With tomorrow being Valentine’s Day, love is definitely in the air and romantic dinner dates are on the menu!
Those still looking for the perfect restaurant to wow their sweetheart have plenty of choices as venues around the country put their best foot forward as the ideal romantic destination. Here are five we think you should try for your next date night:
Food Cooked Over Smoke & Flame
Conveniently located in the Grand Hyatt Melbourne on Collins Street, Collins Kitchen is all about food cooked over smoke and flames, using only the finest local ingredients. Reimagining the classic Australian barbeque, the menu is purely spectacular from traditional American-style smoked ribs and meat to wood-oven roasted fish and vegetables cooked to perfection.
Celebrate VD or any dinner date with a magical evening as you indulge in a glass of bubbles and starters of wood-roasted King prawns, garlic and kombu butter and lemon; followed by twice-cooked pork belly, kohlrabi and apple remoulade and wasabi leaf. White chocolate mousse, kalamansi lime, chocolate sponge, raspberry and sorbet is the ideal dessert to finish.
Contemporary Australian cuisine with a focus on a farm-to-plate philosophy is what you can expect at Wild Water restaurant on Goulburn Valley Highway in Trawool. Proudly named after the translation of the local Aboriginal word Traawool and nestled in The Trawool Estate, this casual dining venue has a light, bright vibe from a full glass frontage allowing sweeping views of the countryside.
Indulge in Valentine’s Day like never before, savouring each moment against the breath-taking backdrop of the Goulburn Valley Ranges, elevating your special evening at Wild Water restaurant delving into starters of snapper carpaccio, avocado, whey, apple and bush tomato; moving onto slow-cooked lamb shoulder, peas, pancetta, cos and a side of hand-cut beef fat chips.
Ideal for Romantic Evenings
Located alongside the stunning Noosa River, Lanai on Gympie Terrace in Noosaville embodies the elegance of the region as an ideal venue for extended lunches, afternoon snacks or romantic evenings. Presenting an array of shareable dishes emphasising sustainably sourced seafood, native ingredients and locally-crafted artisan products, Lanai offers stylish alfresco dining on banquettes under market umbrellas while indoors is a coastal haven of white, with splashes of colour.
Mooloolaba prawns with confit garlic chilli butter and charred bread make for the ideal starter, before huli huli chicken, pineapple, creamed sesame, nori and sides of fried kipflers and roasted eggplant; treat your Valentine to chocolate tart, Oreo, Chantilly, sea salt and caramel to complete your romantic dinner.
Rustic Charm Aplenty
Exquisite dining with classic hospitality flair is what you’ll find on the menu at Miss Amelie on Elgin Boulevard in Wodonga. This modern European restaurant nestles in the heritage Railway Station building, with rustic charm aplenty in the form of well-worn brick archways, a wall of greenery and intimate table settings, ideal for a family catch-up or romantic rendezvous.
Perhaps indulge the senses with hiramasa kingfish crudo, avocado, white anchovy, saturated melon, tomato sorbet and caviar to begin your date night, then delve into duck breast, beetroot, boudin noir, blackberry, almond and radicchio; finish indulgently with peanut butter parfait, chocolate mousse, salted caramel and peanut brittle ice cream.
Ever-changing Menu of Local Produce
Creative Modern Australian dining in a smart contemporary space is what you’ll discover at Relish on Addison in Shellharbour Village. Located on Addison Street, this dining destination oozes rustic charm with well-worn brick, recycled timber and potted greenery, adding a warm and welcoming vibe ideal for casual dining, making Relish a great place to catch up with friends and family.
Dine tomorrow night and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and canape on arrival, before a two or three-course romantic meal including crowd-favourite dishes such as prawn and chorizo gnocchi, Swiss chard, peas, saffron and marjoram butter, or roast chicken breast, fondant potato, asparagus, prosciutto and glazed peach.