THE ULTIMATE DATE: HELI TO FINE DINING – MELBOURNE

Scenic helicopter ride followed by fine dining dinner

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This date pulls out all the stops. It’s the best of the best, the big kahuna, etc. – you get the gist. If you really want to impress someone – and lucky them if you do – a scenic heli ride followed by dinner at the award-wining restaurant Nobu in Crown Melbourne is just about as good as it gets. You get extra brownie points if you manage to keep the whole thing a surprise.

Whilst this might not be the cheapest of dates, it’s one that you’ll both undoubtedly remember forever.

 

Swept off your feet

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It begins with a leisurely stroll down Yarra Promenade. Your other half’s eyes are eagerly darting around trying to pick up clues as to what you’ve got planned – that is if you’ve managed to keep it a secret. After crossing Spencer Street Bridge, head down to the grassy area to your left. Leading up to the helipad there are some trees obscuring the view, but as you pass them and enter the clearing, there’s nothing there aside from the famous Microlite red helicopter and your pilot standing alongside it.

And at this point, the penny drops.

After a quick safety briefing, you hop in the helicopter and the propeller starts up. You can see people walking along the promenade stopping to take photos of the copter as it begins to take off, air rippling the Yarra River below. You’re then taken on a scenic tour over Melbourne, during which you’re shown the most famous landmarks. You’ll fly over Docklands, Albert Park Lake, St Kilda Foreshore, the iconic MCG and everything in between.

Microflite Helicopter Services: www.microflite.com.au, (03) 8587 9700, info@microflite.com.au, Opposite Crown Casino (between King and Spencer St bridges).

 

Now that you’ve worked up an appetite

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Nobu definitely has the cool factor. It’s stylish and sexy, and don’t be surprised if you spot a few celebs.

The Nobu concept launched in New York after a business partnership was formed between Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, the actor Robert De Niro (yes, the Robert De Niro), the producer Mier Teper and managing partner Richie Notar. Since then it’s become a restaurant legend and there’s now Nobu London, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Milan, Hong Kong and Waikiki.

The décor is clean and contemporary with Japanese influences throughout. And the food follows in a similar vein. It’s new-style Japanese cuisine, which fuses traditional Japanese dishes with modern ingredients. The signature dish is black cod with miso, and it’s well worth a try. Other dishes that are real contenders include the Nobu tacos, new-style salmon, and beef tataki with ponzu and garlic chips.

Nobu: www.crownmelbourne.com.au/nobu, (03) 9292 5777, 8 Whiteman St, Crown Towers, Southbank VIC 3006.

 

By Christina Wylie

 

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