Ethiopia is known for its coffee, but also its outstanding cuisine, centering around shared pots and dipping/holding bread, where the utensil becomes part of the meal.
The bread is called Injera and is a spongy bread, resembling a crepe or pancake which is traditionally made from Teff flour.
Have the Shiro Wot, a popular vegetarian stew, Shiro Wot is made from chickpea flour and simmered with garlic and onions in a berbere sauce (a combination of peppers, garlic, onion and other spices which are dried and ground into powder form, and used to spice many dishes). For your meat option, we suggest you try the Tibs, tender beef or lamb cubes sautéed and cooked with pepper and onion.
The food is rich, with deep and tantalizing flavor profiles, but it is also welcoming and tactile, obviously prepared with great love and care.
A cultural foodie extravaganza, The Africa Café brings you flavours from across the continent. Starting from humble beginnings, this venue has flourished over the past 15 years into the amazing kitchen it is today.
A standout dish was the Ethiopian Doro Wat, chicken thighs cooked in a rich
Berbere /paprika sauce. Also amazing was the Malawi Mwana wa Nkhosa Tender, a free-range lamb stew in a succulent, rich gravy.
Fifteen different African dishes are brought to your table simultaneously and you indulge in the “communal feast”, a truly outstanding experience!
There are great vegetarian options, and you can order individual dishes too, if that is to your preference.
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.
To stay true to our healthy and conscious eating theme, we needed to pop by Cape Town’s most lauded vegan restaurant, where according to their website: “We're all about bridging the gap between health and comfort food.”
The Hungry Herbivore does just that! We highly recommend that you try the THH Salad. A healthy portion of chopped greens, quinoa, red onion, sundried tomato, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and avocado with a Dijon vinaigrette.
This is a stunning little venue, easy on the eyes and a joy to dine in. A great place to begin your healthy transformation 😉
In a white-washed, clean and open space opposite Mama Africa on Long Street, Orchard on Long have made the healthy option so delicious, it’s impossible to resist.
Something that I didn’t know is that the way the juice is pressed defines how healthy it is, and how flavourful. Hydraulically cold pressed juices are prepared daily (nightly) and form the basis of the smoothies.
Orchard on Long elevate juicing and health cleansing to both an art form and a science, offering a variety of juicing regimes from novice to advanced.
For nibbles, go with the samurai rolls, which is delicious quinoa, marinated mushrooms, red pepper, cucumber, coriander, basil sunflower sprouts, sesame seeds and carrots. All this wrapped in rice paper rolls and served with organic peanut and ginseng sauce.
Healthy options can also be amazing opportunities to experiment with food outside of our usual repertoire.
The owners of The Gin Bar have also opened Marrow, a bone broth specialty eatery in the same vein of the Asian broth bars in New York which are experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity. Available in 4 flavors, the broth revival is all about amazing tastes, great protein pairings and the apparent health benefits (to both gut and joint).
Your choices include a clear bone broth with miso, soy and roast chicken toppings with spring onion and Chorizo; green dashi broth, leeks and steamed angelfish; white veggie broth with tofu, roasted aubergine and coconut milk; or the red wine and venison brown broth.
Each of these outstanding slow-cooked and flavoursome broths are improved by a sticky rice ball or a soft-boiled egg.
Another winner from the guys that bring you Gin, chocolate and now, the best broth in town.
"Gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen's lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire." – Winston Churchill
The Gin Bar is a secret bar, well, not anymore, but it seems like a secret bar, tucked away behind a chocolatier (previously mentioned) and stocking over 104 specialty gins.
The staffs knowledge of their namesake spirit is astounding, and the space fills up quickly over weekends due to increasing popularity. This is easy to understand due to the sensation that the beautiful and secret courtyard space cocoons you as the bartenders take you on a gin journey around the globe.
As they say on their website:” Inspired by the history of the heritage building itself (which was a morgue until recently) and the "Quack" medicinal history of gin and Juniper (the defining ingredient of gin), The Gin Bar offers elixirs, tinctures and potions to cure all manner of ills.”
A Capetonian neighborhood bar that stays close to SA roots with a consistent homage to braai culture. The best thing to do is grab yourself a braai board which is a selection of braaied meats served with chakalaka (best accompanied by a freshly baked roosterkoek).
This is truly an opportunity to dive in and taste SA culinary culture at its most honest and hearty, with filling meals and exotic flavor combinations. Classics tastes such as Mrs Ball’s boerewors burger with caramelized onion marmalade and proper Durban-Style Bunny Chows will leave your palate excited and intrigued.
The venue is casual and a little vintage, with emphasis definitely being on the “laid back” aspect of the inner-city bar. Along with big screen TV’s for the rugger and ongoing drinks specials, this place is great to kick back and enjoy some time with your friends in.