Best sundowner spots in Cape Town

Location counts for a lot but restaurants with a great setting or spectacular views often become complacent. It’s not the case with the establishments below. Beau Constantia, Constantia www.beauconstantia.com Perched on the Constantia side of Table Mountain, Beau Constantia’s ultra-modern tasting room building looks out over vineyards, mountains and the city’s southern suburbs.  Floor-to-ceiling glass […]

January 16, 2015
by Emma Odendaal
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Takumi – restaurant review

There was a time when sushi lovers flocked to Minato, just off Cape Town’s Long Street. With a tattoo parlour as a neighbour, tacky décor and a ramshackle front, it was the definition of ‘hole in a wall’. But the sushi was legendary and night after night it was packed to capacity. Hatsushiro Muraoka, better […]

December 18, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Markets in the winelands

A round-up of some of the best markets in the Cape winelands. Blaauwklippen Family Market, Stellenbosch Sundays, 10am to 3pm www.blaauwklippen.com Families are welcome! Expect arts, crafts, food and a chance to pet the farm animals. Buy something to eat and drink (no BYO) and relax on the lawns with a picnic blanket while listening […]

December 4, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Out and about in Breedekloof

There are certain places I’d prefer not to write about lest they be discovered and irrevocably lose their charm.  This Breedekloof farm is one of those places… Edelgard Lategan started building River Edge cottages in 2005, the first called “Jan Albert.” Today there are five such stone-clad houses on the banks of the Breede River, […]

November 28, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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[spasie] – restaurant review

I’ve never thought much of long-table restaurants. Nor am I a fan of drinking wine out of tumblers. Innovative, hipster, trendy… whatever you want to call either fad, I prefer the privacy of a table for two, the absence of small talk and the elegance of long-stemmed glassware. Then I heard of [spasie]. I was […]

November 20, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Out and about in the Hemel-en-Aarde

The Hemel-en-Aarde near Hermanus is far from a bargain-hunter’s paradise. Top-rated wineries and equally remarkable eateries line the R320, the valley’s aorta, and the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs for which these wards are known are priced at R150 and up. So why go? Unlike some other Cape winelands regions, when it comes to accommodation there […]

November 13, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Chocolate and wine pairings in the winelands

Don’t believe those stick-in-the-muds who say that chocolate doesn’t pair with wine. When done well, there are few things as deliciously decadent. It’s a match made in heaven, if you will. But finding the perfect combination is a challenge. Wine’s acidity and tannin can clash with the creaminess and subtle flavor nuances of chocolate. So, […]

November 6, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Christmas in the winelands

Why not make this Christmas holiday a real holiday and allow someone else to do the cooking and washing up? The Cape winelands has a plethora of restaurants offering Christmas Eve dinners and Christmas day lunches. Set menus, buffets, foodie experiences, home-style traditional cooking – it’s all here. Backsberg, Klapmuts Christmas lunch: R470 per person […]

October 23, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
with 1 Comment
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