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Valentine’s Day specials for 2017

The month of love is around the corner and it’s time to start planning your romantic Valentine’s weekend for that special someone. Whether it’s an indulgent dinner at a French bistro, a lavish six-course feast at a hotel and spa, or a movie and picnic under stars, when it comes to romance, us foodies believe the quickest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. Here’s our list of restaurants around that country that are offering tempting love-themed menus and specials this Valentine’s Day.

Countrywide

Cape Town Fish Market
Head to your favourite CTFM and celebrate Valentine’s Day with their loved-up four-course tapas menu. For R200 per person (R180 excluding wine tasters), guests can enjoy dishes like tempura prawns, tuna tartare, deep-fried kingklip, and deep-fried Oreos with ice cream. To book, visit ctfm.co.za.

Hussar Grill
In addition to the usual lunchtime special (one course for R69 and two courses for R125), Hussar Grill will be celebrating lovebirds by gifting couples a free chocolate vodka martini each. The dessert drink will be provided to guests at both lunch and dinner.

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Johannesburg

A la Bouffe (Linden)

Make your Valentine’s Day lunch memorable with a four-course meal for R450 per person. Enjoy French cooking at its best with dishes like ham, chicken and pear terrine, free-range lamb with potato gratin and carrot purée, and a Valrhona chocolate and strawberry dessert. Booking is essential on 011 888 8004.

Balata Restaurant at Fairway Hotel (Randpark)

Enjoy a five-course set menu for R425 per person. Menu highlights include poached prawn tails with avo foam, watermelon sorbet palate cleanser, roast beef fillet with madumbi, and raspberry and milk-chocolate mousse. Booking is essential on 011 478 8000.

Balata Restaurant at The Fairway Hotel. Photo supplied.

Balata Restaurant at The Fairway Hotel. Photo supplied.

Café Hemingways (Kyalami)

Enjoy an evening of candlelit romance and delectable food for R380 per person. Email reservations@cafehemingways.co.za to book. Bookings close 9 February and payment is required to confirm booking.

Clico Boutique Hotel (Rosebank)

Celebrate in fine-dining style with a five-course menu for R715 per person (R900 for wine pairing). Look forward to house-made cured salmon with apple and horseradish, seared duck breast with spiced pears, duo of beef and oxtail terrine with barley and whiskey emulsion, and a dessert of chocolate fondant with champagne jellies. Booking is essential on 011 252 3300 or at info@clicohotel.com.

Harvest Grill and Wine (Brakpan)

Enjoy a Valentine’s Special from 1 to 28 February for R295 per person. The set menu will feature highlights like fresh oysters with lemon, beef tartare with pickled red onion, chicken roulade with spicy chickpeas and wild mushroom sauce, and strawberry cheesecake with red-velvet meringues for dessert.

The red velvet cheesecake at Harvest Grill & Wine. Photo supplied.

The red velvet cheesecake at Harvest Grill & Wine. Photo supplied.

Maximillien Restaurant (Sandton)

Celebrate with a five-course set menu for R595 per person; add a bed-and-breakfast package with a bottle of bubbly for R4 200 per couple. Look forward to dishes like Parma ham with wild mushrooms, sole Veronique with fondant potatoes or lamb saddle with spinach and ricotta mashed potato, and a decadent dessert trolley. Call 011 292 7000 to book.

Morrells Boutique Estate (Northcliff)

Enjoy a three-course dinner for two for R520 per person. Highlights will include smoked trout and goat’s cheese terrine, rack of lamb with celeriac puree, and rose scented meringues. Booking is essential via 011 476 9495.

A romantic setting at Morrells Boutique Estate. Photo by Ben Viljoen.

A romantic setting at Morrells Boutique Estate. Photo by Ben Viljoen.

Moyo (Melrose Arch and Zoo Lake)

Tuck into a Valentine’s Day three-course meal on 14 February with a welcome cocktail and bread platter on arrival for R760 per couple. Call 011 684 1477 (Melrose Arch) or 011 646 0058 (Zoo Lake) to book.

Parc Fermé (Sandton)

Enjoy a dreamy evening for two on 14 February for R560 per person. Expect gourmet dishes like spicy tomato gazpacho, papaya and smoked marlin salad, seafood ravioli with goat’s cheese, roasted beef tenderloin with snow peas, and chocolate-and-almond Turkish delight cake. Booking is essential on 011 245 4100 or at parcferme@parcferme.co.za.

Dessert at Parc Ferme

Dessert at Parc Ferme. Photo supplied.

Rosto (Linden)

At this new Italian chicken restaurant, indulge in a free glass of prosecco and fresh strawberries on Valentine’s Day.

Saigon (Rivonia)

Tuck in to a special three course meal on Valentine’s Day for R250 per person. The menu will include a starter or combination platter for two, mains, and desserts. The special offer includes a R100 voucher for a Saigon massage by a professional massage therapist. To book, email saigonrivonia@gmail.com.

The Terrace at Fairlawns (Morningside)

Enjoy a romantic four-course set dinner with amuse-bouche and champagne sorbet for R830 per person. Book your spot now on 011 804 2540.

Pretoria

16th Lintel (Centurion)

Celebrate with a special Valentine’s Day degustation menu for R450 per person (R175 extra for wine pairing). Highlights will include Parma ham figs with brie stuffing, cream of asparagus with white truffle, lamb rack with pommes croquet, and baked New York cheesecake. Booking essential.

An elegantly plated dish at 16th Lintel. Photo supplied.

An elegantly plated dish at 16th Lintel. Photo supplied.

The Blades Restaurant (Kameeldrift)

Enjoy a romantic pre-Valentine’s-Day evening on 11 February with a romantic picnic under the stars for R650 per couple. To book, call 012 808 9943 or email events@theblades.co.za.

Granita at Kievits Kroon (Kameeldrift-East)

Treat yourselves to a romantic getaway at Kievits Kroon with their offer of gourmet dining, dancing and a one night stay in a luxurious room. The cost per person sharing is R1695 per night and includes a complimentary glass of bubbles, a six-course gourmet dinner by the pool with wine pairing, breakfast the following morning, and a Valentine’s gift per couple. Alternatively, enjoy just the lavish six-course dinner and dance for R550 per person. Booking essential via reservations@kievitskroon.co.za or 086 054 3848.

A romantic evening at Granita at Kievits Kroon. Photo supplied.

A romantic evening at Granita at Kievits Kroon. Photo supplied.

Hemingways Restaurant & Wine Cellar (Centurion)

Treat your significant other to a romantic three-course dinner for two at Hemingways for just R700 per couple. Bookings are essential. Email functions@leriba.co.za to reserve your table.

a dish at Hemingway Restaurant. Photo supplied.

A dish at Hemingways Restaurant. Photo supplied.

The Laughing Chefs (Rietondale)

Enjoy a girls’ Valentine’s brunch for R180 with a tasty morning spread such as bacon, pancakes, pastries and mimosas. Alternatively, book a romantic dinner for R280 per person or a picnic for R450 per basket. Call 072 511 4946 or 082 823 7846 to book your spot.

Villa San Giovanni (Wonderboom Airport)

Book yourself a romantic evening for two at this Italian spot. Package options include four courses for R369, (with wine pairing for R579), four courses with a helicopter flip for R1099 per person, (with wine pairing for R1199), and four course dinner with helicopter flip and overnight stay in a luxury suite plus breakfast for R1899. To book, call 012 543 0843 or email info@vsg.co.za.

Durban

9th Avenue Bistro (Morningside)

Indulge in a candlelit dinner on 14 February. For R550 per person, lovebirds can enjoy a three-course meal plus a welcome drink and after-meal coffee and petit fours. The lush menu includes highlights such as duck parfait with cherry balsamic and pickled cherries, pork belly with pancetta with white bean and summer veg cassoulet, and pear-and-pecan nut tart with cinnamon ice cream. Booking is essential via info@9thavenuebistro.co.za or 031 312 9134.

Bel Punto (Umdloti)

Enjoy a delicious Valentine’s dinner with gorgeous sea views. There will be two three-course set menus, an option for R495 per person, or a more lavish menu for R950 per person. Highlights include crab soup, fresh oysters, beef medallions grilled the Italian way, grilled shellfish platter, mama’s homemade tiramisu, and Amaretto panna cotta. For bookings, email info@belpunto.co.za.

Café 1999 (Musgrave)

For R550 per person, couples can enjoy a set menu with dishes like oysters with Vietnamese dressing; tapas of fresh steamed mussels, duck spring rolls and tuna tataki; a soup course of gazpacho with poached prawns; mains of crusted lamb rack or ginger line fish; and dessert of triple-chocolate brownie with raspberry sauce and poppy-seed ice cream.

Mussels at Café 1999. Photo by Shirley Berko.

Mussels at Café 1999. Photo by Shirley Berko.

The Chefs Table (Umhlanga)
Take your loved one for a decadent dinner on 14 February with two different menus to choose from. Enjoy a three-course for R475 per person and five-course for R695 (R895 with wine). Highlights will include sous vide pork ribeye with sour plum, mussels with prawn custard, fresh fish with coriander pearl barley, and a chocolate sphere with raspberry and vanilla. To book, call 031 001 0200 or email info@thechefstable.co.za.

The beautiful booth seating at The Chef's Table. Photo supplied.

The beautiful booth seating at The Chef’s Table. Photo supplied.

The Grill Room at the Oyster Box (Umhlanga)

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner on 14 February at The Grill Room, where there will be dinner and dancing. R950 per person will include a six-course plated menu, dancing to a live band, and a gift. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Moyo (Ushaka Marine World)

Tuck into a Valentine’s Day three-course meal on 14 February with a welcome cocktail and live entertainment for R550 per couple. For more information and bookings contact 031 332 0606 or ushakafunctions@moyo.com.

Story (Morningside)
Indulge in a romantic dinner for two at this new spot. The three-course set menu will include bubbly on arrival and a glass of wine during the dinner. The cost is R550 per person.

Eastern Cape

Savages (Port Elizabeth)

Indulge in a dinner for two for R290 per person, including a glass of Kleine Zalze bubbly on arrival. Menu highlights include marinated yellowtail, rack of lamb with mushroom ragout, and chocolate fondant, or poached pear and goat’s cheese, grilled hake with thyme foam, and lavender crème brûlée. The special is valid on 14 February only.

The Thistle Restaurant (Port Alfred)

Treat your loved one to a romantic dinner for two for R900 per couple. The five-course set menu includes a bottle of bubbly and dishes like crispy Parma ham and feta salad, cherry smoked duck, wildebeest with cashew butter, poached pear with homemade digestive, and a bitter-chocolate mousse.

Thistle Restaurant in Port Alfred. Photo supplied.

The Thistle Restaurant in Port Alfred. Photo supplied.

Cape Town

Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles (Camps Bay)

Celebrate in luxury on the night of 14 February with a five-course menu for R1 100 per person, which includes a drink on arrival, live music and a red rose for the ladies. Alternatively, treat that special someone to a five-course dinner or lunch on any other day during February for R750 per person. Early bookings are essential; contact restaurant reservations on 021 437 9029 or restaurants@12apostles.co.za.

Sunset views at Azure at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa. Photo supplied.

Sunset views at Azure at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa. Photo supplied.

Beach & Bites at Bliss Boutique Hotel (Sunset Beach)

Valentine’s Day dinner and stay-over special: Enjoy a three-course meal cooked by chef Arthur, stay over in one of the luxury rooms, and enjoy a breakfast, all for R2 000 per couple.

Constantia Glen (Constantia)

Woo your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a Brut Rosé MCC French breakfast or antipasto sharing platter at this picture-perfect wine farm. The breakfast will run until 12.30pm on 14 February and will cost R60 per person or R80 including a glass of bubbles and tea or coffee. If you’d prefer the lunch option, the antipasto platter for two will cost R500 with creamy buffalo mozzarella, cured meat, vegetables, condiments and bruschetta.

Croissant and bubbly breakfast at Constantia Glen. Photo supplied.

Croissant and bubbly breakfast at Constantia Glen. Photo supplied.

Ginger & Lime Food Studios (Fresnaye)
The Ginger and Lime team will be launching a supper club on 11 February with a Valentine’s dinner at Peppermint Palace in Fresnaye. The fest will cost R950 per person and R1800 per couple. To find out more, email info@gingerandlime.co.za.

HQ (City Bowl)

Treat yourself and a partner to a romantic dinner at HQ on 14 February. Enjoy a glass of Pierre Jourdan bubbly on arrival before tucking in to HQ’s famous steak, salad and chips, followed by a dessert tasting plate to share. Tickets cost R595 per couple and include live music by Ricky Botsis and prizes for the best-dressed couple. To book, contact management@hqrestaurant.co.za.

The Leopard Bar (Camps Bay)

Treat your loved one to the “I Love You” Tea by the Sea at this stylish bar with sweeping sea views on 14 February for R275 per person. Love birds can enjoy a lush high tea with savoury and sweet treats as well as a glass of sparkling wine.

The view from the Leopard Bar at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. Photo supplied.

The view from the Leopard Bar at the Twelve Apostles Hotel. Photo supplied.

Massimo’s (Hout Bay)

Celebrate with a three-course (R298 per person) or two-course (R160 per person) Italian set menu on Valentine’s Day. Dishes include Piedmontese braised veal with tuna-and-caper mayo; balsamic and red wine marinated lamb shank and roast summer veg; a range of pizzas; and Massimo’s frozen mini Italian kisses filled with boozy delights. Booking is essential on 021 790 5648.

Moyo (Kirstenbosch)

Tuck into a pre-Valentine’s Day three-course meal on 14 February for R310 per person. Call 021 762 9585 to book.

On the Rocks (Bloubergstrand)

Toast to love with a three-course Valentine’s Day set menu, including an amuse-bouche, for R450 per person. Menu highlights asparagus noisette with a poached egg, chicken ballotine with feta and peppadews, and a dessert platter for two with champagne jelly, salted chocolate brownies, truffles, sorbet and more. Call 021 554 1988 to book your table.

Planet Restaurant at The Mount Nelson (Gardens)

Enjoy a five-course dinner on 14 February for R1 250 per person. The set menu comprises dishes like prawn-and-coconut curry, confit-duck tortellini, slow-cooked beef fillet, and chocolate-and-raspberry deluxe dessert. End off the evening with tea and coffee with friandises. Booking is essential on 021 483 1948 or at restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com.

Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson. Photo supplied.

Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson. Photo supplied.

The President Hotel (Bantry Bay)

Spoil your loved one with a gourmet sunset picnic and the screening of Love Actually in an open-air silent cinema under a ceiling of stars while the Atlantic Ocean view melts your heart. Tickets are R425 per person and includes the movie ticket, headphones rental and gourmet picnic basket. Booking is essential. For more information or to book your seat, please email events@presidenthotel.co.za or call 021 434 8111 and ask for Chevonne or Bianca.

Radisson Blu Waterfront (V&A Waterfront)
Enjoy a picnic for two on the rolling lawns overlooking the ocean. The picnic basket will include fresh baguettes, marinated olives, salads, chicken skewers, peanut butter brownies and a bottle of wine. The cost per couple is R695. To book, email capetown.foodanbeverage@radissonblu.com or call 021 441 3000.

Raw & Roxy (City Bowl)

Attend the Sober & Sexy party at Raw & Roxy and enjoy an evening of comedy, buffet dining, dancing, and mocktails for R250 per person. The party will be open to singles, couple and groups. The theme is ‘wear something red’.

SMAK Delicatessen (City Bowl)
For those of you wanting to spend a romantic evening at home, this Bree Street eatery will be offering delicious SMAK Packs to take home and enjoy. The pack will cost R180 and will include: 200g handmade dried pasta with a vacuum-packed Valentines-inspired pasta sauce (your choice of homemade basil and pistachio pesto, or lamb and caramelised tomato sauce) and a little card of instructions. Plus, there will be four delicious chocolate truffles and a long stem red rose included.  The items will also be available to purchase individually.

Stardust Theatrical Dining (Woodstock)

Enjoy a night of theatrical entertainment with a seven-course meal and performing waiters at Stardust’s Valentine’s masquerade banquet. To book visit http://stardustcapetown.com/wordpress/bookingform.

Tables at Nitida (Durbanville)

Enjoy a romantic evening for two on 14 February with a three-course menu for R380 per person. Highlights include phyllo-wrapped camembert with apple-and-pear chutney; Cajun line fish with green beans, jasmine rice and Caribbean salsa; and white chocolate and raspberry swirl crème brûlée with homemade biscotti.

The brûlée at Tables at Nitida. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The brûlée at Tables at Nitida. Photo supplied.

Trees Restaurant at Townhouse Hotel (City Bowl)

On 14 February enjoy a three-course menu love-themed set menu for R358 a head. Booking is essential on 021 465 7050.

The Village Idiot (City Bowl)

On Valentine’s Day, the regular Mates & Dates special will be replaced by a cosy set menu for two. Dishes will include Caprese bruschetta, lemony herbed baby chicken with potato fritters and salad, and a chocolate berry mousse. This will also include a glass of Simonsig MCC each.

The Dates and Mates board at Village Idiot. Photo supplied.

The Dates and Mates board at Village Idiot. Photo supplied.

Vista Marina (V&A Waterfront)

Enjoy a three-course Share The Love dinner for R450, R30 of which will be donated to a local childhood development programme.

Winelands

Benguela Cove (Hermanus)

Enjoy a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner on 14 February for R1 000 per person. To book, email online@benguelacove.co.za or call 087 357 0637.

A dish at Benguela Cove. Photo supplied.

A dish at Benguela Cove. Photo supplied.

Bistro 13 (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy the five-course Feed Me Experience with a glass of complimentary Welmoed Brut for R325 per person. Booking essential. The Feed Me Experience offers guests the opportunity to choose two starters, two mains and one dessert off the à la carte menu. Stellenbosch Vineyards wine can be paired for an additional R110 per person. Bookings on 021 881 3044 or reservations@bistro13.co.za.

Boschendal (Franschhoek)

Couples are invited to celebrate the day of love on 14 February by tucking into picnic baskets with a romantic twist in the Rhone Classic Picnic area for R550 per couple. Alternatively, you can book a leisurely afternoon with a picnic or reserve seats at The Werf Restaurant for farm-to-table dining for R595 per person, or a more casual meal in the deli for R395 per person.

A Picnic at Boschendal Rhone Picnics

A Valentine’s spread at Boschendal. Photo supplied.

Eat@Simonsvlei (Paarl)

Indulge in a Valentine’s dinner for two for R235 per person. Dishes will include rump steak with porcini mushrooms or chicken campagnola on a bed of linguine, and a dessert of mini pavlovas or Amarula chocolate mousse with tea or coffee.

Spier (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy a gourmet Valentine’s picnic and movie night on 14 February. Snuggle up under the stars with your picnic basket for two for R550 and enjoy the screening of The Best of Me. The basket will be packed with charcuterie, home-baked breads, farm cheeses, trout pâté, salads, chocolate and a bottle of Spier’s Signature Méthode Cap Classique. Book your picnic here https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1458984986.

The Governors Hall at Lanzerac Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

Celebrate with a romantic four-course set menu with a welcome drink for R500 per person on 14 February. For bookings, email banqueting@lanzerac.co.za. Alternatively, treat yourselves to a wine-and-chocolate tasting for R110 per couple, or a romantic picnic for two for R550.

Restaurant at Glen Carlou (Klapmuts)

Treat your loved one to a sting quartet dinner for R450 per person. The menu will feature dishes like watermelon salad with tofu and cashew nuts, chilli and lime seabags with anchovy butter, and white chocolate and raspberry sponge with white chocolate. To book

Rhebokskloof Restaurant (Paarl)

Feel the love with Rhebokskloof’s Valentine’s open-air cinema. R675 per couple will get you Love Actually movie tickets, a romantic picnic for two, hay-bale seating, a bottle of wine and two branded wine glasses. A cash bar will also be available. To book, email functions@rhebokskloof.co.za.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

Sit down to a romantic dinner on 14 February for R885 per person. This ultra-romantic al fresco dinner includes oysters and a bottle of the elegant Grande Provence Brut Méthode Cap Classique crafted on the estate. Booking is essential on 021 876 8600 or at restaurant@grandeprovence.co.za.

Vibrazio-GlassesCelebrate with J.C. Le Roux’s new drier range of bubblies

The House of J.C. Le Roux, which is nestled in the Devon Valley in Stellenbosch, is South Africa’s leading sparkling wine producer. Famous for their sparkling and Méthode Cap Classique wines, J.C. Le Roux has just released a new range called Vibrazio. These high-quality bubblies are crafted to appeal to those who enjoy a drier taste.  The new range includes the Vibrazio Sauvignon Blanc, a lively, refreshing bubbly with notes of litchi, pineapple and granadilla; the Vibrazio Demi-Sec, an off-dry sparkling wine with hints of pears and litchi; and the Vibrazio Demi-Sec Rosé, a salmon-hued blush with berry, plum and tropical aromas. Find the new Vibrazio sparkling wine range on shelf now, perfect for Valentine’s Day, at a recommended price of R69.99.

While every effort is made to ensure that the details of the above specials are correct, some prices or menus may change without our knowledge. Please confirm the deal with the restaurant in question when making a booking.

Does your restaurant have a delicious Valentine’s Day special? Let us know in the comments below.

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