McGregor


Last week I wrote that Eat Out has announced that it is changing to a Top 30 Restaurant shortlist for its 2017 Awards. As is customary. I have tried to predict which top South African restaurants will make the Top 30 Restaurant shortlist, which should be announced by Eat Out shortly! I have struggled to find more than twenty worthy restaurants to make the Top 30  list! (more…)

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…)

At the beginning of May Karoux moved into a next door building on the main road of McGregor, a substantial improved dining space compared to its previous space, which I had only experienced as an outside stoep area. Not only is the new restaurant space an improvement, but it feels as if Chef Ryan Josten’s creative cuisine has been inspired by the move too! (more…)

Last weekend I was part of a group of writers which was invited to visit the Robertson Wine Valley at the start to the Wacky Wine Weekend. We were accommodated on Thursday evening at Jan Harmsgat Country House, a five star guest house, and were served an impressive Food and Wine pairing dinner, and a generous breakfast the following morning.  (more…)

Reuben’s Franschhoek, and The Big Dog belonging to Terbedore Coffee Roasters, opened in Franschhoek in May. Both restaurants appear to be very popular amongst locals. A further new Franschhoek restaurant is rumored to be opening. The Promenade in Camps Bay is undergoing major changes, with Blues and Mezepoli appearing to have closed down, the former having operated in Camps Bay for 30 years, and having put Camps Bay on the tourist map. The Hard Rock Café is said to be opening in the Blues space, and Zenzero is undergoing a renovation. 

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

Restaurant Openings

#   Reuben’s Franschhoek has re-opened just off the main road, after a twelve month closure for renovations. (Photograph) (more…)

Yesterday I posted an overview of the Media Visit day we spent in McGregor for Wacky Wine Weekend, my first taste of the wine event covering the Robertson Wine Valley, which continues until the end of today. It is the 14th Wacky Wine Weekend. I was unable to ascertain where the ‘Wacky’ part of the event name comes from! (more…)

I have returned from a special weekend in McGregor. A ‘Weekend with Leonard Cohen’ was exactly that, filled with four documentaries of his concert tours, and two live concerts, held at Wahnfried, and a magnificent lunch at Tebaldi’s restaurant at the spiritual retreat Temenos. The weekend Festival was well attended.

I have special memories of listening to LM Radio in the Sixties on Sunday evenings, whilst doing my homework for the week ahead. There was always one or more melancholy Cohen songs on the hit parade, balancing the upbeat songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, and many others. Cohen moved us with the poignant poetry in his music.  (more…)

At the beginning of this month I attended a weekend Argentine Tango workshop at Temenos, the spiritual retreat in McGregor. I learnt more than just the basic Tango dance steps, and learnt about myself too, in that the dance has a spiritual side. (more…)

On Monday I stopped at the Robertson Small Hotel for a bite to eat and a cappuccino, where Monica van Niekerk of Paul René MCC came to greet me, she having been surprised at the hotel with a stork party for the imminent birth of her daughter. She contacted her husband Henk, and he in turn contacted me, inviting me to a tasting of their sparkling wines. (more…)

Last week, over a four-day period, I experienced the gift of a Silent Retreat at Temenos Retreat in McGregor. The essence of the Silent Retreat is to not speak and to look inward, learning to love oneself. (more…)

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