Hermanus


New restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands are slowing down. Big news is that Chef Bertus Basson is no longer taking over the revolving restaurant on top of the Ritz Hotel in Sea Point, by ‘mutual agreement’! Instead he is opening a Burger restaurant in Stellenbosch! 

The Ritz Hotel is promising an opening with a pop on 15 December, with the CASA Restaurant, a Veuve Clicquot Bar terrace, a Dom Pérignon Bar, and a Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge.

Last month saw the opening of Chefs Warehouse at Maison, Bilboa restaurant in Camps Bay, as well as Chinchilla Rooftop Café & Bar in Camps Bay, amongst others. BarDough by Jason and La Belle Bistro & Bakery in Mouille Point have closed down.

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#   Villa 47 has relaunched its second floor restaurant Stuzzico as Seta, meaning silk in Italian, as a fusion cocktail lounge, serving cocktails, wines, and small plate food as well as sharing dishes. (Photograph)

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After a quiet August as far as restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands are concerned, September is seeing a number of new restaurants opening between now and the end of the month. 

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#   Roast & Co has opened alongside HQ, in the former Bizerca Bistro space, in Heritage Square (photograph) (more…)

There have been few changes on the restaurant scene in Cape Town and the Winelands in the past month. The most anticipated restaurant opening is that of La Petite Colombe, opening at Le Quartier Français in Franschhoek today, taking the space of the former The Tasting Room.  (more…)

SeaBreeze Fish & Shell, The Sunnyside Grill, and the Crazy Horse Gastropub are three new restaurants which opened in Cape Town during June. Two Hout Bay restaurants have closed down as the Winter chill sets in!  Über creative Pastry Chef André Steyn has joined La Colombe.

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome such news.

Restaurant Openings

#   SeaBreeze Fish & Shell has opened on Bree Street, open for Lunch and Dinner Mondays to Saturdays (photograph) (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Café 1904 in Hermanus, and its owners Johan and Endria Post, for making me a cappuccino despite having a break before their dinner service. It was just before 17h00, and all coffee shops in Hermanus were about to close. Johan and Endria took pity on me, and made me a perfect dry cappuccino, taking time to sit down and chat too.  (more…)

Last week I ate lunch at the new Origins Restaurant at The Marine, the second poor experience I have had at the hotel, despite the hotel having new co-owners, and a new GM and Chef. Given its five star status (they have lost their Relais & Chateux status), the dining experience was unacceptable.  (more…)

The Hermanus FynArts Festival has offered a multitude of talks, workshops, and tastings over the past ten days. One of these was a talk on Friday by Anthony Hamilton Russell, owner of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, about the history of the Hemel en Aarde wine region. The talk was held at Braemar, the Hamilton Russell residence on the wine estate. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Frames 4 Africa in Hermanus, and its owner Zelda, for the excellent service of framing a drawing which I had bought at an art gallery, within 24 hours of bringing it to them. Zelda kept her promise of the timing, and sent me a text message to confirm that the framing was ready for collection. I have never received such a speedy framing service!  (more…)

Yesterday I attended a Tutored Tasting of some of our country’s exceptional wines, which had in common that they were made from vines many decades old. The Tasting was led by South Africa’s leading expert on Old Vines, Rosa Kruger being a passionate pioneer for the preservation of our country’s vintage vines.  (more…)

The Hermanus FynArts Festival is in its fifth year, having started on Friday, and runs until Sunday 18 June, in various venues in Hermanus. It is my second year of attending this diverse Festival, ably organized by local Mary Faure and her team, who have created a feast of a Festival.  (more…)

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