I was so delighted to be invited to attend a Chef’s Menu Tasting, at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice in Cape Town! Who could say no to the chance to sample the hotel’s hot new menu? Plus I have never been to the hotel before, so it was a double treat! I accompanied fellow blogger and friend Heather from Femme Lifestyle. [Read more…]
Taste Cape Town Restaurant Reviews
Taste Restaurant reviews written by Fiona Rossiter from Inspired Living. Inspired Living brings you Cape Town Restaurant Reviews, foodie inspiration, as well as first hand restaurant experiences.
Last week we attended the official launch of Gourmet Boerie, which I blogged about over here last month. With Mr en-tow we ventured out to the centre of town last Saturday evening, to check-out the newly opened restaurant. Gourmet Boerie is situated on the corner of Kloof Street in Cape Town, a wonderful vibey part of the Mother City. The vibe at the launch on Saturday evening was indeed tangible!
We were greated at the door with a drink of our choice – you guessed it, bubbles for me, who would ever refuse awesome Cape Bubbly! There were also craft beers on tap, a selection of wines, coolers and soft drinks so everyone was well catered for.
I really love the décor of the restaurant and much to our surprise, we found out that one of our neighbours was instrumental in the development of the space! The décor is modern with wonderful exposed brick work, clean lines, vibrant colours and a stunning bar area, perfect for stopping in for a beer and boerie on your way home in the evening.
The main dining space is casual with long tables and benches; there is an additional seating area outside with large folding doors to allow the restaurant to flow naturally to the outside area, which is great for alfresco summer dining.
I was not entirely to sure what to expect when sampling the “boerie rolls” but I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised. The bread rolls where light and airy and the boerie was perfectly cooked, with that “perfect bite” and certainly not tough or full of gristle. The flavour combinations where heavenly! My favourite was the “The Hangover”, topped with bacon, caramelised pineapple and avocado with cheese sauce followed closely by the “Shroom Sauce”, topped with a creamy mushroom sauce with fresh herbs and cos lettuce – seriously yummy!
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