Restaurant review: Ritrovo Ristorante

Fashion and proximity to where food critics live plays more of a role than it ought to in the awarding of prizes. There are some mediocre restaurants that turn up in the ‘best of’ lists year after year like bad pennies. And then there are some superb restaurants, like Ritrovo in Pretoria, that are consistently […]

June 28, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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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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Saleh’s Bakery – restaurant review

I should know better, and in theory I do, but somehow I always forget about Fridays in Mayfair. Last week I did my usual stupid thing and arrived in this inner city, predominantly Muslim, Johannesburg suburb at about 11.45 on a Friday morning – just as all the shops and restaurants were closing for mid-day […]

June 8, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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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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Zhong Cuisine – restaurant review

Cheap sushi is a deeply dangerous global abomination. Most of the inexpensive sushi served in South Africa is a rolling insult to Japanese culinary culture. All those subtle, true and clean, complementary flavours that one ought to find are generally replaced with technically clumsy, clangingly unrefined tastes and textures. I have an Italian chef friend […]

May 18, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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BAPS Shayona – restaurant review

Who wouldn’t love this jalebi? It’s a neat, palm-sized spiral of orange stickiness. It was made by drawing a circle in hot oil, then dunking the deep-fried wheel into fragrant syrup. It’s similar to our plaited koeksister, but much less of a mouthful. The whorl of a jalebi is not doughy. The circles are designed […]

May 13, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Mexican Fresh vs Perron – restaurant review

Tex-Mex is a term that was first used in the late 19th century to describe the route of a cross border railway line. It wasn’t applied to food until 1918 when Miguel Martinez chef-patron of the Dallas restaurant, El Fenix, created a set of anglo-Mexican fusion recipes in an attempt to appeal to the Texan […]

May 9, 2015
by Anna Trapido
with 0 Comments
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