Category Archives: Winelands

Restaurants offering Sit-Down service in Cape Town and Winelands in Lockdown Level 3: a First List!

 

On Monday restaurants were allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service, after having only been allowed to offer a Food Delivery service from May, and a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service from June onwards.

I have been requested to prepare a list of Restaurants offering a Sit-Down Service, in addition to the Facebook Group which I created of Restaurants offering Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection. The majority of restaurants offering a Sit-Down service will continue offering a Food and Alcohol Delivery and/or Collection Service.  Continue reading →

Cape Town & Winelands Restaurants offering a Lockdown Delivery and/or Collection Service, and Alcohol Sales, grows to over 500!

 

Just before the beginning of May I created a Facebook Group ‘Lockdown Restaurant Food Deliveries Cape Town and Winelands’, since amended to add Collections to its name too.  Initially during May the restaurants listed were offering Deliveries only, in line with Lockdown Level 4 regulations, but since 1 June restaurants are allowed to offer a Collection Service as well as Alcohol Sales, in line with Lockdown Level 3 regulations. The Facebook Group has close to 4500 members.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus Lockdown: Day 1 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5, 1 June 2020.

 

Monday 1 June 2020, Day 1 of Level 3, after 66 days of Lockdown Levels 4 and 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a day of ❤️, happiness, and beautiful weather; I went to exercise at my now-normal time, loving the early morning freshness and sunrise to photograph, getting as far as Glen Beach, there being lots of litter to pick up due to overflowing bins, with lots of disposable coffee cups from the weekend; to have our Building Manager Henry back at work, working with him in applying the Covid Compliance Code, setting up a Sanitation Station; for meeting Stephané Schoeman and her husband Anton Velleman, owners of the Vida e Caffe in Camps Bay, who invited me for a tea to chat about my post about Camps Bay yesterday, Stephané getting a garbage bag to clear out the green bin across the road from their outlet, overflowing this morning, so I squashed its contents down to make space for more cups whilst I was on my first walk 👏; for a little shopping trip to Tamboerskloof, getting my favorite poppy seed rolls at Dinkel Bakery, lusting for them for 67 days, and at Peppertree Café on Kloof Street, both reopening as Deli’s today; for another walk to Bakoven; for a fun call with Stuart Bailey; for a tremendous feeling of freedom today, being allowed to be outside when we want to; for dancing 💃 to Kfm; for updating the Facebook Restaurant Delivery and Collection Group pages; for hearing from my dearest friend Llewellyn Lambert, missing him so much, a message out of the blue 🍎🍎🍎; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙

 

At the end of Exercise Time I checked the store opening and closing times at Pick n Pay and Woolworths, hearing at the latter that they have roast chicken in stock again. This became my most reacted to photograph of the day. 😱

I had to cut my exercise time short as I had to be back at 8h30 to let Henry inside, having kept his keys during Lockdown. We are going to start composting my Veg and fruit offcuts, my tomato plants growing very well already without having planted any.

It felt like a new week, a new month, a new year, excitement in the air, so I put fresh bedding on my bed and got my laundry ready to take to the Laundrette when things quieten down.

After visiting Vida I popped in at Cafe Caprice, which reopened today, chatting to owner David Raad, he reassuring me that the restaurant alcohol prices will be very reasonable. I also popped in at Tiger’s Milk, having heard that they had reopened too, but they will only operate from tomorrow. I loved their Sanitation Station ……. in Corona boxes. 😱. Funniest was a foot bath in which to disinfect one’s feet….. 😷😂 . Next I said hello at Rainbow, which has been open since May, but not during Exercise Time. I succumbed to a mask with red hearts – how could I not buy it…. ? ❤️

A walk through the Promenade was scary, every second Shop closed down: Daluca gift shop, the hair boutique, two pop-up boutiques, Jessy’s Waffles, Out of this World, and The Butcher. 😢

I compiled a first list of the more than 20 restaurants which have closed down in Cape Town and the Winelands since Lockdown. And there are more, I heard this afternoon.

Restaurants in Lockdown: some have closed down, others have moved towards Food Delivery & Collection, and Alcohol Sales, as Restaurant Sit-Down remains prohibited, June 2020.

But I’m delighted for the Restaurants that are open, offering Food Delivery & Collection, and if licensed, also selling alcohol from their restaurants from today onwards. Some crazy pics of bottle store queues today, who would want to stand in one?

For the first time in about 30 years alcohol may be sold off-consumption in Camps Bay from today – history in the making … 🍷🥃🥂

A lovely day all in all, feeling so ‘normal’ again, yet still strange. 😷😷😷

SA Corona Status: 17291 steps 705 deaths 😷😥

FitBit 18000 steps 13 km 👣

Lovemylife ❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this week to commence on 27 March and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, and lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

 

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Restaurants in Lockdown: some have closed down, others have moved towards Food Delivery & Collection, and Alcohol Sales, as Restaurant Sit-Down remains prohibited, June 2020.

 

While a few restaurants already announced their closure at the beginning of March, when the COVID-19 Virus Lockdown had not yet been announced, a flood of restaurant closures is expected when restaurants are allowed to reopen to the public in Level 1 again, at an unannounced date in the future.

An exciting start on the first day of Level 3 today is that Restaurants may offer a Food Collection service from their outlets. In addition, they may offer sealed bottles of alcoholic beverages for sale too, if they have a liquor license, enabling them to make some profit after two months of little trade. Many restaurants reopened at the beginning of May, when Level 4 Restaurant Food Delivery was announced.  A number of our Top 10 Restaurants are offering a Food Delivery Service. Continue reading →

South African grape crop at lowest level in 14 years, wine grape area shrinks!

 

Attending a Tour Guiding course this week, one of our topics was the South African Wine Industry, taught to us by winemaker and consultant Pieter de Waal of Hermit on the Hill. Generously he gifted me the latest The South African Wine Industry Directory 2020, a publication which I have never seen. I have extracted some key information from the publication below. Continue reading →

Cape Town and Winelands Restaurant Openings for rest of 2019/2020 summer dried up? Reflection of the economy?

With rating agencies giving our economy a thumbs down, and our Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni painting a bleak picture of our economy last week, it is no surprise that there are few, if any, restaurant openings planned for the rest of the 2019/2020 summer season. 

Exhibit A of Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King opened on Bree Street on Friday. La Chêne opened at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek two weeks ago. Cowboys & Cooks is running late in opening its planned new restaurant in De Waterkant.

 

Cape Town restaurant openings 

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Little-known hospitality consultancy Hospitality Counsel announces Top 10 Chefs and Restaurants 2019!

It was a Facebook post by Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen of South African/French restaurant JAN in Nice that alerted me to the Hospitality Counsel 2019 ranking of our countries top ten Restaurants as well as Chefs, when he thanked them for being included in the Top 10 Chef List. No other restaurant or chef on the two lists appears to have announced the accolades from the Hospitality Counsel, awarded at an event called the 2019 Luxury Tourism Awards! Continue reading →

New Restaurant openings in Cape Town and Winelands for 2019/2020 season slow down dramatically: October 2019!

The poor economic conditions in our country currently is manifesting in the very few new restaurants opening for the new summer season, most such new openings usually taking place in September. Where many new restaurants are opening, they are changing the name and concept of existing ones, rather than being brand new, or adding other restaurants in a restaurant group’s portfolio. 

Two exciting top-end restaurant openings are those of Exhibit A (owned by highly acclaimed Chef Rikku O’Donnchü and Chef Warwick King, who left Gåte restaurant earlier this year), opening in the city centre on 1 November; and of La Chêne at Leeu Estates in Franschhoek. Interesting is that a number of new restaurants have opened on Kloof Street, our former Cape Town Restaurant Street before Bree Street took over,  Continue reading →

Leeu Collection announces latest restaurant news at its flagship Leeu Estates property in Franshhoek!

Yesterday Leeu Collection announced two changes to its signature accommodation and spa property Leeu Estates, located on the outskirts of Franschhoek, with the opening of two restaurants on the estate.  The hospitality company continues with its concept of inviting top chefs to operate the food and beverage offerings at Leeu Collection properties, as was recently announced at its Lakes District Linthwaite House property in the UK. Continue reading →

Getting a taste of Chilean wines in Casablanca and Santiago in Chile!

Through a stroke of luck I was invited to visit Santiago in Chile for four days, and in this time I was able to drink some Chilean wines. I also visited Casablanca, a wine region outside Santiago, with my friends Guy and Pia, who live near Casablanca. Continue reading →