imageEarlier this week I received an invitation from Roxy Laker and Chef Nic van Wyk to try the new Summer Menu of Bistro 13, which has celebrated its first anniversary of operating at Stellenbosch Vineyards. As I had to be in Stellenbosch yesterday afternoon, I enjoyed lunch (more…)

imageMeeting a friend for coffee yesterday morning, I noticed a new-looking establishment about to open on Bree Street, with the Arcade name above the door. Co-owner Marco Picone was kind enough to share some information about the new Arcade Resto-Bar, which opens on Bree Street on Monday.

It appears that Marco has links to the local company Soft Coffee (more…)

imageI had heard from restaurants that a new ‘Gourmet Guide‘ is to published, with a listing and evaluation of our country’s Top 100 restaurants. The evaluation of the restaurants is to be done on the basis of the Michelin-system, with unidentified ‘inspectors’ visiting restaurants (more…)

imageLast night the stately Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg was relaunched, with a new permanent exhibition, a new restaurant, and the launch of the venue for special events.

Antonia Labia, Director of The Casa Labia Cultural Centre, provided imagea brief overview of the building, which was built in 1924 by her grandfather Count Natale Labia (later Prince Labia) as a family residence as well as the official residence of the Italian Ambassador, her grandfather being the first holder of this position in our country. The architectural style of the building is Venetian, and many fittings were imported from Italy. It was designed to impress statesmen, artists, and musicians who visited the residence. (more…)

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to New Media Publishing and its Eat Out management team for doing such a good job in changing its Restaurant Awards venue 48 hours before the event (one could ask why the fly problem at Mistico Equestrian Centre was not identified in the first place!), most of the attendees being happy to not drive out to Paarl!  Commendable is the questionnaire emailed last night, with 33 questions evaluating every aspect of the venue, shuttle service, (more…)

imageHow does Chef Jenny Morris do it? In one week she has launched her new series of Jenny and Reza’s Fabulous Food Academy on Food Network, launched her new ‘World Atlas of Food: 100 countries,  a world of flavours’, and has launched her new Jenny Morris Giggling Gourmet range of wines made (more…)

imageToday I was invited by Harbour House Group owner Michael Townsend to try their first new Easy Burger Bar, which opened on Bree Street two weeks ago, in the space that was previously Lucky Fish. The lunch served as an update of the latest developments in his restaurant group.

Easy Tiger Burger Bar is the first in (more…)

Eat-Out-mag-coverEarlier this year I was shocked to see that the La Motte Culinary Director (and wife of its red wine maker Edmund Terblanche) as well as Kokkedoor judge Hetta van Deventer had reviewed De Warenmarkt for Eat Out. Now it appears from the new Eat Out 2016 magazine that she reviewed a number of Franschhoek and other Boland restaurants (many on wine farms too) that are in direct competition with Pierneef à la Motte restaurant!

At the time that I saw the De Warenmarkt review by Van Deventer I (more…)

Paul2The global Paul Bakery – Café chain is to open in our country by the end of next year, its first store planned for Johannesburg.

In a deal signed with Famous Brands, it was announced today that the 120 year-old French bakery chain, with ‘chic stores’ in 41 countries (more…)

imageAfter a question by Relax-with-Dax as to why the Woolworths Sustainability Award was not awarded to a restaurant at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards held on Sunday, given that it was one of the Award categories, Eat Out issued a statement today!

The statement says that Eat Out wants to recognize a restaurant which ‘is making great strides towards running (more…)

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