About Us

 

Unique dining experience in our private home with memoires from our travels.

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Our Story

Where It All Began

Vanessa Crichton, London trained chef, founder, and owner of Exquisite Tastes with in excess of 25 years’ of cooking experience has opened her private home to foodies. Vanessa’s passion for food started at a young age when her dad would get her involved in trying out new recipes for family gatherings and dinners. Cookbooks were a regular purchase as opposed to novels and magazines and travel as a child with her family was always a highlight. Holidays were exotic and spontaneous and finding the most popular restaurants where-ever they traveled was one of their greatest joys. As an adolescent, many Friday nights were spent at restaurants with her family rather than at parties with her friends. The sense of belonging and wonderful conversation that came from these evenings have become an integral part of LoveUmuch’s ideals. Sharing carefully prepared food around a table with friends and family is one of life’s most privileged blessings.

 

Our Story

Why?

Vanessa and Ross’s love of travel has formed the structure of LoveUmuch’s themed evenings. Vanessa will always use her creative genius to give each course her signature and this is where the anecdotal side of the fine dining experience comes in. It is her interpretation of the food that makes it such a special and personalized experience. Table settings vary according to each theme, so visiting LoveUmuch more than once will not become boring in the slightest.

So who is Ross and where does he fit in: Ross is Vanessa’s husband, her greatest fan and has gladly agreed to share their family home with foodies from far and wide. Ross’s penchant for travel, his adventurous and outgoing nature fits perfectly into his line of work being an event coordinator for driving tours both locally and internationally. A formidable team for sure.

Our Story

Why?

Vanessa and Ross’s love of travel has formed the structure of LoveUmuch’s themed evenings. Vanessa will always use her creative genius to give each course her signature and this is where the anecdotal side of the fine dining experience comes in. It is her interpretation of the food that makes it such a special and personalized experience. Table settings vary according to each theme, so visiting LoveUmuch more than once will not become boring in the slightest.

So who is Ross and where does he fit in: Ross is Vanessa’s husband, her greatest fan and has gladly agreed to share their family home with foodies from far and wide. Ross’s penchant for travel, his adventurous and outgoing nature fits perfectly into his line of work being an event coordinator for driving tours both locally and internationally. A formidable team for sure.

Places travelled

Dinners to date

Guests fed

Features

What We Offer

Unique Menus

Menus are developed and created by Vanessa with some input from Ross! Each month sees guests being treated to a 4 course menu that highlights the various countries the couple have travelled to. Each dinner varies slightly even if it’s in the same month. Menus are not divulged until LoveUmuch opens – making it even more exciting for guests

Fresh/Interesting Ingredients

We are always on the search for fresh and interesting ingredients, white broccoli was incorporated into our Portuguese themed evening, a first for everyone. Bacalhau was used in Bolinhos de bacalhau– not something you get to taste every day. Gorgeous micro herbs, variegated radishes and olive caviar are just a few goodies to mention that have found their way onto diners plates.

BYOB

Ever wondered when you would enjoy that ‘one of a kind’ fine wine or Champagne that you have had stashed away? LoveUmuch is the perfect evening to celebrate not only wonderful food but special and interesting wines. Enjoying a different varietal with each course will make your dining experience so much more memorable. Glasses, ice and JoziAqua are provided, however all other refreshments are to be brought by guests.

Corporate & Private Events

LoveUmuch is available for both corporate and private events. The venue can seat a maximum of 40 guests and minimum of 32. Whether you are celebrating a milestone birthday, business achievement, end of year function or just want to celebrate life and friendship, LoveUmuch is the perfect venue.

Friendly Intimate Venue

With LoveUmuch dinners being hosted in a private home, you will find yourself relaxing far more than in a stuffy restaurant. The open plan kitchen brings you straight into Vanessa’s world and you will be right in the midst of the plating and attention to detail that goes into every course. Our assistant chefs, Fi and Ephraim have been with Vanessa for more than 15 years each and are ably assisted by waiters Derek and Martin.

Dinner is 7 pm sharp and LoveUmuch closes no later than 11 pm.

Our Plans

With Vanessa’s passion for food and Ross’s penchant for driving the world’s most beautiful roads, our plan is to offer various driving tours incorporating beautiful food, amazing scenery and of course memories to last a lifetime. Imagine walking through beautiful food markets, sipping on unique wines, eating gorgeous food both locally and internationally. Watch this space.

Testimonials

What People are Saying

flavour explosion”

"In one word our eating experience was fantastic! But even more than that – each morsel of food was a taste and flavour explosion. Food pairing was interesting and delish. The dinner was a real treat. Do it – you won’t regret it ."

Gosia

“We loved everything”

"It was such an outstanding dinner last night. We all loved everything. They all loved the atmosphere and your house. It was very different to what any of them had experienced."

Julia

“Amazing”

“We’ve eaten all over the world, from Singapore to Italy, Germany to Thailand, Cape Town to Hong Kong … and let me tell you that “LoveUmuch Dining” is right up there with the world’s top restaurants! Not only in terms of the divine food, but also the unique experience, which is very much about being welcomed into the home belonging to Vanessa and Ross. It’s not just about the freshness of the food, nor is it exclusively about the taste … it’s the magic of everything combined that makes every mouthful something that you just want to repeat over and over again. Vanessa you can never stop what you are doing … ever!!! This is a must do for anyone who appreciates really good food and who loves and lives life to max!

Robert, Judith & Friends

"So delicious"

"We spent an amazing evening at LoveUmuch. Vanessa’s food took us on a wonderful journey and every course was so delicious. Thank you Ness and Ross, we will definitely be back ."

Tracey

 

Hours of Operation

 

Opening hours for bookings
09h00 – 17h00 Monday – Friday

Forthcoming dates:
18th March
25th March
1st April
8th April
6th May

LoveUmuch Dinners
19h00 – 23h00

 

Reservation Request*

 

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