Entries tagged with “Seattle Coffee Company”.

Every winter is a tough time for the restaurant industry. With the dip in Tourism due to the water shortage, and the early and continued winter rains, the restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands have felt the pinch, and many have closed down. We have experienced our first Summer weekend in the Cape, and more tourists can be seen and heard in our city. Will this mean a welcome boost for the restaurant trade? The new Cowboys & Cooks restaurant group is super optimistic, and plans to open more than twenty restaurants in the Cape Town area. 

Chef Richard Carstens has left Tokara Restaurant, after an eight year tenure, one of our most creative and hard-working chefs, in researching and implementing international food trends. Chef Richard has not yet announced his future plans, but initially is taking a break.  (more…)

Yesterday I met Urban Lime Marketing Director and friend Katie Friedman for lunch at Kleinsky’s, a New York Deli-style, kosher-style, Jewish cuisine eatery on Church Square, being developed as an exciting new inner-city food hub. Kleinsky’s is the second Delicatessen to be opened in Cape Town, its Sea Point branch having opened two years ago. (more…)

I haven’t driven on the N2 through Riviersonderend in years, taking a route via Robertson and Swellendam to get to the Garden Route.  The town with one of the longest names in the province is clearly known for its wonderful pies, which makes a stop at the bakery there an absolute must, I have learnt.  Now the pies have come to Cape Town, with Ou Meul Bakkery opening in the city, and past country customers cannot wait to try the new city counterpart.

I had read about Ou Meul Bakkery opening in Cape Town on Twitter, and popped in yesterday. Ou Meul Bakkery opened in Riviersonderend in 1984, and was taken over by Antonie Basson four years ago.  The previous owners run the country branch, while Antonie is hands-on in his city branch. He is also the co-owner of Col’Cacchio in Cavendish Square.  Antonie grew up in Franschhoek, and was a residential property developer before the economy turned four years ago.

Antonie said that they are best known for their light and fluffy pies, a range which includes chicken (R16,50), venison, bobotie, pepper steak, steak, steak and kidney, spinach and feta, ham and cheese, and mutton (R24,50) pies, as well as sausage rolls.  Their sweet treat baking is also popular, and the range include delicious apple turnovers, melktert, and Hertzoggies (R3,80 each), as well as pecan nut chocolate tarts, apple crumble, and lemon meringue (R9 each).  Breads are sold too, and used for making sandwiches, and include baguette (R11), ciabatta (R18), sourdough (R20), and 100% rye (R28).  I enjoyed their cappuccino (R15), the beans coming from Union Hand Roasted, whose owner Gerald Childs was the only local roaster to be invited to the World Coffee Roasting Championships in Vienna two months ago, and which supplies the Seattle Coffee Company, Antonie said

A Deli section stocks a large range of Brenda’s (wife of the winemaker at Fairview, Antonie told me) branded products, included canned peaches and guavas, green fig preserve, sweet chilli, marinated olives and feta, and grape, wild black berry, and ripe fig jams, marmalade, and orange preserve.  Brenda’s Himalayan Crystal salt and Gourmet grinders, mustard glaze, balsamic glaze, lemonade, and sweet red and pepper chutney are also available. Gansbaai honey, rusks, fudge, and Wedgewood nougat can also be bought.

As has become popular, Ou Meul Bakkery has a large wooden-top ‘communal table’, as Antonie called it, with additional small tables for seating inside and outside in the generous area.  A mix of wooden chairs to seat 40 guests was selected by Bone Interior Design Studio.  The baking area is open plan.

Antonie also owns GoGo, having four outlets in Woodstock, St George’s Mall, the Metropolitan building, and 11 on Adderley, with an extensive menu of fresh sandwiches, salads, wraps, and breakfast foods, which are served with the same excellent Union Hand Roasted coffee.

Ou Meul Bakkery, 14 Long Street, Cape Town.  Tel (021) 419-0662. www.oumeul.co.za. Twitter: @OuMeulBakkery   Monday – Friday 6h30 – 17h30, Saturday 7h00 – 14h00.

Chris von Ulmenstein, Whale Cottage Portfolio: www.whalecottage.com Twitter: WhaleCottage

The Sweet Service Award goes to Chad le Clos, our Olympian super swimmer at the London 2012 Olympic Games.  On his arrival back with the SA Olympic team at OR Thambo airport on Tuesday, a matric learner invited him by poster to be her matric dance date, which he accepted, subject to any travel or other commitments!  Mail & Guardian has reported her name to be Melanie Olhaus attending Glenvista High School (see the video interview with her). What an amazing young man, who has not let his success go to his head.  His father Bert is almost as famous as his son due to his spontaneous and delightful BBC interview.  Chad le Clos is a wonderful ambassador for South Africa, not only good-looking, but also a nice human being who appears unaffected by his new fame.  He deserves lots more gold and silver in the future.

The Sour Service Award goes to Ster-Kinekor in Cavendish Square, for its heavy-handed treatment of its customer Andrew for bringing a take-away cup of coffee from Seattle Coffee Company into the movie house, a beverage which Ster-Kinekor does not sell. It was too hot for him to drink immediately.  When he showed his tickets, he was told to finish his coffee immediately, but it was still too hot for him to do so.  He refused and entered the cinema.  A manager was called, and discussed the matter inside the theatre, disturbing other patrons.  He was told to leave the cinema, to which he replied that they would have to physically remove him. A security guard then entered the cinema, and asked him to leave, threatening to call the police if he did not leave.  Again he refused. No police arrived.  Andrew complained about how the movie was spoiled for himself and the other movie-goers.

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog.  Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at info@whalecottage.com.   Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog, and in the WhaleTales newsletters on the www.whalecottage.com website.