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.
It was a moving day on Saturday, one which we will not forget in a long time. South Africa won the World Cup Rugby for the third time, continuing a twelve year winning streak cycle. A black captain would have been unheard of in a national sport that was dominated by Afrikaans players in the past. It was a day in which transformation in our country made world history. How proud the late Nelson Mandela would have been, so present at the 1995 World Cup Final when we won. Continue reading →
It was a multi-Award day on Monday this week, with both American Express (for the Western and Southern Cape), as well as the Gourmet Guide (National) announcing their 2020 Restaurant Award winners. A week earlier American Express had announced its Gauteng, Free State, and KwaZulu-Natal Awards. There were many similarities in the winners, yet some strange winners in the American Express Dining awards documented in this post. Continue reading →
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 →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Sea Point/Camps Bay Councillor Nicola Jowell, for the excellent work she is doing in making Camps Bay a better place for its residents. Since meeting her about a month ago, I have reported the need for the mowing of the lawns on the Camps Bay beachfront, the requirement for additional rubbish bins, homeless structures near the beach, signage issues, drains that are too high in the promenade pavements, pushy marketing to beach goers, problems with mobile beach vendors, and more, sending her almost daily feedback about what I see in Camps Bay on my walks. She has managed to obtain super quick action on most issues from the City of Cape Town to date, following up when there is no action. Continue reading →
On Thursday evening I attended the 2019 Finals of the Patrón Perfectionists tequila cocktail competition at Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen and Cape Brandy Bar in the Waterfront, after a first part of the event had been held at Foliage in Franschhoek earlier in the day. Despite the largest number of female finalists over the past three years of the South African participation in the competition, the 2019 SA finals was won by David van Zyl, mixologist at Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen! Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Straatwerk and their workers, who have helped me clean up in Camps Bay on numerous weekends, to weed the stream that I look after near the Tidal Pool, and to remove litter underneath bushes along Victoria Road. They are energetic, friendly, and dedicated in the work that they do, despite their very tough lives and backgrounds. Seeff is doing a fantastic job in sponsoring the work of Straatwerk to the benefit of the Camps Bay community. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths in Camps Bay, and its manager Gary Arendse, for dropping off a bag of oranges at my home, when I recommended to him that the new branch offer a larger fruit and vegetable supply, and break up a pocket of oranges so that one can buy them individually, for single customers like myself and like they do in the Waterfront. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town, and its Parks Department, for the fantastic job Randall, Roland and their team have done in mowing the lawns in Camps Bay near the Tidal Pool and the Lifesaving building, the grass having grown very long after the winter rain. I met with Sea Point/Camps Bay Councillor Nicola Jowell and Randall on Tuesday this week, to show them how overgrown it had become, and by yesterday the mowing was completed. The lawn near the stream is very popular amongst picnickers. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Sorbet in Camps Bay, for the wonderful service by Lauren for doing a leg wax and by her colleague for doing a mini pedicure, with extra love and care, on the eve of my departure overseas. I am so delighted to have switched from the Sea Point to the Camps Bay Sorbet branch almost a year ago. Continue reading →