Last Friday my French housemate and I went to eat lunch at Osteria Tarantino, the tiniest Italian restaurant in Cape Town, seating no more than 32 pax inside and outside. We had both wanted to try it, based on word of mouth, but were disappointed with our experience, and found it to be exceptionally expensive. I question whether any of the dishes are freshly made for diners. Continue reading →
The Bootlegger Coffee Company has grown by leaps and bounds, opening branches not only locally but internationally too. It was a surprise therefore to read that the company had partnered with serious fine-dining Chef Eric Bulpitt of Faber at Avondale in creating Bootlegger Café and Grill in High Constantia, the home of the former very popular Greens. Continue reading →
On Tuesday Winemag.co.za awarded 25 Cape Bordeaux Red Blends top scores of 90 and higher, out of 100, the third year that Editor and chairman of the judging committee Christian Eedes has compiled a Report on this wine category. I was unable to attend the function, as I was attending another wine event at the same time, but received the media release, with the results. Continue reading →
Open Wine is offering local wine lovers as well as visitors to our city a wonderful service in introducing the wine brands it stocks by means of a one-hour tasting on Tuesday evenings, each tasting being hosted by a different wine brand. Last night the focus was on Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate, not only on its wines but on its olive oils too. Continue reading →
Yesterday it was confirmed that Chef Luke is opening Short Market Club on Shortmarket Street, in a pedestrian section of the street next door Continue reading →
The Italian Ambassador Vincenzo Shioppa Narranta will be hosting an Italian-inspired dinner for 18 persons at his ambassadorial residence in Bishopscourt on 11 November, the proceeds of which will go to the Chef’s who Share’s Veggie Box Initiative. Wines will be from Morgenster, and its owner Giulio Bertrand will attend the dinner as well.
To be guests at the fine dinner, bids are requested for its attendance, the highest bidder being eligible to bring eleven other guests for this once-off dinner, all in aid of a good cause. Chefs who Share is a charity drive Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to iFix at the V & A Waterfront and its Manager Jo Robinson, for his service recovery after receiving the Sour Service Award last week. He called me last Friday, and apologized profusely for his staff letting their side down. He encouraged me to call him directly for any future problems. I told him about two sticky keys I have on my laptop, and he told me to bring it in, despite the company not working on Samsung laptops. They cleaned the laptop, but could not get the two keys fixed. However, he showed me how to set up the on-screen Continue reading →
At a function in the lovely Bar of the newly opened De Warenmarkt in Stellenbosch Mvemve Raats De Compostella 2013 was named the overall winner of the inaugural RisCura Red Hot Wine Awards for Bordeaux-style red blends.
Bordeaux-style red blends tend to have the ability to mature in the bottle for many years, most commonly contain Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the blend, but often Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot form part Continue reading →
Winter is almost over, and we are delighted to report that few restaurants have closed down in the past few cold months. By the same token, few new restaurants have opened. Heartbreaking was the fire which closed down The Stack one week after it opened last month in Leinster Hall in Gardens. We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously.
Winter has set in, and the rate of new restaurant openings has almost ground to a halt, as has the move of chefs between restaurants. This list of restaurant openings and closings and restaurant staff movements is updated continuously, as we receive new information:
* Michael Townsend of the Harbour House Group is planning to open two new restaurants on the Muizenberg beachfront: a 160-seater Live Bait, and Howlin’ Wolf, a burger and beer quick service restaurant. Continue reading →