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Valentine’s Day specials for 2016

The month of love is upon us 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 six-course feast at a hotel and spa, or a gourmet 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 tantalising love-themed menus and specials this Valentine’s Day.

Johannesburg

A la Bouffe (Linden)

Make your Valentine’s Day lunch memorable with a four-course meal for R325 per person. Enjoy French cooking at its best with dishes like smoked salmon with potato and horseradish; butternut ravioli with sage butter; free-range chicken with foie gras and fine beans; and dark chocolate mousse. Booking is essential on 011 888 8004.

Balata Restaurant at Fairway Hotel (Randpark)

Enjoy a five-course set menu for R395 per person. Menu highlights include duck liver with shiitake mushroom parfait and a grape salad; olive oil Scottish salmon with chilled lobster cream; and roast rack of lamb with beetroot gratin and pea purée. Booking is essential on 011 478 8000.

Clico Boutique Hotel (Rosebank)

Celebrate in fine-dining style with a four-course menu for R455 per person (R40 extra per course for wine pairing). Look forward to beetroot macarons with caviar and goat’s cheese panna cotta; a duo of beef with red onion purée and gorgonzola quiche; and a composition of berries for dessert. Booking is essential on 011 252 3300 or at info@clicohotel.com.

Just Darling (Walkerville)

Join Just Darling on Saturday 13 February for berry picking at sunset followed by a romantic picnic in the berry fields for R380 per person. The price includes a cheeseboard for two, dessert, a complimentary bottle of wine, a paper lantern to let loose into the night sky, live entertainment and entrance into the berry fields. Email abigail@justdarling.co.za to book your spot.

Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath (Rosebank)

Enjoy a night of luxury with a five-course dinner, a romantic turndown service, and breakfast, for R4 950 per couple per night. The offer is valid on 12, 13 and 14 February only. Book now by calling 011 344 8500 or email 54onbath.reservations@tsogosun.com.

The interior at Maximillien. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Maximillien. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Maximillien Restaurant (Sandton)

Celebrate with a five-course set menu for R1 100 per couple; add a bed-and-breakfast package with a bottle of bubbly for R3 800 per couple. Meal highlights include a smoked springbok carpaccio with berry vinaigrette; seared salmon topped with prawns; and duo of fillet mignon topped with a red-wine jus. Call 011 292 7000 to book.

Moyo (Melrose Arch and Zoo Lake)

Tuck into a pre-Valentine’s Day three-course meal on 13 February with a welcome cocktail and bread platter on arrival for R700 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 Saturday 13 February for R4250 per couple. This includes a one-night stay in a luxury apartment (including a romantic turndown service) and a four-course set menu. Expect gourmet dishes like deep-fried risotto balls; seared salmon with leek and mushroom ragout; roasted beef tenderloin with polenta and herb gratin; and decadent chocolate cheese cake. Booking is essential on 011 245 4100 or at parcferme@parcferme.co.za.

Parc Ferme. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Parc Ferme. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Roots Restaurant at Forum Homini (Cradle of Humankind)

Enjoy a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday 12 February with a six-course dinner for R590, or a Valentine’s Day lunch for R695 for six courses and a welcome drink. Booking is essential on 011 668 7000.

The Terrace at Fairlawns (Morningside)

Enjoy a romantic four-course set dinner with amuse-bouche and champagne sorbet for R830 per person. Highlights include oysters with lemon-pepper caviar, and beef rossini with whipped potato, cep purée and madeira sauce. Book your spot now on 011 804 2540.

That’s Amore (Parktown North)

For R425 per person, lovers can celebrate with a five-course dinner on Valentine’s Day. Look forward to dishes such as calamari and prawn with cream of zucchini, homemade linguine with fresh mussels, rocket salad with porcini and gorgonzola, lamb rack with a mutton skewer, and traditional tiramisu. To book, contact 011 880 1870, or email thatsamore.ristobar@gmail.com.

Pretoria

Al Fiume at River Place Country Estate (Hennops River)

Romance your partner with a four-course set menu at R375 per person. The meal includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, and features dishes like smoked salmon and avo with a beetroot dressing; Mozambican prawns with a parsley-lemon butter sauce; and braised beef shank with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Make your reservation by calling 079 531 3725 or 079 886 9827 or emailing info@riverplace.co.za.

The Blades Restaurant (Kameeldrift)

Enjoy a romantic pre-Valentine’s Day evening on Saturday 13 February with a five-course menu, welcome drink, live entertainment and a relaxing mini spa treatment for R700 per person. Alternatively, stay over at the hotel and enjoy the dinner, a romantic turndown and breakfast for R1 650 per person. The menu features smoked snoek wonton salad; tomato-and-onion tart with buffalo mozzarella; roulade of chicken with garlic-roasted carrots; and a decadent dessert trio. To book, call 012 808 9943 or email events@theblades.co.za.

Chapters Restaurant (Centurion)

Enjoy a special couple’s buffet breakfast on Valentine’s Day for R165 per person, or dial up the romance and spend the night at the hotel on Sunday 13 February for R995. Booking is essential on 012 660 3300 or functions@leriba.co.za

Geet (Brooklyn)

Celebrate with a four-course dinner on Sunday 14 February with a bottle of JC Le Roux bubbly for R375 per person. Alternatively, retreat to the candlelit whisky lounge for a private four-course dinner with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne for R800 per person. Booking is essential on 012 460 3199/3164 or at geet@worldonline.co.za.

The interior at Geet. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Geet. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Hemingways Restaurant & Wine Cellar (Centurion)

Treat your loved one to a three-course dinner on 13 February for R650 per couple. There is also accommodation from R995 per room per night on 12 and 13 February. Booking is essential on 012 660 3300 or at functions@leriba.co.za.

The Laughing Chefs (Rietondale)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with live music by Tellinger and Fresk for R110 per person. An à la carte menu will be available (not included in ticket price) and various other surprises will be served and vegetarians will be catered for upon request. Call 072 511 4946 or 082 823 7846 to book your spot.

Tables at Laughing Chefs. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Tables at Laughing Chefs. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Le-Si Signature Restaurant at Casa Toscana Lodge (Lynnwood)

Join Le-Si for a romantic evening on Sunday 14 February with a three-course set menu and live jazzy entertainment by Leon Van Zweel for R320 per person. The evening includes a welcome drink. Book your table by calling 012 348 8820.

Le-Si Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Le-Si Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

River Meadow Manor (Irene)

A Fair of the Heart offers great food, wine, bubbly and live musical entertainment on the rolling lawns of the manor house for R150 per person. Guests will also receive a small surprise on the day and various snacks and platters, and a cash bar will be on offer. There is limited seating, so guests are advised to bring a picnic blanket. To book your ticket, call 012 667 9660 for more information.

Durban and surrounds

9th Avenue Bistro (Morningside)

Indulge in a candlelit dinner on Saturday 13 February or a lunch or dinner on Sunday 14 February. For R395 per person, love-birds can enjoy a three-course meal plus a welcome drink and a after meal coffee and petit fours. The lush menu includes highlights such as beetroot cured salmon with cauliflower puree, slow-roasted lamb shoulder with spicy lentils and mint crème fraiche, and a dark chocolate torte with white chocolate and lemon ice cream. Booking is essential via info@9thavenuebistro.co.za or 031 312 9134

Boiler Room Café (Morningside)

This playful eatery will serve up a cheeky menu for Valentine’s Day. On the evening of Saturday 13 February and for lunch on Sunday 14 February, lovers can enjoy a romantic feast for R350 per person. The three-course menu will include dishes such as cheddar buns with parmesan sables and cured salmon; slow-roasted lamb shoulder with braised summer tomatoes; and white chocolate and Amarula cheesecake with salted-caramel ice cream. To book, email info@9thavenuebistro.co.za and be sure to mention Boiler Room in the subject line.

The Boiler Room Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Boiler Room Cafe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Cargo Hold at Ushaka Marine World (King Shaka Avenue)

Enjoy a three-course set menu on Sunday 14 February for R395 per person or a special Cupid’s Admirals Platter for two for R795. The set menu includes dishes like peri-peri calamari, fillet of prime beef, and chocolate torte, while the platter features crayfish, prawns, mussels, calamari, line fish and langoustines served with basmati rice, chips, lemon butter sauce, peri-peri and captain’s sauce. Call 031 328 8065 or email reservations@ushakamarineworld.co.za.

El Toro (Durban North)

This vibrant new Mexican eatery is offering a festive evening of romance with their three-course set menu for R600 per couple on Saturday 13 February. Highlights include the tapas starter with empanadas, ceviche tortillas and nachos; 12-hour braised pork carnitas with paneer spinach for mains; and the chilli-choc fondant and churros for dessert. Call 031 564 3015 to book your spot.

Havana Grill & Wine Bar (North Beach)

Couples can tuck into a delicious dinner on Sunday 14 February that includes a three-course set menu, a cocktail on arrival, amuse bouche and sorbet for R390 per person. Highlights include melon and crispy fried prawns with pine nuts; grilled triple-A steak with truffled puréed potatoes and a brandy-and-pink-peppercorn sauce; and deep-fried parcels filled with banana and chocolate for decadent dessert. Phone 031 337 1305 or email events@havanagrill.co.za to receive a booking sheet that must be completed to confirm your reservation.

Lola’s Bistro (Berea)

This chic Florida Road bistro is serving a romantic menu for lovebirds on Valentine’s Day. For R350 per person, guests can enjoy highlights such as Scottish smoked salmon with orange, dill and caper crème fraîche and parsley risotto; bacon-wrapped fillet mignon with a dark chocolate jus; and pink lemonade panna cotta with a vanilla tuile. Each couple will also receive a complimentary bottle of wine. To make a reservation, email lisa.kim.morel@gmail.com.

Inside Lola's. Photo courtesy of the coffee shop.

Inside Lola’s. Photo courtesy of the coffee shop.

Mo-Zam-Bik (Ballito and Umhlanga Ridge)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a hearty platter for two for R350. The platter includes six prawns, hake, calamari, chicken, a choice of rice or chips, a lemon butter or peri-peri sauce, and a complimentary glass of red or white house wine.

The Grill Room at the Oyster Box (Umhlanga)

Enjoy a Valentine’s Day dinner on 12, 13 and 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.

Stretta Café (Hillcrest)

Cuddle up for a romantic three-course Italian feast at this Hillcrest favourite for R350 per person. Highlights include an antipasto sharing plate with Italian meats, pickled vegetables and bacon jam; pan-fried chicken breast with a creamy mushroom and marsala sauce; and a sweet ending of Italian kisses. The price also includes a complimentary champagne cocktail and focaccia bread for the table. To book your table, call 031 765 8862 or email info@stretta.co.za.

Union Square (Durban North)

This burger bar is serving up a romantic Valentine’s Day menu on Saturday 13 February and Sunday 14 February at R149.95 per person. Tuck into dishes such as saucy chicken wings to start; the French Connection burger for mains with caramelised onions and blue cheese dressing; and a dessert of hot chocolate brownies with vanilla ice cream. No bookings will be taken, so get there early to grab a table.

Zucca (Salt Rock)

Treat your loved one to dinner and a dance at this Italian restaurant and bar. The set menu will cost R350 per person and includes a welcome cocktail. Diners can look forward to prawn, brie and fig parcels with beurre blanc sauce; seared salmon fillet with crispy pancetta and creamed mustard lentils; and a double chocolate mousse for dessert.

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 R955 per person, which includes a drink on arrival, live music and a red rose for the ladies. Alternatively, treat that special someone to a long Valentine’s buffet lunch on Saturday 13 February for R340 per person. Special overnight and weekend packages are available, too. Early bookings are essential: contact restaurant reservations on 021 437 9029 or restaurants@12apostles.co.za.

Bombay Brasserie at The Taj Hotel (City Bowl)

Spoil your loved one on Valentine’s Day with a lavish six-course fine-dining Indian menu designed by chef Harpreet Longani, live music and a complimentary ‘love potion’ on arrival for R1 200 per person. To book, call 021 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

Café Royale (Green Point)

Celebrate on 13 February with a three-course meal and amuse-bouche for R450 per person. Highlights include Asian-flavoured pork with sautéed apple and chive compote; roasted lamb rack with Swiss-chard purée and sweet-potato mash; and baked cheesecake with berry compote. To make your reservation, contact 021 430 0500. A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking.

Catharina’s at Steenberg (Tokai)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special fine dining menu at R895 per person. This includes choices like seared salmon and king scallops with black garlic; Chalmar beef fillet with foie-gras tortellini; and Dalewood camembert with pistachio brioche and poached-pear purée. The three-course vegetarian menu is also R895 per person and features dishes like marinated exotic mushrooms with mascarpone ravioli and warm asparagus terrine with grilled nectarines and goat’s cheese mousse. Booking is essential on 021 713 7178 or at reservations@catharinasrestaurant.co.za.

Diemersdal Farm Eatery (Durbanville)

This picturesque wine farm will be serving Valentine’s tapas on the evening of Saturday 13 February and at lunch on Sunday 14 February. The love-themed tapas offering will be R500 per couple and include options like salmon gravadlax with Japanese mayo; crispy duck with cherry-and-orange pancakes; sweetcorn-and-mussel chowder; and a selection of bite-sized sweet treats to end off the feast. Alternatively, book a mouth-watering Valentine’s Day picnic basket filled with charcuterie, bruschetta, sandwiches and cheesecake for R400. Booking is essential and can be made via 021 976 1810 or restaurant@diemersdal.co.za.

Durbanville Hills Wines (Durbanville)

This popular wine farm is offering two Valentine’s Day treats. For the first option, guests are invited to stretch out under the olive trees on lush green lawns with a glass of wine and enjoy the contents of a picnic basket for two. The picnic basket, which includes a bottle of Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé, is available for R350 between 11am and 3pm. Alternatively, head to the Durbanville Hills Restaurant and enjoy a four-course menu, with each course paired with one of the wines in the Durbanville Hills range, for R425 per person.

The deck area at Durbanville Hills. Photo courtesy of the estate.

The deck area at Durbanville Hills. Photo courtesy of the estate.

The Eatery Wood Fired Grill (Wynberg)

Couples are invited to tuck into a three-course meal on Sunday 14 February for R250 per person. The set menu, which includes a complimentary glass of house sparkling wine, offers fun dishes like ‘ma se bobotie rolls’; sirloin with a fresh rosemary, thyme, Dijon mustard, and salt-and-black-pepper rub; and house-baked New York cheesecake. Call 021 762 2624 or email info@theeatery.co.za to book your spot.

Graciales (Constantia)

Chef Brad Ball at Peddlars & Co has organised a romantic Valentine’s Day treat on 14 February. Enjoy food platters for two including a strawberry daiquiri for R250. Some of the dishes to look forward to are soft shell crab, pork banh mi sandwich, beef tataki, spit roast crispy duck pancakes, DIY tacos and chorizo with smoked potato. Vegetarian options will be available on the day.  To book, contact 021 794 7747 or email info@peddlars.co.za

La Mouette (Sea Point)

On 13 and 14 February this romantic Sea Point restaurant is offering a six-course tasting menu for R550 per person (R750 with wine), plus a welcome cocktail. Menu highlights include spiced coconut-and-butternut soup; salt-and-pepper prawns with chimichurri and pickled cucumber; beef sirloin with a truffle emulsion and crushed potatoes; and gruyere and onions with panna cotta, smoked granita and a famous croquette. Booking is essential and can be made via their website or calling 021 433 0856.

The Leopard Bar (Camps Bay)

Treat your loved one to an “I Love You” Tea by the Sea at this stylish bar with sweeping sea views. On 14 February and for R240 per person, lovebirds can enjoy a lush high tea with savoury and sweet treats as well as a glass of sparkling wine.

Massimo with his pizza oven. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Massimo with his pizza oven. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Massimo’s (Hout Bay)

Celebrate with a three-course (R185 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; ricotta-and-parmesan mini gnocchi with brown butter and truffle cream; balsamic and red wine marinated lamb shank, creamy mash 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.

Mint, The Local Grill at The Taj Hotel (City Bowl)

On 14 February enjoy a three-course menu, live jazz music and a complimentary ‘Love Potion’ on arrival for R650 per person. To book, call 021 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

Moyo (Kirstenbosch)

Tuck into a pre-Valentine’s Day three-course meal on Saturday 13 February with a welcome cocktail and bread platter on arrival for R700 per couple. Call 021 762 9585 to book.

Nobu Cape Town at One & Only (V&A Waterfront)

Treat your partner to a truly special dining experience with an Asian-inspired seven-course set menu at Nobu for R995 per person. The menu is called ‘Omakase’, which means straight from the chef’s heart. Booking is essential on 021 431 4511 or at reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com.

The Oak Terrace (Constantia)

Chef Brad Ball at Peddlars & Co has organised a romantic Valentine’s Day treat on 14 February. The Oak Terrace has designed a special a la carte three-course dinner menu priced at R170 per person. 10 tables are available outside for 10 couples to dine under the stars. To book, contact 021 794 7747 or email info@peddlars.co.za

On the Rocks (Bloubergstrand)

Toast to love with a three-course Valentine’s Day set menu with amuse bouche and sorbet for R375 per person. Menu highlights include duck rillette with seared foie gras; sole fillet with scallop tortellini and a leek fondue with prawn essence; and a raspberry seduction with raspberry chiboust and a medley of summer berries. Call 021 554 1988 to book your table.

Planet Restaurant at The Mount Nelson (Gardens)

Enjoy a five-course dinner on Saturday 13 February or lunch on 14 February with dancing and live piano music for R1 500 per person. The set menu comprises dishes like korma-crusted scallops with gem squash purée; slow-cooked beef fillet with parmesan crème; and chocolate-and-strawberry dessert with Amaretto ice cream. End off the evening with tea and coffee with friandises. Booking is essential on 021 483 1948 or at restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com.

The President Hotel (Bantry Bay)

Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day with a sunset picnic and romantic movie experience under the stars with views of the Atlantic Ocean. When Harry Met Sally will be screened in an open-air silent cinema at the hotel. Tickets will be R450 per couple and will include the movie tickets, wireless headphone rental, two glasses of bubbly, a sushi platter or charcuterie board, and a sweet dessert. Booking is essential. For more information or to book your seat, please email sales@presidenthotel.co.za or call 079 902 2286.

Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront (V&A Waterfront)

Enjoy a romantic picnic for two for R645 relaxing on the lawns and taking in the sparkling ocean views. The basket will be packed with snacks including local cheeses, smoked salmon terrine, cured meats, pickles and preserves, bread, and sweet treats. The basket will also include a blanket and a bottle of wine. There will be two sittings on 14 February, one at 12:30pm and one at 3:30pm. Booking is essential and can be made by contacting 021 441 3000.

Reuben’s at One & Only (V&A Waterfront)

Enjoy a six-course tasting menu for R795 per person. For a more intimate dining experience, reserve a seat in the Wine Loft and receive a dozen red roses and a bottle of Methode Cap Classique for R2 500 per couple. Booking is essential on 021 431 4511 or at reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com.

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Inside Reuben’s at One&Only. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Shimmy Beach Club (V&A Waterfront)

Enjoy a romantic feast on 14 February on the private Shimmy beach for R100 per person. The price includes entry to the beach and entertainment from Kyle Deutsch Live, Claudia Lovisa, CJ, Minx and Viktoria. There will also be a chef’s selection of dishes to try off the Love Affair Menu. Tickets are available at Nutickets or at the door. To book your picnic, email info@shimmybeachclub.co.za or call 021 200 7778.

Tables at Nitida (Durbanville)

Enjoy a romantic evening for two on Saturday 13 February with a three-course menu for R350 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 Towers Restaurant (Century City)

Celebrate on 14 February with a Valentine’s dinner for R545 per person. The five-course menu will include dishes such as Vietnamese duck terrine; braaied beef wings with rib-eye, asparagus and kohlrabi; and millionaire’s shortbread with yuzu ice cream.

A dessert at Towers. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A dessert at Towers. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Trees Restaurant at Townhouse Hotel (City Bowl)

On 14 February enjoy a three-course menu with a ‘love at first bite’ starter platter, a choice of three ‘shades of love’ sharing platter for mains (featuring prawns, crayfish and venison), and an ending of decadent chocolate fondue. The menu ranges from R717 to R878 per couple, depending on your choice of main course. Booking is essential on 021 465 7050.

Vista Bar & Lounge at One & Only (V&A Waterfront)

Tuck into a decadent spread of sweet and savoury treats at a romantic Valentine’s afternoon tea for R295 per person. The special is available over the Valentine’s Day weekend from Friday 12 February to Sunday 14 February from 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

Volare Restaurant (Constantia)

Chef Brad Ball at Peddlars & Co has organised a romantic Valentine’s Day treat on 14 February. Volare is offering a specially created three-course menu at R275 per person. There will be a glass of bubbly on arrival and petit fours to end off the meal. To book, contact 021 794 7747 or email info@peddlars.co.za

Winelands

Benguela on Main (Somerset West)

Enjoy a four-course Valentine’s Day lunch or dinner on Sunday 14 February for R600 per person. This includes dishes like scallops with beetroot, ginger and allspice; a côte de beouf to share; and dessert. To book, email online@benguelacove.co.za or call 087 357 0637.

Bistro 13 (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy a five-course set menu on Sunday 14 February, including a pomegranate cocktail on arrival, for R395 per person (R495 with wine pairing). Highlights include bread with sesame-seed butter; cold almond, olive oil and milk soup with garlic and croutons; grilled monkfish with harissa vinaigrette; confit duck and pan-fried ceps with fig jus; and a passionfruit dessert plate. Call 021 881 3044 or email reservations@bistro13.co.za to make a booking.

A fish dish at Bistro 13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A fish dish at Bistro 13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bosman’s Restaurant at Grande Roche Hotel (Paarl)

Indulge in a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner for R785 per person. Booking is essential on 021 863 5100 or at Christine@granderoche.co.za.

Boschendal (Franschhoek)

Couples are invited to celebrate the day of love on Sunday 14 February with live music by Palm Strings, while visitors in the Rhone Classic Picnic area are invited to tuck into picnic baskets with a romantic twist, for R520 per couple. Alternatively, you can book a leisurely afternoon with a picnic or reserve seats at The Werf Restaurant for farm-to-table dining.

Chelsea Bean (Somerset West)

Couples can tuck in to a scrumptious Valentine’s Day breakfast for R55 per person. The brekkie includes a crumpet stack served with bacon and vanilla crème fraiche and fynbos honey. All served with a glass of bubbly to celebrate. To book, contact them on 021 852 6757 or email info@chelseacafe.co.za.

Delheim Garden Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy a romantic picnic with a complimentary bottle of estate wine for R375 per person on Valentine’s Day. The picnic basket serves two and includes homemade treats like a selection of charcuterie, Delheim pickled pumpkin, snoek pâté, dolmades made with Delheim vine leaves and filled with bean cassoulet, and a poached pear and almond frangipane tart. Contact 021 888 4607 or email restaurant@delheim.com to book.

Spier (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy a gourmet Valentine’s picnic and movie night on Saturday 13 February. Snuggle up under the stars with your picnic basket for two for R500 and enjoy the screening of Sleepless in Seattle. 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.

The Governors Hall at Lanzerac Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

Celebrate with a romantic four-course set menu with a welcome drink for R420 per person on Saturday 13 February. For bookings, email banqueting@lanzerac.co.za. Alternatively, you could start your day with a pampering spa treatment for two for R1 000, which includes a glass of bubbly.

A fish dish at Governors Hall. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A fish dish at Governors Hall. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Kalfi’s (Franschhoek)

Spoil yourselves on Valentine’s Day with a three-course set menu for R480 per couple. Enjoy mini heart-shaped pizza bread; fillet with a creamy mustard sauce; and French kisses with fresh strawberries and homemade Belgian chocolate sauce. The price includes a glass of bubbly on arrival. Booking is essential on 021 876 2520.

Le Venue Restaurant at The House of J.C. Le Roux (Stellenbosch)

Couples looking to celebrate can opt for a gourmet Valentine’s Day breakfast featuring orange-and-chocolate breakfast granola with yoghurt, sweet raspberry compote and fresh fruit; and an omelette filled with crispy bacon, camembert, caramelised red peppers and red onions, all drizzled with basil pesto, for R135 per person. Alternatively, guests can enjoy a romantic three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for R350 per person. The set menu includes highlights like salmon and cashew salad; juicy honey-glazed pork belly; and lime baked cheesecake with a cookie crumble. Call 021 865 8200 to book.

A charcuterie board at The Pool Room. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A charcuterie board at The Pool Room. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Pool Room at Oak Valley Estate (Elgin)

Couples are invited to indulge in a four-course meal with amuse-bouche on arrival for R420 per person on Sunday 14 February. Highlights include cauliflower cream soup with beef-cheek ravioli; salmon en croute with wilted greens and a tomato beurre blanc; and blackberry panna cotta with raspberry sorbet and strawberry compote. To book, email poolroom@oak-valley.co.za.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

Sit down to a romantic lunch on Sunday 14 February for R595 per person or dinner for R895 per person, both with a set menu featuring oysters; wild mushroom arancini; marsala-marinated quail; fennel-encrusted sea bass with lobster croquettes; and hot fondant with semi-frozen crème anglaise. Booking is essential on 021 876 8600 or at restaurant@grandeprovence.co.za.

Taste Bistro (Somerset West)

Enjoy a four-course set menu for R275 per person on the evening of Saturday 13 February. Highlights include roast tomato focaccia; pork-and-chicken terrine with herb toast; fish of the day with potato rösti and green vegetables; duo of beef; and poached pears for dessert. Call 021 852 0274 or email tasteinfo@mweb.co.za to make a booking.

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.

 

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