By Rosie Stevens
September 10, 2020 | 4 minute read
The BOX on the Water
With cupid’s biggest day of the year looming on the 14th of February, it doesn’t matter whether you’re into big displays of affection or smaller gestures of love, this is the time of year to do something romantic for that special person in your life. And we’ve got you covered on the Central Coast. Here are six perfect places to head to for a special night to remember.
* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.
Located in the heart of Gosford, The Bon Pavillion is the Central Coast’s celebration of all things food and wine. Serving a delectable selection of Australian and globally influenced cuisine, The Bon’s menu combines premium produce, classic cooking techniques and an undeniable passion for the craft, all served up in a gorgeous—albeit relaxed—setting.
Running a special 3-course set menu for V-Day this year, enjoy a glass of bubbles on arrival and the choice of dishes like king prawns, chicken liver parfait, scotch fillet and a sex on the beach-inspired dessert for $85 per person. The height of relaxed romance!
Complete with stunning water views, Instagram-worthy interiors and a mouth-watering cocktail list, Avoca Surf List is a great pick for a chilled, yet memorable, Valentines Day celebration.
With a menu that’s bursting with all of the fan favourites; we won’t hesitate in recommending the seafood platter; brimming with fresh fruits de mer that are perfect for sharing. Tapas-wise, there’s arancini, house-made duck spring rolls, fish tacos and more on offer; and whether it’s beer, wine or cocktails you’re after—you’ll find some stellar drops at Avoca Surf House.
The Bon Pavillion
Italian food, a great wine list brimming with the finest Italian, French and Aussie grapes and sumptuous surrounds combine to create Avoca’s premier Valentines Day destination; the much-loved coastal hotspot, Bombini.
The selection of fine produce, a respect for sustainability and a focus on regional meat, seafood and cheeses from Australia renders Bombin a restaurant that’s renowned for its authentic Italian flavour and charm. The cosy beachside vibe makes it the perfect pick for an intimate, romance-filled Valentines Day feast (oh, and if you’re after our recommendation—the calzone stuffed with roast suckling pig, rocket, and smoked mozzarella is pretty hard to beat!)
Situated on the iconic Iguana Wharf
in Gosford, the picturesque Coast Bar & Restaurant delivers elegant, simple style alongside a delicious menu of modern Australian favourites that are perfect for sharing.
A gorgeous wine list and a plentiful cocktail selection are ready to be enjoyed, alongside a food menu that’s made for relaxed dining. We’d recommend the baked camembert or the antipasto platter to start; and what says ‘Valentines Day’ more than a seafood board for 2? Fennel seed beer battered hake, cocktail prawns, salt and pepper squid, fresh Sydney rock oysters, steamed tiger prawns and all the trimmings will make for a romantic evening to remember.
Bells at Kilcare
Sitting pretty on the newly redeveloped foreshore in Ettalong Beach, The BOX on the Water offers panoramic waterfront dining at its absolute finest. With views of Broken Bay across to its namesake, Box Head, and over to Sydney's northern beaches—it’s the most picturesque of settings for a Valentines feast.
The BOX is offering a set menu for $75 a head on Valentines Day, $5 of which will be going towards the bushfire appeal. The menu is a lover’s dream—with items like smoked duck breast and zucchini flowers up for grabs for entree, followed by pan seared tuna, chicken breast or a Cote de Boeuf steak for mains and profiteroles or tiramisu to finish. Ok, we’re officially drooling…
An iconic venue on the Central Coast, Bells at Killcare is the perfect destination for a romantic splurge over the V-day weekend.
In our book, nothing says ‘day of love’ quite like a 5-course menu at one of the Coast’s most luxurious and sought-after restaurants, catered for by internationally renowned chef Sean Connolly. For $140 per person, you’re looking at crumbed Empire Bay oysters, heirloom tomatoes, barbecued marron, pan roasted duck breast, raspberry meringue and petit fours.
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