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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 72 of Level 1, 1 December 2020.

 

Tuesday 1 December 2020, Day 72 of Level 1, Day 251 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a relaxed day; for a day which varied from sunshine, to a short and sweet drizzle, and back to sunlight; for a meeting about the Camps Bay Cleaners do’s and dont’s at The 41, over a cup of tea, combined with a walk and a shop at Woolies, spending my Discovery Vitality voucher on cat treats; for dancing to Dansdag on Kfm; and feeling happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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More than 60 Restaurants in Cape Town/Winelands have opened since start of Lockdown, Closures grind to a halt! December 2020

 

News about restaurants closing down during Lockdown has almost ground to a halt, which is good news in itself. Even better news is that a number of new restaurants have opened or are planning to open in Cape Town and the Winelands, the latest count being 61 new restaurants.

The latest Lockdown Restaurant Closure list stands at 83 Restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands, an increase of only one Restaurant Closure in the past month. Sadly the greatest casualty of Covid and the Lockdown is the recent closure of The Restaurant at Waterkloof.  Clarke’s, The Shortmarket Club, Koffi Terapi,  Ocean Blue, and Dahlia on Regent announced their permanent closure earlier in Lockdown, but have since reopened.

Top chefs are opening new restaurants, including Chefs Peter Tempelhoff and Liam Tomlin. The Test Kitchen and The Food Barn have changed their offerings and their restaurant names in reaction to the Covid Lockdown.

The Test Kitchen and The Foodbarn Restaurants transformed to cope with aftermath of Covid Lockdown!

Franschhoek saw a number of Lockdown Restaurant Closures, but has five new restaurant openings, some restaurants have relocated, and some have changed their offering.

Franschhoek Restaurants during Lockdown: which are open, closed, and opening soon!

Restaurant Openings (Since the start of Lockdown)

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

#  Chef Liam Tomlin is opening Local at Heritage Square, a retail collection of local food products, fresh and packaged, in the former HQ space.

#   Chef Liam Tomlin is opening Mazza upstairs in the former HQ, as a Middle Eastern eating bar.

#   Ciao Pizza, Long Street.

#   Firefly Café in Camps Bay

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

#   Floozies has opened on Kloof Street.

#  Fork has opened in Franschhoek

#   Entrée has opened in Franschhoek

#   Flower Café has opened in Woodstock.

#   Jooma has opened in Sea Point

#   Starbucks opens in Camps Bay on 15 December

#   Yama Sushi Emporium opens in Franschhoek in December

#   Oku opened in Franschhoek on 14 October

#   Blue Coriander Indian restaurant has opened in Place Vendome in Franschhoek, the owner being a former chef at Marigold

#   Oxalis Eatery has opened on Wale Street.

#   Fat Harry’s in Wynberg has reopened, with new owners, an interior makeover, and new menu and staff. (Photograph)

Fat Harry’s in Kenilworth transformed from Bar to Restaurant with a Bar, with new owners, new decor, new kitchen and chef, new menu!

#   Chefs Warehouse Tintswalo Atlantic has opened

Tintswalo Kitchen at Tintswalo Atlantic to be transformed into Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic!

#   Barstaurant has opened at Glencairn Hotel in Simonstown, by the Tintswalo Group.

#   Bo-Kaap Deli has opened in Bo-Kaap.

#   Restaurateur Stuart Bailey is opening De Vleispaleis,  a meat restaurant in the Black Horse Centre on Dorp Street in Stellenbosch.

#   Curry Cave has opened on New Church Street

#   Ideas Cartel Bar has opened at Casa Labia, Muizenberg

#   Mexicola Locale opened at the end of October in Hout Bay, another new Chef Cheyne Morrisby restaurant

#  FreeBird has opened in Kloof Street Village.

#   Sharon’s Cafë has opened at The Palms

#   Clay Café has opened on Bree Street.

#   The Pokémon Co Claremont has opened

#   Rosetta has opened on Bree Street

#    Forneria Italia Beachfront has opened in Table View

#    I Sapori has opened in Table View

#   Seed & Circus has opened in Zonnebloem/District Six

#   The Manor at Nederburg has opened, in Paarl

#   Culture Wine Bar has opened on Bree Street, a joint venture between Chef Matt Manning and wine fundi  Chris Groenewald

#   Royale Eatery has opened on Vineyard Road in Claremont.

#   Salushi Express has opened in Cavendish Street, Claremont

#   Vadas Pasteis de Nata & Café has opened in Stellenbosch

#   All Things Edible (ATE) has opened at Silver Forest Boutique Lodge in Somerset West, with Chef Michael Broughton

#   The Shortmarket Club has reopened as The Shortmarket Grill.

#.  OK JA has opened in Camps Bay (former Maison J)

#   Bokeh Creative Studio has opened on Regent Road in Sea Point.

#   Chef Peter Tempelhoff is to open a Street Food restaurant on Shortmarket Street.

#   Ernie Els Wines Restaurant has opened in Stellenbosch

#   Kleine Zalze Restaurant has opened, with Chef Nic van Wyk

#   Drum has opened in the Black Horse Centre in Stellenbosch

#   Old Town Italy has opened in the V& A Waterfront

#   Old Town Italy has opened in Durbanville

#  Lime Tree Café has opened a Deli.

#  Chef Judi Fourie is opening Fideli’s on Parliament Street, where Kleinsky’s used to be.

#  La Petite Maison has opened in Langebaan.

#  Chef Peter Tempelhoff is opening Beyond at Buitenverwachting in Constantia, with Nicholas Walker as Manager, and Chef Julia du Toit heading up the kitchen.

Chef Peter Tempelhoff goes beyond Fyn to launch beyond Restaurant at Buitenverwachting!

#   Chef Kevin Grobler has opened The Restaurant at Grande Roche in Paarl.

The Restaurant at Grande Roche opens in two weeks, just after Viande Restaurant closes down at the Paarl hotel!

#  Beach House has opened on Victoria Road in Camps Bay, where Sunset Sessions used to be.

#   My Sugar has opened in Cavendish Square and in Canal Walk.

#   Schoon has opened at Kloof Street Village

#   KOFI has opened at Kloof Street Village

#   Nü has opened at Kloof Street Village

 

Restaurant Closures since Lockdown:

#   The Shortmarket Club (has reopened)

#    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)

#   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 (has reopened)

#   The Larder, Claremont

#  Café Blouberg,  Bloubergstrand

#   Jason’s, Bree Street Branch

#   Koffi Terapi, Willowbridge (reopened)

#  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 (has reopened)

#   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!

#  Frankie Fenner, Durbanville

#   Dale’s Black Angus, The Paddocks, Milnerton

#  TableThirteen, Green Point

#  Ton Khoon, Tyger Waterfront

#   Terroir, Stellenbosch.

#   Daniela’s Deliciously Decadent, Cape Quarter.

#   Batavia Café, Bo-Kaap

#   Addis in Cape Ethopian Restaurant

#   Fork on Long Street

#   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

#   Lou Lou’s, Cape Quarter

#   Knead, The Point Centre

#   Pastis, Constantia

#   Viande at Grande Roche, Paarl.

#   95 Keerom Street, Cape Town

#   95 at Morgenster, Somerset West

#   Tintswalo Kitchen at Tintswalo Atlantic

#   Will’s Café and Deli, Oranjezicht

#  Jerry’s Burger Bar, Stellenbosch

#   Maison J in Camps Bay

#   Beluga in Green Point

#   Goloso in Sea Point

#   Restaurant Seven in Somerset West, owned by Chef George Jardine

#   Baker Brothers in Green Point

#   Bodega at Dornier, Stellenbosch

#   Doppio Zero, Stellenbosch

#   Restaurant at Waterkloof closed on 22 November

SA Top 10 Restaurant List loses one of its stars as Restaurant at Waterkloof closes down in two weeks!

 

 

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

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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/261165661682371/?ref=share

 

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, and has bought The Good Food Co in 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. He is working with his former Janse & Co team at Oxalis.
  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 has moved to the space of Le Petite Colombe at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek.
  12. Le Petite Colombe has opened at Leeu Estates.
  13. The Foodbarn in Noordhoek has transformed into Foodbarn Café & Tapas.
  14. The Test Kitchen has changed its offering and its name to The Test Kitchen Origins

Details of new restaurants opening, and of restaurant closures, are highly appreciated. chrisvonulmenstein@gmail.com

 

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 71 of Level 1, 30 November 2020

 

Monday 30 November 2020, Day 71 of Level 1, Day 250 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a relaxed catch-up day after a busy weekend, starting with a long 8 hour plus sleep🙏; for a writing day, with a Camps Bay walk in between, with quite a bit of litter to pick up, as my Community Cleaners don’t work on Mondays and Tuesdays; for it being a bit cooler at 19C, making it pleasant to walk, but somewhat humid, with a few drops of rain; for a sociable week lying ahead; for dancing to Kfm; for the excitement of receiving my first German Tourist Guiding enquiry in 9 months, holding thumbs 🤞; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 70 of Level 1, 29 November 2020.

 

Sunday 29 November 2020, Day 70 of Level 1, Day 249 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beauty of a day, at 26C; for being spoilt with a fabulous breakfast at The 41 restaurant by Emma Faquharson; for signing the release form for participating in the Carte Blanche program soon, possibly next Sunday, with a coffee visit by producer Michael Duffet; for sorting out a conflict between two of the Community Cleaners, luckily amicably; for spending an hour cleaning up on both sides of the Tidal Pool with Community Cleaners John and Carmen; for time for a Vit D snooze on the terrace, a blessing after a busy week; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 68 of Level 1, 28 November 2020.

 

Saturday 28 November 2020, Day 68 of Level 1, Day 248 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a busy day; for the wind not blowing as strongly as it can, despite blowing all day; for a successful community beach clean in Camps Bay despite the wind; for being served a fabulous Dilmah Earl Grey tea at the lawn across the road from The 41, where I sat to sign in our resident beach cleaners, the numbers arriving affected by the wind sadly; for rescuing a Pick n Pay trolley, the Manager telling me that they cost R1000 each, and that the store is charged for each trolley that goes missing when vendors steal them to transport beach umbrellas and cushions, which made me understand why the manager is so good to me, given the number of trolleys I have returned to the store; for my Camps Bay CSI cleaning team joining me in the beach clean, getting to know them a little better; for a visit to the Old Biscuit Mill #2, looking very different, and seeing Chef Sebastian Hendricks of the Cheesecake Checkout, and Elize Goffe-Wood of Kitchen Cowboys; for a three hour catch up with Amanda Fourie and Amanda Odendaal whom I met three years ago when we sat a row apart at a show at The Baxter, having a very honest conversation about our finances, and about losing the Covid calories, something one does not usually discuss with others; for a lovely pop-in at Utopia, George Sax saxing it 🎷 to a full buzzing restaurant, with another engagement this evening, a group of 35 celebrating with a special dinner, in addition to the other diners; for the loveliest Blokparty music on Kfm this evening; for receiving my first Discovery Vitality points since reaching Diamond status, for my healthy Pick n Pay shopping; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 68 of Level 1, 27 November 2020.;

 

Friday 27 November 2020, Day 68 of Level 1, Day 247 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a busy and efficiently planned day; for a warm 26C day after yesterday’s wind; for being able to see the new Camps Bay Police Station crime victim support unit, which was launched today; for an amazing Black Friday, my first time ever making use of discounts offered; for cleaning up the stream with the Camps Bay cleaners this morning and in Bakoven this afternoon; for an interesting talk on Consumer Insights at Whitespace Creative, invited by Tania Harrison; for a Christmas shop at the German Food Shop above Dinkel Bakery, Dinkel keeping some poppy seed rolls for me, and I seeing a must-have Berliner; for an always friendly shop at the Continental Butchery on Upper Kloof Street; for dancing to Kfm 💃; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Sweet Service Awards goes to Pick n Pay Strand Street; Sour Service Award goes to TELKOM!

 

The Sweet Service Award goes to Pick n Pay Strand Street, and its Manager, whom I recognised as having been at the Camps Bay Branch until earlier this year, who assisted me with an incorrect charge for two punnets of mushrooms, marked as R30 for two, but charged at almost double that price.

 

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 67 of Level 1, 26 November 2020

 

Thursday 26 November 2020, Day 67 of Level 1, Day 246 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful day, with the South Easter picking up this afternoon; for feeling on top of the world; for a quick walk through Bakoven; for an excellent client status meeting this afternoon, with good news from both sides; with a shop at a Pick n Pay Branch in town, connecting with the store manager who was at the Camps Bay store until earlier this year, helping me with an overcharge on a mushroom deal, so he gave them to me for free 🙏; for dancing the rest of my steps to Kfm; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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Celebrating Vegan Month with a B-Well Vegan Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake in a Cup!

 

It is clear to see that the Vegan trend is growing by leaps and bounds.  In Camps Bay, for example, three restaurants out of twenty in the suburb are almost completely Vegan in the fare they offer, particularly okja and Plant Food, while Firefly Café has a large percentage of Vegan dishes. Even regular restaurants have a number of Vegan dishes on their menus.

In honour of Vegan Month I was challenged by B-Well, together with a number of other ‘Influencers’, to bake a Vegan Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake in a Mug, the mayonnaise ingredient intriguing me in particular, and therefore I agreed  to participate. Continue reading →

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 66 of Level 1, 25 November 2020.

 

Wednesday 25 November 2020, Day 66 of Level 1, Day 245 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely sunny day, not too warm at 18C; for a good night’s sleep; for diving right into my new Environment portfolio regarding cleaning the Camps Bay Beachfront; for receiving two boxes of Vegan products from B-Well, promoting Vegan Month; for easily baking a Vegan Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake in a Mug, missing my MasterChick Jenny Stephens, it not being as fluffy and light as I expected it to be; for a walk to Camps Bay, including a Pick n Pay shop, being lucky to have the new nice cashier again, and for a walk in Bakoven, with little litter today 🙏; for two Discovery Vitality Gameboard plays, scoring 360 points, enough to buy a R100 Woolworths voucher for only 750 Miles (R75) together with Miles left over from last week; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

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