WIN The Perfect Date Night Experience in Kensington Street

Food Guide / July 18, 2018

Forget The Bachelor, you don’t need to leave Sydney’s CBD to spice up your dating life. Enter the draw to WIN this epic dating experience.

Whoever says dating is easy is obviously in a committed relationship. In the age of Tinder, Bumble, Grindr etc., tantalising a potential admirer with your charm requires more than cheap Thai takeaway and a movie. It is a fully-fledged, hair-raising sport. Luckily for Sydneysiders, we have a thriving inner-city hangout perfect for a romantic evening for two.
Known for its cool converted warehouses and modern shopping complex, Kensington Street’s intimate alleyways are home to hotbed of Happy Hours to glorious fusion food. What better way to impress your soon-to-be better half?

Here is our guide for a (successful) Date Night in Kensington Street.

Handpicked Wines

Drinks at Handpicked Wines

Set in a beautiful boutique warehouse, Handpicked Wines’ Cellar Door will get an evening of relaxed conversation flowing. While uncovering the secrets about your new friend, discover and explore the 21 wine regions showcased at the tasting bar. An international tour of five countries, settle into glass, bottle or a Tasting Flight. The affordable curated wine selections (starting at $20) will settle an awkward disagreement about whether to go with White or Red. Feeling peckish, nervous (or light-headed) before dinner? Then opt for a cheese and charcuterie platter. Soft, semi-hard, hard, blue ask the friendly staff for cheese recommendations that will best match your selected drop.

50 Kensington St, Chippendale

Dinner at Eastside Kitchen + Bar

While you could quite easily venture down the famed Spice Alley with a BYO bottle from Handpicked Wines, and share in one of the many Asian flavours on offer. Eastside Kitchen + Bar is the grilled jewel in Chippendale’s crown. Overlooking the bustling Kensington Street, Eastside will please the fussiest diner with its experimental produce driven la carte menu. Don’t be greedy (it’s a date after all) and share in the range of starters and mains. Start with perfectly grilled asparagus, teamed with a tangy chives vinaigrette and oozy burrata ($23) or the grilled Clarence river baby octopus, teamed with smoked almond romesco and decadent potato chips ($22). As you gaze into one another’s eyes, bond over the succulently melting anger’s valley angus skirt steak with roasted potatoes and baby peppers. If meat isn’t your calling, then the nannygai red fish pops to life with compressed watermelon, seaweed and cucumber salad ($34).

2/10 Kensington St, Chippendale

KOI CAKES

Dessert at KOI

Don’t be a stinge, it’s time for dessert. However, a trip to KOI Dessert Bar doesn’t have to burst the bank. Although we are yet to find Willy Wonka, former MasterChef sweet treat Reynold Poernomo and his team are surely the Sydney equivalent. You could continue the date night feast with a set menu (starting from $50pp). KOI ‘s individual cakes ranging from $12-$15 should suffice. Grab a spoon each a settle your sugary cravings with the divine White Peach or, if you are feeling a naughty, dive into the Bailey’s.

46 Kensington St, Chippendale

GIN LANE

Drinks at Gin Lane

By this stage you should know if your date is worthy of a Bachelor rose. Providing all is going well, why not return to the bar, but this time at Gin Lane. As the name suggests, this 18th Century inspired manor will convert any gin sceptic with a taste of one of its 80 gin varieties. Head to the alfresco street side space and watch the world go by as you ponder what to do with the remainder of you evening. For some privacy, grab your Fishbowl of G&T ($32) and head upstairs to one of the leather-clad booths.

16A Kensington St, Chippendale

Overnight stay in The Old Clare Hotel

Is your date going reaalllllyyyy well? Without wanting to let the sparks dissolve for the night, why not consider checking into The Old Clare Hotel. Stretching across two iconic heritage-listed buildings – The Clare Hotel pub and the Carlton & United Breweries Administration Building – the 62-room boutique hotel has been constructed with incredible attention to aesthetics and concern for retaining the interesting features of both buildings. Located a mere hop, skip and jump away from Gin Lane, you and your date will be swooning over each other, all whilst surrounded by the rich history and architecture of the surrounding space.
The Old Clare Hotel, 1 Kensington St, Chippendale NSW 2008

COMPETITION TIME!

Kensington Street is giving you and that lucky someone the chance to WIN this perfect date night experience, valued at $740! The prize includes the following:

  • Two wine flights at Handpicked Wines (valued at $60)
  • Dinner for two at Eastside Kitchen + Bar ($150 voucher )
  • KOI’s Dessert Set Menu for two (valued at $130)
  • Post dinner drinks at Gin Lane ($100)
  • An overnight’s stay in The Old Clare (Connell Room) (valued at approx. $300)

To enter, simply click here – https://www.kensingtonstreet.com.au/win-date-night/
The winner will be drawn on August 15th, and notified direct via Kensington Street. Good luck!
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