You know what it's like after the summer holidays. The kids are back to school, which means a routine of school runs and trying to find a last minute babysitter when you're due a night to yourselves. But why go out when we can bring date night to you? Here's our pick of some of the best date night-worthy restaurants you can find on Deliveroo.
1. Haché – restaurants across London
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If you've had a great weekend but don't want it to end just yet, make Mondays feel like the new Saturday with a Date Night Monday deal from Haché. You get two of Haché's gourmet burgers (and when we say gourmet, we mean gourmet), two sides, starters and wine for two. Is there a better way to de-stress than by getting stuck into a burger? If there is we'd like to hear about it.
2. Osteria Basilico – Notting Hill
With its rustic charm, candles and bags of character, Osteria Basilico is a go-to date night spot for lovebirds in Notting Hill. But if you order in some of their home cooked Italian classics, you can recreate that magic at home. You could go all Lady and the Tramp and share a fresh plate of spaghetti to get the sparks flying. And why not up your spaghetti choice with a Spaghetti alle Vongole e Pachino, with sweet royal clams and cherry tomatoes?
3. Polpo – Covent Garden
Polpo has been awarded the Michelin Guide's Bib Gourmand six years in a row. You'll know the guide for its star ratings, but it also awards Bib Gourmand status to any restaurant that's exceptional but a bit more laid back than one with a Michelin Star. With high praise like this, you know whatever you order for your date night in is going to be good. They specialise in Venetian inspired small plates and delicious pizzas and pasta dishes. But if you and your date have got a sweet tooth, you need to try the Nutella Pizzetta and the Flourless Chocolate & Almond Cake. Plus, with the kids in bed, you won't need to worry about any little ones trying to steal a bite of your dessert.
4. Taqueria – Notting Hill
What's the best part about date night? You can eat whatever you want without having to cater for the kids. Go all out on your night off with Roadside Chicken Tacos from Taqueria. We're talking chargrilled chicken, tomatillo salsa, mayo and Scotch bonnets that will really crank up the heat.
5. Nipa Thai – Lancaster Terrace
Before you were busy with school runs and trips to midweek sports clubs, were you one of those couples that loved to travel so you could try loads of local cuisine? You could relive that honeymoon period and trips to Thailand with Nipa Thai. Get some vibrant curries to share, like Kaeng Kiew Warn Kai and Panange Nuea, with steamed Kao Kati, so you can reminisce and plan your next big adventure as a family.
6. Jinjuu – Soho
Smart, sleek and one of Soho's best Korean restaurants, Jinjuu is a must for a date. But we know what it's like, sometimes you need a logistics expert to bag a reservation and get a babysitter on the same night. So dodge the waiting lists, we'll bring Jinjuu to you. You have to try the crispy Korean Fried Chicken Thighs, with tangy pickled radish and spicy gochujang, and you can't get Korean without kimchi. Trust us, it's amazing; here's what happened when we tried it for ourselves.
7. Sticks'n'Sushi – Wimbledon, Greenwich, Canary Wharf & Cambridge
What could be more stylish than Scandi inspired sushi? So for the most Instagrammable date night, you need to get Sticks'n'Sushi. This is one to try for a really elegant night in, where the two of you can hone your chopstick skills and take your time over dinner without worrying about keeping the kids entertained.
8. Branded Steaks – Beckenham
Is date night steak night for you two? Then you have to give Branded Steaks a go. You could splash out with a 35-day aged, buttery-soft fillet steak each, melty Mac & Cheese and a cloud of mash potatoes. This dinner goes especially nicely with a side of smugness when you know you've pulled off the ultimate date night without having to get a babysitter.
9. Burger & Lobster – Threadneedle Street
If you've had a week of frozen fish fingers and eating whatever the kids wanted, it's time to push the boat out. And nothing says you've got something special on the cards quite like lobster. Don't worry though, you don't have to go wrestling with pincers to plan the perfect night in, get Burger & Lobster instead. Go for an Original Lobster, with your choice of clarified butter or lemon & garlic butter, plus fries, to add a little bit of luxury. It is date night after all.
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