This week’s sweet treats

Bar Tini's montaditos with prawn and caviar. Photo: Daniel Pockett

Bar Tini's montaditos with prawn and caviar. Photo: Daniel Pockett

In the spotlight: Bar Tini

Unless you’ve been kissing your Valentine for a while, be careful what you order at Bar Tini. Opened in Hosier Lane by the MoVida group last December, this Spanish bodega makes no apologies for big flavours. Take the seafood platter: with smoked and cured salmon, anchovies, smoked tuna and pickled sardines, it’s a treat but will make your dentist faint the second you say “ahh”.

Valentines can keep it casual at the Spanish-tiled wooden bar, or watch tourists posing for graffiti selfies from the dining area. Sharing canned food doesn’t sound romantic, but substitute mental images of John West tuna for Cuca stuffed baby calamari – there’s something sensual about the slippery little suckers. Couples who don’t like sharing should try bite-sized prawn and Avruga caviar tostadas. Don’t leave without ordering sobrassada, more a meaty slab than pork sausage.

Still want a Bar Tini date? In my experience The One doesn’t ask where you’ve been, they ask what on earth you ate with so much garlic in it.

Best for: Drinks and nibbles before dinner, or grazing the night away.

Little Bites

A room with dessert – Order the white chocolate and raspberry “Room for Dessert” at Pascale Bar & Grill, QT Hotel, between February 12 to 18 and a room key will be delivered alongside your sweet treat. Includes a night’s accommodation and a half bottle of champagne ($400).

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

Mr Miyagi’s romantic side – Still struggling to score a seat at Mr Miyagi? For one night only, the cheeky Japanese restaurant is open for bookings on Valentine’s Day. The eight-course, $99, set menu includes bottomless bubbles and a special-edition dessert.

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

Dates, dumplings and board games – Oriental Teahouse is launching Dumplings for Dating this Valentine’s Day, a four-stage table-top board game that dips into fantasy and dare territory. Includes three courses and cocktails for $60 a person.

Photo: supplied

Photo: supplied

Sweets for your sweetie – Flowers? Pah! Try a cake for one.

Bibelot's strawberry, watermelon & rose petit gateau. Photo: supplied

Bibelot’s strawberry, watermelon & rose petit gateau. Photo: supplied

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