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 offeringtantalising love-themed menus and specials this Valentine’s Day.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.