The Winter months are always tough on restaurants, as diners are not keen to leave their homes when it is cold and wet. With the reduced trade, added to Loadshedding, and the earlier Curfew start time, restaurants are keen to attract business by offering Winter specials.
I will compile an ongoing Restaurant Winter Specials list for Cape Town and Winelands Restaurants, updated regularly. I welcome all information about Winter Specials. Continue reading →
Tuesday 26 January 2021, Day 30 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 307 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a lovely relaxed day, at 24C, the South Easter blowing now; for a productive working morning; for a surprise call from a former Camps Bay guest house neighbour in Camps Bay, needing a Social Media Manager, giving my day a pep; for a late afternoon walk to Clifton Fourth Beach and back, and for little litter along the way; for a power nap; for a beautiful sunset; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
In my mind the Silo Hotel in the Waterfront was Cape Town highest restaurant and bar, although more bar on the 11th floor and restaurant on the 6th floor. A year ago that record was broken by Utopia when it opened as an Upmarket Bistro, in the Mirage building in De Waterkant, on the 15th floor, offering dining with a 360 degree view of the Mother City.
I was invited to try the 120-seater restaurant, which is a member of my Lockdown Sit-Down, Deliveries and Collection Facebook Group, for Lunch on Saturday, experiencing its Elevated Dining Restaurant and Bar.
Saturday 10 October 2020, Day 20 of Level 1, Day 198 of Lockdown 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for another lucky day of this lucky week; for meeting the team of 18 Camps Bay Car Guards when they were introduced to us as residents (all 4 of us who pitched) this morning, and spoilt with a donut treat; for an invitation to lunch at Utopia on the 15th floor of the Mirage building in De Waterkant, to try out the restaurant with a view, the highest restaurant in Cape Town, a lovely lunch with generous portions; for a second Camps Bay walk to buy the third Daily Maverick 168 to date; for dancing to the Kfm Blok Party; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
When I first heard that Pilcrow & Cleaver had opened on Parliament Street last year, I couldn’t get my tongue around its unusual name, and it seemed to be out of the way relative to where I normally go if I am in the City centre. After a first chance visit during Lockdown, I was hooked, when I bought a Take-Home meal of duck spring rolls, and can’t miss visiting the small cosy open-plan restaurant when I am in town, always being able to find parking near the Groote Kerk. On Sunday evening I enjoyed my first Sit-Down meal at Pilcrow & Cleaver, as a birthday celebration for my friend Katie Friedman, having previously collected freshly-made dishes from the restaurant to take home. Continue reading →
Friday 3 July 2020, Day 33 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 (99th day of Lockdown) 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a very up and down day, learning that one needs the bad to appreciate the good even more; for catching up on sleep during the early morning and afternoon after a very restless night, having terrible toothache, needing to take painkillers; for a good writing morning, getting back into my rhythm again; for a lovely walk in Camps Bay, initially feeling sorry for myself, but once the painkiller kicked in I was right as rain, meeting Chris Robson, a newish Facebook friend from Sea Point, he recognizing me 😱, and we will meet next week for a chat, as he is in the hospitality industry too, chatting to Juanita Sweeney from Rainbow, and Jameela and her husband, the couple I met yesterday about the shop they want to open, loving her confidence and negotiating power with the landlord, all three full of compliments, making me feel much better; for what was meant to be a quick terrace snooze in the sun becoming an hour long sleep, Minsky lying on the second lounger, just like her mom…. 🐱❤️; for the highlight of the day being a visit to Bidvest Bank in Sea Point , to cash in the few $€£ still sitting in a travel card from last year, with the most amazing service; for celebrating with an ice cream at The Dairy Den, even though the (cracked) cone broke and fell into my lap…. 😱; for a lovely visit to Café Charles in De Waterkant to meet Justine Bee and to hand her the bottle of ADHARA extra virgin olive oil which she won for the presentation of her delicious Lamb Curry and information provided with the Food Delivery; and for feeling happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →
On Monday restaurants were allowed to reopen for Sit-Down Service, after having only been allowed to offer a Food Delivery service from May, and a Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection Service from June onwards.
I have been requested to prepare a list of Restaurants offering a Sit-Down Service, in addition to the Facebook Group which I created of Restaurants offering Food and Alcohol Delivery and Collection. The majority of restaurants offering a Sit-Down service will continue offering a Food and Alcohol Delivery and/or Collection Service. Continue reading →
Wednesday 1 July 2020, Day 31 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 5 and 4 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a beautiful summery Winter day, ahead of a weather change tomorrow; for a good working morning; for an energetic walk to Fourth Beach Clifton, with no torn garbage bags; for being excited to see the City Parks department coming to Camps Bay to mow the lawns, the area around the Stream looking superb now; for checking out which restaurants are open for Sit-Down in Camps Bay; for a shop at Woolworths, Manager Gary Arendse coming to greet me after we hadn’t seen each other there for a while; for a VitD snooze on the terrace; for our vegetable garden getting on fabulously; for my suggestion to our Portfolio Manager to connect Henry to the internet in a money-saving manner being accepted, a positive outcome from the AGM yesterday🙏; for getting a Discovery Gameboard play; for receiving R300 CashBack on the jacket which I bought at Sportsman’s Warehouse, and R340 for my healthy food purchases at Woolies, both done in June, a nice surprise from Discovery; for Minsky just returning from a long walk-about which made me very anxious🐱; and for being healthy and happy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
A report just seen on News24 states that the Government has announced that all licensed restaurants, shebeens, clubs, and bars have to close their doors at 18h00 on Mondays to Saturdays, and at 13h00 on Sundays and public holidays, with immediate effect. This is a devastating announcement for the hospitality industry which was not addressed by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech on Sunday evening. Hotels have been instructed to take greater care to prevent and to contain the spread of the COVID-19 Virus in their establishments. Continue reading →