Date Night Friday at Radisson Blu in Port Elizabeth

Putting on my favourite little black dress, finding the perfect pair of shoes and earrings to match my outfit, taking time to do my makeup before walking out the door, getting in the car with Arnold and driving to our favourite restaurant for date night.

Date night was the highlight of my week when Arnold and I were dating. There’s always something exciting about setting aside a Friday night just for the two of you to be together, dressing up, eating some of your favourite food and sharing a bottle of wine.

Radisson Blu Hotel in Port Elizabeth took me back to these days last Friday night when they invited Arnold and I to join them for one of their Date Night Fridays at Tabú Grill. The invitation for our special date night (one quite different from the date nights of our student days) included a four-course meal with a wine pairing at the hotel’s restaurant, as well as some date night instructions: dress up and enjoy your time together as a couple. The timing of the date night invite couldn’t have been better as we haven’t had a date night in a while.  

Arnold and I arrived at the Radisson Blu Hotel on Friday night dressed in our finest date night outfits and made our way to Tabú Grill upstairs. When we arrived, a friendly waitress escorted us to our intimate table for two.

Our cosy spot in the corner for Date Night Friday

The food and beverage manager, Buhle, welcomed us to the restaurant and offered us each a glass of wine and a mezze platter to share. The platter of cheese, jam, figs, crackers, cold meat and bread was just what we needed to whet our appetite before our starter. The mezze platter was paired with Protea Merlot, a Anthonij Rupert Wine from Franschhoek. Arnold and I had a good laugh when we saw the wine – we served bottles of Protea wine at our wedding, and we were instantly transported back to our big day, where we shared a bottle of the Merlot at our wedding table.

Mezze platter to share

The platter was followed by a creamy brown mushroom risotto starter, and this was Arnold’s favourite dish of the night (he doesn’t even eat mushrooms – that’s how good it was!). This course was paired with the Protea Chardonnay, a fruity white wine that Arnold and I both enjoyed. 

Arnold’s favourite – the risotto starter

For the main course, Arnold and I both opted for the sirloin of beef and this meal was the highlight of my evening. Served with rustic chips and onion rings, the meal was tasty, filling and satisfying. Arnold is the steak master of our family, but even he agreed that this steak was top-notch and grilled to perfection. Our delicious steak was paired with the Protea Cabernet Sauvignon. 

Sirloin steak basted in smoky barbecue sauce, served with rustic chips and onion rings

After the meal, we waited for our food to settle, enjoying our wine and each other’s company before tucking into dessert – a decadent chocolate and treats platter. The plate was filled with a colourful assortment of mini desserts, including chocolate and vanilla cake bites, chocolate and caramel mousse, cheesecake, chocolate covered coconut balls, and strawberries covered in chocolate. Our dessert platter was paired with a fine dessert wine from Franschhoek which complemented our mini treats. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, I would highly recommend ending your date night with this decadent dessert. 

Dessert platter to finish

After spending a few days away from Arnold last week for work, this was the perfect way to end the week together. With no cooking to do and no dishes to clean, all we had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy our night out at Radisson Blu’s Tabú Grill.

You can also join Radisson Blu for a Date Night Friday, where you’ll enjoy a delicious four-course meal for R295 per person. You can also enjoy a wine pairing with your meal for an extra R100 per person (totally worth it!).

Date Night Fridays are currently taking place every Friday in the month of June and July.

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