I ate at KONG Bar & Grill in De Waterkant last Thursday for the first time, at the invitation of its PR Consultant Marina Nestel, and then watched the World Cup Rugby Semi-Final there on Sunday. Not expecting much from the ‘Grill’ part of the name, I was surprised to meet Chef Coenraad Spauner, who heads up the kitchen and who worked at a Michelin Plate restaurant in France last year. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Tease Hair & Beauty, and its owner Vida Croeser, for her generosity in sponsoring a hair cut and colour without charge, kindly organized by Marina Nestel. Vida has 30 years’ salon experience, but this is her first own salon, which also offers a beauty salon service. Tease has just opened in Green Point. The day after the colour treatment I was one of a number to attend the media launch of Tease. We were sent home with a goodie bag of sample products : Redken All Soft shampoo, Redken All Soft conditioner, The Colossal Volume Express mascara, Label.m Protein Spray, Label.m sunglasses and pouch by Jean-Pierre Braganza, a collection of Agadir and SuperPlex Haircare products, and a voucher for a cut and Redken Chemistry Treatment. TEASE salon is open seven days a week.
The Sweet Service Award goes to Dr Jemma Simpson, an Aesthetic Doctor at DermaMedical in the Garden Centre, and her treatment of aesthetic medicine on a trial basis, which was organized by Marina Nestel. She analyzed my skin, and has prepared and is implementing a transformative treatment plan to bring out the best features of my face.
The Sweet Service Award goes to Kavanagh’s Hair and Beauty in Sea Point, and its stylist Vera Croeser, who did a complimentary cut and colour of my hair, as well as an eyebrow tint.
Vera and I had not met previously, and were connected via Marina Nestel, a brand ambassador for Kavanagh’s.
Vera and I had much in common, with an interest and learning in spirituality, a new path for me. She added a funky touch to my new cut, and took extra care of my hair, bringing out the colour with a tonic.
The 20 minute scalp massage by her assistant Lorraine, whilst I was wrapped up in a warm blanket, was an absolute treat and indulgence. Continue reading →
I was recently invited by Little Black Book event organiser Marina Nestel to two launch functions at Lou Lou’s Bar, a top new nightspot as well as daytime eatery, which has opened in the Cape Quarter in De Waterkant.
I was invited by Marina Nestel of The Little Black Book to attend the official opening of Crumbs & Cream on Regent Road in Sea Point this evening, a unique outlet selling ice cream sandwiches which began trading a week ago. Continue reading →
For the first time Chef Seelan Sundoo has opened his own restaurant, after having been used by investors and operators in the past to be their front man, but not getting the recognition from them for the following he has, which I observed when I was invited to enjoy lunch at Seelan Restaurant & Bar at Quay 5 in the V&A Waterfront yesterday. Seelan Restaurant & Bar reflects the past connections of Seelan as chef at the Grand Café and La Perla, but his Shimmy Beach Club and Reserve Brasserie past are not visible.
Seelan worked as Head Chef at La Perla in Sea Point for many years, and he has employed eight staff from La Perla. One cannot help but feel that one is in La Perla, with the smart white tuxedo jackets which the male-only waiters wear. Seelan was attracted to The Grand Camps Bay, which he headed up, with Justin Paul Jansen at his side. Justin displayed his knack of attracting patrons to the restaurants, remembering their names and faces, and offering excellent service. The woven cane chairs in the outside section of Seelan remind one of The Grand. Justin was offered the opportunity to open The Reserve on St George’s Mall, and Seelan moved to The Grand on the Beach. Justin later called in Seelan to open the Reserve Brasserie, and to be its Chef. When The Reserve closed down, Justin went to New York, and Seelan started up the Shimmy Beach Club as co-owner, being its front person. It being time to move on, Seelan made the long overdue decision to open his own Mediterranean style restaurant. Justin said that Seelan is a ‘man of taste and class’, and that Shimmy Beach Club did not suit his style. Continue reading →