A couple of weeks ago, we went on a date night to La Parada in Bree Street. I may have mentioned it before but our date nights this year have been seriously lacking compared to how we were doing last year. Between being sick, baby sitters, school commitments, it seems we just haven’t been able to get out as much as we normally would. I know I need to take some of my own tips though and make sure that even if we aren’t going out, we do something special at home. I have to admit I have been struggling with this as well but it is on my mind to make more effort with it. Do you manage to do date nights at home?
Ok, but back to our date night at La Parada. Firstly, a bit of a heads up. Bree Street on a Thursday night at month end is BUSY! I don’t know how many restaurants I called to make a booking and they were all full. We were set on going to Bree Street as we were going to have a look at something just up the road first so it made sense. Note to self here: be more organised and book way in advance! We actually wanted to try out Kloof Street House but they were fully booked so we ended up going to La Parada.
I’m going to keep this short and to the point. There were both positives and negatives to our evening. Starting with the negatives: While we enjoy going to vibey places as much as intimate romantic restaurants, this was a bit too much for us. It was way too loud to have any sort of proper conversation which, for us, is part of the whole idea of going on date night. It was also very smoky which is something I absolutely detest. They have a lovely outside/inside bar sitting area with open windows. Great on a beautiful summers evening but when the people sitting outside are smoking and the smoke wafts into the restaurant, then for me, not so great.
On the positive side though, the food was delicious! We ordered Beetroot Cured Salmon, Salt and Pepper fried Calamari, Prawn Croquetas and Linefish A La Plancha. All the food was good but I have to give special mention to the calamari which was tender and tasty and the Linefish A La Plancha. The blackened corn and green pepper salsa that accompanies it makes this dish a truly delectable tasting experience. It was a real pity that we were sharing this one though as I think we both would have been very happy having our own portions.
The service was good and the food came out in good time. All in all though, due to the noise levels and smoking issue, I’m not going to be putting this one on my Great Date Night Restaurants In Cape Town list. If it wasn’t for the food being really good, I might not have reviewed it, however, I feel that if the noise and smoke issues don’t bother you, from a food perspective, I can recommend it.
La Parada in Constantia Nek has just opened so I’m hoping that it will be more suited to us and that maybe I will get to add them onto my list after all. We will have to wait and see.
After La Parada, the night was still young and not feeling totally ‘satisfied’ with our evening in that we didn’t get to really connect or talk that much, we decided to go past the Twelve Apostles Hotel for a night cap. I love it when our spontaneous decisions are the right ones. Although we were pretty much the only people there, we had a drink, relaxed on the couch and just chatted a bit. This is really what we were wanting from our night together and happily we got it.
There was actually live music as well so it was great. We even got complimentary nuts and olives which somehow just added to the experience. Although their decor is a bit dated and very geared for the tourist market, (it’s called the Leopard Lounge and if you go, you’ll see why) it was still a good place to relax and have a drink. There is something about going to a hotel that just feels a bit exciting even if we’re not actually sleeping over.
All in all, thanks to our spontaneous midnight cap (it was actually only about 8:30pm) we ended up having a fun and enjoyable date night together. Until the next one…