Six ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Subiaco
We love love and now that restrictions are easing, why not celebrate with your special someone in Subiaco on Valentine’s Day (or any day in fact)?
1. Fan the flames of love
Wax lyrical with your lover and create your very own soy aromatherapy candle with Bespoke Blends on Rokeby Road. The friendly team are holding a special event on Valentine’s Day, kicking off the workshop with a glass of champagne before sharing their skills in the ancient art of candle making. Learn about the gentle practice of blending pure essential oils for both scent and health benefits to create your own personal aromatherapy blend. You’ll be guided through the process of pouring a natural soy candle to keep or share with your loved one. Everything’s provided in the $95 fee, so you’ll end up with a medium-sized candle, glass container, soy way, cotton wicks and essential oils, cotton wicks and essential oils, as well as champagne, soft drinks and nibbles. For this and other future workshops, visit bespokeblends.com.au
2. A rose by any other name
For those in the know, the florist on the corner of Rokeby Road – Cottage Garden Florist – is your go-to spot for a sensational bouquet, guaranteed to set your loved one’s heart a-flutter. They’re creative and very happy to work with you to create a stunning bunch of local blooms for any special occasion – but perhaps especially for Valentine’s Day. Check out their gorgeous Instagram feed for inspiration (there’s a gorgeous bunch of scarlet waratah that we’ve got our eye on, just in case anybody’s feeling the love this year). Visit cottagegarden.net.au
3. Everybody loves cake
Whether it’s February 14 or any day of the week, we say you can’t go wrong with a cake baked with love. There are some super-talented bakers in Subiaco, so why not let them do all the hard work and you claim the credit with a box of sweet treats? Layers Bakery has created a stunning heart-shaped mille-feuille, beautifully decorated with fresh fruit, edible flowers and sandwiched together with decadent vanilla cream. It serves two (of course) and must be pre-ordered. The self-styled ‘Frenchly Baked’ relative newcomer to the bakeries of Subiaco is a must-visit if you’re in the mood for a divine choux hazelnut Paris-Brest, as-good-as-Paris croissants or your choice of delicious patisserie, perfect to scoff in bed (never mind the crumbs for one day at least). Layers Bakery
is located at 10/29 Station Street, Subiaco Square. Open Sunday 9am to 2pm, Monday to Saturday, 7am to 3pm.
4. If it’s good enough for Bill Murray . . .
If you really want to impress your amour, how about investing some long-term planning into next year’s Valentine’s Day? Just like Bill who, in Groundhog Day, used his endless days to master the piano, why not learn a new musical skill and stun your object of affection this time next year with a perfectly performed song? The welcoming choir at Voiceworks
are inviting would-be warblers to join their happy gang of amateur singers led by professionals, meeting every Wednesday from 7 to 9.30pm for some light-hearted group singing (no auditions required). There are currently around 30 members who join in the fun at the Shenton Park Community Centre and at the end of terms 2 and 4, the group performs a show – the perfect opportunity to make your love fall even more head over heels with your new unexpected talent, just like Bill and Andi. Visit voiceworks.org.au
for more information.
5. Dinner à deux
For many, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to book a table for two at your favourite restaurant. As it falls on a Sunday this year, some restaurants won’t be open, but there are plenty that are – and they’re laying on the romance in some style.
Storehouse Perth Subiaco
Woo your honey with one of the best spots in town to watch the sun go down on the Vibe Hotel
’s roof terrace, and then feast on head chef Marc Eskdale’s special Valentine’s dinner. After a glass of Piper champagne, there’s a playful amuse bouche – a squid ink donut, pickled octopus and saffron aioli. Then for entrée, choose between a tuna nicoise salad with quail’s egg, olive crumb, pea puree and confit cherry tomatoes or stracciatella with pickled baby qukes and heirloom carrots. For your mains, Marc’s come up with a trio of Margaret River lamb or pan-fried gnocchi, chilli lime and Shark bay prawns. If you’ve still got room, finish the night with chocolate and orange and pistachio – and share a spoon if you’re really going all out.
Book your table here
, better yet, why don't you extend it by staying overnight at the Vibe Hotel
Chef Caleb has exploded onto the Subiaco dining scene with some memorably colourful – and delicious – dishes, and for Valentine’s Day, he’s exhorting guests to dress up to the nines. His special Tuxedo Dinner (from 6 to 9pm) includes some signature dishes, such as burrata di cuore – a heart-shaped house-made mozzarella ball stuffed with mascarpone and infused with Margaret River truffle honey. You’ll also be treated to an eight-hour slow-braised beef cheek and for dessert, limoncello curd tart, all matched by wines from around the world, selected by Caleb himself. There will be live music too and the best-dressed couple will win a wine dinner voucher for two (valued at $220). Visit restaurantcaleb.com.au
The new team at the Subi Hotel reckon a virtual trip to Venice is the key to a night of love. Their specially-created A Night In Venice Valentine’s Dinner is inspired by the dreamy Italian canal city, and will be matched with vino to complement each course. Share a charcuterie board with some of the starring antipasti of Italia – sharp pecorino, olives, shaved ham, salami and grilled ciabatta, followed by local tiger prawn fettucine with saffron cream, beef short rib with polenta chips and pesto or an earthy porcini mushroom risotto. As a finale, there are filled canoli and dark chocolate mousse. Prego! Visit subiacohotel.com.au
Pitcher and Iron
If you’d prefer to eat sweets with your sweet, the Belgian-inspired café Pitcher and Iron has got the most delicious authentic waffles we’ve ever had the pleasure of devouring. They’re open Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 10pm and there’s free weekend parking all day. If you thought that waffles only came with maple syrup or cream, think again. These guys have created a whole new niche devoted to the dimpled glorified pancake. Why not try the Ruby waffle – a pretty-as-a-picture Belgian-style waffle with Ruby chocolate, raspberry couli and raspberry pieces plus a decent dollop or two of whipped cream. Or the Duchess, with its crown of Persian fairy floss, lychees, lemon cheesecake ice cream and strawberries is definitely made to make you both swoon.
6. Just the two of you
Subiaco locals know what’s what, and if you’re idea of a romantic meal is more ad hoc, here’s a suggestion that more than a few who call Subi home are planning to do on February 14. Grab a takeaway from your favourite café (whether it’s Thai from IThai
or Amarin Thai
), laksa from The Red Chair Café
(closed on Sunday so plan ahead) or a crisp pizza from Delisio
) and head to the chairs in the Gazebo at Market Square Gardens, or sit near the lake at Subiaco Common. It might not be the Ritz, but if you bring a rug and cushions, some fancy glasses and crockery, this might just be your own little slice of heaven on earth.