Wednesday, February 20, 2019

This Week's MENU. L'Ormarins and La Motte, Dainty Bess Between Us, The Industry brunch, Apricot Tarte Tatin, Tierhoek Straw Wine

A Clifton sunset
Of huge interest to the South African culinary environment is the news that a chef we visited and who excited us couple of years ago has made it into a well-deserved beam of limelight. Kobus van der Merwe of Wolfgat (Wolf’s Lair) restaurant in the small West Coast fishing village called Paternoster has achieved a double distinction at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris, coming away with not only the Restaurant of the Year Award, but also the award for best restaurant in the Off-Map Destination category. His restaurant is tiny, seating only 20 patrons, but the innovation and imagination in his use of very local ingredients were very exciting. Our story of our visit to his restaurant is below

This has been a week in which the term “interesting times” becomes more relevant. More of the worms are coming out of the woodwork and our Finance Minister delivered his Budget Speech today in which he shot a few arrows at his colleagues in the cabinet, promising that the ill-favoured chickens they have hatched are coming home to roost. At the same time, more of the corruption that has bedevilled us in the last decade is being laid bare and there are signs that appropriate action will be taken against the culprits. The evils which have corrupted our electricity generation and distribution are being brought into the open with promises that the long road to fixing them is being opened. We’ll see…
It is lovely to be on the receiving end sometimes. Last week some friends from Australia took us and some of their friends from Australia on a wine tour with lunch to Franschhoek. We began at Anthonij Rupert with a tour of the Motor museum and then moved to the historic Manor house. Note: You do need to make appointments at both should you want to visit…
We were invited to join Jane Ferreira-Eedes for dinner at Between Us Restaurant at 176 upper Bree Street in town this week. A first visit for us. Run by twin sisters Jesse and Jamie Friedberg in what used to be an antique restoration building, it has a terrace and a large spacious interior with a bar…
Late Saturday morning saw us having Brunch at a fairly new venue in Sea Point, The Industry café, which is right opposite the Adelphi Centre and Pick n Pay on Main Road, Sea Point…
We were delighted to hear the news that Kobus van der Merwe’s Wolfgat Restaurant in Paternoster has been awarded the distinction of Restaurant of the Year at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in Paris as well as the award for best restaurant in the Off-Map Destination category. We visited him at his previous premises at Oep ve Koep in Pasternoster a couple of years ago and were “blown away” by the flavours and his imagination in using foraged indigenous ingredients. See our story here…
This is one to make right now while the fruit is still in season, We had a dinner party and this is what we had so Lynne made another of our favourite Tart Tatins. It is a very good mix of fruit. Warning: Apricots do produce a lot of juice so be careful when turning out to have a serving dish that can take it. See the Recipe…
Our Wine of the week would go perfectly with this dessert
The ripe Chenin Blanc grapes from 30 year old trellised vines in Piekenierskloof are air dried on straw for 2 weeks to concentrate their flavour, then fermented and matured in a Solera system of old barrels where new wine has been added every year since 2007. Full, rich and very sweet with an immense concentration of dried apricots and honey, it has a great balance of acidity, just as it should…

Things to do
Sunday 24th February  Groote Post's February 'Made with Love" Country Market  For further information Contact I Love Yzer: 022 451 2202 or • @GPCountryMarket
Friday & Saturday, 1st & 2nd March      RMB Starlight Concert at Vergelegen. Details and tickets at
Friday, 1st March    The American Express Cape Wine Barrel Auction at the Norval Foundation
Saturday, 2nd March       The Cape Wine Auction sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth at Buitenverwachting
For more information on the Cape Wine Auction, contact CWA director Darielle Robertson at darielle@thecapewineauction.comFor more information on the Cape Wine Auction Trust, contact Andi Norton at
Saturday, 2nd March       Harvest Festival at Muratie Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.  For further information and bookings contact Nina Martin at Muratie on 021 865 2330/2336 or
Saturday 2nd March       Perdeberg’s Harvest Celebration from 09h00 - 17h00 at Perdeberg Cellars. For more information contact Johan at +27 21 869 8244 or
Wednesday, 6th March    A night at the Italian Opera 18h00 for 18h30, Café del Sol Botanico, Bryanston, Gauteng Tickets are available at R650 per person, the three course dinner and wine are included. Limited spaces are available so e-mail to be part of this exclusive event.
Friday 8th March    Wine Concepts Craft Festival at The Vineyard Hotel 17h00 – 20h00 Cost: R200.00 per person – includes tasting glass, tastings and light snacks. Tickets via or at Wine Concepts branches Telephone Newlands at 021 671 9030 or Kloof Street at 021 426 4401. Email: or at the door on the evening subject to availability
20th February 2019

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