Thursday, June 24, 2010
Sometimes I get so caught up in the mundane day-to-day existence that I forget what an amazing city I live in.
These moments call for a bit of appreciation and education time. And sometimes there is nothing more fun than playing tourist in your home town.
Cue: the peninsula bus tour! If you have ever been to Cape Town you would have noticed the bright red hop-on-hop-off tour buses with people spilling over the top flashing camera's in every which way. In winter it's still a fun thing to do provided you dress duper warmly and wear a hoodie/beany, beacause the wind chill factor is FREEZING!
It was super fun though: we started at the V&A waterfront, went around town down past Newlands forests, Kirstenbosch gardens, through to Hout Bay (where we stopped for the real fish&chip experience at the Mariner's Wharf - an institution in it's own right), along llandudno, Camps Bay, Sea Point and back to the V&A.
Here are some pics form the trip :-)
Also don't forget their 'two for the price of one' sushi Fridays and Saturdays.
La Boheme, Main Road, Sea Point: 2-course meal R 90, 3 courses R 110, until 11 July. This special is running out soon and everyone is talking about it – I promise to go try it out in the coming week, so watch this space.
La Mouette, Regent Road, Sea Point: R150 for a 6 course tasting menu, 021 433 0856 .
Truffle and cheese croquettes
Crispy calamari smoked paprika and garlic aioli
Butternut squash soup walnuts, tapenade and blue cheese
Fish soup potato, mussels and leek
Tuna tartare avocado puree, toast and rocket
Chicken liver parfait pear chutney and toasted broiche
Kingklip crushed potatoes, baby spinach and sauce vierge
Beef sirloin mash, spinach, bone marrow and bordelaise
Green apple sorbet cider foam and mint
Chocolate macaroon honey comb ice cream
Kimberly cheddar with peppercorns quince jelly and cumin lavoche
Monday, June 14, 2010
If you're looking for a fabulous dinner hot-spot (with fireplaces that is) then head to one of these venues for amazing food, great atmosphere and of course a warm welcoming...
(pics from top to bottom: Silvertree, Ricks Cafe, La Mouette, La Mouetter2)
Go For Fine dining, courtesy of London chef Henry Vigar. French cuisine with Mediterranean influences, plus top SA wines.
The Place A grand Tudor-style house (former home of the mayor in the 70s) with beautiful wooden finishes, large couches, a grand staircase (to put you to the sober test) and sweet little bar if you choose to spend the whole night drinking, not eating.
Best Seat There are fireplaces in every room (a bar area, three dining areas and a private dining room for larger parties).
On the Menu Choose the bouillabaisse or duck, and the signature ‘gin and tonic’ dessert.
Rick’s Café Americain Gardens
Go For The vibe – it’s very popular for drinking, socialising and dining (despite the name of the place, the menu is North and South African).
The Place A grand café divided into an upstairs bar (one fireplace) and downstairs dining room (two fireplaces). It's informal, comfy and cosy – a great place for lovebirds to head for dinner.
Best Seat: The table on the ground floor right in front of the flames (booking essential).
On the Menu Try the springbok wrapped in bacon or the lamb shank.
Silver Tree Restaurant Kirstenbosch
Go For Music with your meal. Intimate, acoustic concerts from July to September, featuring Karen Zoid, Boulevard Blues, Cassette and others (www.sanbi.org)
The Place It's a single large room styled catering stage performances and can get a bot crowded. The long bar is very pleasant and views of the Kirstenbosch gardens can be seen form the windows.
Best Seat There’s one large fireplace at the opposite end to the stage. To best enjoy the show and warmth, sit in the middle.
On the Menu Yummy soups and the Strelitzia Stack (a tower of chicken breast, roast peppers, avo and blue cheese)
Friday (June 11) was an amazing night to be in the Mother City… the streets were packed with people, bars overflowing and vuvu’s blowing.
It was a sight to be seen! Check out images of long street, the fan park and greenpoint.
Bloemendal (a 300 year old wine farm) has a busy line-up of great foods, wines and entertainment over the next few weeks.
But don’t worry – it all caters around the soccer.
On Saturday night (June 12) I went for the Shiraz, shanks and The Stremes evening. The restaurant is an L-shape with two big screens on each end (for the soccer). The stage is set up in the joining part of the ‘L’ and the band plays a set before the soccer and after the soccer.
The shiraz (2002) was delicious and the lamb shank was to-die-for. It’s easy over stuff oneself at this gourmet buffet (R120 pp).
It also has two large fireplaces and on a winter night nothing can be better than sipping shiraz near the warm flames.
The next events on the cards are: Brazilian Cuisine & Diamondback Band (15 June); SA Potjiekos & Dane Taylor Trio (16 June); English Cuisine & Bloemendal Blues Band (18 June); African Cuisine & Natasha Meister and the Lonesharks (19 June); Swiss Cuisine & Cannon Band (25 June).
www.bloemendalwines.co.za for more details and to book your seats.
Being a Cape Townian we have the luxury of having hundreds of incredible wine farms all within 2 hours drive from the city centre.
The Robertson wine valley, which was also the first official wine route in SA recently held their popular Wacky Wine Weekend.
Do yourself a favour: if you missed the event this year or this is your first time hearing about it now – don’t miss it next year! It’s held annually in June, and not only do guests have a chance to taste a vast amount of wines, but there is loads of entertainment for the whole family. You will really be spoilt for choice and won’t be able to get through every farm, so download the programme before hand and plan your routes.
This year I visited all the main farms around the centre of Robertson and spent Friday night partying at Rietvallei (great comedy and live music). Saturday was spent exploring the tiny town of McGregor – what a treat!! Stop in and do a juice and olive tasting at Rhebokskraal. It’s great for non-alcoholic drinkers or people with serious hangovers.
Their wooded shiraz grape juice was AmaZing
Also instead of sticking to mainstream places like Graham Beck (which is lovely, but crazy busy with people) head out to the boutique wineries... there will be less crowds, more one-on-one tastings and tours and you can sit back and admire the view without being elbowed out the way by drunken 19-year-old Stellenbosch students.
Look out for the next festival the Robertson wine region does called the ROBERTSON SLOW - ENJOYING LIFE… SLOWLY Festival (6-9 August) (023) 626 3167 www.robertsonslow.com
It's not quite the same vibe as the Wacky wine, but it promises to be a fun, tasty winter weekend...
Everyone is undoubtedly caught up in the explosive party atmosphere that hit Cape Town on June 10... and will continue til mid July. If you're looking for something other than the soccer to keep you busy (or maybe you're just tired of the vuvuzelas blasting away what's left of your eardrums, then head to any of these awesome events:
Did you know? In the first study to decipher the hyena’s so-called ‘laugh’, scientists have shown that the pitch of it reveals the hyena’s age. There’ll be lots of human laughs at the Vodacom Funny Festival (Baxter Theatre). The five-week event features international guests ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, The Raymond & Mr Timkins Revue, Paul Morocco and Mario: Queen of the Circus, plus local comics Riaad Moosa, Ndumiso Lindi, Alan Committie and Al Prodgers. Tickets from R110 at Computicket.
Did you know? Washing your hair with beer makes it soft and shiny. But who wants to waste a good beer? Glug down cold drafts and chow down on German cuisine while enjoying the picturesque Nitida Wine Estate (Durbanville), or what the big screen TV’s have to offer during the Cassia Beer Fest. Book tables at 021-976-0640 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know? Coca-Cola used to contain 9mg of Cocaine per glass, but this was removed in 1903. Get a natural high while pumping endorphins at the Greyton Classic offering mountain biking adventures and trail runs at distances of 10km, 21km and 45km along the foot of the majestic Overberg mountains. Bring the whole family for a day of fun in this quaint town. Enter online at www.targetevents.co.za or contact 083-566-5783.
Did you know? The oldest person who ever lived was Jeanne Louise Calment who died at the age of 122 years and 164 days. You might think your great-grandmother is an antique, but you’ll only find the best of jewellery, books, vintage clothing, watches, paintings, small furnishings and much more at the Blaauwklippen’s Winter Antique Affair (Stellenbosch). The fair is from 10am – 4pm, entrance is free, contact 083-444-0133.
Don't forget about the regular ongoing events such as:
Kurt Schoonraad’s Jou Ma Se Comedy Club every Thursday at the River Club. Each week will feature a different headlining act and other guest acts, including regular host appearances by our February guest-editor, Kurt Schoonraad himself. Known for his googly eyes and expressive face this hailer from Mitchell’s Plain is not to be missed. Tickets R70 per person and R30 for students.
(* = personal recommendation)
*1800 in the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, Main Road, Green Point: Amuse-Bouche + 200 gram sirloin, rump, rib-eye steak or sirloin, sauce of your choice + Side order for R99.
[Please note: try the coriander sauce - don't let the bright green colour put you off it though it's well worth it!]
Active Sushi 63 Strand St 021 422 0462 - Eat as much sushi as you like R99 (Every day 5pm - 10:30pm)
Allee Bleue, outside Franschhoek 021 874 1886: choice of 250g Beef fillet, Beef Sirloin, Beef Rib Eye, Karoo Lamb Chops with one of 6 flavored butters for R99, including a glass of Allee Bleue Starlette Rouge (Until
Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, Hermanus 028 284 0000: Accommodation, full breakfast, 10% discount on spa treatments and 20% on signature treatments, access to Spa facilities, sauna, steam room, heated indoor hydropool, heated outdoor lap pool and gymnasium R700 pps
Arnold's, Gardens 021 424 4344 - Delicious stew + couscous, bottle of Altydgedacht Red for R99 (Dinner only)
Azure Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Rd 021 437 9029: Dinner and a Movie Special 5 course dinner from Azure Select menu and then watch a movie in the hotel's private cinema.
Backsberg Restaurant @ Backsberg Wine Estate 021 875 5952: Sunday set menu, R170 per person, 3 courses consisting of a starter, lamb on the Spit and a buffet of salads and a dessert.
*Beluga Prestwich Street, Greenpoint 021 418 2948 - Half price sushi before 7pm. 1kg Tiger prawns R109.00, Beluga Blue Plate special 24 pieces sushi R100.00
[please note: their sushi is amazing and chances of getting addicted to the Blue Plate are extremely high]
Bertha's Simons Town 021 786 2138: 2 Course meal R109, 3 Course Meal R129 + Glass of sherry on arrival
Black Marlin, Main Road, Millers Point, Simonstown 021 786 1621 Crayfish Braai every sunday R75.00
Buitenverwachting Restaurant @ Buitenverwachting Estate, Constantia – Tapas "Around the World" (at the Courtyard) Tuesday - Saturday 3:00pm-6:00pm 3 Course R99, 5 Course R129, 7 Course R159. Winzer Platter (at the wine tasting) Tuesday - Saturday 12:00- 17:00 R75 per platter
Cafe Caprice in Camps Bay: 2-for-1 Burgers from Monday to Thursday from 12:30pm till 10pm
[Please note: it gets super packed and is not a good idea on a very chilly day]
Cafe Sophia Breakfast Specials - Sofia Special Breakfast + Coffee R25..00, Village Omelette + Coffee R29.00, Jumbo
Muffin + Coffee R19.00
Catharina's at Steenberg Hotel in Tokai 021 713 2222: 2 course lunch at R 135, 3 course lunch R175/3 course dinner R195 + glass of Klein Steenberg red or white (Until end September)
Cattle Baron - Rib & Prawn combo with chips or baked potato and veggies R89.00
Chenin Restaurant and Wine Bar Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street 021 425 2200: Main Course + Glass of wine or Boston Draft Beer R60
Constantia Uitsig Restaurant, Constantia 021 794 4480: Lunch: 3 course with a carafe wine (red or white) - R260, Dinner: 3 course with a carafe wine (red or white) - R290 (Restaurant closed 30/08 - 19/09)
*Cru Cafe Cape Quarter: Breakfast Special - Choose between Classic or Smoked Salmon Breakfast + Orange juice/Cappuccino. Crazy Winter special. Choose 2 pastas and 2 glasses of wine for R119 (Monday to Sunday Lunch
[Please note: great pastas, just watch out for the garlic]
Five Flies, 14-16 Keerom St 021 424 4442: 2-course meal R125, 3-course dinner R150, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for next 3 months
Flavours @ The Devon Valley Hotel, Devon Valley Stellenbosch 021 865 2012: 2 Course Meal R120, 3 Course Meal R165 incl. a carafe of Sylvanvale wine (Until end August)
Food Lovers Market Foreshore and Claremont: 50% off sushi (Mondays
Gold Restaurant 96 Strand Street 021 421 4653: 14 Course Set Menu, Interactive Drumming Session (6:30pm-7pm), guided museum tour, arrival cocktail, liver entertainment. R300pp or R250pp without the drumming
Harbour House, Kalk Bay Harbour, Kalk Bay (021) 788 4133: Set menu Two Courses R140, Three Courses R160 Valid for month of May only. Not available Sunday lunch
Harveys @ The Mansions, Winchester Mansions Hotel Sea Point, 021 434 2351: Sunday Brunch and Live Jazz, receive a complimentary Sunday Newspaper and a glass of bubbly. R195.00 per person
Henri's Cnr Lourensford and Maid Rd, Somerset West 021 852 6442: 3
Course Set Menu + bottle of Lourensford River Garden wine R135
*Hussar Grill, in Camps Bay 021 438 0151 and Green Point 021 433 2081: They have constant specials that change regularly, so phone them up and see whats on offer.
[please note: they serve up some of the best steaks in Cape Town]
La Colombe @ Constantia Uitsig 021 794 2390: Lunch: 3 course menu with a carafe of wine (the wine selection will change according to the menu changes) - R280 Dinner: 5 course tasting menu with wine pairing per course - R380 The winter tasting menu will be served only from 19h00 - 20h30
Please note the 3 course lunch menu will not be available for dinner. (Restaurant Closed 9th - 29th August 2010)
Lazzafe Restaurant Tyger Valley 021 914 1715: 500g Spare Ribs + Wedges +Glass of Wine R59.95, Seafood and 250g Rump combo R69.00, 1KG Prawns + Rice/Potato wedges R99.00. Monday - Saturday Lunch and Dinner. Booking
Mediterrea 87 Marine Drive, Hermanus 028 313 1685: 2-course R 105 and 3 course meal R 135, Monday - Thursday dinners and Sunday lunches, April - August. Write WINTER on your bill and get a discount off your meal.
Overture Hidden Valley Wines, Annandale Rd, Stellenbosch 021 880 8721: 4-course Menu de Jour for R 200, or R 250 with a glass of wine, Tuesday Friday lunch, May - July.
Pepenero in Mouille Point 021 439 9037: 250g Sirloin and chips R79, Seafood platter R 129, 1Kg prawn platter R 99, Oysters R 9 each, Half-price sushi, all cocktails R21.
*Pepperclub on the Beach in Camps Bay and at the Paparazzi Bar (Pepper Club hotel) 021 438 0000: Friday night Jazz evening, 6 oysters + glass of bubbly at R 60 from 4pm
[please note: papparzi bar offers a great vibe]
Pure Hout Bay Manor, Baviaanskloof, Off Main Road 021 791 9393: 3 Course Dinner for R220, with 3 glasses of pairing wine R280. Tues - Sat Dinner, Sunday Lunch. (Until End August)
Rafiki's 13 Kloof Nek Road, Cape Town 8001 021 426 4731: 1/2 Price Pizza special 11am-12am Mondays, 1/2 Price Cocktail special Thursdays 11am-7pm
Rick's Cafe Americain Gardens Cape Town 021 424 1100: R25 Cocktail special daily 11am - 7pm, Sundowner Snack Special daily 5pm - 7pm Cape Malay Platter R69, Dip Snack Platter R59, Carafe Saxenberg Grand Vin Rouge or Blanc R25. Until end May
*Rickety Bridge, Franschhoek (021) 876 3650: 3 Course set menu, R135pp or R175pp with a flight of wine.
*Royale Eatery & Royal Kitchen, Long Street 021 422 4536: Monday - Thursday between 4-6pm, select burgers R30 and Beer R10
[Please note: rush there after work and get your order in before 5:45 - you won't get a cheaper deal for such good quality burgers anywhere else in town!]
Saul's Grill, 152 Main Road, Seapoint 08611SAULS: Buy-one-get-one-free hamburger (Monday), Recession Combo - Regular burger, chips + 300ml Castle Draft R44.
Sevruga in the V&A Waterfront 021 421 5134: Sole special, between R89 - R180, half price sushi 12h00 - 18h00 Mondays - Saturdays
Signal at Cape Grace Hotel, Cape Town: Wine and food pairings. Jordan Wines 27th July, Bouchard Finlayson 31st August,Hamilton Russell Vineyards 28th September, Wilderer Distillery
Grappa and Dine 16th October, Graham Beck Wines 26th October, Waterkloof Wines 30th November R330 pp including canapés, a 3 course set menu and selected wines with each course.
Sinn's Restaurant at Wembley Square 021 465 0967: 1 Course + glass of wine R95, 2 Courses + 1 glass of wine R109, 3 Courses + 1 glass of wine R135
Tank Cape Quarter 021 419 0007: 1/2 Price Sushi and Cocktails everyday 12 - 6pm, Three Course Meal for only R165 including a glass of wine.
Terroir at Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch 021 880 8167: Two-course meal at R 165, and 3-course meal at R 195, Lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday until the end of September.
Theo's 163 Beach Road, Mouille Point 021 439 3494: Oysters R6.00 each, 1kg Prawns R99.00, Linefish R79.00, 300g Sirloin R79.00, Spatchcock Chicken Peri-Peri R79.00, 500g Spare ribs R79.00
Tuscany Beach 41 Victoria Road, Camps Bay 021 438 1213: Autumn dinner special - 50% off second person's main course, and 1/2 price sushi 12 - 6 pm. 25% off cocktails (everyday 12-6pm)
*Wang Thai V&A Waterfront, Constantia 021 794 0022, Somerset West and Lagoon Beach: Half price sushi and cocktails from 12 -6 pm Monday - Thursdays
[please note: their sushi is good, but don't miss out on trying the roasted honey duck - yum yum!!]
Waterkloof Restaurant at Waterkloof Wines Sir Lowry's Pass Village Road, Somerset West 021 858 1491 Monday to Friday R190pp
Wild Woods, Hout Bay 021 791 1166- Slow food evenings 3 course meal R135.00pp (Until end December)