Those long lazy summer holiday evenings walking along the beach at sunset or simply lounging around the house with your loved one in pyjamas well past midday may already feel like a distant memory. But for those romantics amongst us, never fear, Valentine’s Day February 14th is just around the corner and so is the opportunity to treat your sweetheart (and yourself) to a culinary delight. After combing the Harbour city for hot tips from romance aficionados and foodies alike, True Local have put together this handy list covering some of the best Valentine ’s Day spots in Sydney:
Corner Paul & Northcliff Streets, Milsons Point NSW
Ready to impress your significant other this Valentine’s Day with your impeccable taste, deep pockets and a fine view over one of the world’s most stunning harbours? For a flash meal for two there’s few places in Sydney with as fine a location as Aqua Dining. Nestled above Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool in Milson’s Point, this destination restaurant serves up contemporary Italian cuisine including 3 course a la carte menus from $95 and side dishes from $9. Be sure to book ahead as this spot does get busy (no surprise) and opt for a balcony table if one is available.
“Fantastic food, wine, cocktails and service. Ideal location for that special occasion, overlooking North Sydney Pool and with wonderful views of the Harbour Bridge” – Shelley P
84-86 Mary Street, Surry Hills NSW
Seeking a Valentine ’s Day treat with a twist? Perhaps you and your partner are more edgy than your typical loved up couple who go to fancy Italian restaurants to proclaim their love? If this sounds like you and your loved one, head down to Goro’s on February 14th, with this casual Japanese eatery in the heart of Sydney’s trendy Surry Hills packed with urban attitude. You won’t have to sacrifice on the romance either, with the interior featuring ambient mood lighting, private dining booths (perfect for two but can also fit up to four) and a karaoke screen as all good Japanese joints should have! Top menu choices include Teriyaki Beef Burgers with shoestring fries ($19) and fancy cocktails ($18).
“Went to Goros for the first time and loved it – the girls behind the bar were absolutely lovely, the sashimi and cider were great, and the atmosphere of the whole place is very cool. Will be going back :)” – SabrinaMorgan
384 Oxford Street, Paddington NSW
For a more laid back, casual Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner for two, you can’t go past The Paddington in the cosmopolitan neighbourhood of the same name. Standing proud in a refurbished 19th century building on busy Oxford Street, The Paddington describes itself as part-pub, part-restaurant and part-cocktail bar, with each section of this establishment having its own distinct personality. For the romantically minded, the main dining room does feature soft ambient lighting and cosy tables for two, whilst popular menu items include delicious Roast Chickens ($28 for half), Whole Barramundi ($39) and Chocolate Mousse with Salted Caramel ($16).
“Headed to the paddington one night for drinks. Great service, great atmosphere and I definitely would be keen to return to dig into the menu :)” – The Naked Food Addict
Level 3, QVB Building Sydney NSW
Are you and your sweetheart seeking a truly sophisticated Valentine’s Day affair, complete with plush upholstered chairs, statement chandeliers, fine china dining sets and decadent bite-sized European treats? If you answered yes, The Tea Room at QVB Building in the heart of Sydney CBD is the perfect place to be on February 14th. Perhaps you can start off the day with high tea served in Royal Albert fine china (starting from $35 per person) before following up with sophisticated Canapes and freshly prepared seafood.
“We celebrated our 5th anniversary here on Friday. It was a delightful getaway from a stressful few weeks of work. The afternoon high tea was very good. The savory bites and pastries were the highlights” – Harry Pulaski
Shop 2, 19-25 Grosvenor Street, Neutral Bay NSW
A long, narrow and oh so stylish Scandi-inspired space in ritzy Neutral Bay on Sydney’s North Shore, Woodland Kitchen & Bar caters for both social catch ups with friends to intimate one on one lunches or dinners between loved ones. As February 14th approaches, this well regarded and awarded restaurant is offering a Valentine’s Day Dinner for $85 per person where you can choose from Sourdough Baguette’s and Kingfish Cerviche for starters, Pan Roasted Market Fish and Wood Fire Grilled Sirloin for mains, whilst dessert options include Hazeulnut Ice Cream Parfait and Toasted Coconut and Sago Pannacotta to name just a few delicious examples.
“Oh so good!!!!! We had a selection of the tasting plates and they did not disappoint – especially the mouth watering seared sirloin. Calamari was a hit also, so fresh. Whilst I don’t think I had the pick of the mains, being chicken, the others I tasted at the table – duck and lamb were simply gorgeous” – Mins