2018 the year that was…

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.

There were so many new places we visited, some exceeded our expectations like Le Petit Manoir in Franschhoek and The Last Word – Long Beach ; definite top class in the full experience, lots personal touches which they do well, makes one feel valued.

Then of course our favourites, year in year out, they just do it “right” which is why we will continue to support them:

We’ve been lucky enough to have visited several Restaurants on the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards nominee’s:

1. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)  ✔

2. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town) ✔

3. La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)                 ✔

4. Wolfgat (Paternoster, West Coast)

5. La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)                        ✔

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

•        Idiom Tasting Room

Below is a list and some links to all the Restaurants visited in 2018

1.       Lapo’s Kitchen

2.       Tinstwalo Atlantic

3.       Reubens and Mulderbosch – Chef and the Vine

4.       Reubens and Graham Beck – Chef and the Vine

5.       Italian Kitchen – Tokai

6.       Salt – Kalk Bay

7.       CWWU – Braaimaster at Lagoon Beach

8.       Basilico – Steenberg

9.       La Tete

10.     Nest Deli – Constantia Glen

11.     Lily’s Restaurant

12.     Morgenster – Olive and Olive Oil Tasting

13.     Sauvage Franschhoek and Eikendal – Wine Dinner

14.     Easter Feast at One & Only CT

15.     Reubens One & Only – A La Carte Menu

16.     Reubens and Mariaane Wines – Chef and the Vine

17.     Stacked Diner

18.     The Deckhouse

19.     Racine Restaurant & Chamonix Wines

20.     Old Mac Daddy

21.     La Tete and Spioenkop Wines – Wine Dinner

22.     Copper Club Eatery

23.     Quentin at Oakhurst – Restaurant Week (RW)

24.     Dash Restaurant – RW

25.     Roast & Co – RW

26.     Burger and Lobster – RW

27.     126 Cape Kitchen – RW

28.     Ben Wei – RW

29.     Myoga – RW

30.     Reubens and Delaire Graff Wines – Chef and the Wine

31.     Reubens One & Only – RW

32.     Mink & Trout – RW

33.     Janse & Co

34.     Racine – Mother’s Day

35.     CWWU – Wild Fig Restaurant

36.     La Colombe

37.     Upper Bloem

38.     Primal Eatery

39.     Conservatory – Cellars Hohenort

40.     Reubens and Morgenhof – Chef and the Vine

41.     The Granary – Silo Hotel

42.     La Tete and Fable Mountain – Wine Dinner

43.     Azure Restaurant – 12 Apostles

44.     Bacon on Bree

45.     Ginja Restaurant

46.     Catharina’s Restaurant

47.     Sauvage Restaurant and Domaine Des Dieux Wine – Wine Dinner

48.     Reubens and Avondale Wines – Chef and the Vine

49.     Escapé Restaurant

50.     Firefish Restaurant

51.     Makaron Restaurant at Majeka House

52.     Azure Restaurant – 12 Apostles

53.     Reubens Christmas in July

54.     Nobu – RW

55.     Greenhouse – RW

56.     Reubens and Springfield Wines – Chef and the Vine

57.     Haute Cabriere – RW

58.     Sauvage Restaurant and Nicholas Van Der Merwe Wine – Wine Dinner

59.     CWWU – Fork Diner with Alto Wines

60.     Miko Restaurant as Mont Rochelle

61.     Last Word Long Beach

62.     Aquila Safari

63.     Marigold Restaurant

64.     Le Petite Manoir Restaurant

65.     La Tete – Bot River Takeover

66.     Reubens and Jordan Wines – Chef and the Vine

67.     Sauvage Restaurant and Maastricht Wine – Wine Dinner

68.     Foxcroft Sunday Supper Club

69.     Ready, Steady Rum – Tobago’s Radisson Blue

70.     Zeitch Mocca Food

71.     The Square Restaurant and Migliarina Wines – Wine Dinner

72.     La Mouette – Winter Menu

73.     The Skotness at Norval Foundation

74.     Reubens and Hamilton Russell Vineyards – Chef and the Vine

75.     De Drommedaris Beach House Collection La Baleine Paternoster

76.     Bistro Sixteen Eighty-Two

77.     Pot Luck Club

78.     Life Grand Café

79.     Belly of the Beast – RW

80.     Veuve Clicquot Spring Edition Brunch with Chef Claire Allen Roast & Co

81.     Chef’s Table at the Mont Nelson Hotel – RW

82.     Signal Restaurant at Cape Grace Hotel – RW

83.     Livebait – RW

84.     Azure at Twelve Apostles – RW

85.     95 on Park – RW

86.     Mink &Trout – RW

87.     Buitenverwachting – RW

88.     Reubens – RW

89.     CPUT – Hotel School Granger Bay

90.     Diemerdals Farm Eatery – RW

91.     CWWU – Moyo

92.     Coco Safar – RW

93.     Reubens and Taste of MCC – Chef and the Vine

94.     Chinchilla Fridays

95.     Bilboa Restaurant

96.     Waterkloof Restaurant

97.     Idiom Tasting Room

From us at JAR Photography, we wish you everything that’s magical for 2019. May all you wish for yourself become a reality.

See you on the other side.

JAR Photography

For the love of food and wine…

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Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

Chef & Vine September ’18 – Mario Arendse

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CANAPÉ

Ashbourne Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay 2017

Sesame seeded seared tuna, wasabi, sticky rice, dried shitake

pickled daikon, coriander pesto

 

STARTER

Ashbourne Cinsault Rosé 2018

Norwegian salmon served with prawn and crab wonton

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ENTRÉE

Hamilton Russell Vineyards Chardonnay 2017

Chicken roulade, blanched walnuts, cranberries, carrot and peach purée

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SPECIAL TASTING

Ashbourne Pinotage/Cinsault 2018

 

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MAIN COURSE

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

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DESSERT

Braemar Muscadel

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.

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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.

Starter:

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.

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Entrée:

 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.

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Main Course:

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.

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Dessert:

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.

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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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A fun night out with good food and outstanding wine.

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Restaurant Info:              Reubens at One & Only Hotel Cape Town

                                              One&Only Cape Town, Dock Road, V & A Waterfront

Tel No:                                 021 431 4511

Email:                                  restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

Mink & Trout – Restaurant Week 2018

We recently got to go back and experience some good tapas at Mink & Trout and true to form they didn’t disappoint.

 Wait staff and food was superb as usual. They were finalising their restaurant revamp and we eager awaiting the release of the new menu and to make our return.

 We have no doubt its going to be awesome.

 Below is the latest Dinner Menu and you’ll be happy to see they have kept some of the favourites from the old menu.

 

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MENU

TAPAS:

PRAWN TOAST  48

WITH HOMEMADE PONZU

RISOTTO ARANCINI 62

WITH SHIITAKE MUSHROOMS AND  ROASTED CAULIFLOWER

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CEVICHE  65

WITH PICKLED VEGETABLE , MANGO AND A MISO DRESSING

LAND & SEA  89

CRUMBED PORK  AND GRILLED CALAMARI SERVED WITH A TONKATSU SAUCE

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WEST COAST MUSSELS  79

STEAMED IN A FRAGRANT CAPE MALAY BROTH

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WATERMELON SALAD 69

WITH SHEEPS FETA ,ROCKET, TOMATO AND BASIL

CHICKEN LIVER PARFAIT  69

WITH STONE FRUIT RELISH SERVED WITH BRIOCHE WAFERS

LOCAL CHEESE PLATE 120

WITH RYE WAFERS AND PRESERVES

CHOOSE ANY THREE TAPAS, EXCLUDING CHEESE PLATE FOR  179

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MAIN:

GRILLED MARKET FISH 169

SERVED WITH A BUTTERNUT, ARTICHOKE, CHICKPEA, MUSSEL RAGOUT LEMON PRESERVE PURRE

GNOCCHI 110

WITH MUSHROOMS, BABY SPINACH AND A POACHED EGG

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BEEF PICANHA  189

WITH CAULIFLOWER , MUSHROOM AND A  BONE MARROW AND PORCINI CRUST

FREE RANGE CHICKEN PIE WITH TRUFFLE SAUCE 115

ELGIN PORK  170

WITH CELERIAC PURRE, BROCCOLI, FIG AND HOMEMADE BACON

DUKKAH SPICED OSTRICH FILLET  195

WITH CUMIN ROASTED CARROTS,PICKELD BEETS AND RED GRAPE FRUIT MARMALDE

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SIDES:

TRIPLE COOKED CHIPS 55

DUCK FAT ROAST POTATOES 58

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SIMPLE SALAD 55

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Restaurant Info:     Mink & Trout

Address:               127 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

Tel No:                   021 426 2534

Email:                    Click HERE

Opening Hours:     Tuesday to Saturday:

Lunch 12 am – 3.30 pm  Dinner 6 pm – 10 pm

Saturday:

Brunch 11 am – 3.30 pm

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen