V&A Waterfront


Every winter is a tough time for the restaurant industry. With the dip in Tourism due to the water shortage, and the early heavy winter rains, the restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands are feeling the pinch, and many have closed down, even some on the iconic restaurant Bree Street, as well as in the Waterfront!  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Ben Weí Asian fusion sushi restaurant in Wembley Square, which spoilt my guest Stephanie Neubauer on her birthday. I had met Stephanie and her partner Jörg an hour before at the Gernan Embassy, and overheard their sad tale about a mugging in Woodstock they were subjected to, losing their valuables and passports. I took them with me, to fetch a spare cellphone at my home, to help them find an ATM to draw cash from an extra credit card they had, and spontaneously invited them to a birthday lunch at Ben Wei. I mentioned this to the waiter when I ordered a glass of bubbly for Stephanie, and the kitchen brought out a plate of salmon roses for the birthday girl. It was a lovely touch to make the couple feel much better after a traumatic 24 hours.  (more…)

Valentine’s Day and ultimately #ZumaExitDay was an auspicious day to have been chosen for the Strauss & Co Preview of its first ever dedicated Contemporary Art Auction, due to take place on Saturday. The Preview was held at the new Cape Town Cruise Liner Terminal in the Cape Town Harbour. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Wizardz, and its assistant Yumnah, who assisted me in the layout and first print run of my first book ‘SwitchBitch: My journey of transformation from Sour to Sweet’. I had a deadline for the launch for 20 December, and I was in Yumnah’s hands to get the copies printed and bound by the day before. I received a message on the 15th already, telling me that the books were ready for collection at the Garden Centre branch. This was unexpectedly good service. In a very quick turnaround time, the staff was also able to print a small amount of menus onto the photograph of the book cover, which meant that I did not have to wait for them or return to fetch them!  (more…)

On Friday I was in the Silo District, showing my young friend Bella Bauer around this new area in the Waterfront. Spontaneously we decided to eat at FOOD, on the sixth floor of the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary African Art. We found a stylish eatery with a Cafë and Bistro Menu, which runs until the end of the month before the eatery switches to a two- and three-course Menu. (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to MAC cosmetics in the V&A Waterfront, and its assistant manager Kerry Trainer. I wanted to buy my favorite lipstick and gave her the name of the colour, only to be told that the colour has been discontinued, something which happens so often in cosmetics. She said she could have the stock room checked for any last lipsticks in this colour, if I could wait for a while. I returned and was irritated that the person fetching the lipsticks still had not returned to the shop. When I returned a second time, the lipstick had arrived, plus a sample one, which Kerry offered me for free, due to the colour being discontinued. She offered to look for more of the lipstick colour at other branches, and called me back, to tell me that she had found five for me at Cavendish Square, and that they would keep them for me until I could collect them.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Tanur Jewellery in the V&A Waterfront, where I not only found a tanzanite eternity ring, after a long struggle to find the perfect match with my other tanzanite rings, but also enjoyed excellent Service, in having the ring enlarged. The ring was finished before the promised time, and I was called, to invite me to collect it. It was accompanied with a certificate, unlike my poor experience at Kamaldien Jewelers, also in the Waterfront.  (more…)

The Kove Collection’s newest restaurant The White Rabbit has opened alongside Dalliance, also a Kove Collection restaurant, in the V&A Waterfront. It is a feminine coffee shop and bar in a quiet section of the Waterfront, a place of respite from shopping in the mall. (more…)

On Thursday I was one of a number of writers who was invited to taste samplers of the new Summer 2017/18 Menu at Shimmy Beach Club. It was a meal prepared for us by new Head Chef Mike Keaton, working alongside Executive Chef Adrian Cook.  (more…)

The Sweet Service Award goes to Tiger’s Milk Kloof Street, where I experienced double service excellence in one afternoon. I had finished a meeting, and while chatting to Group staff member Linda Hofstetter, saw that my phone battery was down to 5%. I tried to book my Uber trip back home, but I could not get it to work. Linda tried to help me on my phone, and when it didn’t want to work, she called a car for me on her App, and refused to accept payment for it. A security staff member stood at the Kloof Street entrance to the restaurant, and assisted me in identifying the Uber vehicle, and in safely walking me across the road to the car. 

 

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