Solms-Delta Picnic – review

We are back at Solms-Delta for a picnic. Today we’re under a tree by the river. We’ve laid our picnic blankets on this exact spot twice before. We’ve also eaten on the lawns near the bamboo forest and another time near the lily-topped dam. The children are up to their undies in the river, launching […]

March 5, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Springfontein Eats – restaurant review

There is a photograph of Springfontein Eats chef Jürgen Schneider on the wine farm’s website. He is wearing wellie boots, jeans, a sweatshirt – and a toothy grin. Schneider is holding a big knife and a tub of freshly-cut veg. He’s wearing the same sweatshirt and the same toothy grin in another photo. In this […]

February 26, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Portuguese Kitchen – restaurant review

Posh Pretoria is in the east of the city. The west is poor. This is nothing new. The Carnegie Commission of Investigation on the Poor White Question in South Africa (which began its work in 1928 and published its findings in 1932) goes into chapter and verse about the “economically depressed and poverty stricken” nature […]

February 18, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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The Sheikh’s Palace vs King Arabic Sandwiches – restaurant review

Thanks to Ottolenghi et al, Middle Eastern flavours are this season’s hot tastes for cool people. Sadly, they are surprisingly difficult to find in South Africa. Johannesburg diners have long frequented The Sheikh’s Palace on Rivonia Road for Lebanese opulence. I made my recent booking with high hopes. I knew the venue to be a […]

February 9, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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Punjab Express – restaurant review

Walking into Punjab Express is a breath of fresh air. What a joy to be able to buy authentic Indian food and to escape the kind of décor that has characterized Indian restaurants in Cape Town for decades. There are no ochre walls here, no dusty flowers and enormous, sticky menus. This is no dimly-lit […]

February 5, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Harbour House – restaurant review

On the restaurant reviewer’s tick list, the décor of Harbour House in Kalk Bay has always scored high. It’s not just the location of the building, boundaried by sea and harbour. The combination of wooden surfaces, picture windows, navy-and-white upholstery fabrics and curved metallic surfaces sends a powerful message to our brains: “I’m on a […]

January 21, 2015
by Daisy Jones
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Bistro Michel – restaurant review

South African eating establishments often call themselves bistros but very few fit with the original French definition of the word. According to American food writer Daniel Young, author of The Bistros, Brasseries and Wine Bars of Paris, a bistro must have a recognisable neighbourhood, stylish yet casual feel, a focus on wine not beer, a […]

January 21, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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10 (or so) of the best Valentine’s Day restaurants

Saint Valentine (if he existed at all) was a 4th century celibate who was clubbed to death and then also beheaded. Many of those seeking a restaurant reservation for February 14th know just how he felt. It’s a lose-lose social situation – worse even than Mother’s Day – very few people want to be there […]

January 12, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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