Valentine’s Day – usually one of the most anticipated dates on the calendar – is next week Saturday, February 14. In anticipation of the day, we have compiled a variety of options a week in advance to give you time to plan and make the day a memorable and special one.
Gourmet food and wine at Sea Point
This Valentine’s Day, Harveys at Winchester Mansions invites you and your special someone to enjoy an enticing five course meal paired with Cape Wines, while serenaded by local musicians in one of the most romantic settings in Cape Town.
Place: Harveys Restaurant at Winchester Mansions. 221 Beach Road, Sea Point
Time: Seatings are taken from 7pm
Price: R650 per person
* To book, visit www.winchester.co.za.
For more information, call 021 434 2351, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
De Luxe Dinner À Deux in the Winelands
The Red Table restaurant in Nederburg’s historic manor house is ramping up the romance this Valentine’s Day with a four-course dinner designed to turn on the taste buds to the highest setting. Priced at R650 per couple, the sensuous spread includes not only a 750ml bottle of Nederburg’s crisp bubbly, Première Cuvée Brut, but also a tempting amuse bouche of smoked salmon to whet the appetite.
After popping the cork (and any questions), and a chance to savour the tingling sparkle of the wine in your glass, you’ll be served lemon thyme-flavoured prawn ceviche; a delicately smoked duck liver terrine; bone marrow-crusted beef and, to crown it all, a hazelnut chocolate spring roll and white chocolate mousse.
The special Valentine’s menu is offered at both lunch and supper times on Saturday, February 14, only and booking is essential. No à la carte offerings will be available that day.
* For bookings, call 021 877 5155, or send an email to email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.nederburg.co.za.
Toast romance in bubbly style
Sweep that special someone off their feet this Valentine’s Day with a Winelands romance at The House of J.C. Le Roux in Stellenbosch, where Le Venue restaurant’s line-up will add a glamorous touch to this special day.
Early birds can opt for a luxurious breakfast of chocolate coconut granola with plain yoghurt, raspberry compote, fresh fruit and a lime zest omelette filled with cream cheese, smoked Norwegian salmon and caramelised onions, served with a mixed berry smoothie or a Lindt cappuccino.
If dinner is on the cards, Chef Renshaw Adams’ menu will not disappoint. Available from 7pm with live music, things will start off with a glass of J.C. Le Roux bubbly and an amuse bouche of exotic mushroom spring roll and Porcini mushroom mousse.
Choose between oysters or candied bacon and La Vallée pear salad, then tuck into pan-fried Norwegian salmon fillet or parmesan crusted sirloin steak for mains.
Dessert will be a tempting affair of red velvet cheesecake served with crème anglaise and La Fleurette berry compote, or Lindt chocolate crème brûlée served with fresh fruit and pistachio dust.
* Breakfast at R125 per person will be served from 9am to 11am, and dinner at R400 per person from 7pm to 10pm.
For bookings, call 021 865 8200.
Visit www.jcleroux.co.za for more information.
Be serenaded by a pop star
“Feast on music” this Valentine’s Day at 7pm in the Atrium at African Pride 15 On Orange Hotel with a live performance in an intimate setting from Jimmy Nevis. Tickets cost R395 per person, which gets you a mezze platter, small bowl dining, dessert and a complimentary bottle of Graham Beck MCC.
* For bookings send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harbour-side romance for two
Seelan Restaurant and Bar, nestled in the vibrant harbour-side scenery of the V&A Waterfront, has put together an enticing three course Valentine’s Day menu to ensure that it is an evening of romance and culinary bliss for all guests.
The three course menu will cost R360 per couple, excluding gratuity, and will start with a glass of Graham Beck Rosé to ease into the evening.
As a starter, guests have the choice of Lobster Bisque or Salmon Carpaccio, followed by a Main Course of either Seafood Pasta for 2 (with prawns, calamari, kingklip, mussels and crayfish) or a Fillet Platter for 2 (with wild mushroom and truffle sauce). For dessert, guests may choose Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Pots with Macaroons, or Valentine’s Day Cup Cakes.
* To book, call 021 421 4906; or send an email to email@example.com.
One couple can win an a fine dining experience on Valentine’s Day. Send your name and “Seelan – Valentine’s” in the subject line in an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 12pm on Monday, February 9. Good luck!
Valentine’s movie night in the forest
Set in beautiful Elgin, the Hope @Paul Cluver Amphitheatre will be screening old-school classic ‘Top Gun’ this Valentine’s Day. With tickets at R100 each, it’s a date that won’t break the budget either. Pack a picnic and some cushions – and buy Paul Cluver wines, craft beer and soft drinks at the venue. This is the third last opportunity to enjoy the amphitheatre this season, and with all proceeds going to the Thembalitsha Foundation, you can spread the love by booking on www.computicket.com.
Love is in the air in the City of Oaks
Stellenbosch is turning on the charm on Valentine’s Day with a tempting array of attractions which will cast a romantic spell in the Winelands and woo couples to share loving memories.
As the Food and Wine Capital of South Africa, featuring a smorgasbord of Top Ten Eat Out restaurants, lovers are spoilt for choice when looking for a candle lit restaurant in Stellenbosch.
But if you want Cupid to go all out this year, then the City of Oaks has more than enough ‘love potion’ to ignite that spark. The idyllic Delheim wine farm will spread some love with a romantic Sunset Picnic on February 14. Comfy blankets at the water’s edge will beckon couples to indulge in a generous basket, fit for any Romeo and Juliet. Home-made treats that will bowl him and her over range from ostrich meatballs, smoked snoek pâté and biltong to quiche and roasted vegetable salad, dolmades and olives. Not to mention the farm bread, cheese trio and duo of chocolate mousse. One basket serves two at R235 per person and comes with a complimentary bottle of estate wine. This date under the stars starts at 6pm. Call 021 888 4607/079 7353257; or email email@example.com to book.
Another good picnic spot to declare your love is at Jordan’s The Bakery. Their baskets cost R450 for two people and fuelled with local and seasonal taste sensations, will add to memorable moments on the lawn from 5.30pm until 9pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your booking now.
Vergelegen, one of the most prominent wine destinations on the Stellenbosch Wine Routes’ Helderberg sub-route is planning an exclusive, white tablecloth Valentine’s Picnic in their enchanting camphor forest, where one can whisper sweet nothings over a sumptuous array of taste sensations. It starts at 6pm and for bookings email email@example.com, or call 021 847 1346.
Or lovebirds can flock to Spier to celebrate Cupid’s prowess with a special Valentine’s Picnic from their Eight to Go deli; mark their storybook romance with a Sleepover & Movie Night at the Spier Hotel, or indulge in a fairy-tale Dinner at Eight Restaurant.
The Valentine’s picnic from Eight to Go is packed to the brim with charcuterie, home-baked breads, farm cheeses, trout pate, seasonal salads and chocolate truffles and the basket also includes a bottle of Spier’s Signature Méthode Cap Classique to toast your love. It costs R450 per basket and can be booked at picnics.spier.co.za.
Your sleepover escapade at Spier Hotel starts with the classic romantic movie, ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’, under the stars at 7.30pm. Each couple will also receive a basket filled with treats and a bottle of Spier wine, as well as a complimentary blanket and cushions. Package options include a Signature Stay which includes a picnic with a bottle of Spier Signature wine from R1945 per room and a Creative Stay, which includes a picnic with a bottle of Spier Signature Methodé Cap Classique from R2175 per room. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be whisked away.
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Enjoy it guys.