Tag: cape town dining

(sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay - The Lookout Deck - Part 3

February 22, 2018

Some say that the Lookout Deck has the best sea view in the Western Cape, we highly recommend you go and have a look for yourself, because it truly is awesome.

This is not fine dining, but it is good, wholesome and fresh, served up in a big outdoor vibe under umbrellas with lots of beer on tap. 

The menu covers everything from freshly caught line fish brought in daily by the local fishermen, to live Cape Rock Lobster, succulent LM prawns, plump and juicy Black Tiger prawns, fresh steamed black mussels, legendary tender calamari steaks and seared Yellow fin tuna steaks. 

They also offer oysters and sushi complemented by their bubbly and sake.

URL: http://www.thelookoutdeck.co.za/

F: https://www.facebook.com/lookoutdeckhoutbay

E: reservations@lookoutdeck.co.za

Tel: +27 21 790 0900

Location: Lot 65 Quayside, Hout Bay Harbour

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(sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay - Mondiall Kitchen and Bar - Part 2

February 21, 2018

Another great option in the V&A is Mondiall, Restaurateur Patrick Symington of Cape Town’s Café Dharma and Asoka fame has brought his skills to bear on this excellent restaurant with fresh approaches to cuisine that really need to be enjoyed.

Must try the grilled Mauritian sea bass, amazing with borlotti bean puree, almond & garlic sautéed fine beans, salsa vierge. Top it off with a baked camembert, with fig, truffle honey and macadamia nuts, sooooo good!

The lights on the water and the atmosphere of romance and sparkliness makes this a great couples restaurant.

URL: http://www.mondiall.co.za

F: https://www.facebook.com/mondiallkitchenandbar

E: reservations@mondiall.co.za

Tel: +27 21 418 3003

Location: Alfred Mall, V&A Waterfront

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(sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay - Vista Marina - Part 1

February 20, 2018

At Vista Marina you can enjoy a taste of luxury and sophistication from the water’s edge, with uninterrupted views of the V&A Waterfront’s marina and Table Mountain. A brilliant spot to relax in ultra-chic surroundings while you enjoy some Mediterranean inspired delicacies.

Try the linguine frutti de mare, linguine, mussels, prawns, baby calamari and fish in a rustic and vibrant putanesca sauce. Or enjoy the delightful slow roast lamb shank with roast potatoes and an amazing cucumber raita. 

The fresh sea air will leave you feeling refreshed and the food, glamorously satiated.

URL: http://www.vistamarina.co.za/

F: https://www.facebook.com/VistamarinaCPT

E: reservations@vistamarina.co.za

Tel: +27 21 814 4510

Location: Dock Road, V&A Waterfront

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Tea, trees and tots - Kirstenbosch Tea Room - Part 3

February 15, 2018

In terms of pedigree, this is one of the tea rooms in cape town that certainly has the benefit of a long history, having first opened in 1924. While the tea room is beautiful, the garden is spectacular, grab your stuff to go and they will pack it into a basket for you to take and enjoy under a tree of your choosing.

Can highly recommend the English Tea for Two, with two teas, filter coffee, fruit juices or carbonated drinks and any sandwich of your choice from the picnic list (we had the spicy chicken mayonnaise). This comes packed with two mini spinach and feta quiches, home-made scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream and finally one piece of cake – cut into 2. 

Either way, order from the menu or mix it up and make it yours, the food is delicious, and the scenery is incomparable.

URL: https://www.ktr.co.za/

E: t424u@ktr.co.za

Tel: +27 21 797 4883

Location: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, 

Rhodes Drive, Newlands

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Tea, trees and tots - Tea under the trees - Part 1

February 13, 2018

Step through the looking glass and follow the rabbit into this Wonderland under the trees. With thoughtful, exciting and exuberant outdoor décor, this stunning venue in Paarl is an ideal place to stimulate the imagination and conversation. 

The place is entirely child friendly with playground and toys galore, as well as including an amazing little bric-a-brac store with authentic vintage teacups, teapots, coffee sets, cutlery and old table linen for sale.

Their menu is largely organic and filled with yummy staples including sandwiches and wraps (Heavenly ham with pesto, lettuce and tomato was our best), great desserts and of course, plenty of tea.

The views are idyllic, and the setting is magical, a must-see.

URL: http://teaunderthetrees.co.za/

F: https://www.facebook.com/teaunderthetrees

E: info@teaunderthetrees.co.za

Tel: +27 72 871 9103

Location: Tea Under The Trees, St Pieters Roche

Main Road, Paarl

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Breakfast, Browsing and a bit of wine - Breakfast at Superette - Part 1

February 06, 2018

The organizers of the award-winning Neighbourgoods Market in Woodstock have pooled their experience in bringing you experiences and created Superette, a neighbourhood café on the ground floor of the Woodstock Exchange building. This gorgeous little spot is open daily during the week for breakfast and lunch, with a special brunch menu on Saturdays.

The produce is hand picked from amazing local suppliers such as Bill Riley Meat, Wild Organics and the Woodstock Bakery, and you really can’t go wrong with pretty much anything off the menu.

For breakfast we chose the poached eggs and weren’t disappointed when they arrived, simply excellent on sourdough with hollandaise sauce, served with bacon, courgette ribbons, goats feta, toasted seeds and lemon dressed greens. 

For a taste of all things good and a blast of nostalgia, Suparette is the place to be.

URL: http://www.superette.co.za/

F: https://www.facebook.com/SuperetteNeighbourhoodCafe

E: info@superette.co.za

Tel: +27 21 802 5525

Location: 66 Albert Road, Woodstock

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13 Artisans - DV Chocolate - Part 2

January 31, 2018

What started as an elaborate experiment in a garage with equipment cobbled together out of repurposed kitchen appliances has turned into an organic chocolate success story right here on the Boland.

DV (De Villiers) Chocolate only uses organically farmed cocoa from Uganda and specializes in small-batch, high-quality delicacies, with huge attention to detail. 

They truly showcase the “bean-to-bar” mentality of chocolate production, being in control of all the critical processes from bean selection to roasting, grinding, refining and conching.

The chocolate tour is brilliant, you get to have small samples of some of their amazing flavours, ones that stood out were, chai milk, cinnamon blonde, coffee and cardamom and peppermint & macadamia.

Very decadent, very tasty!

URL: https://www.dvchocolate.com 

E: info@dvchocolate.com 

F: https://www.facebook.com/devillierschocolate/ 

Tel: +27 (0)21 874 1060

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13 Artisans - Richard Bosman Cured Meats - Part 1

January 30, 2018

Richard is a master of the Italian and Spanish style charcuterie and is known to elevate all cuts of meat to amazing levels with great finesse and a healthy amount of experience thrown into the mix. 

His cured meat deli (which you will find next door to the Spice Route Tasting Room) is a carnivore’s happy place and you will find pasture-raised, hand-salted hung and curing meats to your hearts content.

Highly suggest doing a tasting, it is amazing to hear about these traditional methods and practices and get a front seat tour of the items on offer.

Some special things that stood out were the Nduja (very spicy spreadable salami) the Salsiccia (a fresh sausage with red wine and fennel) and the venison carpaccio (cured loin with red wine and spices).

All-in-all an eye-opening experience well worth a visit!

URL: http://richardbosman.co.za/ 

E: info@richardbosman.co.za 

Tel: +27 (0) 83 227 3494

Open: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm

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Coast to coast for food and cocktails - Casa Del Sol – Strand - Part 3

January 11, 2018

Casa Del Sol is an upmarket beach bar in Strand in False Bay, with incredible views across the whole bay from the Hibernian Towers on Beach Road. 

It’s a family run restaurant and they have a great spread, from sushi to tapas, wraps and salads, it’s all great. 

They do a fantastic Yippy Kay Yay burger, with spicy jalapenos, creamy feta and sweet peppadews (also, the Smokey Joe, onion marmalade, enough said).

This spot is en route to and from many “must do” local trips (Hermanus, Stellenbosch etc.) so it makes a great pit stop on a greater exploration.

URL: https://www.casa-del-sol.co.za

F: https://www.facebook.com/casadelsolstrand

E: info@casa-del-sol.co.za

Tel: +27 21 853 6867

Location: Hibernian Towers, Beach Road, Strand

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Coast to coast for food and cocktails - On the Rocks - Part 2

January 10, 2018

Everything you need to know about the gorgeous views and location of this venue is in the name. You can take in all of Table Mountain, Robben Island and Cape Town in this child friendly open-air restaurant. 

Treat yourself to eight, twelve or sixteen deep sea prawns with buttered new potatoes, a dressed salad and harissa aioli. 

Follow that up with a baked cheese cake sporting a delicious ginger crust and berry coulis, while watching the water lap against rocks practically at your feet.

The restaurant has been in uninterrupted operation for over fifty six years, and have shown a non-stop commitment to improvement and service, but either way, the view alone pays for itself.

URL: http://www.ontherocks.co.za/

F: https://www.facebook.com/ontherocksrestaurant/ 

E: ontherocks@seascapecollection.co.za

Tel: +27 21 554 1988

Location: 45 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand

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