Chef Bertus Basson and his team of restaurant and interior designers have transformed 10 restaurants in the Western Cape, each restaurant closed for three days for an instant make-over in its interior design, its kitchen design, its menu, and in some instances, its name.
The work that has gone into each restaurant transformation has been documented in ten ‘In die Sop: Restaurant Evolusie’ episodes on kykNET, with an eleventh episode summarising the series, and Chef Bertus revisiting some of the restaurants, to check on their progress.
The idea for the restaurant transformation series came from the realisation that it was not only the Lockdown that affected restaurants, but that their interior design, menu, and even restaurant name can impede their success!
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Friday 4 December 2020, Day 75 of Level 1, Day 254 of Lockdown.😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for a lovely sunny day, but windier and cooler now; for a calm and relaxed day; for an admin morning; for a two hour clean up with my Cleaning Team at Glen Beach and Maiden’s Cove, the stretch between Maiden’s Cove and Fourth Beach Clifton being particularly full of litter; for a tea visit from Bernard Gutman, now a resident of Saldanha, but visiting for the day, and kindly bringing me a box of Nigiro Earl Grey Blue Flower tea as a gift, a catch up chat in not having seen each other in ages; and for being healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Since my return from a three month trip to escape our winter, my number one newly-opened restaurant on my list to visit in the Cape was SŸN, the pop-up having opened whilst I was away, and headed by Chefs Rikku Ó’Donnchü and Warwick King, formerly of Gåte restaurant at Quoin Rock. The one-day special Heritage Day Menu (at R690) was the perfect opportunity to taste and see what these two creative chefs and their team have come up with since setting up on their own, initially as a Pop-up before they open their new restaurant on 1 November. Continue reading →
One of Cape Town’s newest restaurants is Seabreeze Fish & Shell, the owner-run seafood restaurant which opened on Bree Street in February, as a pop-up focused on serving oysters initially. It now operates six days a week for both Lunch and Dinner, and is a seafood lover’s dream in offering ‘mid-market elegant and contemporary dining‘, at very reasonable prices. Continue reading →