The highlight of our Garden Route trip last week was having lunch at Bramon, a pioneering boutique wine estate outside Plettenberg Bay. This was one of the first wine estates in the area, and has established itself not only as a good wine destination, but as having a good friendly restaurant too. My French friend was blown away by us eating …. and drinking ……in the vineyard! Continue reading →
Yesterday I went to pop in at the new Haus & Laib Deli, on Loop Street opposite the back entrance to the St Martini Lutheran Church. I received a warm welcome from co-owner Cheryl Hauslaib, whom I had got to know from my shopping at Raith, now renamed Hartlief, over the years, before she and her husband Hans left to start their new venture. Continue reading →
Last week I invited my friends Clint and Llewellyn Lambert (GM of the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, and influential blogger at Hospitality Hedonist) to join me for dinner at Le Petit Manoir in Franschhoek, which opened in July. Having had more than enough time to settle in, it was a severely (and costly) experience, of a completely dysfunctional restaurant. I apologise for the longer than average Review, summarizing my experiences with Chef Kevin Grobler’s cooking since 2015. Continue reading →
The new The Yard in the Silo District of the V&A Waterfront opened last week, as a multi-cultural cuisine restaurant, but also offering a bar, a homeware shop, and a Deli. It is the most unique restaurant I have experienced, in its diverse food offering. Continue reading →
Having previously heard that Melissa’s was opening in Camps Bay, above the newly opened The 41, I was surprised to hear from its GM designate Ian Smith that the restaurant will be called Mantra Café, will seat 125 patrons, and opens on 13 December. It is in the upstairs space of the former Tuscany Beach. Continue reading →
In just ten days Foxcroft has become the talk of the town, Chefs Scot Kirton and Glen Williams from La Colombe opening a foxy and more informal Restaurant and Bakery in Constantia. Continue reading →
Despite having been open on Main Street in Plettenberg Bay for the past four years, I only noticed Clare’s Cakes (& Deli) on my visit to Plett last week. It offers very reasonably priced cakes, cupcakes, breads, as well as Deli items, in what is a pristine clean outlet. Service is Continue reading →
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I popped in at De Warenmarkt yesterday, and was lucky to find owner a chef Nic van Wyk in attendance. He motivated their three-month presence at the trendy new Deli/retail outlet/restaurant space as an opportunity to offer employment to former staff members who approached him for a job, but which he can not accommodate at his Bistro 13. He has given
the staff at the pop-up a three-month contract. Chef Nic follows in the footsteps of Chef George Jardine, who opened up with De Warenmarkt in July as its first pop-up. Chef Nic helped plan the pop-up at De Warenmarkt when it first opened.
The menu is casually written on a paper sheet behind the payment counter, but A5 copies of it is also Continue reading →
On Tuesday Open Door at Constantia Uitsig opened its doors for Breakfast, served from 9h00 until 11h00 daily. It is reasonably priced, and offers some unusual breakfast options. Open Door is the third restaurant co-owned by Neil Grant and Barry Engelbrecht, with Bocca on foodie Bree Street,and Burrata at the Biscuit Mill, and opened in May.