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2016 New Year’s Eve restaurant specials

New Year’s Eve is already around the corner and restaurants are filling up fast. To feast your way into 2017, we’ve rounded up a list of restaurants hosting lavish dinners. Get ready to raise that glass of bubbly and dine – and party – in style at one of these great restaurants in your area.

Celebrating at home

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Make your own party by serving up homemade margaritas with a gooseberry and chilli twist.

Gooseberry and chilli margaritas
Put half a Serano chilli (seeds removed if you want a tamer version) in a tall glass and fill with crushed ice. In a cocktail shaker, muddle (bruise) 1 cup of Cape gooseberries and 2 halved limes to release their juices. Add 4 shots each of lime juice and tequila, and a few teaspoons of agave syrup to sweeten. Shake vigorously, then pour into the glasses. Olé!

The silly season isn’t over yet! Make sure you’re all stocked up on party snacks and drinks by shopping at Woolies.

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Johannesburg

Chicago’s Piano Bar (Randpark Ridge)
Count down to the New Year at a ‘Razzle Dazzle’-themed event at Chicago’s Piano Bar. Enjoy a three-course set menu paired with roulette shooters. Dinner, dancing and live entertainment is available at R430 per person. If you’d prefer to dress up and dance the night away without the food, the cost is R200 per person. Booking for dinner is essential, but dance-only tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

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The interior at Chicago’s. Photo supplied.

Chief’s Boma (Fourways)
Dine and dance the night away at Chief’s Boma this New Year’s Eve. Choose from their buffet dinner options, featuring options including starters of spiced wings with basil-and-honey cream cheese, honey-and-mustard beef short ribs; mains like traditional baked oxtail casserole; and desserts such as mini banoffee pies, traditional trifles and koeksisters. The cost per person is R495 and R990 per couple. Booking is essential.

Central One Bar and Restaurant (Sandton)
Tuck into the New Year’s Eve à la carte dinner at Central One. Dinner begins at 6.30pm and costs R395 per person. Kids aged between 6 and 12 years pay half price and kids under 6 eat for free.

March Restaurant (Melrose Arch)
Spoil someone special this New Year’s Eve with the Couples Retreat Package at African Pride Hotel in Melrose Arch. From just R1960 per person sharing, couples can enjoy a three-course candlelit dinner and a bottle of wine with in-room movie selection and a champagne breakfast. Booking is essential.

The Interior of March Restaurant

March Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Parc Fermé (Sandton)
Book your table at Parc Fermé this New Year’s Eve and enjoy a delicious five-course dinner for R495 per person. Tuck into dishes like tuna tartare with avocado; confit chicken with asparagus; baked lobster tail served with potato gnocchi, pea shoots and a fenugreek broth; stuffed beef tenderloin; and strawberry tartlets with crème patissiere.

Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel All Day Restaurant (Sandton)
Enjoy a five-course menu for R549 per person. Includes a glass of sparkling wine at midnight. Groups of four or more will receive 5% discount off their booking and groups of 10 or more receive 10% off. Booking is essential.

Pretoria

Black Bamboo (Ashlea Gardens)
Have a spectacular five-course dinner at Black Bamboo for R650 per person, accompanied by live entertainment and unlimited Méthode Cap Classique.

Bubbly being served at Black Bamboo. Photo supplied.

Bubbly being served at Black Bamboo. Photo supplied.

Meadow Green Restaurant at African Pride Hotel Irene Country Lodge (Irene)
Make your last dinner of the year a good one at the meadow Green Restaurant, where they’re doing a seven-course set menu that includes an amuse bouche and a palate cleanser. Options include a cauliflower and truffle soup, a duck salad and a beef trio (featuring a beef fillet, pulled brisket and braised shin). For dessert, look forward to a choice between a lemon brûlée, rooibos mousse, a sticky chocolate pudding or a cheese board. This is all for R525 per person and will be served between 7pm and 10pm.

Durban and surrounds

9th Avenue Bistro (Morningside)
Celebrate the start of a new year with a delicious five-course dinner (including a glass of bubbly). Price and menu is still to be confirmed but booking is essential. Call 031 312 9134 or email info@9thavenuebistro.co.za.

A dorado dish at 9th Avenue Bistro. Photo supplied.

A dorado dish at 9th Avenue Bistro. Photo supplied.

Bel Punto (Umdloti)
Enjoy the gorgeous sea views and tuck into a three­-course Italian feast. A DJ will be playing music for those who’d like to dance their way into the New Year. Booking is essential and can be made via 031 568 2407 or emailing info@belpunto.co.za. The price and menu are still to be confirmed.

The Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill (Durban central)
Celebrate with a spectacular Moët dinner experience for R1000. The five-course menu includes a welcome glass of champagne as well as canapés on arrival. Live entertainment will be provided. There will also be a NYE Bar Lounge experience for R395 per person, which includes sharing platters of starters, a main meal and a dessert. If you book for two guests you will receive a complimentary bottle of Big Easy Wine.

A hearty dish and bottle of red at The Big Easy in Durban. Photo supplied.

A hearty dish and bottle of red at The Big Easy in Durban. Photo supplied.

Café 1999 (Berea)
For R500 per person, revellers can enjoy a delicious gin cocktail on arrival paired with some tapas and followed by main course, dessert and bubbles at midnight.

Havana Grill (North Beach)
Enjoy dinner and dancing with a festive set menu. The menu and price are yet to be confirmed, but keep your eyes on their website for more details.

The Pearl Room at The Oyster Box Hotel (Umhlanga Rocks)
Enjoy a Taj-Mahal-themed six-course menu, including a welcome cocktail and comedy by Aaron McIlroy, for R2 500 per adult. To end the evening on a high note, there will be an after-party in The Oyster Bar with a selection of homemade snacks, traditional New Year’s sweetmeat treats, and DJ Daniel Israel to provide the music. To book call 031 514 5000 or email restaurants@oysterbox.co.za.

Magnificent views at The Oyster Box. Photo supplied.

Magnificent views at The Oyster Box. Photo supplied.

Cape Town

Azure at Twelve Apostles Hotel (Camps Bay)
Celebrate in style with a glitzy Oscars-themed dinner and party. Kick off the evening with a glass of bubbly and amuse-bouche, before indulging in a five-course dinner for R2 950 per person (including gratuity). There will be plenty of entertainment throughout, including a live band, and a toast to the New Year with a traditional countdown and French champagne. To book, call 021 437 9029.

Azure at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Photo supplied.

Azure at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa. Photo supplied.

Balducci’s (V&A Waterfront)
Prepare for a hearty celebration at this Italian favourite. The menu is priced at R1 699 per person and will offer dishes such as melanzane, oysters, beef fillet, a shell fish platter and a selection of desserts.

Belthazar Restaurant & Wine Bar (V&A Waterfront)
Aside from the impressive wine selection at this Waterfront spot, party goers can expect an extravagant dinner to ring in the New Year. The special grills and seafood menu will feature starters such as grilled calamari or carpaccio, mains of grain-fed fillet or a shellfish platter, and desserts such as crème brûlée or mixed berries. The set menu costs R2 100 and includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

Blanko (Constantia)
Enjoy a four-course meal at Blanko with dishes like mushroom gnocchi, sea bass and chocolate salami. The cost per person is R1250 and booking is essential.

Cape Town Fish Market (V&A Waterfront)
Celebrate 2017 with a lavish seafood dinner at this Waterfront favourite. The premium menu (R2 000 per person) will include a welcome drink of Bottega Gold Prosecco and two oysters, appetisers, starters, mains and desserts. Highlights will include ocean delights such as sushi, calamari, tuna tartare, teriyaki salmon, prawn curry, and even surf and turf. The price includes fireworks, live music, prosecco and coffe or tea. There will also be a kiddies menu for R250 per child 12 years and under.

City Grill Steakhouse (V&A Waterfront)
Enjoy a four-course menu for R1 695 per person at this Waterfront restaurant. Enjoy festive dishes such as stuffed calamari, spicy mushroom steak Creole, and Cape Brandy pudding.

Foxcroft (Constantia)
The menu will only be released in November but Scot Kirton and Glen Foxcroft Williams’s new bakery and eatery will be hosting New Year’s Eve dinner at R1200 per person.

The squid with chorizo, ajo blanco and wild garlic. Photo supplied.

The squid with chorizo, ajo blanco and wild garlic. Photo supplied.

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs (V&A Waterfront)
This meaty New Year’s menu includes a glass of bubbles on arrival and a three-course meal for R1 699 per person. Highlights include venison carpaccio, grain-fed fillet with thick cut fries, and a New York cheesecake slab for dessert.

The Grand Café & Beach (Granger Bay)
Celebrate at the annual New Year’s Eve Pacha Ibiza party. The tickets (R2500 per person) include a three-course meal, 750ml bottle of bubbly, and access to the Pacha New Year’s Eve party.

The Greek Fisherman (V&A Waterfront)
Before the firework festivities begin, tuck into a four-course menu for R1 695 per person. Enjoy dishes such as baked phyllo pastry parcels with feta cheese, Mediterranean seafood skewers, steak Diane with toasted baguette, and a dessert meze platter with mini Greek desserts.

Festive cocktails at The Greek Fisherman. Photo supplied.

Festive cocktails at The Greek Fisherman. Photo supplied.

HQ (City Bowl)
Celebrate in style at the popular steak restaurant. The all-inclusive New Year’s Dinner includes canapés and Ciroc cocktails on arrival, followed by a three-course dinner. Enjoy the house starter salad and mouth-watering sirloin steak with signature Café de Paris butter and thinly cut fries. The DJs will start spinning the decks from 9pm. Call 021 424 6373 or email matt@hqrestaurant.co.za to book your spot.

Whisky cocktail at HQ in Cape Town. Photo supplied.

Whisky cocktail at HQ in Cape Town. Photo supplied.

Locanda at Villa 47 (City Bowl)
Enjoy a welcome cocktail on arrival before indulging in a four-course dinner designed by executive chef Clayton Bell, including a complimentary bottle of MCC for two. After dinner, head upstairs to Stuzzico to dance the night away (R750 per person).

Meloncino (V&A Waterfront)
Before the New Year festivities begin, tuck into a four-course menu for R1 695 per person. Enjoy dishes such as focaccia Bianco with rosemary, homemade taglioni with fresh crayfish, fresh kingklip with tomatoes and basil, and a panna cotta with limoncello for dessert.

Nobu at One&Only (V&A Waterfront)
Spoil yourself with a celebratory dinner at this Japanese fine-dining restaurant. The New Year’s offering is a seven-course omakase menu with a theme of glitz and glam. The cost is R3 200 per person.

A dish at Nobu. Photo supplied.

A dish at Nobu. Photo supplied.

ON19 Restaurant (Foreshore)
Enjoy a tasting menu and wine pairing with sweeping views for R1450 per person, or R750 for children aged between six and 11. Guests can look forward to tomato gazpacho, butternut ravioli, lamb with primavera veg, and a white-chocolate pudding with chocolate mousse. Book your spot by calling 021 412 9999.

Paranga (Camps Bay)
Enjoy a seven-course meal at Paranga this New Year’s Eve. At R1500 per person, you can tuck in to dishes like scallops, venison, risotto and strawberry shortcake. Booking is essential.

Pepenero (Mouille Point)
Tuck in to a four-course meal at Pepenero. Highlights include beetroot cured salmon, grilled beef fillet and lemon polenta cake. The four-course dinner is available at R900 per person. Booking is essential.

The President Hotel (Bantry Bay)
Enjoy a New Year buffet at this Bantry Bay spot with options like fresh salmon, seafood chowder, Cape Malay pickled fish, freshly baked bread, roasted Karoo lamb, West Coast seafood ragout, and a mountain of desserts as a finale. The cost is R485 per person; half-price for children under 12 years.

A beautiful plate at Islands Restaurant at President Hotel. Photo supplied.

A beautiful plate at Islands Restaurant at President Hotel. Photo supplied.

Quentin at Oakhurst (Hout Bay)
After a welcoming glass of French champagne, a five-course dinner will be served with highlights including asparagus with poached quail eggs, honey-buchu sorbet, roast loin of kingklip with lemon thyme, and frozen rose-and-date nougat. The gala evening costs R2 100 per person and includes champagne at midnight and entertainment courtesy of a four-piece dance band and midnight bagpiper. To book your table, email bookings@oakhurstbarn.com.

Inside Quentin's at Oakhurst. Photo supplied.

Inside Quentin’s at Oakhurst. Photo supplied.

Restaurant at Villa 47 (City Bowl)
Enjoy a welcome cocktail on arrival before indulging in a six-course dinner designed by chef Clayton Bell, including a complimentary bottle of champagne for two. After dinner, head downstairs to Stuzzico to party and countdown to 2017 (R1500 per person).

Reuben’s at One&Only (V&A Waterfront)
At Reuben’s, New Year’s partakers can enjoy a six-course menu with a glass of bubbly on arrival for R2500 per person.

Reverie Social Table (Observatory)
For R1 000 per person, this social eatery will be serving up a five-course set menu with bubbly and fine wines. To book your spot, email info@reverie.capetown or call 021 447 3219.

A dish at Reverie Social Table. Photo by Claire Gunn.

A dish at Reverie Social Table. Photo by Claire Gunn.

Sevruga (V&A Waterfront)
This Waterfront restaurant will be hosting an enchanted-forest-themed five-course dinner and a spectacular fireworks display for R2250 per person. Diners will receive welcome drinks, cocktails and canapés on arrival before tucking into dishes such as duck done three ways, fresh tuna tartare, butter-poached lobster and deconstructed key lime pie for dessert. Spaces are filling up fast, book your spot by calling 021 421 5134.

Thirty7 (City Bowl)
Step into 2017 with this hotel restaurant’s New Year’s offering. For R850 per person, guests can tuck into champagne and seafood on ice, dim sum, smoked and cured fish, salads and raw bar dishes, a carvery, a buffet and delicious finger snacks. A kiddie’s selection will also be available for R425 per child between six and 11 years.

Trees Restaurant (City Bowl)
Enjoy a welcome drink and three-course menu with amuse bouche and sorbet for R385 and R575 respectively. Highlights include grilled West Coast mussels, oxtail cannelloni, and a chocolate and mango nemesis dessert. Call 021 465 7050 or email trees@townhouse.co.za to book your spot.

The Village Idiot (City Bowl)
The Village Idiot will be hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner as well as a party for only R650 per person. The menu will feature dishes like tomato-and-mozzarella tartlets, spicy shisa chicken wings, chargrilled sirloin with butternut purée and chips, and mini Peppermint Crisp tarts for pudding. There will be live performances, musicians and DJs.

A dish at The Village Idiot. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A colourful dish at The Village Idiot. Photo supplied.

Umi (Camps Bay)
End 2016 off with a five-course dinner at Umi. Highlights include beef sashimi, teriyaki lamb cutlets and tonka bean panna cotta. Dinner is available by booking only at R1350 per person.

Zenzero (Camps Bay)
Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Zenzero by tucking in to their four-course dinner. At R1350 per person, you can enjoy dishes like gazpacho oyster shooters, smoked beef carpaccio, Zenzero prawn platter and pink champagne panna cotta. Booking is essential.

Winelands and surrounds

Benguela Cove (Hermanus)
Celebrate the beginning of 2017 with a night at the opera. Tuck into a gourmet tasting menu for R1000 per person. Live music and dancing will accompany the feast. The menu highlights include gnocchi with roasted figs, noisette of lamb, and vanilla-and-blueberry mousse. Book via onmain@benguelalacove.co.za or 087 357 0637 to avoid disappointment.

Dutch East Restaurant (Franschhoek)
Tuck into a four-course barbecue-inspired menu with live music, a dance floor and fun dress-up elements to keep the party going. The dinner will cost R850 per person. Booking essential.

dish prepared and served at Dutch East

A dish at Dutch East. Photo supplied.

Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant (Franschhoek)
Celebrate in style with a sumptuous five-course meal with wine pairings and canapés on arrival for R1 200 per person. There will be live entertainment and, weather-permitting, seating outside. To make your booking, call 021 876 8500 or email restaurant@cabriere.co.za.

Oude Werf Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Enjoy a sensational nine-course menu for R425 per person. Commencing with herb-crusted salmon or mushroom risotto, the menu goes on to feature gourmet greats such as roasted ricotta with summer figs, chargrilled fillet with pinotage jus, and boozy double-chocolate brownie. Booking is essential; call 021 887 4608.

Oude Werf Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Oude Werf Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
Indulge in a luxury buffet for R1 950 per person. The buffet includes gourmet dishes such as barbecue langoustine, a live-action seafood station with sustainable fish, slow-braised springbok, cauliflower gratin with rivercress pesto, caramelised white-chocolate pot au crème, and a fine selection of artisanal cheeses and preserves. Booking is essential; call 021 876 8600 or mail reservations@grandeprovence.co.za.

A plate at Grande Provence. Photo courtesy of restaurant.

A plate at The Restaurant at Grande Provence. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Have we missed a great New Year’s Eve special? Please let us know in the comments below.

Please note that while we take care to report information accurately, some details and prices may change without our knowledge.

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