Bombay Brassiere

Bombay Brasserie at Taj Cape Town has always been on our “places to visit list”, but thus far we never quite had the opportunity to until a few days ago.

A fine dining experience bringing together flavours from across India. They offer various dining options which includes both set and a la carte menu as well as several vegetarian dishes.

Our very knowledgable waiter Matthew was on hand with recommendations as well as to advise us to what would look good on the pictures as everything tastes amazing.

One thing which I must make a point of mentioning are the aromas, oh my soul!  Dish after dish, it was the aroma of all the special spice. It’s something to experience.



Semolina & Potato Sphere Chaat; sweet yoghurt & tamarind


Mustard Marinated Broccoli Florets; onion seeds sprinkle

Malai Chicken Tikka; parmesan, cardamom & black cumin dust

Ginger Adraki Masala Karoo Lamb Chops


Chicken Tariwala ; home favourite chicken curry enhanced with fenugreek

Jeera Aloo; new potatoes & cumin

Dal Fry; yellow lentils Served with Butter Naan or Tandoor Naan & Basmati


Masala Chai Brûlée; cashew nut biscotti

R425 per person



Quinoa ‘Tikka’ Kebab ; cumin raita & mint chutney


Kasundi Paneer Tikka; & Mint Sauce

Mustard Marinated Broccoli Florets; onion seeds sprinkle


Gucchi Soya; morel, chestnut, mushroom & soya beans cooked in fresh tomato curry

New Potatoes & Olives; crispy baby potato with a unique blend of cumin, coriander & chilli

Dal Makhni Black lentils

Served with Butter Naan or Tandoor Naan & Basmati Served


Nougat ‘Kulfi’ Ice Cream berry coulis, seasonal fruit

R650 per person

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Written for JAR Photography by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Name of Restaurant: Bombay Brasserie

Address: 1 Wale street, corner St Georges Mall, Cape Town

Contact Number: +27-021-819-2000


Opening times:

Monday – Sunday 18:00 – 22:30

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Come dine with us at Reuben’s.  The iconic Reuben’s.  The famous Reuben’s.  The mere mention of this Master of Culinary delights sent waves of expectation to the palate. The dining experience was aptly named “Chef and the Vine” and promised to be an experience of note. The chef, of course, was Reuben, whilst Warwick referred to the range of wines from Warwick wine estate.

The Reuben’s Warwick Chef and the Vine Experience started with arrival in the reception lounge at the One and Only.  Seated in the very comfortable and impressive lounge, being served canapés paired with Warwick Dry Rosé First Lady 2016 by friendly and professional waiters, one could sense a wonderful sense of expectation.


The moment arrived when we were asked to make our way to Reuben’s. The expectation of good food and wine was confirmed with the serving of the amuse bouche which consisted of dill poached Franschhoek trout with gooseberry gel, lemon hazelnut bubbles and squid ink tuille. An absolute feast for the eyes and joy for the palate. Served with First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2017, this was a delight.


The starter of sous vide sweet breads served with carrot royale, dehydrated pineapple, pinenut and pancetta granola, sage burre noisette and chardonnay jus was interesting and very tasty.  It was perfectly complemented with White Lady Chardonnay 2016.

A vegetarian option was available.


The main course was the much-anticipated Wildebeest Loin.  Beautifully presented with pan-fried forest mushrooms, celeriac and cashew purèè, confit baby onions, crispy new potatoes, macerated tomatoes and sour cherry jus, it was enhanced by a glass of Warwick Trilogy 2014.  Although one of our party felt her serving was rather underdone, this was soon rectified. A beautiful main.


A beautiful meal deserves a beautiful dessert.  This was indeed the case, although the dessert was rather unusual.  The selection of South African Cheeses (baked camembert, Chevin goat’s cheese, cumin Boerenkaas on grilled baguette with smoked butter) together with the Warwick Methodè cap Classique, provided, a wonderful finale to a great evening.

A beautiful setting, wonderful food, great wines, delightful company.  A great night out.  Reuben’s and Warwick – a winning combination!!

Vegetarian options were available for every course.

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Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Name of Restaurant: OCHRE

Address: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001

Contact Number: +27 (0) 21 431 5888

Email Address:

Opening times:

Breakfast Daily: 6.30 am to 11.00 am

Lunch: Private functions only

Dinner: 18.30 pm to 22.30 pm (Closed Wednesdays)


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View Set Menu 3
View Dinner Menu

Dress code: Smart casual

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SMAK – delicatessen and restaurant.

We started the Restaurant Week SA Spring Edition, with SMAK, a vibey deli/restaurant situated in, smack bang in the concrete jungle of Bree Street, Cape Town.

At Smak they believe “that great food doesn’t have to be complicated.” Even though every dish is made-to-order, you are not left waiting or wanting. The kitchen is led by head chef, Divan Snyman, owner Katia Scherf, is hands on and ensure that everything, from front of house to the kitchen is seamlessly orchestrated to achieve an amazing dining experience for all patrons.

They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner till 20:30pm, best to contact them to confirm and reserve a table. Diners can look forward to handmade pasta; their own branded coffee; pastries and cakes. If you do not have time or a sit-down meal, they also offer made-to-order sandwiches and take away options.

We choose to do the Restaurant Week Menu, see below for the full menu.






Homemade soup of the day

Tuna Sashimi Salad – Asian greens, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, wasabi soya dressing

Mushroom Risotto – Creamy wild mushroom risotto finished with parmesan

Assorted Bruschetta – Chef’s selection



Vegan Tacos – Hard shell tacos, chipotle chilli tofu, salsa and avocado

Moroccan Chicken Breast – Harissa spiced yoghurt chicken served with a vegetable quinoa salad

Green Pasta – Handmade tagliatelle, basil and pistachio nut pesto finished with parmesan

Line Fish – Herbed brown rice, pea purée, butter roasted carrots, mange tout and capers

Lamb Pasta – Handmade tagliatelle, slow roasted creamy lamb finished with parmesan

Homemade Lasagne – Served with a salad

Chef’s Steak – Sirloin, cumin spiced sweet potato wedges and creamy mushroom sauce




Cheesecake – Salted butter caramel glazed baked cheesecake

Ice cream – Homemade vanilla ice cream with a toffee fudge sauce

Brownie – Warm chocolate and nut brownie finished with crème Chantilly.


The portions were extremely generous, and the ingredients were super fresh. That Tuna Sashimi Salad will have us going back for more, every day. If you thinking the Bruschetta wasn’t a wise choice, think again, its was probably once one the best I have hand in terms of look and more especially taste.

The Mains again were huge, and I only managed to enjoy half, but the rest was a yummy lunch the next day 😉. The Line Fish was cooked well and the rice, carrots, pea, mange tout and capers were the best accompaniments to the fish

Desserts – now they specifically mentioned their ‘Salted Caramel Cheesecake’ and its certainly didn’t disappoint, it’s quite rich, but a guilty pleasure never hurt anyone, right? The Brownie and Chantilly Crème, yet another hit.

So, all in all, we loved it, we will be back!

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Name of Restaurant: Smak

Address: Shop 3, 22 Bree Street, Cape Town

Contact Number: +27 21 418 3266

Email Address:

Written for JAR Photography by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

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“Great food doesn’t have to be complicated.”

Nobu Cristal Champagne Brunch

Dining at NOBU, a Japanese sushi restaurant at the One and Only Hotel at the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, is an experience to be savoured. 

We visited NOBU for the monthly Cristal Champagne Brunch, held on the last Saturday of each month.  We were greeted warmly and excitedly by the staff who called out loudly in union the Japanese welcome “Irashaimase”.  From that moment the authentic Japanese experience started.

Our waitress, Linda, was very friendly and efficient.  She ensured we were comfortable and understood the menu. 

Canape’s, with some wine, were served.  The edamame and chicken tacos proved to be worthy and tasty starters. But what was to come, proved to be worthy of being served in a Japanese palace.

The sushi buffet was a delight.  A cold buffet containing sushi of every description, as well as Tempura (offered in very interesting little containers), was followed by a hot choice of chicken or beef yakitori, black cod butter lettuce or shrimp quinoa yuzu truffle. Sushi of every description was displayed in a most attractive manner and proved as tasty as it looked.  A few trips to the buffet later (we wanted to go for more, but couldn’t!), the consensus amongst our party was that this was the tastiest sushi we had ever tasted. 

But the best was yet to come – a sunning pastry buffet! Nobu cheese, Macaroon’s, Canele, Lime spring roll, Malva pudding, Lemon tart, Chocolate cake, Pineapple Bavoise, Green Tea Raspberry Opera Cake, Ice cream, and Sorbet all formed part of the delightful sweet temptations.  Delicious all!!

The experience at NOBU is exactly that, an experience. The lovely seating, warm setting caused by great lighting creates an inviting and relaxing ambiance. A DJ played some great music as well!  Although, at R1 360, the Cristal Champagne Brunch at NOBU proved pricey, the fare on offer was wonderful.  Perhaps the foreign currencies won’t feel the pinch quite so much …

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Head Chef, Harold Hurtada and his team at Nobu for a lavish gourmet brunch every last Saturday of the month from 11.30am to 2.30pm with live DJ entertainment.


Brunch is R1380 for adults and includes a glass of bubbly on arrival. Enjoy a ‘free-flow’ of Cristal for an additional R1900 per person or R800 per person for Louis Roederer Champagne.

Children from 4 to 12 years old enjoy 50% off.

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Written for JAR Photography by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

Name of Restaurant: Nobu Restaurant

Address: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001

Contact Number: +27 (0) 21 431 5888

Email Address:

Opening times:

  • Tue to Fri: 6:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Sat to Sun: 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00pm to 10:30pm
  • Mon: Closed

Nobu Menu’s
View Nobu Classic Menu
View Nobu Lunch Menu
View Nobu Main & Bites Menu
View Nobu Dessert Menu
View Nobu Wine & Sake

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