I asked my mom the other day if she felt like we do when she was younger. That life is just going so quickly! The week starts on Monday and before you know it, it’s Friday! I have been trying to get to writing a post about our date night from a couple of weeks ago and now I find I am quite behind as we’ve been on a couple since then so I have decided to do them a bit more concisely in one post. They were both great and highly recommended so here goes…
DIAS TAVERN AND THE FUGARD THEATRE
Maybe I’m telling you something you already know and I’m the one who’s behind on this (which is extremely possible) but we had such a lovely date night the other week. We booked for the 8pm show at The Fugard Theatre. Before going there we went to Dias Tavern. What a cool place! I know this is a bit of a Cape Town institution and I have been wanting to go for a long time but have somehow just never got there. I loved the laid back, casual feel of it, the very mixed crowd of people and just the overall vibe of the place. It actually had a lot more atmosphere for a ‘romantic’ date night than I anticipated. It’s amazing the difference a candle on a table can make.
Hubby had the steak, which although was rather packed with garlic, he enjoyed. I had the calamari and baby kingklip combo which was very delicious. The food is simple but tasty, unpretentious, wholesome, generous and very good. I would definitely recommend it as a casual date night out especially coupled with a show at The Fugard Theatre.
The Fugard Theatre…what a beautiful theatre! As soon as you enter via the red carpet that leads you in, it feels like the experience of going to the theatre should: exciting, special and enriching. The old building juxtaposed with the modern feel inside makes for a very beautiful restored building and intimate theatre experience. I will definitely be looking for more shows happening here. We went to see BadJews, described as ‘a fierce, biting comedy about family, faith and what you choose to believe, when you’re chosen.’ Although I wouldn’t quite classify it as pure comedy as there were some very intense, almost uncomfortable moments, the acting was outstanding and left us with a lot to talk about in our car ride on the way home. I highly recommend this combination of a dinner at Dias Tavern and a show at The Fugard Theatre as a great date night out!
A LOVELY INTIMATE DATE NIGHT AT CAFE ROUX
This past weekend, as you may have seen me unashamedly advertising, we went to go watch The Plastics at Cafe Roux. Here’s what I’m loving about having made the commitment to date nights…getting out and seeing what’s going on! Going to places that I have always said I wanted to go to but just never have. Cafe Roux is one of those places. We’ve been there before in the day with the kids but have always sat outside watching them on the play area. So, sitting inside (and being without the kiddies) felt like a completely different experience.
What a lovely intimate place to enjoy a meal and a band/show or whatever they have lined up. We went on a double date this time with my sister and her boyfriend. Because of the small venue and acoustics, the Plastics were half the band they normally are consisting of Pascal (you can learn a bit about him here) and Emile but were just as good and in fact deeply enhanced the intimate live music experience. The food was great, service was warm and friendly and overall a highly recommended date night. It is definitely a great place for just the 2 of you but is also fun to go with another couple.
So there you have it. Two really great things to do for date night. Have you done either one of them? I’d love to know your experience if you have.