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February 16, 2021

The lap of luxury & love: Arbour Café & Courtyard Birdhaven, Illovo

Sitting pretty in the heart of Birdhaven, Illovo is Johannesburg’s best kept secret, Arbour Cafe & Courtyard. Set up with little France in mind the space has a warmth to it that compels you to sit under the stars on a dreamy summers night by the fire place, a courtyard draped in fairy lights, surrounded by incredible company and immaculate food, Arbour Cafe and Courtyard has an undeniably infectious energy.

The menu is mouthwatering, giving your pallet a vibrant selection consisting of galettes, omelettes, a build your own breakfast, croissants, health bowls, salads, sandwiches, crepes, delicious desserts, a pallet cleanser topped with a prestigious Veuve Clicquot or a wide selection of wines. There are various set menu’s which include food suitable for vegetarians, to duck lovers, as well as those who are gluten free w numerous side options. As an extension of the Arbour Café & Courtyard nothing beats a Gourmet Grocer that provides freshly baked bread, freshly brewed coffee and an array of organic imported produce to purchase and take home with you as a piece of the cafe. Valentine’s Day is here and this perfectly luxurious café is ready to welcome you and yours. In the spirit of love why not celebrate the romance of a Valentine’s Evening either Saturday, 13 February 2021 or Sunday, 14 February 2021.

Please note that the evening is subject to bookings only. To book and secure your seat, kindly email here or 010 753-2007. This is subject to alcohol availability as per government regulations. If alcohol is still prohibited, a refund for the champagne will be made. Also keep in mind that all COVID-19 safety regulations and protocols including curfew are to be practiced for your safety.

Space is extremely limited due to these rules and regulations, so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Organisers may cancel and/or postpone their Valentine’s Day arrangements at any given time. Please contact the organisers for more information, availability, booking and safety procedures in place. Bookings are essential.

Arbour Café’s Valentine’s Evenings on Saturday, 13 February & Sunday, 14 February 2021

Starter:: (choose 1)
Baked brie with pecan nuts & cranberry chili (V)
Smoked salmon & dill crème fraïche phyllo cup
Creamy wild mushroom phyllo cups (V)

Palate Cleanser: Blissful berry

For Mains: (choose 1)
Chicken fillets with a light creamy white wine, sundried tomatoes, spinach & feta sauce
Crispy duck confit with a 5-spice cherry sauce
250g Aged ribeye steak with herbed béarnaise or Wild mushroom linguini, truffle & parmesan shavings (v)

Sides with the mains: Roasted sweet potatoes with chilli ginger & honey, green beans; broccoli tossed in lemon butter; and roasted butternut and beetroot

Dessert: Salted caramel & apple crêpe with vanilla ice cream
Star anise cinnamon crème brûlée
Hot chocolate lava pot with vanilla ice cream


2 x 4 course meals
2 x glasses of Veuve Brut
R1095 for 2

Option 2:
2 x 4 course meals
2 x glasses of Veuve Rose
R1295 for 2

Option 3:
2 x 4 course meals
1 x bottle of Veuve Brut
R1695 for 2

Option 4:
2 x 4 course meals
1 x bottle of Veuve Rose
R1895 for 2

For bookings visit  Arbour Café reservations or call 011 788 4111

Written by Tamarsha Khanyile for Luxuria Lifestyle South Africa

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