We recently revealed the 50 most romantic restaurants in Australia, showcasing some of the country’s top spots for date night dining. In Sydney, food-loving couples are spoilt for choice! From rooftop cocktail bars to neighbourhood gems, here are 10 of the most romantic restaurants to try in Sydney.
Nour gives classic Lebanese dishes a modern makeover, using a wood-fired oven to give meat and vegetables an irresistible smoky char. It’s a strong contender for Sydney’s prettiest dining room, too, with its pastel tones, blond wood, and huge windows that flood the room with sunshine. Save room for the white chocolate sphere with figs and pistachio cream.
Treat the foodie in your life to an unforgettable meal at Momofuku Seiōbo, David Chang’s first restaurant outside New York City. Each night, executive chef Paul Carmichael and his team serve a 10-course tasting menu inspired by the flavours of the Caribbean. If you’ve got a special anniversary coming up, this is a gastronomic experience worth splashing out on.
With its soft lighting and classic French menu, Hubert ticks all the boxes for a romantic dinner for two. After a glass of Champagne or two, choose from dishes like duck parfait, blanquette de veau, and bavette steak with Burgundy butter. Close your eyes and you could be in Paris!
KOI Dessert Bar
KOI is the perfect place to indulge your date’s passion for dessert. Chef Reynold Poernomo – who you may recognise from MasterChef Australia – serves an innovative seasonal tasting menu, plus a ‘just desserts’ option for diners with a sweet tooth.
If your ideal date night involves great wine and plenty of pasta, this neighbourhood Italian should definitely be on your radar. If you can beat the locals to a table, you’ll be rewarded with dishes like cotoletta alla Milanese and paccheri with fresh seafood and guanciale.
Treat your special someone to killer cocktails and plant-based plates at this quirky bar-restaurant inside the Ovolo Woolloomooloo. The menu was designed by world-renowned vegan chef Matthew Kenney, so expect creative dishes that are big on flavour. Don’t miss the kimchi dumplings with ginger foam or the squash blossoms with pine nut ricotta.
Nick & Nora’s
If you’re looking for a drinks spot with real wow-factor, this rooftop bar in Parramatta is hard to beat. Inspired by the glamour of the post-prohibition era, it’s an opulent space with Art Deco flourishes and uninterrupted skyline views. Pair your cocktail of choice with bar bites like smoked Wagyu carpaccio and crispy Szechuan prawns.
Osteria di Russo & Russo
This charming osteria is the sort of place every food lover dreams of having in their neighbourhood. It has a warm, laid-back vibe that encourages you to take time over your meal and appreciate the flavours. Expect modern twists on Italian classics, such as fried zucchini flowers with goat’s milk ricotta and saltbush gnocchi with sausage ragu.
This Viking-inspired restaurant in Redfern is the perfect setting for a date night dinner with a difference. With its meaty menu and impressive whisky collection, it’s exactly the sort of place that Thor might wine and dine a lady. After cocktails and oysters, get stuck into rotisserie corn fed chicken, roast pork belly, or their famous whisky-glazed short rib.
This elegant restaurant in Gledswood Hills serves a seasonal menu inspired by the flavours of the Adriatic coast. If you can resist their dry-aged Bistecca, we recommend the ‘Adriatic voće del mare’ – a stunning selection of fresh and grilled seafood for two to share.
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