What pleasure this was…certainly a good place to visit after work on a lazy Thursday evening. We arrived a little early and was shown to the upstairs bar area to enjoy a refreshing drink before we commence with dinner.
For an establishment which only opened its doors at the end of November, they certainly were busy. An eclectic mix of Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Cuisine, there is something for everyone, and I personally loved the large selection of vegetarian options.
The idea is to
order a few options from the too share menu and then select your protein, but
we just did our own thing and they didn’t frown upon it.
Its very hard
to decide on a clear favourite, everything was amazing, even the Sardines which
is not my favourite but one of Jason’s and according to him one of the best…
We were not surprised to find out who the chef was part of the Springbok Team, they have some serious skills with the open flames. The portions are large, very good value for money. Presentation of each dish was impeccable.
The bar has a very large selection of whiskey and of course no whiskey bar would be complete without a cigar selection and they have that box ticked too. I must add they have some yummy cocktails and I already have a favourite “The Diamond Ring”, because after all, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”
Managers and Hostess were all very attentive and you felt looked after even
though the restaurant was filled.
planning our next visit, hope you will too…Let us know what your thoughts are.
Chef Ash Heeger, has done an amazing job with this new venture of her’s. Having visited Ash Restaurant previously, we were excited to see what had been tossed and what had stayed.
Everything is new, the
space is fresher and more open, loved the furniture!!!! The food, oh my word, I
have no words…superb, amazing, tasty, appetizing, scrumptious, yummy, luscious,
delectable, mouth-watering all of that and a whole lot more.
You literally didn’t want to finish any dish, everything was delicious. Watching Chef Ash and her team meticulously produce plate after plate of excellence was again like watching a orchestra perform and as the audience the ‘music’ was 5 star.
We would highly
recommend a visit to Riverine Rabbit, you WILL NOT be disappointed.
They have three menu option to choose from
3 Course Menu
Full Tasting Menu
Reduced Tasting Menu
They also offer
Vegetarian & Pescatarian options as well.
As we get ready to ring in 2019, lets reflect on the year that was 2018.
For us a JAR Photography we are truly blessed to be able to turn a hobby into a business and then spread the blessings to those less fortunate.
This year we had our second Fundraiser and successfully raised funds for all three beneficiaries. Its both an honour and privilege to be able to touch the lives of both young and old by way of this page.
6. Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia, Cape Town) ✔
7. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein, Pretoria)
8. Camphor’s at Vergelegen (Somerset West)
9. Jardine Restaurant (Stellenbosch) ✔
10. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia, Cape Town) ✔
11. Fermier Restaurant (Die Wilgers, Pretoria)
12. Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
13. Foliage (Franschhoek)
14. Le Coin Français (Franschhoek)
15. The Chefs’ Table (Umhlanga, Durban)
16. Chefs Warehouse at Maison (Franschhoek)
17. La Tête (City Bowl, Cape Town) ✔
18. Overture (Stellenbosch)
19. The Shortmarket Club (City Bowl, Cape Town) ✔
20. The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Cape Town) ✔
The highlight being that we secured a booking at The Restaurant at Waterkloof weeks before the awards and when they won, we were so excited, and they certainly didn’t disappoint. What an experience! Worthy of the No 1 spot!
The year we also got to enjoy a few nights at the One and Only Hotel Cape Town and can I just say, I always knew they we great, I mean they are the choice of many a famous person. We visited all the restaurants and spent a day at the spa, total bliss, for 48 hours we felt like someone famous 😉
Deciding on our TOP 10 for 2018, wasn’t easy, so we have a bit more than 10….
• Tinstwalo Atlantic
• La Tete
• Reubens at the One & Only
• Nobu at the One & Only
• Janse & Co
• La Colombe
• Upper Bloem
• The Granary – Silo Hotel
• Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House
• Greenhouse – RW
• Le Petite Manoir Restaurant
• Chef’s Table at the Mont Nelson Hotel – RW
• Buitenverwachting – RW
• Waterkloof Restaurant
Below is a list and some links to all the Restaurants visited in 2018
Norwegian salmon served with prawn and crab wonton
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2017
Chicken roulade, blanched walnuts, cranberries, carrot and peach purée
Ashbourne Pinotage/Cinsault 2018
Hamilton Russell Vineyards Pinot Noir 2017
Lamb rack with a spring onion and pistachio nut crust
served with a roast onion scallion pesto and mushroom crème
Bread and butter pudding, roast banana and peanut brittle
served with vanilla ice cream
I’ve done a view of these events, and it’s always an opportunity to maybe try out some new wines and to get into the head of some of these winemakers. I’ve always enjoyed Hamilton Russel wines, so I was quite looking forward to this event.
The evening started with canapés consisting of seared tuna with sesame seeds, sticky rice, wasabi, dried shitake mushrooms, pickled daikon and coriander pesto which was paired with Ashboure Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay 2017. Would have loved another bite of this tasty morsel, but I only managed to secure a single portion, which was disappointing. The wine was a little green for my palate, but then again it is a 2017 release.
For our starter we had the Ashbourne Cinsault Rose 2018 which was served with Norwegian salmon served with a prawn and crab wonton, which was very tasty.
The entrée consisted of chicken roulade, blanched walnuts, cranberries and a carrot and peach puree. This course was served with the Hamilton Russell Chardonnay 2017 which I really did enjoy.
This course was very well prepared; it was the Lamb Rack with spring onion and pistachio nut crust served with roast onion and scallion pesto and mushroom crème. This course was served with the Hamilton Russell Pinot Noir 2017, which was outstanding. This wine was the highlight of the evening for me and theirs little wonder why this wine is world-renowned.
This course consisted of Bread and butter pudding, roast banana and peanut brittle with vanilla ice cream which was served with the Braemar Muscadel. Often, I found that desserts are sometimes a real let down especially if the other courses were excellent, not so in this care. It was a well thought out dessert and a nice variation on a cape classic. The Muscadel was not my favourite, but then I’m not a fan of most things sweet.
It being the anniversary of the founders of JAR Photography our group was quite large but the One & Only staff made sure each and every patron was treated as special as the next. Is we have become accustomed too from the One and Only Team.
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Cape Town is blessed to have many outstanding restaurants. The Vineyard at the Vineyard Hotel in Claremont must rank as one of the very best.
Parking was a breeze, with a very friendly guard directing us. The hotel itself has a very welcoming ambiance, and the buzz generated by patrons enjoying a welcoming drink served by friendly and knowledgeable staff on a Friday evening, was awesome. The sense of excitement intensified as we were introduced to winemaker Carsten Migliarina, who wines would be enjoying later.
The evening would see us feasting on four set courses, each paired with a specially selected wine.
First course consisted of chevin-parsley wontons, mango puree, roast onion and cashew. Paired with Migliarina Pinot Gris 2017, this was very well received and set the scene for a feast!
The second course was a serving of butter pork curry, coconut jasmine rice, coriander poppadum and sambals. The butter pork was a variation on the more common butter chicken, but proved delicious, especially paired with Migliarina Chardonnay 2013.
The third course was an absolute highlight. Braised lamb shank, butter bean cauliflower mash, beets and thyme jus was awesome. Tasty, tender, beautifully presented, it was close to perfection. Perfection was achieved when paired with the Migliarina Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.
Up to this point the evening was fantastic – wonderful setting, fantastic food, great company, and the bubbly ambiance enhanced by the wonderful tunes emanating from the well-placed piano.
Then came the fourth course – dessert. What a treat! Black forest dark chocolate creme, vanilla-kirsch bavarois, cherry gel, devil’s food cake and caramelia sorbet – all placed artistically on a plate. Again, what a treat!
A beautiful evening was had by all. Great ambiance, great setting, wonderful food, wonderful wine, wonderful company. What more could one ask for on a Friday evening. I suppose one could ask – Looking forward to the release of the 2019 dates…
Arguably one of the most beautiful and picturesque venues on the Atlantic seaboard, must be the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa. This was my second time at this venue, this time taking advantage of their Winter breakaway package that included dinner, a movie (at their private movie theater), overnight accommodation and breakfast.
One night’s luxury accommodation in the room of your choice
Full South African breakfast daily
A three-course dinner from our set menu in the hotel’s Azure Restaurant or The Café Grill
Complimentary use of the In-house cinema
Popcorn, candies, ice-creams and rich drinking chocolate or a milkshake of the day served to you without missing a frame
One-hour session in the temperature-controlled plunge pools and salt water flotation pool at The Spa at The Twelve Apostles
I was looking forward to some good food and a night of relaxation and respite from the inclement weather. The rooms are beautifully decorated and the views from either the Leopard Bar or the Azure Restaurant area are amazing. My previous visit was during restaurant week, so I was keen to see what fare would be on offer this time around.
The amuse- bouche was smoked aubergine, which was delicious. I’m not a big fan of aubergines, but I love when it’s been smoked as it adds a whole new dimension to it.
There was the chopped salad with beetroot, bacon, carrots, baby gem and avocado, which was lovely and fresh. I expected more to honest
Baby calamari risotto, with roast tomato puree, tomato water jelly dehydrated tomato and tomato consommé, seaweed butter and pickled onion rings.
Slow cooked Hen’s egg with compressed ham hock, pea puree, mushy pea salad and cured egg yolk
12A Fresh vegetable salad, with mixed greens, raw vegetables and avocado. This portion is massive and could easily be shared amongst our table.
Prawn Stroganoff with basmati…strange texture to this dish, I thought it was undercooked with the prawns seemingly a bit translucent.
Cape Malay style chicken curry, served with sambals, roti, poppadum and aniseed basmati. Again, it seemed adequate, but didn’t really inspire. The waiter couldn’t really explain all the condiments or how they should best be enjoyed.
Azure steak was well prepared but the Café de Paris butter was a solid lump and didn’t really melt at all which is possibly an indication that it was placed as the steak cooled.
Green Herb Gnocchi with celeriac purée, grilled baby leeks, salsa verde, onion jam, pickled onion shells and gin pearls. The gnocchi turned out to be polenta and not potato, which wasn’t clarified in the menu or by the waiter.
Pasta Primavera with sautéed vegetables in tomato sauce with linguine. There were hardly vegetables to talk about in this dish, and it was very bland.
Grilled Fish of the day, which was Dorado took the honours as the best dish on the night. It was served with creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, roasted baby carrots and sautéed baby vegetables.
Chocolate and Karoo Honey consisting of honey ice cream, cocoa custard manjari aero, honeycomb and a chocolate torte
Crème brulèe with shortbread.
Seasonal fruit platter with a berry gel and yoghurt
We should’ve known that this wasn’t going to be a smooth transition from Dinner to the Movie when we were given different times to be ready and the movie choice wasn’t clear all very confusing…We had booked our movie for 22h30 but had to wait 30 min as the previous movie had started late. When the usher came to collect us, she took our milkshake order and lead us to the cinema, seats were comfy, and the sweet snacks were set… Sadly one bowl of popcorn for a movie really isn’t enough, but our group made the best of it.
Part of our party enjoyed the Spa facilities and rated it one of the best spas they have visited, and they have visited a few, so at least that was one plus!
The accommodation was amazing and view stunning so a solid 3/5 ticked the right boxes, pity bout the dinner and the movie, though.
I was so looking forward to this little getaway, and I really wanted it to be great, but the food was a disappointment (on both of my visits to be honest) and really did not live up to expectation. It is an amazing venue and setting but I’m afraid my expectations are beyond average at the given price point. Overall, this was not a five-star experience.