Bonding over a long, lingering meal is what date night is all about. Sometimes, though, the act of getting out to a restaurant isn’t as appealing as staying in.

For those evenings at home, you can still luxuriate in the city’s signature dishes with that special someone. That’s where Providoor’s expansive dinners for two come in, letting you team up not just in the kitchen but at the table. Just make sure to share along the way, no matter how tempting it might be to snap up that last morsel.

Lobster risotto pack from Manta ($150)
Luscious, fragrant risotto with generous chunks of lobster is the centrepiece of this dinner for two from Woolloomooloo’s waterside seafood specialists at Manta. Start with the vibrant greens of sugar snap peas with garlic and chilli and a rocket salad with shaved parmesan, while sharing a house-made focaccia served with cultured butter. Then dive into the delicate risotto, paired with your favourite wine. And if you really want to go all out, you can opt for an indulgent caviar box that comes with blinis, wasabi crème fraiche and chives.

Pipis banquet for two from XOPP ($138)
Showcasing the world-famous pipis in XO sauce that were once a mainstay at the late, great Golden Century, XOPP has made this Cantonese seafood dish available to finish at home. Served with crisp spring onions on a bed of silky vermicelli, the wok-fried pipis shine thanks to the restaurant’s house-made sauce. And they’re just the centrepiece of a banquet that also includes slow-roasted beef short rib with red chillis and spicy grandma sauce, a quartet of steamed prawn dumplings, stir-fried mixed greens and the egg-and-prawn-flecked Yang Chow fried rice.

Neil Perry at Home’s modern Australian banquet ($170)
The man behind Rockpool and other Sydney dining icons has put his high-end spin on home cooking with his eponymous Providoor brand, designed as a prelude to his newly opened Margaret. This graze-ready banquet highlights some of Perry’s favourite dishes, starting with the buffalo mozzarella with zucchini sofrito and a prawn cocktail. Potato gratin, green salad and slow-cooked green beans round out the sides, but the hearty twin anchors are a Coppertree Farm beef fillet with spice butter and a chicken alla cacciatore. Just save room for Perry’s take on tiramisu at the end.

Long Chim Maa Long Chim pescatarian banquet ($140)
Eye appeal is key to chef David Thompson’s Thai street food at Long Chim, and this pescatarian feast definitely relishes bright greens, oranges and reds. With seven individual dishes leading a comprehensive tour of Southern Thailand’s coastal towns, it can be tricky to know where to start here. But you really can’t go wrong with highlights including the pad prik khing of prawn (a stir-fried red curry) and the three flavoured lingfish, known for retaining its lovely structure in stir fries and curries alike.

Bambini Trust vegetarian set menu ($90)
Nothing says cosy like Italian cooking, and Bambini Trust’s eggplant parmigiana lasagna is especially comforting, thanks to its layered marriage of San Marzano tomato sugo, soft eggplant slices and creamy béchamel sauce. It’s the star attraction of this vegetarian feast, which also features a buffalo mozzarella salad piled high with cherry tomatoes, fresh green salad leaves sourced from Darling Mills, and Bambini’s trademark (and ready-to-eat) tiramisu. Made with Kahlua and coffee from Single O in Surry Hills, the latter is best paired with a glass of your favourite muscat.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Providoor.