Lanzerac, Stellenbosch

Lanzerac

Sat beneath the mountains in the outskirts of Stellenbosch, the Lanzerac Estate is a place of tranquillity and beauty.

Pre-lunch drinks in the quaint Taphuis bar next to the roaring log fire created the perfect ambiance for our afternoon. The relaxed atmosphere flowed through into the Governors Hall Restaurant where we were seated and …

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Cuvée – Simonsig, Stellenbosch

Cuvée

Simonsig wine estate is a must for anyone travelling through the Stellenbosch area. Surrounded by the mountains, it is positioned away from the main town of Stellenbosch and busy roads, providing a perfect setting for our relaxing Saturday afternoon.

Making the most of the beautiful Cape winter’s day we chose to sit outside …

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La Belle Cafe & Bakery, Alphen Boutique Hotel

La Belle

Nestled in the leafy Constantia Valley in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, La Belle Cafe & Bakery is a hidden gem! Literally minutes from the M3 this 5 Star Hotel, which offers fine dining, a cocktail bar and a cafe/bakery, is definitely a place to visit, whether it be for brunch, dinner or just a …

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Freedom Café

Freedom Cafe

Freedom Café

Neil Roake, the owner of Freedom Café, is the creative force behind cookbook Taste Freedom, Shiny Happy People and the Sunday Times Food Weekly’s new look. The restaurant has been open for just over a year and is still drawing crowds that are looking for a simple, tasty meal in a quirky …

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(Central One) Bar and Restaurant

Central One

(Central One) Bar and Restaurant

Many foodies were shocked (and many Joburgers delighted) when it was announced that David Higgs would be travelling North to join the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel. After extensive refurbishment, the new-look restaurant and menu was unveiled in August, and it certainly does not disappoint.

Chef David Higgs is 2011’s …

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Gigi’s Brasserie

Gigi's

Gigi’s Brasserie, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

Hotel Izulu recently celebrated its 6th birthday with a bit of a nip and tuck – Gigi’s Brasserie has replaced the original restaurant, and is a 40-seater decorated with a black, white and silver colour scheme. The focal point of the room is a gorgeous crystal chandelier, with full-length windows …

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Albizia

Albizia Restaurant

Albizia, Cullinan, Gauteng

Chef Lientjie Wessels Denton and her husband Robert have swapped Pretoria’s cityscape for the countryside, moving to Cullinan where they have opened Albizia (named after a thorn tree found in the area) –although it’s still undecided whether it should have one z or two). With a background in fine art and …

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Dash Restaurant and Bar

Dash Restaurant and Bar

Dash Restaurant and Bar, Cape Town, Western Cape

Dash Restaurant and Bar is located at the V&A Waterfront’s newest boutique hotel – the Queen Victoria, and is named after one of the monarch’s favourite King Charles spaniels. With interiors by Francois du Plessis, a creative menu designed by Executive Chef Stephen Templeton, a prestigious …

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District Six Eatery

District Six Eatery

District Six Eatery, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Bringing a little bit of Cape Town to Johannesburg, this restaurant reflects the heritage of chef and co-owner Clarence Swartland-Gorlei, not only in the delicious traditional food but in the authentic memorabilia that has been gathered over the years. Meals are served in crockery that used to belong to Clarence’s mom, family photos and a Cape Minstrel …

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Dear Me

Dear Me

Dear Me, Cape Town

Dear Me is a gorgeous all day brasserie, deli and event space in Cape Town, housed in a beautifully restored 181 year old building. Open only for breakfast and lunch, with Thursday hosting food and wine pairings, Dear Me has a sustainable focus and depends on smaller, local producers who share their belief …

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Cube Tasting Kitchen

Cube Tasting Kitchen

Cube Tasting Kitchen, Parktown North, Johannesburg

Dario D’Angeli has opened a new restaurant that has Jo’burg (and the rest of the country, really talking) and offers an ever-changing tasting menu of up to 12 courses. The elegant 27-pax restaurant is situated in Parktown North, with muted décor that allows each course to be the focus of attention. …

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Rabbit in the Moon

Rabbit in the Moon

Rabbit in the Moon, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Tucked in a gorgeously bohemian tent next to Illovo’s Thrupp’s Centre is Jobug’s latest foodie addition and sister restaurant to a New York restaurant of the same name. With a small garden acting as a buffer between busy Oxford Street and the main seating section of the restaurant, as well as mismatched antique furniture and …

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Bamboo

Bamboo

Bamboo, A Food Workshop, Zinkwazi Beach, KZN

Based at the Ocean Reef Hotel on KwaZulu-Natal’s beautiful North Coast is Bamboo restaurant, which is open to the public in this picturesque seaside village. Offering Mediterannean and Indonesian food, the restaurant is inspired by a diverse mix of cultures and cooking techniques, with Afro Indonesian décor inspiration. The restaurant is able to …

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Planet Restaurant

Planet Restaurant

Planet Restaurant, Cape Town, Western Cape

The Mount Nelson’s newly-renovated restaurant has been drawing food lovers for a few months now, all wowed by fantastic décor and cuisine. With the focus on Cape Classics and fresh ingredients brought in every day, the menu is a taste journey with discoveries such as rooibos cured ostrich and crayfish …

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Sofia’s

Sofia’s, Morgenster, Somerset West

Sofia’s, Morgenster, Somerset West

Craig Cormack, former Chairman of the Western Cape Committee and one half of All Things Culinary (the other half is Bertus Basson) has opened this charming 40-seater in Somerset W est, based at the Morgenster Estate. The restaurant is set in a rustic cottage on the farm and is named after Sophia Loren, a favourite actress of Julio …

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Babel

Babel, Babylonstoren, Drakenstein Valley

Babel, Babylonstoren, Drakenstein Valley

Babel Restaurant, set on one of the oldest Cape Dutch Farms in South Africa, is nothing short of a revelation. The exquisite venue in the Drakenstein Valley, between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, is lucky enough to have a huge fruit and vegetable garden (with over 300 fruits, herbs and vegetables) – where most of the food served …

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Raphael’s

Raphael’s

Raphael’s, Asara Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

While not exactly a new restaurant, Raphael’s at the Asara W ine Estate has undergone a revamp ahead of the Summer season. The décor is described as vintage with a contemporary twist - reflected in the menu, with fusionstyle classical-meets-modern cuisine. Open 7 days a week, the restaurant also offers a private chef’s table that …

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The Grillroom

The Grillroom

The Grillroom, Franschhoek

With acclaimed Chef Matthew Gordon at the helm as Chef Patron, this 140-seater Franschhoek restaurant has everything under one roof. Housed in a 243m² national monument on Franschhoek’s Heritage Square on Main Street, The Grillroom has a take-home butchery (filled with beef matured for a minimum of 3 weeks and soon to introduce an exclusive range of Karoo grass-fed beef …

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The Gorge Restaurant

The Gorge Restaurant

The Gorge Restaurant, Oribi Gorge, KZN

The Gorge Restaurant is headed up by Chef Deon Kemp, who trained at Christina Martin School of Food & Wine and has worked in restaurants such as Aqua, Zimbali Lodge and Lynton Hall. The restaurant can be found at The Gorge Private Game Lodge and Spa – and what a find it is! The Lodge itself …

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Piernee a La Motte

Piernee a La Motte

Piernee a La Motte, Franschhoek

Situated in the Foodie Haven of Franschhoek Valley, La Motte Wine Estate has been redefined. Grabbing all of the headlines at the moment is its exquisite restaurant, with a Cape Wineleands menu which has been conceptualised and created by Head Chef du Cuisine Chris Erasmus. The focus is on hand-made, …

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Punchinello’s

Punchinello’s

Punchinello’s, Johannesburg

Punchinello’s is based at the new Southern Sun Montecasino and is turning heads with its fantastic kitchen – which is on display for patrons to get a good look at the behind-the-scenes action. Catching onto the craze of watching chefs in action, the Punchinello’s kitchen has been designed with cameras in mind – launching soon, the captured live-cooking action will be broadcast on …

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Waterkloof Restaurant

Waterkloof Restaurant

Waterkloof Restaurant, Somerset West

The spectacular décor of Waterkloof Restaurant, on the Waterkloof wine estate, is adorned with eyeball stretching views of vineyards and of False Bay. It is a restaurant that elevates dining to new heights, providing outside seating in a 10m high, fully enclosed steel and glass ‘balcony’. You are suspended above the …

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Delux Burger Bar

Delux Burger Bar

Delux Burger Bar, Durban

As the name suggests, Delux Burger Bar is a gourmet burger joint, found on Florida Road, Morningside. The menu is a cheerful spread of a hotch potch of meals South Africans tend to love – burgers, pasta dishes and grilled meat cuts complemented by a selection of wines. Burgers, the specialty here, include …

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Czar

Czar, Durban

Czar, Durban

An Edwardian villa on Florida Road gets catapulted into the 21st century by Athos owner Euripidou with mirrored walls and a dark, wild colour scheme. The result is an opulent ‘multifunctional’ place, where you can go for quiet little drink or two after work, and end up staying all night. There are two …

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Restaurant Christophe

Restaurant Christophe, Stellenbosch

Restaurant Christophe, Stellenbosch

Christophe Dehosse, formerly of Le Jardin at the Vineyard Hotel and owner of Joostenburg Bistro, is the driving force here. His new eatery, with white table cloths and smart stemware, is slightly more formal than the bistro, but still homely. Walls double as exhibition space for fine art which is for sale. The menu is small, …

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The Office

The Office

The Office, Johannesburg

Chef Tom Hughes and front-of-house partner Martin Jakoby, after elevating the Jo’burg social scene with their restaurants, The Loft and her successor The Attic, continue to do so by closing the deal with a swish tapas and cocktail bar, The Office. Not a restaurant, it’s more of a lounge with smoky mirrors, white leather couches, low lights and martinis …

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The Royal Grill

The Royal Grill

The Royal Grill, Royal Hotel, Durban

The Royal Hotel has a reputation of being one of Durban’s finest hotels and has recently refurbished itself with a contemporary new look and feel – but still elegant and true to the hotel’s original architecture. Its 70-year old Royal Grill Restaurant still has a sense of grandeur about it, and is now a locus of …

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Bistro 1682

Bistro 1682, Steenberg Wine Estate, Cape Town

Bistro 1682, Steenberg Wine Estate, Cape Town

The idea here is ‘informal dining at the cellar door’ (the restaurant adjoins the winery, wine tasting bar and tasting lounge), but with Graham Beck behind the Steenberg name, it certainly raises standards to a sophisticated version of informal - the menu is elegant and architecture, chic - meant to …

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Pure

Pure

Pure, Pretoria

Pure can take its place among Pretoria’s handful of small, exciting café eateries. Clearly its surprising and simple menu is working, because this place buzzes – juices carry names like Strawberry fields, Spring meadow, Rosy cheeks and Picnic juice, suited to this bright sunlit place.

Pure is open daily for breakfast and lunch. …

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The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box, Umhlanga

Resplendent in her new clothes, The Oyster Box Hotel has emerged as a burnished version of her former self. She is elegant and very contemporary, now part of the Red Carnation Group that also owns the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Bushman’s Kloof Wilderness Reserve, among others. Success was achieved in preserving her original character. No longer wasted at the waves’ …

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Manfredo’s Dolce Vita

Manfredo’s Dolce Vita

Manfredo’s Dolce Vita, Johannesburg

For very casual dining in a bright, contemporary location, head for Manfredo’s. The food here is Italian, but not strictly so. You’ll also find some of the best but distinctly non-Italian Eggs Benedict and kippers. It is a place that scores high for a good breakfast or a light lunch. Immerse …

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Gold

Gold

Gold, Cape Town

At Gold restaurant , situated in the covered courtyard of a 17th century Cape town house that simultaneously houses the gold museum, you can expect beautifully styled dishes that combine African and Malay cuisine. Service is wine savvy, which is good because care has been taken to put together an interesting wine list. The place has atmosphere and the ambiance …

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Nauticus Place Restaurant

Nauticus Place Restaurant

Nauticus Place Restaurant, Brenton-on-Sea

Nauticus Place in Brenton-on-Sea, a longstanding restaurant that has had many owners and managers running it over the years, has now been taken over by three local chefs – Gino Adriaensen, Cornelius Mackay and Martyn Hill. Chef Martyn Hill is the current Chairman of the SACA Garden Route Committee, which runs the successful Knysna Oyster Mardi Gras and in …

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The Jordan Restaurant

The Jordan Restaurant

The Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine, Stellenbosch

Highly acclaimed chef George Jardine and equally highly acclaimed winemakers Gary and Kathy Jordan have teamed up to open a new restaurant on Jordan Wine Estate. The restaurant, called “The Jordan Restaurant with George Jardine”, seats 80 guests, either indoors or on the outside patio, complete with magnificent views of vineyards. It is …

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Bice

Bice, Johannesburg

Bice, Johannesburg

Aiming to make the new Southern Sun Hyde Park hotel a restaurant destination in its own right, is Bice (short for Beatrice). One of a global chain of Italian restaurants, Bice puts you in the suitably Italian hands of head chef, Daniele Fabris, who is mandated to produce fine and authentic Italian food, like tender …

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Cru Café Wine Bar and Restaurant

Cru Café Wine Bar and Restaurant

Cru Café Wine Bar and Restaurant, Cape Town

Wine is the focus at Cru Café, a concept brought to the wine-loving public by brothers Tom and Jacques Castelein. With 500-odd South African cellars and counting, here is a Cape restaurant utterly dedicated to making the navigation of all these lovely wines plain sailing. Elsie Pells, Cape Wine Master, brings her backing …

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Bellagio

Bellagio, Johannesburg

Bellagio, Johannesburg

Bellagio is a class act: Décor is slick, as is the service and the seafood, which is the emphasis of the menu here, superbly prepared. Owner Louise Castle has opted for simple preparation, most often grilled, with very exciting results. And if you prefer your fish raw, the menu treats you to additional pages of maki sushi, nigiri, sashimi and …

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Café 1999

Café 1999

Café 1999, Durban

Café 1999 has become quite an institution on the Durban Berea with its simple, chic interior. The concept of the loud and vibey café-style restaurant is to “Celebrate Taste”. As such, there are no starters and no main courses: Instead the menu is divided into ‘Tit-bits’ and ‘Bit-parts’. Tit-bits are small dishes, specifically designed to be shared, the idea …

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Overture Restaurant

Overture Restaurant

Overture Restaurant, Stellenbosch

Dedication and integrity is applied to the philosophy of ‘fresh and local’ sourcing of ingredients at Overture, where salad leaves are cut from seedlings present and fresh water local fish (carp, tilapia and trout) are still swimming hours before they arrive on your plate. The restaurant also strives to be, as much as possible, SASSI compliant. To keep things …

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DW 11-13

DW 11-13

DW 11-13, Johannesburg

Marthinus Ferreira is the head chef and the owner of DW 11-13. Always keen on learning, Marthinus worked as a chef in numerous establishments such as The Fat Duck, Hind’s Head as well as Riverside Brasserie (Heston Blumenthal) and the Boxwood Cafe (Gordon Ramsay). He has never been one to squander an opportunity, and whilst in the United Kingdom, …

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Gigi’s

Gigi’s

Gigi’s, Hotel iZulu, Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal

Part of the Five-Star Hotel iZulu (a Relais&Chateau member), Gigi’s is lacking little when it comes to polish: The ambience is an elegant and refined version of cozy. Marginally more rustic is dinner in the wine cellar which should be booked in advance. At the other end of the spectrum is the hip chef’s table, set …

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The Foodbarn Restaurant and Deli

The Foodbarn Restaurant and Deli, Noordhoek Farm Village

The Foodbarn Restaurant and Deli, Noordhoek Farm Village, Noordhoek, Cape Town

Franck Dangereux came to our attention as the creator of La Colombe. Now, more than 10 years later, he has traded in high pressure perfection for a life more sedate but where the food is just as wonderful. At his restaurant, the Foodbarn, he continues along …

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Nobu

Nobu, One&Only, Cape Town

Nobu, One&Only, Cape Town

Kerzner International’s latest resort venture, One&Only, in Cape Town, brings two international big names to the South African restaurant scene: Nobu and Gordon Ramsay – an African first for both. At outset, both promise a fresh perspective and elevated standards of culinary and service excellence – a case of substance keeping up with style, if …

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Maze

Maze(Gordon Ramsay)

Maze(Gordon Ramsay), One&Only, Cape Town

Kerzner International’s latest resort venture, One&Only, in Cape Town, brings two international big names to the South African restaurant scene: Nobu and Gordon Ramsay – an African first for both. At outset, both promise a fresh perspective and elevated standards of culinary and service excellence – a case of substance keeping up with style, …

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Genot

Genot

Genot, Franschhoek

Named Genot, meaning small indulgence, the restaurant, which makes the best of what is local and only features wines from the Franschhoek valley on its wine list, is appropriately located on the Klein Genot Wine and Country estate. Chef Mark Sandor Radney from All Things Cullinary acclaim, is heading up the kitchen and says: “Our aim is not to compete with what …

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Carne SA

Carne SA

Carne SA, 70 Keerom Street, Cape Town

The emphasis of the menu is on delicious meat dishes produced in an Italian style. Nava has taken it one step further by only using meat that has been reared at his very own farm in the Karoo and fish that was captured with his own fishing trawler. This means that only fresh, organic …

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Oyo

Oyo

Oyo, Bedford Square, Bedfordview

A Chinese expression meaning ‘Whoa’, Oyo is the brand new addition to the Thai Africa Restaurant Group in the new Bedford mall. These are the upmarket eateries Orient, Wangthai, Saigon and Soi – known for their blend of Asian and Western menus and contemporary feel. With its eclectic décor and wide menu, Oyo is no …

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Nova

Nova

Nova, 70 New Church Street, Cape Town

Frontier skimming, award-winning chef Richard Carstens has finally taken the plunge and launched his own restaurant, Nova. The result of a partnership with restaurateur Richard Walsh, it has reinvented the ground floor of the Relish building in Cape Town, into an elegant shell in which food takes centre stage.

Nova’s décor is …

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141 Greenway

141 Greenway

141 Greenway, Greenside, Johannesburg

Residents of Greenside are hardly short of restaurant options, but the latest newcomer just might turn a few heads. 141 Greenway is not a burger joint or part of a restaurant chain. It is the venture of Chef – patron Tac Aslam, a British Chef trained in Cordon Bleu. Haute Cuisine is best how he would describe …

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Granita

Granita

Granita, Kievits Kroon Country Estate and Spa, Kameeldrift Valley

About an hour and a half out of Jo’burg, in the scenic Kameeldrift Valley, lies the Kievits Kroon Country Estate and Spa. A R3.3-million investment and refurbishment program has just been completed, with the addition of a 60- seater signature restaurant ‘Granita’ and ‘41’, a library bar.

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The Attic restaurant

Hide The Attic

The Attic restaurant, Parkhurst

The opening of The Attic restaurant is some of the best news to hit the Johannesburg restaurant scene in years and is a shot of Vitamin B into the sleepy restaurant strip of Parkhurst’s 4th Avenue.

The restaurant is the second venture of partners, chef Thom Hughes and front of house …

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Café Misto

Café Misto

Café Misto, Stellenbosch

The team from All Things Culinary, Chefs Bertus Basson, Craig Cormack and Mark Radnay, have opened a new Bistro and Deli called Café Misto, in Stellenbosch’s De Wagenweg Business Park.

Café Misto caters mainly to the patrons from the Business Park and surrounding areas and is open from 08h00 to 18h00 from Monday to Friday. However, it also offers catering for …

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Dinner in the Sky

Dinner in the Sky

Dinner in the Sky

Dinner in the Sky is one of the latest epicurean adventures to sweep South Africa, with hundreds of people lining up to enjoy a first-class dining experience – at a table suspended 50 metres above ground. For Marlu Gebhardt, Sous Chef for Town and Country Cuisine, it’s all in a day’s work.

Marlu …

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Bihari Restaurant

Bihari Restaurant

Bihari Restaurant, Durbanville

Bihari Indian Restaurant Opens in Durbanville

Restaurateur David Ross recently announced the opening of Bihari Restaurant Durbanville, now the second Bihari restaurant after the first one opened in 2007 in Westlake.

While Bihari’s extensive gourmet menu focuses mostly on meals from the North, regional cuisine is also available. Food is prepared …

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Narina Trogon

Narina Trogon

Narina Trogon, 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein

At 81 De Korte Street in downtown Braamfontein, sandwiched between printing shops and inner city campuses, stands a splendid, turn-of-the-century building. This lovingly-renovated gem of innercity architecture has been brought to life by owner Carlyn Zehner. After more than 12 months of renovation, Carlyn’s restaurant, Narina Trogon, …

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