Tag Archives: restaurant review

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 79 of Level 1, 8 December 2020.


Tuesday 8 December 2020, Day 79 of Level 1, Day 258 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a rainy start and end to the day, it clearing during the day, a pleasant 21C; for my housekeeper Portia coming to do a thorough Christmas clean of my home with me, long not done 😱, and always loving getting into a freshly-made bed; for Minsky and I grateful for Portia’s company, as Henry was off ill today, Minsky sticking closer to home today and not making any sounds and seeming to need a sleep catch-up after her exciting day yesterday; for receiving the Festive Season operating hours for Pick n Pay and Woolworths in Camps Bay; for a relaxed walk in Camps Bay, the Beachfront area being very quiet; for dancing to Dansdag on Kfm; for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 3, 30 July 2020.


Thursday 30 July 2020, Day 60 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a beautiful day, also 18C, but it felt warmer than yesterday; for a lazy morning, yesterday’s Quentin’s Restaurant Review rolling into today, leading me to go on a mid-morning walk to check out a police roadblock I heard about, but it had already finished, so I went shopping at Woolies instead; for the good news that my official Tourist Guide card is ready, and that I can fetch it on Tuesday – the department only opens twice a week, even though Tourist Guides have officially been allowed back in business since the beginning of June ; for listening to a National Tourist Guides Association webinar about claiming for the Tourist Guide Relief Fund, it finding one and one not having to fill in any forms – the question is if I am on the provincial list already, as it took them two months to register us!; for the surprise of our Tourism Minister making an announcement about the Curfew being pushed back by an hour, to give some relief to the Restaurant industry, unexpected that a national regulation is changed for the sake of Restaurants and diners; for another walk to Camps Bay, and more shopping at Woolies, bringing a shopping bag this time, and spending time at the Tidal Pool, savouring the reflections in it; for receiving delivery of a special top from Out of the Blue, a bargain I saw on their Instagram account, and fitting perfectly; for a good dose of Vit D on the terrace; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corina Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 59 of Level 3, 29 July 2020.;


Wednesday 29 July 2020, Day 59 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a warmer 18 C day today, lifting my spirits compared to yesterday, and having far more energy as a result; for two Discovery Gameboard plays and gaining over 300 Miles, buying me a voucher and with Miles left over; for a lovely Discovery Health Vitality Check over the phone with Diago, gaining me 2500 points; for being surprised about how much I know about Discovery Vitality, attending their webinar this evening; for a peaceful day; for a walk to Clifton, boosting my heart rate and giving me good Discovery points; for another walk, through Bakoven; for dancing to Kfm; for speaking to my Alex ❤️, wishing we were nearer today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: New Exhibit A Fine-dining restaurant serves fine fun food, but service does not match cuisine quality!

I have experienced the cuisine creativity and presentation of Chefs Rikku O’Donnchü and Warwick King three times at Gåte when they opened at Quoin Rock wine estate outside Stellenbosch a year ago, and three times since they established their own SŸN Group since leaving Gåte, first as a SŸN Pop-up, and then as their brand new Exhibit A, in the past year, In this period I have seen the growth in this creative chef team, challenging itself continuously to do things differently and to break their own boundaries. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Le Petit Manoir Restaurant just does not gel, despite Chefs’ experience In a Michelin star restaurant!

Last week I invited my friends Clint and Llewellyn Lambert (GM of the Franschhoek Boutique Hotel, and influential blogger at Hospitality Hedonist) to join me for dinner at Le Petit Manoir in Franschhoek, which opened in July. Having had more than enough time to settle in, it was a severely (and costly) experience, of a completely dysfunctional restaurant. I apologise for the longer than average Review, summarizing my experiences with Chef Kevin Grobler’s cooking since 2015.  Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Bootlegger Café and Grill in Constantia offers good quality menu with variety and excellent coffee!

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 →

Restaurant Review: La Parada Del Mar sizzles in Camps Bay!

imageLast week Elize Skriker and I went to the brand new La Parada Del Mar in Camps Bay, the 25th restaurant in the Harbour House Group we were told by Group founder Michael Townsend. We found a restaurant sizzling with good food, a fantastic view, and good service from friendly staff. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Daniel old-school French icon, Michelin 2 star!

imageIt was on Facebook that Jacqui Jones, now living in New York, saw that I was in the city, and invited me to join her and partner James for dinner at New York icon restaurant Daniel last week. Daniel is a Michelin two star restaurant, and is Relais & Chateaux accredited. Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: The Village Tart Patisserie & Café in Franschhoek offers tarts and more!

imageThe Village Tart is Franschhoek’s newest restaurant, having opened two months ago on the main road, where the Pancake place used to be.  It is a friendly restaurant, offering the best baking in Franschhoek, but serves lunches and breakfasts too.  Continue reading →