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visit FABER at avondale

FABER restaurant at Avondale Wine Estate in Paarl

Acclaimed chef Eric Bulpitt has moved from Newton Johnson in the Hemel en Aarde Valley and found a new home at Avondale in Paarl. The restaurant is called FABER and I was privileged to be a part of their first official service yesterday and enjoyed a delicious 3-course lunch. I wasnt surprised that Eric and his team managed to seemingly effortlessly knock together a media lunch on their first day as well as serve their first set of clientele. His whole team moved with him to the new spot so they operate like a well-oiled machine. Continue Reading →

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eat at urbanologi

Angelo Scirooco from Urbanologi, Johannesburg

My favourite restaurant experience on my recent trip to Johannesburg was a lunch at Urbanologi. Located in the trendy 1 Fox street The Sheds precinct and inside the Mad Giant Brewery. Very edgy and very cool. The interior has a retro / industrial feel with murals by graffiti artist Justin Nomad. The furniture and interior designer is by Haldane Martin, the tableware by ceramicist Mervyn Gers, and the organic uniform design by Daniella Kisten. Angelo Scirooco – who won the San Pellegrino Chef of the year in 2015 and who worked under Liam Tomlin at the Chefs Warehouse and Canteen (one of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town), heads up the kitchen and is knocking up some incredible food. I was blown away by the menu, the presentation and the man himself. The menu is likely to change and evolve but I do hope they never take the deep-fried potatoes with seaweed emulsion off the menu because this mayo is life changing. After a little interrogation I’m so going attempt to make something similar because its that wonderful. We ate as much as we could and the steamed buns with truffle creme and toasted potato skin salt (I know right?) along with the crispy dropped black pepper pork belly with a tamarind dressing are dishes that will linger in my memory for a while.

Here is the visual story of the restaurant and the space it’s housed in. Continue Reading →

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visit bartholomeus klip

Bartholomeus Klip, Riebeek Valley, South Africa

Bartholomeus Klip, Riebeek Valley, South Africa

Bartholomeus Klip, Riebeek Valley, South Africa

I fell in love with Bartholomeus Klip 8 years ago when I stayed for the first time, and it was love all over again when I visited last week. It’s a beautiful old farmhouse on a working farm and private game reserve in the Riebeek Valley. At just over an hours drive from Cape Town this gem of a property is nestled below a mountain range and offers guests a unique experience. It’s as casual as it is luxurious and staff are always on hand to tend to your every need without ever being in the way.  Continue Reading →

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luke dale roberts X at the saxon

Luke Dale Roberts X, The Saxon, Johannesburg

I had the absolute pleasure of dining at Luke Dale Roberts X at the Saxon on my recent trip to Johannesburg and it was a fine dining adventure of note. They serve an eight course tasting menu paired with or without wine and you can opt for a local or international pairing. They also have a tea pairing if you prefer something different. The kitchen is run under the experienced and seemingly peaceful leadership of Candice Philip who with a small team of chefs create and cook an impressive range of contemporary dishes. As with any degustation menu of this calibre – and paired with wine, the meal is an orchestrated eating journey that takes you through an array of flavour and textural stages. Its intense and its often mind-blowing. Continue Reading →

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sunday roast at bertus basson at the spice route

Bertus Basson at the Spice Route

Sunday roast at Bertas Basson at the Spice Route , Paarl

Every Sunday through winter and probably through summer, Bertus Basson at Spice Route will be knocking together an amazing four course traditional Sunday roast. I really should be called a feast though, because an abundance of delicious home-style food is brought to your table to devour. Each week the protein component will vary, but you can always expect 2 meat roasts, some side vegetables – with a few gourmet touches of course, a salad course with something fishy. A soup vibe, bread, pate, and to end off with a decadent dessert. The roast potatoes are straight from a heavenly place and look like they have been cooked at least 2 – 3 times to deliver the crunchiest possible skin and fluffy interior imaginable. Actually I would go back for just the roast potatoes. To coat it all – as if it were necessary, there was gravy, there was cheesy kale and hollandaise for the sirloin. I could say there was too much food, but like a rookie I couldn’t resist the brioche toast with pate and onion marmalade and the fresh foccaccio with the cauliflower soup. I suggest nibbling on those and saving yourself fo the main event. I also suggest not eating before or after this meal and taking along stroll to work it off. With beautiful panoramic views from the restaurant, it couldn’t be a better location to while away a Sunday afternoon with family and friends.  Continue Reading →

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