With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll spend it with your special someone. We have scouted Melbourne’s east for some of the top ways to spend February 14.
Escape civilisation by heading to Blackburn Lake Sanctuary [80 Central Road, Blackburn] where the two of you can spend your day wandering the walking tracks hand in hand. Being one of the few natural bushland reserves in Melbourne makes it a special place to explore. Keep a watchful eye for wildlife or sit by the banks of the lake and enjoy the serenity and, not to mention, the company.
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Things may get a little heated at Madang Korean BBQ [493 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham]. And by that, we mean heat from your own personal table-top barbecue. Choose one of its sets — usually consisting of your choice of meat, stew and sides — and prepare your meal exactly how you like it. This hands-on approach is the perfect way to make the dining experience a little more entertaining. Aim to score one of the booths and cosy up by the warmth of the barbecue with your loved one.
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Perhaps you are both history buffs and want to take a step back in time together. Why not explore the Schwerkott Cottage [2-10 Deep Creek Road]? Built as a pioneer cottage back in the 1880s, it’s now heritage-listed for its original stonework. Once you’ve seen the cottage, barn, wine cellar and smokehouse, spend some time strolling through the beautiful gardens surrounding the premises. Schwerkott Cottage is also quite a popular wedding location, setting the right tone to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
For dinner with minimum effort but maximum participation, head to Burwood Teppanyaki House [145 Burwood Highway, Burwood East] where your dinner is cooked in front of your eyes by a specialised chef. Expect plenty of interaction (think flying bowls of food) and amazing cooking tricks and skills. These guys have love on their mind with a special Valentine’s Day menu offer. Which includes appetisers, sushi, mains and sides.
For a more chilled Valentine’s Day head to the Box Hill Gardens [Irving Avenue, Box Hill]. While the weather is still warm pack a picnic with lunch, drinks and games; don’t forget the chocolate covered strawberries for dessert. Channel your inner child together and go for gold on the epic playground. We’re talking the one you dreamed of as a kid, think spiral slide, inbuilt trampoline, swings and flying fox. Once you’re done, share some strawberries and celebrate all that is love.
If mood lighting and music is more your style, make a reservation at The Coal Pit [141 Springvale Road, Nunawading]. They too have a set Valentine’s menu, which includes dips, bread, an array of meats, sides, dessert and most importantly a bottle of wine to share. Or, if you want to go all out, try one of its delicious cocktails.
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Jump for your love at Blackburn North’s indoor trampoline park. You’ll be able to eat your box of Valentine’s choccies with a clear conscience after this date, as it’s super active and not to mention, so much fun. With 50 interconnected trampolines, dodgeball courts and slam-dunk rings, the 50-minute time slot at Bounce Inc [22 Joseph Street, Blackburn North] will fly by. Nothing like a round of one on one dodgeball to test the love.
Tien Dat [3 Carrington Road, Box Hill] was the first Vietnamese restaurant to open in Box Hill. Despite the addition of many new Vietnamese places nearby, it remains a much-loved hot spot among locals and visitors alike. The menu is impressive so order a bit of everything and share. We recommend the pad Thai noodles and crispy chicken ribs. Save your pennies and BYO wine, or if you feel like lashing out cheers to love with a G&T. It’s casual and friendly service makes it the perfect place to share a dinner with your significant other.
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Every couple has a song — have you found yours? If not, go old school and wander the rows of records at Dixon Recycled Records [100 Railway Road, Blackburn]. Here you are bound to find the ultimate love song dedication that matches your relationship to a tee. Take home your record and listen to it on replay while you enjoy a home-cooked dinner and a glass of red.
Nothing says romance like sharing a bowl of pasta, Lady and the Tramp style. Make it an extra special day by heading to Geppetto’s [279-281 Burwood Highway, Burwood] where the food is incredibly tasty. With homemade Italian cuisine served up every night, you’re guaranteed a delicious, filling meal. Be sure to save room for dessert. You don’t want to miss out on sharing a Nutella pizza with hazelnuts and ice cream.
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