I have a friend who has a big red heart as his facebook avatar. His way perhaps, of sharing the love all year round. That’s me too – all loved up 365 x 52 x 7. Whether or not that’s your gig, St. Valentines Day provides an opportunity to do something special for those people you really care about – whether or not that’s for a special some-one or family and friends. Here’s just a few ideas for this year from some of my mates …
romantic waterside dining @ Ormeggio The Spit
For those able to tear their gaze away from their lover’s eyes, enjoy a divine setting of bobbing boats, the natural beauty of the Middle Harbour and hopefully an incredible sunset. And to feed to your love Chef Alessandro Pavoni (MasterChef judge and Inside Cuisine guest author) has created a stunning special menu.
ling baccala, dutch cream potato spuma, crispy polenta
ravioli filled with smoked ricotta and crescenza, porcini mushroom dust
smoked biodynamic veal rump, vegetable ash, toasted hazelnut purée, spring onion,
Amedei chocolate gelato, chocolate crumble, cherries, yoghurt
Booking for one of the double sittings are essential on this popular evening.
www.ormeggio.com.au or +61 2 9969 4088
a decadent dinner @ glass brasserie Sydney
Enjoy a glass of French Champagne on arrival, before indulging in your selection from Chef Luke Mangan’s exceptional three course menu.
You may choose a signature dish to start. Hiramasa Kingfish sashimi, ginger, eschallot and Persian feta, followed by delicate Truffle poached jewfish with warm cucumber, garlic flower, onion, peas, white asparagus and shimeji for main course. Indulge in Vanilla crème brulee with macadamia biscotti for the sweetest of endings to your romantic evening.
www.glassbrasserie.com.au or +61 2 9265 6068
CHIANTA RIA Mood for Love
Simon Goh is probably the most enthusiastic romantic I have ever met. So strong was his enthusiasm he established his latest restaurant with just that theme. The Sydney Westfield enclave is bathed in red light and is the place to take your special Valentine any day of the year. I’m not sure what Simon is doing at the restaurant for St. Valentines Day but I’d say if you love authentic Malaysian book quickly.
www.chintamoodforlove.com or + 61 2 8072 8888
Sapore @ St Kilda
Before I tell you about the St. Valentines Day menu at Sapore, I just have to share a little ‘all loved up’ story with you. It’s sweet. Luisa Lucchesi, the owner of Sapore, and Head Chef Simon Moss met at the restaurant and now have adorable 18 month old twin girls! For St. Valentines Day, Sapore offers a choice of 3 dishes for each of 4 (entree, pasta, main, dessert) courses – such as Black mission figs, with prosciutto, gorgonzola, pinenuts & aged balsamic to Mezzalune of braised fennel with a blue swimmer crab, prawn, and calamari sauce or the The ‘Lucchesi’ family Tiramisu recipe with house made walnut bread. A glass of Sorelle Bronca Prosecco on arrival.
www.sapore.com.au or +61 3 9534 9666
Les Amis Singapore
jelly with your sweetheart @ Sugardaddys Confectionery
I’ve waxed lyrical before about mate Brent Templeton’s exquisite individually hand-made jellies. Seems like his beautiful beautiful rose petal jelly is just made for St. Valentines Day. I’ve hung around when he’s making it and his kitchen is permeated with the fragrance of rose and the power of love. He’s also just released a 4 x 125g jars of sugardaddys jellies giftpack – Rose Petal, Granny Smith, Sour Cherry and Earl Grey – just in time for you to share with your sweetheart on St. Valentines Day.
Order direct from Sugardaddys Confectionery online
delicious rose scones @ Westfield Sydney
This Valentine’s Day forget flowers, instead say ‘I love you’ with a box of delicious rose scones from The Victoria Room Tea Salon located on Westfield Sydney’s Designer Gallery (Level 4).
Available as six takeaway scones sweetly packaged in a gift box lined with pink tissue paper or dine in and enjoy a rose scone served with redcurrant jelly, clotted cream and a cup of Rose Garden tea.
“Flowers and chocolates are lovely but a tad predictable. A rose scone is a little more creative and tastes delicious – it’s sure to win your Valentine’s heart.” Jill Jones-Evans, owner of The Victoria Room Tea Salon said.
French heart shaped cheese
Coeur de Bray, Normandy, France 200gr: While not the most famous of the Normandy cheeses, Neufchâtel is certainly the oldest. This cheese bears the name of a large market town of the “Pays de Bray” in upper Normandy. The heart shaped Neufchâtel is called Coeur de Bray (heart of Bray): the legend goes that farm girls created it to show their love.
Le Coeur du Berry, La Vernelle, Berry, France, 170gr : The “Coeur du Berry” is a speciality of the dairy P. Jacquin et Fils in La Vernelle, a family company who have been producing traditional goat’s milk cheese for over 60 years. Located in the heart of France, The Loire Valley, Berry is one of the finest regions in the world for goat milk production. Le Coeur du Berry is distinguished by its smoothness in texture and of course the shape, ideal for Valentine’s Day. Afterall, La Vernelle is very close to the town of Valentine.
Available at Simon Johnson
Oysters @ Design Bar Surry Hills
And for those of you who are single, my friend Natascha Moy is hosting an oyster discovery and shucking adventure paired with sparkling wines plus award winning mussels and freshly baked bread for 40 people. Yes it is on St. Valentines Day but this event is for singles.
It is not a come and meet your life partner event rather a celebration of being single where you get to share beautiful food in a gorgeous environment with experts. While others may be sharing a table for 2 you will be making friends with a whole group of amazing people.
Tom Ahern will be taking you through your paces teaching you about the different oysters from different regions. Each special guest will have a go at shucking their oysters and tasting some special bubbles, and gets to leave with an oyster shucking knife and a bottle of something special – $140 pp includes all food, wine and gifts
Please use this eventbrite link to book
Enquiries Natascha Moy 0438 097 330 www.limitedtable.com.au