Where to wine and dine your Valentine

By Megan Baadjies Time of article published Feb 13, 2017

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Valentine's Day is around the corner and if you still don't know how you are going to spoil your special person, you are slowly running out of time.

But we've got your back, so here are a few venues in Cape Town to consider if you plan on dining your significant other this Valentine’s Day.

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate

Surprise your Valentine with the ultimate romantic dinner under the stars in the Sculpture Garden at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek.

Nothing says “be mine” like an intimate dining experience in the elegant restaurant at Grande Provence or your own private, luxurious draped outdoor pavilion.

Couples can expect a seven course Valentine's Day menu which includes canapes and petits fours.

The menu will be prepared by Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst.

The regular Valentine's dinner costs R885 per person, which includes a glass of bubbly on arrival, or you can go all out for the private gazebo at R3250 per couple. This includes oysters and a bottle of elegant Grande Provence Brut Methode Cap Classique crafted on the estate.

For bookings call 021 876 8600 or email [email protected].za.

Dine in style at Grande Provence 

If a romantic breakfast is more your style, Constantia Glen has you covered.

Treat your loved one to a Brute Rosé MCC French Breakfast or Antipasto sharing platter, this venue sets the perfect tone for a day of romance.

There are two breakfasts to choose from which will be served until 12:30pm.

Choose between a freshly baked croissant served with cheese and jam at R60 or smoked trout ribbons dill and lemon crème fraîche at R80.

Both breakfasts include a complimentary glass of Brut Rosé and your choice of tea or locally roasted coffee.

For reservation Call 021-7955639 or email [email protected]m.

Constantia Glen French Breakfast

The Table Bay Hotel promises a night of romance, mystery and intrigue this Valentine's Day. Couples will be treated to five designer cocktails, MCC poached oysters, hot and cold tapas and to add to the intrigue (and romance) an interactive dessert which includes hand massages with natural oils and blindfolds. Kinky.

There are two tapas courses, with the main course featuring six varieties which include sticky hoisin beef short rib with coriander and lemon gremolata; cured salmon trout with fresh apple and fennel, quinoa crackling and lamb shoulder roulade with cucumber, mint, pickled raisin and toasted macadamia nut salsa.

At a cost of R600 per person, bookings can be made at [email protected]l.com or 021 406 5988.

The Taj Hotel promises authentic gourmet experiences for everyone this Valentine's Day, including the single people.

On the menu at Mint, The Local Grill is a light beetroot and thyme soup, red avocado mousse with rainbow beetroot caviar and charred beet leaves.

Patrons can also enjoy a glass of champagne sorbet.

For the main course, you can expect prawn roll carpaccio and a choice between pressed beef shoulder cooked in asparagus shavings and cumin carrot puree or a crispy pork belly served in creamed horseradish foam with red wine glaze.

A strawberry sweetie pie for dessert will round off the romantic dining experience. This Valentine’s Day experience can be reserved at R650 per person.

If you want to spice things up, at R1295 per person, you and your partner can enjoy Indian Cuisine at the Bombay Brasserie.

Diners will enjoy tandoori duck masala crepe rolls, coorgi-style curried prawn and couscous upma and burrhani garlic raita.

To balance the spicy menu the chef will prepare a valrhona cassata served with strawberries.

Vegetarians can indulge in a coorgi-style curried vegetable and couscous upma and fenugreek forest mushroom as alternatives.

Just because you are single, it does not mean you have to stay home by yourself.

Gather seven of your friends and head off to The Gallery at the Taj.

Every month The Gallery features fine art by a local artist and a specially crafted Chef’s table menu paired with some of the best wines in the Cape.

This month the Gallery will host work by emerging Cape Town artist, Pamela Bently and De Wetshof Wines to be paired with Taj Cape Town’s Chef Menu.

For bookings call 021 819 2000 or email [email protected].com


For those who choose to stay in and want the restaurant experience in the comfort of your home, UberEATS has you covered.

If you are worried that cooking skills may pose a threat to your partner’s health, some of UberEATS’ partnering restaurants have designed special meals for two.

Thanks to the power of technology, even couples in long distance relationships can enjoy Valentine’s Day dinners together. Well, kind of.

Order the same meal in Johannesberg and Cape Town from Kauai Nu, Primi Piatti or Col’ Cacchios and share the special moment with your loved one.

If you are using UberEATS for the first time, download the application on your smartphone, enter the promocode BAE100 and get R100 off your first order.

Whether you are spending Valentine’s Day with your significant other or by yourself, make it a special one.

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