Category Archives: Franschhoek

September Restaurant Opening and Closing Update: Cape Town and Winelands

 

 

Despite it being Spring, few new restaurants are known to be opening, or planning to open, in Cape Town and the Winelands.

The biggest recent restaurant openings are Dusk in Stellenbosch, a joint venture by Chefs Darren Badenhorst and Callan Austen. Chef Peter Tempelhoff is to open a Japanese Street Food restaurant on the ground floor of Speakers Corner, the building in which FYN operates. TANG will create a big stir when it opens in the Waterfront, already being a socialite’s haven in Sandton. Paul’s Bakery and Tiger’s Milk are said to be Continue reading →

Franschhoek relaunches Cap Classique Route, celebrates with Festival 1 – 4 September!

 

Franschhoek launched a Cap Classique Route a number of years ago.  On Thursday this week the Route will be relaunched, coinciding with Cap Classique Day on 1 September.

The relaunched Cap Classique Route will be celebrated with a four day festival, from 1 – 4 September. Each of 19 Cap Classique producing wine estates are inviting bubbly lovers to their cellars, to taste their excellent bubblies and to experience special events.  Continue reading →

Introducing 2022 Top 10 Woman Chef Nicolene Barrow of Orangerie Restaurant

 

On Saturday my friend Gary Peterson and I did a road trip to the Winelands, delivering the prize of a 1 litre tube of Rio Largo Extra Virgin Olive Oil to each of the five chefs who made the 2022 Top 10 Women Chefs.

Our first stop was at Le Lude in Franschhoek, and we were lucky that Chef and owner Nicolene Barrow was in her Orangerie restaurant, as she almost always is. Continue reading →

Kfm announces its 2022 Best of the Cape Awards winners!

 

On Friday radio station Kfm announced the winners in each of the 30 categories in its 2022 Best of the Cape Awards.

The winners are from Cape Town as well as from other areas in the province. Kfm introduced the competition in 2021 for the first time. Continue reading →

Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands: 2022

 

For the third year running we are acknowledging female chefs heading up restaurant kitchens in Cape Town and the Winelands.

Started during Lockdown in 2020, as a celebration of Women’s Day, the Top 10 Women Chefs List highlights how few top restaurants have female chefs in their kitchens in general, and even fewer have women chefs heading up the restaurant kitchens.

We are grateful to Brenda Wilkinson of RIO LARGO Olive Estate for sponsoring a gift of its beautiful colourful Extra Virgin Olive Oil packs to our Top 10 Women Chefs. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Post & Pepper spices up Stellenbosch restaurant scene !

 

Two weeks ago I did a walk through the centre of Stellenbosch, to update myself about the restaurants having opened and closed in the town since I last visited it just before the start of Lockdown.

I wanted to try Post & Pepper specifically, having seen its posts, and that it had been nominated as a Best New Restaurant in Africa by the World Culinary Awards, only a few months after opening on Plein Street, in a space that was the Post Office of the town. Continue reading →

August 2022 Restaurant Opening and Closing Update: Cape Town & Winelands!

 

 

New restaurants are still opening, or planning to open, in Cape Town and the Winelands, despite it being Winter.

The biggest recent restaurant opening has been by Chef Liam Tomlin, who opened The Bailey, a three storey Brasserie, Bakery, and two Bars across the road from Heritage Square. He has closed down his Chefs Warehouse on Bree Street. Ouzeri also opened in June.

Restaurant Artizian will open on Bree Street this month. Chef Peter Tempelhoff is said to open a Japanese Street Food restaurant on the ground floor of Speakers Corner, the building in which FYN operates, in September. Continue reading →

Cape Town retains title of Gourmet Capital of SA, with increasing number of international and Africa awards and nominations!

 

Cape Town is recognised as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, with the largest number of top restaurants in our city as well as in the Winelands.

Not only are the Cape restaurants ranked tops by our local Eat Out dining magazine, but internationally and on the African continent too. The following 12 Cape Cape, restaurants, restaurants have recently received international and African recognition : Continue reading →

Franschhoek named one of 2022 World’s Greatest Places by Time!

 

Time magazine has named Franschhoek one of the 2022 World’s Greatest Places, out of a total of 50 Places.

The village was included in the list for its wine farms, unique scenery, high-class food options, and range of activities it offers, reports BusinessTech.

Time sought nominations from its correspondents and contributors, highlighting places ‘offering new and exciting experiences’. 

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Utopia nominated as 2022 Top Rooftop Restaurant in Africa by World Culinary Awards!

 

Utopia Cape Town, Life Grand Café, Wolfgat, Clara’s Barn, ëlgr, Pier, Restaurant KLEIN JAN, and Post & Pepper Restaurant are eight restaurants that have been nominated in various 2022 Best Restaurant categories in Africa, presented by the World Culinary Awards.

All the restaurants nominated as Best in South Africa by the same Awards are all from the Cape!

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