Our dwindling appreciation for quirky romantic gestures has seen old school courtship come rocketing back into vogue, and nothing could be more classic on Valentine’s Day than an intimate dinner at one of Brisbane's best restaurants. We’re talking private booths, lighting on dimmer switches, and that exxy dress you never have an opportunity to wear. Throw in a bouquet of flowers and a teddy bear dressed as Cupid and your date will be as charming and fantastical as an ad for Old Spice.
Here are some of Brisbane's most romantic spots to take to take bae this Valentine’s Day.
Short of comandeering a film set, Madame Rouge is your best bet at crafting the most quintessentially romantic evening for your boo. This shady minx is wall to wall red velvet, with all the elements you need to turn your beloved week-kneed and gooey: flickering candlelight, intimate booths, ambient jazz, and a five-course set menu with wine pairings especially for Valentines Day. Bookings are essential so get in fast.
Asana By Pete Evans
If you and your squeeze prefer to dine this V Day without a dose of the old food guilt then Asana is perfect for a romantic banquet. This Valnetines Day in Brisbane, tuck into a 4-course paleo tasting menu, along with a glass of champagne on arrival—fancy! To book a spot, click here.
The OGs of romantic dinner dates are raring up for yet another lovestuffed Valentine's Day banquet. If you’ve called upon them to get you out of Valentine trouble in the past you’ll understand why this is such a big deal. E’cco’s 2017 Valentines Day lunch features a stomach-fluttering three course menu with pairings, but the main selling point is the serious kudos you’ll be earning with your SO. Click through for more details and booking info.
How does a seven course tasting menu and a glass of champagne sound? Like someone’s getting proposed to later, that’s how. Saké’s amorous V Day menu is definitely geared towards more adventurous palates. The seven-pronged gambol across their modern Japanese menu covers some famous favourites like the popcorn shrimp tempura and also unearths some lesser-tried items like the ginger saké lamb chops. Catch all the deets here and be sure to book a table.
Matt Moran’s dazzling riverside swankstaurant is at it again bringing the romantic stoke. Valentine's Day at Aria starts with a glass of NV Taittinger Brut Rose on arrival and it’s just uphill from there. Their lovestruck agenda centres on a four course a la carte menu so decadent and bountiful that it would exhaust our word limit to detail it. Check out the full offerings here but be warned, it’s an engine revver.
Atalanta Bar and Greek
The ancient Greeks had six words for love and about 459 methods of expressing it. Of course the privileged method is to cook up everything within reach and splay it before your beloved, which is pretty similar to what Atalanta has in mind. Their Valentine's Day menu is a showcase of everything the Mediterranean diet has to be proud of, from kataifi prawns to crushed lemon potatoes, and boasts no fewer than four courses including side plates. Click through to check out all the details.
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We hate to go for the obvious choice here, but the Italians do romance like no one else, so of course you're going to want to hand feed your amore slices of drizzly, gooey pizza. It would be decidedly un-Valentines Day of you. Pizzeria Violetta will be firing up their woodfired pizzas this V Day, so we suggest rocking up and getting a seat next to the floor-to-ceiling windows—just in case you want something other than your beau to look at for the evening... To book, click here.
Famed and adored as one of Brisbane’s premier seafood restaurants, Jellyfish’s Valentine agenda is a feast of oceanic freshness against their sweeping backdrop of the river. This Feb 14 they’re offering your pick of their à la carte menu at two sittings depending on your formality. Keep it low key with a super quick two course dinner at 5.30pm before a movie, or languish at the 8pm sitting with three courses and time to burn; the night’s your oyster.
Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill
Replete with hefty proteins fresh off the grill, Valentine's Day at Cha Cha Char is best for couples that don’t really dig on salads. The two sittings are tailored to varying levels of hunger; the two course dinner at 5.30pm maximises any plans for kick-ons, while bigger appetites can turn up for the 8pm sitting, which features three courses from the a la carte menu. Just make sure you book and BYO bib.
Every other day of the year The APO is just another life-changing experience of incredible dishes and good looking humans, but this Valentine’s Day they’re making it a romantic wonderland. Couples can enjoy three courses and a glass of Mumm for less than a bouquet of ‘I’m-sorry-I-forgot-to-book-somewhere’ roses so you’d be mad not to pounce on it. The APO specialises in unpredictable feasts so make sure you bring your fearless spirit, but if formal dining’s not your style, The APO is also offering half a dozen oysters and two glasses of champagne at the bar for a sweet $50.
You didn't think we'd forget about you bitter, twisted fools out there, did you? Quit swiping and start languishing in your unattached freedoms at Cobbler this V-Day. They're calling on all the non-entwined out there to celebrate Valentines with their real true love: whisky. Whisky would never go on a lad’s weekend and forget to tell you. Whisky wouldn’t even DREAM of throwing out your favourite jersey and then lying about it later. Cobbler has a collection of over 400 whiskies that won’t betray you plus some droll and seasonal Star Wars-themed cocktails AND a crowd of the coolest people you will ever meet probably. Flip the bird to the loved up couples while you toss back some hard liquor.
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