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Beth McFadden3 years ago

The best restaurants to make an impression

You get one chance to make a first impression. No pressure, but the first date is that chance. It’s one thing to build up the courage to ask someone out, but it's another story to show them what you’re made of. If you’re stressing about impressing your crush on your first night out together, look no further than these fantastic bars and restaurants on the Tweed Coast. Skip trying to cook at home and put your fate in the hands of incredible chefs; whether you’re looking for a casual, fun first date or an over the top chance to impress them, neither of you will be disappointed with these suggestions.

Red Hot Thai Café

Romantic ambience, Red Hot Thai Cafe - Tweed Caost
Romantic ambience, Red Hot Thai Cafe – Tweed Coast

If you’re hoping this will be a red-hot date, book a table at Red Hot Thai Café in Kingscliff. This restaurant right across from the water is sure to impress a picky eater who likes to be spoilt with a delicious meal. A meal with glowing reviews from this restaurant is their Gang Ped Bed, a roast duck and coconut milk curry served with vegetables and lychees. If you like a bit of spice, try their traditional red curry, and don’t stress about dietary requirements as the Red Hot Thai Café offers a range of vegetarian dishes just as tasty as their meaty counterparts. You’ll be impressed with the handy location and intimate ambience they can offer with an outdoor table. Bring along a bottle of incredible wine and end the night with a stroll along the waterfront under the stars.
Where: 78-80 Marine Parade, Kingscliff NSW 2487

The Lake Cabarita

Alfresco dining by the lake, The Lake Cabarita - Tweed Coast
Alfresco dining by the lake, The Lake Cabarita – Tweed Coast

The Lake Cabarita is a fantastic venue offering alfresco dining and entertainment. If you’re looking for a laid back restaurant that offers yummy food to keep the mood light and fun, take a drive to The Lake Cabarita for your first date. This restaurant is the perfect place for healthy eaters with their paleo, vegan, vegetarian and raw dishes on the menu if you’re worried about upsetting your stomach on your first date. Start the night off with a tasting plate of breads, dips and antipasto and then order the herb crusted beef fillet, pan seared and served with fresh vegetables and balsamic sauce on the side. Order some champagne or beer for two and sit back and relax with live entertainment most weekends for a date that will keep the conversation flowing in a relaxed environment. You may even get to have a dance to local bands by the moonlit lake if you’re lucky, so don’t pass up this restaurant.
Where: 2-8 Willow Avenue, Bogangar NSW 2488

Ivory Tavern

Grab a drink by the river,  Ivory Tavern - Tweed Coast
Grab a drink by the river, Ivory Tavern – Tweed Coast

The Ivory Tavern is a restaurant and bar in one; a great flexible location for a first date. One way to calm your nerves is over the bar with a fruity cocktail or beer. Situated overlooking the water, Ivory Tavern is the perfect place to meet for a drink for a low key, no pressure first date to get to know each other. Suggest you meet for a drink, and if you get hungry you can always migrate to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Order a share plate if you want to keep it casual; their freshly made bruschetta served up on toasted ciabatta is sure to keep the mood light. If it’s going well and you need more time to talk about your similarities, then their main meal menu is extensive offering modern Australian dishes and fresh seafood. The Ivory Tavern is located in the middle of Tweed Heads so it’s the perfect location to meet half way.
Where: 156 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485

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