There are plenty of ways to celebrate including booking in for a degustation of Sydney’s finest seafood, cosying up at a romantic Italian eatery, going on a Galentine’s date and so much more!
We can all agree that Valentine’s Day is merely an opportunity to visit your favourite restaurant, or perhaps try something new. Whether your date is a fiery new romance, an unwithering old flame or a bunch of your closest girlfriends, there’s no denying that sparks will fly over a delicious spread and a bottle of vino. See what some of the best venues around Sydney are offering this year, and there are even catering packs for those that plan on staying in for some Netflix and chill.
This lively cocktail bar will surely get sparks flying this Valentine’s Day! Hidden down Phillips Lane, you’ll step off the bustling streets and into a space that combines old-world charm with a modern French-inspired menu and an impressive cocktail list to match. The special menu for the evening is $90pp and includes a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival, followed by Salmon Rillette, Hiramasa Kingfish Crudo, Lobster Ravioli, Duck Breast and so much more. You can also explore their add-on menu which includes boujee Champagne, Appellation oysters, caviar bumps and truffle brie. The menu is designed to share in the true spirit of romance and the setting will transport you to the streets of Paris. Find out more here.
Matteo Downtown & Double Bay
Take your lover on a romantic trip to Italy with a visit to Matteo Downtown or Double Bay. The team have created some beautiful Valentine’s Day-inspired dishes to serve on the night including this Red Ravioli with fresh lobster, mascarpone, chives and lemon. Matteo Downtown will also have a special a la carte menu available which is seafood heavy including Royal Red Prawn Moouse with Avruga caviar, Pan-seared Scallops with corn purée and bloody mary caviar, T-bone to share and Valraha Raspberry Mousse with olive oil biscuit and Italian meringue. Choose to go a la carte or on a set menu across both venues, and all guests will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling on arrival and chocolate to celebrate. Book here.
Little Pearl, Manly Beach
If you find yourself wishing you could take a tropical vacation this Valentine’s Day, Little Peal is the next best thing! Located just a stone’s throw from Manly Beach with prime waterfront views and a South East Asian-inspired menu, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a holiday (without the need for a boarding pass). The team have designed a 10-course share-style set menu which includes Freshly shucked oysters with roasted sesame kewpie dressing, Sesame Crust Yellowfin Tuna, Chicken Shumai Dumplings, Slipper Bugs with chilli xo butter and Cherry Blossom Cheesecake. All this and a signature cocktail on arrival for $89pp. Find out more here.
Each year we’re seeing more groups heading out to enjoy a meal on Valentine’s Day. Because really, why should the festivities be exclusive to couples? For those heading on a Galentine’s date, we think we’ve found the perfect offer on a rooftop in Barangaroo. Untied is putting on a bottomless in the most Instagramable setting. For just $59pp, enjoy 2 hours of frosé from the self-serve machines with share plates of Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken and Tom Yum mayo dipping sauce – because what’s better than fried chicken? The frosé comes in many flavours including strawberry and watermelon, mango and lime, lychee and rose, and banana and cacao. Bookings are available from 12pm for lunch or dinner – Find out more here.
The Winery, Surry Hills
The Winery is one of those places you’ll keep coming back to… It’s cosy, the food is delicious and it ticks all the boxes no matter if it’s date night or you’re rounding up a group of friends. For Valentine’s Day, this urban wine bar and restaurant have created a special 4-course set menu for you to enjoy over lunch or dinner. You’ll start on a glass of prosecco before moving through Euro-inspired dishes designed to share. Think freshly shucked oysters, Grilled Tiger Prawns with chilli and black garlic butter, Barramundi with asparagus and blackened tomato salsa, Chargrilled Chicken Breast served with rustic fries and a Dark Chocolate Mousse dessert with almond praline and raspberry coulis. The menu is just $79pp and is guaranteed to satisfy all palates. Find out more.
Serving a modern Italian menu with an incredible bottomless brunch offer, Fortuna has quickly become a Sydneysider’s favourite weekend pastime. For those that want to have pasta kisses (Lady & The Tramp style) this Valentine’s Day, Fortuna has you covered with their special set menu. For $80pp, enjoy marinated olives and house-made focaccia on arrival before moving onto Antipasti of King Prawns, Tuna, Kingfish and Oysters with a citrus dressing. You’ll then devour a decadent Seafood Ragu and finish on a Red Velvet Tiramisu with strawberry crumble and rose petals which has been specially made for Valentine’s Day. Find out more here.
Jordon’s Seafood, King Street Wharf
There’s nothing more romantic than eating seafood with waterfront views! Jordon’s Seafood is providing all the decadence your partner deserves this Valentine’s Day so you can prove just how much you love them. Enjoy the $120pp set menu including a glass of sparkling wine with natural oysters to start and your choice of entree including Chilli Scallops, Tuna Tartate, Salt & Pepper Calamari and Prawn Skewers. You’ll also choose your main from Jordon’s Signature Crust Fish Chowder, Prawn Linguine and Half Lobster. There’s no doubt your date will be impressed! Find out more here.
If you and your date want to cosy up at home, light a candle and order in, Catering Project have you covered. The team curate a beautiful range of catering boxes which can be delivered straight to your door. If your date isn’t into flowers, this could be the perfect solution! They’ve launched limited-edition catering boxes for this special occasion including the Netflix & Chill Picnic (which features both food & gifts) including Pacific Oysters, Spencer King Prawns, Chocolate Strawberries, Taylor & Smith Gin, Maison Blanche Soy Candle and so much more for $245.95. There’s also a Champagne Breakfast Box including fresh fruit, waffles and Champagne, as well as the Brownie Platter and Mini Heart Popsicles. Discover the full collection online here.
This adored rooftop hideaway in the CBD is ready to swoon patrons with a 5-course share-style set menu which can be enjoyed under cascading pastel-hued florals. Dishes include King Ora Salmon Crudo, Roasted BBQ Jackfruit Tacos, Glazed Quail Spatchcock served with chat potatoes tossed in curry leaf butter and The Rook’s take on an Eton Mess dessert with strawberries four ways, meringue and Chantilly cream. The menu is just $89pp with a cocktail on arrival so you can toast to many more delicious years to come with your lover. Find out more here.
Oh My Days Bakery x Greenall’s Gin Collaboration
Has your lover got a sweet tooth? Oh My Days Bakery & Greenall’s Gin have collaborated to create a black cherry gin-flavoured croissant in celebration of Valentine’s Day. The reimagined French staple features layers of flaky croissant dough and a rich filling made with vegan dark chocolate and vegan cream, topped with Greenall Black Cherry Gin-infused Australian cherries. The limited-time sweet will be available from Feb 1st right up until Valentine’s Day. Find out more here.
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