February 1, 2020 / By Oceana Setaysha
Journeys end in lovers meeting, so this Valentine’s Day make sure you celebrate your love somewhere special. Couples in Victoria have so many wonderful places to wine and dine with their special someone that it can be hard to know where to begin. In the city there’s certainly hundreds of options, but to really impress, true romantics should set their sights outside of city limits to take in the wonders of regional Victoria.
Luckily, you have this list to guide you in finding the most romantic place to take your Valentine’s Day date, and show them what love really is all about.
The Lakehouse, Daylesford
With a location on the fringes of Lake Daylesford, Lake House is one of my top picks for a Valentine’s Day date that is guaranteed to impress your special someone. Working with suppliers to source the very highest quality produce from the local area, and making almost all of their food in-house (from bread to charcuterie), Lake House embodies what is so magical about the Spa Country. Each season offer something a little different on the menu, and this Valentine’s Day there is a special dinner planned that you simply cannot miss.
Sault Restaurant, Daylesford
Sault is known as one of the Spa Country’s best restaurants, and there’s a reason for its reputation. As a Valentine’s Day dinner venue there are few places as special as this one. Set on a 125-acre estate with the a beautiful state forest in the background, their menu changes with the seasons to showcase the best of Daylesford’s produce and products. Tantalize your senses with a culinary exploration ranging from three courses to an impressive tasting menu. Not to mention the thoughtful range of fine wines, beers and more.
Forest Lounge, Olinda/Mount Dandenong
Indulgence is the flavour of the day at Forest Lounge, once known as Cooperfields Restaurant. The new name has come with a transformation, leaving a new passion for seasonal produce, fantastic service and an enchanting space. Take a Valentine’s Day journey through their inspired menu, offering delights shaped by culinary mastery to highlight the highest quality ingredients. There’s also a wide selection of wines, craft beers and cocktails to complete your experience.
Coonara Springs Restaurant, Olinda/Mount Dandenong
A truly iconic restaurant in the hills above Melbourne, Coonara Springs offers heritage as well as quality modern dining. Your Valentine’s Day date will love seeing the views across the Yarra Valley and the stunning gardens of this wonderful natural venue. Coonara Springs grow their own herbs and vegetables, bake their own bread, churn their own butter, produce their own small goods and source all their meat and seafood locally and ethically, for a menu that is really something special.
Elm Dining, Bright
If you’re looking for a romantic restaurant in the heart Bright, Elm Dining most definitely fits the bill. Tucked away in an 1857 Victorian Cottage, Elm Dining offers four delightful dining rooms full of grandeur and charm. The food is contemporary Australian, bringing in local ingredients for a truly top quality and impressively diverse menu. Local, national and international wines are all available, to be paired with their three course a la carte menu or six course shared degustation menu.
Provenance Restaurant, Beechworth
A two hat winner in The Age Good Food Guide, Provenance is more than just a place to eat, it’s a place to experience. Offering food with a decided Japanese influence along with a twist of contemporary country flavours – plus matched wines and the option of matched sake – their degustation menu would make for a truly memorable Valentine’s Day feast.
The Ox and Hound Bistro, Beechworth
Centrally located in the middle of Beechwood, The Ox and Hound Bistro serves up stunning flavours for lunch and dinner, six days a week. Their menu is full of classic bistro mains, including various pasta, risotto, gnocchi, alongside a delightful goat’s cheese soufflé, their renowned honey pannacotta, and a great selection of wines. With seating for just 30 guests, this bistro venue is the perfect cosy spot to bring a date this Valentine’s Day.
Templar Lodge, Tawonga
We can almost guarantee you’ve never had dinner in a former Masonic lodge, but the setting of Templar Lodge in Tawonga is just ideal for a unique Valentine’s Day meal. Inside the beautiful and grand building, with a stunning vista of Mount Bogong, Templar was recently named among the top 100 restaurants in Victoria by Delicious. A contemporary Australian menu bursting with local and in-season features, bookings are definitely recommended!
Valentine’s Day remains one of the most popular days of the year to head out into Victoria to sample our state’s amazing food culture, and there’s no time to waste. Pick a spot and make a booking now to ensure this Valentine’s Day is the most romantic yet!
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