The Red Table Restaurant – Nederburg Wine Estate


The Red Table Restaurant is probably one of the best kept secrets in Paarl. With the picturesque backdrop of the Drakenstein Mountain as the perfect foil for this beautiful Cape Dutch style Manor.



Seeped in history, we couldn’t help stop by the museum, Wine Tasting and Visitors centre,we will be going back for sure.


We were met with at the entrance by the warm and inviting staff, on what started out as an overcast and grey day.

Our party was divided on which starter was best and it was a toss-up between the Smoked Snoek salad, always a firm favourite and the Bobotie samoosa’s ,an unusual but tasty  treat with every morsel hungrily devoured.




Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable eager to provide clarity and advise on which Nederburg wine was best accompanied with which course.


Our main course was definitely the showstopper of the afternoon, Braised short rib, zucchini fritters a melange of vegetables an  pomme puree. On paper this course is definitely not served any justice, as it was a perfect balance of taste and texture accompanied competently by the Nederburg Wine Masters Cabernet Sauvignon with the tender meat sliding off the bone.


Our dessert was a refreshing twist on an old favourite, Lime infused crème brûlée and summer berries finished off what was an exquisite meal.


The portion sizes were generous and prices were very affordable. I would find it hard to believe anyone not walking away 100% satisfied.

My first visit to Restaurant week left me wanting more, and I will definitely be back to this little gem in Paarl.

Special THANK YOU to Mario Arendse for his first contribution to the blog,well done 🙂

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Livebait Muizenberg – A la Carte & Restaurant Week Dishes

If you love seafood, sushi and spectacular views, Livebait Muizenberg is the place for you.

They offer a little something for everyone, their speciality being seafood of course.

Starters range from R45 – R90 with a variety of Seafood dishes including Black West Coast Mussels and Pan Fried Prawns.

They also offer most amazing looking salads, including my favourite Ceaser Salad. The wood oven Flat Breads and Mezze platter is a definite must.

Options for mains you get to decide between Pasta dishes, Over Coals dishes, Meat as well as Seafood. Ranges between R55 – R155.


They also cater for the Sushi lovers from R23 – R40, as well as Sushi Platters which has a little something for everyone.


Desserts are available from between R40 – R55 on offer is Crème Brûlée, Cheesecake, Ice-cream and Sorbets.


So if not only for the stunning views of the coastlines and mountains, but for really good,flavourome dishes, don’t delay make your reservation today.

Their offer for Restaurant Week October is :

Lunch Special:

R150 p.p. for 2 courses (starter/main or main/dessert)

Starter Tojo Platter Sushi Main

Deep fried Hake and Chips

Dessert Crème Brûlée


Dinner Special: R250 p.p. for 3 courses

Starter Mezze platter with flat breads

Main Chef’s choice Line Fish of the Day

Dessert Crème Brûlée

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Livebait Muizenberg

Address: 70 Beach Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950

Phone: 021 788 2705

November Competition

Four amazing prizes up for grabs:


  1. Mitre’s Edge Winery & Vineyard, R44, Stellenbosch


An exquisite 5-Course Taste & Wine Pairing Experience for up to 4 People at Mitre’s Boutique Wine Estate. Valid 30/11/2016.T&C’s applies.



  1. Stellenrust Wine Estate, R44 between Stellenbosch & Somerset West


A Gourmet Picnic, including a Bottle of Wine and a Wine Tasting Experience for 2 People. Valid 08/03/2017. T&C’s applies.


  1. Topiary Wines, Wemmershoek Road, Franschhoek

Wine Tasting of three wines before embarking on a 20-minute cellar tour for 2 people. Valid 14/01/2017. T&C’s applies.

  1. Yonder Hill Wine Farm, R44, Strand Road, Stellenbosch


Wine Tasting and Cheese Platter with One Bottle of Wine for Two. Valid 23/12/2016. T&C’s applies













Raya Kitchen & Groupon Deal – October 2016


Raya Kitchen being part of the same group who owns Kitima Restaurant in Hout Bay, one would expect nothing less than the opulence that awaits you.

Situated in the upmarket Mandela Rhodes Building, you are immediately struck by the amazing architecture and certainly no expense was spared on the décor.

The word ‘Raya’ denotes ‘king’ in Thai.

JAR Photography ran a competition and our winning subscriber was Nicola Grebe and she brought along her friend Chantel Tim Maidwell. Both ladies are working mom’s so it was such fun to just treat them. From their feedback they really loved the food and venue.

The current offer is still running for 10 more days.

Choose between these options:

R199 for a Two-Course Asian Cuisine for Two

R389 for a Two-Course Asian Cuisine for Four

R579 for a Two-Course Asian Cuisine for Six


More About the Menu

Starters (Choose one):

Choice of any appetizer excluding Raya Starter Platter

  • Two duck spring rolls:Golden fried spring rolls filled with duck breast, celery, cabbage and carrots served with a homemade duck sauce
  • Two vegetable spring rolls:Golden fried vegetable spring rolls served with a delicately flavoured sweet plum sauce
  • Two chicken satays:Pan grilled skewers of chicken fillet marinated in coconut milk served with peanut sauce
  • Two beef satays:Pan grilled skewers of beef marinated in coconut milk served with peanut sauce
  • Two prawn cakes:Crispy fried prawn cakes served with sweet chilli sauce
  • Two tuna balls:Crispy fried tuna balls filled with cheese served with our homemade tomato and chilli sauce
  • Two golden money bags:Spring roll pastry filled with minced chicken, onions, carrots, sweet corn and water chestnut, shaped into moneybags and fried until crispy golden. Served with a delicately flavoured sweet plum sauce
  • Three Goong Sai Mai – Golden prawns:Crispy fried succulent prawns wrapped in shredded Kataifi pastry and served with sweet plum sauce
  • Pla Muk Tod– Crispy fried calamari:Crispy fried calamari flowers, lightly dusted, deep fried and tossed with chilli-pepper-salt and served with sweet chilli sauce
  • Four Ka Thong Tong– Crispy pastry bowls:Crispy pastry cups filled with minced chicken, tender sweet corn, carrots and green peas lightly tossed in a Thai style marinade
  • Three Chor Muang– Purple flower dumplings:Steamed Thai style dumplings filled with minced chicken, garlic,coriander, onion and carrots

Mains (Choose one):

Choice of stir-fry or noodles:

Stir-fry speciality options:

  • Phad Ka Phrao– Stir-fry with Basil:Stir-fried succulent prawns or minced beef, lamb or chicken with green beans, sweet peppers, onions and basil with fresh chilli and garlic
  • Phad Nam Man Hoi– Stir-fry with Oyster Sauce:Slices of marinated beef, ostrich or chicken fillet stir-fried in oyster sauce with onions, garlic, sweet peppers, mushrooms, carrots and spring onions
  • Phad Cha – Stir fry with Thai Herbs:Fresh mixed seafood or slices of marinated beef, ostrich or lamb stir-fried with Thai herbs, lemongrass, seasonal vegetables, red onions and garlicimg_5968
  • Phad Med Mamuang – Stir-fry with Cashew Nuts:Stir-fried tender chicken fillets or succulent prawns with cashew nuts,mushrooms, onions, carrots and water chestnuts


  • Phad Prik Gaeng Phed– Stir-fry with Red Curry Paste:Stir-fried beef, ostrich,kingklip or lamb tossed in red curry paste with green beans and holy basil
  • Phad Priew Warn – Sweet and Sour Stir-fry:Stir-fried prawns, chicken or pork combining fresh pieces of pineapple,cucumber, onions, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers with our homemade sweet & sour sauce

Noodle options:

  • Phad Thai – Traditional Thai Peanut Noodles:Stir-fried rice noodles with prawns or chicken tossed with spring onions, tofu, sweet radish, crushed peanuts and tamarind sauce topped with shredded Thai omelette
  • Phad Ze Ew – Rice Noodles with Soy Sauce:Stir-fried rice noodles with chicken, prawns or pork tossed with cauliflower, broccoli and baby corn topped with shredded Thai omelette
  • Mee Krob – Crispy Fried Egg Noodles:Crispy fried egg noodle nest served with seafood, prawns, pork or chicken and our chef’s special Chinese sauce with fresh broccoli, cauliflower and baby corn
  • Phad Kee Mao– Spicy Noodles with Thai Herbs – Drunken Noodles:Stir-fried rice noodles with seafood, prawns, beef or chicken with cauliflower, green beans and baby corn tossed with fresh chilli and garlic
  • Raya Noodles – Stir-fried Noodles with Prawn and Chicken:Stir-fried egg noodles with tender pieces of prawn and chicken accompanied by thinly sliced red and green peppers, carrots and spring onions
  • Plain Egg Noodles

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Raya Kitchen 

24 Wale Street,

Mandela Rhodes Building,

Cape Town, 8000


Foxcroft Constantia – Take 2


Having already visited, the newly opened Foxcroft Constantia, for lunch and sampling 75% of the menu on that occasions it was simply a must to go and try the balance of their menu.

We decided on  a mid-week dinner and arriving fairly early we were seated in the bakery area and if given the choice again I think they might be the best seats in the house for an intimate dinner.

The place fills up fairly quickly, but this is to be expected, so be sure to make your reservations well ahead of time.

For the dinner seating they still offer the A La Carte Menu but its set up a little differently for R350 per person, you get to select any 2 tapas; 1 main and 1 dessert. We certainly thought it was worth it and really good value for money.

So this time round we tried the following.


Mussels – Bacon, confit Lemon, Soubise

Tempura Prawns – Tom ka gai emulsion

Korean Fried Chicken – Buttermilk Espuma

Smoked Pig’s Head croquettes – Curried Sultana, Piccalilli, Crème Fraiche



Slow-cooked Lamb’s Leg – White bean hummus, smoked Garlic, Black Olive, minted Potatoes

Risotto – Cauliflower and Camembert, Celery Leaf, Salsa Verde



The Cheese Room – a selection of Cheese

Elderflower Doughnuts – Litchi Milk Ice, Raspberries

Everything was superb, but now having tried out 100% of the menu our favourites are:




Yellowtail Ceviche







Pan Seared Linefish


Slow-cooked Lamb’s Leg


Confit Pork Belly



Rose and Coconut Panna Cotta


Elderflower Doughnuts

The Cheese Room

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Foxcroft Restaurant & Bakery







TEL: 021 202 3304


Dish at Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa and Blaauwklippen collaborates for another successful Wine Dinner

September saw the first Wine Dinner without Chef Scott Shepherd, but the team and newly appointed Sous Chef Emile Fortuin, who grew up in Groendal, Franschhoek were ready to rise to the challenge.


And raise they did. Having honed his craft at Relais & Châteaux, Le quartier Francais and Bread & Wine and then Reuben’s Restaurant, he eventually became executive chef at Reuben’s restaurant at the Robertson Small Hotel. He then went on to Tokara restaurant on Helshoogte pass. But still the yearning to learn more was there, and he moved to Vietnam working for Mia Resorts and the Sailing Club Group for 3 years, where he was the Group Executive chef. Now after all these many years he returns to his home town of Franschhoek and with is Asian inspiration he adds another dimension to the culinary team at Le Franschhoek

The teams from Blaauwklippen & Le Franschhoek certainly brought out the best elements of both the food and the wine. The most phenomenal pairing and a definite winner was the Cured Franschhoek Salmon Trout.



First Course

Franschhoek Spring Green Salad – Blaauwklippen Zinfandel Diva

Freshly steamed asparagus salad, almond gazpacho, chilli apple jelly, orange, poached sunflower seeds, apple chips and ginger lemongrass dressing


Second Course

Cured Franschhoek Salmon Trout – Blaauwklippen White Zinfandel

Zesty beetroot cured salmon trout, galbi suspension, watermelon sashimi, fennel noodles, lemongrass-pineapple gel and fennel air



Spring egg sphere


Third Course

Honey Glazed Duck – Blaauwklippen Zinfandel Cabriolet

Smoked Honey roasted glazed duck, chocolate paint, blueberry gastrique, carrot-cumin puree, sweet peas, shimeji mushrooms and berry foam


Fourth Course

Peppered Springbok – Blaauwklippen Red Zinfandel

Peppered crusted springbok loin, green pea-mint mousse, beetroot gel, translucent pear, kimchi cabbage and hibiscus jus


Fifth Course

Chocolate Landscape – Zinfandel Grappa

Smoked espresso Chocolate parfait, ginger scented chocolate gel, chocolate soil, apricot puree, rocket emulsion, candied ginger and chocolate tuille

For more information on the Dish at Le Franschhoek wine dinners please contact them on


TASTING ROOM / CELLAR / BISTRO+27 (0)21 880 0133

Blaauwklippen Vineyards, P.O. Box 54, Stellenbosch, 7599, South Africa

Sales / Marketing / Logistics
+27 (0)21 880 8653

Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa


Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa,
16 Minor road, Franschhoek, 7690
Phone: 021-876 8900


Foxcroft Constantia – 1 October 2016


We were lucky enough to be the first people to visit the newly opened Foxcroft Constantia EXCELLENT SERVICE ; SUPERB FOOD & STUNNING VENUE and if I can give you some advice, visit them soon as they are sure to be a hit.

Wine & Dine: A stunning pairing with Nobu and Hartenberg Wines

As we near then end of the year Nobu and The One & Only hasnt let up with their awesome wine dinners. This month they paired up with Hartenberg Wine Estate.


Heleen Rabe, Marketing Director, shared her insights into the unique terroir of Hartenberg and why it is so great at creating award-winning wines.

Chef Dil Tamang and sushi chef Keisuke Itoh will work closely with Shcultz to ensure that the delicious food pairs perfectly with the wine on offer from Hartenberg.



Hartenberg Occasional Un- Wooded Chardonnay 2015
Tuna Tacos



Yellowtail with Sweet Soya
Hartenberg Riesling 2014


Beef Tetaki with Onion Ponzu
Hartenberg Merlot 2013


Pan Fried KingKlip with Crayfish Miso Butter
Hartenberg Chardonnay 2015


Beef Fillet with Truffle Teriyaki
Hartenberg Shiraz 2013


Duck Breast with Anticucho
Hartenberg Tenacity Riesling 2012


Hartenberg Noble Late Harvest 2010


Hartenberg Wine Estate


PO Box 69, Koelenhof, 7605, Cape Town, South Africa

Tel: +27 21 865 2541
Fax: +27 21 865 2153



Lapo’s Kitchen – October 2016

Another amazing evening spent at Lapo’s Kitchen, new friends were made and old friendship’s rekindled.

Chef Lapo Magni has truly crept into our hearts and we are blessed to able to share in this amazing young man’s journey of fulfilling is dream and we know that he will achieve this.


If you have never been, please do yourselves a favour and book your spot, you will certainly not be disappointed.

A few loyal and lucky JAR Photography subscribers got to share in the dining experience at Lapo’s Kitchen and judging from their comments they were blown away and I do hope they go back and take all of their friends and family.


Spinach Quiche



Tagliatelle with Wild Mushroom and a White Truffle Powder


Brisket Lesso


Nut Cake


So please don’t delay email Lapo’s Kitchen today and book your seat.

La Pineta – Stellenbosch

La Pineta – Stellenbosch


A hidden gem on the stunning R44 , La Pineta didn’t disappoint even on a grey day in Cape Town.

Ambience – The 2 fireplaces was very welcomed on the dreary morning, the views even with the grey clouds was stunning. They have a nice play area for kids as well as outside dining area.



Service – Excellent Service, staff is very welcoming and friendly.

Our lucky subscriber Robyn decided to treat her mom and brough her as her plus one, I think both ladies had an awesome time.

Starters range from R50 – R75

Mains you looking at R100 – R265; a nice variety of sides & sauces are available at an additional cost

Pizzas – R40 – R100

Desserts R38 – R60


Contact Details:     Tel: +27 21 880 0624