imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Woolworths Hout Bay and its Assistant Manager Eric. I had gone to the W Café in the store on Easter Monday, for a quick cappuccino and a scone. The waitress accepted my coffee order, but told me that they were out of scones and hot cross buns. I suggested that she get some from the Woolworths store, but she told me that they were not allowed to, despite a manager having previously done so. The W Café manager had gone home already. The waitress went to see Eric, who offered to pay for the scone. I contacted the Operations Manager Marcel to tell him about Eric’s kind offer.  The scones were however sold out in the store, so they offered hot cross buns instead, and only charged me for the cappuccino, an amazing service recovery driven by Woolworths rather than W Café. (more…)

imageAs part of a three-day stay in Franschhoek last week, I made a point of revisiting some older restaurants. One of them was Haute Cabrière, a restaurant which I had heard little of, other than its appointment in November last year of new Chef Dennis Strydom, of late. (more…)

imageOn a quick visit to Hermanus last week, I was lucky to meet Chef Warwick Taylor, previously of Creation, where he was extremely popular and created excellent dishes which were paired with the Creation wines. (more…)

imageSince selling my guest houses I have stayed at a mix of self-catering and guest houses in Franschhoek, and have been very disappointed. Franschhoek Boutique Hotel GM Llewellyn Lambert took pity on my Franschhoek accommodation experiences, as documented in Sour Service Awards on this Blog, and invited me to come and stay at the hotel. He had showed me around just after it was completed a few months ago, but this was my first stay.

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S Pellegrino Young Chef throwing flowerThe S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2016 finalists have been announced, ten finalists from twenty world regions competing to win the regional Honours, before 20 winners of the 20 regions meet each other in the Grand Final of the international Young Chef 2016 contest.

The Africa-Middle East finalist list has a lower South African young chef presence, yet (more…)

imageThe 4th episode of Season 2 of Koekedoor had an interesting twist, in that it was load shedding focused, the contestants not being allowed to use the electric stoves in the Koekedoor kitchen. Unusual too was that none of the eight contestants was eliminated in the episode on Thursday evening, and that one of them won the Smeg oven. (more…)

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Hennie’s Electrical in Hermanus, and its staff member Melinda, for its impressive service in regassing a refrigerator within two hours of receiving my request, without any questions about payment, which was sorted out after the regassing had been done!

 

 

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imageA few weeks ago we wrote a blogpost, reflecting the question by Condé Nast Traveler, asking if Cape Town is the new Gin capital of the world. We did not know then that another new local gin brand, Cape Town Gin produced by the Cape Town Gin & Spirit Company, would be launched. (more…)

imageNew talk of the town is the New York inspired restaurant Mulberry & Prince, which opened on Pepper Street, just off hipster Bree Street, two weeks ago. It offers small plate dishes in a chic interior, prepared by two New York-trained Chefs. (more…)

imageNew restaurant openings continue, especially in Cape Town.  Cape Town ‘s most successful restaurant opening, Locanda Restaurant at Villa 47 on Bree Street, has been followed by the opening of its new Stuzzico bar and small plate restaurant! Interesting news is Chef Ivor Jones’ departure from The Test Kitchen and his future plans (see POSTSCRIPT below).  Mulberry & Prince is an exciting new New York-inspired restaurant.

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Restaurant Openings

#   Mulberry & Prince has opened on the corner of Bree and Pepper Street, with owners American Cynthia Rivera and local Cornel Mostert (photograph) (more…)

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