Posted: 8 Feb 2015

Need to impress your Valentine? Here are 5 tasty options

Valentine’s Day might be an over-hyped cash cow for balloon companies and florists, but it’s also an excellent chance to go out for din dins with your beloved. Here are five tasty places to do it.

Epocha1. Epocha

49 Rathdowne St, Carlton, 9036 4949

Taking inspiration from fabulous high-society dinner parties of the mid-20th century, Epocha will become Hotel de Paris for Valentine’s Day with a six-course menu brimming with old-school gems like Caviar Double Decker, roasted Macedon Ranges duck and baked Alaska. The $125 set menu includes a glass of fizz on arrival. Bookings here.

2. Spring St Grocer

157 Spring St, Melbourne, 9639 0335

For the cheese lover, Spring Street Grocer’s cellar is a magic cave full of perfectly ripe cheeses curated by resident cheesemonger Anthony Femia (see photo, above). On Valentine’s Day, enjoy six cheese-inspired desserts blurring the line between savoury and sweet (think Stilton/raw cacao/honeycomb), washed down by flavour-matched champagne, rose and sauternes. Bookings essential on 9639 0335.

3. Om Nom

Adelphi Hotel, 187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 8080 8827

If your other half if a sweet tooth, Om Nom is right on target. Melbourne’s first dessert hotel has a seriously sweet menu, all washed down with matching wines. Check out the meal packages.

4. Mamor

153 Johnston St, Collingwood, 9419 3869

Chocolate is the main game at Mamor, but there’s much more on Valentine’s Day. Enjoy French bubbly, a delicious meal with matched wine and a dessert made for sharing with Hungarian Rakoczi cheesecake, hazelnut praline bavaroise, choc-dipped strawberries, chocolate truffles and home-made strawberry ice cream. It’s great value at $80/head. Bookings here.

5. Tipo 00

361 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, 9942 3946

Italians do good romance. It’s just a fact. And the five-course Valentine’s feast at Tipo 00 is bound to impress. The squid ink pasta with squid and bottarga is enough to make anyone swoon, but there’s much more. Make sure you leave room for the Tipo-misu for dessert – a feast in itself with chocolate fudge, mascarpone and coffee caramel. Book ahead (at $75 per person) on 9942 3946.

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Melbourne Star

Harbour Town, 101 Waterfront Way, Docklands,  8688 9688

More than 100 marriage proposals took place on Melbourne’s giant wheel in the first year of operation, with even more expected on February 14. Melbourne Star’s caterer Peter Rowland can throw a romantic party in your own private cabin ($719 for a 30-minute rotation) or you can share the fizz and chic-dipped strawberries with other lovebirds (from $185). Bookings must be made by close of business on February 9, with more information here.

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