Wine and Dine your Love with these Valentine’s Dinner Ideas

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Impress your date, treat your partner, or go all out and do a dinner party for friends. This is our choice of Valentine’s dinner ideas, to help you make a splash during the month of love.

Sexy Starters for Valentine’s Dinner

Set the mood for your Valentine’s dinner with one of these appetisers.

Seared Tuna Canapé with Punchy Ponzu

Inspired by sashimi and bubbles, this sensational Seared Tuna Canapé will elevate your Valentine’s Day celebrations. The delicate tuna, whipped avo with lime, and the punchy Ponzu is a revelation. Serve with a glass of Graham Beck Brut.

Recipe for Seared Tuna Canapé with Punchy Ponzu

Tornado Prawns with Chilli Honey Sauce

Impress Valentine’s dinner guests with these divine kataïfi-wrapped prawns. Dunk into the chilli-honey sauce and enjoy with a glass of bubbly for the ultimate taste experience.

Recipe for Tornado Prawns with Chilli Honey Sauce

Valentine's dinner ideas
Valentine's dinner ideas

Oysters with Watermelon & Lime Granita

It’s no secret that oysters are aphrodisiacs, but did you know that watermelon is too? If you want to take things to the next level, this divine pairing will do the trick. The flavours of sweet watermelon and zesty granita against the satisfyingly briny oysters are sublime.

Recipe for Oysters with Watermelon & Lime Granita

Beef Carpaccio Canapés with Horseradish Cream

Hosting a Valentine’s dinner for friends? Bring on the bubbly and serve these mouthwatering Beef Carpaccio Canapés.

Recipe for Beef Carpaccio Canapés with Horseradish Cream

Confit Tomatoes with Whole Garlic & Thyme

This method of slow poaching of tomatoes in oil makes them soft and sweet. Serve alongside fresh or toasted bread, and mop up that delicious sauce!

Recipe for Confit Tomatoes

Baked Camembert with Roasted Figs & Caramelised Nuts

This Baked Camembert gets delectably gooey and is perfectly complemented by the sweet and sticky roast figs. Yum!

Recipe for Baked Camembert

Valentine's dinner ideas

Beef Tataki with Crispy Garlic

Tataki is like the beefy cousin of sashimi. Just lightly seared and served with tasty toppings. This is a celebratory starter for a special meal and looks very impressive, in case you’re out to impress anyone special…

Recipe for Beef Tataki

Gin Botanical Cured Trout

A stunning dish infused with the botanicals used in gin. Serve alongside a special gin cocktail to really kickstart the evening.

Recipe for Gin Botanical Cured Trout


The Main Attraction…

Go big or go home with these tasty mains.

Gnocchi in a creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

If food is the way to the heart, then this gnocchi dish will make them swoon.

Recipe for Gnocchi in a creamy Basil Pesto Sauce

Vegan Mixed Grain & Pulse Salad

Get their pulses racing with this delicious and filling salad – perfect for the vegan beau.

Recipe for Vegan Mixed Grain & Pulse Salad

Wagyu Denver Steak Salad with Pears, Blue Cheese & Walnuts

This is the ultimate steak salad, perfectly tender Wagyu with spicy rocket, sweet caramelised pears and punchy blue cheese. Your date will definitely feel the love.

Recipe for Wagyu Denver Steak Salad

Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle

This isn’t your average weeknight pasta! Although it looks complicated, this pasta is super simple to prepare and packs all those delicious flavours to make it a weekend special.

Recipe for Roasted Red Pepper & Mussel Tagliatelle

Pan-fried Calamari with Mayonnaise & Guacamole

Nothing like a good seafood platter to show the depths of your love – this calamari dish will definitely impress them.

Recipe for Pan-fried Calamari with Mayonnaise & Guacamole

Beef Short Rib Tacos with Stir-fried Vegetables

It’s always a good idea to break the ice by serving a dish you can only eat with your hands — it’s the best way to get comfortable with each other!

Recipe for Beef Short Rib Tacos


Swoonworthy Sweets…

End your Valentine’s meal on a sweet and sultry note – these ought to do the trick…

White Choc & Rose Water Panna Cotta with Rosé Fruit Compote

A divine treat to serve at the end of a sumptuous Valentine’s Day dinner. Serve with a glass or two of Big Easy Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé for the perfect pairing.

Recipe for White Chocolate & Rose Water Panna Cotta with Rosé Fruit Compote

Berry Cheesecake Bars

Love takes on many forms, including berry-swirl cheesecake bars. Savour these delights with a bottle of Durbanville Hills Rosé sparkling.

Recipe for Berry Cheesecake Bars

romantic dessert ideas
romantic dessert ideas

Sultry Liquid Chocolate & Whisky Sugar Cones

A cheeky dessert and the perfect nightcap, this dessert will warm their chest and heart.

Recipe for Sultry Liquid Chocolate & Whisky Sugar Cones

Berry Nice Chocolate Mousse with Blackberries & Cream

Spoonfuls of deliciously light, velvety and creamy mousse with a crumbly biscuit base – what more could they want?

Recipe for Berry Nice Chocolate Mousse with Blackberries & Cream

Raspberry & Rose Pavlova

Impress them with this showstopping and divine Pavlova topped with berries.

Recipe for Raspberry & Rose Pavlova

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

These whimsical and delicious ice cream sandwiches will set the mood for an evening of fun and romance.

Recipe for Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sandwiches

Valentine's dinner ideas

Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Malted Puffs

A decadent dark chocolate tart highlighted with a sprinkle of Maldon salt and crushed malted puffs. The perfect way to end a romantic Valentine’s dinner.

Recipe for Salted Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Malted Puffs

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

This is a lovely combination of tart berries, tangy cheesecake and rich chocolate.

Recipe for Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

Valentine's dinner ideas
Valentine's dinner ideas

Chocolate & Espresso Filled Domes

A chocolate Bavarian mousse filled with a white chocolate and coffee crémeaux, with a sticky hazelnut brownie biscuit – insanely delicious!

Recipe for Chocolate & Espresso Filled Domes

 Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

Because at the end of the day we all need a little self-love, especially if it’s in the form of chocolate.

Recipe for Self-Saucing Chocolate Pudding

Olive Oil Chocolate Torte with Mascarpone & Seasonal Berries

This torte is luscious and has a fudgy texture, it’s also surprisingly easy to make.

Recipe for Chocolate Torte

After Dinner Espresso Chocolate Truffles

This is an after-dinner indulgence that will wow your date!

Recipe for After Dinner Truffles

Lemon Curd Crème Brûlée

A twist on a classic French, this dessert is sure to impress your loved one!

Recipe for Lemon Curd Crème Brûlée

Yoghurt & Lime Tart

Lime adds a citrusy note to this yoghurt-based tart – bound to be a zingy end to a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner!

Recipe for Yoghurt & Lime Tart

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