The big day is coming up, and for those who have left it to the last minute (guilty), here are a few date night ideas to spend Valentine’s Day in Subiaco.
Tuxedo Dinner at Restaurant Caleb & Bar
If you are after something on the fancier side, don your best outfits for a four-course Italian dinner with wine pairings, live music and a prize for the best-dressed couple at Restaurant Caleb. Head chef Caleb Azuka is known for his honey-infused burrata, and to mark the special occasion, he is shaping them all as hearts for the entree, paired with a Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.
Mains include handmade pasta with crustaceon and champagne-infused saffron bisque sauce and 8-hour slow cooked beef, paired with Italian Timo Vermentino and a Margaret River Cabernet Merlot, respectively. For dessert, enjoy a tart with limoncello curd, berries, biscotti, gelato and apple with a side of 2000 Garbin Estate moscato. Then, head upstairs to the rooftop bar for a drink to finish off. Dinner is served from 6pm, and is $110 a head.
Sharing Menu at Meeka Restaurant
For those who prefer a bit of spice, Moroccan restaurant Meeka is putting on a shared menu for Valentine’s Day, with a cocktail or beer on entry. Perfect for fans of unique, tapas-style feasts, couples will be served up house-made bread and cultured butter, a pomegranate tempura king prawn dish with polenta crushed tomato, nectarine, and mango harissa mayo (and more), as well as a slow braised lamb shoulder, goats curd, green yoghurt chicken and spiced chickpea, sunflower and pumpkin salad. To finish, dessert is a peaches and cream meringue, a salted baked chocolate tart and a yoghurt raspberry rose parfait. Tickets are $115 a head, or $150 with sommelier wine pairings.
Bookings are available on their website.
Have a picnic at some of Subiaco’s most romantic parks
We are incredibly lucky to have a huge amount of parks in Subiaco and surrounds, with some even making the cut as date-worthy with the right picnic basket. Our top picks for date night are the lush green Theatre Gardens, Lake Jualbup in Shenton Park (which is finally resembling a lake again thanks to the rain last week!), the colourful and floral Rankin Gardens and of course, Kings Park.
There are plenty of great providores to fill up your picnic basket, including international wines from Cherubino City Cellar, a huge selection of craft and sour beers from the Wine Box in Shenton Park and fantastic local wines from Vintage Cellars. For food, grab some cheese from Simon Johnson’s Fromagerie, gourmet deli meats, olives, and more charcuterie goodies from Urban Soul Foods, a handmade dessert from Wholefood Circus and a rug and you are good to go.
Grab a drink at a Subiaco bar
Bars tend to shut on a Sunday, but there are still a few who open their doors to those of us who love a Sunday arvo drink. If you’re the kind of couple who like to keep it low-key, going for a casual drink is one of the more casual options for Valentine’s. See the list of open bars below.