Last night we headed through to the Paul Cluver amphitheater to watch a wonderful South African band called the Parlotones. Picture a rustic theatre in the middle of a Eucalyptus forest and one of South Africa’s best and up and coming bands combined with one of South Africa’s top wine estates (note to self – you have to enjoy the Paul Cluver wine while you are there and may not smuggle in other brands. Second note to others – there wine is amazing as this is one of the coolest wine producing areas in the country – so one should definitely try it and support them!) We were so lucky – my friend knows the family and as such we were perched on a platform high in the trees. She is also a very talented cook – so our picnic was a gourmet delight! What fun we had. As the sky turned from day to night – the crowd started dancing in the moonlight – the music is amazing – check out their website and if you are in the Cape Town area on 09 January – be sure not to miss the Parlotones at Kirstenbosch at the summer sunset concerts. We were lucky enough to meet the band afterwards and they were all wonderfully down to earth guys!
FRESH RESTAURANT (LUNCH RESTAURANT ON PAUL CLUVER WINE ESTATE – ELGIN)
A few weeks ago I was treated to lunch at the new restaurant at Paul Cluver estate – Fresh! This is a wonderful new addition to the Elgin region which does not have a large number of restaurants. Fresh is an absolute treat as it focuses on using what is fresh from their extensive gardens and herb garden. It is the baby of Joan who is madly passionate about it and extremely creative in the dishes she comes up with everyday. Be sure to contact Joan before you go if you would like her to take you for a walk in her herb garden before lunch. If she is quiet she will definitely take you for a stroll or will point you in the right direction. The restaurant is wonderfully rustic and has a long table inside and some smaller ones outside. This needs to be a definite stop if you are in the region or are en route to Hermanus. The Cluver family wines are incredibly good and as such I would highly recommend you stop for a wine tasting and lunch.
Tue-Fri 09h00 – 16h30 & Sat..08h30-16h00.
071 563 6020 JOAN
Below are some pictures of Joan and her garden and her wonderful new restaurant: