Destination Dining at Sunshine Plaza

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Fancy a food-focused date night with a relaxed alfresco ambience and plenty of options? Sunshine Plaza’s Riverwalk is the perfect place to snack, sip and stroll, discovers Rebecca Jamieson Dwyer.

It’s early evening down at Sunshine Plaza’s Riverwalk and there’s a buzz in the air: couples stroll hand in hand eating gelato; families feast and chat at large tables; shoppers wander past, laden with bags; and hungry diners browse the menus of the many alfresco restaurants and cafes overlooking the water.

If you and your significant other are fans of eating your way around the world, then you’ll love the range of cuisine on offer here, spanning Mexican, American, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and more – plus dessert-lovers are well catered for, with gelato, frozen yoghurt, churros and plenty of other sweets for your sweet!

Need some ideas for the dream date night? Read on to discover some of our favourite options…

Start your evening with a bit of fun by popping into Timezone for some pre-dinner games. Battle it out on the arcade machines, head to the laser tag arena, or see who can get the first strike at the bowling alley – the winner gets to choose where to eat!

You will have worked up a serious appetite, and if you’re in the mood for icy-cold cocktails, American-style sharing plates and hearty mains, mosey along to TGI Fridays for their famous Long Island Iced Teas, flame-grilled signature ribs, juicy burgers, perfectly cooked steaks and lots more. With its waterfront views, buzzy ambience and friendly staff, a visit to TGI Fridays is the ultimate life-hack for giving yourself that relaxed Friday feeling, any day of the week.

At the other end of the Riverwalk, the colourful El Camino is calling – step inside this vibrant, eclectic cantina for great vibes, frozen margs and authentic Tex-Mex delights such as sizzling fajitas, tasty tacos, brilliant burritos and other classics. With its neon lights and upbeat tunes, it’s sure to get you in the mood for a fiesta, free rainbow sombrero included!

Trying something new is the perfect way to build a deeper connection, so if you’ve never had Korean fried chicken before, you need to get yourselves into Momo Chicken, stat! With interesting options such as Candy Chicken, Snowing Chicken and Volcano Chicken on the menu alongside traditional Korean favourites like Bibimbap, Kimchi Soup and Beef Bulgogi, you’re bound to order something delicious – even if you wing it.

Chinese food is always a crowd pleaser, and the Riverwalk doesn’t disappoint with both the award-winning Yum Cha Cuisine and the ever-popular Little Red Dumpling catering to those Cantonese cravings. Delight in the experience of Yum Cha with dim sums and other traditional Chinese dishes at Yum Cha Cuisine, while at Little Red Dumpling you’ll love the mouthwatering bao, soups, steamed greens, crispy pancakes and dumplings of all
varieties. Yum indeed!

No date night is complete without a sweet treat, but the big question is to order one each or to share with your sugar?!

San Churro serves up sensational Spanish chocolate with sugar-dusted churros for dipping, while Gelatissimo is the go-to spot for artisanal gelato in a range of indulgent flavours such as Turkish Delight, Sticky Date Pudding and Salted Caramel Tiramisu.

You definitely won’t want to share your dessert at Yo-Chi – a self-service situation that allows you to create your fro-yo just the way you like it, with a smorgasbord of tasty toppings including fresh berries, lychees, lollies, chocolates and caramel sauce, as well as pretty much anything else you can possibly imagine! With their range of probiotic frozen yoghurts including dairy-free and gluten-free options, Yo-Chi really does have the dream dessert for everyone.

With Sunshine Plaza’s Riverwalk offering all these culinary delights plus many more, it sounds like you’ll need to pencil in a regular dinner to work your way through them all. It’s a date!

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