Everyone knows that the way to a heart is through the stomach so why not treat that special someone to a delicious dining experience!
For those looking to impress, it doesn’t get much better than a 3-hour dining experience at Ele within The Star. Together Frederico Zanellato and Karl Firla put on a gastronomical degustation with dishes inspired by the elements of earth, wind, fire and water. Every dish is plated with precision for a multi-sensory experience and it’s common to see a pairing of delicacies and native Australian ingredients. As you move around the venue for this progressive dining experience, you’ll be delighted by the whimsical mastery of the chefs, the gastronomy on the table and the intimate restaurant feel with just 20 seats. Find out more here.
This beachside eatery has made a comeback with a penchant for Italian fare and chic interiors. The casual vibe is perfect for a first date with Italian favourites such as porchetta and pizza to keep all tastes happy. The team has also opened Oris Bar next door allowing you to go from vino and pizza to cocktails and records with a jukebox just waiting for you to press play on 80s classics. Find out more here.
This old pub has had a major renovation and we can officially say after our visit that it is worthy of your next date night. With booth seating, modern interiors and a fireplace roaring through the restaurant, you and your loved one will be smitten as ever. The menu has taken a bistro turn with signatures such as steak frites, duck leg, chicken liver parfait and creme brulee. Find out more here.
Maydanoz is a great new choice for those with vegetarian partners, but we can guarantee it will impress even the biggest of meat-eaters! The menu is inspired by the vegetarian-driven fare from the Aegean Turkish coast and is done by no other than chef and owner Somer Sivrioğlu (Anason, Efendy). The restaurant is super cosy with velvet textures and dim lights making for a romantic evening in the heart of the CBD. Find out more here.
Swoon your lover in the heart of Paddington at the town’s newest Italian restaurant. At the helm of Civico’s kitchen is Executive Chef Matteo Zamboni who you might be familiar with from the two-hatted restaurant Ormeggio, Pilu at Freshwater and Jonah’s. Born in Serle, a small town in northern Italy, Zamboni’s Italian heritage shines through each dish and the experience is one to impress. There’s also a little bar area off the restaurant which allows you to move from finer dining to casual drinking with your partner over one of their siganture spritz’s. Find out more here.
Freshwater has just welcomed this 100-seater venue to Albert Street. Although it’s a great option for groups, with beachside charm, beautiful interiors and an eclectic mix of modern-Mexican share plates, it makes for a lovely date night. The menu is designed to share with a diverse range of meat, fish, vegetarian and gluten-free options to suit everyone. Find out more here.
If you’re after a waterside dining experience, Sama Sama is our new favourite in Barangaroo. Taking residence in former restaurant Khoi, the team from Bae Dining (TOKKI, Marble BBQ) have given the space new life and brought Southeast Asian fare to the menu. Expect a fun and delicious dining experience where you can share an array of dishes including Bone Marrow Mi-Goreng, Nahm Jim Kingfish and a tasty Char Kway Teow. The cocktails are impressive too with favourites including the Tommy Khoi and Spice Honey Nectar. Find out more here
If you’re looking to impress, head to Corso Brio for a dose of European grandeur. The new 120-seater venue boasts boujee interiors, a modern Italian menu and an impressive wine list to match. Led by a strong hospitality team including Italian-born executive chef Massimo De Michele, you’ll taste dishes including Beef Carpaccio, Wild-Caught New Zealand Scampi and Slow-Cooked Margra Lamb Shoulder. Find out more here
If you’re looking for a refined dining experience with a sustainable edge, The Blue Door is the perfect date night spot. The restaurant is intimate and charming with just 24-seats, vintage-style wooden tables and chairs, white walls and high ceilings. Award-winning chef Chef Dylan Cashman has centered the menu around his connections with local markers and growers. It’s a true farm-to-table experience where the menu rotates each week to reflect the nature of seasonal produce from the local farmers. Find out more here
Nestled down an unassuming back alleyway in Manly, the 32-seater restaurant is the perfect spot to perch up for share plates and a good pet nat. Executive Chef Dan Webb is at the helm of the kitchen bringing modern British cuisine to the table. As with all good menus, it changes with the seasons and depending on what produce can be sourced from the local markets. Current menu highlights include Ham Hock Terrine with apricot chutney and soft quail egg, Lamb Shoulder Croquettes with peas and mint, Confit Duck & Foie Gras Pie and for dessert, Dark Chocolate Mousse with blood orange. Find out more here
Jung Sung celebrates traditional Korean cuisine with a whimsical, modern, and sophisticated offering. Head Chef InSup Kim is at the helm of the kitchen and his food philosophy is to shift the perception of Korean food. To do just that, Kim fuses authentic Korean cooking techniques with modern methods using local Australian produce and botanicals. You’ll find Jung Sung located on the third level of the Old Rum Store at Chippendale’s bustling Kensington Street precinct. Glass windows flood the restaurant with natural light and give it a New York loft feel. Find out more here
MV Bistro & Wine Bar of Surry Hills has turned into a luxe Italian restaurant and bar within the same space on Crown Street. The scene can be best described as moody but there’s a touch of elegance from the velvet drapes and brass and crystal chandeliers. It has a luxe, romantic atmosphere making it the perfect venue for your next date night. This European elegance is complimented throughout the food and beverage offering as Head Chef Francesco Di Gioia (Fred’s, Charlie Parker’s, Riley Street Cafe and Wine) pays homage to classic Italian cuisine from all regions. Find out more here