Restaurants

Not Tacky Places To Go For Valentine’s Dinner

By Marie-Antoinette Issa - 07 Feb 2015

CHISWICK Restaurant
Woollahra, NSW 6 Images
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Bishop Sessa
Surry Hills, NSW 1 Image
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Flying Fish
Pyrmont, NSW 1 Image
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North Bondi Fish
Bondi Beach, NSW 8 Images
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Firefly Bar & Dining
Neutral Bay, NSW 5 Images
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4Fourteen
Surry Hills, NSW 1 Image
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Champagne Room
Surry Hills, NSW 8 Images
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The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room
Sydney, NSW 5 Images
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Vapiano
Sydney, NSW 8 Images
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February 14 marks the admission of Oregon as the 33rd State of the USA… Oh and it’s Valentine’s Day … For those not interested in American History, we think you’ll LOVE this list of 12 non-cheesy suggestions to mark this Hallmark-inspired holiday, instead.

Pei Modern

Sydney CBD
Roses are red, violets are blue, treat your partner to a special six-course feast by Pei Modern Head Chef, Matt Germanchis and we guarantee that they will love you, too! Bae would have to have a heart of stone not to fall for the Clyde River rock oysters with a glass of NV Louis Roederer Champagne offered on arrival; followed by yellow fin tuna, watermelon and ginger; Wagyu flat-iron steak with charred cucumber and harissa; and a delectable dessert of meringue, chocolate sorbet and raspberries.

Devon on Danks

Waterloo
Spoil your loved one this Valentine's Day at Devon on Danks, with an indulgent champagne breakfast. The menu includes a glass of champagne on arrival and features a smoked salmon parfait with brioche, the choice of truffle pasta or a King Louis XIII cronut with mushroom duxelle and black truffles, as well as a surprise V Day dessert. 

Chiswick

Woollahra
Love is patient… Love is Kind … Love is skipping the service station carnations and treating your better half to dinner at Chiswick, instead. At this iconic Sydney restaurant, chef Matt Moran has designed a romantic three-course dinner menu featuring wood-roasted Moran family lamb; strawberry pavlova with crystallised rose petals, and a sweet surprise Valentine's Day treat, that will warm your heart.  

Bishop Sessa

Surry Hills
Cupid is an angel, so it’s not surprising that this Valentine’s Day, he wants you to settle down for dinner with another holier-than-thou-dude. Sydney wine bar, Bishop Sessa is named after a 15th century Italian man-of-God with a love affair for food, wine, and games, and we think you and your date will be equally infatuated with the sustainable specialities at this cosy bistro. We’re smitten with the Yellowtail Kingfish ceviche; tortellini of slow-cooked duck with radishes, fennel, orange caramel; and bittersweet chocolate tart with banana bread ice cream.

Flying Fish

Pyrmont
Hot air balloon rides, private sea planes, Flying Fish. The most romantic Valentine’s Day ideas always seem to involve having your head in the clouds! However, those who also like to keep their feet on the ground can swap air sick for love sick by heading to FF. Open your heart, your eyes and your mouth at this waterfront restaurant and indulge all your senses with an amazing spread featuring options such as tuna with puffed pork, grapefruit, black pepper caramel, lamb eye of loin, with white anchovy, and lavender yoghurt with summer berry sorbet and white chocolate. And ensuring your heart further swells with pride?  $5 from each meal will be donated to Heart Research Australia.

The Rook

Sydney CBD
If you and your lover don’t feel on top of the world as soon as you step into this Sydney rooftop restaurant on York St, you no doubt will after having a heart-to-heart about the amazing V Day feast featuring oyster, lobster, Champagne, and dessert.

North Bondi Fish

North Bondi
Don’t be too upset if your partner doesn’t gaze into your eyes when you celebrate lover’s day at North Bondi Fish. As well as a menu featuring albacore tuna with sesame; woodfired yamba prawns with smoked chilli; and chips with malt vinegar, this iconic Sydney restaurant comes with views overlooking beautiful Bondi Beach. That would be tough competition for anyone to follow…

Firefly

Neutral Bay
You’ll have no problem convincing your significant other that you’re a hunk of burning love with dinner at this cozy North Shore Bar. Firefly's sharing banquet (priced at a relatively modest $59pp) includes a glass of Dominque Portet Sparkling Rose on arrival; the restaurants’ famous zucchini fries with aioli, duck Pancakes, Canadian seared scallops, and herb and polenta-crusted Barramundi. And for dessert… Eton Mess! Did someone say hot hot hot?

4Fourteen

Surry Hills
Unless they have a massive change of heart, vegan couples probably need not apply for a booking at Celebrity Chef Colin Fassinge’s restaurant. Lovers of nose-to-tail eating (for which CF is famous), however will no doubt bond over the innovative and inspiring offerings, and take the delicious V Day dinner prepared by everyone’s favourite firey Irishman, straight to heart .

Champagne Room

Surry Hills
Some things that you will definitely share during Valentine’s Day dinner at the Champagne Room: a tasty taster platter and a crisp flute of Perrier Jouet.
Other things that you may or may not share following afore mentioned dinner (depending on how much game you have): a Valentine’s day kiss… and so on and so forth…

The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room

Sydney CBD
If oysters are indeed an aphrodisiac then you are definitely in the right place if you spend V Day at this sexy Sydney restaurant. $59 gets you a specially created two-course menu including a beautiful cocktail… and a dozen oysters will only set you back an extra $30!

Glass Brasserie

Sydney CBD
People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Instead they shower their loved ones with long-stemmed red roses, and fluffy teddy bears and a romantic and indulgent three-course menu created by Luke Mangan. Make your booking gorgeous Sydney restaurant, Glass Brasserie and prove once and for all that romance is not dead!

Vapiano

Sydney CBD
Vapiano, will be a safe haven for singles this Valentine’s Day by offering groups the chance to book and enjoy the evening in a romance-free zone. With over 250 seats in each of its restaurants and shared communal tables, Vapiano is the ideal spot for singles looking to escape the internationally-celebrated day of love. Freshly prepared Italian food plus a room full of singles is the perfect recipe for love this Valentines Day.

Image credit: Chiswick

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