10 Reasons to Leave the House this Winter

With the winter chill comes a strong desire to at stay home. Nothing sounds more appealing than layering up in cosy jumpers and blankets and just Netflix-ing all day. But there's no reason to avoid the cold and hibernate, especially when our cities have so much to offer this half the year. It's the perfect time of the year to enjoy the simple pleasures that come with the colder days of warming up with a drink (or two) and unwinding with good food in style.

To save you the trouble, we have specially curated some of the best winter restaurants nationally, where you can enjoy cosy nooks, delicious food and wine. And with so many winter-friendly partners of the Good Food Gift Card, we know the go to in your city.

With creative seasonal palette plates, take a journey with the 9 course degustation menu. The food is designed to excite and tantalise so you can expect a winter steak with horseradish cream and the lemon lime and bitters dessert. Designed to be shared with friends, the intimate dining promotes the ideal winter warmness.

Araliya Restaurant
Araliya provides an inviting, warm, and sophisticated scene. Serving up a blend of authentic Sri Lankan spices fused with flavours around the world, tummies are quickly warm and full with dishes such as Araliya Chicken (chicken filled with pistachio in a delicious secret spice mixture), and Tamarind Fish with savoury notes of tamarind, gamboge and crushed black pepper.

Skyline Restaurant
Rated as one of the top restaurants in Adelaide, take in the magical views of Adelaide Hills and surrounding Parklands with a locally sourced menu. Beat the winter blues and celebrate 'Christmas in July' with live music and a 3 course alternate dinner.

Pilu at Freshwater
Who said beaches are only reserved for summer? Overlooking the picturesque Freshwater Beach, Pilu at Freshwater has one of the most spectacular dining views on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Serving award winning Italian food, the restaurant offers an abundance of fresh seafood with a twist of Sardania.

Epocha's wholesome indulgent food is made with love and nourishes the soul. The homely feel offers the ultimate winter comfort. Enjoy a progressive family-style spread with Sunday style lunch. In addition to the la carte menu, they offer two different tasting menus which can be tailored for anyone.

Hallam's Waterfront Seafood Restaurant
Multi award winning Hallam's only produce the highest level of quality fresh seafood from pristine waters surrounding Tasmania. They source fresh seafood such as blue eye trevalla, Spring Bay mussels, Pacific oysters, scallops & southern rock lobster (crayfish) to name a few. Dine out on the deck or enjoy the indoor atmosphere.

Rock Sugar
Rock Sugar is the most talked about Thai restaurant in Melbourne. Warm up with Thai fusions and cocktails with a twist. The food is casual yet delicious, surprise your tastebuds with fried chicken ribs with red nam, lemongrass and chilli caramel. With endless options of vegan, pescatarian and vegetarian banquets the menu will truly cater to anyone.

Ormeggio at the Spit
Ormeggio offers the contemporary Italian cuisine, showcasing Sydney's Middle Harbour and Pearl Bay. The chef Alessandro Pavoni, is known for 'pushing boundaries' when it comes to new food techniques. Embrace the concept and try the degustation menu which includes winter delights such as carnaroli risotto with artichoke and charcoal wagyu with pumpkin seeds.

Aquitaine Brasserie
Situated on the river waterfront at Southbank, Aquitaine offers one of the most spectacular restaurant settings in Brisbane. Take advantage of winter and try out the ever-evolving contemporary French menu. The seasonal produce is sourced locally. The intriguing wine list has an extensive selection of perfectly paired local and French mixtures.

Aubergine is an intimate space, with high ceilings, beautiful lights and simple, elegant décor. It's the only 2 hat restaurant in Canberra. The menu is updated daily with a focus on using seasonal and unique produce. If you can't decide, let them do the work for you and indulge in a 4 course menu for $90 per person.

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Sharmi Ahmed