There’s a reason why “long walks on the beach” is such a dating cliché – sand between the toes, strolling into the golden glow of the sunset and listening to soft whisperings from your beau – walking on the beach is really that romantic!
There’s simply something about the waterfront of coastal communities that exude romance. If you are looking for a romantic evening, nothing says romance better than a candlelit classic dinner date on the water.
Perhaps it’s the refreshing ocean breezes that rejuvenate the spirit, the gentle coos of seagulls, the hypnotic waves crashing into the marina, the dancing glow on your partner’s face from the candlelight, or the mesmerizing sunset with its rays of glorious colours reflecting off of the water. Romance on the water is the ultimate in elegance.
In Cape Town, one of the most romantic cities in South Africa, take your sweetie to the breathtaking Tobago’s Bar and Terrace for a whirlwind evening neither of you will forget.
On the waterfront, Tobago’s Bar and Terrace offers a transporting experience defined by the romance of the waterfront, graciously refined service and exuberant dishes that blend a bit of the old with new. A popular local spot for Sunday brunch, Tobago’s fabulous location at the Radisson Blu Waterfront – a beautiful seaside hotel overlooking Table Mountain, Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island – is just the icing on the cake.
It really can’t get better than this. From the moment you walk into Tobago’s you’re welcomed by an oversized wooden country table covered with various cold cuts, appetizers and delicacies – plated on simple china and beautifully presented with flowing fresh flowers and candles in between – a scene straight out of the world’s most refined and picturesque cook books.
One of Capital Lifestyle Magazine’s favourites was the fresh Atlantic mussels salad on the half shell tossed in an aromatic herb dressing. Plump, sweet and not even close to being over-cooked, the mussels were a great way to start the meal.
Then came another fabulous starter, the fresh and subtle flavour of cold-smoked salmon. It tasted like smoke salmon before it became the mass-market product that it is today. Succulent, not over salted, and flavoursome with clean flavours – unique to lines only caught in the pristine Atlantic waters.
If you aren’t heading down to Cape Town any time soon, try romance on the water in other Kenyan costal communities. Though in much warmer climates, a romantic evening by the Indian Ocean will be just as memorable. However, a word of advice, make sure the food is as good as Tobago’s.
PHOTOBLOG: photo credits Susan Wong