We end the week on this gem. Chefs Warehouse & Canteen doesn’t accept bookings, and is a hotbed of culinary experimentation and training, with old hands passing on trade secrets to young whizzes with great ideas.
The Tapas for two menu consists of eight dishes. It generally contains two or three seafood dishes, with one or two vegetarian options and the rest is made up of poultry and meat.
Flavours are intended to be diverse, exciting and energetic. You may find interesting pairings that span the globe but avoid the tag of “fusion food”.
Every day the menu is different, with ideas being mapped out and prepped the night before. This ensures that on no two days you will be served the same fare. A restaurant for foodies and chefs, go, you will love it!
Charango serves up Peruvian delicacies on Bree street in the trendiest part of Cape Town. The menu ranges from street food to contemporary cuisine, all against the backdrop created by Cape Town’s own Faith47, a highly talented local muralist/artist.
With craft beer on tap to help you along, there are spicy and exciting items on the menu that will kick your taste buds into overdrive.
Try any of the ceviche’s and you will be more than pleasantly surprised. What stood out to us was the Tiradito, which is Peruvian dish similar to carpaccio, in a spicy sauce. Try the amazing seared beef Tiradito with quinoa salsa, chipotle mayo, chimichurri and green aji, you will keep coming back for more!
The venue is buzzing, and after a few amazing dishes and some great wine, so will your palate.
Our first stop this week is the upstairs downstairs venue with a cute courtyard in Kloof Street.
Chalk and Cork is owned and run by Marc and Amy Botes, who have collectively attained an enviable amount of experience in top end kitchens working with international chefs.
This translates into a menu that is packed with flavor, a highly knowledgeable staff that is very present, but not intrusive, and a wine list that is approachable, fresh and always exciting.
You can’t go wrong with any of the boards (especially the charcuterie selection) but we were blown away by the wild mushroom risotto with grated parmesan and truffle oil, it was out-of-this-world good!! Another stand out were the Parma ham croquettes with apple and beetroot, an outstanding blending of flavours.
The thing about tapas is that the final ingredient is the company you choose to share it with, however you will find that the selection here is good enough to enjoy alone 😉
Snack-time is all the time, and any of the fantastic places we are looking at this week are able to stretch snack-time into mealtime with an array of bite-sized finger foods, perfect for sharing and exploring.
Cape Town is experiencing a massive drought and water is becoming scarce, there is a real likelihood of low pressure or even times when the water is turned off.
The municipality has mandated that each person has an allocation of 87 litres of water a day.
This will affect your stay with Accommodation Hunter, but it need not cause much of an inconvenience if you are mindful of how you use drinking water.
With this in mind we urge you to be careful with your water usage.
Here are a few ways that you can help.
Keep a couple of 5 litre water bottles in the kitchen, so you have water to drink if the municipality temporarily stop / reduce the water
Please shower quickly and turn off the water whilst soaping, washing hair etc
Please use the buckets to collect water from your shower and where possible, pour the water into the toilet cistern, re-using the water
Please don’t flush unless you need to - “if it’s yellow let it mellow”
Please don’t shave / clean your teeth in the shower, rather use the small bucket, so you can pour the used water into the toilet cistern where you can
Consider washing up in the plastic container in the sink, and again, re-using the water by pouring it into the toilet cistern.
We are aware that this is an inconvenience, but Global Warming is a real issue and guests before you have helped to save water for you, so we urge you to save water for those guests coming in after you.
The Cobra is my personal favorite car. The original 289 Cobra is the car I respect the most.
Aside from being a sexy (so sexy!) two seater car that hugs the road and roars with power, the Cobra can accelerate to 160 km/h and brake to complete standstill in 14.5 seconds (please don’t try it, that was merely to illustrate the immense engine this vehicle has).
Cape Cobra Hire have several vehicles in their garages, they are all in top form and beautifully and lovingly maintained and serviced.
You will feel like James Bond (or a Bond villain, whatever tickles your fancy) for the duration of the experience, and it’s wonderful.
Book one for a day or more, take it through its paces, up to Hermanus and back, or pop around to Clanwillian and revel in the feeling of the open road with the wind in your hair. The Cape is stunning, and there are so many ways to experience all her beauty, this being a very, very good one 😉
A general rule of thumb when it comes to flying is that the smaller the craft is, the more intimate and exciting of an experience your flight is going to be.
There are so many advantages of exploring a landscape by air.
First, zero traffic, pretty much ever.
Secondly, the venues that have a helipad along the way are generally worth visiting.
Third, the views, the views and the views.
Soar above the city, charter a helicopter to take you to Cape Point and back (and around), there are so many options how to do this, but do it you must!
Added bonuses are the comfort and pleasure of executive personalized service, 24/7 flight support, privacy, comfort and luxurious planes, 5-star catering, direct routing, access to ten times as many airports as commercial airlines, executive in-flight amenities, no crowded terminals and private check-in at exclusive lounges.
The Ceres Railway track was originally built at the turn of the 19th century, starting in July 1910 and completing in May 1912, then refurbished and reopened in 2012 with a variety of beautiful locomotives commissioned to ply the line.
This is such a unique and relaxing way to explore the area and soak up some of the 100-year-old history, and best of all, you don’t need a designated driver.
Ceres is one of the most fertile and productive areas for deciduous fruits, and you will find amazing produce and preserves sold at local farmstalls.
Bear in mind, the locomotives pulling the luxury bar and lounge/dining carts are stunning steam engines (one beautiful engine is named “The Red Devil”), lovingly restored or rebuilt.
You will be riding within a piece of history while enjoying the timeless beauty of the Ceres mountains.
So, you’re in SA, staying in one of our luxurious abodes, enjoying the best the city has to offer. While you’re at it, why not commute in style? This week we’re looking at planes, trains and automobiles to add luxury to the exploration of The Cape.
Simonstown is a historically rich little naval town near Cape Point, it is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. Bertha’s is situated on the quay in Simonstown, with prime views of the Naval base, yacht club and False Bay, just off the “Simon’s Town Historic Mile”.
Try the Scampi, beautifully crumbed queen prawns with a sweet chili sauce, or the seared tuna and avocado salad with tomato, onion, red pepper and greens served with pickled ginger and a honey soy dressing.
For mains you can’t go wrong with the Cape Malay Seafood curry with mussels, calamari, prawns and the catch of the day cooked with fragrant coconut and tamarind, served with basmati rice and poppadoms.
It’s a beautiful restaurant with a safe kiddies play area and seafood as fresh as it can be, what’s not to love?