Category Archives: Restaurant week

SÜD-AFRIKA Magazin features WhaleTales Blog story on Restaurant Recovery since Lockdown!


Today SÜD-AFRIKa magazine launched its first newsletter of 2022, and included an article written in German,  summarising my Blogpost of earlier this month,  with the wonderful news that more Restaurants have opened than have closed in the past 22 months, a wonderful turn-around for the industry.

The article features the photograph alongside, which is of the view from the terrace at Zezt Restautant Sea Point, one of the more than 100 restaurants that have opened during Lockdown. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 46 of Level 1, 15 November 2021


Monday 15 November 2021, Day 46 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a lovely sunny 22C day; for a stay-at-home working day; for the day/night lights at the apartment block working again, at least on my side, after not doing so for almost a week; for a walk to Bakoven; for taking photographs of a French tourist group of 40 pax staying at the newkings boutique hotel and eating at Zest Restaurant this evening; for stopping in Camps Bay on my way home, taking a walk on the beach front, with lovely sunsets, seeing a brand new Marcels frozen Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 12 of Level 1, 12 October 2021


Tuesday 12 October 2021, Day 12 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a busy day, having to leave home at 10h00 and spending most of the day at Zest; for welcoming Ward Councillor Nicola Jowell to Zest, where she set up her Mobile Office, to meet Sea Point residents; for working from the restaurant until my very productive Status meeting with newkings boutique hotel this afternoon; for trying my new favorite dish at Zest, a Zest Salad, massive and full of the freshest goodness; for a quick shop at Woolies; for a new change taking place at Piazza Continue reading →

Restaurant Week Dinner at Gigi Rooftop, Gorgeous George Hotel, sadly not all gorgeous!


In writing about Restaurant Week and a client’s participation in it, I saw the offer of Gigi Rooftop at the Gorgeous George Hotel on St George’s Mall in town, and encouraged my friend Gary Peterson to join me.

Despite its name, Restaurant Week is a month-long eating extravaganza available at more than 100 hotels at very generous packages, from R245 for a 2-course Lunch and R295 for a 3-course Dinner.

During Restaurant Week in October Gorgeous George is offering 2 courses for weekday Lunch at R245, and R325 for a 3-course Dinner. Continue reading →