In Cape Town Tintswalo is a magical word. An exclusive destination with a password, or a special connection to be able to dine there. My Parisian friend Aurélie Jullien and I had the pleasure of enjoying our dinner there on Saturday evening, the crowning glory of a fantastic False Bay sightseeing trip.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Sorbet Sea Point, and its Manager Marie-Zanne, who patiently listened to my service complaint about a visit earlier this week. I was left with wax marks on my legs that I could not clean with nail polish remover (the only remedy I could think of!), and she invited me to come back for the marks to be removed. I also told her about the poor service when I paid, the Clicks Club Card having to be swiped too when one pays, for points, but I realised that this had not been done for a number of my past monthly visits! While she could not give me the points retrospectively as they have changed their computer system, she was honest enough to acknowledge that there have been service issues at their reception. The receptionist Megan also refused to give me the number of the Manager. Kindly she has given me her cellphone number directly! (more…)

About three weeks ago I visited Franschhoek for the day, and saw an amazing collection of brand new SA gin brands at Siegies on Huguenot, all being striking in being unknown to me, and each having very distinctive packaging. Autograph Gin was one of these, and it was one of the brands which I photographed and posted on Instagram and Facebook. On Monday I ‘met’ the brand and its Master Distiller Matt Beech, at the Autograph Distillery in Stellenbosch, a goosebump experience, the second of my day!  (more…)

 

In an interesting move not seen before, La Colombe announced that its Restaurant Manager Jennifer Hugé would be leaving, after 14 years, to join a new city centre restaurant, but without providing details. Yesterday, the details were revealed, Hugé joining forces with Chef Ashley Moss in Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s new FYN Restaurant. The La Colombe restaurant group has no link to the new restaurant. 

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Yesterday I had the goosebump experience of being introduced to the new-in-the-making Gåte at Quoin Rock restaurant at the Quoin Rock winery outside Stellenbosch, which is destined to become a superlative Fine Dining dinner experience, probably the best this country has ever seen!  (more…)

A chance bumping into the new Table Bay Hotel Pastry Chef LeeAndra Govender on a walk in Camps Bay a week ago, led to her invitation to try the new Afternoon Tea offering, which she had redesigned. I brought my Parisian friend Aurélie Jullien with me, to enjoy this treat. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Chair Crazy, for its good and quick service in the purchase of a table I was looking for to write at, white, square, and 750 mm high. I had looked at three other furniture sh0ps, and would have had to compromise on the size of the table, its color, and its availability. The table at Chair Crazy was the last one I saw, offered a choice of legs, I choosing the one with the most leg space, in black, was half the price to those I’d seen before, and was available immediately, quickly wrapped up in bubble wrap, and carried to my car a few blocks away. It is perfect in all respects! (more…)

No food TV series has attracted as much attention as has Chef’s Table, the first series having been screened in 2016. Focusing originally on World 50 Best Restaurant chefs in the first four series, the fifth series, which began broadcast last Friday, focuses on a diverse mix of chefs with a story and passion: Cristina Martinez, a Mexican chef living in Philadelphia, and serving the Mexican speciality Barbacoa; Musa Dagdeviren focusing on preserving Turkish foods in Istanbul; Bo Songvisava preserving Thai food in Bangkok; and Albert Adriá in Barcelona, creating brand new cuisine. Three of the four chefs featured wish to preserve the tradition and heritage of the food they grew up with, whereas Chef Adrian Adria focuses on the future, reinventing food to make it exciting and unique.  (more…)

 I have had the privilege of being briefed on the updated plans for the restaurant brands of the recently created Cowboys and Cooks hospitality and restaurant operations and consultancy group, to initially consist of 18 restaurants. 
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The 34th Cape Winemakers Guild Auction achieved a record R10,6 million in sales on Saturday, held at the Spier Conference Centre, with wines of the wine industry greats sold and bid for by top wine collectors, including a mix of hospitality and private buyers.  (more…)

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