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Valentine’s Day specials for 2015

Some seduce with flashy diamonds, others with poetry or romantic strolls on the beach, but us foodies believe the quickest way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. In the spirit of romance, we’ve dusted off our cupid’s bow to present you a list of restaurants where you can wine, dine and woo that special someone this Valentine’s Day.

 Johannesburg

A la Bouffe (Linden)
Make your evening memorable with a five-course meal for R315 per person (R435 with wine pairing). Enjoy French cooking at its best with dishes like free-range chicken, fig, parsnip and spinach; beef shoulder and tongue with mushroom, parsley and shallot; and chocolate and strawberries. Booking is essential on 011 888 8004.

A la Bouffe

A la Bouffe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Balata Restaurant at Fairway Hotel (Randpark)
Enjoy a five-course set menu for R370 per person. Menu highlights include smoked duck breast with pink Champagne gel, candied walnut soil and floral enoki salad; and grilled wildebeest loin with caper, tomato and wine dressing, creamy polenta, pea purée and roasted beetroot. Booking is essential on 011 478 8000.

Central One Restaurant (Sandton)
Enjoy a romantic dinner for two with a glass of champagne on arrival for R350 per person. Booking is essential on 011 286 1000 or at centralone.gautrain@radissonblu.com.

Clico Boutique Hotel (Rosebank)
Celebrate in fine-dining style with five-course menu, glass of bubbly upon arrival and Waterford wine pairing for R480 per person. The highlights are seared Scottish salmon and dukkah-rubbed lamb. Booking is essential on 011 252 3300 or at info@clicohotel.com.

De Ou Pastorie
Celebrate with dinner, bed and breakfast at De Ou Pastorie on 14 February for R1980 per couple. The price includes a three-course dinner, accommodation in a double en-suite room and breakfast the next day. The dinner dishes include the likes of slamon mousse or a creamy mussel spot starter; tiger prawns, beef wellington, or slow-cooked pork belly for mains; and pink champage sorbet or white chocolate crème brûlée for dessert. For more information, contact res@dieoupastorie.com or 012 207 1027.

Clico Boutique Guesthouse

Clico Boutique Guesthouse. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

EAT (Northcliff)
Enjoy a four-course set menu for R325 per person with gourmet greats like oyster ceviche; beef fillet with smoked salt, fondant potato, and asparagus and vegetable purée; and Valrhona chocolate fondant with raspberries and vanilla ice cream. Call 011 476 3749 to book your spot.

Hard Rock Café (Sandton)
Celebrate with a choice of two ‘Love Rocks’ packages. The first package is R695 per couple and includes a three-course set meal and a bottle of Boschendal MCC bubbly. The second package costs R995 per couple and has the addition of a choice of six long-stem roses or an authentic Hard Rock Café teddy bear on arrival. Menu highlights include a starter platter two, legendary Hard Rock burgers, and red velvet cake. Booking is essential on 011 784 3144.

Interlude Pop-up Dining Valentine’s Dinner (Bramley)
Enjoy a five course menu with Avondale bubbly and a cash bar for R700 per person. The location for this event is Unit 8 Micro Venue, 16 High Road, corner of Corlett Drive, Bramley. Contact chef@interludedining.co.za to make your reservation.

Junipa’s (Bryanston)
Enjoy an evening of live music by The Bill Graceful Band, fun competitions and giveaways, and a menu jam-packed with Valentine’s Day specials. The specials menu is split into options ‘for him’, ‘for her’, and to share, and features dishes like pan seared rainbow trout on sundried tomato polenta with lemon buerre blanc butter sauce; fresh oysters on ice with tabasco, black pepper and lemon wedges; and rooibos infused cheesecake. The a la carte menu will also be on offer. Booking is essential on 011 706 2387, 011 706 0479 or at info@junipas.co.za and a deposit of R100 per person is required to secure your booking. This amount will be deducted from your final bill.

Junipa's

Junipa’s interior. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Just Darling (Walkerville)
Join Just Darling for berry picking at sunset followed by a romantic picnic in the berry fields for R320 per couple. The price includes a cheeseboard for two, a complimentary bottle of wine or non-alcoholic bubbly, and entrance into the berry fields. Email Abigail@justdarling.co.za to book your spot.

Le Souffle (Fourways)
Celebrate with a four-course meal (with coffee afterwards) paired with wine for R425 per person. Enjoy dishes such as smoked duck salad with quail eggs, grilled salmon, fillet of beef in pancetta, and raspberry and chocolate soufflé. Call 011 465 4116 to make your reservation.

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 500 per couple per night. The offer is valid on 13 and 14 February only. Book now by calling 011 344 8500 or email 54onbath.reservations@tsogosun.com.

Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath

Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Maximillien Restaurant (Sandton)
Celebrate with a five-course set menu for R1 100 per couple or add a bed and breakfast package with a bottle of bubbly for R3 600 per couple. Highlights include a salmon trio to share; lime, dill, prawn and butternut tortellini; and chargrilled peppered beef medallions. Call 011 292 7111 to book.

Moyo (Melrose Arch) and Moyo (Zoo Lake)
Tuck into a three-course meal with a welcome cocktail and bread platter on arrival for R650 per couple. Menu highlights include Tanzanian chicken breast infused with peanuts, ginger and coconut milk; flamed fillet with mushrooms, spinach and mozzarella; and a dessert buffet. Call 011 684 1477 (Melrose Arch) or 011 646 0058 (Parkview) to book.

Parc Fermé (Sandton)
Enjoy a four-course set menu with amuse bouche for R495 per person. Expect gourmet dishes like homemade ravioli stuffed with eggplant, rosemary and roast lamb; pan-fried seared salmon with red onion compote; and baked red velvet cheesecake with berry compote and vanilla ice cream. Booking is essential on 011 245 4846 or at parcferme@parcferme.co.za.

Dessert at Parc Ferme

Dessert at Parc Ferme. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Primi Extreme Design Quarter (Sandton)
Indulge in a three-course set menu for R220 per person. Tuck into dishes like grilled halloumi lettuce wraps with sweet and sour salsa and a cucumber and mint yoghurt dip; and beef fillet on garlic mashed potatoes with mushroom, green peppercorn, brandy and mustard sauce. Call 011 465 6054 to make a booking.

The Pyramid Conference Centre and Day Spa (Selby, Johannesburg)
At the conference centre, enjoy a three-course buffet and live music by the Lade Ensemble band and vocalists Lesego Mokgatle and Lehlohonolo Mojela for R799 per couple. The event is black tie with the theme of ‘Rekindling Love’ and features MC Linda Ntuli and guest speaker Dumisani Ntuli. RSPV on 073 001 2302 or at TheCelebrationsOfLife@gmail.com. At the spa, enjoy a 60-minute milk and honey couples massage and a lunch for R1 500 per couple. The price includes a ‘love potion’ welcome drink on arrival, lunch with sparkling wine and a decadent chocolate dessert, and a romantic gift per couple. The offer is valid from 1 February to 28 February 2015. For bookings call 011 493 5526 or email info@pyramiddayspa.co.za.

Roots Restaurant at Forum Homini (Cradle of Humankind)
Enjoy a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday 13 February with a six-course dinner for R750. Booking is essential on 011 668 7000.

The Terrace at Fairlawns (Morningside Manor, Johannesburg)
Enjoy a romantic four-course set dinner with amuse bouche, champagne sorbet, and tea, coffee and truffles for R1 700 per couple or R850 per person. Highlights include tempura oysters with tempura zucchini flowers; and beef fillet on chargrilled artichokes with butternut gel and chocolate chilli jus. Book your spot now on 011 804 2540.

Winehouse @ Ten Bompas (Dunkeld West)
Celebrate with a six-course tasting menu for R470 per person. Highlights include roasted lamb rump with apple, spinach and roasted garlic; sea bass with white bean puree, chorizo, olive and bouillabaisse; and bittersweet chocolate ganache with tuiles, salted caramel and caramel gel. Booking is essential on 011 325 2442.

Ziggies Café (Randburg)
Join Ziggies for a five course fine-dining experience with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival for R270 per person. Menu highlights include deep-fried camembert balls with spinach-and-feta ravioli and cranberry relish; and fillet on baby spinach with mushroom duxelles, red wine jus and hand-cut chips. Booking is essential on 011 781 3756 or 081 380 5696.

Pretoria

6thirty pop-up (venue to be confirmed)
On Valentine’s Day enjoy a five-course meal and a glass of MCC on arrival for R500 per person. Call Elise on 082 924 7713 or email elise_fennings@yahoo.co.za to book your spot.

Al Fiume at River Place Country Estate (Hennops River)
Choose between a three-course set menu (R450 per person) or a buffet meal (R350 per person). The set menu includes a glass of sparkling rosé on arrival and features dishes like slow-cooked duck in sweet black pepper, orange and sherry sauce; and seared salmon fillet topped with a prawn in lime, coriander and chipotle butter cream sauce. The buffet includes cold options, hot options and dessert, with dishes like grilled pork loin, fillet medallions and lemon cheesecake making an appearance. Make your reservation by calling 079 531 3725 or 079 886 9827 or emailing info@riverplace.co.za.

The Blades deck

The Blades deck. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

The Blades Restaurant (Kameeldrift)
Enjoy a romantic evening 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 highlights like a mezze starter platter; crab and prawn coconut cream curry; and a trio of crème brûlée, chocolate mousse and mixed berry pavlova. To book, call 012 808 9943 or email events@theblades.co.za.

Emanzini’s at Protea Hotel Centurion (Centurion)
Enjoy a three-course set menu with a special gift for R275 per person. Highlights include a sushi platter for two; prawn and mussel curry with basmati rice; and warm chocolate mud cake. Call 012 663 8700 to book.

Geet (Brooklyn)
Celebrate with a four-course dinner and a bottle of JC Le Roux bubbly for R400 per person. Alternatively, retreat to the opulent candlelit whisky lounge for a private four-course dinner with a bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne for R750 per person. Booking is essential on 012 460 3199/3164 or at geet@worldonline.co.za.

Hemingways at Leriba Hotel & Spa (Centurion)
Treat your loved one to a three-course dinner for R700 per couple or dial up the romance with a one-night stay, including breakfast for two, at the hotel for R1 300. Booking is essential on 012 660 3300 or at conference@leriba.co.za.

Cocktail desserts at Hemingways

Cocktail desserts at Hemingways. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

The Laughing Chefs (Rietondale)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a three-course tapas dinner and live music by instrumental band Sheraaz for R320 per person. Various other surprises will be served and vegetarians will be catered for upon request. Visit their website to buy your tickets.

Le-Si Signature Restaurant @ Casa Toscana Lodge (Lynnwood)
Join Le-Si for a romantic evening with a three-course meal and jazzy live entertainment by Leon Van Zweel for R330 per person. Enjoy a romantic starter platter for two followed by lamb shank kleftiko and a dessert platter for two. Book your table by calling 012 348 8820.

Laughing Chefs

Laughing Chefs. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Namaskar Restaurant (Colbyn)
Tuck into a four-course buffet of Indian delights for R325 per person, or book a table of four, six or ten people and pay only R300 per person. Regrettably, no under 12s are allowed. Booking is essential on 012 342 9081, 079 078 5019 or at namaskar@telkomsa.net.

River Meadow Manor (Irene)
The Retro Romance Valentine’s Festival offers fusion food, wine, bubbly and live musical entertainment on the rolling lawns of the manor house for R250 per person (or R145 for children aged three to 10). On arrival, guests will receive a goodie bag with a small bottle of bubbly, various snacks and a mini cheese platter, and the venue will boast plenty of stalls selling food, bubbly and more. There is limited seating, so guests are advised to bring a picnic blanket. Book your ticket at Computicket or call 012 667 9660 for more information.

Shokran Wedding and Events Venue (Tierpoort)
Pay R450 for a gourmet picnic basket for two and enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day picnic on the lush lawns. Receive a strawberry daiquiri and a flatbread with caramelised onion, carpaccio, pecorino shavings and rocket on arrival, before digging into your picnic basket treats, which include a selection of mezze with breadsticks, dips and olives, Moroccan lamb pie, Caprese skewers, couscous salad, vanilla yoghurt panna cotta, and pink rosewater lemonade. Booking is essential on 082 335 5659 or at info@shokran.co.za.

Spiced Coffee Restaurant at Ludwig’s Roses (Haakdoornlaagte)
Enjoy a picnic amongst the roses for R195 per adult or R68 per child. Call 012 544 0144 for more information.

KwaZulu-Natal

The Brasserie Restaurant at Protea Hotel Edward (North Beach)
Celebrate with a special five-course set menu for R650 per couple. The ladies’ menu features dishes like grilled chicken roulade stuffed with spinach, feta and sun-dried tomatoes; thyme-infused wild mushrooms; and chocolate parfait. The men’s menu features items like seared kingklip with sesame crust; and char-grilled beef fillet with mushroom duxelles. Call 031 337 3681 to book.

Cargo Hold at Ushaka Marine World (King Shaka Avenue)
Enjoy a three-course set menu for R395 per person or a special Cupid’s Admirals Platter for two for R795. The set menu includes dishes like peri-peri calamari, seared beef fillet, and tonka bean panna cotta, 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.

Havana Grill & Wine Bar (North Beach, Durban)
Tuck into a delicious dinner with a three-course set menu, a cocktail on arrival, amuse bouche and sorbet for R390 per person. Highlights include langoustine bisque; Asian pork belly and gingered-bacon cream; and a rocky road caramel mousse sundae. Phone 031 337 1305 or email events@havanagrill.co.za to receive a booking sheet that must be completed to confirm your reservation.

Little Havana (Umhlanga Rocks)
Enjoy a three-course set menu with amuse bouche and sorbet for R390 per person. Delicious highlights include smoked pork tortellini with a Waldorf mico salad, strawberries and walnut dressing; seared Norwegian salmon with basil mash, baby spinach and orange beurre blanc; and chocolate and ricotta cannoli. Booking is essential on 031 561 7589.

Maritimos (Umhlanga Rocks)
Ensure Valentine’s eve is a special one with a three-course set menu for R290 per person. Highlights include gazpacho with tempura prawn tails; seared Norwegian salmon with a langoustine skewer and vanilla mashed potato; and homemade chocolate and black cherry mousse with maraschino liqueur. Call 031 561 5672 to make a booking.

The Oyster Box
Join the singles Valentine’s dinner on 13 February in the Pearl Room for R590 per person. The dinner includes a welcome cocktail, entertainment by comedian Jem Atkins of The Single Dad fame, a DJ and great food. Alternatively, the Valentine’s Day dinner on 14 February at The Grill Room or The Ocean Terrace Restaurant will offer a selection of menus and live entertainment, ranging from R750 to R950 per person. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Pop-Up Ballito (Ballito)
Enjoy a romantic four-course sit-down meal for R500 per person or pick up a picnic basket for two for R850. The four-course dinner will take place at a luxury beach house on Tiffany’s beach in Salt Rock and includes live music by violinist. A cash bar is available. Book your spot for the four-course dinner here or reserve your picnic basket here.

Stephward Estate Country House (Uvongo)
Tuck into a three-course set menu with hors d’oeuvres and a Kir Royal cocktail on arrival for R250 per person. Highlights include smoked Norwegian salmon with capers, caviar and dill mustard; lamb noisettes in red wine reduction; and black forest cake. Phone 039 315 5926 to make a booking.

Cape Town

Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles (Camps Bay)
Celebrate in luxury on the night of Friday 13 or Saturday 14 February with a four-course menu for R875 per person. Alternatively, treat that special someone to a long Valentine’s lunch on the Saturday with a four-course tasting menu, a glass of pink bubbly, and a red rose on arrival for R495 per person. Special overnight and weekend packages are available, too. Booking is essential on 021 437 9029.

The Banting Kitchen (Green Point)
Enjoy a romantic four-course banting menu with a glass of bubbly on arrival for R545 per person. You will also receive a complimentary rose and banting chocolates to take home. Booking is essential on 021 430 0506 or at info@thebantingkitchen.co.za.

Bardelli’s on Kloof (Gardens)
Enjoy a Valentine’s Day lunch at Bardelli’s where you can choose any starter and main or any main and dessert for R160 per person. You will also receive a complimentary 375ml Pierre Jourdan Brut per couple. Starters include antipasti and insalata piccolas (excluding the Caprese), and mains include all pizzas, pastas and pesce dishes (excluding carne specialties and the Olympia range of pizzas). Alternatively, lovebirds can order from the à la carte menu. Booking is essential on 021 423 1502 or 076 295 9223.

Bombay Brasserie at The Taj Hotel (City Bowl)
Spoil your loved one with a lavish six-course vintage Indian menu designed by world-renowned sous chef Harpreet Longani, live harp music and a complimentary Belvedere Martini on arrival for R900 per person. Enjoy dishes like cranberry and walnut dahi gujiya chaat; lentil dumpling with yoghurt and tamarind chutney; and Malabar roast duck in corn shells with green mango pachadi. To book, call 021 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

Bombay Brasserie

Bombay Brasserie. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Café Chic by Conrad Gallagher (Gardens)
Celebrate in Café Chic-style with a seven-course tasting menu for R610 per person. (Wine pairing is offered at an additional R290.) Highlights include tuna tartare with gherkin, red onion, quail egg and harissa; and warm chocolate Valrhona cake with passion-fruit ice cream. Book now by calling 021 465 7218.

Cafe Dijon (Green Point)
Celebrate with a special dinner for R300 per person. (Service fee and additional beverages at an extra charge.) Start with an MCC and canapé pairing and then move on to mains (a choice of seafood salad or grilled beef sirloin with your choice of side) and enjoy a dessert taster plate (crème brûlée, lemon tart, chocolate mousse and berry meringue). Phone 021 418 3910 or send an email to mail@cafedijon.co.za to make your reservation.

Catharina’s at Steenberg (Tokai)
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a choice of three menu options: seafood, classic and vegetarian. The seafood menu is R1 800 per couple and includes amuse bouche, a seafood platter for two, summer berry and champagne semifreddo, and coffee and friandises. The three-course classic menu is R825 per person and includes choices like confit duck-leg lasagne, seared scallops and roasted kudu tenderloin. The three-course vegetarian menu is R825 per person and features dishes like panko-crusted baked camembert, wild mushroom tart, and asparagus risotta croquette. Booking is essential on 021 713 7178 or at reservations@catharinasrestaurant.co.za.

Catharina's at Steenberg

Catharina’s at Steenberg. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

The Eatery Wood Fired Grill (Wynberg)
Tuck into a three-course meal for R199 per person. The set menu includes fun dishes like ‘ma se bobotie rolls’; sirloin with a fresh rosemary, thyme, Dijon mustard, and salt and black pepper rub; and New York cheesecake. The Eatery doesn’t sell alcohol, so feel free to bring your own at no extra charge. Call 021 762 2624 or email info@theeatery.co.za to book your spot.

HQ (City Bowl)
Tuck into a three-course meal with a glass of sparking wine on arrival for R550 per couple. The set menu includes HQ’s famous green salad; sirloin with café de Paris butter and skinny fries; and a dessert tasting platter. Tables are limited, so booking is essential on 021 424 6373 or at matt@hqrestaurant.co.za.

Isola at One&Only (V&A Waterfront)
Enjoy a six-course set menu alfresco style for R445 per person. The romantic venue (usually only for hotel guests) overlooks the largest infinity pool in the southern hemisphere. Booking is essential on 021 431 4511 or at reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com.

Ke-Monate Restaurant at Signal Gun Wines (Durbanville)
Enjoy three courses and a welcome drink for R295 per person. The set menu includes dishes like strawberry, salmon and avocado salad; apricot stuffed chicken with pecorino crusting, a citrus side salad and wedges; and strawberry cheesecake. Booking is essential on 021 976 7343 or at functions@signalgun.com.

The Larder (Claremont)
Make it a fun February 14th this year with a four-course meal at the (Anti) Valentine Pop-Up at The Larder for R175 per person. There is no corkage fee, so bring your own booze and enjoy gourmet greats like Chinese spiced pork belly with crispy crackling and plum chilli ketchup; and lemon and grapefruit curd meringue. Bookings are available for tables of two, four, six or eight. Call 021 671 1958 or email info@thelardercafe.co.za to secure your spot.

Mint, The Local Grill at the Taj

A dish from Mint, The Local Grill at the Taj. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Massimo’s (Hout Bay)
Celebrate with a three-course Italian set menu with live music by Italian tenor Nicola and a glass of champagne or non-alcoholic rose cocktail for R275 per person. Dishes include seared beef carpaccio with chilli, soy, ginger and lime; homemade ravioli with meat or vegetarian fillings; pizzas; and frozen limoncello parfait. Booking is essential on 021 790 5648.

Mint, The Local Grill at The Taj Hotel (City Bowl)
Enjoy a three-course menu, live jazz music and a complimentary Belvedere Martini on arrival for R500 per person. The menu features classic favourites like beef bourguignon in a red wine sauce with baby onions, wild mushrooms, bacon purée and roasted garlic potatoes; and seared Norwegian salmon on ratatouille with a lemon and herb crusted potato cake. To book, call 021 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

Mondiall Kitchen & Bar (V&A Waterfront)
Sit down to a Valentine’s Day brunch with a complimentary glass of bubbly and strawberries. The brunch menu will be available from 10am until early afternoon. Booking is essential on 021 418 3002/3 or at reservations@mondiall.co.za. Alternatively, enjoy decadent three-course dinner for R450 per person. The set menu includes dishes like miso-glazed pork belly with pineapple salsa, crackling and honey soy dressing; springbok rump with porcini risotto, artichokes, asparagus and spinach purée; and raspberry panna cotta with amaretti crumble, coconut sherbet and raspberries.

Grain-fed dry-aged rib-eye beef steak burger from Mondiall

Grain-fed dry-aged rib-eye beef steak burger from Mondiall. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Moyo (Kirstenbosch)
Tuck into a three-course meal and enjoy a welcome cocktail and bread platter for R650 per couple. Menu highlights include Tanzanian chicken breast infused with peanuts, ginger and coconut milk; flamed fillet with mushrooms, spinach and mozzarella; and a dessert buffet. Call 021 762 9585 to book.

Nobu at One & Only (V&A Waterfront)
Treat your partner to a truly special dining experience with an Asian-inspired seven-course set menu for R895 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.

ON19 (City Bowl)
Enjoy a three-course lunch or dinner and a bottle of sparkling wine for R700 per couple, or impress with a Valentine’s spa and meal package for R1 750 per couple. The package includes a three-course lunch or dinner, a bottle of sparkling wine, a 60-minute full-body massage, and full access to spa facilities. Call 021 412 9999 to book.

On the Rocks (Bloubergstrand)
Toast to love with a three-course set menu with amuse bouche and sorbet for R375 per person. Menu highlights include deep-fried oysters with tomato relish and horseradish; and beef tenderloin fillet wrapped in bacon and topped with baked camembert and prawn tails. Call 021 554 1988 to book your table.

Pigalle (Green Point)
Treat your partner to a three-course meal with amuse bouche for R1 375 per couple. Highlights include Namibian oysters with Vietnamese dressing; herb-marinated fillet with truffle mash, spinach, sautéed wild mushrooms and Shiraz jus; and baked cheesecake with white Lindt chocolate ganache. Call 021 421 4343 to make your booking.

Planet Restaurant at The Mount Nelson (Gardens)
Enjoy a five-course dinner with dancing and live piano music for R950 per person. The set menu comprises of dishes like oyster ceviche with radish and salted ginger; and mushroom-wrapped oxtail parcel with truffle and marrow jus and potato dauphinoise. End off the evening with tea and coffee with friandises. Booking is essential on 021 483 1948 or at restaurantreservations.mnh@belmond.com.

Restaurante Belsol (Camps Bay)
Enjoy a three-course set menu for R250 per person. Highlights include Mozambiquan clams with coriander, garlic, fresh lemon juice and olive oil; crispy roasted duck with mixed peppers, leeks, celery, carrots, onions, bay leaves and Portuguese sauce; and oven-baked crème brûlée with lemon zest and vanilla. Booking is essential on 021 438 6188.

Reuben’s at One & Only (V&A Waterfront)
Enjoy a gourmet six-course seafood menu for R795 per person or a six-course tasting menu for R695 per person. For a more intimate dining experience, eat 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.

Rick’s Café Americain (Gardens)
Celebrate with a welcome cocktail and a three-course Valentine’s dinner for R295 per person. The set menu includes Mediterranean delights like bouillabaisse with prawns, line fish and mussels; roasted beef fillet with camembert, beans in crispy bacon, roasted potatoes and a port jus; and Moroccan lime cheese cake with homemade Madagascan vanilla bean ice cream. To reserve your table call 021 4241100 or email info@rickscafe.co.za.

Seelan Restaurant and Bar (V&A Waterfront)
Enjoy a three-course set menu with a glass of Graham Beck Rosé on arrival for R360 per couple. The menu features gourmet treats like lobster bisque, a seafood pasta for two, and homemade chocolate ice cream pots with macaroons. Booking is essential at reservations@seelan.co.za.

Shimmy Beach Club (V&A Waterfront)
Enjoy a romantic ‘bohemian-chic’ picnic lunch on the private Shimmy beach for R350 per person. The price includes a Japanese-style Bento Box filled with salmon roses, spicy prawn wontons, vegetable spring rolls, beef espetada kebabs, Merlot dark chocolate truffles, and more. DJ Joris Delacroix will be playing a sundowner set at the poolside stage from 7pm to 9pm and guest can enjoy an after party in the Lounge Club from 9pm onwards. Tickets to the after party are R100 per person and are available at Computicket or at the door. To book your picnic, email info@shimmybeachclub.co.za or call 021 200 7778.

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Grab a spot at their singles-only dinner with five courses and wine pairings for R550 per person. Email them on speaktospasie@spasieunderground.com or phone 076 947 9231 to make a booking.

Soet Bistro (Durbanville)
Book a candlelit two-course dinner (choose either starter or dessert with your main) for R150 per person. Reservations are essential on 021 975 5294 or www.soetemporium.co.za.

Square Restaurant at The Vineyard Hotel (Newlands)
Order the three-course Valentine’s menu or the special ‘At the River’ menu. The Valentine’s menu costs R365 per person and includes a smoked salmon and salmon tartare starter, a mojito sorbet, mains to share and a tasting platter of desserts. The ‘At the River’ menu costs R495 per person includes a phyllo-wrapped cranberry and camembert cheese starter, a mojito sorbet, mains to share and a tasting platter of desserts. Book on 021 657 4500 or at eat@vineyard.co.za.

Stardust Theatrical Dining (Woodstock)
Treat yourselves to an extra-special evening with a three-course set menu with amuse bouche and live entertainment by the talented Stardust performers for R600 per person. Highlights include Norwegian salmon pastrami, rack of Karoo lamb, and a trio of desserts. Book your spot by calling 021 462 7777.

Stonebreaker’s Restaurant at Protea Hotel (V&A Waterfront)
Enjoy a three-course buffet menu with fresh oysters and a welcome drink on arrival for R300 per person. Some highlights include smoked salmon parcels, crispy pork belly with vanilla apple compote, and a chocolate fountain with fruit, marshmallows and nougat squares. Call 021 406 1911 or email restaurant@bwl.co.za to book.

Tables at Nitida (Durbanville)
Enjoy live musical entertainment by Sterling EQ and a gourmet picnic basket for R700 per couple or R350 for singles. The basket serves two and includes an array of meze, locally cured meats, a Fairview cheese board, and a bottle of Nitida Roxia. A special kiddies’ picnic basket is available on request for R60. (This is valid for children under 12 only.) Book your tickets on Computicket or call 021 975 9357 for more information.

Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace at The Radisson (Granger Bay)
Tuck into a three-course set menu with a welcome drink, amuse bouche and sorbet for R450 per person. The menu includes items like pressed rainbow sushi, duck breast and leg confit, and a sharing platter for dessert. There will be live entertainment and couples will take home a gift. Call 021 441 3000 to book.

Trees Restaurant at Townhouse Hotel (City Bowl)
Enjoy a three-course menu with amuse bouche for R276 per person (R414 with wine pairing). Highlights include confit of Franschhoek salmon trout; Thai-spiced king prawn; and a dessert platter to share. Booking is essential on 021 465 7050.

Trees Restaurant

Trees Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

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 R235 per person. The special is available over the Valentine’s Day weekend from Friday to Sunday, 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

YOCO Eatery (Durbanville)
Kick off Valentine’s Day on a good note with a three-course breakfast with one Americano and one juice for R169 per person. Dishes include a granola yoghurt cup with seasonal fruit; poached eggs with sautéed mushrooms, honey-roasted cherry tomatoes, hash brown and bacon chutney; and a chocolate-covered homemade marshmallow with a cookie base. Booking is essential on 021 975 6322.

Winelands

Allée Bleue (Franschhoek)
Enjoy a Valentine’s evening picnic and outdoor double-feature movie showing for R485 per couple. The price includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, a picnic basket for two, blankets and pillows, and entrance to the double-feature of Casablanca and Dr Zhivago. The picnic basket contains a trio of ciabatta; a fish, meat and cheese platter; crackers; roasted vegetable salad; and a dessert of aniseed-infused crème brûlée with strawberries and cream. Food stalls selling popcorn and candy will also be open throughout both showings. Places are limited, so call 021 874 1021 or email functions@alleebleue.com to secure your booking.

Backsberg Estate (Klapmuts)
Book a gourmet Valentine’s Day picnic for two with a bottle of Backsberg Rosé for R290 per couple. The picnic basket includes ciabatta bread and savoury biscuits; a selection of pâtés, dips and preserves; cold meats; trio of farm cheeses; smoked salmon and cream cheese roulade; mini lamb pies; berry tartlets; chocolate roulade; and seasonal fruit. Call 021 875 5952 to book your picnic basket.

The Bakery at Jordan (Stellenbosch)
Settle down to a romantic picnic on the Jordan Bakery lawns for R450 per couple. The picnic basket will contain fresh breads and dips, cured meats, South African cheeses, couscous salad, mini quiches, assorted petit fours, and a bottle of still or sparkling water. Picnics are payable in advance by EFT; call 021 881 3004 for more information.

Bistro 13 (Stellenbosch)
Enjoy a five-course set menu with a pomegranate cocktail on arrival for R400 per person. (A 10% service fee will be added to the bill.) Highlights include venison loin with beetroot pave, Cape Malay honey jus and fondant potatoes; and raspberries with white chocolate, hazelnut biscuit, and Champagne and raspberry jelly. Call 021 881 3044 or email reservations@bistro13.co.za to make a booking.

Bistro 13

Bistro 13. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Bosman’s Restaurant at Grande Roche Hotel (Paarl)
Indulge in a five-course dinner with amuse bouche and a litchi-rooibos-vodka refreshment for R745 per person. The set menu features highlights like veal sweetbread ravioli with parsnip crème, marinated red onion rings, white-truffle foam and vegetable flakes; and ostrich fillet and Mozambican prawn with pepperdew purée, avocado salsa, popcorn and tandoor jus. Booking is essential on 021 863 5100 or at Christine@granderoche.co.za.

Cascade Falls Manor (Paarl)
Enjoy a four-course dinner on the terrace or Italian inspired tapas on the lush lawns before watching a live performance by Watershed. Single entry tickets excluding meals and drinks are R400; single entry tickets with small bottle of rosé and tapas cost R600; a couples’ ticket with bottle of rosé and tapas will be R1 200; a golden circle ticket for two with bottle of rosé, tapas and dedicated concert lounging area is R1 400; and VIP ticket for one with full four-course catering, glass of wine per course and dedicated concert lounging area is R 1 250 per person for minimum of four people. Book your tickets online.

Chez Shiraz (Stellenbosch)
Pay R325 per person for a decadent four-course set menu featuring dishes like confit duck with homegrown beetroot, leek and berry salad; beef sirloin in red wine jus; and a trio of strawberry desserts. Booking is essential on 021 888 4736.

Delaire Graff Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Enjoy a four-course set menu with amuse bouche, a palate cleanser, pre-dessert and petit fours for R750 per person. Tuck into dishes like Karoo springbok loin with heirloom beetroots and bitter chocolate jus; and passion fruit and chocolate with coconut sorbet, earl grey mousse and vanilla sponge. Booking is essential on 021 885 8160 or at reservations@delaire.co.za.

Delheim Garden Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Enjoy a romantic sunset picnic with a complimentary bottle of estate wine for R235 per person. The picnic basket serves two and includes homemade treats like ostrich meatballs, smoked snoek pâteé, quiches, freshly baked farm bread, cheeses and chocolate mousse. Contact 021 888 4607 or 079 7353257 or email restaurant@delheim.com to book.

Eight at Spier (Stellenbosch)
Choose between a gourmet Valentine’s picnic, sleepover and movie night, and romantic tapas dinner. The picnic basket for two is R450 and 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 sleepover option is R1 945 per couple and includes a movie under the stars (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), a snack basket, a bottle of Spier wine and complimentary blanket and cushions. Email reservations@spier.co.za to book your special evening. The dinner at Eight Restaurant invites lovers to enjoy a decadent tapas dinner and live guitar music by Keith Tabisher on the terrace. The special Valentine’s menu includes both meat and vegetarian options, with dishes like oysters with lemon, Tabasco and onion vinaigrette (R90); sticky pork belly with roast apple (R85); preserved fig and brie cheese wontons (R75); and cauliflower mousse with gruyere and croûtes (R60). Call 021 809 1188 to book your table.

The Governors Hall at Lanzerac Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)
Celebrate with a four-course set menu with a welcome drink, amuse bouche and sorbet for R380 per person. Highlights include tandoori-spiced poussin; potato-crusted fillet of beef with spinach mousse; and an upside-down honey cheesecake with pomegranate and rose gel, fresh figs and lavender ice cream to share. For bookings contact Che-Rene Oosthuizen on banqueting2@lanzerac.co.za.

The Governors Hall at Lanzerac Wine Estate

A dish from The Governors Hall at Lanzerac Wine Estate. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Harvest at Laborie (Paarl)
Treat your significant other to a three-course set menu with a glass of Laborie MCC on arrival for R325 per person. Highlights include grass-fed rib-eye steak with pancetta parmentier potatoes, confit tomato, shiitake mushrooms and thyme sauce; and potato wontons with chargrilled asparagus, courgettes and curried butternut cream. Call 021 807 3095/3 or email info@laboriewines.co.za to book your table.

Harvest at Laborie

Harvest at Laborie. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant (Franschhoek)
Treat yourselves o a six-course tasting menu with wine pairing and a complimentary glass of Pierre Jourdan Belly Rose for R700 per person. Make your booking now by calling 021 876 3688 or email restaurant@cabriere.co.za.

Kalfi’s (Franschhoek)
Spoil yourselves with a three-course set menu for R250 per person. Enjoy crumbed mushrooms with tartar sauce; tender chicken and a leg of lamb with three salads; and peppermint crisp tart or ice cream with butterscotch sauce. The price includes a bottle of bubbly or Monis grape juice. Booking is essential on 021 876 2520.

The House of JC Le Roux

The House of JC Le Roux. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Le Venue Restaurant at The House of J.C. Le Roux (Stellenbosch)
Opt for a gourmet Valentine’s Day breakfast featuring chocolate coconut granola with yoghurt, raspberry compote and fresh fruit; omelettes with cream cheese, smoked Norwegian salmon and caramelised onions; and a berry smoothie or Lindt cappuccino, for R125 per person. Alternatively, enjoy a romantic three-course dinner for R400 per person. The set menu includes highlights like parmesan-crusted sirloin steak and red velvet cheesecake with crème anglaise and La Fleurette berry compote. Call 021 865 8200 to book.

The Lord Neethling Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
Celebrate with a decadent three-course meal with amuse bouche and a glass of Uitkyk Glass Memoires on arrival for R295 per person. Menu highlights include home-cured Norwegian salmon with crème fraîche and salmon roe; and springbok loin with Neethlingshof Pinotage jus, isijingi (butternut and maize pap) and baby root vegetables. Booking is essential on 021 883 8966 or arware@distell.co.za.

Overgaauw (Stellenbosch)
On Saturday 14 February join the team at Overgaauw Homestead gardens for a movie, picnic and bottle of wine for R350 per couple. Arrive from 7pm and settle down on your blankets and light your candles before Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon, begins ar 8.30pm. Popcorn and coldrinks will be for sale. Buy tickets on their online store www.overgaauw.co.za/buy-now/ before  Wednesday 11 February.

The Pool Room at Oak Valley Estate (Elgin)
Indulge in a five-course meal by head chef Jacques Theron with bubbles and oysters on arrival for R490 per person (R590 with wine pairing). To book, speak to Nicole on 021 859 4111 or email poolroom@oak-valley.co.za.

The Red Table Restaurant at Nederburg (Paarl)
Enjoy a special four-course lunch or dinner with amuse bouche and a 750ml bottle of Nederburg’s Première Cuvée Brut for R650 per couple. Menu highlights include lemon thyme-flavoured prawn ceviche; bone-marrow-crusted beef; and hazelnut chocolate spring rolls with white chocolate mousse. Alternatively, purchase a picnic basket of delicious delights for R250 per person, available from 10 February to 15 February. The basket includes savoury and sweet treats, mineral water and a bottle of Première Cuvée Brut. For bookings or enquiries call 021 877 5155 or email theredtable@nederburg.co.za.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
Sit down to a romantic three-course meal with a set menu featuring dishes like slow-braised Karoo lamb pastille with Turkish apricot jam, pickled summer root vegetables and truffled cauliflower; and Valrhona and hazelnut fondant with champagne macerated strawberries, white chocolate frozen air and chocolate pops. Lunch will cost R450 per person while dinner is R595 per person and includes accompaniments to make the night that much more special. Booking is essential on 021 876 8600 or at restaurant@grandeprovence.co.za.

Taste Bistro (Somerset West)
Enjoy a four-course set menu for R260 per person. (Price excludes gratuity and beverages.) Highlights include seafood wontons, kudu loin, and cheesecake with fresh fruit toppings. Call 021 852 0274 or email tasteinfo@mweb.co.za to make a booking.

Wagon Trail Brewery (Klapmuts)
Join the Wagon Trail Brewery for a relaxed evening with live music, bubbly, craft, beers and fresh fare from the Trading Post eatery. Guests will also be given the option to build their own picnic basket. For bookings contact 021 875 5360 or wagontrail@anura.co.za.

Garden Route

Benguela Brasserie at Lakeside Lodge and Spa (Sedgefield)
Enjoy a four-course meal with oysters and a glass of MCC on arrival for R450 per person. Menu highlights include beef carpaccio with garlic emulsion and parmesan; roasted pork belly with mash, smoked apple purée and raisin jus; and cookies-and-cream chocolate. Booking is essential on 044 343 1844.

La Cantina Restaurant

La Cantina Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

La Cantina Restaurant at Fancourt (George)
Celebrate with a three-course dinner for R295 per person. Enjoy dishes like chunky tomato gazpacho with mascarpone; grilled beef fillet with roasted potatoes and pizzaiola sauce; and a platter of Italian cheeses. To book, call 044 804 0538 or email lacantina@fancourt.co.za.

Henry Whites at Fancourt

Henry Whites at Fancourt. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Henry White’s at the Manor House at Fancourt (George)
Enjoy a five-course dinner with a glass of sparkling wine on arrival for R350 per person. The set menu comprises dishes like poached lobster with exotic mushrooms, triple sec gel and squid ink; and crisp fried duck breast with orange-infused confit sweet potato, pork crackling and apple compote. Booking is essential on 044 804 0535 or at henrywhite@fancourt.co.za.

The Orchid Room at Simola (Knysna)

Enjoy a seafood extravaganza buffet with a welcome drink and dancing for R350 per person. The seafood buffet will be served in The Orchid Room restaurant after which guests can dance the night away to live DJs in the Simola lounge. Booking is essential on 044 302 9600.

Bloemfontein

Avanti Restaurant (Westdene)
Enjoy a three-course set menu for R250 per person. Highlights include smoked salmon trout with prawns, horseradish cream and lime; coffee-rubbed sirloin with shoestring sweet potato fries and mushroom sauce; and a dessert or cheese platter to share. Call 051 447 4198 to book.

Emoya Hotel & Spa (Groenvlei)
Treat your loved one to a one-night stay at Emoya estate and enjoy a 30-minute game drive, a picnic basket, and a bottle of bubbles for R1 300 per couple. Call 051 436 8271 to book.

De Oude Kraal Restaurant
Located just 35km south of Bloemfontein, this charming country estate will be hosting a fine dining eight-course dinner for R600 per person. The theme is The Great Gatsby, so be sure to arrive dressed to the nines. Booking is essential on 051 564 0733.

Seven on Kellner (Westdene)
Celebrate with a four-course set menu for R250 per person. Booking is essential on 051 447 7928.

West Coast

Reuben’s at Abalone House & Spa (Paternoster)
Indulge in a five-course set menu for R420 per person. Booking is essential on 022 752 2044.

North-West

Die Ou Pastorie (Skeerpoort)
Enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast for R1 980 per couple. Guests will be welcomed with a complimentary glass of bubbly.

While we take care to ensure the accuracy of our information, please note that some offers and prices may change without our knowledge.

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