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The Long Table Restaurant at Haskell Wine Estate – a local favourite!

The Long Table Restaurant at Haskell Wine Estate – a local favourite!

A few months ago I received an e-mail from a local (Elaine) asking what I would recommend for a lunch in the greater Cape Town region that would offer: great food, local prices, a great view and something that would be a memorable lunch for all of them.     I sent Elaine a few ideas and was delighted when she sent me the most wonderful feedback  on how they enjoyed their lunch at the Long Table Restaurant on Haskell…

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South African Soul Food! What do Black South Africans traditionally eat?

South African Soul Food! What do Black South Africans traditionally eat?

The cuisine is not rated as a gourmet cuisine in this country and as such it is very much a home cuisine that you will not find easily in our restaurants.  As 80% of our population are black, it is really important to sample this cuisine if you are wanting to experience a taste of our local cuisine!   The staple diet of our people is maize. For the vast majority of tribes, the main ingredient in all meals is…

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Cafe Mozart plays again!

Cafe Mozart plays again!

Cafe Mozart has been an institution in Cape Town’s inner city for 37  years. It was always quirky and fun with Mozart’s music gently playing in the background – but gradually it became a shabby chic spot and then it just felt shabby!  Enter the Madame Zingara group in 2010 and it once again became shabby chic and quirky…..with fab food….and great ambiance.  A winning combo for Cape Town!    I was quite amused to receive an invite from the…

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Don Pedro is back – and it’s fabulous again!

Don Pedro is back – and it’s fabulous again!

Don Pedro’s was a legend in Cape Town for many years – it was a spot where everyone turned up to hang out in the early hours of the morning after partying all over town. Slowly it became run down and more and more dingy. It was bought last year by the Madame Zingara group – its owner Richard is flamboyant and owns the wonderful tented Madame Zingara theatre/circus which has been a run away success in this country.  This later…

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On a Roll – Dog’s Kitchen! Cape Town opens its first gourmet hot dog restaurant!

On a Roll – Dog’s Kitchen! Cape Town opens its first gourmet hot dog restaurant!

Rolling on with the blogging we went to try out On a Roll and to chat to Peter Ayub in his Dog’s Kitchen.  This blog has been sitting in my drafts folder for a few weeks as life has been rolling on!   I better hurry up with it as it looks like there will be lots of gourmet worsies to chose from by the time I publish this! I am definitely spotting a move away from fussy fine dining and…

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Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The South China Dim Sum Bar in Long Street

Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The South China Dim Sum Bar in Long Street

It is such exciting times – Cape Town has its first Dim Sum Bar!!  Quirky!! Seriously quirky. Ed & Clint saved their money from working weekends at the City Bowl Market in town and used it to transform an absolute hole of a spot in Long Street into a fab and funky little Dim Sum Bar.  This spot was formerly a very tiny night club with solid black walls.  One can see that this restaurant has been decorated on a…

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Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The Dog’s Bollocks!

Quirky new restaurants in Cape Town – The Dog’s Bollocks!

This has been a fun time for funky interesting restaurant openings in Cape Town.  We explored a couple of these over the last few weeks: The Dogs Bollocks, Clarkes and South China Dim Sum.  Each one is wonderfully quirky.  I will do write up/ photo story of each over the next few days and pop them on my blog.  Lets start with the most interestingly named……… THE DOGS BOLLOCKS This little spot literally popped up in an alley in a…

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Bruce Robertson’s new venture – dining in his home in Scarborough Cape Town – The Boat House

Bruce Robertson’s new venture – dining in his home in Scarborough Cape Town – The Boat House

From 1 February Bruce Robertson, one of South Africa’s most well known chefs (former owner of the Showroom in Cape Town), will be opening a spot that celebrates  “The Art of Table d’ Hôte” – ie the opportunity to dine in his home in Scarborough.  The new venture is called The Boat House.  This is really exciting as I have been watching this trend on the television in a number of documentaries – it has become very popular in New York.  In…

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Paternoster – an amazing foodie retreat in the Cape that is well off the beaten track.

Paternoster – an amazing foodie retreat in the Cape that is well off the beaten track.

Paternoster is my favourite gourmet retreat in the Western Cape.   It is literally in the middle of nowhere –  two and half hours drive from Cape Town.  Here you can experience a little foodie paradise.  It would be a drawcard just for the food – but there is a reason that the foodies wish to retreat out here – the place is quite simply beautiful. Paternoster is located on a beach on our dry coastline – the West Coast….

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EAT OUT AWARDS – SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP RESTAURANT AWARDS

EAT OUT AWARDS – SOUTH AFRICA’S TOP RESTAURANT AWARDS

Each year I wait with eager anticipation for the results of the Eat Out Awards.  South Africa does not have a Michelin rating system for food – as such awards such as the Eat Out Awards, Rossouws Restaurants guidelines and American Express ratings of the restaurants mean a lot to us.  But out of all of them – the Eat Out Awards have always been my definitive guideline.  This year however, it seems that they got rid of the panel…

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