I love everything about food: the fragrant, irresistible smell; the amazing, original colors and the rich, overwhelming tastes. I have encountered exceptional food experiences during my travels this year and thought of sharing some of my favorites with you:
Breakfast at Babylonstoren:
Eating at Babylonstoren never disappoints with every touch point being intuitively thought out and executed. I particular love that it is nothing short of a feast, indulging in farm-fresh ingredients directly from the farm.
Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant:
I visited Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant with friends earlier this year. We selected three options; the Mushroom ravioli served with honey and rosemary roasted pumpkin, Karoo lamb with and potato emulsion, lemon and biltong rissole, new season greens with pickled onion and almond salad and then slowly cooked duck breast. The food was exquisite and met all expectations, but what took my breath away, was the intensely delicious Hanneli R wine with blackberry and mulberry fruit undertones, as well as cinnamon and black pepper spices.
Must at the Tivoli in Sao Paulo:
Relaxed and informal, the restaurant offers the choice of an international buffet with a Brazilian touch and its forte is the craft drinks made by award-winning bartender Jessica Sanchez – known to be the best Bartender in Brazil. Try out their Fraldinha, Batata Rustica burger.
La Plage at LUX* Resort Reunion Island:
Nestled between the beach and glittering swimming pool, La Plage celebrates the traditional Creole cuisine of Reunion island. I enjoyed the exotic flavours of Latin and oriental themed dishes like a mixed Grill with toothfish, lobster and local fresh vegetables.
Fifty Seven Waterberg must have one of the best food experiences I have ever encountered during my stay at a 5-star reserve. Thanks in no small part to their Head Chef Gabriel that has gone out of his way to ensure that guests have a mouthwatering food affair. My favorite had to be the stuffed chicken breast with cream cheese, and a touch of chilies served with blue cheese barked potato, fresh rocket salad, squash puree and poultry jus.
JARRYDS Eatery in Cape Town CBD:
This restaurant is just as inviting as it’s big brother in Sea Point. Wholly committed to sourcing and supporting locally produced and seasonal produce, JARRYDS focuses on highlighting the beautiful nature of every single ingredient they serve. I particularly loved the Smoked Salmon Rosti Stack served with harred zucchini ribbons, herbed cream cheese, basil emulsion, caper popcorn and poached eggs.
Zenzero in Camps Bay:
Camps Bay restaurant Zenzero recently relaunched the look & feel of not only their restaurant but also their menu. If you love Italian food, a beautiful setting overlooking the Atlantic ocean, this is the place to go. Make sure you try out their Mussels as a starter or opt for the Gnocchi or Linguine Alle Vongole option if you want pasta.
La Belle in Constantia:
I had the opportunity to indulge in La Belle’s recently launched new menu, which was surprisingly very good, compared to the previous time I visited them in Camps Bay. I thoroughly enjoyed their Fried Squid with white Gazpacho, almonds and Green Grapes. Anyone that enjoys good desserts, La Belle is surely the place to go! Try out their gluten-free cheesecake or salted caramel tart.
Giulio’s Café in Cape Town:
Having once worked under Jamie Oliver at Recipease in London, Giulio Loreggian’s restaurant is not your average corner café. With a menu inspired by rich Italian heritage, Giulio’s Café boasts a range of authentic and vibrant Mediterranean dishes. I love that Giulio makes an effort to interact with his customers and welcomes you upon arrival. The breakfast menu is to die for and so is the interior.
One of my favorite Cape Town breakfast spots.