Valentine’s day is probably one of the trickier special events to plan for every year. Between restaurants cashing in, squeezing people where people have never sat, and billing double for a set, mass-produced menu and chocolate prices going through the roof it can be hard to feel at all romantic, but heaven help the man or woman who does not organise something for their partner on “the most romantic holiday”.
Don’t worry though, we have you covered, with ideas for special events that may actually turn out to spark the love, and not leave you feeling like cattle in an abattoir.
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Dinner with a view
The Radisson Blu is sparing no effort as it rolls out a sumptuous 5-course dinner in its Vivace Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Sandton skyline. For R520pp couples can enjoy options such as Green pea risotto, red wine grilled salmon, Fried medallion of rich short rib and potato gnocchi with confit tomato, parmesan shavings, truffle and brandy peppercorn sauce, Butternut gnocchi with fried tender stem broccoli, sundried tomatoes and goats’ cheese, sprinkled with toasted salted almonds and Espresso pannacotta topped with chocolate mousse, chocolate shavings and fresh cream.
The meal takes place on the14 February, from 6:30pm – 10:30pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton, Johannesburg, Rivonia Rd & Daisy St, Sandton. For bookings call 011245 8000 or email [email protected]
Dinner with Tamara Day at the Rand Club
The Rand Club is hosting a delicious three-course meal with a performance by Jazz singer Tamara Day. Ticket’s cost R495 and include a 3 course meal and welcome drink. It starts at 7pm at the Rand Club, 33 Loveday St, Johannesburg. For bookings email [email protected]
Night of Art
For those looking for something a little different, why not try a couple’s art night at the Lillian Gray art school. The cost is R990 for two people, which includes wine, cheese platters and all art supplies. The event takes place from 19.00 at 82 Kessel Street, JHB. For more information call 076 828 2448 or Email [email protected]
Valentines High Tea
Spade design centre is hosting a 14 February high Tea. Guests will enjoy a chocolate demo by Abby and listen to a motivational talk by Kim Griffith Jones. Tickets are R120. Seats limited to 50. On the day enjoy 10% discount from Spade, Shic Chicks, Debbijanes & Chanti Gifts.
Spade design Centre is based in Lothian Road Durban North.
To book ticked. Email [email protected].
South Africa vs England T20 at Kingsmead
Right so this one is really left field and it’s probably better to check with your partner before you pick up two “romantic” tickets for the cricket, but if you pack a picnic, take a blanket and are prepared to drink beers instead of champagne this could be just the dream outing you are looking for. Tickets start at R120 for scholars and pensioners, and R180 for adults. Get your tickets now at www.ticketpro.co.za.
Something for the singles
Durban appears more switched on than most when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s day with its single citizens as there are at least two events catering to those who do not have a partner.
Freedom Café in St Mary’s Avenue in Greyville, Durban has a special singles dinner from 6pm to 10pm on Valentine’s Day and promises good food, good vibes, speed dating, a fun date auction and much more. Get ready to meet new people who are ready to mingle.
Singles can also enjoy a welcome drink and a delicious three-course meal at the Butcher Block, on Florida Road in Durban on Valentine’s Day available from 13 to 16 February. You can pick your favourite items from the a la carte menu before mingling with fellow singles in the crowd.
In Cape Town
Sushi for romantics
Akiya Sushi is hosting a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner, which includes a starter, seafood main, meat main and dessert for R380 per person. Dishes include spicy salmon tartare, pan-fried seafood, sushi platters, wasabi steak, chocolate fondant, banana and chocolate springrolls and more from the menu. Address: Axis Building, 9 Bridgeway, Century City. Call 021 110 5747 to make a booking.
Picnic on a wine farm
Jordan wine farm is delivering a picnic to beat all others this Valentine’s day with a picnic basket stuffed with incredible treats from The Bakery at Jordan. For R850 all in, a couple can expect wood-fired ciabatta and other breads with an ample selection of charcuterie, cheeses, spreads and preserves. On top of that, there are a selection of salads and a delicious Tiramisu for dessert.
If you want the beauty of a wine estate with the sophistication of a sit-down meal look no further than Clos Malverne whose Valentine’s five-course menu includes tempura oysters, duck breast, goats cheesecake and indulgent chocolate fondant. The price is R690 per person, which includes a welcome drink and amuse-bouche to start. All you need to do is call 021 865 2022 to book.
Dinner and Dance for charity
Oliver’s in White River is hosting a dinner/dance Valentine’s event in aid of Hospice White River. Tickets cost R495 per person which gets you a four-course romantic meal, a welcome cocktail and live music for partying the evening away. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling +2713 – 750 – 0479 or emailing [email protected]