New York


Yesterday I met Urban Lime Marketing Director and friend Katie Friedman for lunch at Kleinsky’s, a New York Deli-style, kosher-style, Jewish cuisine eatery on Church Square, being developed as an exciting new inner-city food hub. Kleinsky’s is the second Delicatessen to be opened in Cape Town, its Sea Point branch having opened two years ago. (more…)

In an exciting ceremony live streamed from Melbourne at midday, Eleven Madison Park was named as the best World’s 50 Best Restaurant, an accolade it last achieved seven years ago. A number of exciting restaurant rankings are reflected in the 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. I have been fortunate to eat at some of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in New York, London, and in France, in the past ten months. Our reviews of some of these follow below. (more…)

Today I depart on a two-week eating tour of France, continuing my World’s 50 Best Restaurant journey I began in New York and London in July last year. There is no more exciting start to my culinary trip than dinner at JAN restaurant in Nice on Wednesday, given that it has just been awarded the 2017 Michelin one-star rating. In February 2016 owner Jan-Hendrik van Der Westhuizen did our country proud, in becoming the first South African chef to own a Michelin-star restaurant.  (more…)

imageToday Italian-inspired Col’Cacchio pizzerias celebrates the 24th anniversary of opening its first branch on the Foreshore in Cape Town, and announced yesterday that it is celebrating with a new Summer Menu and a new Celebrity Chef Series of pizzas.  (more…)

imageOn Saturday evening The Test Kitchen closed its doors for a six-week renovation, aimed at improving its ranking on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. The restaurant currently is 22nd Best in the World. (more…)

imageIt was on the recommendation of New York lover Seth Shezi that I visited Devoçión coffee Roastery in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York yesterday. It claims to be the only ‘farm-to-cup coffee in the world’.  (more…)

imageWhen I think of a Michelin star restaurant, I think of a restaurant at an elevated level of food, service, and decor. Never would I have imagined that two Michelin star Atera in TriBeCa in New York would serve its dinner to heavy loud rock music! (more…)

imageI was such an eager beaver to get to Estela, the 44th Best on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, that I arrived an hour earlier, having been intimidated by the booking confirmation which warned that one should be punctual for one’s reservation. Had I not trusted the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list I might not have entered the restaurant, based on its exterior, located upstairs in a non-descript tacky-looking building. (more…)

imageThe night before our lunch at Eleven Madison Park, a Michelin three-star restaurant and named in June as third best in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant ranking, I could barely sleep from excitement, the reason for my trip to New York. Of the seven top restaurants I am booked for in New York and London Eleven Madison Park tops them all in stature, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. (more…)

imageDear Blog reader

By the time you read this Blogpost I will have arrived in New York, for what is the most exciting journey I have ever undertaken, focusing on the best restaurants in the Big Apple as well as in London. (more…)