The most exciting news for the South African restaurant industry is that Interlude, at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens in the UK, was crowned with a 2020 Michelin star today, the kitchen headed up by South African Chef Jean Delport, formerly of Benguela on Main in Somerset West. It follows in the footsteps of JAN restaurant in Nice, owned by South African Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, which also has one Michelin star. It may be no coincidence that both chefs studied at the very under the radar Zevenwacht Chef School. Continue reading →
Yesterday was the third time that I ate at Stargarden Boutique Café, since it opened in Fish Hoek about six months ago. I had to drop my friend Ali Tanguy in the Deep South, and so it was a perfect opportunity to return to this delightful restaurant, my favourite on that side of Table Mountain. My only regret is that it is so far from where I live in Camps Bay. Continue reading →
Yesterday I visited the Carrol Boyes head office in Paarden Eiland, and was shown around its extensive and impressive Showroom, and Chocolate and Sugar Confectionery production facility by its CEO Craig Ludwig. Continue reading →
On Thursday I attended the launch of ‘Thursday Reveal’ at The Station on Bree, offering a musical introduction to the weekend on Thursday evenings, with George Sax and other musicians performing. We also tasted some of the dishes on the new Summer Menu, presented as canapés. Continue reading →
The Wade Bales Cap Classique & Gin Affair 2017 will be held at Grand Africa Café & Beach on Friday and Saturday late afternoon, offering more than fifty fine sparkling wines, as well as top local Gin brands to taste. Continue reading →
Last night I attended the Phoenix Charity Dinner and Auction at Tintswalo Lodge Atlantic, which raised R290000 towards Thula Thula, a non-profit organization which assists township residents in Hout Bay with replacing possessions lost in fires. Continue reading →
In just over twelve months of its launch, Triple Three hand-crafted premium gin made at Blaauwklippen in Stellenbosch has become one of the top three best-selling local gins in our country, and is regarded as a world-class gin. I attended a tasting of the three Triple Three gins at OpenWine on Monday evening, and of their brand new but not yet launched Triple Three Distillers Cut gin last week, at a Blaauwklippen Zinfandel tasting. Continue reading →
OpenWine ‘Taste Pair Shop’ opened on Wale Street in a chic less-is-more venue a month ago. Yesterday Seth Shezi and I visited OpenWine, and found two very friendly Italians who are passionate about promoting and drinking South African wine.
American restaurant consultants Baum + Whiteman have predicted twelve food and beverage trends for this year, reports Fine Dining Lovers:
1: Restaurants in Retail Stores: restaurants will be used as a means of attracting more shoppers into malls, department stores, hotels, airports, and museums.
2: Tasting-Only Menus: Tasting menus are increasingly replacing à la carte menus in fine dining restaurants, the diners having a more exact idea of what they are in for in terms of cost.
3: The Rise of Fine Dining Chicken (Posh Chicken): Chicken is predicted to become as desired as a good steak when eating out, ‘cooked Sous Vide and served alongside foie gras, black mission figs or quail eggs’.
4: Out with Food Courts, In with Food Halls: Food Halls serving fine fresh foods in malls, even if more expensive, will replace the fare of fast food chains dominating shopping malls currently.
5: The Rise of Fish: Oily fishes such as anchovies, sardines, and mackerel are increasing Continue reading →