Some top spots to take your date on February 14 this year.
Go straight to your valentine's heart – and stomach – with a gelato rose this year. The $40 white-choc lined waffle cone is filled with dulce de leche and earl grey gelato, and topped with strawberry compote and salted caramel chantilly "petals" in a base of choc-hazelnut praline mousse and chocolate brownie. Order online, then pick up from selected Messina stores across the country on February 13 or 14.
Pick up from selected Messina outlets in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland and Canberra; Order from gelatomessina.com/cakes/feelingthorny
Put the Roman in romance with a romantic meal at Rushcutters Bay osteria Marta. Your three-course Italian feast includes a glass of prosecco ($90 per person).
Thursday, February 14 from 5.30pm; Marta, 30 McLachlan Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, marta.com.au
Chocolate high tea
Chocolate lovers, this one's for you. Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney is launching a chocolate high tea in February to coincide with the arrival of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical. Expect Willy Wonka-esque creations such as popping candy tarts, Oreo macarons, and choc chip scones with cacao cream – or on the savoury side, spinach and feta rolls and sausage rolls. You can even make it a family affair and bring the kids along ($49 per person or $125 for two adults and two kids under 10).
Daily until April 30, 10:30am to 4:30pm (bookings essential); Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Sydney, 27 O'Connell Street, Sydney, radisson.com
In the mood for a romantic country getaway? Head to Moss Vale's Birch restaurant in the Southern Highlands for chef Ben Bamford's four-course shared menu ($75 per person), including a chocolate tasting plate and optional matched wines.
Thursday, February 14; Birch restaurant, 2/249 Argyle Street, Moss Vale, birchrestaurant.com.au
Take your beau to Barangaroo
If a New Orleans feast is more your speed, try a Louisiana-inspired three-course dinner ($79 per person) overlooking the harbour, including barbecued clams and mussels, roasted lamb rump with smoked cauliflower puree and Cajun-spiced pomme dauphine – plus a soft pretzel to finish. Champagne Taittinger Cuvee Prestige will also be available for $15 per glass.
Thursday, February 14 dinner; NOLA Smokehouse and Bar, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo South, nolasydney.com/events
Head down to Woolloomooloo for a romantic two- or three-course pub meal ($89-99 per person), including fresh oysters and a glass of Veuve Clicquot.
Thursday, February 14; The Tilbury, 12-18 Nicholson Street, Woolloomooloo, tilburyhotel.com.au