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Circus Café in Pietermaritzburg – A Review
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Circus Café in Pietermaritzburg – A Review

Circus Café is a relatively new addition to the Pietermaritzburg restaurant scene, having recently taken over premises previously occupied by a Piatto franchise at the Liberty Midlands Mall. Being rather eager to find out what they had to offer, I booked a tab...
Cappello Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review
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Cappello Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review

Although the brand has been around since 2001, Cappello is relatively new to the Pietermaritzburg restaurant scene having only opened in the KwaZulu-Natal capital a few months ago. I recently popped in for lunch to see what they had to offer and was rather imp...
Butcher Boys restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A superb culinary experience in the capital of KZN
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Butcher Boys restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A superb culinary experience in the capital of KZN

There are quite a number of upmarket eateries in Pietermaritzburg these days and as far as steakhouses go you aren’t likely to find anything more upmarket than Butcher Boys. Located in Armitage Road just opposite the Bird Sanctuary, Butcher Boys Restaurant is ...
La Vita Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A Review
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La Vita Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A Review

La Vita restaurant has had a reputation as being one of the most upmarket and expensive eateries in Pietermaritzburg for a while now. Situated in the popular and well-known Invesco Centre just a few kilometres from the CBD, La Vita specialises in Italian cuisi...
Essence Café in Pietermaritzburg – A Review
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Essence Café in Pietermaritzburg – A Review

Location plays a critical role in the success of any restaurant and Essence Café is most certainly well situated at Wetherlys Centre, probably the most upmarket location in the Pietermaritzburg CBD. On the day of my visit there were a number of luxury cars, in...
Rawdon’s Restaurant – Good old fashioned service and hospitality in the Midlands
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Rawdon’s Restaurant – Good old fashioned service and hospitality in the Midlands

Situated in the heart of the Midlands Meander and only a five minute drive from the N3 highway is Rawdon’s Estate, probably one of the oldest hospitality establishments on the Midlands. The first thing that struck me about Rawdon’s was its unique, old world ch...
Gunthers – A little piece of Switzerland in the Midlands
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Gunthers – A little piece of Switzerland in the Midlands

I’ve never been to Switzerland, but I got the chance to experience just a taste of what that might be like when I visited Gunthers on the Midlands Meander recently. Gunther’s is not really a restaurant in the traditional sense, serving only light meals of Germ...
La Popote Restaurant in Hilton – a little oasis of peace and tranquillity in the Midlands
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La Popote Restaurant in Hilton – a little oasis of peace and tranquillity in the Midlands

The quaint little village of Hilton in the Natal Midlands is a pleasure to visit no matter what time of the year. The crisp, clean air is always refreshing and with a number of quality eateries to choose from, you are almost always guaranteed to find the perfe...
Butcher Block Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review
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Butcher Block Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A review

When my good friend Mary-Anne invited me to join her and her parents for dinner at The Butcher Block Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg recently I didn’t hesitate on taking up their offer knowing from past experience that the food at this establishment is generall...
St Ives Restaurant in the Midlands – A Review
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St Ives Restaurant in the Midlands – A Review

St Ives Country Estate has to be one of the most attractive venues in the Midlands and quite possibly one of the most well-known as well. Situated on the R103 just up the road from the Piggly Wiggly Coffee Shop, St Ives is hard to miss.It’s a huge estate s...
John Dorys Liberty Midlands Mall – A review
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John Dorys Liberty Midlands Mall – A review

Founded with the intent of making fresh fish and seafood available to the public at affordable prices, the first John Dorys Fish and Grill opened its doors in Durban in 1996 and quickly mushroomed into a national brand with 26 stores in eight provinces. That s...
The Calabash Café – A quaint little coffee shop in the Midlands
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The Calabash Café – A quaint little coffee shop in the Midlands

The Calabash Café is a quaint, little coffee shop situated just off the busy N3 near Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. I decided to pop in for Sunday lunch there recently, persuading friends Mary-Anne, Peter and Lisa to join me for what proved to be an int...
Terbodore Coffee Roasters – A fine culinary experience in the Midlands
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Terbodore Coffee Roasters – A fine culinary experience in the Midlands

Situated on the Curry’s Post Road in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, Terbodore Coffee Roasters are renowned for their award winning cappuccinos made from the finest roasted coffee in the area. Not being a coffee drinker however, I had never really shown much inter...
RJs Steakhouse in Pietermaritzburg – A review
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RJs Steakhouse in Pietermaritzburg – A review

The RJ’s restaurant chain has become a household name in South Africa for a number of years now and is synonymous for producing succulent steaks, mouth-watering ribs and various other types of delicious cuisine. Eager to put these claims to the test I paid a v...
The Olive Tree Coffee Shop – A review
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The Olive Tree Coffee Shop – A review

The Olive Tree Coffee Shop in Pietermaritzburg has been one of my favourite eateries in the KwaZulu-Natal capital for a number of years now, and after my latest lunchtime visit I can happily say that the establishment hasn’t changed its recipe for success. The...