Monday, November 15, 2010

Four mini restaurant reviews...

I'm not really into writing restaurant reviews, but I've built up a little collection of pretty pictures and wanted to share them with you. These are all great places to while away a sunny Sunday afternoon with friends.

Café Max

This is a charming, dreamy little spot in quiet Waterkant Street. The food is reasonably priced, and they sell an incredible wooded rosé made especially for them (it matches the shutters), and so I would recommend Café Max if you're in the mood to while away a sunny afternoon snacking and quaffing good wine in the City Bowl. More here.

Reuben's at the Robertson Small Hotel 

To know Reuben's in Franshhoek is to love it, and the Robertson branch is even prettier — set, as it is, in a gorgeously revamped Victorian hotel at the end of a leafy street. The service was a little on the slow side on our last visit, but frankly it could be non-existent and I would still keep going back for the duck. It just has to be tried to be believed. 
More here.

The Venue @ South Hill

The Venue, situated on South Hill wine estate just past Elgin, is a class act. Breathtaking scenery (think rolling hills and green, green, green vinyards), switched-on, friendly service and good food (the seafood chowder was the best I have ever tasted — I still dream about it). 
More here.


Marianas in Stanford

This is only my favourite restaurant. In the world. Ever. 

Mariana and Peter Estherhuizen are the nicest people — Peter an attentive host, always ready with a naughty anecdote, and Mariana makes food that, without fail, has me staring disbelievingly at my plate, thinking I have no business going near a kitchen.

Their philosophy might be summed up in a brief exchange I had with Peter once when I called to say we'd be late: 'Don't worry,' he said. 'Arrive whenever you feel like it, and we'll feed you whenever
we feel like it.'

It's a two-hour drive from Cape Town to Stanford, so make a day
— or a weekend — of it. More here.

A pretty scene in the Overberg...
PS: I've been selected as an ambassador for Kleine Zalze wines this summer. Just living the dream...