When it comes to food, the only thing that holds us back from time to time is money. Heck, if money were no issue we’d be splashing out on one kilo tomahawk steaks and drool-worthy degustations on the daily. While we eat out a whole lot, we’ve got to be careful our foodie ways don’t drive us to a life of eating mi goreng and baked beans on toast for dinner.
Thankfully, those legends at Dimmi have teamed up with some of Sydney’s best restaurants for Dimmi Restaurant Week this September and are offering to split the bill with you so you can get out and experience the delicious delights Sydney has to offer without parting with too much of your hard-earned cash.
On selected days from 12-30 September, book a table at any participating restaurant, and you’ll receive a whopping 50% off your food bill as part of Dimmi’s Let’s Go Halves special.
So, what are you waiting for? Put on those fat pants and get booking!
#1 Riley St Garage
A little slice of NYC’s Meatpacking District in the heart of Woolloomooloo, Riley St Garage is all about the share plates, oysters, whiskey and craft beers. The best news? During September you can get a whopping 50% off Riley St's delicious tasting plates. Heck yes!
Book your table at Riley St Garage here.
#2 The Botanist
Cocktail jugs, tacos, gourmet sliders and pizzas—yep, that’s the recipe for a good time at The Botanist. Open for lunch and dinner, this Kirribilli bar divvies out tasty share plates (think grilled halloumi with cumin roasted eggplant and braised pork cheeks with polenta) and refreshing cocktails on the daily. Grab some friends, order a couple of pizzas and a jug of rose sangria and repeat because you’re getting these goodies for half price.
Book your table at The Botanist here.
#3 The Greens
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ game of bowls? Well you can find that and much more at North Sydney’s The Greens, overlooking the Harbour Bridge. When it comes to the most important meal of the day you can’t go past the breakfast tasting plate, chock full with bacon, ham croquettes, scrambled eggs, roast pumpkin and more—you’ll want to find a buddy to share this bad boy with. When it comes to lunch and dinner, The Greens are famous for their 180 day aged black angus tomahawk—but we think their wagyu beef burger is pretty darn speccy too.
Book your table at The Greens here. Special applies to lunch and dinner only.
SoCal is the closest you’ll get to Southern California cool in Sydney. Giving a nod to California’s Mexican roots, the menu at SoCal features goodies like Baja fish tacos, spiced beef quesadillas and duck leg carnitas, margaritas and tequila for days, as well as a beer list straight out of Northern America.
Book your table at SoCal Neutral Bay here.
Surry Hills and Bondi
The brainchild of celebrity chef Bill Granger, bills breakfasts are an institution in Sydney. We love a good aperitif at sunrise and bills’ spiced bloody Mary is no exception—the belvedere vodka, clamato, Korean chilli, lime and coriander will have you feeling more alive in no time at all. Food-wise, the sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon never disappoint.
Book your table at bills Surry Hills here or bills Bondi here. Editor's Note: Special applies to lunch and dinner only. Since this article was published bills in Surry Hills have sold out of the offer.
#6 Milano Torino
Home made pasta just like nonna makes it is the name of the game at Milano Torino in Rosebery. Think Italian sausage ragu tagliatelle, slow cooked beef cheek rigatoni and ravioli filled with salmon in a prawn bisque. Plus, there’s always something new on the menu for you to try!
Book your table at Milano Torino here.
#7 Ripples At Chowder Bay
This waterfront oasis in Mosman certainly is serving up the best of both worlds. From the mesmerising water views to the delicious modern Australian inspired menu, Ripples is the perfect location for celebrations or just a casual because-we-can meal by the water.
Book Your Table at Ripples At Chowder Bay here.
#8 The Owl House
Keep your food envy at bay and order double for the price of one at The Owl House in Darlinghurst this September. Make sure one of those dishes is the pork three ways—confit pork belly, braised pork cheek and seared pork fillet served with cabbage, potato fondant, apple and crackling. Yum!
Book your table at The Owl House here. Editor's note: Since this article was published this offer is now sold out.
#9 French Touch Bistro
We love this cute French Bistro on Crown Street, which dishes up loads of French goodies like croque monsiers, beef bourguignon, cassoulet, savoury galettes and sweet crepes. And, to keep the glutards out there happy, French Touch Bistro make their galettes with buckwheat flour. Legends!
Book your table at French Touch Bistro here.
#10 Cafe Del Mar
Cockle Bay Wharf
Sunset cocktails, relaxed tunes, killer views and impossibly fresh, Mediterranean-inspired fare—hands up who’s stoked that Cafe del Mar are going halvesies in the bill this September? If it were up to us we’d order the charcuterie plate for starters, filled with duck rillettes, jamon serrano, bresaola, foie gras and cornichons, because why the hell not?
Book your table at Cafe Del Mar here.
#11 Pilu At Freshwater
Amazing food, great views and awesome wine, Pilu at Freshwater has got it all—and this Restaurant Week you can too for half price! With a five course degustation on offer, as well as some very impressive weekday and weekend menus, you’ll want to slide this place to the top of your bucket list.
Book your table at Pilu at Freshwater here.
#12 The Crossing
Move over espresso martini, it’s time for the white chocolate mochatini’s time in the spotlight. This creamy take on your favourite caffeinated cocktail can only be found at The Crossing in Bondi, along with a whole bunch of other cocktail delights, wines galore and a freakin’ crazy chocolate brownie peanut butter cheesecake. At the very sweet half-off price of $3.50 you can afford to order double.
Book your table at The Crossing here.
#13 The Swanson
One of Sydney’s best gastro pubs, The Swanson is all about seasonal, nose to tail dining. 50% off means it’s time to head to this awesome spot in Erskineville and order up big from their grazing menu.
Book your table at the Swanson Hotel here.
#14 The Emporium Parramatta
Another degustation to wrap your lips (but not your life savings) around can be found at The Emporium Parramatta, featuring slow cooked beef short rib with pomme dauphine, grilled asparagus and charred onions as well as a dessert of smoked chocolate cremeux. If the bar menu is more your style, there is more than enough choices to keep you going back again and again.
Book your table at The Emporium Paramatta here.
#15 Delhi ‘O’ Delhi
Looking for the most affordable, yet delicious, meal of your life? Look no further than Indian joint Delhi ‘O’ Delhi in Newtown where groups can enjoy a tasty banquet which includes four courses for just 20 bucks (normally $40). Score!
Book your table at Delhi O Delhi here.
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Image credit: Alex Squadrito | Ripples At Chowder Bay, Frederica Portentoso | The Owl House, bills, Riley Street Garage.