OUR HAND-PICKED RESTAURANTS
April 11, 2019
"Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first." -Ernestine Ulmer
GRANITA - KIEVITS KROON, PRETORIA
Granita at Kievits Kroon offers a fine-dining experience with innovative dishes created by their executive chef, alongside an award-winning wine list. At Granita the focus is on fresh, organic produce provided by local farmers and producers. Their chef uses the finest local and seasonal ingredients to create a fresh fusion of flavours that offers diners a five-star culinary experience. The Granita Wine Cellar is ideal for small, more intimate private gatherings and can accommodate up to 12 people - ideal for intimate engagement parties or family-only wedding receptions.
The restaurant's gourmet dinner menu comprises a six-course tasting menu that changes seasonally to include the freshest local produce available. Each course is paired with a select wine from their award-winning wine list. flavours that offers diners a five-star culinary experience. The Granita Wine Cellar is ideal for small, more intimate private gatherings and can accommodate up to 12 people - ideal for intimate engagement parties or family-only wedding receptions. The restaurant's gourmet dinner menu comprises a six-course tasting menu that changes seasonally to include the freshest local produce available. Each course is paired with a select wine from their award-winning wine list.
Granita also offers a delectable 5-course Sunday lunch. This is the ideal destination for discerning diners with a love of elegantly prepared meals.Granita also offers a delectable 5-course Sunday lunch. This is the ideal destination for discerning diners with a love of elegantly prepared meals.flavours that offers diners a five-star culinary experience. The Granita Wine Cellar is ideal for small, more intimate private gatherings and can accommodate up to 12 people - ideal for intimate engagement parties or family-only wedding receptions. The restaurant's gourmet dinner menu comprises a six-course tasting menu that changes seasonally to include the freshest local produce available. Each course is paired with a select wine from their award-winning wine list. Granita also offers a delectable 5-course Sunday lunch. This is the ideal destination for discerning diners with a love of elegantly prepared meals. Visit their website
for more information.
PIGALLE - GREEN POINT
Well-known as the perfect venue for a stylish evening out, Pigalle in Green Point, Cape Town offers guests live entertainment from their dance floor alongside superb dinner courses. Renowned for fresh seafood and a great selection of steaks, the restaurant's menu comprises of classic dishes with subtle Portuguese influences. The venue includes a spacious cigar lounge and private dining room and is versatile enough to accommodate private functions like engagement parties and intimate wedding receptions. It's also the ideal destination for an elegant date night or proposal dinner. No matter what the occasion, Pigalle always delivers superb service, exceptional food, and an understated, romantic ambience. Visit their website
for more information.
"You don't need a silver fork to eat good food." -Paul Prudhomme
BALATA RESTAURANT - THE FAIRVIEW HOTEL, GAUTENG
With modern fireplaces for winter time and a fine dining menu from acclaimed Chef Jean-Pierre Siegenthaler, Balata Restaurant should be on your romantic restaurant bucket list. Set in the quiet suburb of Randpark, right on the Randpark Golf Course, the restaurant is a discreet gem, hidden from the busyness of life. Wine dinners at R370 pp come highly recommended when food and wine pairings take your dining enjoyment to the next level. On these romantic date nights
the hotel offers 50% less on accommodation for the night, with breakfast included the next morning, from R1 250 per couple sharing. (Subject to change without notice). Visit their website
for more information.
"We all eat, and it would be a sad waste of opportunity to eat badly." -Anna Thomas
AFRO-BOER - PRETORIA
Afro-Boer is an eclectic eatery in Lynnwood that offers delicious bakery fare and café-style cuisine. There's no better place for a breakfast date or a lingering weekend picnic with your partner. Expect a dining destination that carefully straddles the line between classic Afrikaans culture and innovative, creative eats in a gorgeous setting. The open-plan space has large, airy windows and vintage-modern furniture that lends it the ambience of a modern-day farmhouse. Visit on a sunny day to take advantage of the beautiful outside area under the trees and turn it into a family date by bringing the kids along to enjoy a meal from the child-friendly menu. No matter who you are, there is a deliciously inventive meal (and tasty dessert!) waiting for you at Afro-Boer in Lynnwood. Visit their website
for more information.
"The secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside." -Mark Twain
VAN LOVEREN FAMILY VINEYARDS
Van Loveren Family Vineyards is a wonderful destination for romantic meals, getaways with friends or family-friendly outings. Situated it the spellbinding Robertson Valley, this beautiful wine farm is popular with wine lovers from all walks of life. Aside from a wonderful array of wines that highlight the singular Robertson terroir, the Van Loveren estate also offers a great variety of attractions and things to do. Take a road trip out to this beautiful neck of the woods and spend the day enjoying innovative food & wine pairings, taking a hike or exploring the farm by mountain bike, birding, wandering in the historic garden or simply sitting down to a delicious meal at the on-site bistro, Christina's at Van Loveren.
CHRISTINA'S BISTRO - VAN LOVEREN WINE FARM
Housed in the old family Manor House, Christina’s Bistro is the quint essential winery restaurant set amongst the enchanting trees and gardens of Van Loveren. Our menu matches the laid-back, comfortable environment. Specialising in thin crusted, wood-fired pizzas, gourmet burgers and a variety of seasonal chef’s specialties, the Christina’s @ Van Loveren Bistro allows you to enjoy your meal with a glass of your favourite Van Loveren wine under a shaded pergola.
Mondays to Fridays - Kitchen open from 10h00 to 15h00 with the pizza oven open till 15h30
Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays - Kitchen open from 09h30 to 15h00 with the pizza oven open till 15h30
DE HOEK COUNTRY HOTEL - PRETORIA
The Chefs at De Hoek are committed to food excellence and create sublime dining experiences every single day, Seven days a week. Every evening, the team offers a different and varied 5 course dinner, with the sourcing of only the best local and international suppliers and freshest seasonal produce available. Creative and unusual flavours are combined to create new food trends and this is combined with clever interpretation of classic French and Mediterranean dishes.
The food is beautifully plated and presented, with herbal bouquets picked fresh from herb gardens every morning. De Hoek has been in the top 100 restaurants in South Africa for many years and has won many food accolades including American Express Fine Dining. Interesting and unique wines are sourced all over South Africa, with many visits made to the hotel by the Winemakers themselves. Old favourites and new finds appear on our wine lists which have been voted Best New Wine list in South Africa by both Diners Club and Diamond on many occasions. Enquire here
for your year-end function, baby shower, honeymoon, birthday party, engagement party, retirement function, and High tea on a Saturday afternoon.
LA BOQUERIA RESTAURANT - JOHANNESBURG
REVIEW: Every now and again you come across a restaurant with a truly delightful ambience, inventive menu and exciting wine list. This is when you know you have a winning combo that you will return to again and again for date nights, special occasions and more. My husband and myself recently enjoyed an experience like this at La Boqueria in Johannesburg. We wanted to try a new restaurant for my birthday, which is always a little bit of a gamble, but this time around it paid off!
We were so impressed with the fantastic food, great service and romantic atmosphere that we will happily give it a 10/10 on all counts and recommend it without the slightest hesitation. This all-day eatery is great for cosy breakfasts as well - think beautifully roasted single-origin coffee (a must for serious coffee lovers), and decadent brioche buns loaded with bacon and egg. La Boqueria is known for cooking on live fires and wood ovens, so their food is immensely flavourful. Pull in for a tapas-style lunch (the ceviche is to die for and a great Paleo-friendly meal for diners why try to avoid carbs), or do as we did and enjoy a long, lingering dinner. My personal recommendation is the Asado de Pulpo paired with a beautifully balanced Keermont Merlot. My husband enjoyed the starter so much he actually ordered a second portion! Leilani - Founder of Date night ideas for couples in SA. Visit their website
for more information. Leilani & Roelie.
DE CAMDEBOO RESTAURANT - DROSTDY HOTEL
Drostdy Hotel in the historic centre of Graaff-Reinet is one of those gems that should be on the bucket list of every South African couple and family. This luxurious getaway destination offers 48 beautifully appointed rooms, including 8 Bachelor Rooms, 17 Standard Rooms (one of which is fully equipped for visitors with mobility restrictions), 15 Executive Rooms and 8 Suites. Guests can look forward to all the amenities necessary for a comfortable stay, including 24-hour room service, individually controlled AC and heating, 100% cotton linen, a valet and laundry service, complimentary Wi-Fi and more! Drostdy Hotel also offers a travel consultancy and information service, a world-class Africology Spa, three pools in manicured gardens and a full concierge service.
Best of all - the De Camdeboo Restaurant is on site for decadent meals, and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests who feel like pushing out the boat also have the option of spicing up their visit to the Karoo with a scenic flight with Fly Karoo Air services - Graaff-Reinet's own helicopter service that offers various scenic packages. Other nearby attractions and activity options include the Camdeboo National Park, a variety of museums and historical destinations, the Hester Rupert Art Museum, a fascinating succulent plant labyrinth at Obesa Nursery, 4x4 routes, day trips to Nieu Bethesda, nature walks and more. The Drostdy Hotel is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway and is the ideal destination for your wedding with plenty to see and do! Visit their website for more information.
MATOPPIE RESTAURANT - PALALA BOUTIQUE GAME LODGE AND SPA
With high wingback chairs and large tables to set the stage, guests are enchanted with a relaxed private dining space under a unique abstract Matoppie
tree stretching its branches up the wall and onto the ceiling. Enjoy mouth-watering dishes inspired by truly South African ingredients and perfected by our passionate and award-winning chefs.Whether you are a day visitor, or staying over at the prized Palala Boutique Game Lodge & Spa
, know that you are in for a special treat.
Enjoy the morning sunshine on the spectacular outdoor deck, suspended above the relaxing waterway with a cappuccino and a sumptuous breakfast. Patrons can enjoy rustic and relaxed lunches during the day or watch the transformation of the menu and restaurant into a fine dining delight at night.
Offered on the evening set menu
, guests will find favourites such as our Chef’s own combination of succulent beef infused with a variety of Indian spices; a macadamia and mushroom stuffed chicken breast wrapped with smoked bacon and drizzled with a whiskey and onion sauce; a selection of lamb cutlets crusted in a Dukka of sweet spicy seasoning and so much more.
New and exciting additions are constantly introduced to allow our guests to indulge in a culinary experience of note.The extensive wine collection pays homage to the wine makers of South Africa, showcasing the best of each wine region. From the cooler coastal Sauvignon Blancs to the rich Shiraz grapes grown on the slopes of the Stellenbosch region, each wine is carefully selected and cared for.
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