We organised a surprise afternoon for a friend’s birthday on Saturday and what a fun day it turned out to be. After a number of emails throughout the week we all met at Dutch in Wynberg at 12.30 – ss mentioned, the afternoon was a surprise so it was fun to see the look of surprise (excuse the pun) on Sarah’s face when I parked next to her and waved through the window. ‘Helen’s here, that’s a coincidence’ she thought to herself!
Dutch is tucked at the back of a beautiful old house in Wynberg – other parts of the house are shared with Alison’s Florist and Kiids. Although the inside space is small, it doesn’t seem squashed and there is ample space in the outside garden area. Inside, the walls are painted a dark grey and photos cover most of a large wall. Orange, the national colour of Holland makes an appearance in a number of the photos on the wall and in some of the furniture dotted around the inside seating area – genius idea!
I ordered fish cakes with salad and the rest of the ladies ordered the wild mushroom tart. My meal was delicious and a bit more substantial than the tart (the girls who’d done a two hour mountain bike ride in Newlands Forest in the morning were left feeling more than a little peckish). So, portions are a bit small and the prices, I felt were a bit steep for the size of the meal (prices range from R50 to R75). That said however, the setting and atmosphere are wonderful and we enjoyed our time there.
Aha, but the surprise didn’t end there! We’d also organised an afternoon of mini pedicures at Rouge Spa in Kenilworth. What a great idea; a girl’s get together, therapists to do either a mini mani or mini pedi and while nails are primed and painted we sat back chatting and watching a DVD while sipping on a glass of wine and munching popcorn! The benefits of being able to multi-task!
When last did you sit, just sit on the couch and relax in front of the TV, on a Saturday afternoon for three whole hours? I for one can’t remember the last time I did that, there is always a dish to be washed or a load of laundry to be done – and I’m not even a mother of two toddlers! It was blissful, so blissful that I announced to the group that from now on it’s our Birthday Tradition … and my birthday is in November. Brilliant!
Dutch – 51 Waterloo Road, Wynberg, Cape Town. Telephone: +27 (0)21 797-5838
Rouge Spa – 27 Gibson Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town. Telephone: +27 (0)21 797-9871