Rediscover the lost art of ‘date night’ at the gold coast’s new dating destination. Yamagen offers funky Japanese flair and upscale dining, with plenty of dark corners to cosy up to your special someone.

Yamagan_0118With work, school, stacks of ‘to do’ lists and ‘What do you mean I’ve got to start thinking about Christmas presents?!’ occupying most of our attention, date night might feel like a bit of a foreign concept these days. But psychologists and relationship experts tell us that quality time with our partners shouldn’t fall to the wayside when we’ve got a million other things to do – in fact, date nights are more important than ever for maintaining a strong and happy relationship. It doesn’t have to be hard – pick a night next week, book a babysitter and trust that the children will be fed and bathed and, most importantly, alive, when you get home.

The hardest part of it all might just be deciding where to go. Don’t stress though – we’ve done the hard work for you. QT Gold Coast has injected a bit of Japanese flair into the local area with their date-night hotspot, Yamagen. Dark woods, ambient candlelight and touches of Tokyo nightlife make this your new favourite spot for a fun, romantic night out.

Yamagan_0023Head chef Adam Lane (aka, the Godfather of Japanese Cuisine) has brought innovative Izakaya-style dining to the ever-eccentric QT Gold Coast – sashimi tacos, Ao Nori crispy skin quail, Sakura smoked ocean trout and kushiyaki straight from the charcoal are just some of the share-plates on the menu. Always one for experimentation, Adam explains the use of Sakura (cherry blossom) wood chips.

“We are playing around with cold smoke and smoking salmon in a chilled environment,” he says. “It gives the salmon a subtle smoky flavour without cooking it.”

No date night destination is complete without treating yourself to some cocktails and Yamagen certainly delivers on the beverage front. Their cocktails are a whirlwind of classic combinations and unique Japanese ingredients including sudachi (Japanese citrus fruit), yuzu bitters, shiso mint leaves, matcha (ground green tea) and Sake.

Master mixologist Jordan Melling is behind the extensive whisky range – with 85 different kinds on offer, it’s one of the biggest whisky menus in Queensland. All whisky is served with house-made, hand-chiselled ice blocks, ensuring premium purity and a slower melt. With a passion for melding the old and the new, Yamagen is the perfect place to Rekindle your spark.

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Make it an all-day combining these other QT Gold Coast hot spots.

How bazaar
QT Gold Coast offers some pretty great dining options for the most important meal of the day right through to late-night nibbles. Inspired by the souks of Morocco, Bazaar’s marketplace style offers buffets of delectable breakfast foods like pastries, bircher, fresh seasonal fruits and waffles, and dinner options that are a feast for the eyes and taste buds. Slow roasted meats, vibrant salads and juicy Asian and seafood. What more could you want?

Cocktails for days
Stingray is a Gold Coast institution and one of the city’s more popular hangouts, well loved for its impressive architecture and even more impressive cocktail list. Delicious Baja-California-style food goes perfectly with the extensive mixologist-crafted list of beverages, and the international resident DJs who dominate on Friday and Saturday nights.

The morning after
Fixx Café has quickly become a brekky and brunch hotspot for locals and tourists alike. The bright open space lets you drink in the sunlight while you drink your coffee or juice. The organic menu makes use of fresh seasonal produce, some of which is grown in the QT Gold Coast’s rooftop garden. Make it a group date with such popular services as the QTea and Man Tea, two unique twists on the classic High Tea.



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