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Deliveries to Order When You Want to Catch a Cheeky Sunset by the Water

Impromptu date nights just got a whole lot more romantic (and affordable).
By Anna Rose
August 28, 2020
By Anna Rose
August 28, 2020


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Impromptu date nights just got a whole lot more romantic (and affordable).

Dinner and a show: it's a date night classic for a reason. But, sometimes, if it's last-minute or your wallet is feeling a little light, the 'and show' part of the equation can be a bit tricky to arrange. Thankfully, living in Sydney means you have around-the-clock access to one of the best free shows on earth: the beach. Whether it's a warm and sunny day or blisteringly cold, Sydney's beaches make for a great spot to get cosy with your special someone and watch the waves, surfers and sea life as the sun rises or sets. And, if you choose the latter time, you have the bonus of being able to include some takeaway food in the equation, too. So, we've ploughed through DoorDash's extensive list of restaurants, cafes and bars to determine the ideal eats for a cheeky beachside sesh with your date — or best mates.

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    What better way to spend a balmy afternoon on the beach than with a spread from La Palma? This Bondi restaurant is known for its buzzing atmosphere on the beachfront every night, but with its finely crafted delivery menu of Cuban-style eats, you are guaranteed to experience the party wherever you are.

    If making decisions isn’t your strong suit, you’ll be pleased to know that La Palma’s delivery menu is limited to just five dishes — and all are perfectly suited to share between two. First up, there’s the tropical guacamole. What makes it tropical, you ask? Well, it has mango and pineapple mixed through — controversial, but it works. There’s also crab croquettes with chipotle aioli, fish chicharron and jerk chicken wings. Finally, split a next-level cuban sandwich with roasted pork belly, sweet potato and salsa criollo.

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    Frangipani Gelato

    Frangipani Gelato has called a few different spots in Cronulla home over the years, but one thing has remained consistent: artisanal gelato made fresh on-site. The list of gourmet flavours is extensive — think butterscotch chocolate chip or passionfruit sorbet.  If you’re looking for a sweet treat to enjoy as the sun sets behind one of Cronulla’s eight beaches without completely spoiling your dinner later, Frangipani is a great option. You have the choice of a 500ml or 800ml tub — so you’ll want to make room in your freezer for leftovers. Or, if you want to go the whole hog, order a gelato cake.

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    Meat is done right at Bare Grill. Burgers, steak, smoky ribs and southern fried chicken are just some of the mouth-watering options you can get here, so your late Sunday lunch at Congwong, Yarra Bay or Frenchmans Beaches just got a guilt-free upgrade. Bare Grill puts the word ‘epic’ in front of many of its sides, and for good reason. Epic mac and cheese (topped with pulled pork, liquid cheese, bacon bits), and epic fries (waffle fries, pulled pork, liquid cheese and chipotle mayo) are so extra, you may think you can skip a main altogether. But, don’t.

    The popular Aussie Outback burger (with beetroot relish, bacon and egg) will pair perfectly with an arvo on the sand. Or, if you want to keep the OTT trend going, you could opt for the Not Sooooo Cheesy (two beef patties topped with american cheddar, liquid cheese and mac ‘n’ cheese on a milk bun) or Bare Cockfighter (two southern fried chicken pieces, liquid cheese, coleslaw, double bacon, guacamole and lettuce).

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    Sydney’s beaches have been given a lot of (worthy) attention so far, but let’s not forget about the plethora of bays and inlets around the harbour you can also visit. Spots like Rushcutter’s Bay and Darling Point offer plenty of action to admire at the end of the day. And if you want something to slurp on as you watch the ferries and sailboats zipping across the water, look no further than Rivareno.

    The Bologna-style gelato joint has some of the most delectable flavours that’ll satisfy that sweet tooth in no time. You can opt for a tub (available in 750ml, one litre and 1.5 litre packs) or a box of four handmade gelato sticks. Mix and match its selection of creamy and fruit-based flavours, which include Cremino Dark, dark chocolate and hazelnut ganache with pistachio; Alice, marscapone with marsala and gianduia sauce; and Mango Heera, a premium Indian alphonso mango and yoghurt. The Rivareno philosophy is simple: natural ingredients for freshness, purity and intensity. Perfect as we speed toward the warmer months.

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    A weekend lunch can be fast, exotic and delicious no matter where you are with Efendy, Balmain’s premiere Turkish kebap house. With fresh, vibrant and tasty Mediterranean food on offer, Efendy is perfect for balmy afternoons by the water. Order spread of dips — think hummus, beetroot labneh and baba ganoush — with grain-led salads and pides, kebabs and charcoal chicken. Our pick is the sujuk pide, a spicy beef sausage topped with kashar cheese. And you can wash it down with a litre of apricot nectar or sour cherry juice. If your mates have decided to crash your date and it’s suddenly turned into a big group get-together, order a couple of the Feast My Family packs — for $65, you’ll get two house-made pides or kebabs of your choice, mixed pickles, a dip and four pieces of baklava.

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    If you’re after an outdoor dining experience that’s a little edgier but not too flashy, check out Sneaky Possum. This all-day spot in Chippendale does burgers and it does them well. The Radio Birdman is one of Sneaky Possum’s most popular burgs, a cornflake-crumbed chicken breast with coleslaw, beer pickles and wasabi aioli.

    But its upgraded sides and next-level desserts are what really caught our attention — like the tofu cream-filled mushrooms, szechuan salt and pepper fries and deep-fried Snickers. And it has super reasonable prices, too, so Sneaky Possum can help you do your adult date on a student budget.

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    Niji Double Bay

    Sushi is an all-occasion type of food. It can be cheap, cheerful and super casual. But it can also be incredibly decadent and refined in the right environment. Ordering delivery from Niji should land you somewhere between the two. An award-winning Japanese restaurant, Niji can sort out your hunger situation, whether you’re on a solo date or a big group hangout. Its traditional izakaya-style dishes are perfect for sharing and are sure to impress and satisfy.

    Start with some raw fish — you can get an assorted selection of sashimi including tuna, salmon, kingfish and scampi from just $21, or kingfish carpaccio with yuzu ponzu and lemon oil for $17. Sushi rolls are available in all your favourite varieties or, if it’s cold, opt for a steaming udon noodle soup instead. The hot dishes, like kombu butter prawns, chicken yakitori and wagyu kushiyaki are also worth adding on. Ordering delivery from this Kingsford landmark, you can be sure the quality and experience of the food won’t be anything less than you’d experience in-house.

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    Pizza has long been a go-to solution to a quick and easy dinner. On nights when you just can’t face a mountain of dirty dishes, head out of your house, park yourself somewhere with a stellar view and order pizza from Donny’s. It’s guaranteed to satisfy. Have a look online and Donny’s Pizza’s ratings are through the roof. No wonder, because it offers top-notch takes on pizza classics, like the Tony Anchovy (tomato, mozzarella, anchovies and oregano) and Buffalo Soldier (tomato, buffalo mozzarella and basil).

    Donny’s also caters to the indecisive eater, offering a huge range of pasta — the penne boscaiola and fettuccine salsiccia (sausage, mushroom and pink sauce) are standout patron favourites — as well as dessert and starters. There’s something for everyone, and it’s all delivered fast and fresh.

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Take advantage of the $0 delivery fee on your first order and order your next meal via DoorDash here.

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