It’s one of the oldest tricks in the book of love: a home-cooked meal for your loved one. It’s thoughtful, romantic and (if all goes to plan) delicious.

This Valentine’s Day, we’ve enlisted the help of The Broadsheet Cookbook, to put together a list of our favourite dishes from some of the city’s best cafes and restaurants.

So move over long-stem red roses and heart-shaped Belgian chocolates, this year sweet maple bacon, crispy fried chicken and sweet, sweet brûlée is going to melt some hearts.

Here are six dishes that cater to all kinds of lovers.

For the lover who:

Loves comfort food:
Rockwell and Sons’ fried chicken
Perhaps a dish for those in established relationships. “I made you this because you look like you love comfort food” might not go down too well on a first date.

Enjoys their breakfast with a side of bed:
Little Bertie’s brioche French toast
Bacon in bed. Now if that’s not the most romantic thing ever, we don’t know what is.

Is a saucy minx:
Rumi’s meatballs
Nothing creates a mood quite like slow-cooked, rich meatballs. This recipe packs a punch with its Persian spices, so prepare for things to really heat up.

Takes the term “sweet tooth” to a whole new level:
Brûlée Cart’s vanilla crème brûlée
This one will cause butterflies. Whether that’s from the head-over-heels feeling of love or an extreme sugar high is up for debate. Either way, there’ll be butterflies.

Is a plant lover:
Fukuryu’s vegetarian miso ramen
A message of love in the form of a warm bowl of no-meat ramen is always the key to a herbivores heart.

Won’t eat unhealthy food, even on special occasions:
The Farm Café’s superfood salad
Here’s a dish that is easy and flavour-filled, and leaves nobody worrying about a food-baby.

Have we missed your type of lover? The Broadsheet Cookbook includes 80 recipes from our favourite local restaurants, so there’s something in there for everyone.

Buy The Broadsheet Cookbook now and experience the best of Melbourne dining at home.