Archive for the ‘Cape Winelands’ Category

Overture, fine dining in the Stellenbosch Winelands

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Snaking up a narrow vineyard lane off the Annandale Road it is easy to believe that you are driving further and further away from a reputedly first-rate lunch.  The appearance of the Ernie Els wine brand temporarily reassures before doubts return as you see the golfer’s estate disappear in your rearview mirror.  Can a Boland fine dining restaurant really* be up here in the mountains?  Keep the faith for in no time the beige minimalism of Overture restaurant reveals itself, jutting out over a truly Hidden Valley on the wine estate of the same name. (more…)

Restaurant Christophe (now sadly closed. Christophe Dehosse is returning to Klein Joostenberg Bistro. Link below.)

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Recently I had a bit of an inconsistent lunch at Klein Joostenberg Bistro, being unaware that chef Christophe Dehosse is now focusing on his new restaurant in Stellenbosch.  So it was time to snatch the The International Man of Mystery (Bluff chapter) from Durban and give Restaurant Christophe a stab. (more…)

Klein Joostenberg Bistro

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Hurtling down the highway to escape the mixed-use mess that is Kraaifontein only accelerates your arrival in the Badlands, home to Klein Joostenberg Bistro.  After that a web of roads reaches out to those other lands, the Winelands.

The Winelands are a picture postcard of vineyards nestled beneath jagged mountains.  The Badlands are Free State flat. (more…)

Mon Plaisir

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Damn.  Can’t find that tongue in cheek article claiming the only three French speakers in the poncy ‘village’ of Franschhoek are black Africans from the Congo.  It had me chuckling to myself about the nouveau French culture among the pale socialites and millionaire hobby wine makers in this town.  Franschhoek may have been founded by an earlier breed of refugees, the French Huguenots, over 300 years ago but the language was lost in a (more…)