Archive for the ‘City Bowl and Sea Point’ Category

Hemelhuijs on the Fan Mile, if you want the restaurant review skip the intro

Friday, February 4th, 2011

While the innocent and the sweet lunch here, the target of a dramatic hostile takeover is playing itself out in the Freeworld Coatings offices upstairs, where the executives have ended up with egg on their faces.  This after apparently failing in the fight of their lives to fend off the bid from Japanese hunter, paint maker Kansai (probably in order to hold on to their fat jobs). (more…)

Keenwa, is how you pronounce quinoa, the Cape’s first Peruvian restaurant

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Almost everything about Peruvian cuisine is remarkable.  In 2006 the Fourth International Summit of Gastronomy Madrid Fusión, that included chefs Ferrán Adriá and Thomas Keller of French Laundry, voted Lima gourmet capital of the Americas. Sure New York has great restaurants but home-grown New York Cuisine is relatively limited. (more…)

French Toast, not quite “palate of trinchado sauce … and Frelimo underpants”

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Out of stock is a retailer’s biggest nightmare as it often results in a lost sale.  While this refreshing wine and tapas bar doesn’t lose a sale to us tonight as we are here to drink some of their extraordinary wines anyway, it most likely resulted in another kind of lost business opportunity.  My intention is to introduce friends to a minerally Burgundy Chablis, William Fevre 2008, which goes for R69 a glass, the only affordable French chardonnay on the menu. (more…)

The Test Kitchen, first night-time restaurant in Lower Woodstock

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Luke Dale Roberts’ newish little venture in the dodgier end of Woodstock isn’t what I expected it to be, none-the-less the food I am eating today is exceeding those expectations.  Naively I assumed the dishes would be less luxurious.  For two reasons. (more…)

Rick’s Café Américain, in Park Road Moroccan food and bar in Gardens

Friday, December 10th, 2010

It’s Car Free Friday but despite my promise to skaterboy to walk to the office I completely forgot so to redeem myself I embark on the punishing stroll up Long Street to Societi Bistro to do my second review of the place.  Skaterboy often commutes to work on his downhill board, modified to negotiate traffic, and when he isn’t working roars down Sir Lowry’s Pass. (I lie he picks quieter passes).  He has the scars to prove it. (more…)

The Woodlands Eatery, a new Deer Park neighbourhood bistro

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Stepping into this new little bistro, I am swept up by a warm fuzzy glow radiating from parties big and small.  There is a family celebration, a table of businessmen and more intimate tables of girls with their BFF’s.  Will this neighbourhood joint in Deer Park be as successful as capturing the girl’s night out crowd at the rowdier nearby Carlyles on Derry Street? (more…)

Bread at The Bromwell in Woodstock and those almond croissants

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

On being greeted by the incongruous sight of a doorman at The Bromwell Boutique Mall, clad with coat-and-tails and top hat I can’t help recalling relatively recent African history from another part of the continent. (more…)

95 Keerom, Milanese-Italian restaurant and the battle of the olive oils

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Sometimes the simplest things are the most sublime. The cannelleni bean salad on the side with sprinkles of Italian Parsley and spring onions at 95 Keerom springs to mind. The little beans – cooked for not a second too long – are tender but firm offering a gentle flavour that brings out the flat-leaf parsley and a grassy olive oil. (more…)

Twankey Oyster Bar, take your own crowd and it’s your private club

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Twankey Oyster and Champagne Bar at the Taj hotel represents the über-chic city Cape Town wants to be but isn’t yet, and may never be.  The real big money (old and new) from the ancient capitals and the new oligarchs hasn’t arrived while locals suffer from the sub-par emerging country growth rates seen in Asia and Brazil.  While the city may not be in the global top ten for this super-prime market, it certainly is up there for another crowd. (more…)

& Union Beer Salon/Charcuterie reviewed; and the new Cape Town restaurant

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

The cutting edge* new Cape Town restaurant will tantalize your taste buds with novel combinations you never dreamt of.  The most talented young chefs will forsake luxury ingredients for the freshest local produce.  The humble cauliflower will combined with anchovies; butternut will be smoked and you won’t find any foie gras or fillet on their menus. (more…)