Dining inspiration for Valentine’s Day in Melbourne

Still looking for the perfect venue in Melbourne for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal? Check out what’s on offer at the venues below:

242 High St, Windsor VIC 3181
Inspired by the tale of star-crossed lovers, Tipico’s new cocktail ‘Fair Verona’ is romance in a glass. Made with Golden Rum, fresh lime juice and a vibrant raspberry foam; it’s sure to set your heart racing. As for the dinner menu, specials include tempura oysters with stracciatella cheese and homemade tagliolini with fermented chilli, King Mooloolaba prawns, mint pesto.
From $20 per person
5:00pm until late
via Tipico website.

Gradi Mercato Supermarket
314–316 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057
Express your love in a creative way this Valentine’s Day with Gradi Mercato’s Heart-Shaped Italian Chocolate Mud cake. Handmade fresh to order and ready to collect every day this week, this dessert is available for only $30.
Please phone (03) 9380 2320 to place your order for collection.

All Gradi Restaurants
400 Gradi – Brunswick 99 Lygon St, Brunswick East VIC 3057
400 Gradi – Essendon 110 Keilor Rd, Essendon VIC 3040
400 Gradi – Eastland 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood VIC 3134
Gradi at Crown 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006

Visit any 400 Gradi restaurant this Valentine’s Day to sample the 10-piece patisserie dessert sharing platter handcrafted by Gradi’s experienced patisserie chefs. The plate features bite-size desserts, including a custard cannoncino, lemon curd meringue tart and strawberry cheesecake amongst other treats.
Price: From $20
Bookings via
Gradi website

Chancery Lane
430 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Melbourne’s new European bistro Chancery Lane invites lovers to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a bespoke four-course menu by Scott Pickett and Head Chef Rob Kabboord. Beginning with an indulgent seafood platter to share, guests will then enjoy heirloom tomato consommé, with a choice of Cape Grim rib of beef or John Dory with caviar beurre blancfor mains, plus sides. With chandeliers adorning the candlelit space, the romantic evening will end on a sweet note with white chocolate mousse.
 $150 per person
via the Chancery Lane bookings site

243–245 High St, Northcote VIC 3070
Northside favourite Estelleis offering a special Valentine’s Day menu by Scott Pickett. With an option of four or five courses plus four different snacks, dishes include fior de burrata, kingfish, dry-aged duck breast, porterhouse wagyu and a dessert.
$130 per person for four courses, $160 per person for five courses
via the Estelle bookings site

Matilda 159 Domain
159 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141
Impress with a decadent Valentine’s Day menu at South Yarra’s Matilda, situated across from the picturesque Botanical Gardens. The menu features old favourites and exciting newcomers that celebrate Australian produce across four courses, three snacks, and a selection of petit fours. Guests can expect Merimbula oysters, kangaroo tartare, aged Milawa farm duck, Matilda’s famous dressed Fraser Island spanner crab, and more.
$160 per person
Call 9089 6668 or email info@matilda159.com

44 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
For one night only, Melbourne stalwart Longrain is offering a Valentine’s Day set menu featuring nine signature dishes. The Thai-inspired feast will start with a Mango No. 5 cocktail or glass of Rob Dolan ‘Blanc de Blanc’ on arrival before guests work their way through a hand-picked selection of Longrain favourites, including oyster, finger lime ma kweng pepper; filled eggnet, prawn, pomelo, bean shoots; duck, roasted shallot, banana bell; and more.
$120 per person
via the Longrain bookings site

223 High St, Windsor VIC 3181
Windsor’s grill-driven restaurant Firebird is turning up the heat with a set menu of classics available for lunch or dinner on February 14. Specials include Firebird’s signature grilled oysters, scotch quail egg, beef carpaccio, crudités, chargrilled squid, roasted duck, wood-fired roasted John Dory, and Chinese broccoli. Guests can expect a fiery finish with a chilli chocolate tart.
$90 per person (available for both lunch & dinner)
via the Firebird website

Tokyo Tina
66A Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Windsor’s buzzing modern Japanese restaurant Tokyo Tina with a long lunch or romantic dinner. Guests can depend on Tina to deliver her signature dishes including crab tostada, okonomiyaki, Wagyu beef tataki, umeboshi-glazed duck bao. Finish your session with Tina’s indulgent white chocolate mousse with mango curd and baked meringue.
$90 per person (available for both lunch & dinner)
via the Tokyo Tina website

Level 1/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Treat your tastebuds to an unforgettable culinary experience at Pinchy’s with a 9-course degustation menu, priced at $85 per person for Valentine’s Day only, including both seafood and vegan options. So will it be the snapper croquette or vegan leek croquette? Both are delish and are served with jalapeño salsa and wasabi mayo. It’s nearly time to pop the Champagne!
$85 per person (available for both lunch only)
Times: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Bookings: via Pinchy’s website

Daughter In Law
37–41 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Daughter In Law’s Valentine’s Day menu ticks all the boxes, featuring a cocktail, a selection of street food, dishes from the tandoor, a thali plate, and a sweet treat. To drink, guests will be given a mango and thyme bellini or mocktail on arrival with Daughter In Law’s full drinks menu available throughout the night. To eat, expect oysters, ‘balls of happiness’ (gol gappa), Colonel Tso’s cauliflower, tandoori chicken, unauthentic butter chicken, and much more.
$85 per person
via the Daughter In Law bookings site

Mrs Singh
88 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
With velvet banquette seating, a roaming Champagne trolley, and a six-course set menu, Melbourne CBD’s vibrant wine barMrs Singh is turning on the romance this Valentine’s Day. Guests will start with a glass of sparkling wine to set the tone before moving on to a menu of small plates to share. Exciting new dishes made bespoke for Valentine’s Day will sit confidently alongside some favourites from the small dish offerings. Dessert will provide the sweet finish, with Mrs Singh’s dedicated G+T menu available well into the night and wines from the 300+ list available to takeaway to continue the evening at home.
$90 per person
Bookings: via the Mrs Singh website

Mr Brownie Rooftop Hotel
343 Clarendon St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Celebrate V-Day sky-high with Mr Brownie. Offering a five-course feast with matched drinks included on any of the four levels of Jessi Singh’s British Indian curry pub, Mr Brownie, is sure to impress. Starting with oysters and Veuve Clicquot, the second course will see guests enjoy Colonel Tso’s Cauliflower with Moët & Chandon before moving on to a gourmet chicken kebab with Blanc de Blanc. Next, choose either a vegetarian or meat Thali with a glass of red or white, finishing with a frozen kulfi with Chandon Rosé.
$149 per couple ($74.50 per person)
Bookings: via the Mr Brownie website

Horn Please
167 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068
Fitzroy North favourite Horn Please has made Valentine’s Day easy this year, with a $69 set menu featuring three courses and a glass of Champagne. Guests can expect tasty Indian dishes and a whole lot of romance in the colourful dining room, situated across from Edinburgh Gardens.
$69 per person
Bookings: via the Horn Please website

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