Food and Wine

South Africa’s climate begs for food feasts celebrated out in the open under big skies studded with stars. Here are some special feasting spots and, for that matter, places to stay in enormously good style.

It’s not just flowers that are bursting forth in the Cederberg. The new menu at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat is also full of the bounce of Spring, and re-emerging fresh and fabulous for Summer.

Think West Coast and notice how braais and bokkoms scurrel for top seed along with flowers and whales. Recently, braai’s on the West Coast have gathered an extra bit of glitz at Abalone House, sitting pretty beside the sea in small-town Paternoster. There, they’ve been re-invented as sumptuous, five-star fireside feasts.

Cape Town swarms with eateries of all types and tastes. When you fancy a feast from India in the gorgeous Mother City, these are some of the Indian Restaurants you could head for. Do book ahead – Cape Town is abuzz with visitors during holiday season and dining space needs reserving.

Whether it’s a simple afternoon tea cuppa you’re after on a day of sightseeing, or a more elaborate, belly-sagging high tea taken in the grand style we adopted from the English, we offer you a little outpouring of tantalising tea-stops in Cape Town. From the sublime and the pricey to the cheap and cheerily pleasurable, … Continue reading “A Clink & a Cuppa: Some Enticing Tea-Stops in Cape Town”

Casual-with-class, Reuben’s at The Robertson is The Robertson Small Hotel’s fabulous boutique-style bistro.  This is where you can sit back to a unique and sublimely palatable dining experience in characterful Robertson.  The menu, crafted by patron chef Reuben Riffel, is ever-in-transition, and in keeping with his acclaimed cooking style, “the flavours will whisk your memory off to … Continue reading “Food Glorious Food: Reuben’s at The Robertson”

“It’s a chef’s responsibility to make an ingredient shine“.  And that’s exactly what Jackie Cameron does so well in her great Midlands kitchen at the beautiful Hartford House.

Think Cape Winelands and imagination calls forth immaculately goomed green valleys dotted with small towns and framed by exquisite mountain ranges. The Winelands are home to South Africa’s famed viticulture, and a host of gastronomic experiences. Scattered prettily across the neatly combed vineyards, are a prime pick of luxurious boutique hotels, guesthouses and spa retreats.

Quite a lot, actually, and it comes beautifully parcelled as a unique experience at gorgeous Abalone House Boutique Guesthouse. During the last three weekends of May, Abalone House’s Saffron Restaurant will be offering brandy-tasting evenings by Blaauwklippen and Laborie vineyards. This comes paired with an exquisite 5-course menu, priced at only R250.00 per person.

De Hoek Country House in serene Magaliesberg is hosting a food and wine weekend with lots of international flair and flavour on the weekend of 11 – 13 May 2012 (which also happens to be Mother’s Day weekend).