If you’re up to date with what’s been happening in my life, you might know that I was diagnosed with an auto immune disease last year. A bit sucky but am feeling good on the whole. Anyway, so because I tend to do things the natural route, my first port of call was to cut out gluten, dairy and sugar. Yip…fun! (not) This means that date nights eating out in restaurants have become a lot more tricky.
You realise how mostly every meal has at least one of these ingredients in it when you can’t have any of them! 🙁 So for now, I’m getting some help with finding great date night restaurants as I really can’t give a true opinion of a meal that I’m having to majorly modify to suit my needs. But just because I can’t give you my opinion, doesn’t mean I can’t get it from someone else. In fact, rather ironically and quite amusingly actually, I introduce you to our baby sitter, Gente who will be doing some reviews on my behalf. Seeing as we’re not going out to eat that often, she has a lot more nights available to go out on her own date nights! 😉
A DATE NIGHT AT THE STACK – by Gente Coetzee
After what feels like a forever December and January, filled with a work overload for the boyfriend and a family overload for me, a serious date night was needed. A Long December and January also means spending money on all things festive, so we hadn’t taken ourselves out for a meal in a while. Craig and I have decided to pick a special place every month for date night and go big! Our first stop, picked by me, was The Stack.
I’d driven past it a few times and thought it was gorgeous and intriguing, so I headed on over to their website to get some more details. I love it when I can book online straight from a restaurants website, it’s nifty to see the dates and times and not making an awkward phone call suits me just fine. I got a confirmation mail and the day of the booking I also got a friendly call to remind us of our time.
I don’t enjoy eating too late, so I made the booking for 19:00. I also like arriving somewhere when I can still enjoy some of what the daylight has to offer. The Stack has their own small parking lot in front of the building, which is very convenient and certainly adds to the ambiance when entering the premises. It’s a beautiful walk up to the front door through a fresh garden with a fountain and pretty lights.
The service was great from the second we stepped through the door. Professional and friendly, and I do enjoy it when staff all have each other’s backs and check in with a table every now and again. Although there were pros to an early booking, the con was that it was still rather empty. We were one of three tables, and for about 20 minutes we were seated closely next to another couple and the lack of conversation in the room left us feeling a bit awkward. We spoke quietly and politely until they left. Once the people started coming there was a lively and festive vibe and we felt much more relaxed.
Onto the important stuff- drinks and food. I had a gorgeous drink, unfortunately the name never stuck, but it was one of their signature cocktails. It came on a wooden board under a beautiful glass holder filled with a fragrant smoke. It was pink and fabulous. Craig had an old fashioned, and as usual he was as happy as can be.
To eat, I had the line fish of the day, which was kingklip. It was cooked to perfection, topped with a gorgeous coriander pesto, and there were perfectly crisp green veggies to accompany it. I was afraid it might be a small serving, but it was actually quite generous. Craig had a big bowl of mussels with a beautiful sauce, and I’m happy to report that he had a smile on his face. For desert we had a lemon meringue tart and a crème brulée, both an absolute pleasure!
Overall we had a lovely night, and we will recommend The Stack to anyone who is feeling like a date night that is more fancy than the usual pizza or burger night. It was a great experience from a décor point of view as well, but I’d love to go back and experience it when sitting in the fresh air in the inviting garden.
It really came down to the food for me. Craig tends to get quite upset when he doesn’t enjoy his food, and this can really dampen the vibe of the night, so if it goes well we are both beaming.
For mains, cocktails and dessert for the two us, our bill came to about R640.
I hope whoever tries The Stack will have as good an experience as we did.
For more on Gente, you can find her on her blog Equilibrium by Gente.
*** All images courtesy of The Stack