K-I-S-S-I-N-G: Treehouse Lounge, Melbourne, Australia

Research has shown that eating at Treehouse Lounge is proven to make you more attractive. My research, that is. This sultry, sexy joint on Carlisle Street is one of my absolute favourites. I bring people here when I want to impress (and possibly make kissy-face with them later).

As soon as you step inside, you’re transported into a gorgeous secret garden- the décor is absolutely genius. Leafy vines hang from a far corner of the ceiling, next to a widescreen TV showing a flickering fireplace scene. I also love the perfect lighting, which makes me look like Beyonce’s hotter cousin. It really adds to the ambience and it’s perfect for those lingering looks across the table.

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As if that wasn’t enough, the music selection is always on point. Is there anything better than being serenaded by Al Green and Curtis Mayfield while you peruse the menu?

And what a menu it is! There’s a fabulous variety of tapas- my companion (almost always my fellow Usherette/BFF Rosie) and I usually opt for the sharing platter of 10 tapas. This features stuffed mushrooms with feta, melt-in your mouth calamari, and sticky BBQ ribs among other decadent things. Wash it all down with a little something from the killer wine list.

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The service is always top-notch, and the attentive staff make you feel like the only girl (or guy) in the world.

With $10 Pizza Tuesdays, $15 Tapas Wednesdays, and 2 for 1 cocktails Tuesday through Friday, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t just head down to Treehouse Lounge on the regular. And if you’re not already sold, let it be known that I recently walked past Stephen K. Amos having a spot of dindins here. Nuff said.

View: http://treehouselounge.virb.com/; Visit: 263 Carlisle St Balaclava 3183; Open: Tues-Fri 3pm till late, Sat &Sun 9am till late Wallet: Tapas platters from $24

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