When I saw a link on Facebook to an article ‘10 Best Restaurants in Cape Town 2017′  I was intrigued enough to read it. I found it an interesting reflection of restaurant and chef politics, in that ’14 of SA’s top chefs‘ fed back where ‘they go for a bite when they are not whipping up feasts in their own kitchens’. (more…)

The Top 12 12forward restaurants in Cape Town (but including the Winelands, more accurately) have been announced. They are available on the 12forward iPhone App, but will also be launched for Android shortly. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Poetry in the V & A Waterfront, and its Trainee Lynn. Lynn impressed with her proactiveness in finding a different size dress at the Cavendish branch, and encouraging me to buy two dresses to make use of the special offer the clothing store was offering just before the Festive days. Dealing with a number of clothing shops at that time, Lynn’s service was far superior to that experienced at other clothing stores. 



December has seen the opening of new restaurants Marigold, The Stepbrother, The Classic Car Bar, Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia, Thali, La Parada Del Mar in Camps Bay, and more.

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome information.

Restaurant Openings

#   La Parada Del Mar has opened in Camps Bay: http://www.whalecottage.com/blog/cape-town/restaurant-review-la-parada-del-mar-sizzles-in-camps-bay/ (more…)

It was at the opening of the MyUtopia yoga studio in the V&A Waterfront that I met Chantal Lascaris, writer of ‘All Sorts of Salads’ and wife of advertising industry guru Reg Lascaris. Chantal was so enthusiastic about her new book that she gifted me a copy. (more…)

Late last year Cape Town was named the most creative city of 2016, with eight other cities that ‘the creative class of 2016 (are) spending their time’, according to HowItTravel.   (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to the Langeberg Municipality, and to its staff member Kobus specifically, for repairing a stolen DB board at the Wahnfried theatre in McGregor, within a few hours of the theft being reported to the municipality. The award nomination comes from Wahnfried owner Michael MacKenzie.



2OceansVibe kicked off the new year with a ferocious attack on myself and my WhaleTales Blog earlier this week. They referred to a number of matters, even digging back to 2013, just to add bile to their ‘reporting’.  (more…)

Thank you to all concerned friends and Blog readers who have contacted me about the defamatory posts on Monday and Tuesday by 2OceansVibe. 2OceansVibe has looked for any opportunity to slate us since I asked the question four years ago as to why its owner Will Mellor should hide his true name, using the alias ‘Seth Rotherham’. (more…)

shimmy-beach-club-goldfishThe Sweet Service Award goes to Shimmy Beach Club and its GM Malcolm Moodie, its Deputy GM Stephan Fourie, the Shimmy Luxury Collection CEO Nicky van der Walt, and The Ritz GM Clayton Howard, for allowing me to see the fantastic Goldfish concert at Shimmy Beach Club earlier this week, and with it fantastic seating which enabled me to take excellent photographs and videos.  It is a world class act, and it filled me with pride to see how far this talented duo has come.  Impressive too was the ease of getting there with Uber, and then being shuttled to the Shimmy entrance.  (more…)

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