Melbourne is bursting with dinner options, but we’ve found a new hot spot where couples can share carafes of wine, wrap their hands around the best burgers in town, catch the latest romantic comedy and even take in an Australian first. The Loft at Forest Hill Chase has the makings of the ultimate date night, and just about every other night for that matter.
We get it, choosing where to go, what to do and most importantly, what to eat, is half the battle — that’s why we’ve curated five delicious date night options so all you have to do is sit back and take the credit.
#1 Dinner And A Movie
Start the night at The Groove Train filling your fork with pumpkin and spinach risotto topped with semi-dried tomatoes, Danish feta and shaved parmesan. A dish as good as this can only be made better by The Groove Train’s mood lighting, super trendy interior and extensive wine list. Uncork and unwind with a dazzling red to wash it all down. You deserve it for coordinating the ultimate date night.
If you’re after something a little different, step into Seven Star Pocha and let them whisk you away to the streets of Seoul. You can never go wrong with an order of the sizzling bibimbap (a Korean rice dish topped with a fried egg) or a plate of bulgogi (juicy, sweet and slightly salty Korean barbeque beef). But save room for sweets at Hoyts candy bar and fully recline with your significant other in front of a new release.
#2 Take Them To An Australian First
China’s most well-known hot pot restaurant, Biao Biao is opening its first ever Australian location at The Loft later this month. We suggest booking a reservation stat because lines are sure to be out the door with hungry hot pot-lovers salivating for sizzling meat brewed in a scintillating soup. You’re about to score major brownie points with your date for planning a night at the hottest new restaurant in town.
#3 Bowl Them Over With A Retro Night
Shake up your regular date night routine with a hit of pure nostalgia. Forget primary school birthday parties and replace with retro vibes, drool-worthy hotdogs and the chance to impress your date with your athleticism at Zone Bowling (yes, hurling a ball at ten pins is a sport). Stick with the old-school neon vibes and fire up a game of Mario Kart at Timezone. Plus, some healthy competition* is sure to stir up some playful banter between you and your partner. *Disclaimer: we take no responsibility for fights over foosball.
#4 Eat Your Way Around The World
Design your own degustation to get a taste of it all. Start at Saigon Corner for heart-warming spicy vermicelli noodles before making your way to Northern Dumplings for bite-sized Chinese eats. Their dumplings are so good you might as well be lapping up the street food fare of Shanghai. Make Tokyo Station your next stop for fresh sashimi prepared right before your eyes. Once you’ve got your fill of Asia, pop over to ENA for authentic Greek street food. You can never go wrong with a serving of yiayia-worthy spanakopita.
#5 Late-Night Treats
It’s decision time: sugar or cinnamon? Crêpe or waffles? One thing is for sure, if you like to skip straight to dessert you need to try Le Petite Crêperie. Our pick goes to the Nutella and almond crêpe but we recommend asking for a few weighty scoops of ice-cream on top. Here comes the best part—these desserts aren’t just for show, they taste just as magical as they look. Enjoy it with a fruity red from the South of France to complete this delectable late-night go-to.
If you’re more on the casual side, our next pick goes to Route 45 for a relaxed night of wings and wine (because yes, they do pair perfectly). They’ve nailed the ultimate finger-licking sticky sauce for their wings, and they’ve got a stellar drinks list to match.
Mark it in your iCal, because Melbourne’s newest dining and entertainment destination is now open and they're celebrating until 28 February. Think cheeky food sampling, live beats, dinner giveaways and so much more.
What: The Loft Grand Opening
Where: The Loft, Level 3 Forest Hill Chase, 270 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill
When: 7 December, 2018 - 28 February, 2019
For more info, click here.
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