Valentine’s Day provokes a heck of a lot of reactions. Joy, love and happiness for those with a significant other to cling to. Perhaps less enjoyable for those less coupled; eye-rolling, cringing at cheesy displays of affection or wondering why-oh-why we’re alone. But wait, hold off. Don’t dismiss it too quickly. Historically, there’s actually no connection between Saint Valentine himself and romance. Honestly, Google it. Therefore today’s traditions are merely a relatively modern convention. Here at BBM, if we love anything, we love food. So whether it’s your romantic partner, best friend or mum, go forth, eat, drink and be merry.
If you’re after a show stopper then look no further. Fine dining, white table cloths and windows. Yes windows – believe us, you’ll understand why when you see it. The restaurant is in Circular Quay, right on the edge of Sydney Harbour and is one the best views you’re going to get of the iconic scene. With up to four courses on offer, it’s pricey but the award-winning menu is guaranteed to wow.
1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay
If your date doesn’t like Asian food then we’re not sure you should be dining with them. Mr Wong is a winner. A Cantonese menu and an insane offering of dim sum, along with wonderfully ornate French colonial decor makes for an evening immersed in old world China. Despite its size, it seats 240 guests over two levels, it still feels intimate and everything from the food to the feel is authentic.
3 Bride Lane, Sydney
More rock than romance, Frankie’s serves up pizza whole or by the slice with a side of awesome attitude. It’s part cutesy Italian restaurant, complete with red and white chequered table cloths and hanging garlic, part dive bar with a beer menu that nearly outdoes the pizza menu. A closing time of 4am means the low key atmosphere doesn’t mean a low key night. Pizza that’s pretty close to perfect and brilliant brews for an unconventional date.
50 Hunter Street, Sydney
Who does romance quite like the French? And who can afford a trip to Paris for Valentine’s Day? Not many. So turn your attention to Ananas. A stylishly Gatsby-esque interior festooned with pineapples makes the perfect setting to sip champagne whilst pouring over the modern/classic French cuisine. And if all that isn’t enough, the restaurant sits in Sydney’s historical heart, The Rocks, whose cobbled streets will set the magical mood before you’re even inside.
18 Argyle Street, The Rocks
Doyles on the Beach
Make of a day of it in Australia’s oldest fishing village. Walk the coastline to Hornby Lighthouse and you’ll have earned your grub by the time you get back to Doyles’ cosy beachfront restaurant. A couple of steps to the sand, a couple more to the sea and the city skyline in the distance make for a picturesque, relaxed setting to enjoy gourmet fish and chips in this Sydney institution.
11 Marine Parade, Watsons Bay
By Amy Leonard