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Where to dine this Valentine’s Day

Haven’t organised a thing for Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Take a look at the most decadent and delightful menus on offer this Valentine’s Day.

KOI Dessert Bar

Famous for satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth with unconventional desserts, KOI has an equally noteworthy restaurant nestled above KOI Dessert Bar in Chippendale. This Valentine’s Day, indulge in a six-course set menu with a romantic final touch: Romeo’s Rose. A dessert exclusively available at KOI for Valentine’s Day, Romeo’s Rose is a stunning creation with Champagne and rose mousse, strawberry tea and pressed joconde. Every loved-up couple will receive complimentary sparkling wine on arrival.

Valentine’s Day at KOI Dessert Bar
Where: 
46 Kensington Street, Chippendale
$85pp, bookings are essential
More info here

Bar Lourinha

Little Collins Street’s Spanish and Portuguese inspired abode Bar Lourinha is boasting a new menu this Valentine’s Day. Menu Amor is a celebration of all the lovers out there and is specially designed to heat things up. With generous servings of seafood and homely spices, Bar Lourinha will surely satisfy. Start the night off with freshly shucked oysters, followed by kingfish pancetta, roasted marron, golden chicken and to finish things off, organic berries with labneh and pistachio.

Saint Valentine’s Day at Bar Lourinha
Where:
37 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
$55pp, bookings are essential
More info here

Bistro Blackwood

Jock Zonfrillo’s bistro adapts seasonally and famously draws from indigenous ingredients and techniques to create truly unique flavours under the guise of simplistic bistro dining. Bistro Blackwood is incorporating their playful take on bistro food to an exclusive four-course shared Valentine’s Day menu. To accompany their exquisite menu, Bistro Blackwood offers an award-winning winelist borrowed from Zonfrillo’s famous Restaurant Orana – and a helpful sommelier to assist you find the perfect drop for your romantic night out.

Valentine’s Day at Bistro Blackwood
Where:
285 Rundle Street, Adelaide
$95pp, bookings are essential
More info here

Olio

Olio offers an array of head chef Lino Sauro’s Sicilian masterpieces (Image: Supplied)

Lino Sauro’s house of Sicilian cuisine, Olio, has devised the ultimate six-course Valentine’s Day menu. This private experience will allow you to catch a glimpse into true Sicilian cuisine made with oils from Sauro’s Sicilian home. Upon entry, couples will receive a Valentine’s cocktail paired with amuse bouche. The six-course menu includes blue fin tuna tartare, chargrilled oyster with oscietra caviar, angel hair pasta, pan seared toothfish, black market beef and a Modica chocolate Valentine sphere.

Valentine Menu at Olio
Where:
2/10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
$388 per couple, bookings are essential
More info here

Three Blue Ducks

Everyone’s favourite casual eatery, Three Blue Ducks, is shaking things up this Valentine’s Day. At their Rosebery, Bronte and Byron Bay locations, unique Valentine’s Day menus will be available to celebrate the special day with your partner. All those dining will receive a free Young Henrys Natural Lager or glass of sparkling on entry followed by a selection of meals from a three-course a la carte menu. Three Blue Ducks are known for their trendy, unconventional Australian cuisine and their strong philosophy that heroes “real food” – what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than with a relaxed dinner in one of Sydney’s finest eateries?

Valentine’s Day at Three Blue Ducks
Where:
 1/85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, ($80pp)
141/143 Macpherson Street, Bronte, ($80pp)
11 Ewingsdale Road, Byron Bay ($65pp, lunch only)
To book, call (02) 9389 0010

Chiswick

Matt Moran’s Eastern Suburbs oasis, Chiswick, will undeniably be putting on a show this Valentine’s Day. With a four-course menu and complimentary cocktail upon arrival, Chiswick will certainly be the prime destination if you really want to impress your partner. Matt Moran’s award-winning masterful menu is updated seasonally, and summer’s menu does not disappoint. With grilled pink snapper, pipi linguini, Claire Valley sirloin and an unconventional-sounding “Barra-in-a-bag” on their everyday menu, we’re expecting Chiswick’s Valentine’s Day celebration to be unmissable.

Valentine’s Day at Chiswick
Where:
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra
$105pp, bookings are essential
More info here

Seventeen

For Valentine’s Day with a view, go no further than Seventeen at Walsh Bay. Seventeen have a number of Valentine’s Day options, including a three-course seafood sampler or a decadent chef’s banquet of five delightful courses. Seventeen’s seafood sampler begins with simple appetisers, followed by a selection of seafoods including salmon gravlax, rock oysters and Yamba prawns and a main meal of classic yet classy snapper fish and chips or hot smoked salmon in citrus broth. Seventeen’s chef’s banquet includes cured meats, and a selection of entrees, mains and desserts. Paired with some of Australia’s finest wines, this Valentine’s Day celebration will be love at first bite.

Valentine’s by Seventeen
Where:
2/17 Hickson Road, Dawes Point
Seafood Selection $95pp, Chef’s Banquet $120pp, bookings are essential
More info here

Stanton & Co.

Stanton & Co. champions the warehouse-cum-fine dining space unlike any other contemporary eatery. Nestled in the peaceful suburb of Rosebery, Stanton & Co. is a stunning space that fits over 240 diners while putting the chefs on display in an open kitchen – all the while maintaining a sophisticated and sensual atmosphere. This Valentine’s Day, Stanton & Co.’s executive chef Regan Porteous and head chef Marcelino Papio will be pulling out all the stops as they offer a generous taste of their best offerings. Stanton & Co.’s Valentine’s Day tasting menu spans across nine courses including oysters mignonette, beef carpaccio, burrata, baked king prawns and strawberry shortcake to finish.

Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at Stanton & Co.
Where:
3/61-71 Mentmore Avenue, Rosebery
$120pp, bookings are essential
More info here

Yellow

Yellow is yet another feat by the widely celebrated Aussie chef and entrepeneur Brent Savage. This time, he’s stepping outside the box to give vegetarians and vegans the ultimate feast. Sampled from their completely vegetarian menu, Yellow’s Valentine’s Day tasting menu is a five-course spread that will hero heirloom vegetables as the central source of protein and flavour in each dish. The menu will feature their house made bread and butter, Japanese turnip with tahini and sesame, butternut pumpkin with miso and saltbush, eggplant with spiced black garlic and coriander and so much more. For vegans, an equally sensational menu will be available on the special day.

Valentine’s Day at Yellow
Where:
57 MacLeay Street, Potts Point
$120pp, extra $80pp for matching wines, bookings are essential
More info here

Featured Image: KOI Dessert Bar’s “Romeo’s Rose”. Image Supplied

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