The catalyst for rampant I love yous, a world shortage in red roses, PDA on escalators and the creation of the sappiest of Gosling & Hemsworth clad rom-coms is the undeniably loved up tradition that is February 14. But let’s be honest, its easier winning a Nobel Peace Prize than being non-cliché on Valentines Day in Sydney, nothing says tragic like an homage to Romeo & Juliet. This year, lets try and skip the star-crossed candy hearts and rather, fall in love the new way; with some of the best restaurants in Sydney.
Love song dedications with a twist. Goros boasts an eclectic, metropolitan Japan right in our very backyard. With hearty inventions including the Tokyo chili dog, the deliciously menacing Godzilla burger packed with double teriyaki wagyu beef and a menu set for late night lovers with an adoration for fried chicken, Goro’s is the go-to place for that couple with a love for the Surry Hills ‘je ne sais quoi’. With enough sake to make you believe you’re the next Whitney, or better yet a Beatle with enough love to go around, all you (really) need is Goros.
And if you're more keen on going out on the 13th, Goros are putting on one helluva party in the form of My Bloody Valentine, with a stellar DJ line up, cocktails, and of course all of the karaoke you're going to need to snag yourself a bed date for the evening. Everything kicks off at 8pm, and there are no lockouts. Nup, none. Go forth and party, guys.
Never meet the parents on Valentine’s Day, stick to the Sisters. Spend your sundown with Poehler, Fey and your other half, wining and dining under a range of packages lovingly made for the ultimate off-screen movie couple. The lawn lounge package offers the best seats in the house topped off with butler service and a Nighthawk Diner extravaganza of California taco salads, signature nighthawk burgers, Cuban and dill pickle sandwiches, hand-cut crisps, boutique popcorn (we wouldn’t expect any less) and Baileys ice-cream. Did we mention it’s all under the stars too? Find out more here.
Henley’s Wholefoods Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner
For the pair that Instagrams their daily couple workouts. We love you, we loathe you but more often than not, we may or may not want to be you. Whichever stance you take, Henley’s Wholefoods is your new home for organic, harmoniously and ethically made deliciousness. Working under the mantra of Gluten free. Dairy free. Sugar free. , all their food is lovingly prepared and presented at all three of their Bondi Junction, Alexandria and Double Bay locations. Their special Valentines three course sit down coupled with a bottle of Henley’s approved sparkling means you can love up and eat up without any post-Valentines guilt. Find out more here.
The Tea Room
The exclusive Tea Room is the icing on the cake of the CBD. Peering atop the timeless QVB, its lavish ballroom complete with high ceilings, long corridors and a three course a la carte is like a scene stolen from an English soiree. A definite for the couple that loves to dine in style and the perfect place to master your petit four palate, the Tea Room is an experience unlike any other, namely because they’ve opened their doors for dinner, a routine unbeknown in the Tea world. Take a table for two right next to one of the windows, for an experience fit for a Sydneysider with a hint of classic flair. Find out more here.
Woodland Kitchen & Bar
Chef extraordinaire Damian Heads brings an inspired and innovative take on modern Australian cuisine to the oh so lovely shores of Neutral Bay. Whether it’s Sydney rock oysters, spinach and potato gnocchi with roasted pumpkin, walnuts & parmesan or sashimi yellowfin tuna spring rolls, the Valentines menu decadent to the core, may drive you to change your Facebook status to ‘in a relationship with Woodland’. Find out more here.
The creme de la creme of all waterfont restaurants is undeniably, Aqua Bar. Causally overlooking the Olympic swimming pool, the Harbour Bridge and Luna Park like a hipster ordering an artisan coffee (with soy and two sugars), Aqua Bar encompasses a laid-back effortlessness among sophisticated and minimalist aesthetics. With a simplistic, sea inspired Valentines menu of fresh tuna, tomato and chilli tagliolini, Moreton Bay bugs, and flathead topped off with a cherry sorbet, your meal will be just as delectable as the visual lusciousness of the surroundings. When you’re done, take a stroll down to Luna Park for a trip up the Ferris wheel – share a kiss, write about it in your diary *cue credits, fade to black. Find out more here.
Icebergs Dining Room & Bar
Possibly one of the most instagrammed spots in all of the Eastern suburbs, Icebergs Bondi is a scenic celebrity, with its view over the impossibly beautiful Bondi Beach. For a cheeky $150, you and bae will be treated to a four-course Italian feast while staring lovingly into each others eyes and listening to the waves crash into the ocean that contains Rose’s necklace… What was I saying? Dinner at Icebergs? Right. This is simply not to be missed, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to get lucky after. Find out more here.
Fear not, Northside creatures, for there is always a delicious option for you to dine by the water on Valentine’s Day, and in this case it’s the delectable Cala Luna on Middle Harbour. Start off with some oysters (natch), a big ol’ glass of bubbles, and then eat your way into blissful oblivion by the water. The menu is just $99 per person (not including drinks, slick), so you won’t be bleeding your bank account dry just yet. #Romance. Find out more here.
If you’re after a locale that will have you earning enough brownie points to keep you in the good books for the rest of the year, look no further than Chiswick. The team that never disappoints is putting together a 4 course set dinner guaranteed to woo. You’ll kick your night off with a glass of Mumm champagne (we’re listening) followed by Mangrove mountain figs, seared yellowfin tuna and pan roasted Petuna ocean trout. You can book in for your lover's feast from 5:30pm and at $90 a person excluding wines, you can’t go wrong. Click here to book.
You just can't go wrong with a rotisserie. It’s the sure fire way to any man, or woman’s stomach, and no matter what your lover’s flavour you’ll find something delicious and roasted at The Paddington. With their chicken always a favourite there’s also a seriously delicious array of meats and even vegetables ready to be washed down with a brewsky or two. Now it's over to you. Find out more here.
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Image credit: Alex Squadrito at Aqua Dining