10 Great Sydney Date Nights Made Even Better With Dine and Discover Vouchers

Time is running out to use your NSW Dine and Discover vouchers.

The state government spending scheme encouraged the community to support local restaurants and recreation businesses in the wake of COVID closures, but each of the six $25 vouchers will expire on June 30.

For those who left their vouchers to languish on the Service NSW app, it’s the perfect opportunity to plan a last-minute date night that won’t break the bank. To make the process easier, here are 10 romantic restaurants in suburban Sydney that are participating in the scheme.

Note: While each of these companies has registered with Service NSW to accept Dine and Discover vouchers, it is best practice to call and confirm prior to arrival.

Pisco sours at Pepito's.

Pepito’s famous pisco sour. Photo: Edwina Pickles

Pepito’s, Marrickville

The seductive party atmosphere of the Peruvian tavern, Pepito’s, will heat things up with a selection of seafood dishes, such as the $21 leche de tigre (a vibrant ceviche with fried kingfish, prawns and squid) or the $13 bread with fish (a crispy fish sandwich with spicy pickles). Be sure to try their signature pisco sour, it’s one of the best in town.

Additional experience ‘Discover’: The Blochaus indoor climbing gym in Marrickville offers a date night activity for those ‘bigger than most’. A day pass is only $21.

Neko Neko, Newtown

This intimate Newtown restaurant serves steaming bowls of plant-based ramen starting at just $22. The signature Neko Neko ramen features crispy fried tofu pockets filled with mixed rice, kikurage mushrooms, and pickles in a soy-based broth, making it the perfect winter warmer. instagram.com/nekoneko_newtown

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Dendy Cinemas in Newtown is currently showing the blockbusters Elvis, Top Gun: Maverick, and Jurassic World: Dominion. The adult ticket price is $18, so your Discover coupon can be expanded to include some much-needed movie snacks.

Taqiza, Bondi

‘Taco’ about their future together at the Mexican restaurant Taqiza. Their extensive taco menu includes fillings like fish of the day (with zarandeado sauce, lettuce and crispy sweet potato) and chicken mole with davidson plums (with radicchio, chive cream and sesame seeds).

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Re-enact THAT scene from the ’80s movie Ghost by signing up for a night class at Bondi Clay. Tickets are $180 per couple.

The Murray Grilled Cod and Charcoal Fish Sauce Roll.

The Murray Grilled Cod and Charcoal Fish Sauce Roll. Photo: Supplied

Charcoal Fish, Rose Bay

Fish to go is at its finest at Charcoal Fish in Rose Bay, where seafood expert Josh Niland applies his fine dining expertise to Charcoal Murray Cod with no fuss. The menu currently includes Murray Cod Wings with a side of tamarind sauce for $20, or Murray Roast Cod on a gravy roll with crispy skin and stuffing for $24.

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Bring your food on an intimate stargazing tour hosted by Southern Sky Tours. For $250 per couple, they’ll pack you a picnic mat, seats, blankets, cushions, and hot chocolate for an unforgettable experience under the stars.

With love, Tilly Devine.

Love, Tilly Devine brings the date vibes. Photo: Nikki To

With love, Tilly Devine

Dining coupons can’t be spent on Love, Tilly Devine’s extensive list of minimal intervention natural wines, but you can buy some appetizers for the perfect pairing. Highlights on the current menu include scallop ceviche with cauliflower, furikake and pickled potato ($23) and rigatoni with roasted peppers and fried capers ($25).

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Adrenaline-inducing activities are said to increase attraction on dates. If you want to put that to the test, why not try a true crime walking tour through the scenes of the Sydney murders with Murders Most Foul? A two-hour tour will set you back $40.

Ezra's Restaurant in Potts Point is the place to go for an Israeli meal.

Ezra’s Restaurant in Potts Point is a popular date night destination. Photo: Brook Mitchell

Ezra, Dot Potts

Try cosmopolitan Tel Aviv food at Ezra at Potts Point. The intimate restaurant is a popular destination for date night, with a menu that includes roasted cauliflower spiced with za’atar and pumpkin seeds ($24) and potato kugel with creme fraiche and salmon roe ($24).

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Shake things up with a cocktail masterclass at Dulcie’s in King’s Cross. From $75 per person, you can learn how to make martinis, Golden Miles, or a selection of Prohibition classics using all-Australian spirits and produce.

The botanist, Kirribilli

Your coupons will get you a couple of sharing plates at Kirribilli favorite The Botanist, like raw king salmon with green tomato and smoked Avruga caviar ($24) and the local burrata with marinated peppers ($22). While you’re there, be sure to try their wide selection of Australian gin.

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Dinner and a movie can be a cliché, but there’s nothing like watching a movie at the Orpheum, one of Sydney’s most beautiful art deco theatres. Standard adult tickets are $24.50.

The Herring Room at Mangly.

The Herring Room in Manly is a top spot for seafood lovers. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

The herring room, Manly

Cozy up by the fireplace at The Herring Room seafood restaurant in Manly. The family-owned spot features seafood from sustainable and environmentally sensitive fisheries in dishes like king salmon ceviche with kaffir lime, green papaya and pineapple dressing ($24) and seared WA scallops with burnt verjus butter and pine nuts ($26).

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Start your relationship on Instagram with a photo shoot at Selfie HQ. It may be silly, but who doesn’t appreciate a person who can laugh at themselves? An hour with more than 20 flashy backgrounds will cost you $30.

1915 Lanzhou Beef Noodles, Burwood

There are plenty of delicious options to choose from at Burwood, but there’s something special about the freshly pulled noodles at 1915 Lanzhou. Settle into one of the booths and try the traditional beef noodles that are heated. At just $12.90, there will be spare change for some Lanzhou rubsen cakes, little balls of fried dough served with condensed milk.

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Serenade your date at K Galaxy Karaoke, where you can select from over 250,000 songs. The tiny room, outfitted with plush seating and neon lighting, starts at just $5 per hour per person.

Chatkazz in Harris Park

Chatkazz in Harris Park offers entrees starting at just $4. Photo: Fiona Morris

Chatkazz, Harris Park

Chatkazz serves fast and uncomplicated authentic Indian street food in Harris Park. With prices starting at just $4, your coupon will allow you to try a great selection of curries, daal and sandwiches. But don’t forget the sweets: Chatkazz’s second shop features a dazzling array of vibrantly colored desserts, like mango and pink coconut barfi (a dense milk-based confection).

Additional experience ‘Discover’: Scram Escape Rooms in neighboring Parramatta will put your teamwork to the test with their selection of challenging escape rooms. The experience lasts about 90 minutes and costs $100 for two adults.

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