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.
Price: $180 per person for three courses
Bookings: 02 9518 6677 (bookings essential)
Address: Lower Deck, Jones Bay Wharf, 21 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
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.
Price: $72 per person for three courses
Bookings: 02 9810 5466
Address: 79 Elliott Street, Balmain
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.
Price: $288 per couple
Bookings: 02 9281 1500
Address: Second floor, The Old Rum Store, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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!
Price: $80 per person (food only)
Bookings: 02 9188 1581
Address: 5/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
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.
Price: $110 per couple
Bookings: 02 9569 2638
Address: 156 Norton Street, Leichhardt
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.
Bookings: 02 9247 2229
Address: 100 Cumberland Street, The Rocks