It’s that time of the year again, when the day we all love to hate creeps up on us faster than you can say ‘Ferrero Rocher’. We say love to hate because although it might not be cool to admit it, are we really going to say no to a fancy dinner, particularly if it comes with wine and rose petals?
Whether you’re a Valentine’s enthusiast or you prefer to pretend that V Day doesn’t exist, the good news is that Brisbane is stepping up the romance this year. No plans yet? No problem. That’s what we’re hear for. We’re sure we’ve found a way to spend Valentine’s Day for everyone. Here are some of Brisbane’s most epic places to take your date or even your bestie this Valentine’s Day.
Candle-Lit Vegan Dinner At Plant Vibes
This airy, Scandi-inspired café is pulling out all the stops this V Day with a three-course candle-lit vegan dinner. It doesn’t get much more romantic than this. You’ll get three choices for your entrée, main course, and a decadent dessert, all 100 per cent plant-based and totally delectable if their brunch-time black forest waffles are anything to go by.When: 5.30pm, Sunday 14 February Where: Plant Vibes, Bowen Hills Find out more here.
Lovebug Feasting At One Fish Two Fish
Haven’t quite caught the love bug yet? Well, go catch it at One Fish Two Fish. We can promise you a hot and steamy seafood affair, if nothing else. You and your special someone will be treated to a six-course tasting menu featuring all things bug, like bug risotto with razor prawns, white wine and asparagus and charcoal bao bug buns with chilli, coriander sriracha and lime slaw. Your bug fest also comes with a glass of prosecco or Balter XPA on arrival to whet your appetite even more.When: Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February Where: One Fish Two Fish, Kangaroo Point Find out more here.
BYO Paint ‘N’ Sip At Frida’s
Looking for something a little different than just another dinner? A paint ‘n’ sip class might be your thang. Learning from professional artists while sipping on free-flowing beverages of your choice? We’re so in. You’ll have everything supplied for you, including glassware, paints and paintbrushes, all you’ll need to bring is your drinks and nibbles. If you’re not up for preparing a platter, no worries, just add on the Kettle & Tin grazing board when you book. They’re also doing a Galentine’s Day version on Saturday if it’s a girl’s day out you’re after.When: 11am, Sunday 14 February Where: Frida’s, Paddington Find out more here.
Vego Middle Eastern Banquet At ZA ZA TA
Do the words ‘four-course banquet with bubbles’ set your heart on fire? If the answer is yes, book yourself in for the very special Valentine’s Day dinner feast at ZA ZA TA. You’ll be dining on sumptuous vegetarian fare like pumpkin dumplings in burnt chilli butter, halloumi with pomegranate and their famous Yemenite butter bread. You can thank us later.When: From 5.30pm, Sunday 14 February Where: ZA ZA TA, Fortitude Valley Find out more here.
Chinese Banquet At Donna Chang
Be whisked away by flavours of the Orient at Donna Chang’s three-course banquet. You and your lucky dinner date will be totally spoilt with gourmet delights like spicy pork xiao long bao, red braised beef rib with pickled mandarin and cucumber relish and teamed choi sum with oyster sauce and fried garlic. You’ll also get to top it off with a mandarin tart for dessert, because you’re worth it.When: 6pm and 8.30pm, Sunday 14 February Where: Donna Chang, Brisbane City Find out more here.
Japanese Omakase At Boom Boom Izakaya
There’s a V Day banquet for everyone this year, and lovers of all things Japanese are no exception. You won’t find a more romantic venue to celebrate than this underground Japanese restaurant and bar. They’ll be dishing up a candle lit omakase-style feast (that means A LOT of courses), complete with a cocktail on arrival. We’re feeling the love already.When: 5.30pm and 7.45pm, Sunday 14 February Where: Boom Boom Izakaya, Brisbane City Find out more here.
Intimate Five-Course Dinner At Signature
Been saving for a totally intimate dining experience? The glam blush tones of Signature restaurant create the perfect backdrop for you to enjoy gourmet eats and wine with you’re loved one, your Galentine, or fellow single foodie. Signature is ramping up the heat with a five-course dining degustation, offering first-class culinary fantasies like quail with corn puree and pancetta chip and roast loin of lamb with globe artichoke. You’ll also get specially paired wines chosen by their Sommelier. Did someone say fancy?When: Seatings from 12pm–6.45pm, Sunday 14 February Where: Signature At Emporium, South Brisbane Find out more here.
Kokedama Workshop At Mappin’s Nursery
Losing sleep over that allusive V Day gift you haven’t bought yet? We hear you, and we might have solved all your problems. What if we told you that you could book the perfect Valentine’s date and that it included a gift, and all you’d have to do is make said gift? Mappin’s Nursery has your back. They’ll be hosting a Valentine’s workshop where you’ll be making a love-heart shaped kokedama—basically, a large moss ball imbedded with succulents. Curiosity got you? Make sure to BYO apron, because getting your hands dirty is a must.When: 10.30am–12.30pm, Sunday 14 February Where: Mappin’s Nursery, West End Find out more here.
Jazz And Cocktails At La La Land
How does sitting hand in hand, sipping cocktails and being serenaded by the sultry tones of some of Brisbane’s best jazz musicians sound? La La Land is putting on a special Valentine’s Day tribute to Harry Connick Jr., just for you. We recommend going all out and getting the full dinner package, because you totally deserve it.When: 6pm, Sunday 14 February Where: La La Land, The Prince Consort, Fortitude Valley Find out more here.
Italian Picnic On The Grass At Popolo
Italian kitchen Popolo is sharing the love by offering eat-in dinner banquets for couples and groups alike. If a casual setting is more your style, but you don’t want to scrimp on the eats, they’re also spreading the Popolo love to picnic hampers for you to enjoy on the banks of the river out on River Quay, where you can BYO bubbles, or nab a bottle of wine from the bar.When: Friday 12 to Sunday 14 February Where: Popolo, South Bank Find out more here.
Valentine’s Day Movie At Red Hill Cinemas
If you’re idea of a sweet Valentine’s Day is chilling in front of a rom-com with a glass of prosecco in hand, you’ll want to catch Ten Things I Hate About You at Red Hill cinemas. Valentine’s screenings are happening both Saturday and Sunday evenings, and include the aforementioned glass of prosecco. All you’ll need to supply is the popcorn.When: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February Where: Red Hill Cinemas Find out more here.
Valentine’s Day at City Winery
If you’re going for a bit of a winery vibe but you don’t actually want to leave the city, City Winery in Fortitude Valley is here to please. Here you’ll be treated to a three-course shared dining adventure, which you can enjoy in a relaxed setting, nestled amongst their groovy wine barrels. Both lunch and dinner sittings are available, and feature all farm-fresh produce which you can opt to pair with wines of your choice.When: 12pm, 2pm, 6pm and 8pm, Sunday 14 February Where: City Winery, Fortitude Valley Find out more here.
All-Inclusive Dining Package At Darling & Co
If food is the way to the heart, you’ll be in the good books forever if you choose to spend Valentine’s Day at Darling & Co, because they’re dishing up a Valentine’s feed with two hours of drinks included. Yep, that’s right, while you gorge on delights like confit pork belly, crispy skin barramundi and chocolate and hazelnut tart, you can sip wine and beer to your heart's content, before rolling home together in romantic bliss.When: 5.30pm and 7.30pm, Sunday 14 February Where: Darling & Co, Paddington Find out more here.
Shared Banquet At Nota
If you’re looking for a decadent spot to take your boo (or even the whole gang) this V Day, you can’t go past Nota, who are all about food you can share. This homely bistro is cooking up a feast that is designed to be shared. You’ll be greeted with a bespoke cocktail upon arrival, and a specially curated menu where you get to sample no less than ten delectable dishes. Top it off with tiramisu and coffee ice-cream and you’re onto a winner.
When: 5.30pm and 7.45pm on Saturday 13 and 12pm on Sunday 14 February
Where: Nota, Paddington
Find out more here.
Image credit: Donna Chang