickshaw.com.au
A Valentine’s Day special for all the lovers in Melbourne, The Rickshaw have put together a special four course menu that includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival.
Cost: $43pp.


Melbourne Public
11 Dukes Walk, South Wharf
9268 7600
www.melbournepublic.com.au
Valentine’s Day at Melbourne Public combines great food, wine and live music with a romantic twist! Plus the usual $1 oysters. Bless.
Cost: $70pp.


The Champagne Dame presents…
Valentine’s Day Special Masterclass
www.thechampagnedame.com
to be held at Comme – 7 Alfred Place Melbourne
This Valentine’s Day in Melbourne The Champagne Dame will be hosting a special Champagne Masterclass for fabulous singles who want to meet other fabulous singles over a glass of champagne.
This will be a one off, special Masterclass exploring the stories of some of the greatest partnerships coming from one of the most enigmatic industries and on the planet – the Champagne industry.
Cost: $99pp.


Rumi Restaurant
116 Lygon Street Brunswick East
9388 8255
www.rumirestaurant.com.au
Rumi are offering a shared dining experience for singles on their communal table. A five course menu is on offer to enjoy together and maybe even make a new friend!
Cost: $60pp.


Mamasita
1/11 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
9650 3821
www.mamasita.com.au
An open love letter to all heartthrobs, lovebirds, heartbreakers, sweethearts and lonely hearts alike… oh and simply to lovers of delicioso Mexican fare and muy buena tequila, mescal and cocktails!
Serving up a four course menu with a glass of cava (Spanish sparkling wine) on arrival.
Cost: $55pp.


Church St Enoteca
527 Church Street Richmond
9428 7898
www.churchstenoteca.com.au
Indulge with fine modern Italian food and wine with Church St Enoteca’s breathtaking Valentine’s Day dining event. With a glass of Prosecco or Peroni on arrival, let the team treat you to four course menu.
Cost: $185pp.


The Water Rat Hotel
Corner Park & Moray Street, South Melbourne
9686 1973
www.thewaterrathotel.com.au
Head down to South Melbourne for an evening of indulgence with a romantic six course degustation menu matched with specifically selected wines by one of Australia’s premier wine makers, Tim Knappstein.
Cost: $110pp.

Bomba
103 Lonsdale Street Melbourne
9077 0451
www.bombabar.com.au
A valentine’s day set menu featuring a delectable selection including chicken, manchego and smoked paprika croqueta, Pedro Ximenez braised pork jowl with celeriac and Shark Bay king prawn pil pil. Served with a glass of bubbles on arrival.
Cost: $65 pp.


Ayatana
97 Chapel Street Windsor
(03) 9533 8813
www.ayatana.com.au
Spoil the one you love on this Valentine’s Day at Ayatana with a four course set menu of classic Thai food with a modern twist.
Cost: $59pp.


State of Grace
477 Collins Street, Melbourne
03 8644 711
www.stateofgracemelbourne.com.au
Treat someone special to a Valentine’s Day filled with grace. A romantic three course menu will be served, with a cocktail on arrive.
Cost: $70pp.


Estelle Bar and Kitchen
243 High St, Northcote
9489 4609
www.estellebarkitchen.com.au
One Hat awarded restaurant Estelle in Northcote is holding a romantic evening with a carefully crafted eight course tasting menu, inclusive a glass of champagne.
The culinary creations of renowned chef Scott Pickett at Northcote’s pioneer restaurant will comprise menu items such as pork jowl and spiced pineapple, and spanner crab “soldiers.”
Cost: $150pp.


Saigon Sally
2 Duke Street Windsor
9939 5181
www.saigonsally.com.au
A four course Vietnamese dining experience with speciality dishes including Barramundi Canh Chua. Enjoy a glass of Veue Clicquot Rose upon arrival.
Cost: $99pp.


Bear Brass
Shop G3A Southgate Restaurant & Shopping Precinct Southbank
9682 3799
www.bearbrass.com.au
Celebrate Valentine’s Day overlooking the river on Southbank with Bear Brass’s three course set menu and a glass of sparking on arrival.
Cost: $48pp.


Panama
Level 3 / 231 Smith Street, Fitzroy
9417 7663
www.thepanama.com.au
This year celebrate Valentine’s with your love or loved ones at Panama. They have created a fantastic menu with either a three or four course option both of which can be matched with wines. Using produce much of which is locally sourced and utilising seasonal items this is the perfect menu for the year’s most romantic day.
Cost: Three course: $65pp. / Four course: $75pp.


The Vincent Bar and Restaurant
111 Victoria Avenue Albert Park
9682 6444
www.thevincent.com.au
The Vincent are conjuring a little romance for couples with a 5-course aphrodisiac-inspired dinner service. Indulge in a glass of Champagne on arrival in The Vincent’s Sazerac lounge, followed by a delectable degustation meal that highlights the aphrodisiac qualities in food. For an extra dose of decadence; wine matches are available to complement each course for an additional $45 per person.
Cost: $85pp.


Olivigna
54–56 Brumbys Road, South Warrandyte
9844 4676
www.olivigna.com.au
Revel in a romantic tuscan setting at Olivigna in South Warrandyte with an authentic five course Italian meal with a glass of Olivigna Sparkling Cuvee and Stuzzichini (canapé) on arrival and a fresh cut rose for the ladies.
Cost: $80pp.


La Cassolette
26 Rebecca Walk, Melbourne
9614 3606
www.lacassolette.com
A European bistro, La Cassolette have devised a special Valentine’s Day menu including Norwegian avocat, lobster armoricaine or pork tenderloin with honey sauce and truffle puree and strawberry tiramisu.
Cost: $85pp.


Wharf Hotel
18-38 Siddeley Street Docklands
8680 6000
www.wharfhotel.com.au
Spoil your loved one with a romantic dinner on the riverside this Valentine’s Day. Enjoy an a la carte dinner with a complimentary glass of sparkling for the ladies!
Cost: A la carte


Bottega
74 Bourke Street Melbourne
9654 2252
www.bottega.com.au
This Valentine’s Day, Bottega can help you dine well, but the thinkin’, lovin’ and sleepin’ are up to you! Gabriele has created an especially sexy six-course menu, including a glass of champagne or beer on arrival.
Cost: $140pp.

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