It feels like quite a while since I’ve written about one of our date nights. Last year, we were going out every week on a date night but this year has been very different. There have been various different reasons for this which I won’t go into now but bottom line is that’s just the way it’s been. So, on this particular date night, we felt like we wanted to splurge a little bit and felt like going somewhere different and a bit more special. So we tried Charcoal Dining.
My impression from the pictures on their website was that it was quite a smart fine dining restaurant and although I wouldn’t say it wasn’t smart, somehow I was expecting a bit more from it in terms of the decor and feel. I think I had an idea in my head and it’s not that it didn’t deliver and wasn’t lovely, but it was just different to what I had pictured and expected. I actually had them on my list of Restaurants In Cape Town With Fireplaces (which I had just posted the day before) so I also expected it to be a warm and cosy option for a very cold winter’s night in Cape Town. However, I had to very quickly and instantly whip out my phone and take them off that list (my husband was forgiving of me doing this on our date night) as their fake heater type thing most definitely doesn’t qualify as a fireplace in my books.
We were greeted warmly upon entering and shown to our table. Unfortunately there was a very big table next to us who were clearly a few drinks in and had lost sense of their volume control, or they were just noisy people, but either way, it wasn’t conducive to a romantic date night and I felt my expectations being dashed just a little bit more. Spotting an empty table in the corner, I asked the waitress if there was any way we could move but she said that that table was booked so there was nothing to do. A few minutes later, however, someone else came over and told us that the booking had been cancelled so we were in luck. And just like that, our date night became what I had hoped it would be with it being less noisy, warmer and more intimate.
To start, we shared the Beef Fillet and Strawberry Salad with Balsamic and Pomegranate Dressing. The fillet was soft and moist and combined with the strawberries and dressing was truly delicious. It was a relatively generous portion for a starter and to be honest, I could happily have had the whole thing to myself. Besides the beautiful colour the strawberries added to the plate, it gave the salad a lovely freshness with the fillet bringing in the warmth to make it a perfect winter salad.
For mains I had the Grilled Linefish with Lemon and Wholegrain Mayonnaise. I had fresh vegetables instead of fries and it was all lovely. The sauce on the linefish definitely made the meal. Hubby had the seared tuna steak with avocado, lime and chilli salsa. He used to have tuna steaks quite often when going out but hasn’t had one in a while so decided to try it. The tuna itself was quite plain but when accompanied with the salsa, transformed it into a delectable meal and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
We had come this far and everything was delicious so why stop now we figured and went for dessert. I blame our waitress actually who said we just had to try the Dark Chocolate Pecan Tart so we did as we were told. It’s the only thing I managed to get a picture of before we dived right in there and yes, it was rather indulgent and very worth it. I love the contrasting combination of warm chocolate anything with ice cream and this did not disappoint.
Overall, what started off not so well, ended up in a lovely date night. The food was delicious, the service was very prompt and attentive and I would recommend you give it a try. Let me know what you think.