Once upon a time – before becoming a parent – scheduled date nights were superfluous and life was frivolous, footloose and fancy free. If it feels like many moons ago since you last spent some quality alone time with your significant other, get your priorities back in check, book a babysitter and reserve a table at one of these favourite date spots!
Spent the day playing catch in the playground? Chances are you’re in need of a carb-loaded spread. Pencil in dinner at Herne Bay’s iconic Italian eatery Andiamo and prepare to wind down with a Negroni and feast on the likes of Spanner Crab linguine, charcuterie, burrata and seven-hour veal and pork Bolognese. Saluti.
Pravda Cafe and Grill
Not all superheroes wear capes – some are called parents. If life has been lacking the finer things of late, it’s time to enjoy a well-earned treat. Cloudy Bay clams, yellowtail kingfish, BBQ banana prawns, day-boat caught fish, freshly shucked oysters (hello, aphrodisiac) …enjoy seafood dishes fresh from the ocean at Euro. Wash it down with a glass of Perrier Jouët and toast to being the ultimate dream team!
Meat your match (pardon the pun) and eat like a king at the famed Jervois Steak House located in both Auckland and Queenstown. Tackle 800g of Taupo beef or the Cape Grim Tomahawk together, alongside a bottle of Central Otago pinot noir. If you’ve still got room the Macadamia Sticky Date Pudding is perfect for sharing.
For the Wellingtonians, hit up Pravda Café & Grill (Jervois Steak House’s sibling) for an exceptional meat cut and other modern bistro fare like mouth-watering grilled pork scotch and Hawke’s Bay lamb cutlets. If on-the-go, grab a morning espresso (sans fluffy) or leisurely brunch. Feeling fancy? Wine and dine your date at Shed 5 on Queens Wharf and marvel at the building’s history while you feast on seafood from the daily fish market.
Spend an off-duty Saturday in the sunshine at The Culpeper on Princes Wharf. Harbour views and optimal people watching in a relaxed vibe, sip on a spiced mojito and chow down on lunch hour eats like The ‘CFC’ sandwich with Culpeper Fried Chicken, brioche bun and jalapenos. Available from 12pm – 3pm.
What’s your go-to date night spot?