Ready for romance in Pretoria

Private Property South Africa
Lisa Dewberry

If you’re wondering where to celebrate this Valentine’s Day, Pretoria has some wonderful romantic restaurants to make this one special for any couple.

Cynthia’s Indigo Moon

Situated in Dey Street, Brooklyn, Cynthia’s Indigo Moon is a romantic restaurant where you feel at home in an inviting atmosphere. Interesting features such as a Titanic ship model and Chicago skyline painting capture your attention transporting you to another time and place. Enjoy the beetroot carpaccio for starters with thin slices of beetroot, balsamic reduction, mini greens and goat cheese drizzled with honey and roasted walnuts. For mains try the grilled duck breast with black cherry and litchi sauce, exotic mushrooms and truffle oil mash. Round up your meal with melt-in-your-mouth strawberry cheesecake.

The Meadow Green Restaurant

Enjoy cocktails and a beautiful sunset at the lake in front of The Meadow Green Restaurant at Irene Country Lodge before stepping inside for an elegant evening. The sophisticated atmosphere with soft lighting, chandeliers and pianist will put you in the romantic mood. A buffet by the finest chefs caters to each guest’s unique tastes. For starters try cured meat with mustard, roasted butternut, feta and walnut salad or sushi with pickled ginger, soya and wasabi. For mains, have the Falklands calamari, queen prawns and Norwegian salmon or the roast leg of lamb with rosemary reduction. End with vanilla and strawberry cupcakes with mascarpone icing or the chocolate fountain fondue.

LeSi Signature Restaurant

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the tranquil ambiance of LeSi Signature Restaurant in Darlington Road, Lynnwood Manor. This restaurant’s interior is classically stylish with soft-lit gazebos in the Tuscan-style garden for an intimate dinner under the stars. This Valentine’s Day enjoy superb flavours from across the globe. Begin with the salmon carpaccio served on marinated zucchini slivers and deep-fried capers, drizzled with a light garlic and wasabi dressing. For mains, have the tender slices of rosemary-baked shoulder of lamb layered with herb-infused crumpets, then topped with a red wine jus. For dessert taste the Tiramisu fondant or mango parfait.

See for yourself:

Cynthia’s Indigo Moon

012 346 8926/7

The Meadow Green Restaurant

012 667 6464

LeSi Signature Restaurant

012 348 8820

This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.

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Old town, young crowd
Pretoria Old East is known as Jacaranda City because of the thousands of lilac bloomed trees that line the streets. It’s one of the city's oldest suburbs, with lovely established trees and gardens. With the university nearby, the atmosphere is young and full of energy and excitement. Students, art lovers and trendsetters can be found socialising by day and by night.
Pretoria East
Accessible escape from the city
Pretoria East offers a tranquil escape for those that work in the city. The leafy streets and well established gardens give the area a sedate, village-like feel. Everything is close-by and residents don't have to go far for shopping or recreation. It's a popular suburb, largely due to the fact that it's easily accessible from major highways - the N1 and the N4. This neighbourhood attracts a good mixture of young professionals and young families, with kid-friendly activities widely available. There are large, open spaces in this area, allowing for big gardens and freestanding houses. However, this area has many townhouses, clusters and security estates as well.
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Spacious and sporty
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