It’s Valentine’s Day soon. Don’t just buy your beloved an overpriced bunch of flowers or something trivial. Take them out for a dinner they’ll never forget. A dinner that shows how you really feel about them. We all like to love (our food) in different ways. Who hasn’t been seduced by dessert? Over indulged into a blissful food coma? Had a meal that was (almost) as good as sex? No judgments here. Find your favourite (eating) position and enjoy the best finger, licking Valentine’s Day you’ve ever had.
Get dirty and use your hands: Resto Bobo
There’s something sexy about eating with your hands. That’s why so many Europeans do it. Resto Bobo is a fabulous place for you to not only tempt your taste buds, but to touch and feel your food. Indulge in Flambee, which is like pizza, but lighter and crispier, with a thin layer of white sauce, French cheese and gourmet toppings. They specialise in lip smacking French style tapas, charcuterie and cheese boards, seasonal salads and desserts. If you’re looking for food lust, this is the place for you – they don’t call Paris the city of love for nothing.
Resto Bobo, 110 Chapel Street, Windsor @restobobo
Like it exotic? Do it with chopsticks at David’s
If you’ve never been to David’s, you haven’t had some of Prahran’s best traditional Asian food, with recipes passed down from great grandmothers. Their menu is inspired by cuisine from a rural town in Shanghai, utilizing fresh ingredients in simple dishes full of flavour, seasoned with soy, ginger or whole chilies and cloves of garlic. Imagine plates of Pork Belly with Chat Potatoes, Steamed Szechuan Rockling, Iron Buddha Beef, Free Range Chicken Corn Soup … and classics like San Choi Bao and Spring Rolls. Relax and enjoy yum cha as their friendly staff bring you non-stop dumplings. No one ever felt heartbroken or sad over dumplings. No one.
David’s, 4 Cecil Place, Prahran @Davidsprahran
Go all night long? You need a Biggie Smalls Kebab
It’s hard to find somewhere with decent food late at night, but when you’re looking to curb love sickness and enjoy the best kebab and fries you’ll ever have, check out Biggie Smalls Windsor. They serve juicy kebabs until late. It’s a scientific fact that carbs can fix a broken heart. Biggie Smalls have kebabs loaded with whatever you want, maybe the ‘West Coast’ filled with 12-hour slow cooked lamb plus fries, shakes, and seasonal cocktails. Set in a dim lit vintage space, owner Shane Delia pays respect to 90’s rapper Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls combining hip-hop beats with great food to complete your night in a down and dirty way you’ve never had before.
Biggie Smalls, 36 Chapel Street, Windsor @biggiesmallskbabs
Pleasure Yourself: LaManna & Sons
Is there anything more romantic than cooking for someone? LaManna & Sons is overflowing with beautiful fresh food. Think decadent cheeses, artisan breads, meats, anti pasta ingredients, fresh produce … plus anything you need to create the perfect platter or meal for a loved one. Pile your basket full of quality products, head home, put on your favourite music and spend time creating magic in your kitchen (with wine in hand). A home-made meal is one of the nicest things you can do for someone you love. That includes self love. They also sell flowers if you’re looking to really impress.
LaManna & Sons, 670 Chapel Street, South Yarra @lamanna_and_sons
In Need of Comfort? Hit up Gramercy Social
Got Vday blues and need a high dosage of carbs, cocktails and the best crab linguine you’ll ever taste? ‘NYC inspired comfort food & drink’, Gramercy Social have successfully pulled of the ‘cool without trying to be cool’ vibe. With a dog-friendly courtyard (for those of you with four-legged dates this year) and a vertical garden providing inspo for all you indoor plant lovers these guys are ticking all the boxes. Located on the ground floor of The Cullen Art Series Hotel and opposite The Emerson so you can head up or head out for a post dinner drink with your gal (or pup) pals.
Gramercy Social, 162-164 Commercial Road Prahran @gramercy.social
Looking for some action? You need a Massive Wiener
Even the name screams all night session. Massive Wieners have hot dogs loaded with whatever you want in three sizes – 3”, 6” or the challenging 12” plus fries, shakes and floats. This spot is where you can eat your feelings and maybe end up on their Wall of Fame. How’d you like your fries? French (various mayo’s), disco (gravy, cheese and onion) or chilli cheese is sure to leave you satisfied after a long night going at it.
Massive Wieners: 226 Chapel Street, Prahran @massivewieners