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Pabu Grill & Sake

 

190 Smith Street

Collingwood 3066 Vic

Melbourne

 

http://pabu.com.au/

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

So we all appreciate a fancy meal in a nice brasserie or Italian restaurant. But sometimes you want to shake things up a bit, do something unpredictable. A Japanese pub? That should do the trick. This hip Asian eatery is an exciting change from the norm, with all the trimmings of a buzzing bar combined with the delights of Japanese cuisine. Casual and lively, Pabu is a quirky idea for a Melbourne date that will knock their socks off, even if the wasabi doesn’t. Get closer as you share sushi and specialities from the grill, whilst turning up the heat with a few shots of sake to lighten the mood (and your heads). Watch the evening slip away as you leisurely make your way through the menu to find an excuse not to leave. Let’s just hope they aren’t fussy eaters..

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

10/10

The local pub is perhaps not the classiest place to pick up a date, but a Japanese pub has a much more cosmopolitan ring to it. Blend into the warm buzz of the bamboo-laden interior as you soak in the smells of the grill from your viewpoint at the bar. As the place begins to fill, the communal dining options open up doors to meeting someone new as you tuck into your dinner over a few drinks. Meanwhile, for first dates in Melbourne Pabu is a safe bet; if it all goes ‘wong’, you can at least turn your attention to the ample range of tapas on the menu as you make your way through the cocktail selection! However the electric atmosphere is extremely infectious, so we’re sure you won’t have to worry about a thing…

 

Pabu Melbourne

Pabu Melbourne

 

Average age:

Put it this way, you aren’t going to get the same drinkers in here as you might down the local. With its eco-friendly grill and contemporary Asian dining experience, Pabu tends to attract an eclectic mix of hippies, young city slickers and food fanatics. The ambience, however, is so laid-back and casual that it happily welcomes any diners eager to sample its extensive menu, as well as a good handful of drinkers wanting a cool place to meet at the start of the night for a few cocktails.

 

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Versatility is one of Pabu’s greatest assets; its bar-cum-restaurant status and chilled out vibe makes it an easy option of lunch, dinner or after-work drinks. This Japanese gem is packed on weekends and pretty lively throughout the week. Great for all types of Melbourne dating, however serious or casual it may be!

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Pabu prices are pretty reasonable; not the cheapest you’ll find around but a hell of a lot cheaper than many Melbourne restaurants. If you want a light bite or a few drinks, you won’t get a shock at the bill, but it’s incredibly tempting to just keep going and going with the amazing selection of dishes on offer.

 

Type of cuisine:

Fresh seafood, classic sushi and tempura treats are just a few of the features that make the Pabu menu so tantalisingly good. Pabu also caters very well for vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free eaters, ensuring smiles all round for Melbourne dating. A special mention has to go to the desserts; who knew that the Japanese could master ice cream so well.. .and green tea crème brulee, need we say more?

 

Final word:

For a fun dining experience with equal lashings of food and sake, Pabu brings something a bit different to the table. Show that someone your spontaneous side with a date  that they won’t have expected and work your way through the menu as you get to know each other.

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Ruby’s Diner

 

Shop 1

173-179 Bronte Road

Waverley

NSW 2024, Sydney

 

http://www.rubysdiner.com.au/

 

Good place to take a date:

7/10

Beautiful coffee and even better burgers put love on the menu at Ruby’s Diner. A fresh-faced eatery with plenty of heart, you’ll soon feel chilled out on a date at Ruby’s. Break away from expensive bistros and stuffy restaurants and grab brunch or a coffee to see a different side to them. Whilst it may not be pricey the menu is extensive, with tasty treats to please even the fussiest of eaters. The only element that Ruby’s Diner is lacking is that romantic buzz that typifies a restaurant, so although it certainly scores on great food and a novelty factor, it might not be for everyone. Besides, it’s only open during the day.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10

As long as they aren’t expecting fine dining and haute cuisine, Ruby’s Kitchen is a fun and friendly spot for a first date. Down to earth and incredibly casual, here you can get to know someone without making a big deal about getting dressed up for a posh dinner. Ruby’s Diner has so much charm that it’s infectious; as you grab your daily lunch or morning coffee there’s every chance you might get to know some a dreamy mystery man or woman.

Ruby's Diner

Ruby’s Diner

 

Average age:

Ruby’s Diner has a young, indie vibe to the place that makes it popular with hippies and surfer dudes. But it’s far from exclusive in its fan base, and if you love rich coffee and fresh organic food then you’re bound to like it too.

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

You can get a great feed here for a low budget date that won’t feel like a cheap option. Prices range between $15-$20, with delicious milkshakes setting you back only an extra few dollars. Great for first meetings and casual dating in Sydney before you’re certain they’re the one.

 

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Brunch is perhaps the biggest attraction of Ruby’s Diner, so you’ll find this place buzzing on a weekend as people come from far and wide to meet friends, dates and cure hangovers with all day breakfasts and fresh-to-death burgers. You won’t be in luck for an evening sitting though; unfortunately the place closes at 4pm.

 

Type of cuisine:

Ruby’s Diner puts a healthier, fresher, organic twist on the typical American diner. They serve superfoods and vegetarian options that will leave you feeling and looking at your best on your Sydney date. Never fear though, the classic burgers, shakes and all day breakfasts are available too!

 

Final word:

If you’re looking for an intimate setting for a show-stopping date in Sydney that pulls out all of the stops, you’ve come to the wrong place. What Ruby’s Diner brings to the table is something a bit different; a modern, chic and casual dining experience that makes for fun weekend and daytime dates to remember. Give it a try, you might find you see a completely new side to the dating scene!

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Santiago Tapas Restaurant & Bar

 

14 Armstrong Street

Middle Park

VIC 3206

 

http://www.santiagotapas.com.au

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

Rich and fiery food accompanied by good wine is a sure-fire way to spark off any date, so Spanish cuisine is a top option if you share a passion for flavour. Santiago tapas bar is a bustling social space that is the perfect place to unwind in the warmth of a romantic but relaxing restaurant on a Friday night in the city. Sample the delightful sangria as you tuck into a myriad of meals that are perfect for those you can never decide what to order. For a really special dinner, order the degustation menu; seven sumptuous dishes matched with equally excellent wines that will help span out those precious moments of the date as you get to know each other. Santiago is a neighbourhood gem that is sure to impress, especially on the occasions where they host live music and entertainment. If cosy and busy isn’t your thing though, you might find it a bit cramped. And be sure to book ahead.

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

9/10            

As the vino flows Santiago can get pretty lively on evenings, even midweek. The bring-your-own wine Tuesdays are a great option for first dates in Melbourne if you want to save a few pennies on dinner, because it isn’t the cheapest of options. And what better way to break the ice than to share and compare dishes as you take your time over tapas? A popular place for eating and drinking with friends and colleagues, you might easily meet someone new as you both make a grab for the last chunk of chorizo. See, you have something in common already! A fun and fresh place for relaxed Melbourne dating, and the churros is sure to have them sweet on you if they aren’t already.

 

Santiago Tapas Bar and Restaurant

Santiago Tapas Bar and Restaurant

 

Average age:

The hip European scene and sharing culture makes Santiago a popular place amongst younger winers and diners, but not exclusively. If you love powerful flavours and vibrant little neighbourhood gems, Santiago is a guaranteed pleaser for a Melbourne date. Laid-back and lively, you don’t have to go all out on dressing up to come here, but it’s special enough to make the effort if you want to.

 

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With promotions on throughout the week as well as a naturally busy restaurant on the weekend, you’ll always find an inviting atmosphere at Santiago. Tuck into classic paellas on Wednesdays and Saturdays, BYO wine on Tuesdays, and see what all the fuss is about with Vino y Tapa Thursdays. A great excuse to invite them out on that second date this week…

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

Pricing it almost impossible to judge on tapas restaurants, simply because it depends largely on how hungry you are! A good bottle of wine doesn’t come cheap at around $55, but if you know your stuff then you won’t be disappointed with the quality. Or you could just pretend you know your stuff to impress them… The degustation menu costs $45 per person, or $85 with wine, and for that you get to sample the finest culinary creations of the head chef for a food tour of Spain without leaving Melbourne.

 

Type of cuisine:

Whilst tapas isn’t a new thing anymore, finding authentic tasty tapas is a different ballgame. Santiago stays true to Spanish cuisine, thanks to head chef Cesar who hails from Malaga. Some of the most popular dishes include rolled pork loin, grilled prawns and croquettes. Oh, and don’t forget to leave room for the churros!

 

Final word:

Why stick to one meal when you can have three, four or even seven dishes all in one night? Yes, we’re talking about food not dates, but Santiago is a special local eatery for a romantic Melbourne date that breaks away from the norm.

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China Doll

4/6 Cowper Wharf Road

Woolloomooloo

Sydney

 

http://www.chinadoll.com.au/

 

Good place to take a date:

9/10

A gem of a place for a show-stopping Sydney date that is bound to impress, China Doll has a lot to shout about. Situated in the stylish Woolloomooloo district, this fabulous Asian restaurant overlooks the city skyline and makes for idyllic summer dates in the sunshine. Sip cocktails on the terrace or dine in the atmospheric restaurant, sampling the finest of modern Asian cuisine from the extensive menu. Service is impeccable to guarantee a special evening, and the lively atmosphere is bound to set the mood for a night of getting to know one another. The only problem might be living up to the high standards when you inevitably go on further dates; such fine dining comes at a price!

 

Good place to meet for a first date:

7/10

You might foot yourself quite a bill before you’ve even gained a number if trying to pick up a date in this restaurant. Having said this, China Doll is a popular spot for group dining and cocktail parties, where you might easily meet someone new, catching one another’s eye as you try to delicately lower noodles into your mouth. In the summer, the outdoor seating area has a lively buzz that attracts plenty of people for after dinner drinks and al fresco dining, giving it a warm and inviting ambience that might help to melt the ice for first dates in Sydney.

 

China Doll

China Doll

 

Average age:

Put it this way, if you’ve got the bank balance to match the menu prices, then it doesn’t really matter what age you are to enjoy dining in this beautiful restaurant! China Doll attracts a wide range of winers and diners looking to treat themselves to a night that they won’t forget. You probably want to grab your glad rags look the part for a date at China Doll though, dress code tends to be smart and even glamorous in this elegant skyline eatery.

 

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You’ll find China Doll packed on a weekend, especially during the summer, but that shouldn’t put you off. The food is flying out of the kitchen here for a reason; it’s divine. On an evening it makes the perfect setting for an intimate Sydney date, or perhaps you’d prefer more a more casual lunch al fresco, where if all else fails you can spark up some conversation over people watching!

 

Average cost of a meal and a drink:

You’d better wait til pay day to take your date to China Doll, as at around $100 a head to go all out on this extravagant meal you aren’t going to escape the price tag. However this healthy bill guarantees five star treatment from the attentive staff, freshly cooked Asian delights from scallops to steak, and glamorous cocktails that will really make the evening sparkle.

 

Type of cuisine:

China Doll prides itself on its freshly fused flavours that represent the very best in Asian cuisine, drawing from China, Japan, South East Asia and beyond. Oh yes, this isn’t just your average egg fried rice, expect exquisite delicacies and powerful flavours that will make your taste buds tingle and turn the heat up for your hot date.

 

Final word:

If you know that they might be the real deal, a date at China Doll is a sure-fire way to make their eyes light up and ensure an intimate setting for a romantic evening. Expensive but worth every penny, it’s no wonder that China Doll is one of Sydney’s most talked-about restaurants.

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