We’re creatures of habit, and we love what we know. Very little worse that getting through a long day of work, and then having to cook dinner when totally deflated. So eating out is a treat! But it can really add up when not being thrifty with your ways.
2017 was the year for finding new places to eat – on a budget. Life got busy and we were a bit tight on cash (at the best of times) so we were incredibly grateful to have our Entertainer App ready to be used for some awesome 2-for-1 deals. It totally opened up the world of trying new things – and learning to be ready for change. And accept that you can’t just eat sushi all the time.
Here’s our Top 5 places we (discovered and) visited in 2017 using The Entertainer.
THE ITALIAN KITCHEN, TOKAI
Totally love this quaint spot in Tokai for a beautifully romantic date. Small and intimate inside for those perfect candlelit meals, with a little courtyard for those cool, breezy summer evenings. If you’re looking for an authentic Italian Bistro style meal or just a great spot to treat a friend to a fantastic dinner, The Italian Kitchen is definitely a place to try out.
A top vegetarian meal has to be the Wild Mushroom Risotto – portion sizes are awesome and the food is served piping hot and fresh. Gustav LOVED the Prawn Risotto one one visit, and he enjoyed a Seafood Pasta on another.
The service is always great, too. Every time we visit, it feels like we’re walking into a family home and being welcomed with open arms. Can’t recommend this place enough.
Book you next special dinner here! Call +27 (0)21 713 4218 to book your table.
THE RAJ, CONSTANTIA
A 2017 Winner for us! We literally found this new favourite because of The Entertainer – and have loved every visit since. it’s not a ‘cheap-date’ out, BUT the food is great and the service is always good. A great vegetarian meal choice is the Matar Mushroom dish.
The meals can get quite pricey, so watch out not to over order for your table. Each person needs a main dish (this is the 2-for-1 part, so be careful with extras), and a rice of their choice. We’d suggest starting with one garlic naan and a cucumber raita to share, and rather ordering a second if needed. The portions aren’t massive but you may fill up on sides rather than actual food
Find them in Constantia Village or give them a call on +27 (021) 794 6546 to book your table.
THE BRASSIERE, TOKAI
Cute, vibey, romantic and such a good find! Set in smallest centre in Tokai, The Brassiere was such a lovely place to add to our ‘favourites list’ of restaurants to visit close to home for a cool date night out.
There’re quite a few dishes that we have tried here to be able to recommend, actually. If you’re looking for vegetarian options, we’ve tried the 4 Cheese and Portabello Mushroom Pizza with Apple Relish and Micro Herbs (it’s different because there’s no tomato base) and tried and LOVED the Genovese Rigatoni which is a fancy Basil Pesto Pasta with Baby Potatoes, Green Beans and Rockets. Gustav enjoyed his Jake Black Beer Battered Fish and Chips. The food is simple, but good. Very memorable evenings spent here, indeed. Tips when visiting: when ordering a house wine by the glass, check the pricing with the waitress before she leaves the table, and make a booking – it’s really popular!
Find them at the Forest Glade House in Tokai Road. Book your table by calling +21 712 1363.
THE WILDERNESS HOTEL, WILDERNESS
For generations, the men in the ‘Kipling’ side of the family have taken their significant others to The Wilderness Hotel to relax and unwind out of the city for most of the family’s South African history. The Wilderness Hotel has been frozen in time, echoing the grand tradition from when it was established in 1928. The walls are lined with newspaper clippings and headlines, reminding us of where the building began and everything that has molded it into the icon it is today.
We go back, time after time, because of the excellent service, the close proximity to the boardwalk for all you bird lovers, lagoon and quaint town centre which is a hub for restaurants & cafes and is just a short walk to a beautiful, misty beach. Cannot recommend this place enough! Our home away from home. And now available at 2-for-1 stays with The Entertainer.
Book your stay at the 6 George Street, Wilderness via their Website, call +27 (0)44 877 1110 or email email@example.com.
THE PRESS & GRILL, SEA POINT
Eat, drink and take pictures. Where, in Sea Point, can you sit outside in an open air courtyard and sip on beautifully designed cocktails in the summer sun? The Press Bar & Grill, the definition of ‘hidden gem’, is the perfect spot for a little Sunday day-drinking, especially for some 2-for-1 cocktails in the urban heart of the Mother City. And now, visit this great inner-city gastropub with The Entertainer!.
We were completely obsessed with the decor as we walked through the restaurant to head into the open air courtyard. We felt like we were looking around like a school girl in an art gallery. True Instagram heaven! Tapas, burgers and some delicious looking salads. As total chili popper fanatics, these are a must try item on the menu, and the boys ordered some meaty treats from the signature selections. Those gourmet burgers are magical.
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DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the places above were still listed on The Entertainer App at the time of this article being published. If you’ve visited any of the mentioned places above, and TOTALLY agree, or DON’T agree at all, with our reviews, please let us know. We’re always interested in hearing back from you