Archive for the ‘City Bowl and Sea Point’ Category

Soho Restaurant, Thai food in the De Waterkant district of Green Point

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Riding the escalator up through the new Cape Quarter before it spits me out onto the ‘piazza’ I can’t help questioning how much this mini-mall has benefited Cape Town, particularly this district.  Foreigners from the West don’t go on an African holiday to visit a mall (they can do that at home).  And Joburgers, well they almost invented the modern shopping centre.  Is Cape Town’s unique selling point really another modern monument to consumerism? (more…)

Biesmiellah, best Cape Malayan restaurant so far, in Bo-Kaap

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

If you are looking for a day-time halaal hidey-hole, this one alongside the Bo-Kaap’s most famous dog* may the best there is.  The interior is shrouded in one-way glass, allowing for a view of Bo-Kaap street-life that the life on the street can’t have of you.  Not only does the tinted glass give you the discretion you may need it also has the effect of cutting out much of the natural light, making for a rather dark space. (more…)

La Boheme, busy wine bar and bistro in Sea Point

Monday, September 13th, 2010

How do you re-evaluate a place you reviewed eight months ago and still make it interesting beyond simply comparing the experiences?  Beyond saying tonight it is better than last time. Or it has slipped.  The recession is officially over but its aftermath is deep and wide.  Fears persist that we may return to it.  This makes La Boheme, a bistro that suggests ‘affordable’ mid-week indulgence worth revisiting. (more…)

The Kitchen, bursting salads and sandwiches in lower Woodstock

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Go early.  Go late.  Just don’t go on time.  At lunch-time, that is.  For Karen Dudley’s ‘little’ Kitchen is jam-packed Monday to Friday.  Okay if you grew up in Hong Kong the jostle for food and a perch won’t bother you.  If it was a Boland farm it might.  But it will also remind you of crisp produce straight from the fields and cooked meals from an old wood-burning oven. (more…)

Nobu, fine Japanese food that you won’t find in local sushi chains

Friday, August 27th, 2010

With 21 branches Nobu may be the McDonald’s of the McKinsey change consultant.  Alone and in a different global capital every week, the Nobu sushi counter may be the most inconspicuous and comforting place to dine solo – with a dash of luxury.  And then of course there is the Prozac of the preppy: the raw fish.  (more…)

San Julian Taco & Tequila, café run by real Mexicans

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The plethora of Tex-Mex joints that exploded on the 20-somethings’ restaurant scene in the early 1990’s had their place in the sun.  They added variety to the existing 80’s Italian and Greek cafés catering to this price-conscious market – a crowd that wanted to get fed and liquored with the R30 set aside for Friday night.  I know.  I was one of them. (more…)

The Roundhouse, God not another restaurant with a view – Camps Bay

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Bone marrow fat is the new fish oil.  This yellowy goo is even better for your health than the Omega 3 and 6 fats found in sporty swimmers such as sardines and tuna, leading American stem cell scientists accidentally discovered in new* research.  Of course Parisian ladies from the fourth arrondissement have long known of its anti-ageing benefits. (more…)

Superette, café in the gentrifying dodgy end of Woodstock

Friday, July 30th, 2010

This trendy joint knows when to be size zero and when to be size sixteen, when to be an emo boy in skinny jeans and when to be super size.  This adaptability isn’t immediately apparent on entering Superette.  Indeed the first impression is quite the opposite – filling me with apprehension of lean and tasteless fodder. (more…)

Wakame, Mouille Point sushi restaurant with a view

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

With its sweeping views of the sun-kissed Atlantic this restaurant is in a prime spot.  It’s also located alongside Cape Town’s version of Ground Zero – the crater next door where a structure once stood.  Though that it remains a vacant lot is more likely due to the financial crisis than an indiscriminate terrorist attack.  Thankfully for the ‘cultivated’ casual diners (more…)

Piroschka Hungarian German Kitchen in the city

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Goulash makes for an unusual breakfast but then the first time I stumbled upon the gypsy-chic Piroschka ladies and their bubbling cauldron of this dish at the Biscuit Mill morning market I couldn’t resist a bowl.  The last time I had sampled this dish, which is neither soup nor stew but somewhere in between, (more…)