Where to spend Valentine’s Day in Sydney
Valentine’s Day is so divisive! You’re either so overcome with love and adoration for whoever’s in your life that “smitten” almost loses all meaning, or you’re so desperately alone that you loathe the very utterance of the name of the day. Either way, it evokes so many emotions both good and bad, so why not eat your feelings regardless and leave everyone happy?
Here’s where to do it in Sydney this year…
Cafe Del Mar, Darling Harbour
Cafe? del Mar has everything you need to surprise that special someone this Valentine’s Day with their stunning 3 course dining package. Guests can enjoy the bohemian style venue whilst dining on Profiteroles with rose syrup injection and raspberries, all to be enjoyed with a drink in hand overlooking Sydney’s picturesque Darling Harbour. The dining package is available from Midday and includes a complimentary glass of Chandon or Peroni – bookings essential.
Flying Fish Restaurant and Bar, Pyrmont
Flying Fish offers a three course Valentine’s Day dinner complete with panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. There is a choice of four Flying Fish favourite starts, mains and decadent shared couples’ dessert prepared by head chef Ian Royle. Menu options include torched Balmain bug with whipped cod roe, apple and walnut; and john dory with lobster tail, chicken yuzu butter and warrigal greens. Finish with dessert: textures of dark chocolate, hazelnut, popcorn and coffee; or goat’s cheesecake with violets, blueberry and almond.
Bistro Moncur, Woollahra
In true French style, Valentine’s Day at Bistro Moncur is set to be the ultimate romantic occasion. The venue is serving up their French bistro classics alongside a complimentary glass of Ruinart with every booking and for those who truly want to impress their significant other, there is the exclusive dessert x cocktail menu featuring the likes of the Rosewater & Strawberry Parfait & Meringue along with the A Valentine’s Rose cocktail.
Efendy celebrates Valentine’s Day with a three course Turkish meal. Get intimate and share a plate of mezes before moving on to a main course of Kadayif prawns and a couples’ charcoal grill board featuring beef and pistachio kofte; lamb shoulder tandir; and grilled spicy sujuk. Efendy finishes its night of romance with a special dessert created just for Valentine’s Day.
Catalina, Rose Bay
With exquisite harbour views and a menu to match, Catalina is the ideal venue for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Lunch will be available from the a la carte menu from 12:00pm. For those who want to spoil their loved one, Catalina will be offering a 3-course dinner degustation, perfect for a romantic and memorable evening ($150 with beverages charged on consumption).
If you’re feeling fancy, get there with Sydney Seaplanes.
Olio Kensington Street, Chippendale
Chippendale’s newest addition Olio Kensington Street hosts a Sicilian feast to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Soak up the afternoon sunshine and sip on a glass of bubbles on the restaurant’s rooftop terrace followed by a six-course dinner by award-winning chef Lino Sauro. Indulge in pacific oysters with orange, balsamic vinaigrette, cucumber and granita; and homemade ravioli with king prawns, black truffle and burrata sauce. Finish the night with Sauro’s Sicilian summer dessert special: hibiscus and watermelon jelly with wild strawberry sorbet and raspberry mousse.
Enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day candlelit dinner along the waterfront at modern Turkish restaurant, Anason. For the special day, Anason offers a seven-course tasting menu including cured salmon pastirma, zucchini flower dolma and Turkish delight ice cream. Taste your way through the Turkish wines – our tip is the rose!
The Royal, Leichhardt
Spoil your Valentine this year with a two-course dinner at The Royal Botanical in Leichhardt. Begin the night with a glass of sparkling wine on the balcony and feast on pan-fried salmon or Cape Grim grass fed sirloin. To top the night off, couples indulge in a heart-shaped chocolate cake shared between the two lovers.
The Australian Heritage Hotel, The Rocks
The Australian Heritage Hotel offers a casual pub experience this Valentine’s Day. The iconic pub in the heart of The Rocks serves everything from chorizo hotdogs to Coat of Arms pizzas (half emu and half pepper kangaroo with bush tomato, capsicum and lemon myrtle mayo). To mark the special occasion, every couple receives a complimentary dessert if they book in advance.
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