Category Archives: KwaZulu-Natal

Few restaurant openings and closures in Cape Town and the Winelands: February 2019

The tough conditions for the restaurant industry in Cape Town and the Winelands continue, with few restaurants opening or closing. A surprise is that Bertus Basson @ Spice Route is no longer operating, a killer negative review late last year possibly being the nail in the coffin. Now Basson only has five Stellenbosch restaurants plus all his catering assignments and TV appearances to juggle! Interesting is that Chef Liam Tomlin has opened a ‘contemporary ecological tapas’ restaurant in Barcelona, well-suited to his tapas restaurant offerings!

Restaurant openings

#   Ellen Jay has opened inside Constantia Fabrics. Continue reading →

2017: A year of finding my feet, both on and off the dance floor!

A year ago I posted here on my Blog that 2016 was the best year of my life. Looking back on 2017, I can echo this sentiment about 2017, surpassing what was already a fantastic 2016! The year was crowned by the publishing of my first book, and I plan to write two this year. I discovered my Self-Love, and now can truly stand on my own two feet!  Continue reading →

Eat Out Restaurant Awards 2017: shock results, dominated by Chef Luke Dale-Roberts Restaurants!

At the Eat Out Restaurant Awards 2017 this evening, held at GrandWest, some shock results stunned the restaurant industry. Eat Out continues its love affair with Chef Luke Dale-Roberts, with three of his four restaurants making the Top 10 Restaurant List, a spectacular achievement! The biggest shock was the spectacular slide of La Colombe, the restaurant which had all the opportunity to make the number one slot, but only making the seventh rank, a karmic reaction to the restaurant losing focus, opening too many restaurants, and getting involved in restaurant politics! Continue reading →

Eat Out Top 30 Restaurant shortlist 2017: Why is JAN restaurant missing? Chefs Luke vs Liam, breaks its own eligibility rules on three restaurants!!!


It is not the first time that Eat Out has broken its own rules in choosing the chefs eligible for the previous Top 20 Restaurant lists (until 2016, The Pot Luck Club of Chef Luke Dale-Roberts having been snuck in, when it had only been open for 11 months and two weeks in 2014), and this year the same has happened in the Top 30 list for the first time. Three restaurants had not opened by 1 November 2016, the cut-off date for eligibility for the Awards this month, according to Eat Out’s own rules, yet are included in its shortlist! Missing from Eat Out’s List is JAN Restaurant in Nice, our country’s best South African restaurant, and awarded a Michelin-star in 2016 and in 2017! 
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Thrifty Sweet Service Award! Uber Sour Service Award!

The Sweet Service Award goes to Thrifty car rental in Durban city centre, for coming to my rescue when I had forgotten to bring along my driver’s licence when traveling in KZN last week.  The company rules are that they cannot rent out cars without the driver’s license. I rented a car from the company eleven months ago, and was relieved when they were able to access a copy of my driver’s license from last year’s paperwork!  Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: 9th Avenue Bistro in Durban in the dark ages, slides further!

Two years ago I visited KZN on a food journey, for the first time looking to find the best restaurants in the province. At that time I visited 9th Avenue Bistro with two friends, and was disappointed with our dinner at a restaurant which once was Durban’s best. Revisiting the restaurant on Saturday was disappointing once again, as I experienced it to have slipped even further! Continue reading →

The Gourmet Greek grows on Midlands Meander, adds The Blue Cow Deli!

Eleven months ago I visited the artisanal The Gourmet Greek cheese and yoghurt production facility on the Midlands Meander in KZN, meeting the hospitable Greek Dimitriades family. I returned to the cheesery on Thursday, and found that The Blue Cow Deli, which had opened eight months ago.  Continue reading →

Hartford House Chef Constantijn Hahndiek exudes confidence in his third year in the Midlands, best KZN restaurant!

Chef Constantijn Hahndiek is a humble talented Chef, and he continues the standing of Hartford House as the best restaurant in KZN, initially created by Chef Jackie Cameron. In the three years that I have been visiting Hartford House by invitation in winter, his confidence has grown by leaps and bounds since he started working there.  Continue reading →