Going out for dinner is all very well and good but these days a meal can be accessoried with any number of activities. Fancy a sing-a-long with your sushi? Or what about fish tacos with your film? Here are some ideas for some fun with your next feast.
There are many karaoke dens for die-hand fans but how many allow you to order Japanese food and quirky cocktails from a private room via a nifty touch-screen? The brilliance of Sydney’s Mizuya is you spend less time at the bar and more time singing with mic in hand. With 150,000 tracks to choose from in four different languages plus ‘room service’, you’ll be free to focus your efforts on hitting those high notes. Sipping on ginger ninja cocktails and snacking on fresh nori rolls will revive you in between tracks and let someone else take centre stage. Also check out Chaplin Karaoke in Melbourne or Ferrara Bar in Perth.
While strictly not a ‘dining out’ experience, you’ll have so much fun working the burners in the Sydney Seafood School’s top-of-the-range kitchen that you won’t even notice you’re cooking your own meal. The School has been educating the masses on fishy matters for 22 years but has now extended its repetoire with new Saturday night Quick’n’Delicious classes. Forget the pub this Saturday night, instead grab some friends and socialise over a cooking lesson in the heart of the Sydney Fish Market. It kicks off with seafood canapés and a glass of wine before you dive in and whip up three delicious seafood dishes. You can then relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour and enjoy more wine. What’s not to love? Also worth a visit is Flavours in Canberra and James St Cooking School in Brisbane.
Moonlight Cinema has long had a reputation for showcasing the coolest cult flicks along with the latest box office hits and of course it’s always fun to pack your own picnic and bottle of wine to enjoy on the grass. However with the plethora of tasty treats now on offer on-site you may want to rethink the old roast chicken and salad approach. Jumping on the trend for Latin American-style fare there are baja-style fish tacos and handmade empanadas on offer, to be washed down with a mojito or classic margarita. Add some classic New York-style street food like chilli cheese dogs and pulled pork sliders, you’ll be sated before the trailers even start. Moonlight Cinema runs in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Port Douglas.
by Alex Conomos