Not everything’s spicy at The Hot Pepper Indian Restaurant, but the chefs there are heating up Gisborne with their high-quality South Asian offerings. Found down Aitken Street close to Jacksons Creek Reserve, this restaurant is especially popular with locals and residents of neighbouring Macedon, but you’ll also find diners travelling in from central Melbourne just to get a taste of their famous curries. Featuring a sophisticated atmosphere complete with mood lighting, a luxurious bar and candlelit tables, The Hot Pepper is perfect for a romantic night out whether it’s the first date or a golden wedding anniversary. They specialise in Punjab dishes here, so be sure to take one of their tandoori specialties to get the most out of your meal (and book ahead to avoid a queue!).