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No mat­ter the oc­ca­sion, we’ve got the per­fect spot to cel­e­brate.

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Joburg

The Marabi Club 47 Sivewright Ave, New Doorn­fontein 010 591 2879

With a jazzy am­bi­ence, live mu­sic and a range of tapas-style food of­fer­ings, Marabi is a treat for many of Joburg’s young pro­fes­sion­als. The tuna ce­viche with grilled onions (R90) is ex­cel­lent, as well as the mar­i­nated mush­rooms with ri­cotta cheese (R90). Litchi sor­bet with elder­flower soda (R70) adds to the at­trac­tion.

pi­galle 1 Cor­lett Dr, Mel­rose Arch, Mel­rose 011 684 2711 Char­ac­terised by its chic bar and pri­vate din­ing bal­conies that over­look the Mel­rose Arch Pi­azza, Pi­galle is the per­fect place for those cel­e­bra­tory oc­ca­sions that call for a trendy yet el­e­gant vibe. Set aside a few hours to in­dulge in the se­same seed Nor­we­gian salmon served with fresh avo (R110) and the Mediter­ranean kingk­lip topped with feta cheese and olives (R265). Add a choco­late fon­dant (R89) to the end, and it’s a night to re­mem­ber.

Che ar­gen­tine Grill 303 Fox St, Jeppestown 011 614 0264 Che is pop­u­lar for its au­then­tic Ar­gen­tinean dishes, and hap­pygo-lucky and re­lax­ing mood that’s per­fect for en­ter­tain­ing both big and small groups look­ing to party in an in­ti­mate set­ting. We en­joyed the beef em­panadas (R30), the aranita steak (R235) and the flan with dulce de leche (R54) for dessert.

Dur­ban

9Th av­enue bistro 9th Ave, Avon­more Cen­tre, Morn­ing­side 031 312 9134 When it comes to am­bi­ence, mu­sic and food, 9th Av­enue Bistro rules. En­joy clas­sic and con­tem­po­rary cui­sine cooked with care, like crispy fried cala­mari (R110) and slow-roasted pork belly (R110) to start. For mains, we loved the crispy duck (R225).

republik 217 Florida rd, Morn­ing­side 082 877 4614 If you want a cel­e­bra­tion with an elec­tric at­mos­phere, Republik is the place to be. En­joy deep-fried hal­loumi bites (R60) and spicy cala­mari (R65), then dive into the Republik 8.0 burger (R100) or chicken bunny chow (R120) – in­cred­i­ble value for money.

The Grill room 2 Light­house rd, the oys­ter box ho­tel, Umh­langa rocks 031 514 5000 Want to cel­e­brate like a celeb? Treat your­self to din­ner in The Grill Room, renowned for its fine din­ing rep­u­ta­tion and out­stand­ing fare. Start with the roasted pars­ley prawns (R190) or poached cray­fish (R220). Then tuck into the lemon grass kingk­lip (R290), which is pre­pared to per­fec­tion.

Cape Town

bil­boa 1 Vic­to­ria rd, the Prom­e­nade, Camps bay 021 286 5155 Re­laxed, cool and so­cial, this ocean-view spot stands out – and for good rea­son. Start with the grilled hal­loumi (R95), fol­lowed by the sword­fish (R175). Into shell­fish? The crispy prawns (R110) are a great op­tion, too.

up­per bloem 65 Main rd, green Point 083 886 8167 Up­per Bloem will sur­prise the un­sus­pect­ing diner with a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence like no other. Go for their full-course menu which in­cludes nine tapas of Cape Malay cui­sine, like hake sand­wiches and sa­lomies (R395 per per­son), and koe­sisters with cream (R35).

ar­cade 152 bree St, CBD 060 861 0511 This pop­u­lar resto-bar serves de­li­cious food by day and turns into the most talked about dance floor by night. Go for the steak prego roll (R115) or G-JO pizza (R100). End with great mu­sic and an In­sta­gram of the fa­mous pur­ple flu­o­res­cent light.

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