A night out enjoying good food, wine and company is certainly something every parent, everywhere longs for…. and I’m no different!
When the opportunity presents itself for an impromptu date night we grab it with both hands and run for the door!
One such evening arose recently when our son headed out for a party (ending at 9:30pm!!) the night before a public holiday. With only one child to concern ourselves with we decided to call in granny and see if she might be open to helping out by having our daughter for a sleep over…
Plans in place, we arrived at la Belle Bistro at the Alphen Hotel for dinner, set for an evening of just us!
I love la Belle, I’ve been here for many catch-up coffees and birthday teas. We even spent a night at the hotel not too long ago and enjoyed breakfast here as part of our stay. But until this visit I had no idea that the restaurant is now open for dinner too!
The atmosphere of the restaurant is wonderfully warm and cosy. It’s the ideal place to enjoy in winter thanks to it’s roaring fireplace and the warmness of the wooden bar (not to mention all the extra tempting “winter” calories on offer”).
Our starter salads were both great. I ordered the Grilled Haloumi & Kale salad with baby spinach, boiled eggs, quinoa and avocado served with a herb dressing. It was deliciously healthy! My husband opted for the Organic Tomato & Torn Mozzarella salad and I swiped a few tastes of this one too… it’s fresh flavours were too tempting… and I’m so glad I did. It was even more flavourful.
For mains we ordered more delicious wholesome food from the menu…
He ordered Spiced Lamb cutlets served on a flat bread with cumin, coriander, mint, garlic, red onion, micro greens & herbed yoghurt which was a tastebud treat while I opted for the Pomegranate Glazed Salmon Trout which could have been incredible but was, disappointingly, a bit overdone and dry. The good news is that there is an extensive new menu to try so don’t be dissuaded from popping in for your next date night… I’ve linked the entire menu below so you can decide on a different dish that you might like to try instead!
Finally we decided to share something sweet between the two of us. This is, after all, la Belle Bistro AND BAKERY! Like I said there were far too many tempting treats to ignore in the display cabinet and each one of them is worth trying at least once!
la Belle was a perfect date night venue. The service was great from both the waiter and the manager and the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable and we had the added bonus of not having to drive too far to fetch our son from his party in Constantia! Perfectly planned indeed!
Alphen Boutique Hotel
Alphen Drive, Constantia, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0) 21 795 6336
Daily from Monday to Sunday, 7am to 11pm