Come Wine With Us at Wild Fig Restaurant with Boschendal Wines – Robin & Natasha Malagas


First off, this was my first Come wine with me and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the evening.  Where can I even start with this amazing restaurant “The Wild Fig”, everything was perfect. The venue (definitely an amazing venue for a date night, very romantic) the ambiance, the food and of course the wine.


The champagne was my favourite drink of the evening, maybe because I love a good champagne and it’s a bit of a weakness for me. Something I can’t say no too. The Boschendal Brut Method Cap Classique, well, what a way to start off the evening. Perfect bubbles, perfect taste.


The starter was well presented, the taste was amazing and paired well with the Boschendal Chardonnay / Pinot Noir. The portion was just enough for a starter.


Now we come to the main course, well to start off, I didn’t know it was Warthog that we had. I must admit, it was tasty. Was done just how I like it, medium rare. Again, presentation was stunning, and everything served with it just went amazing together. The Boschendal 1685 Shiraz just topped of the main course, paired extremely well with the warthog. Now I can tick that off my list of things I have tasted 😊


Dessert, to be honest I’m not a pear lover, BUT, this dessert was top class. Poached Red wine pear, WOW. That changes my view of pears 😊 Passionfruit is one of my favourite fruits, and that sorbet was a perfect match for that pear.


And then finally, the bubbles, Boschendal Brut Rose Method Cap Classique, Speechless!! Lol actually not, I can’t fault that anything, it was pretty amazing.

So, all in all, let’s go back to the beginning where I started writing, I said everything was perfect, do you agree?? I honestly couldn’t fault anything.  Thank you for having us.

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Come Wine With Us

Restaurant Info:

The Wild Fig Restaurant

Liesbeek Avenue,

Valkenberg Estate,


Tel No: 021 448 0507


Opening Hours:  

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Robin & Natasha Malagas

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen




Friday night. The end of a long, tiring week, and all one wants to do is put feet up and relax.


 Instead, it was off to Copper Club Eatery in Newlands.  A relatively new establishment which first opened in 2016, the Copper Club provided exactly what I needed! A wonderfully vibey yet relaxed atmosphere, colourfully and informatively decorated,, television screens well situated, tables well set out, and good company to share the evening with!!


 The waitrons, friendly and professional saw to our every need in a wonderfully unobtrusive way. The available menu was set for Restaurant Week so we had to provide our choices up front.


 For starters we could choose from Caprese Salad (Fior di latte, tomato, avo, pesto) or Venison Carpaccio (Rocket, basil pesto, grana Padano shaving).  Our party of four enjoyed both choices. Attractively presented, these were tasty and generous.


 Our choice of mains included 300g sirloin, chicken thighs (bbq or peri peri) or Calamari tubes. Two of our party enjoyed the sirloin, which was served as requested. The side was a choice of regular or sweet potato chips. 


The chicken thighs, although seemingly burnt, were also spot on.  The calamari tubes were tender and tasteful, although the sauce was a tad oily.


 After the enjoyable mains, cam the decadent desserts.  Really decadent.  A choice had to be made between Bar One Chocolate and Chocolate Volcano. 


Both were declared totally delicious, with the only criticism being the size of the cheesecake!! (To be fair, not everybody complained that the slices were too big!!)


 When we walked into Copper Club, one of the party remarked that this may be a place to come back to.  Having experienced the ambiance, the food and the level of service,  (all in good company!), it definitely is a place to come back to.

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Restaurant Info:

Copper Club Eatery – Newlands

Dean Street Arcade,

Cnr Main & Dean Street,


Tel No: 021 687 0025

Opening Hours:  

Monday to Saturday 7am to 10pm

Sunday 8am to 5pm

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen



Chef & the Vine with Reubens & Delaire Graff Wines – Sharon Moodley

Once again, the ambiance and atmosphere at Reuben’s mesmerized me. Although I had many visits to this food haven I always look forward to coming back again and again.


With it being Restaurant Week, we were invited to an evening of Chef and the Vine.


On arrival we were escorted to the lounge to chill with a glass of Delaire Graff Summercourt Chardonnay 2016 paired with pickled mussels served with spans peck, dill and citrus dressing.


Quite refreshing I must admit enjoyed amongst good company amidst the laughter and selfies. We had a good few minutes to enjoy this time before being escorted to our table at the restaurant.


The in house sommelier was so excited to introduce Delaire Graff Estate because their wine that accompanied the starters was his absolute favourite. The mushroom consommé with Miso Jelly, pickled shimerji mushrooms, sautéed erynjii and shiitake mushrooms with mushroom dust was a delight with the Chenin Blanc 2016.

Never before have I eaten mushrooms in all shapes and sizes and was amazing.


Entree followed soon after comprising of Mussel risotto topped with golden seared scallop, beurre noisette and served with a saffron meringue. Delaire Graff Shiraz 2016 accompanied this dish. Loved the Shiraz!


The main was to die for; Duck duo – confit duck leg, seared duck breast, cauliflower truffle, candied mushrooms, pickled carrot ribbons, mange tout, served with a black cherry jus.


The meat was tender and tasted amazing coupled with Delaire Graff Botmaskop 2016.


And for those of us with a sweet tooth Upside down pineapple cake – spiced pineapple, passion fruit gel, mint chips, mango and passion fruit sorbet. The wine to end the evening was Sunburst Noble late Harvest 2015.


Reubens will always be on top of my list of restaurants to visit. Great place to dine with Chef and the Vine.

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Restaurant Info:

Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town,

Dock Road,

V & A Waterfront,

Cape Town,


Tel No: 021 431 4511


Opening Hours: Daily for Breakfast ; Lunch and Supper

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Sharon Moodley

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

Reuben’s Chef and the Vine (Morgenhof) – Mario Arendse

I’ve been to Reuben’s quite a few times now, and I always enjoy the Chef and Vine Series. It’s always a good opportunity to pair wines that you maybe haven’t had a chance to enjoy, and to get some insights from winemakers and sommeliers alike.



This was Passion fruit prawns, pea and wasabi with sesame rice crackers which was served with Morgenhof Brut Reserve MCC 2010. The prawns were fantastic!!


Oh my word, this was my favourite course for the evening and the flavours were amazing. Prawn bisque, topped with truffle foam and prawn dust. This was paired with Morganhof Chenin Blanc



Seared springbok loin, springbok denningsvleis wrapped in savoy cabbage, sweet potato springroll served with a jus and gooseberry chutney served with Morgenhof Malbec Vintage select 2014 which I really enjoyed.



Oxtail, served off the bone, with parsley pomme puree, onion soubise, tender-stem broccoli and baby beetroot, served with a natural jus and Morgenhof Merlot/Cabernet Franc Blend 2012



Apple and chocolate – spiced apple cake, manjari nameleka, apple pearls, sponged orange ice cream…..yummy, the perfect way to end the evening off. This course was served with Morgenhof Cape Late Bottled Vintage 2004, which was just way too sweet for me, but what an enjoyable night out.


Treat yourself; the atmosphere is always relaxed and comforting. Good food, good wine…and some good wine insights by the resident Sommelier Luvo.

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Restaurant Info:

Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town

One&Only Cape Town,

Dock Road,

V & A Waterfront,

Cape Town,


Tel No: 021 431 4511


Opening Hours: Daily for Breakfast ; Lunch and Supper

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen



Lily’s Restaurant – Nicole & Jodie Brown


A very upmarket restaurant based Seapoint main road. Lily’s offers an eclectic menu for every palate.


Digging into starters, our personal favourites were a rather large portion of mussels that were prepared in reduced white wine with garlic sauce, with the white wine coming through very strong.

Appetisers & Light Bites

Lily’s Salmon Fish Cakes

Salmon Trout, White Fish, Watercress, Apple & Wasabi Aioli……………………………………………………….. 110

Caesar Salad Croquettes

Chicken Croquettes, Caesar Dressing, Lettuce Purée, Parmesan & White Anchovy……………………….. 100

The Gun Show “Mussels”

Garlic, Thyme, White Wine & Crispy Bread ………………………………………………………………………………….75


On the More Serious Side – Mains

Epic Fish & Chips

Light & Crispy Battered Fish, Lemon Aioli & Sweet Potato Fries…………………………………………………….140

Just Keep Slimming

Grilled Hake, Cauliflower Couscous, Shallots, Garlic, Lemon & Parsley………………………………………….120


L.F.C. Lily’s Fried Chicken

Crispiest Fried Chicken, Spicy Aioli, Coleslaw & Fries………………………………………………………………….. 140


Chicken Supreme

Chicken Breast, Sage, Mushroom, Marsala & Cauliflower Mash………………………………………………….. 125


Sweet Endings


Death by Chocolate

Chocolate Tart, White Chocolate Mousse, Salted Caramel, Chocolate Sauce, Caramel Popcorn, Cocoa


Crumble & Vanilla Pod Ice-Cream

(Add Hennessy VSOP: 85)……………………………………………………………………………………………………… 90


Espresso Yourself

Molten Lava Cake, Salted Caramel & Caffeine Fix Ice Cream………………………………………………………… 90


Skillet Apple Crisp (GF)

Granny Smith Apple, Cranberries, Pecan Oat Crumble & Vanilla Pod Ice Cream……………………………..85

And many more Click HERE for the full menu.



We were quite filled after our starters and continued onto our mains which was well presented and very tasty from the Lily’s fried chicken and chips to the healthy just kept slimming option which tasted just as delicious. Portions were large and had us having to take a good break before our dessert.

Desserts were creatively presented and uniquely designed, it was enjoyable yet some of us had to do a take away.


The environment was very relaxed, but I think a bit too relaxed as we had to get our waiters attention more than once. Other than that, the decor and setting kept us captivated with a variety of textures.

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Restaurant Info:

Lily’s Restaurant

Shop 1, East-West Building,

corner Beach Rd and Surrey Place,

Mouille Point,

Cape Town

Tel No: +27 021 204 8545


Opening Hours:  Monday – Sunday: 07h30 – 22h00

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jodie & Nicole Brown

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen



Le Franschoek & Painted Wolf Wines Feb ’18 – Mario Arendse

This was my third visit to Le Franschoek; I love their Wine pairing dinners and was looking forward to their collaboration with Painted Wolf Wines. They offer wine pairing packages that include dinner, overnight accommodation and a buffet breakfast.


There has been a change of Chef since my last visit so I was curious to try the fare on offer.



Our first course consisted of chilled Spanish gazpacho, grilled scallops and parmesan soufflé, a delicious course paired with a “Grenache Vintage 2013”


Next were the lobster medallions, fennel mascarpone risotto and pine apple bisque. Wow, beautifully presented, perfect risotto and lovely lobster. This was served with “The Den Chenin Blanc”




This course was followed by the marinated crispy pork belly, caramelised pink fig, celeriac and asparagus mousse. I’m a lover of pork belly, so my opinion is a little subjective, but I felt the portion was a little small. This course was paired with the “Pinctus#2”


The palate cleanser was the white chocolate and orange sorbet. It didn’t work for me, I don’t know I didn’t enjoy texture truth be told.


The following course was the herb encrusted springbok loin, zucchini blossoms, pink peppercorn and olive jus. The springbok was very rare and some of the diners at our table sent theirs back as a result. I love venison but I thought this dish too rare and the herb crust didn’t work for me, that’s just my personal taste preference. This was served with the Painted Wolf Pinotage.


Finally there were Peaches and cream semifreddo, poached peach and marzipan cream.  This was paired with “Pinctus#5”

The next morning, we made our way to breakfast at about 9am, it was already quite busy as the morning progressed and got steadily more frenetic. The staff seemed a little frazzled, I’m not sure if the number of diners was not anticipated, but the staff were quite literally falling over their feet. Twice the coffee I ordered was ice cold, and some of the guest waited nearly 10 minutes to get theirs.

There were some good elements, and I’m afraid some not so good elements during my stay. I will be back if only to see if there has been improvement


Why not join them for the next Wine Dinner with

When: Where: Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa, Sauvage restaurant
Time: 18h30 for 19h00

R695 per person (Wine Dinner only)
R3295 per couple (Eat and Stay)

Pre-payment and booking are essential, and seating is limited so make sure not to miss out on this exclusive offer, and call +27 (0)21 876 8900, or email to book now.

Restaurant Info:


Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa

16 Minor road,

Franschhoek, 7690

South Africa

Sauvage Menu

Tel No: +27 21 876 8900


Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jody & Nicole Brown

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

Morgenster Olive and Wine Tasting – Michelle Aanhuizen

Morgenster Wine and Olive Estate is located in Somerset West, a short drive just out of Cape Town. This farm has a rich history dating back to 1711 and produces beautiful wine and extra virgin olive oil.


The farm is easy to find and surrounded by lush greens and beautiful views and the tasting room is light and welcoming and very well designed.



Olive Platter

R40 per person – five olive oils, balsamic vinegar, olive pastes and olives

Olive Oil and wine: R75 per person


Wine Tasting

Bordeaux: R50 per person – five Bordeaux-style wines from the winemaker’s monthly selection

Nu Series 1: R35 per person – five single cultivar wines

Italian: R40 per person – three wines, Caruso, Tosca and Nabucco, from the Italian Collection

Italian Collection wine and chocolate: R65 per person – Caruso, Tosca and Nabucco, paired with four handmade chocolates

I personally have not done olive oil tasting before – so this was new to me and our “wine expert” was knowledgeable and passionate who knew so much about the history of the farm, the wine and the olives. We tasted 5 different olive oils, balsamic vinegar, olive pastes and olives and by far the lemon olive oil was the best! This was a simple tasting but informative…with many “aha” moments.


I felt the wine tasting was somewhat disappointing and almost rushed with less passion than the olive tasting… but the wine itself was good, we tasted a white wine, rose and two reds – of which one was a vintage… it was amazing even though my preference sits with white wine.

Overall this was a well put together tasting, simple and satisfying.

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Wine Estate Info:

Morgenster Estate

Vergelegen Avenue Off,

Lourensford Rd,

Somerset West,

Cape Town

 Tel No: 074 921 3082


 Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Michelle Aanhuizen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen



Fork Tapas and Pincho’s Bar – Jody & Nicole Brown


A cosy little restaurant located in Long Street Cape Town, this restaurant has a sort of old pub style look and feel to it with its wooden floors and bare brick wall, it offers a downstairs and upstairs dining area with balcony seating as well. If you’re not one for large dishes and love sharing, then Fork is place to dine at.


The menu is self-explanatory, with a vast variety of dishes to choose from and very well priced.


Because it’s tapas style we could order a few dishes which were brought out to us as they were ready in the kitchen and with minimal waiting intervals.


Pork rillettes served with pickles and toasted focaccia

 Aubergine, sweet potato and chickpea coconut curry (v)

 Puff pastry parcels with sautéed mushrooms and parmesan (v)

 Ricotta and spinach raviolione with a poached egg, sage butter and chilli (v)



Chicory leaves filled with cos lettuce, black olives, walnuts and gorgonzola dressing (v)

 Butternut and goats’ feta rotolo with sage beurre noisette (v)


 Raclette fondue with chorizo and toasted focaccia

 Deep-fried goats’ cheese with sun-dried tomato biscuits and port and onion marmalade (v)



Beef raviolione with a poached egg, rosemary butter and crispy pancetta

 Moroccan lamb meatballs

 Crispy asparagus and parmesan rolls (v)

 Mushroom risotto tart with truffle oil, rocket and parmesan (v) (Add pancetta at R20)



Pasta roll with emmental, aubergine, mushrooms, rocket and béchamel sauce (v)

 Seared salmon with Asian greens, soya dressing and wasabi mayonnaise

 Roast pork belly with a mustard and parsley crust

 Honey and vanilla quail with pickled cucumber and butternut mash



Grilled tiger prawns wrapped with pancetta

 Seared tuna with tatsoi salad, Asian sun-dried tomato dressing and guacamole

Pan seared ostrich fillet with sweet potato, red peppers and a rosemary-honey dressing


 Braised lamb with chickpea fritters, feta salsa and atchar yoghurt

 Beef fillet on croutons and mushrooms with crisp onion rings and a red wine reduction

 Kudu fillet with potato gratin, garlic spinach and citrus sauce



French fries R40

 Rocket and parmesan salad R40

 Pan-fried broccoli and cauliflower R50

 Honey and soy roasted sweet potatoes with atchar mayonnaise R50

 Figs, rocket, tomato, feta salad with macadamia nuts and a pomegranate dressing



 Crunchy calamari salad with straw fries and lime aioli R65



Choux puffs with espresso cream and almonds R50

 Sticky toffee pudding R50

 Peanut butter parfait with chocolate crumbs and strawberry jelly R50

 Flourless chocolate cake R55

 White chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis R60


Our favourite dishes were Grilled tiger prawns wrapped in bacon, it was so good we had to order another serving. Deep fried goat’s cheese with sun-dried tomato biscuit was a winner. Another one of our favourites were the Moroccan Lamb meat balls, this dish was served with fresh bread in very tasty tomato gravy. We were very surprised to see a flourless chocolate cake on the dessert menu but to our surprise it was a nice dense bite size cake served with cream that was very tasty.


The ambiance in the restaurant was great, the waiter made sure that our glasses were always filled, with the drink of our choice, and the manager/owner was always around making sure that all the guests were comfortable and happy.


The sharing concept is perfect for those who wanting to try more than one dish and it brings about a buzz and a conversation pieces.


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Restaurant Info:

Fork Tapas & Pinchos Bar

84 Long St,

Cape Town City Centre,

Cape Town

Tel No: 021 424 6334


Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jody & Nicole Brown

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen



The Pot Luck Club Jan ’18 – Mario Arendse

Luke Dale-Roberts it seems is literally the goose that lays the proverbial golden egg. With everything he seems to touch, turning to gold. He’s award-winning restaurants; I believe have set the benchmark for quality dining in Cape Town.


I was lucky enough to grab a late lunch at one of the establishments, The Pot Luck Club on what turned out to be a stunning Saturday afternoon. Be warned the Biscuit Mill area and surrounds were positively chaotic with what seemed like hundreds of locals and foreigners mulling around the craft stalls and eateries. Parking can be a challenge, so come early and come prepared.


The Pot Luck Club venue itself feels quite industrial, with its exposed brick and steel but done in a tasteful fashion. The views and backdrop from the venue is jaw dropping, offering diners a unique 360 degree of the city.


The dining experience is unique and diners are encouraged to immerse themselves in the tapas style experience. The menu was quite extensive but we gladly accepted the challenge.



I’m a sucker for good bread and theirs was delicious, accompanied with dips

Yoghurt marinated chicken, cucumber raita, cashew and tomato curry

Chickpea, goat’s cheese and parmesan fries with aioli and tomato ketchup. This course was amazing; it was so good we ordered refills. You will never look at chickpeas the same way

Seafood tagine, saffron rouille, cauliflower and almond cous cous.



Springbok tataki, beetroot relish, ash baked beets and goats cheese croquettes.

Beef tataki, hoisin dressing, coriander pesto and ponzu mayo.

Liquorice glazed sweetbreads, pancetta, tahini and lemon cream and pine nut granola



The Pot Luck Club Fish sliders are an absolute “must have” they were sublime, and we were only too glad to get seconds too!

Next was the Tuna bordelaise with chimichurri and smoked bone marrow

Finally, the smoked beef fillet with black pepper and truffle café au lait



Then there was the delicious fish tacos ceviche, black bean puree, avocado and sour cream.9999

Peri Peri Prawns, lemon butter and a prawn cracker.

Sesame crusted salmon, doenjang mayo and pickled cucumber


There was just soooo much good food we chose to give desserts a miss. All the courses were truly on point and impossible to criticise. The Pot Luck Club must be on your “must do list”

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Restaurant Info:

The Pot Luck Club

The Silo,

The Old Biscuit Mill,

373-375 Albert Rd,


Cape Town


Tel No: 021 447 0804


Telephonic reservations are taken between 08:00 – 17:00 Monday to Friday and Saturday between 09:00 – 17:00

Bookings open on the 1st of each month at 08:30am South African time for the following month.

For Private function queries kindly send an email to

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by  Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

Eatsplorer with Chef Lapo – Lynelle Moodley


Eatsplorer sets the expectation of combing 2 amazing things: eating and exploring. This definitely satisfied the expectation on the delivery of Chef Lapo’s partnership with Eatsplorer.


Dining in the beautiful Granger Bay area, we were able to enjoy authentic Italian food showcasing the fresh and organic ingredients of the Oranjazicht Farmers Market.


It’s really not the same in a restaurant, granted any type of mainstream ethnic restaurant will serve customers “authentic” food of their designation. Eating fresh food prepared by Chef Lapo in front of your eyes has the appeal of a home cooked meal.


IMG_3607To start was a gazpacho with cream cheese, deep fried zucchini flower. The dish was an explosion of flavour because the unexpected pairing worked very well together. Chef Lapo made use of the Bulgarian tomatoes sold at the Farmers Market and they added a different dimension of flavour to the dish – the tomatoes weren’t sour or overly saturated with water as regular jam tomatoes.

IMG_3636Next was a true Italian classic: mushroom risotto. This risotto surpassed any that I had previously eaten (even in reputable Italian restaurants) because of the innate richness of the dish. Although I couldn’t eat half the meal because of the richness, the flavours were like a disco party on my tongue. The olive oil and the course sea salt attempted to balance out some of the butter in the risotto, it was definitely an Italian risotto in the true sense.

IMG_3641The main consisted of slow-cooked Karoo lamb with baked potato and green beans, from the market. The lamb was absolutely tender and cooked to perfection and taste and juices really soaked. My only complaint is that there wasn’t more of the meal!


IMG_3673Dessert was presented to us in the form of a slice of pie with ice cream. The berries and coffee balanced each other out well and the ice cream was the perfect compliment.


This dessert wasn’t anything fancy; it is what you would expect after lunch with your family at your mom or gran’s house. That was the epitome of the lunch: a family meal. It carried the atmosphere of a relaxed Sunday enjoying a meal with your family. The informal setting of the Farmers Market really contributed to this and Eatsplorer did not disappoint in giving us a glimpse of a true taste of home.

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 Lapo’s Kitchen

 18 Bellevliet Rd,


Cape Town,


Tel No: 082 332 1366

 Eatsplorer Cape Town

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Market Day

Granger Bay,

V&A Waterfront. (next to The Lookout event venue).

Market Day is every Saturday from 08h30 – 14h00.

Tel No: Kurt (Farm) 083 508 1066 and Sheryl (Market) 083 628 3426

Email: (Farm) or (Market)

 Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Lynelle Moodley

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen