Unique Valentine’s Day date ideas from the Food & Home team

January 23, 2017 (Last Updated: January 25, 2017)
Unique Valentine's Day date ideas from the Food & Home team

This Valentine’s Day, we are looking for something different to do with the special people in our lives. Whether it is your spouse, partner or best friend, we’ve rounded up unique Valentine’s Day date ideas for you to spread the love on this special day.

If there’s one thing my husband and I love (apart from food!), it’s stand-up comedy – so, an early Valentine’s dinner at Gemelli’s, one of our favourite restaurants in Bryanston, then on to see Defending the Caveman at Parker’s Comedy & Jive @ Montecasino (on from 12 February to 25 June 2017 – book tickets online here), sounds like just the ticket to a wonderful evening.

  • Andrea Pafitis-Hill, editor

We were spoilt for choice in the magnificent Franschhoek. I kid you not, we made three bookings at three different places – the one more alluring than the other. Finally, we made up our minds and decided on Haute Cabrière (the home of Pierre Jourdan) Restaurant & Terrace. Sipping rosy bubbles, overlooking the rose-tinted sunset on the valley – this was the epitome of romantic settings and set the stage for a melt-in-the-mouth menu – the experience rounded off to perfection.

  • Anzelle Hattingh, copy editor

In The City Pop-Up Singles Valentine’s Party is the place to be at on Saturday, the 11th of February, at 18:00, in Maboneng. It’s the best way to meet as many new single people as possible in one night!  Hurry, tickets are selling out fast! More info here

  • Samatha Lewis, art director

Quite fitting to celebrate the day of love, Escondido Tapas & Wine is a cosy spot that is tucked away on the lower level of the Illovo Post Office centre (just behind Thrupps). True to its name, this casual dining eatery offers an array of delicious tapas; with over 25 dishes to select from, the menu is not limited to Spanish tapas but dishes from around the globe. My favourite is always the baked melanzane with Parmesan, zucchini fritti with tzatziki, pumpkin fritters, Thai curry mussels, sticky lamb ribs, calamari paella and, and, and… the list goes on. This is the very reason why you need to enjoy the dishes with someone who understands your palate. And as if you didn’t have enough, just remember to keep some space (or take a long break between meals) for dessert. While the menu is constantly changing and evolving, look out for the waffle!  Brownie waffle served with vanilla ice cream is the sweet ending that will have you coming back for more. A heads up: Escondido is almost always fully booked, so ensure that you call to secure your reservation. 011-268-0058.

  • Hasmita Amtha, managing editor

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Valentine’s is a day on which I can spoil the people I love (my family, friends or someone special) with a special meal or night out on the town.

  • Zerilda Nel, office manager

Chaf Pozi, on Vilakazi Street, is one of the most popular hangout spots in Soweto. Here you can bungee jump or go on a bike tour before grabbing something to eat. On the menu you will find traditional food, chisa nyama, desserts and cocktails. It’s a place where you can relax and chill with your besties.

  • Vuvu Mncube, cooking assistant

My husband and I went to ​Mezepoli in Melrose Arch​ one day for lunch​ and ​just ​loved it. W​e ​love eating a bit of this and that and​ here​ it is so ideal; you can try a bit of everything that you enjoy​. You can order plates of different items​ to taste and share a bit of all of your favourites together. 

  • Daniella Hatton-Jones, designer

Euphoria, comfort, overwhelming passion. Just some of the feelings you’re sure to encounter when you visit Linden’s The Argentinian. If you’re unconvinced that you can fall in love with, or over, food, you obviously haven’t sunk your teeth into a signature almond croissant yet.

  • Ginny Boshoff, digital intern

Unique Valentine's Day date ideas
Take your bestie rose-picking at Cape Town’s beautiful Chart Farm. With an expansive rose garden boasting a wide variety of roses, with many well-loved for their scents, an afternoon of rose picking is delicious food for the soul. You’ll be provided with secateurs and a bucket to wander the beautiful rose garden overlooking lush mountain views, picking as you go. You’ll head home with a gorgeous, fragrant armful of roses and, if you pop into the coffee shop, a happily full tummy. www.chartfarm.co.za

  • Claire Ferrandi, food editor

The way to my husband’s heart is definitely through his stomach and that is why we’ve opted to stay indoors and cook a delicious meal together this Valentine’s Day. For starters, the ball is in his court, and I have hinted at these lemony mussels steamed in white wine and cream. Hubby loves a good steak, so I will be cooking up a pan-fried rump steak with spiced salt and fresh beetroot salsa for mains. And for dessert, it’s quite the toss-up between churros, lemon tart and rocky road.

  • Imka Webb, digital editor
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