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THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES - The pleasure is in the detail

THE LIGHT HOUSE BOUTIQUE SUITES - The pleasure is in the detail

11/09/2014 - 20:22
REVIEW by Dawn Kennedy: Themed on the billionaires coastal paradise, The Hamptons, The Light House Boutique Suites emits a light of luxury guiding the discerning traveler towards an oasis of calm and culture in the heart of the Winelands. Sporting signature red glasses, General manager Darrol Buckton offers a courteous greeting, complete with a glass of bubbly and freshly picked local strawberries, that instantly revives even the most frazzled traveler.
The Light House is a bastion of good taste that has been tastefully designed by Darrol Buckton and Hendrik du Toit, a creative duo that have lavished attention on every nook and cranny. read more
Congratulations to Nedbank's Green Wines

Congratulations to Nedbank's Green Wines

18/10/2013 - 14:47
Sustainable wine-making is an environmental philosophy that aims to transform a successful wine industry into one where man and nature thrive. This vision was celebrated at the Nedbank Green Wine Awards 2013. 021 was present (and in fact sitting right between two of the overall winners) as the best in each category were announced on 17 October at Moyo restaurant in the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, itself an outstanding centennial beacon of sustainability and conservation. read more
Best of the Cape: Wine 2013

Best of the Cape: Wine 2013

25/09/2013 - 17:58
2013 is billed as a bumper, quality harvest and Winifred Bowman, 021’s wine connoisseur and Cape Wine Master, shares her best


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best of the Cape: Tea

best of the Cape: Tea

07/09/2013 - 10:57
Tea, the staple beverage in the East, is becoming the drink of choice for an increasing number of people. Many are exploring ancient cultures and traditions and discovering the pleasures of, for example, the Japanese tea ceremony and Indian chai. As the pace of life increases, tea is touted for its contemplative, even spiritual, qualities in preference to its more hyperactive counterpart – coffee. But think beyond milky rooibos or mugs of stewed tea, thick with sugar. We are returning to the luxury of loose-leaf tea, which, in defiance of instant gratification, take time to brew.  read more
RADIO PRESENTERS FIRST CHOICE: Get Cozy

RADIO PRESENTERS FIRST CHOICE: Get Cozy

01/01/2013 - 00:00
021 asks local radio presenters where they like to warm up during winter
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Manna from heaven

Manna from heaven

07/12/2012 - 16:01
Everyone has their own symbol for summer. Mine is bold red watermelon juice dribbling down a chin. So, Manna’s watermelon salad sums up my idea of summer on a plate. The watermelon is served sliced, accompanied by Danish feta cheese and Serrano ham (R80). It’s simple and so visually striking that I had to keep my appetite at bay while my companion photographed the dish from every angle.
Celebrate summer with champagne, strawberries and delicious salad at Manna in Kloof Street.
Fresh and seasonal is Manna’s mantra. As well as the delicious watermelon salad, we also tried the strawberry salad – a sundial-like array of crunchy vegetables such as asparagus and sugar peas served with delicious cranberry-infused cheese (R85). Salads are accompanied by a generous selection of Manna epicurean breads, baked fresh daily on the premises. The pecan nut and raisin rye is sublime. read more
Best of the Cape: Wine 2012

Best of the Cape: Wine 2012

07/12/2012 - 15:24
Winifred Bowman, 021’s wine connoisseur, and Cape Wine Master shares her best of the season:

Neethlingshof Chenin Blanc 2012
This delightful Chenin Blanc is just the ticket for summer! The colour is a brilliant light straw with flashes of green. On the nose the pear, gooseberry, ripe peach and floral tones climb out of the glass to invite a taste. Fresh tropical fruit salad flavours meet the taste buds and mingle with a lip-smacking acidity to balance the exuberant fruit. This is ready to drink now, but will keep improving for the next few years. In addition, this over-delivers on price, so stock up! Enjoy with chicken salad, or a delicious paté.
021 883 8988; www.neethlingshof.co.za

Flat Roof Manor Pinot Rosé Light 2012
This range of wines takes its name from the unpretentious, quirky cat that remained long after the previous owners had left the property. She enjoys her days, sunning on the parapet of the historic manor house on Uitkyk Wine Estate.  read more
The Greenhouse @ Constantia's Cellars-Hohenort, review

The Greenhouse @ Constantia's Cellars-Hohenort, review

23/09/2012 - 10:12
On the cover of The Greenhouse’s menu is an unattributed quote: “A beautiful plate of food is eaten with the eyes first.” Indeed, the presentation of the food at The Greenhouse is fabulous. It’s a burlesque show with dishes arriving in a dazzling variety of costumes: popping coyly out of ostrich eggs or wrapped in a swathe of carbon dioxide steam. The visual variety references a cross-cultural array of aesthetics – Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s globetrotting gastronomic lifestyle is evident in the plates alone, which range from New York city-slicker-style rectangular glass to Japanese wabi-sabi-style wooden.

Emphasising the visual stimulation are different waiters who bring out our various dishes throughout the evening, giving the effect of an entire host of people taking care of us. A constant in all this fluctuation read more
Winifred Bowman: My Choice of the Season - Wines

Winifred Bowman: My Choice of the Season - Wines

10/09/2012 - 14:03
021’s wine connoisseur, Winifred Bowman chooses her best of the season read more
The Pierneef @ Franschhoek's La Motte, review

The Pierneef @ Franschhoek's La Motte, review

28/05/2012 - 11:22
Take a taste trip through three centuries of Cape Cooking

La Motte’s majestic entrance promises abundance within. Guests are greeted at the end of a rose-
and agapanthus-lined avenue by a striking bronze statue of a woman holding a bowl overflowing
with water – The Wine Bearer by Fish Hoek-based sculptor Toby Megaw. read more
Harveys @ Sea Point's Winchester Mansions, recipe

Harveys @ Sea Point's Winchester Mansions, recipe

28/05/2012 - 11:02
Nut Crusted Springbok Loin

complemented by butternut-potato rösti, broccoli and orange jus
Recipe serves two

Ingredients
2 x 180g Springbok loin
4 Broccoli roses
200ml Orange juice
100ml Jus (save when cooking loin)
100g Butternut (grated)
100g Butternut (cut in cubes)
100g Potato (grated)
2 Eggs
20g Onion (grated)
100ml Cream
60g Mixed nuts
60g Unsalted butter
60g Fresh bread crumbs
4g Parsley (chopped)
2 Egg yolks
2 Rosemary twigs to garnish
Salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste
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Reuben's @ The One and Only - review

Reuben's @ The One and Only - review

25/04/2012 - 12:31
How did pumpkin soup find its way onto a menu in the restaurant of Cape Town’s six-star hotel? It’s a kind of cheeky imposition. My dining companion, 021s editor Bernard Franz, hates soup from the squash family, and so I was surprised when he ordered the pumpkin soup with vanilla buchu and honey foam (R60). “Just curious,” he said. This Cinderella soup was all dressed up and ready to meet her prince charming. It arrived and sat Aphrodite-like, wafting an enticing, almost unnerving, sensual vanilla and honey aroma that almost interfered with my delight in the oysters (oh yes, delicious, always, and served with chopped onion soaked in a fynbos-infused vinegar – a new way to enjoy oysters).  read more
Pure @ Hout Bay Manor - review

Pure @ Hout Bay Manor - review

15/03/2012 - 21:47
Our evening at Pure at the Hout Bay Manor Hotel got off to a good start with the warm, welcoming smile of Alexa Huxter, food and beverage manager. We enjoyed cocktails on the terrace, watching the last rays of the summer sun paint the Hout Bay Mountains.

To book, phone 021 790 0116 or visit www.houtbaymanor.co.za. read more
Bijoux, and Cafe des Arts (Franschhoek) - review

Bijoux, and Cafe des Arts (Franschhoek) - review

30/01/2012 - 18:09
Brett Garner, editor of the Franschhoek-based The Month, reveals his latest culinary favourites for 021.


The latest addition to the food/retail offering is a little shop called Bijoux Chocolates, in the Bijoux centre on the main road, with Franschhoek locals Leon “Bertie” Groenewald and Joshua Juries at the helm.

Bijoux offers a range of sweet delights, made from relatively low-fat, imported Belgian chocolate and, as the fillings tend to be mousses, Joshua is quick to point out that their offering is safe for the “weight-conscious”.  read more
Bosman’s Restaurant @ Paarl’s Grand Roche - review

Bosman’s Restaurant @ Paarl’s Grand Roche - review

17/01/2012 - 07:12
You know you’re living in a topsy-turvy world when, in one day, you find yourself paying the same price for a bowl of lentils in an Indian restaurant in town as you do for a main course of salmon trout prepared by one of South Africa’s top chefs, Roland Gorgosilich, at a restaurant that is considered one of the world’s top 100.

Bosman's Restaurant is situated in a historic manor house dating back to 1707. Without paintings on the wall to detract from the views across the pristine vineyards, good taste is read more
Eight @ Stellenbosch's Spier - review

Eight @ Stellenbosch's Spier - review

17/01/2012 - 07:07
“It’s perfection,” says my companion, glancing at the couple outside nuzzling intimately under the dappled shade of the oak trees.

I agree, then can’t help muse on the way our human quest for perfection has led us to excessive sterility, compelled us to package and parcel nature – when last did you see a lettuce at the supermarket that wasn’t packed in plastic? Nowadays, we buy probiotic pills to replace the micro-organisms scrubbed off our plastic-packaged veggies. What endears me to Eight, before I’ve even lifted the fork to my mouth read more
THE BEST OF THE CAPE Where TV Presenters grab their cup of coffee

THE BEST OF THE CAPE Where TV Presenters grab their cup of coffee

01/01/2012 - 00:00
021 ASKED SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE TV PRESENTERS WHERE
THEY LIKE TO RELAX OR GRAB A CUP OF COFFEE IN CAPE TOWN… read more
Vineyards with a view - 021’s wine master Winifred Bowman selects 5 of the best wines from Table Mountain vineyards.

Vineyards with a view - 021’s wine master Winifred Bowman selects 5 of the best wines from Table Mountain vineyards.

07/10/2011 - 16:32
Vineyards with a view:
1. Ambeloui Lisa 2008 MCC
Get the celebration started by popping the cork off the 2008 Lisa, made in Hout Bay. This Methode Cap Classique is made in the traditional manner, where the second fermentation takes place in the bottle in which it is sold. Produced from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, this bubbly is smooth, fresh and classy. Oozing warm brioche, fragrant apple tart with hints of cinnamon, and a sexy, creamy texture, its fine beads of
bubbles melt into a silky melange of lemon and lime. The long, succulent finish leaves you wanting more! 082 880 1715 read more
The Roundhouse Restaurant in Camps Bay -review

The Roundhouse Restaurant in Camps Bay -review

07/10/2011 - 16:12
The Roundhouse offers breathtaking views, impeccable service and food that dares to remain raw.
It looked as though the cherry-red sun that was dropping over the horizon as we arrived at the Roundhouse had sunk to the bottom of the verjuice cocktails that greeted us. From the moment that a smiling waiter opens the car door to greet you with your first name, until the moment when the same door is closed by him to bid you goodbye, the Roundhouse sets an impeccable standard of service that is attentive yet unobtrusive. read more
Roberto’s on Long Street - review

Roberto’s on Long Street - review

31/08/2011 - 00:00
Sometimes, if you’re hungry on Long Street, you can sympathise with the Ancient Mariner’s complaint, “water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink” At first glance Long Street seems packed with restaurants, and you could question the need for another. But quantity isn’t quality and on this hip stretch of the city, there’s a dearth of affordable eateries offering elegant dining. No longer. Finally, there’s somewhere fabulous to eat on Long Street - Roberto’s Signature Restaurant. read more
Aubergine Restaurant - review

Aubergine Restaurant - review

30/06/2011 - 00:00
Chef Harald Bresselschmidt is like a fine, carefully matured wine: precious, precise, unpredictable, exciting and most often close to perfection. And so is his food. Aubergine is in the heart of Cape Town’s historic Gardens area in the former home of the first chief justice of the Cape, Sir John Wylde. Refurbishment has artfully melded old and new, turning the original 1830 home into an elegant contemporary venue, inviting guests to enjoy a special meal at every visit.
The menu features innovative, balanced à la carte dishes as well as a five-course dégustation
menu, which includes an amuse-bouche, sorbet between courses, as well as coffee or tea and
friandises. Deciding on what to eat is a real dilemma, because every dish sounds as tempting
as the next, with variety to suit every palate.  read more
Polo Club @ Paarl's Val de Vie - review

Polo Club @ Paarl's Val de Vie - review

06/05/2011 - 04:56
Dine like a queen, while watching the game of kings. If you are tired of the usual locations, why not try a restaurant with a view across the psychedelic green of Val de Vies polo pitch, surrounded by the majestic Franschhoek and Paarl mountains? I found it difficult to focus on the menu because I kept looking up, just in case Ryk Neethling might saunter past in his swimming trunks. Now that would be a clever marketing trick! Ryk launched the Ryk Neethling Swimming School at the Val de Vie Leisure Centre in November 2009. Recently, in partnership with Val de Vie’s winemaker Harold Versfeld, he created his own blend of wine. Harold jokes with us that they wanted to put a picture of the pair of them on the label and call it Beauty and the Beast, but Harold is being far too self-deprecatory.
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THE GRAND IN GRANGER BAY

THE GRAND IN GRANGER BAY

11/12/2010 - 00:00
A Grand Entrance

It’s drum rolls for Cape Town’s most chic hang-out of the season. For those of us that lament the lack of beach venues with a definite vibe in Cape Town, here’s the penultimate addition. In fact, in a Marie Antoinette like move, The Grand created its very own beach in order to build a restaurant
on it. Seems absurd given our stretch of coastline, but once you feel the undeniable pleasure of sipping a Ginger Rogers cocktail while the sand tickles your toes, it matters not a jot whether it is
indigenous or imported. The Grand is an adult’s playpen, a place that lets you take in the scene
behind your rose-tinted Oakley shades until your heart is content. After nightfall the manager promises that things get rather raucous: the lip-shaped sofas in the sand invite discreet couplings and the chandelier begs to be swung from. Food seems almost an unnecessary
addition to all the visual and auditory stimulation on offer, but a person needs something to soak up the Chardonnay and Champagne that inevitably flows in such settings. And so platters of
excruciatingly thin-based pizza arrive, draped with seafood. read more
Il Leone in De Waterkant - review

Il Leone in De Waterkant - review

15/10/2010 - 23:44
“Ah, good, lousy location,” says my companion, as we approach Il Leone’s terrace, which offers an uninspiring view across the Translux bus depot.

According to his philosophy,worthwhile Italian ristorantes are often found in grungy surroundings, as they rely on good food alone, and not scenic views, to attract customers. He steers me inside, where cool, crisp linen, golden wooden floors, and striking floral and nude art pieces whet the appetite. I order the Penne Muscovite (R65), which comes highly recommended from a friend. It’s described as penne served with a tomato and cream sauce with a hint of vodka and garden peas. My companion opts for Petti di Pollo (R75), chicken breast, choosing to have it served with mustard sauce. read more
BALANCE D'ELEGANCE VIN DE CONSTANCE

BALANCE D'ELEGANCE VIN DE CONSTANCE

11/04/2010 - 00:00
021 spent a day sniffing, spitting and chatting with Constantia winemakers to find out what makes wine from the valley so very drinkable When Alan Wickstrom, manager at Klein Constantia, beheads a 1791 Vin de Constance, his process of sniffing and watching the wine is particularly elaborate before he lets the liquid enter his mouth. After swirling it around his tastebuds, the conclusion about this ancient bottle of wine is sharp: “It’s still very drinkable, and has a deep, dark colour, like Coca Cola.” “Wine producers don’t always use many words,” explains Ilze Rens, rival winemaker at Buitenverwachting. “Their job is purely to identify the wine’s
characteristics, and to compensate for its possible faults in the cellar. Poetry is for critics, judges and for some members of the public.”  read more
Addis in Cape and other African Restaurants in Cape Town - reviews

Addis in Cape and other African Restaurants in Cape Town - reviews

01/01/2010 - 23:40
African food is as diverse as the continent’s history and imagination. In a city often described as “not very African”, Bernard Franz goes on a quest to sample Cape Town’s African flavours.
More than finger food Once you step into Addis in Cape it is difficult to think of food alone. The building with its small staircase cutting a vertical labyrinth through three storeys, bypassing airy rooms and leading to cosy corners, is too unusual simply to sit, order and eat. I recommend you take a tour of the premises first. It is decorated with Ethiopian art by owner Senait Mekonnen herself, and the ceilings boast ceremonial church umbrellas in rainbow colours. A wall is inscribed with letters from a 220-character-strong alphabet. Photographs and traditional paintings depict scenes from the Bible, which according to
Ethiopian tradition, is firmly rooted in the Ethiopian Highlands. read more
Nonna Lina in Gardens - review

Nonna Lina in Gardens - review

10/12/2009 - 23:42
I stumbled into Nonna Lina, a piccolino Italian ristorante opposite the Labia, when it first opened six years ago. Since that initial encounter my taste buds have been periodically tormented by the memory of their artichoke salad. I’ve yet to taste a better salad. It’s a complement of colourful, mixed leaves, mange tout, caramelised red onion, topped with thickly grated parmesan and sprinkled with roasted pine nuts.

At its centre, plump artichokes sit in a circle. It’s taken me six years to return to Nonna Lina and test the reliability of the siren song of my senses. Will today’s experience of the artichoke salad ignite the initial euphoria, or will time have conspired with compromise to make the once wonderful mediocre? read more
Boulders Beach Restaurant in Simon's Town -review

Boulders Beach Restaurant in Simon's Town -review

10/12/2009 - 00:00
Have you felt frustrated by the number of restaurants situated in some of Cape Town’s most scenic spots that serve dreadful food? Somehow it feels sacrilegious, as well as unpleasant, to eat soggy toasted sandwiches served by truculent waiters in a pristine setting. The proprietors seem to think that views and scenery suffice. Hence it’s a special treat when both view and food are inspiring. A case in point is Boulders Beach Restaurant in Simon’s Town.

On the day of our visit, with appetites raging and fi ngers freezing after the fi rst swim of the season, the balcony, drenched in afternoon sun, was warm and inviting. An Egyptian goose with her chicks eyed the sunny deck hungrily and a few penguins waddled past insouciantly, adding to the uniqueness of the setting. read more
 
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