12 Fun Restaurants That Make the Perfect Gift

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Just because giving someone a Good Food Gift Card means giving them a choice of hundreds of restaurants across Australia to try, doesn’t mean you can’t be involved in choosing where they use it.

It’s a great idea to personalise the gift by choosing a restaurant in their favourite location, combining a gift card with a nearby activity they enjoy, or making a list of some quirky restaurants you think they’d love.

Here are just a few of our fun-filled restaurants partners that would make the perfect gift…

NSW

The Rocks Teppanyaki

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Built in the 1880s, this heritage listed building was once the oldest open-air butchers in Sydney. While no structural changes have been made since 1901, the butchery-turned-residence now houses The Rocks Teppanyaki, a sophisticated, elegant and indulgent dining experience. The cocktail bar is perfect for before and after dinner drinks, while the food combines the freshest of Australian produce with traditional Japanese techniques.

29 Nine 99

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This old sandstone country inn, cheerfully festooned with Chinese art and artefacts, houses 29 Nine 99, a restaurant famous for their delicious yum cha. Owner-chef Na Lan offers more than 30 dumplings and buns, as well as sticky black rice, high quality Chinese teas and steaming hot soups. A firm favourite with locals, it’s a taste of China in the unlikeliest of settings.

Berowra Waters Inn

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There are not many restaurants that are as intimate and as private as the Berowra Waters Inn, accessible only by plane, boat or ferry. Set in the idyllic Australian bush, the contemporary and modern European menu created by Head Chef and Owner Brian Geraghty is elegant, sophisticated and flavoursome. The Berowra Waters Inn is a clear destination restaurant.

Blackbird Cafe

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Blackbird is all about lifestyle. Boasting an extensive menu to suit all tastes with views over Cockle Bay, the Blackbird Cafe also offers cocktail classes, pizza classes, Latin nights and a live DJ. The food consists of tasty burgers, healthy salads, mouthwatering steaks and gourmet pizzas, and the kids are well catered for too.

Bah-BQ Brazilian Grill

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If the recipient of your gift card is a meat lover, then the Bah-BQ Brazilian Grill is a must on your list of options. Their meat and sides are legendary and the menu offers a range of traditional BBQ dishes as well as a large a la carte selection.

QLD

Chop Chop Chang’s

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Set in the heart of the West End’s dining precinct, Chop Chop Chang’s is reminiscent of the honest street food found in temple stalls and hawker markets throughout Asia. The restaurant offers a vibrant dining room, with shared tables being the focus. Finish the night with a karma cookie and not only will you get a glimpse into your future, you’ll be helping one of the many charities that Chop Chop Chang’s supports.

Deer Duck Bistro

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Deer Duck Bistro opened its doors in 2011 to reveal a stunning new restaurant and a fresh quirky look. A firm favourite with Auchenflower locals, Deer Duck Bistro offers the experience of old world charm together with the wild overlay of street art. The incredible backdrop perfectly compliments the Modern Australian and European menu, and the antique lamp light lends an intimate and sexy feel to the space.

Kookaburra Showboat Cruises

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What’s more fun than dinner aboard a showboat as it cruises down the mighty Brisbane River? Kookaburra Showboat Cruises, where great food, entertaining and river cruising meet is a must for both locals and visitors wanting to experience something unique. The cabaret entertainment is fun, lively and exciting, while the food is simple yet delicious. As you dine, you can enjoy views such as Story Bridge, the Southbank precinct and the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

VIC

Oscar W’s Dining Room at the American Hotel

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The American Hotel is a magnificent bookend to the famous Port of Echuca, and is situated just 200 metres from the Murray River. The oldest pub in Echuca-Moama, it’s recently undergone extensive renovations and extensions and today it is home to a deli, bar, grill, players lounge and a great rooftop bar. Head Chef Ludo Baulacky produces much-loved contemporary Australian food at Oscar W’s Dining Room, and after dinner you can enjoy a live band.

Botherambo

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Located in the heart of the urban jungle of Richmond, Botherambo will take you on a culinary adventure that will set your tastebuds alight like never before. Within walking distance to the MCG, Rod Laver Arena and next door to the Corner Hotel, Botherambo is a true hidden gem with a powerful flavour punch. The only issue is trying to decide what to order from the amazing menu. Thank goodness for small bites!

Brandy Creek

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This unique Baw Baw country experience is the perfect accompaniment to a day out in West Gippsland, being voted Tripadvisor’s Best Tourism Winery in Gippsland 2015. As well as a day spa, cellar door and picturesque vineyards to explore, Brandy Creek Estate offers a unique paella feast complete with flamenco dancers and Spanish theatre. Away from the paella you’ll find plenty of tapas dishes to choose from, and of course there’s great wine to accompany everything.

Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant

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Izakaya Chuji is one of Australia’s oldest izakaya-style restaurants, having been established in 1989. Eating and drinking play equal roles in this unique dining experience and the convention is to order as many small dishes as you can while washing them down with top quality sake. The atmosphere is lively and boisterous and the Japanese pop tunes are certainly a little quirky.

Would one of these fun restaurants make the perfect gift for someone you know? Buy your Good Food Gift Card now and surprise them with a meal they’ll never forget. And remember, the Good Food Gift Card is available all over Australia, so these restaurants are just the tip of the iceberg! Take a look at where else the card can be used here.

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Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour

Mireille Kilgour has been an entrepreneur for 35 years in the hospitality sector. French born, she has been an accomplished business owner and operator for a number of Sydney venues. Leading the industry with high profile institutions such as Lamrock Café Bondi, she has endless passion for the industry, and now has the pleasure of supporting restaurants to fill their tables with the new Good Food Gift Card program.