Father’s Day presents are nice, but a fancy lunch with dad is better.
Are you, like us, still stuck on what to buy for Father’s Day? Perhaps a lunch with him is just what you need! Forget about wandering aimlessly around a shopping mall to find the perfect gift, simply take dad to a local restaurant and have a feast together.
Sydney, we’ve made your decision that little bit easier, by rounding up awesome Father’s Day lunches and dining experiences on Sunday 1 September. From freshly caught seafood to charcoal BBQs, we’ve spoilt you for choice.
Bondi Icebergs Club
The Bondi Icebergs Club Bistro is perched on the rocks above the world-famous pool on the southern end of Bondi Beach. Enjoy a schooner with lunch from their modern Australia menu. Think fresh prawns and oysters, seafood platters, steaks, beef burgers, lamb shanks and schnitzels. Your feast will include a sprawling view of crashing waves, bustling commerce and the occasional surfer from Bondi and beyond. Once you’ve digested your fair share of food, take a wander to the nearby beach or take a post-lunch swim in the Icebergs pool.
Treat your devouring dad to a specially designed ‘Feed Me’ Father’s Day lunch menu at Chin Chin for $69.50 per person. Think kingfish sashimi, braised lamb shoulders, and a suckling pig served on a platter with pancake roll-ups and salad. Save room for dessert with Vietnamese iced coffee panna cotta and palm sugar ice-cream sundae. Chin Chin will also partner with New Balance to serve the OG dad shoe to the first 100 ‘Feed Me’ menu bookings this Father’s Day as well as $100 vouchers for New Balance. Lunchtime bookings only.
Duck & Rice
Duck & Rice is the most lavish place to spoil dad this Father’s Day, with their vibrant interior decoration and uniquely prepared food. Their full a la carte modern Cantonese offering will be available on September 1 and every dad receives a complimentary pint of the Duck Duck Lager. With succulent Cantonese duck, delicious dumplings plus a generous banquet menu on offer, dad will be forever in your debt. Plus, make the most of the gorgeous outdoor terrace and signature cocktail menu for a pre- or post-lunch tipple.
Celebrate Father’s Day with a special charcoal BBQ in Balmain for $85 per person at Efendy. Think traditional meats and vegetables cooked over a wood-fired oven and charcoal grill in the courtyard. The team will serve up a selection of hot and cold mezes including woodfired lavash with Efendy dips, spicy lamb lahmacun followed by a kebab board with Adana kebab, lamb fillet and charcoal vegetables. The accompanying bar is also sure to please any pedantic taste buds, with a collection of classic beers, wines and spirits.
Endeavour Tap Rooms
Take dad on a journey at Endeavour Tap Rooms for the quintessential Father’s Day experience. On September 1, surprise dad with a range of house-smoked dishes like the Ranger’s Valley grain-fed black Angus beef briskets and BBQ pulled pork shoulder. The all-Australian menu is served feast-style and is well accompanied with their experimental Endeavour beers brewed in-house from the nine taps on rotation. Be sure to leave satisfied with any of their vibrant salads, wholesome burgers, sandwiches and house-made sauces.
Hearth & Soul
Hearth & Soul in Newtown shares a menu that captures the very essence of the suburb it’s in. Their seasonal menu aims to reconnect diners with the magic, abundance and deliciousness of nature. Owner and cook, Rachel Jelley, brings a nourishing selection of dishes that are sure to warm any father’s heart. They include spiced heart with labne and fresh herbs; slow-braised lamb with herbs and barley; pastured pork, bacon and winter leaf terrine with mustard sauce; and gnocchi with broad bean shoots, pea tendrils and green garlic cream sauce.
Manly Wharf Hotel
Soak up the sun this Father’s Day with a view at Manly Wharf Hotel. To make it extra special, all dads will be treated to a free beer with any main meal they order. Choose from the wharfy cheeseburger with Angus beef, pickles and mayo; mango glazed pork ribs with stuffed potato, sour cream and bacon; or even freshly shucked oysters, whether as is or with a special dressing. Sweeten the deal with their Belgian waffle served with coconut ice cream, strawberries, passionfruit and toasted coconut. A perfect day out for the entire family.
NOLA Smokehouse and Bar
What better way to show your appreciation of dad this Father’s Day than by spoiling him with an extravagant feast at NOLA Smokehouse and Bar for $85 per person. Your family will enjoy 14 dishes, including Southern fried chicken, US-style pork ribs, Rangers Valley Black Onyx brisket, mac n’ cheese with smoked ham hock as well as three desserts including a mousse, a pudding and a pie. In addition, he’ll have access to the biggest collection of American whiskeys in Australia at the NOLA bar. Lunchtime bookings only.
With exquisite harbour views, celebrate that special mate in your life at Q Dining with meat platters, a glass of beer or wine and a surprise present for just $149. Each meat platter is designed to be shared between two people and includes BBQ pork ribs, slow-cooked lamb shank and char-grilled beef sirloin with a side salad and roasted potatoes accompanied by three house-made sauces. To make the day that little more special, Q Dining has partnered up with Ben Sherman Australia to provide dad with a premium surprise gift.
The guys at Tayim in The Rocks have cooked up something special for Father’s Day: a wagyu and whisky flight degustation. Available on September 1, Tayim will be offering complimentary whisky flights to all dads who order a wagyu shish kebab dish from the menu. Each flight includes three differential Scottish whiskies, including Dewar’s (12-year-old double-aged blended whisky), Aberfeldy (12-year-old single malt whisky) and Aultmore (12-year-old single malt whisky). Your father’s appetite will be perfectly satisfied.