Valentine’s Day 2022: Where to celebrate with a French touch

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Valentine’s Day 2022 is almost here! Read on to find out how you can celebrate the day with a French touch. From fine dining to cocktails to patisseries, there’s something for all tastes and all budgets.

Valentine's Day 2022

 

ADELAIDE
BRISBANE
CANBERRA
HOBART
MELBOURNE
PERTH
SUNSHINE COAST
SYDNEY

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 IN ADELAIDE

 

 

Déjà Vu, Sofitel Adelaide’s lobby bar, has created a Valentine’s themed Love-Struck Mimosa with fresh strawberries, strawberry gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, red vermouth, Cointreau and sparkling Rose. Priced from $18.

 

 

 

 

Delicatessen proposes a set dinner menu on Valentine’s Day for $75 per person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frenchie & Co. will be open for breakfast and lunch for Valentine’s Day. Their usual à la carte menu will be available.

 

 

 

Garçon Bleu and Sofitel Adelaide are forgoing just one day of love to extend its Valentine’s offers for the entire month of February.

La Saint Valentin 2022 à Adelaide

 

Cocktails

The Lovers’ cocktail is available at Garçon Bleu’s bar and includes white rum, rosewater, pink gin, sugar syrup and spanked rosemary. Vigorously shaken (not stirred) over ice, it’s a vision in pink that will set hearts racing this February. Priced at $22.

 

 

Dinner 

Garçon Bleu will serve up a decadent three-course La Saint-Valentin menu designed by Chef de Cuisine, Gianni Delongu, for a Valentine’s experience to remember. 

 

The La Saint-Valetin menu is priced from $150 per person or $270 per person with paired wines. 

Valentine's Day in Adelaide

 

To extend the experience beyond just the 14th of February, the menu will be available for the entire month. For more, view the menu here.  

 

Visit www.garconbleu.com.au for bookings and more information or call 08 8432 1999 for reservations.

 

 

 

Stay at Sofitel Adelaide

For lovers who want to turn the romance factor up, Sofitel Adelaide has created the ultimate Valentine’s inspired weekend to stay and play in style. Make a long weekend of it with Sofitel’s Romance, the French  Way offer which includes champagne on arrival, along with daily in-room breakfast and a leisurely late check-out of 2pm.

 

The offer is priced from $505 per night.

 

Sucre Patisserie has put together a limited edition Valentines’ Day box available to order online now for collection on Saturday 12 February only.

Sucre Patisserie Valentine's Day 2022

Sucre Patisserie’s Valentine’s Day Box includes:

  • 2 x Vanilla Bean Heart Cookies
  • 2 x Earl Grey Belgian Milk Chocolate Truffles
  • 2 x Mixed Berry Macaron Hearts
  • 3 x Vanilla Bean Marshmallows
  • 5 x Pink Belgian Chocolate Shards with popping candy, raspberry & rose petals.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 IN BRISBANE

 

Bisou Bisou Valentine's Day 2022Bisou Bisou has created a 4 course set menu crafted with a sprinkling of love and an abundance of Parisian flair for dinner on Valentine’s Day 2022.

 

It costs $89 per person or with paired wines for an additional $40.

 

Book your table via this link.

 

Valentine's Day 2022 in BrisbaneBoucher is open for dinner on Valentine’s Day.

 

They will offer the three courses menu and two sittings. 5.30PM and 7.30PM for $85 per person.

 

Book your table by calling the restaurant 0737160388 or via email at [email protected].

 

 

 

 

C’est Bon are sharing the love with a double celebration for the most in-love of lovers, or for those that just love to wine and dine.

La Saint Valentin à Brisbane Valentine's Day 2022

Sunday Long Lunch Intimate Affair

Starting the celebrations early with a Long Lunch Intimate Affair on Sunday 13th of February, held alfresco to enjoy the last days of Summer on their Terrasse. 4 courses served with paired French white wines for $165 per person.

You can book the Sunday Long Lunch Intimate Affair via this link.

Monday dinner

For the big day, celebrate with a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner in C’est Bon Restaurant with a 4 course dinner for $120 per person. A glass of champagne will be served on arrival and one person per booking will receive a single rose.  

Book Valentine’s Day dinner at C’est Bon via this link.

 

Sofitel Brisbane Central and Thyme2 & Cuvee Lounge Bar will be open and celebrating Valentine’s Day not just on the day itself, but from Thursday 10 February.

 

La Saint Valentin a Brisbane Valentine's Day 2022Dinner

From Friday 11 February to Monday 14 February, their Thyme2 Restaurant will have a special Valentine’s Day Romance Dinner Package available. 

 

The Valentine’s Day Dinner is priced at $189 per person, which includes a modern, French-inspired three-courses meal and a bottle of French Champagne to share.

 

 

 

High Tea

Plus, from Thursday 10 February to Monday 14 February, the sophisticated lobby bar, Cuvee Lounge Bar will be serving a special Valentine’s Day High Tea – their first high tea for this year!

 

Their High Tea will be a specially themed for Valentine’s Day and include a glass of French Champagne.

 

Reservations are highly recommended for both the  Valentine’s Day dinner and high tea. Book via the relevant Table Plus link on their website (under Special Offers) or alternatively email or call the hotel at [email protected] and +61 7 3835 3535, respectively.

 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 IN BYRON BAY, NSW

 

Eclair at the Bay will not be open on Valentine’s Day 2022 itself, however they may be at some markets the weekend before where it’s possible to purchase some treats and the pickup option will still available on Saturday.

 

Valentine's Day 2022 in Byron Bay

They suggest the following products for Valentine’s Day:

  • Classic trio are $20
  • Tart box of 4 are $37
  • Raspberry white chocolate ganache tart (they are red, the beautiful colour of love) from $72
  • Gift Cards from $50

 

Pre-order by Thursday for Pickup on Saturday. Refer to their website and their social media for the latest updates, or contact them directly for special requirement at [email protected] 

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 IN CANBERRA

 

Buvette Valentine's Day 2022 in Canberra La Saint Valentin 2022 Canberra Buvette will be open for dinner for those who wish to celebrate Valentine’s Day early on the Saturday night. They will not be open on Monday 14th of February.

 

Their regular dinner menu and standard reservation times apply. Reservations can be made via this link

 

There will be Valentine’s take-away specials available for pick up only through their online shop

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 IN HOBART

Jean-Pascal Patisserie will be open as usual on 14 February 2022.

 

They will have a special take-away meal but the menu is not available at time of publishing.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 IN MELBOURNE

 

Bistro Gitan is open for lunch (12.30pm- 2.30pm) and dinner (6pm to 8.30pm). While there is no set menu, they will have Valentine’s specials on the day.

Reservations are highly recommended. Click here to make a booking

 

Entrecote suggests that you wine and dine your lover with their 4 course menu whether in the restaurant or at home. You can view the menu here

In restaurant dining for $189.90 per person​, or with paired wines for an additional $59.90 per person.

La Saint Valentin 2022 à Melbourne

Valentine’s Day at home

They also have a 4 course menu available for order on Providoor. It comes with 2 bottles of wine.

The at home menu comprises:

  • Ned’s sourdough baguette w/ French salted butter
  • Entree ~ Hervey Bay half shell scallops, spiced citrus butter ( to share )
  • Entrecôte at Home 2 x Pre-grilled Cape Grim Angus Porterhouse steaks, pomme Anna, Dijon mustard
  • Our Secret Herb Butter Sauce* (contains nuts)
  • Salad ~ Soft leaves salad w/ radish & walnuts ( to share )
  • Fromage ~ Fromage de jour, house chutney, lavoche ( to share )
  • Dessert ~ Crème Caramel, orange, crispy chocolate boules & cocoa nibs ( to share )
  • 2 bottles of Vino ~ Monmousseau Brut Etoile, Loire Valley, France & Entrecôte Vin de Table Heathcote Bloody Good Rouge

 

Frédéric is open for lunch (12.30pm- 2.30pm) and dinner (6pm to 8.30pm). There is no set menu however there will be Valentine’s specials on the day.

 

Reservations are highly recommended. Make yours via this link.

 

La Saint Valentin 2022 à Melbourne

 

Frenchilicious Kitchen has created a special 4 course set menu ($59 per person, minimum 2 per order) which will be available for pick up on February 14th. All ready to be served or reheated with full instructions provided.

 

Must be pre-ordered by February 8th unless sold out prior (limited quantities)

 

 

L’Hotel Gitan will be open for dinner only on Valentine’s Day 2022.

They will be serving their usual à la carte menu.

Bookings are recommended and can be booked via this link.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 IN PERTH

 

French Sweet is open every day of the year so will be open on Valentine’s Day 2022! 

They will have some special products for Valentine’s Day but at the time of publishing these are not confirmed.

As with all their products, place your order online before 8pm for delivery the following day. Delivery costs $9.99 or is free for orders over $100.

 

Valentine's Day 2022 in Perth La Saint Valentin 2022 à Perth

La Petite Floreat will be open on Valentine’s Day between 7am and 3pm.

They will be doing a high tea for $65 which includes amuse bouches served with 2 glasses of sparkling wine with vegetarian options available.

Bookings are required for the high tea and are recommended for any other dining. . 

 

Delivery

You can also order dishes from their usual menu for delivery via Ubereats and Doordash.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

 

Valentine's Day 2022 on the Sunshine Coast/ La Saint Valentin 2022 au Sunshine CoastFlo’s Creperie invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022 on the weekend before – they are closed Mondays.

They have monthly specials, which are usually updated on their social media at the beginning of the month (they will not necessarily Valentines-themed in February, though)

You can view the usual menu here 

Book your table through their website    

 

La Petite Souris is closed Mondays but you can celebrate with them the weekend before Valentine’s Day 2022. 

They will have specialty Valentines cakes available for purchase but the details are not available at the time of publishing.

Pre-orders can be made once their Valentine’s Day 2022 specials have been advertised and will also be available in-store subject to availability.

 

VALENTINE’S DAY 2022 IN SYDNEY

 

Beckett’s Bar and Dining invite you to celebrate romance, luxury and sensual delights forValentine’s Day with dinners on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th February.

La Saint Valentin à Sydney

Has anyone ever cooked you a meal so good you thought “I’m going to marry this person”? That’s exactly what happened to Julia, chef Jeff’s wife, so this Valentine’s day Jeff presents the very menu he used to woo the love of his life. 

 

The 5 course Prix Fixe Menu costs $130 and includes:

  • Amuse-bouche with a welcome glass of Gosset ‘Grande Reserve’, Aÿ, Champagne, FR
  • Steak Tartare covered with Polanco Siberian Reserve Caviar Baerri Black – as Cupid intended
  • Strawberry Foie Gras – Seared foie gras, local poached strawberries, aged balsamic
  • Vanilla Lobster – butter-poached, fennel, vanilla celeriac and a sea-urchin sauce
  • Chocolate Fondant – the sexiest dessert ever made

Matched wines available for an additional $85 per person.

Book your table here

 

Valentine's Day 2022 in SydneyBistro Moncur is offering a 3 course menu for dinner on Valentine’s Day 2022.

The 3-course menu and valentine’s petit fours costs $125 per person. You can choose your 3 courses from their full à la carte menu.

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting their reservations team via email on [email protected]      

 

Bistro Rex invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the night itself with their full menu plus an array of delicious specials for all the lovers including a ‘bump of caviar and glass of champagne’ for $60 to kick off the evening.

 

Group bookings of 4+ guests will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling on arrival. 

Book your table online and note that credit card details will be needed for pre-payment. Minimum spend $150pp. This pre-paid amount will be deducted from the bill with any balance owing to be paid on the night.

 

Takeaway and delivery

Whether take-away or delivery will be available depends on bookings. Please call the restaurant on 93322100 between 4pm – 5pm on the day to enquire. 

 

Valentine's Day 2022 in Sydney

 

 

Bitton Gourmet is hosting a dinner and opera event to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022 at its Oatley and Alexandria locations.

For $110 per person, enjoy a 4 course menu while you listen to live opera singing.

Reserve your table via this link 

 

Take-away is also available. Orders need to be placed at least 48 hours prior to the event.

 

 

 

Bouillon Entrecôte, the new restaurant by l’Entrecôte is now open at Circular Quay.

 

They have created a 4 course menu with a glass of champagne on arrival for $250 per person.

 

Reserve your table via their website.

 

 

La Saint Valentin 2022 à Sydney Valentine's Day 2022

 

Claire’s Kitchen is open for Valentine’s Day dinner with a special 4 course menu for $110 per person.

 

The menu allows you to choose from 4 different main courses.

 

Reserve your table via this link 

 

 

 

Valentine's Day 2022Four Frogs Crêperies Circular Quay, Mosman, and Randwick locations will be open for Valentine’s Day 2022. 

 

Mon Chéri Crêpe and Scallops Galette

For Valentine’s Day, Four Frogs Crêperie will have some romantic specials on their menu: the Mon Chéri Crêpe and Scallops Galette, as well as Salmon Blinis and Mumm Champagne from the 12th to the 14th of February. More details and their pricing can be found here

 

Valentine's Day 2022And if you dine in any of their crêperie on the 14th, you’ll get a rose for your special person with your dinner! 

Bookings can be made via this link

 

Takeaway/delivery

Four Frogs will also be open for takeaway and deliveries on the 14th. The specials won’t be available for deliveries but you can find their full menu on Uber Eats. 

 

Valentine's Day 2022 in Sydney

 

 

La Chouette has a special 4 course menu for Valentine’s Day 2022. It costs $120 per person and includes a glass of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne on arrival.

 

Book your table via their website 

 

 

 

Valentine's Day 2022

 

 

Loulou is offering a set 3 course menu for $95 per person with the option of adding a cheese course for an additional $35.

 

Reservations are essential and can be made online via their website 

 

 

 

How are you going to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022?

 

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2021 in review: a year of French culture in Australia

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As we prepare to farewell 2021, we thought we’d take a look at the highlights of French culture in Australia this year on Matilda Marseillaise. We’ve had celebrations of French food and wine to art exhibitions, festivals and other events with French themes. We’ve interviewed people across many areas including international touring artists and local French and francophone people. Join us as we look back over 2021.

 

French culture in Australia: French Food days

Food is an extremely important part of French culture in Australia as much as in France. January was of course the month of the Galette des Rois which is always one of our most popular posts and has become the go-to resource for French and Francophiles in Australia to find out where they can buy this special cake around Australia.

 

We celebrated Croissant Day with a brief history of the croissant and again letting you know where you can buy croissants from French bakeries in Australia. Then we turned to a sweeter treat for Chocolate Truffle Day. Another day to indulge in all things cacao was World Chocolate Day.

 

We also wrote about Cheese Lovers’ Day for the first time with a focus on cheese subscriptions and celebrated Mouldy Cheese Day in October. As always, Christmas was celebrated with the Bûche de Noël.

French culture in Australia - food days

 

French culture in Australia: Drinks Days

You can’t have food without something to drink and we continued our French wine varietal series throughout the year with facts about the varietals and recommendations from French wine importers in Australia. We also celebrated World Bartenders Day with French cocktails.

 

We looked at French spirits and liqueurs: Chartreuse Day with a look at the history of the green drink and a day celebrating another often-green drink: Absinthe Day. In addition, we discovered strong French links in one of the most popular spirits of the moment: gin. We also celebrated another spirit that you probably don’t associate with France: vodka.

 

Champagne and sparkling wine gave us moments of celebration throughout 2021 with various festivals: Sparkling Fest, Bubbles Festival, Taste Champagne, Effervescence Tasmania.

French drinks days

 

French culture in Australia during Festival time

Australia’s borders were still shut due to COVID-19 so festival time didn’t feature any international acts in 2021. 2021 highlights instead were French themed shows or shows from artists with French links at Adelaide Fringe, Adelaide Festival and Sydney Festival. These provided opportunities to enjoy French culture in Australia.

 

Particularly strong French links were found in performances at Adelaide Fringe including music in different styles, theatre and more. The White Mouse told the story of Australian French Resistance leader, Nancy Wake. Louise Blackwell and the Paris Set took us to Paris for the night.

 

By the time June came, Adelaide Cabaret Festival was able to bring in a few international acts including Brent Ray Fraser, who paints with a very unique and personal tool. Kim David Smith gave a strong nod to Marlene Dietrich with his show Mostly Marlene also at Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

 

Auburn in South Australia’s Clare Valley was transformed into a French village and a celebration of French culture in Australia for a weekend at the inaugural Auburn Frenchfest, which will return in 2023.

 

Le Festival was held over 4 separate events throughout the year, bringing 4 weekends of French joy to Brisbane.

French culture in Australia - festivals

 

French and francophone culture in Australia: National Days

We celebrated (even if virtually for some) the national days of a number of Francophone countries: Canada Day, Bastille Day, Belgian National Day and Swiss National Day as well as Alsace Fan Day.

 

French culture in Australia via exhibitions

Fortunately, COVID-19 didn’t stop international works of art coming to Australia. Exhibition highlights included a number of exciting exhibitions with French links including: French Impressionism: From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Camille Henrot: is Today Tomorrow, and She-oak and sunlight: Australian impressionism.

 

Most recently the NGV opened the Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto exhibition and the Art Gallery of New South Wales opened its Matisse: Life and Spirit.

 

An international exhibition of a different scale and type, Van Gogh Alive also toured in 2021 and continues to tour Australia. Our Hearts are Still Open, a photographic exhibition and book were recently unveiled in Sydney and we chatted to Australian-born photojournalist Tony Maniaty about them.

French culture in Australia / la culture française en Australie

 

French and francophone film

The Alliance Française French Film Festival returned to the big screen in March and April 2021. Highlights for us included Bye Bye MoronsMiss among those that we reviewed. Countless others were also enjoyed. Because of COVID-19 lockdowns throughout Europe for much of 2020, Australian audiences were the first to see a number of films shown at the AFFFF 2021 including Eiffel and Delicious. We interviewed incoming Artistic Director of the festival, Karine Mauris.

 

One of our most read film reviews this year was for a film which is now on SBS on Demand: Roxane. With most of the Eastern states in lockdown over several months of the year, our articles about previous festival films available on streaming services were also well-read.

 

French and francophone films also featured at the Jewish International Film Festival and at the Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney Film Festivals.

 

French culture in Australia via music

We interviewed Sydney music duo Goldfynch on the occasion of their release of the beautiful escapist song “Ballooning over Paris” something we all longed to do with Australia’s closed borders. Baby et Lulu’s much anticipated Album Trois was finally released and we chatted to Lara Goodridge.  Pauline Maudy of MZAZA toured her show “Take me to Paris” around Queensland.

 

Sticking with the musical theme, we also interviewed Elena Gabouri ahead of her performances in Opera Australia’s Aida in Sydney and in Melbourne. Nicolas Fleury, French horn player from Melbourne Symphony Orchestra chatted with us. On the theme of opera and classical music, Pinchgut Opera presented Platée for the very first time on Australian stages.

 

Our favourite French festival So Frenchy So Chic announced a return to Melbourne and Sydney in February 2022.

French culture in Australia/ la culture française en Australie

 

French culture in Australia via theatre

2021 saw the return of French theatre to Australian stages. Brisbane French Theatre presented its original play Us and Them. Perth French Theatre invited you to the circle of illusionists and after many false starts, Melbourne French Theatre was able to present its new show, The Candidate.

 

French culture in Australia in sport

The French Rugby team Les Bleus played 3 test matches against Australia’s Wallabies in Sydney and in Brisbane. We told you where you could watch them around Australia.

 

Other French happenings

Adelaide’s Les Deux Coqs in conjunction with Holdfast Bay City council started Rendezvous Market, a European Market with foods and crafts from many European countries being represented.

 

Glasshouse Fragrances’ launched a French inspired collection just in time for Bastille Day with delicious scents of Montmartre Macaron and Sacred Heart.

 

We made sure you knew your French (and Belgian) dogs from the imposters for International Dog Day in August.

 

In November, Sacreblue, the Embassy of France in Australia’s brand new website dedicated to French culture in English was launched and we were finally able to announce our partnership with them.

French culture in Australia/ la culture française en Australie

 

Interviews 

We interviewed cabaret singer Caroline Nin and director Craig Ilott about L’Hôtel, an immersive theatrical world of French intrigue which made its worldwide debut at Adelaide Cabaret Festival in June.

 

We interviewed a man who is perhaps Australia’s most famous French television chef, Gabriel Gaté for International Chefs Day.

 

One of the first international productions to visit Australia since COVID-19 struck and closed our borders in March 2020 was The Little Prince, direct from Marseille to the Sydney Opera House. We interviewed Chris Mouron who adapted the book for stage, Ebony Bott of the SOH about the logistics of bringing an international team to Australia, and staging a large show during COVID-19 times. The Little Prince is making a return to Sydney for a limited season of shows in early January – read our interview with Lionel Zalachas and Laurisse Sulty

 

We chatted to Michael Boyd, illusionist and also show director of Cabaret de Paris which started its Australian tour with new lead, Rhonda Burchmore.

 

We spoke to Australian author Pip Drysdale about her thrilling novel The Paris Affair.

 

Most recently, we chatted with Priscilla Doueihy ahead of her performances at Sydney Festival 2022 show 44 Sex Acts in One Week; Erin Helyard about piano and French composers ahead of Adelaide Festival 2022 shows Four Hands at the Érard and Evolution of the Piano.

 

French businesses in Australia

We published interviews with founders of French businesses promoting French culture in Australia including:

 

French culture in Australia/ la culture française en Australie

We supported local French businesses by getting them to contribute their recommendations for Christmas gifts for francophiles. When many of the Australian states went back into lockdown, we let you know where you could purchase French take-away food.

 

Sofitel Adelaide, its French restaurant Garçon Bleu, and street level champagne bar Déjà Vu, were long awaited additions to Adelaide’s 5-star hotel and dining scene.

 

The French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry held events both virtual and in person, where permitted, throughout the year including the French ANZ Business Days 2021 business forum which covered a number of interesting and pertinent topics.

 

It’s been a busy year! What have your highlights been? Is there anything you’d like to see on Matilda Marseillaise in 2022?