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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 18 of Level 3, 18 June 2020.

 

Thursday 18 June 2020, Day 18 of Level 3, after 66 days at Levels 4 and 5. ūüė∑

Corona Gratitude ūüôŹ

#Grateful for another magnificent day…. can we be so lucky to have a week of summer in the middle of winter ?‚̧ԳŹ; for walking twice today, at lunchtime up to Clifton Fourth Beach, bumping into Thomas and Haakon again, and a Camps Bay beachfront round at sunset time with Lisa Hayden who lives in Bakoven, with the most stupendous sunset; for having a writing-free morning after writing about President Ramaphosa‚Äôs speech last night and posting it then; for Henry getting my apartment alarm fixed after putting in the new battery and reprogramming it; for getting appointments at Sorbet and for my hair as soon as the opening date is announced (1 July probably); for loving how my vegetable garden is flourishing, with the compost we have been adding, tomatoes just growing wild, and the bought beetroot and coriander plants loving all the sun as well as rain; for receiving an invitation to participate in an online cooking show with one of our country‚Äôs top chefs…. ūüėĪ; for a long Vit D fix on the terrace; for Minsky now knowing her surroundings, and returning back inside without I having to panic; and for being happy and healthy. ūüôŹūüíô Continue reading →

New door opens at Pure Good restaurant for eliminated MasterChef SA Finalist Shannon Smuts!

Pure Good interior Whale Cottage PortfolioShannon Smuts from Cape Town was the first MasterChef SA Season 2 Finalist to have been eliminated in a complicated warthog Pressure Test, and the bouncy and bubbly contestant was missed for her quirky interviews in between the cooking action. ¬†Feeling that she had to prove herself, she was motivated to make a dream come true, which was to open her own restaurant Pure Good, which is a mere two weeks old. ¬†True to its name, it is health-orientated, its signage promising ‘healthy food/happy people’.

Shannon is very health conscious, and her first challenge after the MasterChef SA elimination, which was a knock due to the suddenness of it and the ‘demoralising’ immediate departure from the MasterChef SA kitchen without the opportunity to say goodbye to her fellow contestants, was to participate in a half Ironman in East London. ¬†She was working for Associated Magazines at the time, as a graphic designer for Good Housekeeping, and heard that the owner of Carlucci’s was looking to sell all three his local restaurant/delis, one of them being on the ground floor of her employer’s building. ¬†She took over their lease, and bought their equipment, painted the interior white to give it a fresh look after its dreary grey interior, and chose a lime zest colour to reflect that her restaurant is all about freshness and health. ¬†The colour is reflected in the counter, in the table legs and chairs, the waiters’ aprons, and the menu. ¬†A shelf reflects her green theme, in displaying baskets, and gardening boots and tools. ¬†Elsewhere some boots served as ‘vases’ for flowers. ¬†A glass vase near the counter had an unusual display of lilies with lemons. ¬†A fridge displays salads, fruit salad, and other take-away food items, as well as colddrinks and mineral water. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Salmon Bar in Franschhoek serves almost only… salmon!

The Salmon Bar at The Yard in Franschhoek recently re-opened in a new venue in the same centre, but now is visible to the main road.    The new venue has an odd shape, but its interior decor is marine-orientated, and it is far better able to communicate that it is all about salmon and trout, but also serves wonderful breakfasts, sells outstanding breads, as well as muffins, croissants and cupcakes, and excellent cappuccinos.  The restaurant seems to have got streets better since its re-opening at the beginning of December.

Judy¬†Sendzul is the clever owner of The Salmon Bar at The Yard, which was previously located at a courtyard off the main road when it first opened three years ago, so it was especially popular amongst the Franschhoek locals, who liked the restaurant for its coffee, breakfasts, and salmon meals, to buy wonderful bread, and to sit at a restaurant table without the noise distrubance of trucks driving by on the main road.¬† Initially I was not a salmon fan, and therefore did not consider it for lunches, or even dinners, when these were introduced.¬†¬†But that has changed. ¬†The website describes the owner Judy as “chef, restaurateur, retail food product developer and marketer”.¬†¬†She worked at Woolworths, developing new products for two years.¬†¬†¬†The Three Streams Smokehouse, a partner in the venture, also supplies Woolworths with salmon.¬†¬†¬†

When Bouillabaisse closed down, the developers of The Yard moved the Pam Golding offices¬†to the Bouillabaisse space, and The Salmon Bar took the Pam Golding space, but also that of Schwartz jewellers behind it.¬† The result is a long thin extended restaurant, which almost divides itself into two sections: one near the ‘retail section’ of the restaurant and its pay point, and another set further back, towards the courtyard.¬† The space has been used cleverly, with a counter running down the length of most of the restaurant.¬† There are comfortable couches against the other wall, and modern white chairs.¬†¬†¬†I have always admired the modern wave-like glass shelves which The Salmon Bar uses to display its breads, and these were in use in the old location already.¬†¬† Being focused on marine decor ourselves at Whale Cottage, it is a pleasure to see another business’ fish focus, with an engraved outline of a¬†fish in the ceiling, linked to a slogan:¬† “We source our fish responsibly and cook it simply for breakfast, lunch and dinner”.¬† A wooden fish collage¬†has been hung up behind the couches, and fishes have been painted on the wall above the trout and salmon¬†fridges.¬† The table number has a fish on it.¬†On another wall there is another saying: “Produced and passionately hand made in Franschhoek”.¬†¬† The menu says “We source responsibly and cook simply”.¬†

The Salmon Bar describes itself as “Restaurant, Bar, Deli, Bakery” on its menus.¬† There are two menus, one for Breakfast, which is served until midday, and one for the other meals of the day, available throughout the day.¬† The Breakfast menu is a small laminated menu, printed on both sides, and offers a large variety of interesting and unusual choices: croissants cost R15; pain au chocolate R15; muffins R22; toast, grape jam and Huguenot cheese costs R30; a croissant with oak smoked Royale Highlands trout and cream cheese costs R45;¬† scrambled eggs and toast are my favourite, served plain at R30, R35 with tomato relish added, and R40 with bacon; lemon scrambled eggs with trout and cr√®me fra√ģche cost R55; poached eggs (R30); fried eggs and bacon cost R40; boiled eggs and soldiers (R35); frittata and chorizo R55; bagel and scrambled egg with bacon or trout costs R45; ricotta hotcakes, berries and cr√®me fra√ģche cost R40; and mushrooms on toast with ham R60.¬† Cappuccino is charged at R15.¬†

Cleverly the winelist is printed on a wine bottle, and is a small selection of mainly Franschhoek wines, heavily weighted to those from Boekenhoutskloof.¬† There are five white wines, starting at R25/R90 for Porcupine Ridge Sauvignon Blanc, and for the Wolftrap Viognier Chenin Blanc, to R55/R220 for the Boekenhoutskloof Semillon.¬† “Pink wines” offered are Wolftrap (R25/R90) and Haut Espoir (R33/R130).¬† Five red wines start at Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Viognier (R25/R90), and The Chocolate Block costs R60/R260.¬†¬† “Fine wines”¬†cost R900 for Bollinger, Krone Borealis Cuv√©e MCC 2007 costs R35/R170, and Krone¬†Ros√© Cuv√©e R45/R220.

The main menu is A3-sized, and one side sketches the “Journey of the Royale Highlands Trout”: the eggs are hatched in Franschhoek.¬† The fingerlings are transported to the Lesotho Highlands, where the clear and cold water of the Katse Dam is ideal for farming trout.¬†Then the full-grown trout are returned to Franschhoek, where¬†they are cured and smoked.¬†¬† On the other side, the extensive,¬†unusual and unique salmon and trout focused menu is printed.¬† ¬†Sashimi is offered, 6 pieces of salmon cost R65 and 6 pieces of tuna R75.¬†¬† “Japanese tapas” offered is salmon and prawn pot stickers – there was far more salmon than prawn in these, and the manager agreed that it is predominantly made from salmon, and explained that the prawn content is finely chopped.¬† I would have expected a 50/50% prawn and salmon content. One could not taste the prawns at all¬†(R35); grilled whitefish (R45); the prawn rice noodle spring roll was crunchy, containing mange tout, with a delicious crispy ‘wrapper’, but containing chilli and therefore¬†had quite an afterbite!¬†(R30); and Oshi Zushi (pressed salmon sushi – R35/R70).¬† “Smoked and cured” offerings are Loch Duart Scottish salmon and toast (R85), and a smoked salmon platter (R125).¬†¬† Trout pat√© costs R55, prawns Marie Rose R85; Teriyaki salmon bites R85; New Zealand mussels R65; and Richard’s cured meats R75.¬†¬† Salads are unusual too: grilled Yakitori salmon salad, with seaweed and mushrooms (R98); yellow fin tuna (R75); hot smoked trout Ni√ßoise (R85); spicy pear salad (R55); and a 4-cheese platter costs R85.¬†¬† “Grills” available are linefish (R85); fish cakes (R65); Franschhoek trout (R75); Loligo squid (R65); and prawn/salmon Tom Yum” (R55).¬†

The Deli sells Tokara olive oils, as well as jams, honey, cheese, trout, salmon pat√©, and a wonderful collection of breads – the dough is supplied by Knead Bakery, and baked on the premises: buttermilk rye, light rye, ciabatta with olives, multi-seed health bread, fruited muesli, and barley, potato and rosemary bread, ranging in price from R22 – R28.¬† Baguettes cost R12.¬† One can also buy Black Tiger prawns, tuna, mussels, Norwegian salmon, Rainbow Trout, Richard Bosman’s Quality Cured Meats, and home-made mayonnaise.¬†

I love going to The Salmon Bar, with really friendly staff, and a chef who is willing to bend the rules about which of their lovely breads may be used to make toast.  Parking always seems to be available outside on the main road.   The prices charged are reasonable, and the restaurant has a niche untouched by any other in Franschhoek or the Western Cape.

The Salmon Bar at The Yard, 38 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek.  Tel (021) 876-4591.  www.salmonbar.com (The website lists the menus and winelist, and each page has a beautiful salmon shot, but the general food items are not featured due to the lack of an Image Gallery. Some photographs of the interior are of the previous location).  Open Monday РSunday 8h00 Р21h00.

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

Restaurant News: Cape Town and Winelands restaurant winter specials

Cape Town’s restaurants are feeling the hospitality winter blues, with a large number of restaurants announcing their restaurant specials.¬† The winter has claimed its casualties too, and there could be more in what has been a poor winter for many businesses.

La Mouette has opened¬†at 78¬†Regent Road in Sea Point.¬†¬† Brio is a new jazz restaurant, in half of the ex-Riboville in town (on the Adderley Street side), while Liquorice and Lime¬†has taken over the other half of Riboville (on the St George’s Mall side).¬† Van Hunks has opened at 1 Union Street, off Kloof Street in Gardens.¬† Cafe Nood¬†has opened in Wilderness Road, Claremont.¬†Ryan’s Kitchen¬†has opened at Rusthof guest house in Franschhoek – the chef Ryan Smith is ex-Mont Rochelle.¬† On Broadway¬†has moved to the New Space Theatre building at 44 Long Street,¬†with a new restaurant where Anytime was.¬† Buena Vista Social Club has moved to the top end of Portswood Road in the Waterfront. ¬†¬† The House of Meat has opened in the Pepper Club Hotel, corner Long and Bloem Streets, offering a full braai for R 295, from 3 pm every day.¬†¬† Amazink, ex-Roots, in Khayamandi in Stellenbosch, has opened, with Bertus Basson from Overture an advisor.¬†Spiros has opened in Hout Bay.¬† Mason’s Cafe & Grill has opened in the ex-Cafe Gainsbourg.¬† La Cantina has opened in the Alliance Francaise. The De Leuwen Jagt restaurant on the Seidelberg wine estate outside Paarl has opened The Fabulous Bakery.¬†¬† Gesellig has opened on the corner of Church and Regent Roads in Sea Point, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.¬†¬† Chez d’Or has opened in Franschhoek, with Richard Carstens as consultant Chef, scheduled to stay¬†until September, but he left on 28/7.¬† It has been confirmed that Carstens¬†will take over the running of Tokara in October, given that Etienne Bonthuys is set to open a new restaurant on Dorp Street in Stellenbosch.¬† Gesellig is a cosy and friendly new eatery in Sea Point.¬†¬†¬†Indochine ¬†has opened at the Delaire Graff wine estate in Stellenbosch.¬† The Long Table Restaurant and Cafe has opened at Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch.¬† The Wild Peacock Food Emporium has opened in Stellenbosch.¬†¬†Knife Restaurant has opened in the Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa, a sister restaurant to Fork. ¬†De Oude Bank Bakkerij has opened in Stellenbosch.¬† Cafe Le Chocolatier has taken over from Cafe Vendome in Place Vendome in Franschhoek. Leaf Restaurant and¬†Bar¬†has opened where Portofino/The Showroom were located.¬† Epicerie Fine is the new name of the L’Ermitage Deli in Franschhoek, and has a new owner.¬†¬† Sommelier Restaurant at the Sante Hotel and Wellness Centre has re-opened.¬† Illyria coffee shop has opened in the Eikestad Mall in Stellenbosch. Babylonstoren is to open a restaurant in October, next door to Backsberg.¬† The Fish Shack has opened at The Paddocks in Milnerton.¬† Reubens at One&Only Cape Town has opened.¬†¬† Luigi’s from Hout Bay is said to be opening where Vista Mare was in The Promenade in Camps Bay.¬†¬† Satay Bar has taken over from Zucca in Kloof Street.¬† Pierneef √ɬ† La Motte has opened at La Motte.¬†Luke Dale-Roberts, ex-chef at La Colombe and making 12th place on the Top 50 Restaurants in the World list earlier this year, will be opening The Test Kitchen at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock in November.¬† Sofia’s at Morgenster will open in Somerset West in¬†November.¬† Down South will open on Long Street in October.¬† French Toast has opened at 199 Bree Street, a tapas and wine bar.¬† Babel opens at Babylonstoren next to Backsberg on 14 November.¬†¬† Hemelshuijs has opened at 71 Waterkant Str, serving breakfast and lunch, and dinner on request.

Portofino, which opened where The Showroom was, has closed its doors. The first review¬†of Portofino appeared on this blog.¬†¬† Cafe Gainsbourg on Kloof Street,¬†Anytime on Long Street, Josephine’s Patisserie, Ginja, maze at the One&Only Cape Town,¬†La Table de France in Sea Point, Panarotti’s and Shimmi’s Bar in Hermanus, Miguel’s in Plettenberg Bay, and Bouillabaisse and La Brasserie in Franschhoek¬†have also closed down.¬†¬†¬†Camil Haas, the co-owner of Camil’s in the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, has left the restaurant, but is doing food and wine pairing evenings in Franschhoek, and has joined Reuben’s, substituting for Reuben Riffel in Franschhoek and at the One&Only.¬†¬†Yum in Vredehoek has closed down.¬†¬† In Camps Bay the Cape Town Fish Market and Terra Mare have closed down.¬† Luke Dale-Roberts is no longer the Executive Chef at La Colombe, but will consult to the restaurant.¬†¬† Tank in the old Cape Quarter is to get a new name.¬†¬† Cafe des Arts has taken over from Topsi’s in Franschhoek.¬† Satay Bar has taken over from Zucca in Kloof Street.¬† shu has closed down on Main Road, Green Point, and it appears that Camil’s has too.¬†¬† Madame Zingara has left Cape Town, to pitch her tent in Johannesburg.¬† Le Quartier Fran√ɬßais has clsoed iCi, and has opened The Common Room.

Some restaurants are closing to have a winter break.¬†The Mount Nelson’s Cape Colony re-opens with a new interior and new menu on 1 November.¬† Vaudeville has closed between August and October.¬† Marianna’s in Stanford is re-opening on 14 October.¬†The Salmon Bar in Franschhoek re-opens on 1 November, undergoing renovations in a new location (parts of ex-Bouillabaisse and Pam Golding¬†venue).¬†Massimo’s Pizza Club in Hout Bay¬†has gone¬†into winter hibernation, and is likely to reopen in November, in a new venue across the road from its previous venue¬†in Hout Bay, with the new name Massimo’s.¬† Mario’s, which had to close during the World Cup due to a fire in the kitchen, has re-opened.¬†

The following restaurant specials have been announced (NOTE: This Specials list is updated continuously).  WE HAVE STARTED A NEW SPRING/SUMMER SPECIALS LIST

We have seen our list used without acknowledgement on other bloggers’ blogs – please acknowledge Whale Cottage Portfolio Blog as your source:

CAPE TOWN

*   The Cru Cafe in the Cape Quarter:  buy 1 wine flight, get 1 free, served with snacks, all days of week, lunch and dinner

*   Wang Thai: 2 courses including rice R 69, at V&A Waterfront, Constantia, Somerset West, and Lagoon Beach branches, until 30 November 

*   Andiamo in the old Cape Quarter: R 49 breakfast special (juice, cooked breakfast, cappuccino), until 11h30 daily; 2 pizzas or 2 pastas with 2 glasses of wine R 125; Basil, chilli chicken/salmon salad with bottle of water or colddrink R 59, until 31 October. Tel (021) 421-3687

*   Pure at Hout Bay Manor: 3 course dinner for R 200, and R 280 with a glass of wine added

*   Vanilla in the Cape Quarter:  1/2 price sushi 12 Р6 pm, 25 % off cocktails

*   Pepenero in Mouille Point : sirloin and chips R 79, seafood platter R 129, prawn platter R 99, oysters R 9 each, half-price sushi, spaghetti bolognaise R59

*¬†¬†Sinn’s Restaurant at Wembley Square:¬† lunch (6 options)¬†at R 50.¬† 3-course dinner at R 135.

*   Hussar Grill, in Camps Bay and Green Point: 400g beef ribs, 200g rump/sirloin steak, 200g boerewors R99, until stocks last

*¬†¬† Pepper Club on the Beach in Camps Bay: “Nip and Tuck promotion” – Prawn platter R98; Potjies R79,95; Sirloin and Prawn combo¬†R89,50; Seafood platter R139,95; half-price sushi – until end October

*   Kuzina in the new Cape Quarter:  Meze platter for two plus bottle of wine R 189, Mondays РFridays 12h00 Р18h00 and Sunday evenings from 18h00. Continuous. Tel (021) 418-8000

*¬†¬† Saul’s Sushi@Vegas, 118 Main Road, Sea Point: “Eat as much as you like” sushi R 120 Mondays and Tuesdays, “two for the price of one” sushi Fridays and Saturdays

*¬†¬† Theo’s on Beach Road, Mouille Point: oysters R 6 each, 1 kg prawns R 99, line fish R79, for lunch and dinner.¬† 300 gram sirloin steak, spatchcock chicken peri peri¬†and 500 gram spare ribs all R 79 for lunch only.¬† Full sushi platter R99, half platter R50. Tel (021) 439-3494.

*   1800 in the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, Main Road, Green Point: 300g sirloin steak R99. Until end October.

*   Myoga at Vineyard Hotel, Newlands: 6 course dinner, with 5 choices per course, for R 150, Mondays РSaturdays, continues throughout summer 

*   Tank in old Cape Quarter: 2 courses R R140, 3 courses for R 165, both with a glass of wine, until end October.  Tel (021) 419-0007  

*   Beluga, The Foundry, Green Point: 1 kg prawns R99; 50 % off sushi Sundays РMondays from 12h00 Р19h00.  Tel (021) 418-2948.

*   The Kove, Victoria Road, Camps Bay: 2-course meal with glass of wine R120; Fish and chips R 79, 400g ribs R75, Oysters R 9,  Seafood Platter R129, Rump 250gm R 79, Rump 500gm R 109, 1kg of prawns R 99, Lamb chops R99.  Tel (021) 438-0004

*  Cafe Sofia in Camps Bay, Green Point, etc:  Breakfats specials, Burger R59, Chicken skewers R59. 

*¬†¬† 221 Waterfront: two drinks for price of one, Mondays – Fridays, 16h30 – 18h30,¬†two dishes on “Lite” and Sushi sections of menu for the price of one, 3-course dinner for R 135

*   Jakes in the Village/on Summerley, in Steenberg and Kenilworth, respectively:   25 % off all dishes, 5 Р7 pm only, Mondays РSaturdays, until end September

*   Buitenverwachting in Constantia:  2 courses R 149, 3 courses R 169, 4 courses R 199

*   Duchess of Wisbeach, corner Main and Wisbeach Roads, Sea Point Рfree bottle of wine for a table of four

*¬† Le Restau Paradiso, Kloof Street: Marie’s Menu 3 courses R 110; Capetonian Menu 3 courses R 130; French Classics Menu 3 courses R 150, until December.

*   A Tavola in Claremont: 50 % off all pasta dishes on Mondays. 

*   The Lookout Deck, Hout Bay:  6 prawns free with specific main courses; 6 oysters R 36 (5 Р7 pm only), until end September

*   La Mouette, Regent Road, Sea Point: 6 courses for R 175.  Express Lunch Р2 courses (with 2 choices each) at R 99.   Monday РSaturday dinner, Tuesday РSunday lunch,  until launch of Summer menu at Garden Party on 10 October. Tel (021) 433-0856

*¬†¬† Blonde restaurant, Hatfield Street: “two …blondes are better than one” promotion of 25 % off the bill, until September

*¬†¬† Lagoon Beach, Milnerton – 2 course meal from R 75, “all-you-can-eat” Sunday buffet R 99

*   Jardine, Bree Street: 3-course dinner at R 180, Tuesdays РSaturdays

*   Berthas in Simonstown: 1 kg mussels, 1 kg Queen prawns or 1 kg mini seafood platter cost R 99 each

*   Ricks Cafe Americain, lunch special for R 39, Mondays РSaturdays, until 31 October

*   The Square Restaurant, Vineyard Hotel, Newlands: 5-course dinner costs R 165.  Tel (021) 657-4500

*   Pepperclub Luxury Hotel & Spa: 6 oysters and a glass of bubbly R60, Fridays from 16h00, with jazz

*   Aubergine:  2-course lunch R184,  3-course lunch R235, Wednesdays РFridays

*¬†¬† Balducci’s: All pizzas (except Flaming Prawns)¬†R49, 26-piece Platinum Sushi Plate for R99, Burgers from R55.¬† Monday – Sunday, 12h00 – 18h00.

*   Ferrymans, V&A Waterfront: 3-course pairing meal, with wines matching starter and main course, at R200, until September.

*¬†¬† Saul’s Taverna: for every meal ordered from main menu, the second person get’s a free main course from chef’s special menu

*¬†¬† Societi Bistro: “Tour of France” – 3-course French menu R 150, until October

*¬†¬† Chapman’s Peak Hotel, Hout Bay:¬†Moelas Estufadas R35, Escargots R35, Oxtail R99, Hake and squid, chorico R29, Hake Fillet R69, Butternut and feta lasagne R69.¬† Tel (021) 790-1036

*   Quay 4: Snoek and chips R59, until October

*   Black Marlin: Snoek on braai R55, half crayfish on braai  R75, Saturdays and Sundays;  3 course meal plus glass of sherry R125, until October

*   Hildebrand: 2 courses R 89, 3 courses R 120, until September

*   Chenin Restaurant and Bar: Sirloin steak R60. Tel 021 425-2200

*   Leaf Restaurant and Bar : 51 % off sushi from 11h00 Р16h00 and all day Sunday, 18 prawns for R69, 50 % off dimsum. Current

*   Gesellig, Regent Road, Sea Point: 2 courses plus soup or dessert = R 90 for dinner; lunch costs R40 for dishes usually costing R65 РR77 12h00 Р14h00

*  The Fish Shack Restaurant and Wine Bar, Paddocks, Milnerton: Shack Platter and glass of wine R 90

*   Blowfish in Blouberg: Seafood platter R 89, 20-piece sushi platter + glass of wine R99, 500g rump steak R 95, Chicken schnitzel R75, Prawn platter R69, Thai seafood curry R79, Mixed Grill Espetada R95, until October. Tel 021 556-5464

*   Ocean Basket: Starter, seafood platter, and bottle of Two Oceans wine for 2 for R 235 (only at Hout Bay, Plumstead, Tygervalley and V&A branches), until 31 October.

*   Live Bait, Kalk Bay Harbour: pan-fried paprika calamari R50, until end October, Monday РThrursday lunch, Sunday РThursday dinner, tel 021 788-4133

*   Bamboo, below Cape Royale Hotel: unlimited prawns at R 95 on Sunday evenings, 10 oysters for price of 8

*   Cape Town Fish Market: 2 courses R 59, 3 courses R 69, (snoek paté, 200 g hake and chips, koeksisters) until 17 October

*   Cafe Chic:  3 courses R130, half price cocktails Wednesdays, until October. Tel (021) 465-7218 

*   OYO at V&A Hotel : 500g crayfish special R185. Current

*¬†¬† Krugmann’s Grill, V&A Waterfront: 200g sirloin steak and 4 prawns R 65; chicken or beef burger with chips¬†for lunch only¬†12h00 – 17h00¬†R29, both offers until end October

*   Spur: rump and sirloin, and beef or chicken schnitzel all R 59,95, until end October

*¬†¬† Dale’s Black Angus Grill, Tableview: Beef Burger, Minute Fillet Steak and Egg, Mussel and Lobster Pot, Zuricher Geschnetzeltes, all R40; Liver R35; Fish & Chips R30; Castle¬†Draft R12, until end October Tel (021) 551-7776¬†

THE WINELANDS

*   Allee Bleue, outside Franschhoek: choice of three 250 gram steaks at R 99, including a glass of estate wine, May РSeptember. Tel (021) 874-1021

*   Olivello, Klapmuts, outside Stellenbosch: 2-course meal R 99, 3-course meal R 119.

*   Le Bon Vivant in Franschhoek: 2-course meal for R 150, 3 courses for R 175, until end October. Tel (021) 876-2717

*   Cuvee, Simonsig wine estate, outside Stellenbosch:   2 course lunch or dinner + glass of wine R 170, 3 courses R 200, August РOctober

*¬†¬† Bosman’s, Grand Roche Hotel, Paarl: 3-course lunch and 2 glassses of wine for R 260, Sundays

*   Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch : 3 course lunch R 235

*   Le Petite Ferme, Franschhoek: 2 courses R 100, 3 courses R 150, plus carafe of wine, live music, every Friday evening, until end October

*¬†¬† Ryan’s Kitchen at Rusthof, Franschhoek :¬†5 course meal Taste of Africa R395, with wine added R595.¬† Summer¬†Tel (021) 876-4598. ¬†

*¬†¬† Noble Hill, Klapmuts: Farmer’s Lunch costs R 62, Mondays – Fridays

*   Restaurant Christophe, Stellenbosch: business lunch Р2 courses R130, 3 courses R 150, Tuesday РFriday, served within one hour, all year

*   Allora in Franschhoek: 3 course menu at R89, until end November. Tel (021) 876-4375.

*¬†¬†¬†Caf√ɬ©¬†Nadine, L’Ermitage, Franschhoek –¬†pasta, sald and glass of wine¬† R69.¬† Tel (021) 876-9200

*   Waterkloof Restaurant at Waterkloof in Somerset West: Summer special Р2 courses R140, 3 courses R170, and includes a tasting of 5 Waterkloof wines. Tel (021) 858-1491

*¬†¬† L’ermitage, Franschhoek: 2 course meal and glass of wine R85. Until end October. Tel (021) 876-9200

OTHER AREAS

*   Season in Hermanus: 2 course meal R 75, bredie of the day R 48, Sunday roast R 65, 3-course Sunday lunch R 110. Tel (028) 316-2854

*   Mediterrea in Hermanus: 3 course meal R 195, Monday РThursday dinners and Sunday lunches

*   The Class Room, Hermanus: 5 course gourmet dinner, R 165, Wednesdays РSaturdays, until end October.  Tel (028) 316-3582

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

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