Archive for the ‘City Bowl and Sea Point’ Category

Spend R120 on a steak at Spur or six courses at La Mouette Restaurant in Sea Point?

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Okay that is a lie.  Family discounter Spur Steak Ranch’s most expensive cut, a ‘lazy’ aged 500 gram rump, is R119.95.  Discount fine diner La Mouette offers six courses for five cents more.  All right that is not six full courses but rather a tasting menu.  Nevertheless it is still a daunting offer by independent chef Henry Vigar.  Can the Sea Point Seagull pull it off against the economies of scale of the Spur group? (more…)


Bacalhau bounces back with an unlikely victory at Sótano Restaurant in Mouille Point

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

After the brackish bacalhau at Toni’s it is time to check if a non-Portuguese restaurant can desalinate this dried cod.  The restaurant is Sótano.  At first glance a curious choice for this challenging Portuguese speciality, but then Sótano is a generalist Mediterranean café currently offering country specific specials from the lands of the olive.  (Contact them to check what the current regional special is.) (more…)


Toni’s restaurant: “Oh salty sea, how much of your salt is tears from Portugal”

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Bacalhau, Portugal’s national dish, was once a staple protein.  Like prosciutto ham or our own biltong this cured cod also came about hundreds of years before the invention of the refrigerator in 1915.  Unusually for a national dish the fish isn’t even found anywhere near sunny Portugal. (more…)


A Skinny Legs café in town, Beefy Boys stick to the Burbs

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

I had presumed the launch of this “luxury café” was a move to draw more customers into the contemporary art gallery here.  Selling the works of dead painters such as Pierneef and Irma Stern has become a good business, barely affected by the recession but the promising market in South Africa for living artists is still tough. (more…)


Xiang Yuan, one finger if you’re single, two if married, dim sum in Sea Point

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Until today I have been a pork dim sum ‘virgin’.  This was not for want of trying.  My quest for this most traditional of Cantonese snack breakfasts, with dumplings at its heart, sent me to Haiku for lunch but alas they are ‘halaal friendly’.  I have also perused the dim sum menu at Beluga but they too don’t do piggy.  I thought the only solution was to fork out for a flight to Hong Kong until wine writer spitorswallow alerted me to Xiang Yuan on the bit of Sea Point that remains steadfast in sleaze, immune to the gentrification all around it. (more…)


Societi Bistro, not another bloody public holiday, head here in the City Bowl

Friday, May 6th, 2011

You’ve hidden, found and eaten a nest of Easter Eggs the size of the Ivory Coast.  Your children have given you tinnitus with their shrill sugar-fuelled screams.  You’ve kissed overly affectionate scratchy-whiskered aunts and seen enough of friends from near and far at braais and wine-fuelled sundowners in your home.  On May Day you celebrated the death of socialism.  Cabin fever is reaching a murderous level and the weather has eventually turned for the worse so there is no question of beach or mountain. (more…)


Maria’s, the Greek restaurant wars come to Cape Town’s City Bowl and Easter Lamb

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

In the space of three months a couple of Greek restaurants have opened in the City Bowl.  Last time I reviewed the relocated Marika’s (now on the border of Oranjezicht and Vredehoek).  Today it’s nearby Maria’s, which has re-opened after being closed for two years.  Maria’s flows out onto Dunkley Square, with tables outside under shady trees.  Yes it looks out onto a parking lot a la Joburg but the greenery and heritage buildings are a far cry from a strip mall restaurant in that city. (more…)


Marika’s, the Greek restaurant relocates to Vredehoek or is it Oranjezicht?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

There is an oft repeated story in Europe that if you want to eat good Greek food – go to Lebanon.  Many consider Lebanese cuisine to be among the world’s best along with French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and Peruvian.  The jibe at Greece is probably a bit unfair but reportedly the dedication of Beiruit’s residents and cooks to fine food is second to none (it certainly is a fair assessment of most Greek restaurants in South Africa). (more…)


Down South aint down south but in central Cape Town’s Long Street

Friday, March 18th, 2011

I had thought Down South, the name of this ‘good ol southern cookin’ barbecue, a clever play on the Deep South nickname for the Southern Suburbs, which has its head quarters in one of the Access Park factory shop garages.  What people in retail euphemistically call a retail outlet mall. (more…)


Jimmy Killed the Prawns but what of Caffe Milano on Kloof Street

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Whites.  Before my charming and dapper friend Jimmy Manyi introduces forced removals and relocates you to the dusty streets of Polokwane there is one thing you have to do.  (I’m not so stupid as to reveal that activity immediately but don’t worry I will after a couple of paragraphs of my usual drivel.) (more…)