As the day of love fast approaches and Sydneysiders prepare to get all hot under the collar thanks to the good loving of their significant other, I felt it customary to do a post about what you can get up to in the fabulous city as the night falls on what is billed to be the most romantic day of the year. In addition, for those of us that aren’t attached, I’ve also included some great ideas for activities/ venues to frequent to ensure that everyone can appreciate Valentine’s Day 2012!
Dinner for two
Spoil someone special this Valentine’s Day with a romantic and decadent dinner at glass brasserie.
Enjoy a glass of French Champagne on arrival, before your selection from 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.
WHAT: Luke Mangan’s Three Course Valentine’s Day Menu
WHEN: Tuesday 14 February, seating from 5.30pm
WHERE: glass brasserie, Hilton Sydney, 488 George Street, Sydney, 2000
COST: $160 per person, three courses including glass of French Champagne, tea and coffee
Providing culinary excellence in Luke Mangan, one of Australia’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, glass brasserie exemplifies Luke’s cooking philosophy, which is to source the finest and freshest local ingredients and showcase with a clean and contemporary twist.
A Sydney dining experience like no other, glass brasserie is a stunning, 220-seat restaurant which frames a breathtaking view of the Queen Victoria Building and is illuminated with natural light from a 13 metre floor to ceiling glass wall. The restaurant’s contemporary design, with striking high ceilings and inspired interior, sets a beautiful scene for the most romantic day of the year, making it the perfect Valentine’s Day destination.
Something a little different
I’m a big fan of the website www.redballoon.com.au as inspiration for dates that are a little bit outside of my comfort zone – Think paragliding over Sydney Harbour, Walking with Sharks or even Jet boating in view of the Opera House.
However if even these don’t push your buttons, there are a number of Valentine’s Day gift ideas on the site that show that you’re not the average cookie, and we like this a lot! Sure dinner for two is romantic and thoughtful; I guess it depends on what you look for in terms of spontaneous gestures.
I also think there is a raft of ideas to do with your mates should you choose to not celebrate Valentines, either due to the fact you’re a fabulous singleton or rebel against ‘Hallmark holidays’
Whichever way (I’ve been known to enjoy Valentine’s Day both as a Singleton and with my significant other – both have their plus points for sure!
Here’s a couple that stood out to me:
Now I did this for my friend’s birthday this time last year and it was amazing! For as little as $50 each (which let’s be honest is less than a round of vinos at The Shelbourne!) you can fly over the Sydney Skyline with two of your best friends or your other half! Starting at Bankstown Airport and flying to Watson’s Bay over the Harbour Bridge – It is a sight to behold. Here are some of the shots we took whilst on the journey:
Now I haven’t had the pleasure of doing this for myself, but it’s on my hit list for sure! This is the ideal opportunity to take a friend or your lover to go abseiling or rappelling in the breathtaking Blue Mountains. Most importantly it is a sport that everyone can experience and enjoy (even if you’re sh1tscared of heights – they can be your Prince Charming!) To put your mind at rest, there are qualified and experienced instructors present, who will ensure that your Abseiling Adventure is safe and unforgettable! Even better, a delicious and wholesome lunch and refreshments will be served in the beauty of the Blue Mountains.
Lunch with Llamas – $55
If you’re feeling really wacky and want to plan a Valentine’s Date that your partner won’t forget, how about a Lunch with llamas? You’re not at the Mad Hatter’s tea party but in the beautiful Hunter Valley at a llama and rare breeds farm! You’ll get the chance to sit down to a three-course lunch in the fresh country air, surrounded by friendly llamas and fragrant lavender fields. What a different memorable excursion!
For further info on Valentine’s Day specific gifts, available in NSW, click here
I’ll be posting more ideas over the next few days as inspiration for you to make your Valentine’s Day in Sydney the most memorable ever!