Our top Romantic Restaurants in South Africa
New food experiences are an enormous part of any trip away, and a romantic getaway or honeymoon is no different. We are going to focus on Africa’s indisputable culinary capital – South Africa, and the restaurants that would be ideal additions to any itinerary.
Aubergine, Gardens, Cape Town
If you didn’t know where exactly Aubergine is you’d almost certainly miss it. Housed in a building from the 1800s, the former home of Sir John Wylde, it really is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Set over three levels, the lighting is low, the style is earthy and modern and the staff are supremely knowledgeable – the general manager changes the wine list every week. On the first level there are secluded corners from which to enjoy a more private dining experience, while on the lower level there are several tables nestled underneath the beams. The food is a celebration of local and seasonal produce; expect everything from fish curry to springbok wellington.
La Colombe, Constantia Nek, Cape Town
Settling in at its new location overlooking Constantia Nek, La Colombe is still doing what it does best – Michelin star quality food, French influenced using local ingredients. While we will fondly remember its dreamy setting among the vines at Constantia Uitsig, there is an equally heavenly quality to being amongst the trees high up in the Silvermist Estate. Choose one of the small round tables on the deck to make the most of the endless vistas, and make sure to inform the restaurant beforehand of a special occasion – they will prepare some lovely romantic additions to make your experience truly special.
Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse, Drakensberg
Not so much a hotel as a restaurant with the option of staying a few nights, Cleopatra can be found in a quiet corner of the Drakensberg. Time takes on a different pace here, and it’s instantly relaxing. It’s a culinary mecca with more awards than you could mention; expect seven course dinners defined as ‘gourmet farmhouse style’ by resident chef and owner Richard Poynton. Ingredients from Cleopatra’s vegetable and herb gardens are a staple feature on any menu here, along with locally sourced ingredients from neighbouring farms. Overlooking the property’s lake and surrounding mountains, you won’t find a more romantic setting in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Haiku, CBD, Cape Town
Low lighting, small tables, dark interiors and intricate screens dividing up the room – Haiku has romantic, sleek city dining down to a fine art. Specialising in Asian fusion tapas this is another hidden gem in Cape Town’s bustling CBD. Dining here is very much a sharing experience; portions are well sized for multiple starters and mains throughout the night and the chic bar area is the perfect place for a cosy pre or post dinner drink.
Five Hundred at the Saxon, Johannesburg
Located in arguably Joburg’s best hotel, the Saxon, Five Hundred is a must-visit when you’re in the city of gold. Head chef David Higgs is a bit of a celebrity in his field, having recently appeared as a guest judge on South African Masterchef. The incredibly modern and artistic food will be a breath of fresh air on any romantic occasion, and their attention to detail is impeccable – make sure to notify the restaurant of a special occasion, they will go the extra mile with champagne and treats.
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