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eat at chefs warehouse beau constantia

Yesterday we lunched at the brand new Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia Wine Estate and it was every bit as exceptional as I had imagined. Falling under the Liam Tomlin Chefs Warehouse stable of restaurants, the Beau Constantia kitchen is run by Ivor Jones (ex Test Kitchen), and we were all blown away by our meal. Ivor and his team of chefs work in an open plan kitchen that faces directly onto the restaurant floor, and service was seamless and a delight to watch. The menu runs along the same format as The Chefs Warehouse & Canteen where 8 tapas dishes for 2 are served as a set menu. You can add a bread service or oysters to start, and a few incredible desserts, cheese or chocolates to finish. Whilst you don’t get to pick and choose what you will eat, they will take into consideration any dietary requirements.

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

They are also the only restaurant in the group that take reservations, which I’m pleased about, and think essential given the location. I love how this space has been opened up and expanded with elegant, contemporary and comfortable seating both inside and out. Slowly as they build to capacity all areas will be full. At the moment they are focusing on serving inside the restaurant, which is like a glass box with the most beautiful panoramic views of the Constantia Valley.

Ivor Jones, The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The menu will evolve slightly with some dishes being updated but you can always expect 8 plates of utter deliciousness. Continue Reading →

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chocolate gluwein from the beautiful holden manz estate

dark chocolate gluwein

Holden Manz Wine Estate

oranges for chocolate gluwein

spices for chocolate gluwein

chocolate gluwein from Holden Manz estate

This delicious and unusual recipe for chocolate gluwein comes from Julia Hattingh, the head chef at Franschhoek Kitchen on Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek. I fell in love with the idea of it. I also knew immediately that dark chocolate and red wine would work so well together. Served warm, as you would a hot chocolate, its the perfect winter tipple. At the restaurant they serve it with home-made cinnamon marshmallows which is reason enough to pop out there for a visit. Continue Reading →

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nicoise salad with grilled tuna steaks

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This classic nicoise salad comes from Daniel Galmiche’s French Brasserie Cookbook which is all about French home cooking at its best. Despite Daniel being a Michelin starred chef, he put together a collection of favourite recipes that are accessible to any keen cook. Heston Blumenthal wrote the foreword to the book, and says: ‘It is practical, unfussy and easy to use but, most satisfyingly, it is full of inspiring recipes that will immediately transport you to a French breasserie in your own home’.

French-Brasserie-cookbook

He starts off with a few basics like stocks, sauces and pastry which are essential in many classic French dishes, and then moves through: starters, meat, poultry and game, fish and shellfish, vegetarian dishes, side dishes and salads and desserts. Continue Reading →

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