Author Archives: Chris von Ulmenstein

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Sweet Service Award goes to Openserve; Sour Service Award goes to Comet Surveillance & Infrastructures (Pty) Ltd !

The Sweet Service Award goes to OpenServe, for their installation of a fibre internet line directly into my apartment, via a new internet provider. While they did not finish the job on the same day, they stayed until 19h00 to complete everything that they could, having to call in Telkom to fix a line problem at the pole. This happened promptly the following day, and my WiFi was up and running smoothly, and has not given a day’s problem in the past two months.  Continue reading →

Michelin-star JAN restaurant gets a younger brother, KLEIN JAN to open at Tswalu Kalahari; to open JAN Innovation Studio in Cape Town!

Fresh from the Easter weekend break, Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen made a dramatic announcement yesterday, introducing a new KLEIN JAN restaurant, to be established at Tswalu Kalahari Game Reserve, as well as a JAN Innovation Studio, set to open in Cape Town.  Continue reading →

Bo-Kaap declared a ‘Heritage protection overlay zone’!

At the end of March Bo-Kaap was declared a ‘Heritage protection overlay zone’ by the City of Cape Town, after a six year battle to prevent large property developments in the area, reported the Atlantic Sun. The heritage protection status awaits being published in the Provincial Gazette.  Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Queen Victoria Hotel Dash Restaurant and Bar French Pâtisserie offering creative, but service shocking!

Dash Restaurant at the Queen Victoria Hotel used to be my favorite restaurant, at a time when Chef Oliver Cattermole headed up the kitchen. A succession of chefs since Chef Oliver left made it harder for me to want to return. A chance experience of its French Pâtisserie selection yesterday afternoon shocked me, in that the restaurant manager and waitresses were so incompetent in their service, or rather, lack of.  Continue reading →

Former Gåte chefs create SŸN Development Group, release first details of their new Cape Town restaurant!

On Friday I was lucky to bump into Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King in Camps Bay, the two rockstar chefs who masterminded and led Gäte Restaurant at Quoin Rock wine estate outside Stellenbosch until the end of March, and to spend time with them to obtain first details about what they have planned for their new restaurant. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Top Stitch Tailors; Sour Service Award goes to Discovery Insure!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Top Stitch Tailors in the Piazza St John, for its amazing service in creating a skirt for me from two left over pieces of material, and adding an elasticised waist for it, within an hour of bringing it to them, and at the very low cost of R80!  Continue reading →

Rockstar chef team leaves Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock wine estate, set to open new doors in Cape Town!

Two weeks ago I heard a whisper about Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock Executive Chef Rikku O’Dönnchu and Head Chef Warwick King having left the restaurant that was destined to become South Africa’s number one restaurant in November this year, and was receiving international acclaim in the short time that it has operated since November 2018. Yesterday the news about the departure was confirmed by Quoin Rock as well as by Chef Rikku.

The chef team, operating as the SŸN Group, has announced that it will open a new restaurant in the Cape Town city centre by November.  Continue reading →

Chef Peter Tempelhoff leaves Greenhouse and The Liz McGrath Collection quietly!

It was in a recent review of FYN restaurant that I read a subtle message that its owner Chef Peter Tempelhoff has left The Liz McGrath Collection. This morning this was confirmed to me by the hotel group staff, Tempelhoff having left on 28 February 2019, and with it, his Executive Chef position of its flagship restaurant Greenhouse, as well as of the restaurants at The Plettenberg and The Marine Hotel.  Continue reading →

KAMERS Sweet Service Award; Woolworths Witchery Sour Service Award!

The Sweet Service Award goes to KAMERS, and their Marketing partner Magdel Kemp, who very kindly organised a refund of my entrance fee when I enquired why I no longer am on their mailing list, when I attended their pop up store at Jan van Riebeek School recently. It emerged that they had a very out of date email address for me on their system.  Continue reading →