Our extended family has grown over the years so Christmas gifting has had to change.

Instead of each person giving to all – and receiving umpteen (many superfluous) gifts, we draw names and each adult gives and receives one decent gift – within budget.

Well this year we were spoilt rotten.

And beyond budget.

We were treated to Tapas for two at Chefs Warehouse.

When the day arrived, we were rather excited, as this is totally out of our restaurant repertoire.

We arrive punctually at 6:30, and were shown to our table.

The setting at Beau Constantia is high up on the Constantiaberg Mountain, just at the neck, with views eastwards across the Cape Flats to the Hottentots Holland Mountains. Floor to ceiling windows allow you to feast your eyes on that breathtaking panorama, which as the day closes, transforms to a twinkling fairyland.

The tapas come in three courses of three, which is shared with your beloved.

The huge variety of explosive flavours, sauces, exotic presentation makes for a thrilling experience.

We chose the Pas de Nom red wine that is produced on the Beau Constantia estate.

Quite delicious.

We splashed out on fabulous desserts. I definitely think I chose the better – you can never go wrong with Crème Brûlée!

Our waitress was a darling.

One is rather closely connected to your waitress as she is personally involved in the meal.

The menu is presented with features pointed out. Each course is brought to your table, set out and described in detail. She then explained how to eat each dish.

She was gracious and sensitive.

It was a romantic and impressive evening that will be remembered as one of those special nights that are not forgotten.