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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.