Stellenbosch


The Sweet Service Award goes to Harck & Heart, bakers of German gingerbread biscuits, which I had experienced at Kamers two months ago for the first time, having bought a packet of their biscuits then. As I was launching my Book, with an angel on the front cover, I placed an order for Angel biscuits, to place into the goody bags of my guests attending the Book launch. The order was executed effortlessly and an arrangement was made for me to collect the box of biscuits from the Blaauwklippen market four days prior to the Book launch date. Payment was easily executed at the stand at the market. #VielenDank. 

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The Sweet Service Award goes to the Hussar Grill Stellenbosch, and its waiter Aiden. I ‘stumbled’ across the restaurant on a Stellenbosch day, and the charming Aiden made my visit there an excellent experience, a rare treat. He asked the kitchen to plate the Marié Rosé sauce separately for the Prawn Avo cocktail starter in case it had chili in it, helped me to squeeze the hard  lemon over the starter, and brought me another complimentary sweet potato crisp and olive treat when I had forgotten to photograph it initially. It is clear that he loves his job!  (more…)

 New restaurant openings in Cape Town and the Winelands appear to have almost ground to a halt, with a few chef changes. Janse & Co, owned by Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg, formerly of The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek, has opened on Kloof Street in Cape Town. CASA and the Revolving Restaurant have opened at The Ritz Hotel. SALT has opened at Paul Cluver wine estate in Elgin.

Big news is that talented top SA Chef Jean Delport of Benguela on Main in Somerset West is moving to the UK, staying in the Benguela Collection, opening its first restaurant at Leonardslee House & Gardens in April (photograph). This will mean a name, concept, and decor change for the Somerset West space, reopening as Nom Nom at the end of this month. Sister restaurant Moody Lagoon Restaurant has opened at Benguela Cove in Hermanus. 

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

Restaurant Openings

#  Benguela on Main will close down on 12 January, with the departure of its Chef Jean Delport to a sister restaurant in the Benguela Collection being opened in the UK. The Somerset West space will undergo a decor change over two weeks, and will reopen as an everyday eatery and bakery called Nom Nom, with Chef Sebastian Smith heading up the kitchen .  (more…)

Ever since I reviewed Chef Bertus Basson’s Spek & Bone dive of a restaurant in Stellenbosch in July last year, Basson has been on a mission to discredit me as a reviewer, not being man-enough to accept my honest feedback. Last week I popped in at his latest eatery, De Vrije Burger, a hamburger and ice cream joint, on Plein Street in Stellenbosch, the take-away outlet being far below the standard of his Eat Out Top 10 award stature! One wonders why he is scraping the barrel with cheap and nasty restaurants, when he started off with the top level Top 10 Overture restaurant, his first! Each new restaurant, of his five restaurants, is one level below the previously opened one in terms of quality!   (more…)

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!  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Jade, a shop in Stellenbosch specializing in selling pearls, and its Manager and jewelry designer Ariéne Jansen. On a recent shopping visit, mentioning that the purchase was a birthday indulgence, I received pouches in different sizes from Ariéne, one each in which to keep my earrings, and the other the necklace which I had bought, very convenient gifts for traveling. I had never been spoilt by the shop like this previously, having awarded it a Sour Service Award earlier this year, due to the poor service received from another staff member! On my return ten days later, to request matching up a favorite earring which I had lost, Ariéne efficiently and very inexpensively created the lost earrings and fixed another earring. She also made up a pearl necklace for me, to an exact length, within a two-hour period, which allowed me to browse the shops around Church Street.  (more…)

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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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! (more…)

Recently friends Llewellyn Lambert, Jenny Stephens, and I had lunch at the recently opened Boschendal at Oude Bank, previously the space occupied at SCHOON de Companje. We found a clean, uncluttered, and friendly Farm Shop, Bistro, Bakery, and Butchery, with produce brought in from the Boschendal farm outside Franschhoek. (more…)

A record 111 South African wines received a coveted 2018 Platter’s Guide five-star rating at the Awards ceremony held at the Table Bay Hotel tonight. Raats Family Wines was named as the 2018 Winery of the Year. (more…)

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