The best spots for a surprise date night
Making time for your partner is a sure fire way to keep the flames burning in your relationship. Whether you schedule in your date nights in advance or like to be more spontaneous, here are some great restaurants to plan an intimate date night that also comes with the perk of a free bottle of wine when you pay with your Citi card.
Hunter and Barrel, Perth
Nestled in Perth’s ‘foodie hub’ is Hunter and Barrel steakhouse. A truly intimate setting, the crackle of the fire and the delicious aroma of smoking meats sets the scene for a fiery evening. With a menu boasting braised lamb shank wrapped in pastry and Tasmanian kangaroo with roasted carrots, peppers, baby potatoes and a subtly sweet mixed berry jus, there’s plenty to get stuck into for any hunter gatherer duo. Let the sparks fly over pre-dinner barrel aged cocktails or fat-washed spirits, and then enjoy a free bottle of wine as a Citi cardholder over your meals.
If you’re after a first date dining spot, look no further than Melbourne’s Yagiz with its unpretentious atmosphere and warm and welcoming staff. While you’re getting to know each other order a couple of plates to share like the stuffed mussels with rice and currants or the grilled calamari with burnt pepper and crispy bulgar. No Turkish dining experience would be complete without everybody’s favourite dessert, baklava with its layers of delicious filo pastry, served at Yagiz with praline ice cream. The wine list at Yagiz emphasises smaller producers, so be sure to take the opportunity to taste something new and grab your free bottle of wine when you pay with your Citi card.
INDU Dining, Sydney
Spice things up at Indu Dining where you’ll explore the cuisine of southern India and Sri Lanka. With it’s celebration of village culture, flavours and local hospitality, this is the perfect spot to plan a night with a difference. Start fresh with a Village Green cocktail and get stuck into South Indian crepes made from lentils and paired with turmeric cured salmon and cardamom aioli - perfect for sharing. Or, dive straight into the feasting menu, featuring Goan pork belly curry, devilled pumpkin and traditional Amma’s daal (mother’s daal), this is one not to miss. Wash it all down with a bottle of full bodied Petite Sirah which comes free when you pay with your Citi card.
Patina at Customs House, Brisbane
Tucked in Brisbane’s most iconic heritage listed building and overlooking some of the best views in the city, Patina at Customs House is a perfectly romantic setting for date night. With an emphasis on paddock to plate philosophy, everything on the menu is local and regional, down to the mushrooms which are grown in Patina’s on-site cellar!
Try a bright and peachy glass of Chardonnay and freshly shucked oysters as you look over the menu. With sharing in mind, tuck into mouth-watering butternut with ricotta, fermented chili and smoked pistachios, and the chargrilled ocean king prawns with black pepper, curry leaf and sugarloaf. Enjoy a free bottle of chardonnay when you pay with your Citi card.
Looking to plan your next date night? Make sure to check out the hundreds of partner restaurants across the country where you’re entitled as a Citi cardholder to a free bottle of wine.