Dial up the romance with these romantic restaurants

Great for date night, Valentine's Day or just to treat your special person...
20 Jan 2021
Tiana Templeman, Freelance travel journalist

Get ready for romance with these six romantic Ipswich restaurants to suit every taste and budget.

Indian Mehfil

Indian Mehfil

Spice up your night with dinner at this long-standing local favourite that’s renowned for its excellent curries, tasty tandoor and delicious choice of vegan and vegetarian dishes. Housed in a beautiful historic building, Indian Mehfil has white linen tablecloths and soft lighting and serves classics such as butter chicken plus traditional Punjabi dishes like Patiala shahi chicken roasted in a clay oven.

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery

Pumpyard Bar and Brewery | Ipswich

If you fancy a laid back, fun date night, this is the place for you. At Pumpyard Bar, it’s all about good times and simple food done well. Think fish and chips, towering burgers, pizzas and crunchy beer battered fries that disappear as quickly as the frosty beer which is made onsite at 4 Hearts Brewing.

Homage

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Hatted chef Ash Martin is renowned for combining local ingredients with high-end French techniques. It’s a match made in heaven for foodies at Homage, the signature restaurant at Spicers Hidden Vale, which has a cosy two-way fireplace and a romantic vibe. Dishes such as coal roasted pork with lemon aspen and sour apple and a sophisticated wood roasted lamb are a highlight.

Fourthchild Café & Restaurant

Fourthchild white chocolate and macadamia tart

Whether you and your sweetheart are after breakfast, lunch or dinner, you can’t go wrong at Fourthchild. If the weather is good, grab a seat on the deck and enjoy the view of St Mary’s Church or head inside to the intimate dining room with its red brick walls and cosy tables for two.

Rafter & Rose

Rafter and Rose Ipswich

Greenery spills out of funky plant pots on the tables and eclectic, mismatched furniture gives Rafter & Rose a charming hip yet homely touch. Tucked down a laneway in the historic Top of the Town precinct, the café is a favourite with dog-loving locals who sit at the outside tables with their pooches. Treat yourself to coffee and an almond croissant for breakfast or treats for morning tea.

Dovetails

Sarah's bacon waffle sandwich

Dovetails delivers fine dining fare minus the fuss in the historic 88 Limestone precinct. Drop in for a bacon waffle sandwich for breakfast on weekends or a juicy eye fillet from nearby Grandchester for dinner. If the weather is good, the deck shaded by Poinciana trees offers lovely views of the park.

Tiana Templeman Freelance travel journalist
Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning freelance travel journalist, editor of The Travel Temple and appears regularly on ABC Queensland talking about where to visit, what to see and travel industry trends. Find out more at www.thetraveltemple.com.au

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