When it comes to romance, you can forget about stuffed animals or heart-shaped balloons! What you need is something a little more… edible. As the saying goes, one cannot love well unless one has dined well. So on Valentine’s Day, get spruced up and take your darling – or your bestie - out on the town to one of the many Canberra restaurants offering special, love-filled menus.
Image: Sage Dining Rooms, Braddon
Dressed to Impress
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Buvette Bistro & Wine Bar, Barton
Spoil your loved one with Buvette’s Love and Desire dinner package. In partnership with the National Gallery of Australia , they are offering tickets with every dinner booked to ‘Love and Desire: Pre- Raphaelite Masterpieces from the Tate’. So you can enjoy a sumptuous French dinner as well as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view this exhibition.
Sage Dining Rooms, Braddon
Whoever you’re trying to impress, Sage is the wise decision – pun intended! For $135 per person, feast on the six course, fine dining degustation which you’ll enjoy in a sophisticated setting. (Read: impress the socks off them) Choose from an intimate meal in the cozy, inside section of the restaurant or step outside into the courtyard bedecked with twinkling fairy lights. The menu is modern and innovative, masterfully pairing fresh ingredients. Two seatings are available, 5:30pm and 8:30pm (Please note, a credit card is required to secure your booking.)
Image: Lanterne Rooms, Campbell
Lanterne Rooms, Campbell
For some of us, Valentine’s Day is all about getting close to that special someone. A moody corner with low light, a nook where you can really talk. Tucked away in the Campbell shops, Lanterne Rooms is all about the ambience… and fantastic food, of course. The cuisine is Malay with lots of exciting twists along the way and show-stopping seafood. Accommodating all kinds of romantics, Lanterne Rooms is giving you two options this Valentine’s Day. For those who like to be in bed at a respectable time, the Early Love Bird special starts at 6pm and encourages diners to let the kitchen look after them. For the night owls, there’s a Tasting Menu which promises a series of exotic dishes available from 7:45pm.
Copper Chimney, Canberra City
You simply can’t be served a table full of warming Indian food and not feel loved! Copper Chimney prides itself on welcoming you into an elegant dining space where you will be treated to impeccable service and traditional Indian hospitality. All of their delicious curry pastes are made in-house and, not only will you taste the difference, they’re also all gluten free! So if someone has stolen your heart, take them – and yourself – for a gourmet dinner at Copper Chimney for only $99 this Valentine’s Day.
Hearts on Fire
Image: Temporada, Canberra City
Temporada, Canberra City
It’s one thing to have a magnificent, wood-fired grill – which they do – but at Temporada they also have two of Canberra’s grill masters at the helm, ensuring every dish is top notch. Think simple food done ridiculously well and served tapas style or on share platters. The type of place where you lose track of time. If you’re looking for a date night that’s fun and the vibe is relaxed, you’ve found it. This year Temporada is treating lovers to a four-course meal for $90. Pre-payment is required to secure your booking.
Featuring an enviably beautiful wood fired oven and a menu that also includes non-pizza items, all kinds of couples – and singles – will find joy in this stylish location. Their Valentine’s Day dinner is available from 5:30pm. The Greeks may have invented geometry but no one does love quite like the Italians so pop into Agostini’s and prepare to be wooed.... with food!
Black Fire, Braddon
With a name like Black Fire, you’ve probably already guessed that there will be meat and heat. Plus a lot of delicious seafood and veggie options too. Their modern take on Mediterranean cuisine has won them a whole swag of awards over the last few years and it might just secure you a Valentine’s Day date! You’ll love their authentic European delicacies and their flair for presentation. This year you can turn up the heat with their three-course Valentine’s dinner for $65 which includes an entrée, main and dessert.
Image: Chairman and Yip, Barton
Chairman and Yip, Barton
Several years ago, many of us in Canberra held our breath as one our key culinary institutions closed its doors after many years; luckily Chairman and Yip soon reopened at a new location offering the same, decadent Cantonese inspired flavours we had come to love. Phew! Their new spot is spacious and elegant with a fully enclosed garden in which to enjoy a memorable dining experience with your main squeeze. Valentine’s Day couples can choose between the Early Lovebird Special for $75 per person where you will be seated at 6pm and done by 7:30pm, or, if you’d like to stay a while, for $105 per person you can enjoy the entire degustation menu. Each option comes with an enticing dessert aptly named, ‘A Taste of Romance’.
Natural Nine, Canberra City
Are you a fan of food that’s vibrant, flavourful and creative? Then Natural Nine is going to tick all the Valentine’s Day boxes. Authentic Chinese flavours have received a modern make-over, shaking up what you thought you knew about this cuisine and adding a whole lot of fun. The Valentine’s Day Banquet starts with South Coast oysters in wasabi soy dressing and ends with a shared dessert tasting plate, including red bean waffles and bubble milk tea mousse. If this isn’t your first Valentine’s… or even your twentieth, spice things up with a fun night out at Natural Nine. Price is $68 per person with the option to add matched cocktails to your feast.
If you're after a little taste of India this Valentine's Day, you can't go past Daana in Curtin. The restaurant plates up vibrant dishes that celebrate traditional South Indian and regional Indian cuisine. This is also the perfect place to take your vegetarian or vegan date, with an abundance of vegetable and plant-based options. Spoil your special someone with a three course chef's menu with paired wines, and enjoy Daana's love for Indian food.
If none of those take your fancy, click here to check out all of the Canberra restaurants available to book on TheFork. From exclusive fine dining, casual cheap eats, to local hidden gems, you’ll be sure to find the right restaurant for your Valentine’s Day meal!