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A recipe for romance in Darling Harbour

A gourmet meal, flickering candlelight, soft music and a shared dessert to finish could perhaps be the recipe for a perfect romantic dinner for two. When you head away with your loved one, there's nothing better than dressing up in your finest threads and reliving the early days of date nights and fancy dinners - plus, it's time to indulge when you're on holiday! If you're headed to Sydney, here are some Darling Harbour dining and drinking options just oozing romance:

The Ternary

Located at the Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour, this sophisticated eatery offers a wide selection of gourmet drinks coupled with a prime location. Perch with your lover and enjoy a selection of share plates at The Ternary Bar, coupled with a delicious cocktail such as a classic Cosmopolitan or Espresso Martini,  as well as plenty of other tempting tipples, while you gaze at a view of the city skyline. There are plenty of options from famed wine regions across Australia on the wine list, light cider, and an impressive spread of spirits for a couple feeling adventurous.

The Meat and Wine Co

This restaurant ticks all the boxes a couple needs on a perfect date night. Encompassing three levels, the restaurant offers gorgeous views of Darling Harbour and the cityscape on every floor, it's the perfect romantic location. As the name suggests, this restaurant specialises in great steak and beef, pork and lamb ribs, as well as options such as lemon and herb chicken, and rockling with sauteed broccolini for those who don't feel like something quite as heavy. This restaurant is perfect for ladies with a real 'manly man' - combining elegance and location with a rustic menu, it's bound to satisfy everyone's romantic cravings. 'The Sweet Finale' is the perfect finish to your night. Share this dessert selection of chocolate and pistachio fondant, honey and cinnamon creme brulee, berry pot cheesecake, milk tart and vanilla bean ice cream with your lover before strolling the picturesque waterfront.

Bungalow 8

Perfect for whiling away an evening after a sunny day spent wandering the harbour, this island-inspired restaurant is a funky hideaway for fun loving couples. Choose from casual but delicious Aussie fare such as pan fried barramundi and chilli salt squid and chips, and complete the experience with a wine or a refreshing cocktail jug - South Pacific Sangria, anyone? This is the perfect spot for couples wanting an intimate evening without needing to change from the casual clothes you wore to the beach that day!


Fun-loving couples will adore the interactive dining experience that comes into play at this Japanese Darling Harbour restaurant. Specialising in teppanyaki, the chefs will dazzle you with displays of cooking right in front of your eyes, performing plenty of theatrics as they make your meal. Make the most of it and order a three course meal complete with dessert and drinks. Choose a light meal such as tempura king prawn, salmon sashimi or a salad for a refreshing and satisfying dinner. Or, take your pick from a variety of specialised Kamikaze meals such as sirloin steak and king prawns, or fillet mignon and moreton bay bugs - all served with veggies, steamed rice, miso soup, salad, ginger, and sesame sauce.

The Loft

This classy lounge bar is perfect for an evening drink before heading out to sample the nightlife or back to relax in your hotel. Complete with gorgeous views out over King Street Wharf, this hot location is best visited in the weekend when DJs bring the dance floor to life. Sip on cocktails and wine, share a delicious seafood platter or dumpling platter, before heading to the dance floor to boogie the night away with your lover.
Why not make a night of it and book accommodation in Darling Harbour, Sydney. 

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