The elusive date night…..hell, how difficult can it possibly be to go on a date with your husband, it’s not like you started dating again or that you haven’t found Mr Right yet? You dated, got married, had children and then life happened and now you find yourself in a position where it’s very easy to make excuses as to why there is no time for some one-on-one time with your ‘Mr Darcy’.
Romance is easily lost in a relationship after years of
marriage. A successful relationship
takes work and commitment and even though date night is a no-brainer for any
couple, it is still so challenging to find time in our busy lives.
Date night gives you an opportunity to communicate (an essential element of any relationship) and catch up on what has been going on in one another’s life. It’s also a chance to continue to get to know your partner, have fun, unwind and rekindle the romance.
Make the time, get a baby sitter and check out one of these 9 restaurants for the perfect romantic rendezvous:
Homespun by Matt, Bloubergstrand
Homespun is the result of Matt Schreuder’s culinary journey across the globe. Whether he’s been flying high in the skyscrapers of Frankfurt, giving some stylin’ serving by the lake of Zurich or personally road-testing the delicacies of South East Asia, he’s drawn inspiration from all his experiences and has brought them back home.
Intimate tables, beautiful decor, real candle light and delicious food, the perfect location for a special occasion.
Where: Porterfield Road, Table View , Cape Town
Contact: 021-556 2824
La Colombe, Constantia
A delightful treat for any anniversary or couple seeking a romantic night out. This restaurant, rated 2nd in the country and positioned amongst the top restaurants worldwide, is relaxed yet modern and sits perched on the side of a mountain – the ideal backdrop for an unforgettable time with your one and only. In Summertime guests can enjoy the shaded deck or the small umbrella shaded courtyard. The food is a celebration and will complete the package for the perfect date.
Where: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Road, Constantia Nek, Cape Town
Contact: 021 794 2390
Fyn, Cape Town
Up in the sky, on the fifth floor of the Speakers’ Corner building, is the makings of 22 years magnificence and it shows! Sophisticated Japanese cuisine served in a fairy-tale like setting with awe inspiring ceiling decorations and contemporary finishes, the perfect spot to sweep your significant other off their feet for a night neither will forget!
Where: 5th Floor, Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament Str, Cape Town
Contact: 021-286 2736
Roma Revolving Restaurant, Durban
If you are looking for utterly romantic and totally surreal, then the Roma Revolving Restaurant won’t disappoint. This Durban gem officially opened in 1973 and was born from a concept pioneered by Bartholoeo Ribero, Turi and Gino Leopardi and today proudly owned by the Reelin Group and managed by the Leopardi brothers. Roma is the only genuine revolving restaurant in the southern hemisphere and the 3rd of its kind in the world. Wholesome Italian food, good wine and a city view to die for, what more would you want as the perfect setting?
Where: 32 Floor, John Ross House, Jonsson Ln, Durban
Contact: 031-337 6707
Roots Restaurant, Kromdraai
A 40-min drive from Sandton near the Cradle of Humankind, you will find Roots Restaurant, set in a private game park right on a lake. Regularly listed as one of the top 10 restaurants in the country, head chef Allistair Lawrence with his use of French, African and Asian influences will take you and your loved one on a culinary journey. Enjoy a delectable six-course menu which has been created especially with lovers in mind. You also have the option of carefully selected wine teasers to match each dish.
Where: Letamo Game Estate, R540, Oaktree, Kromdraai
Contact: 011- 668 7000
Clico Restaurant, Rosebank
Chef Marnus Scholly, a farm-to-table kind of guy will enchant you and your loved one with his flavoursome dishes, served within a chic and intimate triple-volume glass structure that looks out onto a lush garden – the perfect escape in a beautiful setting, one of Jozi’s best kept secrets!
We suggest the six-course dinner tasting menu with the well-considered wine list to match, comfort food superbly plated, delightful in taste and thoroughly unpretentious! An a la carte menu is also available.
Where: 27 Sturdee Avenue | Rosebank, Johannesburg
Contact: 011 252 3300
Brasserie de Paris, Pretoria
Understated elegance, white linen, perfect venue, good food – need I say more! Stylish and elegant but still cosy – this is definitely a good choice for a married couple to dine and wine, especially the rooftop setting overlooking Waterkloof. An amazing restaurant that ticks all the boxes!
Zinzi Restaurant, Plettenberg Bay
With an African chic interior design and some of the best food found on the Garden Route, Zinzi Restaurant offers an abundant and tasty menu in an incredible forest setting, perfect for that special occasion. The chefs all come from a variety of culinary backgrounds and each brings their own passion and creativity to the menu. Inspired by Africa and beyond the menu is a testament to the art of cooking simple, yet flavourful food and presenting it in a beautiful and affordable way. The Zinzi Menu changes seasonally to ensure that you not only get to eat seasonal produce but also enjoy the variety their chefs strive for when creating the dishes. Truly something special!
Where: Off the N2, 10km west of Plettenberg Bay
Contact: 044 501 1111
Restaurant Mosaic, Pretoria
This one is definitely one for the ‘date night bucket list’, voted one of the top 200 restaurants in the world in the 2019 La Liste and Chef Chantal at the helm, twice voted as South African Chef of the Year, along with her team you are in for world class fine dining, as they conjure up pure magic in the kitchen. With the décor and location transporting you to another world, the stage is set for a truly magical night with your significant other.
Where: The Orient Boutique Hotel in the Francolin Conservation Area, Crocodile River
Valley, Elandsfontein, Pretoria
Contact: 012 371 2902/3/4/5