Category Archives: Bo-Kaap

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 54 of Level 1, 13 November 2020.


Friday 13 November 2020, Day 54 of Level 1, Day 232 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lucky Friday the 13th; for a cooler day, misty at first, and then warming up, with lovely cloud art in the sky; for a productive working morning; for time for a Camps Bay walk, without much litter, and happy to see the yellow plastic broken fence protectors placed upright again in Bali Bay by the City of Cape Town; for an easy drive to Delos in Woodstock, to drop something off; for a very productive client status meeting; for shopping for first German Christmas baked goods at the German Food Shop above Dinkel Bakery on Kloofnek Road; for a German shop at Hartlief in the Garden’s Centre, as well as at Chocolate by Tomes, my favorite chocolate shop; for a catch up call from Stuart Bailey; for a smooth end to a busy week; for dancing to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

‘Around my Table’ by Denise Cowburn-Levy a mouthwatering Food Travel Book to Cape Town, the West Coast, Greece, Italy, and Thailand!


At the launch of the first book by Denise Cowburn-Levy at Bokeh Creative Space in Sea Point last night, I was lucky to win a copy of her book ‘Around my Table’, for knowing the answer to a question relating to Chef Liam Tomlin, described by Denise as her mentor.  The 260 page book is part memoir, part travel book to the West Coast, Greece, Italy, and Thailand, and part recipe book, with food associations with each region and country of her travels, including those of Cape Town. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 1, 15 October 2020.


Thursday 15 October 2020, Day 25 of Level 1, Day 203 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for another sunny day, at 22C; for another social and eating-out day; for a peaceful day and one of spoiling; for a short surprise visit for tea by Vivian Warby; for discovering Bo-Kaap Deli, now less than half the size of the former Batavia Café, meeting the owner Munier, and being impressed with the canopies erected over the pavements, given the reduced seating space inside; for a lovely catch up lunch with Michael MacKenzie at Oxalis Eatery in Wale Street; for chatting to Rafael and Marta, owners of OpenWine, which they have reopened on Wale Street, and meeting the most stunning Brazilian-South African Miguel there, singing my Blog praises – see the video 😱💙; for a walk through Camps Bay, happy to see that the City of Cape Town has erected safety barriers where the fence came down in the wind storm on Victoria Road, even if it took them two weeks to erect them; for a chat with Law Enforcement Officer Ivor Ramsay, always welcoming me into his office; for being happy for a big operation of removing Homeless structures around Maiden’s Cove and below Camps Bay High today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Utopia Restaurant towers above all other restaurants in Cape Town, excellent elevated dining!


In my mind the Silo Hotel in the Waterfront was Cape Town highest restaurant and bar, although more bar on the 11th floor and restaurant on the 6th floor. A year ago that record was broken by Utopia when it opened as an Upmarket Bistro, in the Mirage building in De Waterkant, on the 15th floor, offering dining with a 360 degree view of the Mother City.

I was invited to try the 120-seater restaurant, which is a member of my Lockdown Sit-Down, Deliveries and Collection Facebook Group, for Lunch on Saturday, experiencing its Elevated Dining Restaurant and Bar.

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Updated list of Restaurants which have reopened since the lifting of the Alcohol ban!


Not all restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands reopened immediately after the lifting of the Alcohol ban on 18 August. A number of finer dining establishments held back, and have reopened of late, or are doing so later this month.

Below is an updated list of restaurants that have announced their first Sit-Down service since the start of Lockdown, followed by the List that have been operating a Sit-Down Service since the start of Advanced Level 3 on 29 June.


PLEASE NOTE: it is not cool to copy and paste my full or a part of my lists of Restaurants below without my permission or credit to me! You are welcome to share my Blogpost as a whole. 


Latest Restaurant reopenings

Bouchon Bistro, CBD

Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George, CBD

FYN Restaurant, CBD

Aubergine Restaurant, Gardens

Salsify at The Roundhouse, Camps Bay (weekends only)

The 41, Camps Bay (4 September)

Hard Rock Café, Camps Bay

The Bungalow, Clifton

Decameron, Stellenbosch

Jardine’s, Stellenbosch

Overture, Stellenbosch

De Warenmarkt, Stellenbosch

Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West (mid-September)

Wolfgat, Paternoster

Ocean Basket, Camps Bay

Entrée, Franschhoek

Tintswalo Kitchen, Tintswalo Atlantic, Hout Bay

Prim Reddy Chapter, Table View

SeaBreeze, Bree Street

Batavia Café, Bo-Kaap (new owners)

Chocolate Bistro, Durbanville

Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Franschhoek

Blanko, Alphen Hotel

The Test Kitchen (October)

Greenhouse Restaurant, Cellars-Hohenhort

Cowboys & Cooks, De Waterkant

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen, Bree Street

Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers, Waterfront

Firefish, Waterfront

Bones, The Palms

The Wild Fig

TrenchTown, Observatory

La Mouette, Sea Point

French Connection Bistro, Franschhoek.

Wolfgat, Paternoster

Anatoli, De Waterkant

Nelson’s Eye, Gardens

Woolworths WCafé, Waterfront

The Grand Africa & Café, Granger Bay


Restaurant reopenings since 29 June

City Centre/CBD

Vicious Virgin Bar, Wale Street

Tiger’s Milk, Kloof Street

Grub & Vine, Bree Street (9/7)

The Chef’s Studio, Bree Street (10/7)

Café Charles, De Waterkant

Osteria Tarantino, De Waterkant

Liquorice & Lime, Kloof Street

Arnold’s, Kloof Street

Peppertree Café, Kloof Street

Kloof Street House, Kloof Street

Yours Truly, Kloof Street

Manna Epicure, Kloof Street

Black Sheep, Kloof Street

Knead Bakery, Kloof Street

Dinkel Bakery, Kloofnek Road

El Burro Taqueria, Kloofnek Road

Izakaya Matsuri, The Rockwell, Green Point.

The Cousins, Barrack Street

RCaffe, Long Street


The Woodlands Eatery, Vredehoek

Pilcrow & Cleaver, Parliament Street

Cafe Zör, Bo-Kaap

Villa Portuguese Tavern, Gardens

Cattle Baron, De Waterkant

Surfa Rosa, Harrington Street

Belly of the Beast, Harrington Street

KONG Bar & Grill, De Waterkant

Truth Coffee, Buitengracht Street

Freddie Freeloader, Salt River

Col’Cacchio, V&A Waterfront

Den Anker, V&A Waterfront

DipnDip, V&A Waterfront

Willoughby’s, V&A Waterfront

Si, Silo District, V&A Waterfront

Mozambik, V&A Waterfront

Tasha’s Waterfront

Plant Café, Buiten Street

Woodstock Lounge, Woodstock

The Mash Tun, Woodstock

Scarpetta, Woodstock

Pot Luck Club, Woodstock

Bootlegger Garden’s Centre, Harrington Street, 112 Kloof Street, KSV Kloof Street, Woodstock Quarter, Aquarium, Salt River

The Dry Dock Taverna, Paarden Eiland

Honest Chocolate Café, Wale Street

Folk Café, Bree Street

Villa 47, Bree Street

Restaurant Review: Villa 47 offers a fabulous feast, excellent Lockdown Winter Special!

Iron Steak & Bar, Bree Street

Burger & Lobster, Bree Street

Love thy Neighbour, Kloof Street

District Café, Woodstock

Bean Tree Café, Observatory

Eatstanbul, Gardens

The Dog’s Bollocks, Gardens

Lazari, Gardens

Miller’s Thumb, Gardens

The Public House, Gardens

Robin Hood Burgergrill, Gardens

Ben Wei, Gardens

Fat Cactus, Gardens

Osteria Tarantino, De Waterkant

Hemelhuijs, Waterkant Str

Bouchon Bistro, Hout Street

Societi Bistro, Orange Street

JC Brasserie & Pub, Zonnebloem

Dias Tavern Portuguese Restaurant, Zonnebloem


Sea Grill


Coimbra Bakery/Pie in the Sky Bakery

Fat Cactus, Mowbray

Ben Wei, Wembley Square


Atlantic Seaboard

La Mouette, Sea Point.

Posticino, Sea Point

Avron’s Place, Sea Point

Sundoo, Sea Point

My Sugar, Sea Point

Syriana Middle Eastern Restaurant, Sea Point

Duchess of Wisbeach, Sea Point

Persian Peacock, Sea Point

The Shop, Sea Point

Ubon Thai, Sea Point

NV-80, Sea Point

The Press, Sea Point

Regent Burger Bar, Sea Point

Ninety One – Indian Restaurant, Sea Point

Goldies, Sea Point

Mischu Coffee, Sea Point

Mykonos Taverna, Sea Point

Moro, Sea Point

My Sugar, Sea Point

Coco Safar, Sea Point

Gelato Mania, Sea Point

Brad’s Grill, Sea Point

Tao’s Yum Dim Sum & Crazy, Mojo Market, Sea Point

Mishy Coffee, Sea Point

LandsCape Art Garden Centre Coffee Shop, Sea Point

Rockpool, Three Anchor Bay

Stepbrothers, Bantry Bay

La Belle Camps Bay

SurfShack, Camps Bay

Bilbao, Camps Bay

Paranga, Camps Bay

Col’Cacchio, Camps Bay,

Dizzy’s, Camps Bay

Caprice, Camps Bay

Mynt Restaurant & Bar, Camps Bay

Vida e Caffe, Camps Bay

Tiger’s Milk, Camps Bay

Plant, Camps Bay,

Sunset Session, Camps Bay

Kauai, Camps Bay

Primi, Camps Bay (opening next week)

Zenzero, Camps Bay

Hussar Grill, Camps Bay

The Bungalow, Clifton (week of 13/7)

Lily’s, Mouille Point

Bobo’s, Mouille Point

Sotano, Mouille Point

Hussar Grill, Mouille Point

Giovanni’s, Mouille Point

The Butcher Shop & Grill, Mouille Point

Sawadee Thai, Green Point

Cafe Extrablatt, Green Point

Mano’s, Green Point

Pigalle, Green Point (opening 10/7)

El Burro, Green Point

Posticino, Hout Bay

Suikerbossie, Hout Bay

Eat Restaurant, Hout Bay Manor, Hout Bay

Cheyne’s, Hout Bay

Massimo’s, Hout Bay

Quentin at Oakhurst Barn, Hout Bay

Restaurant Review: Quentin at Oakhurst Barn serves Cape Country Cuisine, blends Brit & Boer in his eclectic decor!

La Cuccina, Hout Bay

Deus Café, Hout Bay

Indian Oven, Hout Bay

Delish, Hout Bay

Souvla Stix, Hout Bay

Woodcutter’s Arms, Hout Bay

Cassaregio, Hout Bay

Pelican, Hout Bay

Mariner’s Wharf, Hout Bay

Bugatti’s, Hout Bay

Dunes, Hout Bay

Deus Café, Hout Bay

Papino’s, Hout Bay

Caffiene, Hout Bay

Bootlegger Bakoven, Cape Quarter, Green Point, Point Mall, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay,

Tintswalo Kitchen, Hout Bay

Tintswalo Kitchen Restaurant opens to local diners, for lunch and dinner, kitchen headed up by former Shortmarket Club chef!

Southern Suburbs

La Belle, Alphen Hotel, Constantia

Blanco, Alphen Hotel, Constantia

La Colombe, Constantia

La Parada, Constantia Nek

Blanco, Constantia (6/7)

Foxcroft, Constantia

Cattle Baron, Constantia

Tasha’s, Constantia

Botanicum, Constantia

Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia, Constantia

Knead, Constantia

Pedlars Deli, Constantia

The Bay Restaurant at False Bay Restaurant, Constantia

Ellen Jay, Constantia Fabrics, Constantia

The Blockhouse Kitchen, Constantia

The Skotness, Norval Foundation, Constantia (9/7)

The Clubhouse @ Claremont Cricket Club, Constantia

Tryn, Steenberg, Constantia

Nest Deli, Constantia Uitsig, Constantia

Botanicum, Constantia

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (26/7)

Tiger’s Milk, Muizenberg

Lucky Fish & Chips, Muizenberg

Knead, Muizenberg

Lucky Fish n Chips, Kalk Bay

Cape to Cuba, Kalk Bay

Harbour House, Kalk Bay

Dalebrook Café, Kalk Bay

Lekker, Kalk Bay

Sirocco, Kalk Bay

Olympia Café & Deli, Kalk Bay

The Courtyard Café, Kalk Bay

Harbour House, Kalk Bay

Ohana Café, Kalk Bay

Satori Italian, Hout Bay

Kalky’s Fish & Chips, Kalk Bay

Fynkos Kirstenbosch Tea Room, Kirstenbosch

The Deli at AP Jones, Fish Hoek

Imperial Gardens Restaurant, Fish Hoek

Fran’s Place, Simon’s Town

Saveur Restaurant, Simon’s Town

The Lighthouse Café, Simon’s Town

Dixie’s Restaurant, Glencairn

Saltwater Grill, Pinelands

Magica Roma, Pinelands

Cattle Baron, Pinelands

Pizzeria Villagio, Pinelands

Quince, Diep River

Restaurant Review: There are no quinces on the menu at Quince Restaurant, poor Covid compliance!

Bee Jay’s Restaurant, Plumstead

Al’s Place, Rondebosch

Col’Cacchio, Cavendish, Claremont

Mugg & Bean, Cavendish, Claremont

Knead Vineyard Road, Claremont

Toscana Pizza, Claremont

The Lime Tree Café, Bergvliet

Mykonos Taverna, Newlands

Mama Roma, Newlands

Basilica, Newlands

Copper Club Eatery, Newlands

Knead Dean Street, Newlands

Hussar Grill, Rondebosch

Fresh Ayres Restaurant, Mowbray

Knead Palmyra

Bootlegger Claremont, Kenilworth, Tokai, Muizenberg, Kalk Bay

Moksh Indian Restaurant, Kenilworth

Jakes on the Common, Noordhoek

Whole Earth Café, Scarborough

Tashreeqa’s, Crawford

The Eatery Woodfired Grill

Olive Branch, Diep River

The View at the Terrace at Chart Farm, Wynberg

Four & Twenty Café, Wynberg


Northern Suburbs

Saltwater Grill, Durbanville

RocoMamas, Durbanville

Tables at Nitida, Durbanville

Cattle Baron, Durbanville

Everts Opstal, Durbanville

The Olive Bistro, Durbanville

Carlucci’s, Meerendal, Durbanville

Hillcrest Restaurant, Durbanville

Knead, Durbanville

Bossa, Durbanville

Cattle Baron Van Riebeekshof, Koelenhof

Café Chameleon,

Knead Panorama

Cattle Baron, Plattekloof

Silver Spur, Bellville

Yummy Zone, Bellville

Tiger’s Milk, Blouberg

Ons Huisie, Blouberg

Jerry’s, Blouberg

Cattle Baron, Table View

McPherson’s, Table View

Driftwood Café, Table View

Primi, Table View

Blowfish, Table View

Cape Town Fish Market, Big Bay

Cattle Baron, Tyger Waterfront

Ocean Basket, N1 City

Café Latino, N1 City

Panarotti’s, N1 City

Texas Spur, N1 City

Navaho Spur, Brackenfell

Ocean Basket, Glengarry

Ocean Basket, Plattekloof


RocaMamas, Willowbridge

Cafe Latino, Willowbridge

Primi, Canal Walk

RocaMamas, Canal Walk

La Rocco, Canal Walk

Brocka, Canal Walk

Bootlegger, Century City

Brick Lane Eatery, Century City

Mexico Spur, Canal Walk

Dale’s Black Angus, The Paddocks

Aragula, Welgemoed Forum

Bossa Soneike

La Bien

No Ordinary Burger (NOB), Tygervalley

Café Latino, Tygervalley

Cattle Baron, Saxenburg, Kuils River

Die Damhuis, Melkbosstrand

Cup & Cake, Eden on the Bay



Cattle Baron, Stellenbosch

Delaire Restaurant, Delaire Graff, Stellenbosch

Indochine, Delaire Graff, Stellenbosch

96 Winery Road, Stellenbosch

Restaurant Barrique, Stellenbosch

Kunjani, Stellenbosch

Jordan Bakery, Stellenbosch

Knorhoek, Stellenbosch

Spek & Bone, Stellenbosch

Eike, Stellenbosch

The Table at De Meye, Stellenbosch

Bootlegger, Stellenbosch

De Warenmarkt, Stellenbosch

Joostenberg Bistro, Stellenbosch

Avontuur, Stellenbosch

The Vine Bistro, Glenelly, Stellenbosch

Mountain & Moon Bistro, Paarl

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate, Paarl

Paarl Copper Club, Paarl

Die Kelder, Paarl

Fairview, Paarl

Back’s, Paarl

Kikka, Paarl,

Jackson & Black, Paarl,

Bossa, Paarl

Knus Karoo Kombuis, Paarl

Deja Brew, Strand

De Brasserie, Strand

Jeff’s Bistro, Strand

Sage & Thyme, Somerset West

Camphors at Vergelegen

Henri’s Restaurant, Somerset West

Idiom Tasting Centre, Somerset West

Orangerie, Le Lude, Franschhoek

La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek

Roca, Franschhoek

Protegé, Franschhoek

Bovine, Franschhoek

Villamar, Wellington


Other areas

Gabrielskloof, Caledon

Charr’d, Hermanus

Mogg’s Country House, Hermanus

Pearly’s, Langebaan

Hillbilly Farm, Wolseley

Darling Brew Tasteroom , Darling

Zest Restaurant, Gordon’s Bay

Peaberry Café, Malmesbury


Lockdown Restaurant Sit-Down, Food & Alcohol Delivery & Collection Facebook Group link:


Photo Credit: Taken by Chris von Ulmenstein at Tintswalo Atlantic.  


Details of restaurants reopening for Sit-Down Service are highly appreciated.


About Chris von Ulmenstein

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Western Cape Province and Wesgro invite locals to visit the Cape with #WeAreOpen campaign!


September has traditionally become Tourism Month, starting with Spring Day on 1 September. While the weather is not playing along for visitors at the moment, it is heartening to see the Western Cape Province and Wesgro working together to invite South Africans to visit the Cape, launching its #WeAreOpen’ marketing campaign today.

Coinciding with the start of Tourism Month is the reopening of the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, as well as the Two Oceans Aquarium. A host of museums throughout the province have opened too.  Continue reading →

Unbanning of alcohol sales is not preventing Cape Town & Winelands restaurants from closing down, yet a few new ones are bravely opening! (September 2020)


On my latest Restaurant Closure list I have more than 70 Restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands which have closed down, an increase of 20 Restaurant Closures in the past month. Sadly the unbanning of Alcohol has not prevented further Restaurant Closures in Cape Town and the Winelands in the past month.

The Restaurant Closure and Opening Lists are updated continuously throughout the month.

The Restaurant industry is one of the hardest hit due to the Corona Virus in South Africa, having had to endure five weeks of complete closure, then restricted to Food Deliveries in May, allowed to offer Alcohol Sales and Food Collections during June, and now allowed to offer Sit-Down Service without on-site alcohol consumption since Monday 29 June.  As an industry employing an estimated 800000 employees, the UIF and TERS problems it has had to endure in receiving (or not) staff payment has exacerbated the state of the restaurant industry, described by Chefs Warehouse Chef Liam Tomlin earlier this week as being reduced to nothing more than one of Coffee shops! A number of restaurants have decided to reopen for Sit-Down Service for the first time since the Lockdown, given that they can now offer on-site consumption of alcoholic beverages, while some will continue to offer the Delivery and Collection of Food.

A shock closure announced by Chef Luke Dale Roberts during Lockdown Level 5 was that of The Shortmarket Club.  Myoga at the Vineyard Hotel, Buitenverwachting Restaurant (under the guidance of Chef Edgar Osojnik for the past 20 years), The Stack, Clarke’s, Exhibit A of top chef Rikku O’Donnchü, Terroir at Klein’s Zalze, and The Kitchen of Karen Dudley have also thrown in the towel, with many other Restaurants too.  (see below)

New restaurant openings seem unlikely in the next few months, with winter lying ahead, and restaurant cash flows depleted due to the Corona Lockdown. Chef Peter Tempelhoff announced the opening of a new ‘funky’ restaurant in Cape Town on Kfm a few months ago, but no further details of its name, location, or opening date are known. A good news story is the reopening of Tintswalo Kitchen, with a new name, new menu, and headed up by Executive Chef Sean Klebbe, formerly of The Shortmarket Club. Surprisingly Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg has left his own restaurant Janse & Co, but his future plans have not yet been revealed, other than that his next venture will be in Cape Town. The Village n Life Group, owners of The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay, Pezula in Knysna, and The Farmhouse Hotel in Langebaan, is looking for ‘dynamic operational teams to take over incredible restaurant spaces’. 


PLEASE NOTE:  The List of Restaurant Closures below is the property of WhaleTales Blog, and may not be copy-and-pasted. It may only be used and shared as a Blogpost:

Restaurant Closures since Lockdown:

#   The Shortmarket Club

#    La Bottega in Woodstock.

#    Empire Café in Muizenberg.

#    SMAK Delicatessen and Eatery.

#    Buitenverwachting Restaurant in Constantia.

#    The Deli Coffee Co in the V & A Waterfront

#    Under Oaks, Paarl (re-opened for Sit-Down, previously reported as Closed Down)

#    Craft Burger Bar, Sea Point,

#.  The Butcher, Camps Bay

#   La Franca, Gardens

#   Go Go, Bree Street

#   The Butcher, Sea Point

#.  Cold Gold Artisanal ice-cream (reopened for Delivery in partnership with For Food’s Sake) )

#   StarGarden Café, Fish Hoek

#   Oven Baked, Muizenberg

#   Noordhoek Café & Deli

#.  Kalk Bay Theatre

#   The Kitchen, Woodstock

#   Bay Expresso

#  Mugg & Bean, Constantia

#   Jessy’s Waffles, Camps Bay

#  Chi Cha in Sea Point

#   Ocean Blue in Camps Bay (reopened 18 July)

#   Black Horse, Stellenbosch

#   The Trumpet Tree, Stellenbosch

#   Tolhuis Bistro, Ceres

#   Maker’s Mark, Tulbagh

#   Thai Food Sushi, Sea Point

#   Meraki, Stellenbosch

#   All Things Good, Stellenbosch

#   Mama Cucina, Riebeeck-Kasteel

#   Brownies & Downies, City Centre

#   Dahlia on Regent, Sea Point (closed down, reopened weekends only)

#   The Larder, Claremont

#  Café Blouberg,  Bloubergstrand

#   Jason’s, Bree Street Branch

#   Koffi Terapi, Durbanville

#  Blasters Family Restaurant, Cape Gate.

#  Fláva, Wilderness

#  The Fat Greek, Table View

#   Myoga, Vineyard Hotel, Newlands

#   Schwarma Express, Sea Point Branch

#  The Stack, Gardens

#   Two and Sixpence Tavern, Simon’s Town (after 21 years)

#   Perseverance, Gardens (oldest pub in Cape Town)

#   Fire Monkey, Claremont

#   Cattle Baron, Tokai

#  Clarke’s, Bree Street

#   Masala Dosa Restaurant, Long Street

#   Vicious Virgin Bar, Wale Street

#   Exhibit A, Bree Street

Exhibit A in Cape Town the first Fine-Dining Restaurant to close down due to the Corona Lockdown!

#  Den Anker, V&A Waterfront (temporarily)

#  Frankie Fenner, Durbanville

#   Dale’s Black Angus, The Paddocks, Milnerton

#  TableThirteen, Green Point (end August)

#  Ton Khoon, Tyger Waterfront

#   Terroir, Stellenbosch.

#   Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent, Cape Quarter.

#   Batavia Café, Bo-Kaap – announced its closure and has now reopened with new owners

#   Addis in Cape Ethopian Restaurant

#  Fork on Long Street

#   Pastis, Constantia

#   Yumcious Café, Durbanville

#   Aces & Spades, City centre.

#  Guilio’s Café, Loop Street

#  De Wijnhuis, Stellenbosch

#  Café Mozart, Church Street

#  Active Sushi, Hudson Street

#  Amore, Kenilworth

#.  Primi Muizenberg

#   Primi Eden on the Bay

#   Primi Willowbridge

#   Mink & Trout, Bree Street


Restaurant Openings (During Lockdown)

#   Regent Burger Bar has opened where Craft Burger Bar was on Regent Road in Sea Point.

#  Chef Liam Tomlin is said to be working on the former HQ space, either to establish a new restaurant there, or to expand his Chefs Warehouse Canteen on Bree Street, being in the same building.

#   Ciao Pizza, Long Street.

#  The Eatery and Wine Bar at Silver Forest Boutique Lodge and Spa, Somerset West, with Chef Michael Broughton, previously with Terroir.

#   Firefly Café, Camps Bay is opening shortly.

#   Chef Chen Sushi Bar op-up, The Point Mall, Sea Point.

#   Floozies has opened on Kloof Street.

#  Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg is to open a new restaurant.

#  Fork is to open in Franschhoek later this year.

#   Entrée in Franschhoek opened today

#   Flower Café opened in Woodstock.

#   Jooma has opened in Sea Point

#   Tintswalo Kitchen, Hout Bay

New Tintswalo Kitchen just out of the ordinary, raises the food bar at Tintswalo Atlantic, with brand new kitchen team and new menu!

For a list of Restaurants currently open for Food Delivery and Collection as well as Sit-Down Service, see the Facebook Group I created at the beginning of May, updated daily:


Restaurant News

  1. Chef Calvyn Metior is the new Executive Chef at Monneaux Restaurant, previously Head Chef at La Motte.
  2. Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn has left The Chef’s Table in Umhlanga, now heading up the kitchen at Delaire Graff.
  3. Chef Scott Armstrong has rejoined JAN Restaurant in Nice as Sous Chef.
  4. Chef Nico Vorster has left La Paris Bistro outside Franschhoek.
  5. Bossa Stellenbosch and Die Strandloper suffered extensive fire damage during Lockdown.
  6. Chef Bell McCleod has left Bones in Woodstock, now heading up the Hemel & Aarde Brewery.
  7. Chef Henry and Mari Vigar have left La Mouette, now solely owned by Gerrit Bruwer, and have moved to take over their restaurant Upper Bloem in Green Point.
  8.  Chef Neill Anthony Vaughn has been appointed as the Culinary Advisor to La Mouette.
  9. Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg has left his restaurant Janse & Co, his next venture not yet known.
  10. Stellenbosch has introduced an innovative community-supported incentive to restaurant diners to pay by SnapScan, offering them a 50% discount, with a maximum of R400, presented as a voucher.
  11. Epice will be moving to the space of Le Petite Colombe at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek.
  12. Le Petite Colombe will move to Leeu Estates ‘in the coming months’.

Details of new restaurants opening, and of restaurant closures, are highly appreciated.


Photograph: The spectacular view onto Hout Bay from Tintswalo Kitchen at Tintswalo Atlantic. (Own photograph)


About Chris von Ulmenstein

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 68 of Level 3, 7 August 2020.

Friday 7 August 2020, Day 68 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the most fabulous day, starting with the perfect sunny day, forecast at 17C but in the 20sC for sure, a taste of summer again; for a busy morning, not having slept as much as I should but being very happy today just from the sunshine plus more; for meeting Vivian Warby for tea and a croissant 🥐 at Maison J, not having seen each other since Lockdown, so much catching up to do; for having a crown made, made in the dentist rooms with a 3D laser, taking 12 minutes, technically unbelievable; for finding a pair of walking shorts I was looking for at Sportsman’s Warehouse, with less good service than I usually receive at The Point Branch; for picking up some more poppy seed bagels at Kleinsky’s; for meeting Bryce Shapiro at Latitude Café to tackle my Amazon problem, but we needed to contact an Apple Wizz friend of his, to understand the Browser problem we are experiencing in the application process, my phone software and Browsers all being up to date; for selling my house in Hermanus Yipee Yay ❤️; for meeting with Lisa Hayden, coming to fetch a slice of the cheese cake which I kept for her; for a cat food bulk pack pet food shop at Pick n Pay; for dancing to Kfm 💃; for bumping into Tidal Pool swimmer Dave Talbot at the Pool on my walk, his first swim in more than 4 months, what a fabulous hug 💙; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

My Blogpost today was the Sweet & Sour Service Awards, which went to Maison J and Telkom, respectively.

Sweet Service Award goes to Maison J; Sour Service Award goes to Telkom!

Vivian and I went to Caprice for tea, but the service was so slack that we left and went to Maison J.

It’s hard to summarize the drama of the five-year journey of getting my former Hermanus guest house sold. It was sold on an auction to a person who turned out to live in my house without paying occupational rent, who used my property to store furniture and other belongings from another house, stole the geysers, aircons, safes etc so that he could reduce the purchase price, didn’t once provide guarantees for the balance of the payment due, took us to court when we tried to sell the company owning the property to another person, and had himself registered as the only person allowed to buy the property, but never paying for it in the five years, finally buying a house elsewhere, and out of some bizarre spite still hung on to my sale until we threatened him with court action. A horrid notorious Hermanus man. 🥵🥵🥵🥵

And then by luck or was it meant to be, I didn’t just gain a Tourist Guide qualification as a result of the course I took, but I also met the lovely and kind Johan Prins, who heard my Hermanus tragedy, connected me to a property developer there, and the rest is history! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Today was the three year anniversary of starting a dental journey with my dentist Dr Wim de Beer in the Waterfront, having implants done, and recently the crown after a root canal. I also had to have a tooth extracted today, a tough job to get the molar out with all sorts of ‘pliers’, but finally it was out. I needed to take a pain killer when I got home and buy a course of antibiotics. Kfm, Dave Talbot, Tidal Pool, camps bay, sea Point, There were some service issues with the receptionist which I fed back to the dentist, and he promised that he is addressing them. So I gained a brand new tooth today, and lost an old unnecessary one.

The Red Bus started operating again today, only doing so on weekends initially. So sad to see a Bo-Kaap landmark Batavia Café announce its closure on Instagram.

Loved my long chat with Jenny Stephens this evening ❤️❤️❤️.

SA Corona Status: 545476cases 9909 deaths 😷😢

FitBit 15000 steps 11 km 👣


The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 65 of Level 5, 4 August 2020.


Tuesday 4 August 2020, Day 65 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for the rain which fell on and off today, lapped up by the vegetable and flower garden, catching me unawares when I did a quick walk to Maison J to get croissants 🥐, getting sopping wet but it was worth every drop in gifting Camps Bay with a beautiful rainbow 🌈 over Bali Bay; for Stuart Bailey coming to try to help me on his laptop with my Amazon job application; for the walk through the city centre, rediscovering it as a Tourist Guide, barely recognizing it, it being so quiet and so many business doors closed; for a indulgent Hot Chocolate at Honest Chocolate, nice and warm inside on this very cold 14C day; for collecting my tourist Guide card from the Western Cape Dept of Economic Affairs & Tourism on St George’s Mall, hardly recognizable without any stalls, looking like a European city pedestrian lane without any pedestrians 😱; for celebrating the two month battle of becoming officially registered as a Tourist Guide with an excellent lunch at Villa 47; for doing the Discovery Health Check at Clicks Glengariff Road 😱; for the assistance by Johan Prins and Bradley Moore to try to get the Amazon application completed; for getting into my warm bed already; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

SA Tourism private sector boldly predicts that International Tourism will reopen in September 2020!


As a writer following the Covid-19 pandemic and its rampant disastrous effect on Tourism and the Restaurant industries, I have been surprised to read an increasing number of articles predicting the opening up of our country to international tourism by September 2020, in a month that is Tourism Month, and traditionally the beginning of the South African summer and therefore Tourist season.  The articles stem from a media release by the Tourism Business Council of South Africa, and appears confident in its prediction, based on its lobbying with Government, an interaction which was scheduled for yesterday 9 June. No outcome of this interaction has been seen yet. Earlier predictions were that the country would only reopen to international tourists in February 2021.  Continue reading →