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Bring in 2016 in Style

If, like us, the end of 2015 has crept up on you unawares, then it’s time you made plans to celebrate its end and the beginning of a new and promising year ahead. We’ve earmarked a few great spots perfect for a celebratory dinner in Joburg, Durban and Cape Town worth booking.


Music on your tongue Set in Sandton, Maxmillien is set to offer up a feast a la carte for New Year’s, complete with a live pianist to help wash down the very last bits of 2015 easily. Make sure to book though, by visiting Italian flavour The menu at the famous La Cucina de Ciro in Parkhurst is everything you could wish for to see in the New Year, offering outstanding Italian fare by one of Joburg's most accomplished chefs. Be sure to book by visiting All aboard! If you're looking for a little more adventure, then book a dinner aboard The Spirit of Jen at Stonehaven for an evening of fun with the family. The two-hour cruise will take you up the Vaal river while you enjoy a five-course meal. Finish it off with a bit of dancing in the main restaurant at Stonehaven. Get all the details at Gastronomic symphony Spoil yourself and your loved ones with 'sophisticated festive cuisine' at top SA chef David Higgs's Five Hundred at the Saxon Hotel. With promised of this being 'the ultimate in experiential dining, with a creative symphony of food, wine and art, orchestrated to perfection', we think this would be a rather lovely way to spend the last evening of 2015. Find out more at


Dazzling style You haven't truly been to Durban until you've paid a visit to the Oyster Box Hotel, and what better way to do that than on the eve of 2016? Happily, the hotel's restaurants are ready to receive you in style with a vintage or Titanic-inspired theme. Get all the details at Bistro-chic celebrations For a more relaxed gastronomic experience, head on over to 9th Avenue Bistro where celebrations will kick off with a bit of sparkling wine and will proceed to a promising choice of appetizers before moving onto mains, pre-dessert, dessert etc., etc… because you tongue needs to celebrate too. Get all the info on this Facebook post. Food with a 360 view For some retro novelty, head on over to Roma Revolving restaurant in Durban city to experience some of the best views (and also ‘premium Italian gourmet food’) around. Get all the contact details over at

Cape Town

Drive your tastebuds wild Having recently moved to Silvermist Estate on Constantia Nek, La Colombe not only offers you outstanding haute cuisine, but also one of the most beautiful settings in town. So, if you're looking for a good balance of feast for both your eyes and tastebuds, this is your spot for New Year's Eve. Make a booking over at Dine Bond-style Azure restaurant at 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is bringing in the New Year in swish 007-style. A five-course meal will precede live music and an open dance floor for anyone keen to bring in the New Year with a two-step. Finally, the promise of Champagne as the clock strikes midnight will no doubt seal the deal. Be sure to book at Sink your teeth in Looking to sink your teeth into some excellent red meat dishes? Carne SA by celebrated Italian chef Giorgio Nava is an absolute must. Set in three locations - the City Bowl, on Kloof Street in Gardens and in Constantia - you'll experience a set menu of meaty proportions! Get the contact details of each at Wholesome family fun Meanwhile, a little outside of Cape Town you'll find family fun at Spier Wine Estate, where a three-course dinner and plenty of family activities, including live music, are bound to lead to a fun New Year's Eve celebration for all ages. Get all the details at