Restaurant Review: The Chinese Dumpling Shop

This is a review of a restaurant that has no agreed-upon English name. The staff speaks very little English. It’s a restaurant that requires you to wander into the kitchen at the back to help yourself from a fridge of drinks. At the entrance, there’s a large metal bowl of cracked eggs, a bunch of […]

September 2, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Restaurant review: Myoga

Overall, the food at Myoga is perfectly yummy, few would argue with that. It’s just that, when you’re having a five-course tasting menu prepared by Chef Mike Bassett, you want to be blown away. I wasn’t. I thought the food was inconsistent. Some of it was outstanding – the coconut-smoked cucumber served with the kabeljou, […]

August 7, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Restaurant review: Oroboros Tapas Bar

Restaurants are not just about food. Good food can be ruined by bad service – if I’m treated badly, I’m never coming back – similarly bad food can be redeemed by a feel-good experience. At Oroboros Tapas Bar the food isn’t terrible. The potential for feel-good, however, is excellent. Oroboros squeezes into a small space […]

July 23, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Restaurant review: Graciales

The dessert board at Graciales might come as a surprise: A rich, fresh chocolate truffle, a lemon tart boasting all the right contrasts and a Turkish Delight good enough to convert those of us who’d normally shun it. Why the surprise? Well, because Graciales markets itself as a casual place to socialize over a drink […]

July 8, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Restaurant review: Open Door

On a dark night in early June, during loadshedding, a friend and I were accommodated at Open Door without a booking. I doubt we’ll be so lucky again. Open Door had only been open a matter of days when we visited. Word is sure to have got out by now about Neil Grant, Barry Engelbrecht […]

June 25, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Tiger’s Milk – restaurant review

Tiger’s Milk sets you agog from the get-go. There’s a vintage movie theatre sign at first floor level that transports you to the set of American Graffitti. It’s that movie – all style and intelligence – not Back to the Future or Grease. There’s an undercurrent of gloom in Muizenberg that prevents even a suburban […]

June 12, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Reuben’s – restaurant review

When Reuben’s is the name of the restaurant, it’s ideal to have Reuben in the kitchen. I’ve eaten at Reuben’s in Franschhoek with Reuben Riffel present and with him absent. When he was there, the meal was worth every cent. When he wasn’t, his staff fell short of the name on the door. It’s a […]

May 30, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Uitkyk Carlonet 1982

All the stylistic vagaries of the modern era of winemaking in South Africa when Estelle Lourens of Uitkyk showed the 1982, 1997, 2001, 2007 and 2011 vintages of the Stellenbosch’s property Cabernet Sauvignon which is bottled under the name “Carlonet”. The 1982 was light bodied with an acidity tending to tart but still pretty (score: […]

May 13, 2015
by Daisy Jones
with 1 Comment
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