I love cooking and always aim to put a great tasting, nutritious meal on the table for dinner. Sometimes when I am feeling a bit adventurous, I can be known to whip up a gastronomic midweek-feast. There are also those occasions, after a busy day, that even I have a bit of a “cheat” day. My “cheat meals” are by no means boring or tasteless, they merely involve a few shortcuts. A tasty example is my Lamb Rogan Josh Curry Recipe.[Read more…]
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We love curry and Lamb Rogan Josh is one of my favourites, so I thought I would share this Rogan Josh Curry Paste Recipe with you. It is super easy to make and you can store it in the fridge for use anytime you need it. [Read more…]
Even though winter is on our doorstep, it does not deter me from craving sushi. It is one of my favourite foods to eat and I love nothing better than an indulgent night out with sushi and bubbly or a chilled Sauvignon Blanc! With this in mind I thought I would share my Top Sushi Spots in Cape Town and a few recommended by you, my readers.
Willoughby & Co
This is by far my favourite sushi spot and although it is situated inside the V&A shopping centre, the sushi is worth the hustle and bustle of the surroundings. Actually we always do a bit of shopping first and then relax and unwind with the aid of delicious sushi and great wine. To view or download their sushi menu click here.
Shop 6132 | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | 021-4186115
Not only is their sushi delicious but they also have great special offers, you can enjoy sushi at half price before 7pm daily and on Sundays. On a balmy day you can sit out in the cobbled court-yard and enjoy great sushi while sipping on delicious local wine! To view or download their sushi menu click here.
The Foundry | Prestwich Street | Green Point | Cape Town | 021- 418 2948/9
Sevruga offers fresh fish, wonderful sushi, a great location and an excellent selection of some of the best South African wines. To view or download their sushi menu click here.
Shop 4 | Quay 5| V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | 021-421 5134 |
Their seafood has always been top-notch and the restaurant is extremely popular and busy but the brilliant sea views make it a wonderful choice. To view or download their sushi menu click here.
1st floor | Corner of Beach Road & Surrey Place | Mouille Point | Cape Town | 8005 | GPS -33.90012,18.40529 | Telephone +27 21 433-2377
Village Sushi @ De Noordhoek Hotel
Imagine my surprise when a reader recommended a sushi spot right on my doorstep! The Hotel has been around for a while but the sushi is a new addition to their menu. We decided to make this our Mother’s Day lunch venue and thoroughly enjoyed our experience. One of the great aspects of the sushi menu is they offer a 12/20 piece sushi platter, which you can design yourself, this is great if you prefer either a certain type of sushi roll or a particular type of fish. To view or download their sushi menu click here.
Village Lane | Noordhoek Farm Village | Noordhoek | 7979 | Cape Town | 27 (0)21 789 2760
- Cape Town Fish Market
This is a popular choice for us, especially if we are dining with our kids, as the restaurant is really child friendly and they also offer a host of specials daily.The Sushi Bar with its conveyor-belt of tasty treats will leave you hooked. To view or download their sushi menu click here.
To find a CTF near you click here
- Chef Pons Sawadee | Rheede Street | Gardens | Cape Town | 021 422 1633 |
- Tank | Menu | 72 Waterkant Street | Cape Quarter | De Waterkant | 021 419 0007 |
- Sake House | Menu | 17 Old Stanhope Road | Claremont | Cape Town | 021 – 674 7600 |
- Papa San’s Takumi | Facebook | 3 Park Road | Gardens | Cape Town | 021 424 8879 |
If there are any other sushi restaurants that you think should be mentioned please let me know by leaving a comment below and I will update the list!
For those of you who don’t know me I am a local Cape Town girl who likes to live the simple life but enjoys the finer things life has to offer. I love food and it has always been an important part of my life and Cape Town certainly has a great deal to offer gastronomically. Recently I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview a local food legend, certainly in our quiet seaside suburb of Noordhoek, not to mention the greater foodie community, Franck Dangereux.
Although now a local man Franck was born in France (Cannes). He grew up in a family where, despite not being foodies themselves, food and eating was always at the heart of the home. In Franck’s words, his passion for cooking was “born out of a love of eating”. Languishing family feasts were always a strong tradition and trips to the local markets, a childhood adventure. Franck does feel that in modern society we might be in danger of missing these fantastic opportunities, of families being united by sharing in delicious food and making precious memories.
He started cooking at the age of 14 and began studying at the Nice Hotel School, the following year. By the age of 18 Franck was working in 3 Michelin Star restaurants in Paris. In 1987 while on holiday, Franck visited South Africa for the first time, only to fall in love with this magnificent country. He also happened to meet up with a local South African, Pete de Bruin, and despite their language barrier, (aided by the power of Tequila) they formed a friendship that would ultimately see them reunited through a joint vision in the future.
After a few more years spent honing his skills aboard, Franck officially immigrated to South Africa and made Cape Town his home. His first job in Cape Town was working for Franck Swainston at the esteemed Constantia Uitsig, where he worked as Head Chef for two years. In 1996, after taking some time off from the intensity of the kitchen, Franck returned to the gastronomic world and started La Colombe. He was given carte blanche to create a lavish fine dining experience, which would go on to achieve numerous accolades, including being voted as one of the top 50 Restaurants in the World in 2006.
A few years later, after discovering that the Noordhoek Farm Stall was up for sale, Franck and Pete realised the dream that their shared passion for food had ignited years previously, and The Foodbarn was officially born.
As a local Noordhoek – lass I have had the opportunity of eating at The Foodbarn, Noordhoek Village, many times, but what you may ask, is so special about this restaurant? The vision that Franck had for this eatery was to have a fine dining experience with great food and wine but a relaxed ambience and The Foodbarn certainly lives up to this expectation. Patrons are treated to a wonderful dining experience and great seasonal specials.
Franck believes that cooking is an experience that should excite all your senses, that food should be both visually appealing as well as taste good, with sauces being his forte, from a simple vinaigrette to a fragrantly spiced jus. Wine is also an integral part of your dining experience at The Foodbarn, with food and wine pairing recommendations being a feature of their menu.
Together Franck and Pete run The Foodbarn, Franck bringing his exceptional food skills and Pete his astute business knowledge, from years spent working in the corporate world. Not to forget Pete’s role of as the charming host at the Foodbarn, as well as looking his “baby” The Foodbarn Deli & Tapas, a more relaxed and rustic eatery. To find out more about Pete see a recent article featuring him as the Village Personality for March, on the Noordhoek Village website.
The Foodbarn Noordhoek Village is currently running a seasonal special, where diners can enjoy 50% off food ordered from the restaurant ala carte menu, Monday to Friday, lunches only. A few days ago I was lucky enough to be invited to photograph and sample two of these amazing dishes. The food did indeed taste as good as it looked! Below you will see the two dishes which I tasted and I would highly recommend that you visit The Foodbarn. (See the bottom of the page for contact details)
I would just like to thank Franck and Pete for this great opportunity and for bringing such a great dining experience to the area! I wish them continued success with both of their restaurants!Contact Details: Email info @ thefoodbarn.co.za – contact the restaurant+27 (0)21 789 1390 – contact the deli+27 (0)21 789 1966 – address Noordhoek Farm Village Corner Village Lane and Noordhoek Main Road Noordhoek 7979
Photography: ©FAR Photography
I have been thinking that a recipe is long overdue. Chicken, Avo & Rocket Tortilla Wraps are a regular feature on our dinner menu. The kids love it and best of all it is easy! You really can adapt it to your own personal taste but I find that this recipe is both tasty and healthy! [Read more…]
I am a lover of coffee, perhaps a coffee-junkie or coffee-snob is the better term. You could say that coffee is my Happy Place! I will only drink ‘proper coffee’, no instant for me and the stronger the espresso, the better. I even went as far as buying my own Lavazza coffee machine, to satisfy this need! In the interests of purveying fine coffee, I thought I would share a few of the popular Cape Town Coffee Shops, according to of some of my readers. [Read more…]