One thing that Marika’s has that really sets it apart is an ambience, a relaxed, urban/ hole-in-the-wall feel with laid-back staff and a killer menu. The venue is small, seating between 40-50 guests at a time (with al fresco balcony seating available barring inclement weather).
Straight to the mains (this restaurant does amazing Meze too, of course), the Arni Mbrizoles (finely cut lamb chops) are melt-in-your-mouth good, also the Garides Sti Schara (grilled butterflied prawns) or the Garides Yiouvetsir (baked prawns, kritharaki, tomato and feta) will satisfy any seafood urges you may experience.
Located in Sea Point, this restaurant has a marvelous history, and it is situated in almost the same spot on Sea Point Main Road where Dimitri's father also had a restaurant called Mykonos from 1976 to 1983. Dimitri Peroglou (Chef/Owner) learned from his father from age eighteen and has perfected numerous Greek dishes. His two most well known ones are the Kleftiko Lamb, and Dimitri's famous grilled lamb chops.
The Kleftiko lamb is deserving of its’ own paragraph. Slow roasted for 6 hours this lamb shank falls off the bone, it is succulent, cooked to perfection and a great reason to keep coming back!
Dang it’s cold! This winter’s surprise cold snaps have got us yearning for sunshine and warmer climes. This is a great time to tuck into some mediterranean cuisine and let the palate take you to a balmier environment.
The Breedekloof wine district boasts a total of 28 wine cellars (11 producer cellars and 17 private cellars), making it a stunning place to explore fine wines and great cuisine. Such as, wine and soup! It may just prove to be the next big thing in winter pairings, and definitely worth an exploration.
The festival includes live entertainment by various artists such as Black Byrd at Deetlefs Wine Estate, Klipwerf Boereorkes at Opstal Estate, Viljoen Retief & Twee at Merwida and a 5 course-Soetes & Soup pairing dinner with celebrated Chef Pete Goffe-Wood at Bosjes.
A great dawdle through the countryside, enjoying hearty soup, great reds and sublime dessert wines.
The little Karoo town of Calitzdorp lies on Route 62, about four hours drive from Cape Town and about half way to Port Elizabeth. The Klein Karoo is a stunning part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, sparse, dry and arid countryside interspersed with amazingly lush valleys.
At the festival, heavenly foods abound, everybody and their aunt is out in full force to prepare, plate and eat amazing food, taste beautiful wines and possibly engage in a lively game of Petanque (Boules).
Live music, a fun run, a parade with floats and distillery demonstrations are amongst the more niche entertainments.
Worth the long drive, for the views and surroundings alone. :-)
Tulbagh is named after Dutch Cape Colony Governor Ryk Tulbagh, is a town located in the Winelands of the Western Cape. The basin is fringed on three sides by mountains, and is drained by the Klein Berg river and its tributaries.
Tulbagh also has another, more recent, tradition. They celebrate Christmas in Winter (i dichotomy here in the Southern Hemisphere), and it's a wonderful celebration at that.
Expect a christmassy-decorated village, wine tastings, art and crafts, traditional Christmas dinners, stalls and entertainment. A whole lot of wholesome eats and good fun. For a full itinerary, consult the Facebook Page :-)
Catharina’s at Steenberg (the first farm in the cape) was named after the pioneering woman who sailed to the cape in 1662, disguised as a man. She endured an array of fateful encounters including losing three husbands to a lion, a Tribesman and an elephant, in turn. Read more about her, she was amazing.
The winter menu is beautiful and includes starters such as French onion soup, gruyere, croutons or duck wontons, miso mayonnaise, bean sprout, pickled ginger and spring onion, wasabi and soya vinaigrette. Paired with a Steenberg Sphynx Chardonnay 2017.
For mains they have smoked aubergine and bocconcini risotto, chopped coriander, semi dried tomato and pine nut salad or roast chicken breast, bacon and mushroom duxelle mash, baby carrot and courgette, mushroom sauce. Paired with a Steenberg Stately Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz Blend 2015.
And desserts feature sticky date pudding, pumpkin ice cream, macaroon, caramel espuma, cocoa snap or poached winter fruits, cinnamon ice cream, pain d’épices and mulled wine.
La Colombe is one of South Africa’s most internationally acclaimed fine dining establishments, located on Silvermist organic wine estate at the top of Constantia Nek, with unforgettable views overlooking the Constantia wine valley, False Bay and Hout Bay.
The winter menu this year includes another amazing showing by Chef Proprietor Scot Kirton’s team.
There are numerous combinations but the one that appealed to us is this six-course spectacular with sourdough, spiced pork lard, salsa verde then tuna ‘la colombe’ followed by Kerala spiced chicken, Mozambique prawn, snoek dressing, coriander and sweet potato.
Next is the lemongrass, ginger and watermelon Kalamansi than a porcini risotto, marinated buratta, salsa verde with winter vegetables and for dessert boerenkaas, peach, Foie Gras and bourbon and pecan nut.