Author Archives: Chris Von Ulmenstein

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Sweet Service Award goes to The Blanc Canvas; Sour Service Award goes to OLC Experiential!

The Sweet Service Award goes to The Blanc Canvas and its owner Lisa, inside Oxford Stationers at the Gardens Centre. I had three small paintings and drawings bought on my recent trip framed, and they were completed within a week, at a very reasonable price. 

 

 

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Patr贸n Perfectionists 2019 SA cocktail competition finals has highest number of female finalists, but won by Cause & Effect mixologist David van Zyl!

On Thursday evening I attended the 2019 Finals of the Patrón Perfectionists tequila cocktail competition at Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy Bar in the Waterfront, after a first part of the event had been held at Foliage in Franschhoek earlier in the day. Despite the largest number of female finalists over the past three years of the South African participation in the competition, the 2019 SA finals was won by David van Zyl, mixologist at Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen! Continue reading →

Chef Jean Delport becomes second SA Chef to head up a Michelin star restaurant, at Interlude at Leonardslee in the UK!


The most exciting news for the South African restaurant industry is that Interlude, at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in the UK, was crowned with a 2020 Michelin star today, the kitchen headed up by South African Chef Jean Delport, formerly of Benguela on Main in Somerset West. It follows in the footsteps of JAN restaurant in Nice, owned by South African Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, which also has one Michelin star. It may be no coincidence that both chefs studied at the very under the radar Zevenwacht Chef School.  Continue reading →

Patr贸n Perfectionists 2019 sees more women mixologist SA finalists! Part One

On Thursday I attended Patrón Perfectionists 2019, a two-prong event that was held in Franschhoek and in the Waterfront to select the winner of the 2019 Patrón Tequila cocktail competition, out of a finalist list of 15 mixologists from around the country. Cape Town mixologist David van Zyl of Cause & Effect Cocktail Kitchen won the competition, winning an entry into the Global Finals against 21 other mixologists in Mexico in January 2020.

This Blogpost focuses on Part One of the Patrón Perfectionists event. Part Two follows tomorrow. 

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Sweet Service Award goes to Straatwerk; Sour Service Award goes to Twelve Apostles Hotel!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Straatwerk and their workers, who have helped me clean up in Camps Bay on numerous weekends, to weed the stream that I look after near the Tidal Pool, and to remove litter underneath bushes along Victoria Road. They are energetic, friendly, and dedicated in the work that they do, despite their very tough lives and backgrounds. Seeff is doing a fantastic job in sponsoring the work of Straatwerk to the benefit of the Camps Bay community. Continue reading →

New Exhibit A Fine-Dining restaurant of Chefs Rikku 脫鈥橠onnch眉 and Warwick King opens on 1 November, Proudly South African focus with international twist!

Last week I enjoyed the special Heritage Day lunch at pop-up SŸN restaurant on Bree Street, and after the lunch I heard the first details of the permanent fine-dining restaurant opening on 1 November, to be called Exhibit A. The restaurant will be located on the 3rd floor of the Villa 47 building at 47 Bree Street. Yesterday I returned to the restaurant to hear more details from the chefs about their new 46-seater restaurant.  Continue reading →

Eat Out announces details of the 2019 Awards lunch : Sunday 17 November seals the fate of our country鈥檚 top restaurants!

On Sunday 17 November, from midday to midnight, the country’s top restaurants will be celebrated and will celebrate their performance in the hotly contested 2019 Eat Out Awards. Could there be another upset in the number one slot, as happened last year when The Test Kitchen slipped into second position, after number one winner Restaurant at Waterkloof? Continue reading →

Diners Club Winelist Awards 2019 top Icon Award status goes to two Gauteng restaurants!

The most coveted 2019 Diners Club Winelist Award, its Icon Award, recognising restaurants that meet all the requirements of a Diamond Award, but also feature an extensive collection of international wines, as well as Reserve and vintage wines, having a sommelier on the floor, and having ‘a deep interest in wine curation’, were awarded to Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient Boutique Hotel in Pretoria, and the Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa in Johannesburg. This is the second year that the Icon Awards have been presented, to both restaurants.  Continue reading →

Boudha Lounge serves authentic Cantonese cuisine in town, DJ Ren茅 plays Tuesdays in October!

On Thursday I was invited to try the newish Boudha Lounge on Buiten Street, in the block between Loop and Long streets, offering Cantonese cuisine. Its marketing is managed by well-known Justin Paul Jansen, and his formula is to offer a restaurant and bar service to guests, as well as a DJ box, with a line-up of different DJs on different evenings. DJ René will play on Tuesday evenings, from 19h00 until late. Continue reading →