I am always eager to try out new places to eat on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal and because Bistro 98 had been recommended to me, we booked a table for dinner on my birthday. Located within the Clubhouse of the gated Dunkirk Estate in Salt Rock, Bistro 98 is open both to the public and to residents of the estate, serving up beautiful food in a chic and stylish setting… Continued
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I have just got home from a dear friends birthday lunch … when she turned 40 last year she convinced a group of us to go camping at Mt Splendour in the Drakensberg but luckily for us this year the celebration was a bit closer to home and didn’t involve setting up a tent. It was instead a long, leisurely carvery lunch at The Fig Tree restaurant at Simbithi in Ballito.
Part of the Simbithi Country Club located in the Simbithi Eco Estate, the Fig Tree Restaurant takes its name from the majestic fig tree which is situated in the centre of the club house. The restaurant is gorgeous; recently refurbished it is light, airy and the floor to ceiling glass sliding doors affords diners stunning views of the golf course. There is a large wooden deck beneath the fig tree; the perfect spot of al fresco meals! Continued
Maestros On The Beach is a fabulous restaurant that sits on the lip of the Atlantic Ocean with exquisite views of Table Mountain and the entire coastline. Dine inside behind large glass windows offering shelter on windy days or alfresco on the deck with the cool breeze and the fresh smell of the sea. The atmosphere is incredibly vibey at this busy restaurant and the service is spectacular.
But it is not just the physical aspect and location that is so enticing, the food is a big winner. The menu offers diners a magnificent choice in culinary delights and something to suite every palate that passes through the doors. Continued
Come and dine at the Starlings Cafe, the secret gem of the Southern Suburbs, tucked away on Belvedere Road in Claremont. This gorgeous café is decorated simply yet beautifully with an eclectic mix of furniture with a Victorian charm and has a warm welcoming feel to it.
Dine inside by the fireplace or alfresco in the gorgeous garden surrounded by trees and vines. All the meals are homemade, served in large portions and are irresistibly good. Continued
I popped into The Creamery yesterday for an ice-cream, on recommendation from a friend who said it was simply the best ice cream around. Well, they were right! The Creamery, which is in the very lovely area of Newlands, undoubtedly serve the tastiest and creamiest ice-cream I have ever had.
Everything is handmade and they use only the freshest ingredients from local farms and seasonal fruits and herbs etc to flavour these delicious treats. When I arrived, it was packed with people sitting inside and out trying to eat their ice-creams faster than the sun could melt them. The staff are incredibly friendly and encourage you to sample the different flavours before making your choice. I took full advantage of this and tried a few different flavours. Continued
Before I left Cape Town to move to KwaZulu Natal last year, I arranged high tea at The Mount Nelson Hotel as a combination farewell for myself and a friends surprise baby shower. It seemed fitting then that when that friend and her now one year old daughter visited me on our farm near Stanger, that we enjoy another high tea; this time at the grand old dame of hotels, High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga… Continued
During the September school holiday I met friends for lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe on Durban’s beachfront. Circus Circus has been around in Durban since 1996 and although I’ve frequented both the Musgrave and Gateway franchises (and the Pietermaritzburg branch come to think of it); I’d never visited the beach café. To be honest, it had been many a year since Id last been to the Durban beachfront. I certainly hadn’t been since the area had been redeveloped for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and I was pleasantly surprised with the upgrades. Continued
Not only does Devils Peak Brewery create some of the best craft beer in sunny Cape Town, but it now also offers an incredibly trendy bar to sit and drink these luscious beers. The Taproom is stylish and chic, its decor is intriguing, very quirky and inviting. There is an old, original, working pac-man machine, which draws alot of attention, because lets face it, who can resist a game of pac-man! The views are spectacular and it’s not hard to see why this hot spot attracts so many customers. Continued
I won’t beat around the bush. The N2 is filled with farmstalls, so best I get my punt in quickly or you’ll miss out. Riviersonderend, the town most people simply pass through, is your number one pie stop.
Forget Peregrine or Houwhoek farmstalls (even if Peregrine is the spot for fresh apples and Houwhoek is charming). If it’s delicate pastry pies that taste a little bit like heaven, and look good enough to twist even a seasoned dieter’s arm, then the Ou Meul bakery is where you should head (along with everyone else in the know!)… Continued
Even on winter’s day, driving through the gates of Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch is an experience. Tall trees line the pathway that leads you past their 210 hectares of vineyards and towards their Cuvee Restaurant on the right.
Making my way past barrels of some of their most popular offerings such as Kaapse Vonkel, South Africa’s first Methode Cap Classique and a quiet courtyard in the sun, the glass doors slide open inviting you into the trendy, chic Cape Dutch restaurant and tasting room. Continued
We stopped in at the Salt Rock Hotel for an early dinner on the way home from Gateway on Saturday evening – our original idea was to have a burger but as we had arrived shortly after 17h00 (which is when the snack bar menu stops being served) we had to opt for a curry instead. Not that this was second prize – the curry at the Salt Rock Hotel is legendary in these parts, and this one came up trumps! Continued
Whilst my British friends continue to tell me how good fish and chips really are the UK, I persuade them to taste ours in Cape Town first. We have some really great spots where you can enjoy a seaside view and fresh fish and hot chips at cheap prices. Here’s a few of my favourites … Continued
As mentioned in a previous blog, we spent the Woman’s Day long weekend in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands town of Nottingham Road. We were guests of a wedding at Bellwood and with the service taking place at 14h00 but dinner to only be served about five hours later, the wedding literature sent with the invitation subtly hinted that a decent lunch of some kind would be advisable (you know, to line the stomach that a free bar normally plays havoc with!)
We took this advice on board and with three weddings in Nottingham Road that day, booked a table at Sapore earlier in the morning. There is nothing worse than queuing for a table, gobbling down a plate of food and rushing to get to the Michaelhouse chapel on time! Continued
When the rain and the wind are pumping in Cape Town, no one wants to leave the house. But why give up on the chance to wine and dine just because it’s cold. Whilst Cape Town really does come alive in the summer when Capetonians take every opportunity to dine al fresco, there are some cosy restaurants offering delicious meals beside the fireside.
Here are a few of my favourites …
Perched on the top of a hill, in a fairly nondescript, barn-like building on Netherwood Farm in Nottingham Road is Blueberry Hill Cafe. We attended a wedding at Bellwood over the Womans Day long weekend and with our self catering accommodation at Netherwood at the bottom of the hill that Blueberry Café is perched upon, it made sense to start the day here.
My husband and I were the first people to arrive and after pulling the huge sliding doors open were greeted by the friendly staff and more importantly a blazing log fire … the weather was freezing – in fact the mercury had hovered around 4 degrees for most of the previous day! We were shown to comfy leather armchairs next to the fire and I took up the offer of a blanket to put over my legs …