The month of love is here, and the day nearly upon us. The Gourmet Guide team have come up with a few suggestions, from informal to refined dining. Whether you are spoiling a loved one, celebrating a friendship or seeking a special person, here are a few options for you to do it over food and wine in both town and country.
If you are a single and ready to mingle, the place to be this Valentine’s Day is at the Incognito Bar at the Alphen Hotel. They will be raising a glass to those proud and footloose, providing the view and vibe, leaving the rest up to you.
Tel: + 27 021 795 6300
If Italian flair is what makes your heart stop, Balducci in the V&A Waterfront will be the showstopper for you. With simple home-cooked cuisine, the option of two menus and at an affordable price, you are sure to knock the socks off your partner.
Tel: + 27 021 421 6002
New kid on the block, Bobo’s, a brasserie on Beach Road in Mouille Point, is part of the Kove Collection. They are offering a set menu so that you can enjoy the day of love with a memorable meal beside the sea.
Tel: +27 021 439 9027
Deep South Distillery
If you would rather give dining out a skip this year, why not give drinking out a try. Deep South Distillery’s gin tasting is an intimate affair where you learn how to make gin, ending off with a fabulous tasting of their award-winning gins. Ideal for first dates – plenty to talk about!
Tel: +27 021 783 0129
Get your dancing shoes ready, they will do the rest. Grande Provence wine estate in the Franschhoek valley has you covered for a memorable romantic evening. Enjoy a glass of bubbles and oysters on arrival before relishing an intimate 4-course dinner. There will be a dance floor at your leisure for some swinging and two-stepping in between.
Tel: + 27 021 876 8600
Le Petit Manoir
Welcome drinks, live music by Jimm Harisson and a six-course tasting menu by Michelin-star chef Kevin Grobler will be sure to tick all the boxes in any relationship. Be sure to book as seats are filling up fast.
Tel: +27 21 876 2110
Galileo Open Air Cinema
Fall in love all over again at Nooitgedacht Wine Estate. Pack a picnic of your favourite snacks, head off to this beautiful estate and enjoy the classical movie of Romeo and Juliet.
Level Four Restaurant
Spoil your loved one with a romantic three-course dinner at Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath. Set in the heart of Rosebank, enjoy the gorgeous setting and be sure to kick-off at their legendary Champagne Bar.
Tel: +27 011 344 8500
Winehouse at Ten Bompas has gone all out this year, presenting their guests with a delectable nine-course tasting menu that will be sure to impress your taste buds and all your senses. Chef Johannes de Bruijn prides himself on beautiful plating, using produce from their garden. The small, intimate restaurant is perfect for romance.
Tel: +27 011 325 2442
Lillian Gray Fine School of Arts
Enjoy an evening of creativity and wine by spoiling your favourite human at Lillian Gray Fine School of Art. Kick-off with a fun couple’s quiz before proceeding to the painting activity. Each partner works on one half of a picture and at the end of the evening the couple joins them together. Wine, cheese platters and all supplies are provided. Sounds like fun? We think so. No painting experience needed.
Tel: +27 76 828 2448
9th Avenue Bistro
If a romantic candle-lit dinner is what you are looking for, 9th Avenue Bistro is a must. Be spoilt with a welcome drink of sparkling raspberry gin fizz and a blini with sour cream and olive crumble, followed by a spectacular three-course meal. Owners Graham and Gina Neilson are known for their warm welcome and generous, flavourful fare.
Tel: +27 031 312 9134
The Palm Court
The landmark hotel, The Oyster Box, is spoiling all guests with all things prawn. Enjoy prawn cocktails and grilled prawns before a decadent dessert. To help set the perfect scene, there will be a pianist to create the perfect mood.
Tel: +27 031 514 5000
Light lunch in a spa? Specializing in couple treatments, this award-winning spa located at four hotels across Durban, has the ultimate packages to enjoy with your loved one. Some of their packages include a light lunch – choose between the Valentines Package, Valentine’s Fairy-tale, Fit for Royalty or the Valentine’s Treat – each as luxurious as the next.
Whichever your choice is, remember, “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own