Brisbane’s Best First Date Spots | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane’s Best First Date Spots

  • Food & Booze
First dates are tricky. You’re never 100% confident in what to say, what to wear or reveal just how much stalking you’ve done prior to the date (if they talk about their dog just make sure you don’t ask ‘George’ or ‘Teddy’? It’s a dead giveaway). A surefire way to ensure that everything goes smoothly is to choose the right date venue. Here is a list of Brisbane venues to take that special someone on the first date; they’re so great that they’ll make your date overlook that piece of spinach that’s been in your teeth for over an hour. Wooden Horse Restaurant and Bar | Clayfield Nothing screams ‘romance’ quite like lamb shoulder and tortellini (just careful not to make your date too jealous)! Gallop over to the Wooden Horse to indulge in their delicious selection of mains and brick oven pizzas. You’re sure to get major brownie points for taking your date to this secret foodie gem; and if you ask us, their 32-hour slow cooked pig shoulder with scallops, endive and grape is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Just sayin’. Longtime | Fortitude Valley If you’ve waited for a longtime to snag this date, you’re going to want to make it good. Head to Longtime for a lavish selection of Asian delicacies, such as their coconut and turmeric curry with lobster, Asian celery and crispy lime leaf and wash it down with a pint of their house brewed Horny Elephant Ale. If that doesn’t put you in the mood for love, we don’t know what will. Holey Moley | Fortitude Valley Mini golf is a classic couple activity that can turn any swing and miss date into a hole in one. Head to Holey Moley for a night of putting, partying and golf puns; don’t forget to wrap your arms around your date and show them how to swing, it’s an infallible move. Kabuki | CBD For some delectable teppanyaki, head to Kabuki for a dinner that’s as delicious as the chefs are entertaining. There’s no better way to impress your date than by catching a flying piece teriyaki chicken in your mouth (it’s still impressive on the 9th attempt, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise). Popolo | South Brisbane If you’re after a date that’s delicious, romantic and incredibly insta-worthy, you can’t go pasta Popolo picnic. For $65 you and your date can enjoy a generous plate of antipasto, salad, shoestring fries, a pizza of your choice and two cans of soft drink (or if wine is more your thing, you can BYO to the River Quay Green right outside the restaurant). Although you’ll probably too distracted by the food, it’s worth mentioning that the meal will also come with a gorgeous view of the river. Odds are you’ll be in love before you even get to the pizza. Netherworld | Fortitude Valley The plight of Mario to save Princess Peach, though lengthy, is still one of the greatest love stories ever told. Take a trip below to Netherworld and challenge your date to a friendly (or not so friendly – we tend to get pretty competitive) game of Pacman. Not only is it a fun way to spend an evening, it’s a great opportunity to make a second date – no one turns down a rematch. Electric Avenue + Jack Rabbit’s Whisky Bar | Woolloongabba We cannot imagine a greater date saver than finishing your meal, walking your date through a wardrobe (assure them that nothing creepy is going on) and finding yourselves in a secret speakeasy bar. Your date will think that you’re the coolest person ever, and then you both get to drink whisky. What’s not to love? Now that you know where to go, pop a tic-tac, feign indifference, and ask your honey out on a date. Tell them where you want to take them when you ask, it’ll be harder for them to say no. Words by Georgia Casey