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Hot Picks: Southern Africa

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Southern Africa is a region of contrasts, contradictions and surprises. It offers adventure travel, safaris, a diverse culture, gourmet food and wine, and a compelling history. Some might hesitate to venture so far away, but, it is worth the journey, for no where else in Africa can you experience the variety and quality that Southern Africa offers. Southern Africa captures and captivates.

You take a part of this magnificent country with you, and you leave a part of yourself, vowing to return. There is a tremendous range and diversity, an almost endless variety of experience to be had. In fact, because of this, it is daunting for even an experienced traveler to organize an itinerary without some expert advice.

Africa Beckons is South Africa’s only travel wholesaler to actively recommend Hotels, Private Game Lodges, Guest Houses, Bed & Breakfast’s, Luxury Trains Safaris and other suppliers, who have tangible Environmental, Ecological and Social programs in place. They are equipped to help you with every detail of your trip so that you can maximally enjoy your experience. Tel: +27 31 333 6102, http://www.africabeckons.com .

Here is a sample itinerary that combines cities, towns, countryside, and game park experiences, all with an eye to ecological, cultural and culinary excellence.

What follows are five sections:
You can click on the title to go directly to that section.


1) How To Get There -Rovos Rail - The Ultimate In Luxury Train Travel

2) Cape Town - Breathtaking Beauty

3) Wine Country - A Gourmet Delight

4) Game Lodges - Luxury in the Bush

5) Johannesburg Area - Vibrant and Trendy

 

How To Get There

Rovos Rail:
The Ultimate In Luxury Train Travel


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

There are many ways to get around South Africa. The most unique mode of transport is Rovos Rail which runs between Cape Town and Pretoria on a regular basis. Whether you are a railroad buff or not, a train trip on Rovos Rail is a must on any luxury traveler's list.


The only way to start a luxury rail journey on Rovos Rail is with a champagne bon voyage reception.

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After meeting your fellow passengers and being personally welcomed aboard by the owner of Rovos Rail at a champagne reception, you are escorted to your suite by your personal steward.

 


Rovos Rail's creator/owner, Rohan Vos meets and personally greets each guest before the journey begins.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Climb aboard the impeccably restored wood paneled coaches and marvel at the spacious and sumptuously appointed Edwardian interior.


Each suite on Rovos Rail is made up to suit the specifications of the passenger.

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Settle into your stateroom complete with shower,ample storage space and well stocked minibar. Enjoy the fine wine selection and international cuisine in the elegant dining car.


Dining on Rovos Rail at lunch is casual attire but the food is always gourmet.

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Read, relax, chat with fellow passengers in the classically restored and refurbished public rooms and watch the sites and sounds of Africa unfold before your eyes as you are lulled by the movement and sound of the cho cho.


One of the scheduled excursions on Rovos Rail from Cape Town to Pretoria is a stop at the Kimberly Diamond Mine where you can observe the largest man made hole in the world.

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The trains, which may be hauled by steam, diesel or electric locomotives at various stages of the journey, stop along the way to introduce you via escorted tours to some of the points of interest along the way such as the Kimberly Diamond Mine.

 


Here is a sample of the cuisine available on Rovos Rail, a South African dish called "bobootie," a minced meat dish with Cape Malay influences.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

If you long to recapture the romance of a bygone era when passengers experienced the allure of exotic Africa in comfort and elegance, this authentic train will fill your dreams.

The staff are genial and accommodate to your every wish, the selection of itineraries offers something for everyone. This is a memory waiting to be made. So, all aboard, let the journey begin.

 


For the rail journey of a lifetime, hop aboard Rovos Rail and toast to a bon voyage!

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Rovos Rail Head Office
P.O. Box 2837, Pretoria 0001, Gauteng South Africa
Tel: (+27-12) 3158242
http://www.rovos.com


Cape Town, South Africa
Breathtaking Beauty

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Cape Town, the oldest city in Southern Africa, is an absolute must on any trip to this part of the world. Its accolades are numerous and well deserved. From majestic Table Mountain to it's craggy cliffed coast to its verdant winelands, the physical beauty is breathtaking. The unique architecture, diverse cultural heritage and, renowned food and wine scene make this a world class travel destination. Cape Town Routes Unlimited offers a wealth of helpful information and resources, Tel: +27-21-426-5639, http://www.tourismcapetown.co.za with an e-mail address: info@tourismcapetown.co.za .

 

 

Hot Picks:Cape Town, South Africa

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Where to Stay

Cape Grace Hotel

 


If ever a hotel were full of grace it would be the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town. Recognized internationally and among its accolades having been voted "best hotel in the world" by readers of Conde Naste's Traveler, the stars continue to shine on this luxury property.

 


Rooms at the Cape Grace Hotel are traditionally appointed, spacious and offer sweeping views of the surrounding waterfront and landscape.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Perfectly positioned on a private quay of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the gracious hospitality of this boutique hotel is experienced from the moment you approach the door. Each staff member seems genuinely interested in serving and making your experience memorable. They anticipate and exceed expectations at every turn in a quiet, unobtrusive manner. For instance, when asked about a fitness center, they present you with three options: equipment could be delivered to the room; or a chauffeur could drive you to workout with a personal trainer; or you could be driven to the local upscale gym.

All this is complimentary and all is immediately available at your request


The Cape Grace Hotel offers its guests this view of Table Mountain and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Besides the comfortable, well appointed rooms with balconies which take advantage of the mountain and sea views, the unending list of complimentary services available to all guests makes this hotel a true value and genuinely "kid friendly" as well.


The complimentary buffet breakfast, complete with champagne, offered at the Cape Grace Hotel makes getting up in the morning a gourmet's dream come true.

Photo by Michael Reiss


The SPA at The Cape Grace


No matter how short your stay at the Cape Grace Hotel, be sure to schedule a treatment at their world class spa.

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Silent beneath your robed body and slippered feet, an African inspired massage in a luxurious environment awaits you. Indulge in the hands of expert massage therapists. Dream while gentle lighting, soft music and fragrant touch envelopes you. Choose from the many sensual treatments, the most unique of which is their signature "African Massage."

Afterwards, enjoy an aromatherapy soaking tub drawn especially for you, as you relax and view the waterfront and skyline. Finish with sauna, steam and a rainbath shower and float back to your room, renewed and ready for a day or night on the town.

 



The gracious and professional staff at the Cape Grace Hotel Spa will make your experience well worth while.

Photo by Michael Reiss


The complimentary limousine service is just one of the many amenities offered to all guests at the Cape Grace Hotel

Photo by Michael Reiss

Cape Grace
West Quay Road
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town,
Tel: +27 21 410 7100
http://www.capegrace.com

 

 

 

Lagoon Beach Hotel


Among the many lodging options in Cape Town, the Lagoon Beach Hotel is a standout. This newly built, luxury property is the only hotel in the city that is located directly on the beach with views of the lagoon, Robben Island and the city's waterfront skyline.

The sleek, cool lobby of the Lagoon Beach Hotel.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The property is situated in a tranquil area, yet only minutes from downtown, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, and Canal Walk, which is the largest shopping mall in Africa.

The hotel decor is sleek, modern and done in earth and sand tones to complement the exterior environment. Rooms are spacious and equipped with the latest technology.

Rooms at the Lagoon Beach Hotel are modern and high tech .

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

A bountiful, upmarket buffet breakfast is served in the dining room complete with sweeping ocean views. The staff is accommodating and eager to make your stay memorable.

 


The Lagoon Beach Hotel offers sweeping views of the ocean from the pool and sun deck as well as from the rooms and dining venues.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 


Leisure Logic, located in the lobby of the Lagoon Beach Hotel can help you with any last minute arrangements to enhance your stay. Leisure Logic, Tel: 082-851-6370, http://www.leisurelogic.com .

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Lagoon Beach Hotel
Lagoon Gate Drive
Milnerton,Cape Town

Telephone: +27 21 528 2000
http://www.lagoonbeachhotel.co.za

 

 


Hot Picks: Capetown, South Africa

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

Where to Eat

 

One.Waterfront.

Photo by Michael Reiss

one.waterfront Restaurant

This award winning restaurant, one.waterfront, offers the best of local ingredients in a stylish venue that compliments the cuisine. Executive Chef Craig Paterson's approach is the simple, confident use of regional produce to deliver fresh, unique combinations that offer surprise and satisfaction.

The ably matched wine pairings suggested by Sommelier Chris offer superb flavor enhancements throughout the meal. The contemporary decor and waterfront location at the five-star Cape Grace Hotel add to the magic that makes this venue a top choice for the discriminating diner.

 

The sleek, contemporary decor of one.waterfront mirrors the chef's menu .

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

honey and soy marinated quail with walnut and pear salad and watercress reduction
smoked duck and foie gras pizza with caramelized berries and mesculun salad

Favorite Entrees:

breyani and saffron seafood risotto with tempura prawn salad and dill cream

rosemary crusted karoo lamb rack with ‘soet patat’, artichoke salad and red wine jus

Favorite Dessert:

warm chocolate fondant served with white chocolate ice cream and milk chocolate sauce

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This is one of the succulent dishes offered at one.waterfront.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

ONE.WATERFRONT.
Cape Grace,
West Quay Road,
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront,
Cape Town,
Tel: +27 21 410 7100

http://www.capegrace.com

 

 

Wang Thai

Photo by Michael Reiss

Yes, Cape Town is a food Mecca with a cuisine for every taste at every price point. Ask any number of denizens what one of their favorite casual eateries is and Wang Thai will come up on the short list.

It offers a combination of great sushi, fresh seafood and royal Thai cuisine. Besides the basics, you'll find some creative and delectable dishes that are unique to this restaurant. The vibes are friendly, the decor upbeat and the food consistently good. With several locations in greater Cape Town, you're always assured a good time and a great meal.

 

The sleek, sensual setting of Wang Thai is an ideal place to meet and eat.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

SUKI TALAY - sweet and spicy clear vegetable soup with seafood and glass noodles

COMBO PLATTER - duck and prawn spring rolls, satays and corn cakes served with plum, spicy peanut and sweet chili sauce

Favorite Entrees:

BEEF and BASIL NOODLES - stir fried rice noodles with beef, vegetables, crushed garlic, chili, bamboo shoots and fresh basil leaves

LEMONGRASS CHICKEN - Sliced chicken breast fillets stir fried in fresh lemongrass, coriander and garlic served with fresh cucumber

Favorite Dessert:

Fried Bananas and vanilla ice cream

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Here is a sampling from the wide array of luscious appetizers from Wang Thai.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Wang Thai
Lagoon Beach Hotel
Lagoon Gate Drive
Milnerton,Cape Town

Tel: +27 21551-9254
http://www.wangthai.co.za/main.php

Wine Country, South Africa
A Gourmet Delight

 

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

The legendary Wine Country in South Africa is comprised of 13 designated wine routes with the area called the Winelands, located a short 30 to 75 minutes from Cape Town.

The Winelands is a great place to start your wine exploration either as a day trip but most preferably as a stay of several nights in Franschhoek Wine Valley, a stunningly beautiful and tourist friendly valley where the food, wine, art, architecture and natural beauty are renowned.

Plan to rent a car and contact Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism located on the main road into town for a wealth of information and recommendations to make your stay memorable from every point of view,Tel.: +27 21 876 3603 http://www.franschhoek.org.za .

 

 

 

Hot Picks: Wine Country, South Africa

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Where to Stay

 

Le Franschhoek

 

Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa lies nestled in the rugged mountains surrounded by magnificent winefarms and minutes from the center of town. The property is a showcase of traditional Cape Dutch architecture with its thatched roofs and whitewashed stucco exteriors.


Make yourself comfortable in this stylish room with thatched roof at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The interior decor is sleek, fresh and modern with dramatic use of white and earth tones to offset bold, modern art.


The modern interior of Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa is in dramatic contrast to its traditional Cape Dutch architecture.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Several room types are available including hotel and self catering units. All offer the latest technology a sense of privacy, space and place. The service at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa is gracious and personal with every request attended to with pleasure.

Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa, named one of Conde Naste's top new hotels of the world in 2006, this five star property is also the winner of the Diner's Club "Gold Award" for an exceptional wine list.


At Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa the complimentary buffet breakfast is a gourmet delight.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Le Verge offers the unique experience of dining in your own private orchard pavilion with five separate food stations offering salads, grilled meats and fish, wood oven pizzas and stir fry, curries and delectable desserts.


Enjoy lunch or dinner in this magical "orchard greenhouse" called Le Verge, which is one of the restaurants at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Fine dining in the evening is a treat at Le Franschhoek Restaurant featuring a range of menu items with local ingredients and global influences served by gracious waitstaff.


The cuisine at the Restaurant of Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa is a treat for all the senses.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa offers a complete resort experience in the culinary and wine capital of the country.


Relax at the pool surrounded by vineyards and mountains at Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa

Photo by Michael Reiss


Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa
Minor Road 16
Franschhoek
Tel: +27 21 876 8900
http://www.lefranschhoek.co.za



Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards


Like a diamond pendant, this five star Cape Dutch jewel of a property,Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards, is surrounded by a granite necklace that forms the Klein Dassenburg Mountains of Franschhoek.

The glistening pool and lounge area at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards are surrounded by breathtaking mountain views.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Every room boasts stunning views and in total the property commands a 270 degree perspective that is breathtaking. When you can pull yourself away from the vistas, the rooms offer luxury accommodations with understated, traditional decor.

The rooms at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards are comfortable, and spacious.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The complimentary champagne breakfast is one of the highlights of the stay.

The breakfast buffet set against the stunning outdoor vistas at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards is a visual and taste delight.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Besides the variety, quality and presentation of the buffet, there are a range of hot item selections including a memorable rendition of eggs Florentine and a cheese soufflé surrounded by fresh mushrooms and spinach in a light cream sauce. This makes for a breakfast of culinary champions!

The cheese soufflé surrounded by mushrooms is a winning item offered at breakfast at Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards
Dassenberg Road,
Franschhoek
Tel: +27 21 876 2770
http://www.montrochelle.co.za

 

Le Quartier Francais Auberge

 

This five star Relais and Chateau property, Le Quartier Francais Auberge, is the epitome of country French auberge living at its finest.

Rooms at Le Quartier Francais Auberge are stylish, well appointed and cozy.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

While preserving the Provençal sensibility, Le Quartier offers its guests sophisticated, luxury accommodations overlooking the pool and lush gardens.

Attention to detail, service and proximity to all of Franschhoek's pleasures sets this accommodation apart.

Details such as under floor heating, wood burning fireplaces, air conditioning, ceiling fans, large sitting areas and generous bathroom space as well as award winning dining make this an ideal choice for the discriminating traveler.

Rooms at Le Quartier Francais Auberge are situated around the inviting pool and garden .

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Le Quartier Francais
16 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
Tel: +021 876 2151
http://www.lequartier.co.za

 

The Akademie Guest House


Never has the definition of guest been so aptly interpreted as at this five star guesthouse,The Akademie Guest House. It was voted " best small guesthouse in South Africa" in 2006 by the prestigious Automobile Association .

Each of The Akademie Guest House units is its own individual, private cottage complete with pool and lush garden.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Innkeepers Katharine and Arthur McWilliam Smith are consummate hosts who offer spacious, elegantly appointed, and totally private cottages with every possible amenity provided on a complimentary basis including your own pool!

This is one of the spacious, luxuriously appointed bedrooms in one of the three cottages at The Akademie Guest House.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Each of the three separate cottages has its own pool and private garden, kitchen, fully stocked mini bar and fresh flowers throughout.

The bountiful breakfast includes the house specialties freshly prepared and all guests' requests are honored. Every request is addressed in a gracious, accommodating fashion that makes you feel truly welcomed and at home.

At The Akademie Guest House, Innkeepers Katharine and Arthur McWilliam Smith serve personal breakfast favorites to appreciative guests .

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

 

Akademie Street Guesthouses
5 Akademie Street
Franschhoek
Tel:+27 21 876 3027
http://www.aka.co.za/

 

Franschhoek Inn


 

Franschhoek Inn's history dates back to the 1880's. The Inn has a fresh, contemporary look and feel with 30 stylish bedrooms that impress its guests.

Each room at the Franschhoek Inn is spacious, well equipped and comfortable.

The Franschhoek Inn offers comfortable rooms and convenience.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Poolside lounging and dining, all surrounded by the mountain vistas, makes this affordable accommodation an easy choice for travelers on a budget.

Breakfast at the Franschhoek Inn is made to order and delicious.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Franschhoek Inn
33/34 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek 7690
Postal address: PO Box 559, Franschhoek 7690
Telephone: +27 21 876 3012

http://www.franschhoekinn.co.za

 

 

Montagu Country Hotel

Nestled in the mountains on Route 62, the obvious choice of tourists driving between Cape Town and the Garden Route instead of the N2 highway, is this 1920's Art Deco inspired hotel and wellness center, the Montagu Country Hotel.

 


The new addition to the Montagu Country Hotel boasts rooms that are individually appointed with unique furnishings from the owner's private collection.

Photo by Michael Reiss

This gracious hotel exudes the personal style and gracious hospitality of Owner Gerte Lubbe.

 


The pool and spa at the Montagu Country Hotel is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The period furnishings,delightful gardens, and spacious rooms are inviting and hearken back to a quieter, gentler time when the sheer enjoyment of place was reason enough to travel.

Now, besides the lovely ambiance, the therapeutic health treatments, the nearby winelands and mineral hot springs are enticing attractions.

 

 


The attractive dining room of the Montagu Country Hotel delivers delicious food in a warm, ambiance enhanced by live piano music.

Photo by Michael Reiss

The restaurant specializes in traditional cuisine and top quality wines of the area. The food at the Montagu Country Hotel is copious, flavorful and popular with the locals as well as the guests. The presentations are as appetizing as the food is delicious.


South African specialties like this "lamb bobootie" are prepared to perfection at the dining room of the Montagu Country Hotel

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Montagu Country Hotel
P.O. BOX 338
Badstraat 27 Bath Street
Tel: +27 23 614 3125
http://www.montagucountryhotel.co.za


 

 

Hot Picks: Wine Country, South Africa

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

Where to Eat

 

REUBEN's

Photo by Michael Reiss

Watch out food world, South Africa has arrived. One of the stellar examples is Reuben's Restaurant and Bar. Named after the chef, who is locally born and bred but displays a global grasp of the culinary world far beyond his years.

His menu selections span the continents and bring you the best of local ingredients in new and innovative idioms. Step up to the bar where a genuine airplane wing serves as the bar, proceed on to the cool vibes of the interior or the warmth of the courtyard.

Anywhere you sit, your food experience will be enhanced by friendly waitstaff who can suggest appropriate wine pairings from a wide selection of South Africa's vineyards.

It's no wonder that Reuben has won international culinary recognition. He is a rising star in the bright galaxy of the country's food scene.

 

Reuben's provides a casual, contemporary, upbeat vibe.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Favorite Appetizers:

Warm duck salad with chili vinaigrette, honey, mango and spring onion
Caramelized onion, blue cheese, mascarpone tart with tomato jam

Favorite Entrees:

Roasted Pumpkin, spinach and gorgonzola risotto with toasted pine nuts and burned butter
Stuffed guinea fowl saltimbocca with glazed vegetables, apricot curry sauce, tabouleh

Favorite Dessert:

Peach, raspberry tart with creme fraiche ice cream

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Reuben's duck preparation is a delicious Asian interpretation of a classic.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Reuben's Restaurant and Bar
No.19 Huguenot Street
Franschhoek
Tel: +27 21 876 3772
http://www.reubens.co.za

Mange Tout

Photo by Michael Reiss

After being opened just 2 months, Mange Tout and its chef were voted by a highly respected food journalist "Number One" in South Africa.

This astounding accomplishment is credited to Chef Ryan Smith's modern European menu leaving him plenty of room to play and he plays to win. He and his culinary team have created dishes that delight the eye, please the palate and pair perfectly with the vineyard's wines as well as with many other wine list options that might be suggested by Wine Steward, Ilse Marie.

Every aspect of the experience smacks of Michelin-Star quality. From the bread selection (10 varieties), to the generous amuse bouche, to the stellar presentations and the delectable tastes, there are stars in Chef Ryan's galaxy.

The dining room offers indoor and patio seating, all with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. The sophisticated, understated decor and live piano music make this experience a special event for all the senses.

 

 

The bread selection alone is a feast for the eye and taste buds at Mange Tout.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:
Crepe a la joue de Porc - green pea butter & micro greens
Escabeche de Truite et gambas - cucumber & saffron

Favorite Entrees:

Cuisse de Canard Braisee au vin du Mont Rochelle - ginger-lettuce puree, endive & raisins
Le Risotto au Crabe - parmesan ice cream, crab reduction

Favorite Dessert:

La creme brulee a la lavande - apple sorbet, chips & toffee apple

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The succulent prawn presentation is a popular choice at Mange Tout.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Mange Tout
Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards
Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek
PO Box 448, Franschhoek
Tel: +27 21 876 2770
http://www.montrochelle.co.za

Le Bon Vivant

Photo by Michael Reiss

Chef Pierre Hendricks of Le Bon Vivant is a Holland transplant, and, much as the rare tulips of the 17th Century, Chef Pierre is a rare and valued hybrid in Franschhoek.

He transforms South Africa's endless variety of products into culinary artistry, engaging all the senses in a gustatory extravaganza of visual and flavor experiences, each more delightful than the last.

He excels at using one main ingredient, for example prawns and presents several tasting portion variations with different flavor, texture and spicing combinations, so that you experience a "prawn extravaganza" on your plate and palate.

His surprise tasting menu offered with or without matching wines per course is a true value. The Vignerons of Franschhoek ensure that diners will be treated to a wide variety of the excellent wines produced by this gastronomic capital.

Enter this converted house and garden and be prepared for a warm, welcoming and thoroughly satisfying dining experience.

 

Chef Pierre Hendricks of Le Bon Vivant is hard at work in his opened kitchen.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Tasty Tomatoes - terrine, beignets, gazpacho and gratine
Spiced crusted tuna with mackerel springroll and served with a ginger creme brulee

Favorite Entrees:

Roasted duck breast and a deboned quail infused with orange and lemon accompanied with a vanilla jus
Rack of lamb served with a mango/mint salad, veal dumpling and balsamic sauce

Favorite Dessert:

Chef's Surprise

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The cuisine at Le Bon Vivant is fresh and sophisticated.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Le Bon Vivant
Franschhoek
Tel: +27 021 876-2717

 

Bouillabaisse Seafood Deli

Photo by Michael Reiss

At Bouillabaisse Seafood Deli Owner/Chef Camil Haas and his hostess /wife, Ingrid have created a warm, inviting, casual dining venue with top notch cuisine at affordable prices.

Dining indoors puts you in close proximity to the kitchen whether or not you are at the chef's counter table. You almost have the sense of being part of a live food show in progress with Chef Camil and his team providing the food and entertainment.

The friendly, convivial atmosphere provides the backdrop for a playful menu filled with enticing selections which are largely fish and seafood but still offer plenty for the meat eaters and vegetarians in the group.

Menu items are designated into categories of tantalizing, delightful, sensational, marvelous and prestige. These are apt descriptors for the variety of items and combinations offered. Your choices range from simple straightforward sashimi, tartars and grilled items to more complex preparations using ingredients, spicing and sauces from around the globe.

Tasting portions allow for sampling a variety of temptations. The wine selection with many offerings from the local vintners in Franschhoek offer endless possibilities for creative pairings.

This genial couple opens their door and extends hospitality and a delightful dining experience to all who pass through. Become part of their family!

 

Watching your food being prepared is great entertainment at Bouillabaisse Seafood Deli.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Tempura of two oysters on caramelized spring onions
Warm Shredded crispy duck on an oriental salad with chili and ginger

Favorite Entrees:

Bamboo basket steamed fresh fish served with rice noodles in coconut and curry
Pan-fried "foie gras"served on a mini brioche with sultana's in Ratafia wine

Favorite Dessert:

Selection of four French cheeses served with French loaf, figs and apricots

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This is one of the delectable seafood preparations at Bouillabaisse Seafood Deli.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Bouillabaise Seafood Deli
38 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
Tel: +27 21 876 4430

 

Le Quartier Francais - The Tasting Room

Photo by Michael Reiss

With such consistent national and international acclaim that 's been heaped on this strictly tasting menu Mecca of gastronomy, Le Quartier Francais - The Tasting Room, its often easy to have high expectations that can never be met.

Not the case with Le Quartier Francais. The winning formula for success was put into place by Executive Chef Margot Janse.

Head Chef, Chris Erasmus and his team have done a brilliant job of continuing the tradition of culinary excellence. "Approaching perfection" must be their motto, because everything does just that.

As you are escorted into the intimate tasting room, the hushed sense of anticipation is only broken by the genial and competent staff who are at the ready to serve. While studying the menu to choose your four course tasting selections, the staff is prepared to discuss each item and describe its ingredients and preparation with great skill and precision.

Although you've made four menu selections, each course includes several separate, complex and intriguing items which are meant to be tasted alone and then, mixed and matched on the plate to create a new taste sensation with each bite.

The culinary adventure is further enhanced by the appropriate wine pairings which are recommended with each course. The interplay of flavors and textures as well as the sheer boldness of the preparation makes this experience a tour de force not to be missed.

 

This is the intimate dinning room at Le Quartier Francais - The Tasting Room.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Wild Mushroom and potato lasagna, goat 's cheese, figs
Watermelon and raspberry gazpacho, olive and feta "cannelloni", spanspek sorbet

Favorite Entrees:

BBQ seared yellowfin tuna, tomato and bacon fondue, black olive blini, dill veloute
Roasted magret duck breast, boudin of confit leg, liver and foie gras, creamed sweet corn and barley, plum salad

Favorite Dessert:

Champagne and vanilla poached peach, raspberry jus, vanilla ice cream

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The cuisine is artistically presented at Le Quartier Francais - The Tasting Room.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Le Quartier Francais
16 Huguenot Road
Franschhoek
Tel: +27 21 876 2151
http://www.lequartier.co.za

 

Haute Cabriere

 

Photo by Michael Reiss

High on the mountains surrounding Franschhoek lies a wine cellar and restaurant where the food and wine dance together under one roof...a true marriage. This is Haute Cabriere.

Here at Haute Cabriere the theme and the notes are played in many variations. All the still and sparkling wines produced on the estate are paired with menu items designed by Chef Matthew Gordon to enhance the marriage of food and wines.

Chef Gordon regards two components as paramount in every dish he presents in his restaurant: depth of flavor and superb presentation.

He achieves both of these by using locally grown and sourced ingredients and matching them with the wines produced by the estate.

Diners enjoy his creations in a wine cave setting that reminds you of the natural affinity of food and wine. For a marriage made in Franschhoek, go to Haute Cabriere.

 

This is the wine cave that serves as the dining room at Haute Cabriere.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Double-baked goatsmilk cheese soufflé with marinated courgette, basil oil and raspberry balsamico
Galantine of baby chicken tikka masala with cashew, lemon and coriander basmati rice, onion badjis and beetroot raita

 

Favorite Entrees:

Veal escalopes with wild mushroom risotto, tempura sage and truffle sauce
Roasted loin of Karoo lamb with soft lamb shank ravioli, creamed spinach and Italian tomato sauce

 

Favorite Dessert:

Warm, soft dark chocolate tart with milk chocolate springrolls and white chocolate ice cream

.

The succulent fish special is prepared Mediterranean style at Haute Cabriere.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Haute Cabriere
P.O.BOX 354,
FRANSCHHOEK, 7690
TEL: +27 21 876 3688
http://www.hautecabriere.com

 

Game Lodges, Southern Africa
Luxury in the Bush

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Game Lodges designed to showcase animals are the reason that most people visit Southern Africa.

The best reason to visit private reserves is to be guaranteed to see more animals and get a great animal education as well.

Guests are treated to early morning and late afternoon game runs in opened topped vehicles driven by an armed ranger accompanied by a trained tracker. This is the formula for the best chances of seeing all of the big five and much more.

These private lodges are small, 8-12 guests, and guarantee personal service and an incredible quality of experience whether in a room or deluxe tent, you will feel like royalty.

Lukimbi Safari Lodge


Lukimbi Safari Lodge is conveniently located at the southern end of Kruger National Park.



Guests at Lukimbi Safari Lodge are greeted with a warm welcome and a cool hand towel.


 

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is a five star luxury lodge. It is one of the newest of the Kruger concessions.


Accommodations at Lukimbi Safari Lodge are in individual lodges surrounded by vegetation to give the impression of being alone in the bush.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

In addition to all the expected trappings provided by this level of accommodation, this is one of the projects that is eco-friendly by design as well as being part of the "Black Empowerment Initiative" which is aimed at providing employment and training to citizens.


The interiors of the lodges at Lukimbi Safari Lodge are spacious, luxurious and decorated with contemporary African design.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The result is a genuine African experience where everyone employed has a personal stake in the quality of your experience, since they benefit directly as a result.


The public rooms at Lukimbi Safari Lodge are beautifully furnished with modern African design elements.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Every encounter is gracious in this piece of paradise. The tastefully decorated rooms are modern thatched roof chalets offering ultimate privacy and contact with your surroundings.


Breakfast in the bush, buffet style,at Lukimbi Safari Lodge
is a real treat after the early morning game drive.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The public rooms including a conference center , gym, pool, boma, library, bar, restaurant and shop are all beautifully decorated and inviting spaces.


Imagine dining in the middle of Kruger National Park, surrounded by candlelight and the sounds of nature in the distance. This is Lukimbi Safari Lodge at it's most romantic.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The food is a gourmet's delight. Executive Chef Leonardo, a 40 year culinary veteran is able and willing to satisfy any gustatory whim that a guest might fancy. He stocks the highest quality ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe to provide you with a remarkable feast in the bush.


Here is just one of the many luscious dishes from the vast repertoire of Chef Leonardo at Lukimbi Safari Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss



The lodge's 33,000 acres offer prime game viewing in privacy and seclusion. The rangers and trackers are skilled, knowledgeable and enhance your experience whether in the viewing vehicle or on foot.


At Lukimbi Safari Lodge guests are accompanied by the skilled and knowledgeable guides and trackers on each game run.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The staff are welcoming, accommodating and always make time for a chat if you so desire.


On a "walking safaris" at Lukimbi Safari Lodge, guests are led by armed rangers who know the terrain and provide valuable insight into the ecosystem.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Lukimbi Safari Lodge offers everything you expect from a five star lodge and as a relatively new entrant into the park.


Animals always have the right of way in Lukimbi Safari Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Lukimbi Safari Lodge will no doubt, give it's more established rivals some significant competition.

 

Lukimbi Safari Lodge
Postal Address
PO Box 2617
Northcliff, 2115
South Africa

Tel: +27-11-431-1120
http://www.lukimbi.com/

 

Imbali Safari Lodge


Imbali Safari Lodge is situated in northern Kruger Park. This traditional bushveld lodge is designed around large jackelberry trees, giving the entire space a sense of the living bush.


Every lodge at Imbali Safari Lodge is situated in the middle of the bush so you have maximum contact with the environment.


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Every suite is equipped with its own private outdoor Jacuzzi spa, which is the perfect way to end the day, soaking under the stars.


Imagine taking in nature as you bask in your own private outdoor Jacuzzi pool at Imbali Safari Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The lodge operates on "butler service," so whatever you request is delivered personally to your room.


Relax between game runs with a soothing, invigorating, therapeutic massage at Imbali Safari Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Situated on a river course, a diverse collection of animals can be observed as you enjoy your private patio or the public rooms.


The food is fresh, succulent and plentiful at Imbali Safari Lodge

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Game drives and walks are regularly scheduled and the lodge is kid- friendly, as well as accommodating to small conference groups.


Trained guides and rangers make sure you don't miss a thing at Imbali Safari Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Also part of the same concession are two additional lodges of note, Hoyo Hoyo, meaning welcome in Tsonga, is styled as a conical Tsonga village. The all black African staff offers guests a genuine village experience complete with drumming entertainment in the evening.


The animals are as curious about you, as you are about them at Imbali Safari Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

In addition, Hamilton's Luxury Tent Camp offers guests the style, elegance and service of an explorer's camp circa 1900. From antique silver and porcelain to a staff who greet you at the door and cater to your every whim.


There is always time for tea at Imbali Safari Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

This is bush pampering at its finest.

 

Imbali Safari Lodge
Kruger National Park,
P O Box 196,
Skukuza,1350,
South Africa
Tel: +27 13 735 8915
http://www.imbali.com/imbali/index.jsp

 


Victoria Falls Safari Lodge


Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is located on a plateau that overlooks the plains of the Zambizi National Park. With a water hole close to the lodge, this is an ideal place to view animals and sunsets from the many public and private room balconies.

The famed Victoria Falls is seen here from one of its many extraordinary vantage points.


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The famous Victoria Falls are located just 4 km (approximately 2 miles) by complimentary shuttle, making this property uniquely situated for close access to the best offerings of the area.

The lodge is constructed on 11 levels in an open-plan thatched-treehouse design. It uses natural, environmentally friendly materials.

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is located just 4 km from Victoria Falls .

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The rooms sport a contemporary African sensibility, each offering a balcony to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the bushveld, view the animals at the watering hole, or enjoy the dramatic African sunsets.

The rooms at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge are cozy and comfortable.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The cuisine has received international acclaim for its creativity and ability to exceed the expectations of typical lodge fare.

The dining room of the a la carte Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is warm and colorful and the food is gourmet.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The a la carte dining at Makuwa-Kuwa Restaurant on property utilizes local specialties such as warthog and crocodile and turns them into gourmet delights in both presentation and palate appeal. The food is accompanied with both local and South African wines. All this is enhanced by the open air dining experience.

The breakfast buffet at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is bountiful and delicious.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The a la carte breakfast menu continues the high standard. The menu offers four delectable egg creations besides the standard array of breakfast fare.

The a la carte selections at the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge are creative and gourmet even at breakfast.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The Boma Place of Eating is a unique dining experience combining a wide variety of traditional items served buffet style with music, singing and drumming, all designed to offer guests a taste of African culture and hospitality. This is a cultural and culinary experience not to be missed.

After viewing the splendor of Victoria Falls, relax and enjoy the landscape and animal sightings at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The warm hospitality and contagious smiles offered by the Zimbabwean staff make Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, an easy choice for discriminating travelers.

 

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Zimbabwe
+(263 13) 43201-4 or 43211-20
http://www.zambezi.com/vfsl.html

 

 

Elephant Valley Lodge


This luxury tented camp, Elephant Valley Lodge, is situated near the border of Chobe National Forest in Botswana. This area is known as home to the largest population of wild elephant in the world. (The latest estimates to be approximately 120,000 animals.)

The tented accomodations at Elephant Valley Lodge are comfortable and offer every amenity.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The lodge's watering hole affords a birds eye view of herds of elephant and other animals on a consistent basis.

The watering hole at Elephant Valley Lodge provides up close and personal animal viewing and a great place to enjoy a cool drink or an evening meal.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The luxury tented lodging affords guests ready access to the sites, smells and sounds of the surrounding game rich reserve.

The friendly servers at Elephant Valley Lodge make meals a pleasure.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Whether staying on property, exploring on an open landrover safari or boat cruising on the Chobe River, all are included at the lodge.

Elephant sightings at close range are a daily occurrence at Elephant Valley Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Besides the nonstop quality game viewing, you can enjoy swimming, the indoor/outdoor library, or just plain relaxing.

Moonlight and abundant elephant sightings with a bonfire to keep you warm are just some of the elements that make dinner at Elephant Valley Lodge a magical experience.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The food is fresh and plentiful . Eager to please Executive Chef Innocence, will consult with you on your preferences for each meal. In addition, if you express interest in an item he will invite you into the kitchen for an impromptu cooking lesson.

Elephant Valley Lodge is spacious and provides an opened air lounge and library to enjoy between game runs.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The service is cordial and oh-so-personal.

The guides are knowledgeable, personable and a great enhancement to your experience.

Elephant Valley Lodge offers boating excursions to view the hippos and animals on the shore of the Chobe River in Botswana.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

This lodge, located on the border of Victoria Falls and Botswana is a small microcosm of the warmth and hospitality that Botswana offers..

Enjoy sunset on the Chobe River in Botswana as guests of Elephant Valley Lodge.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Elephant Valley Lodge
Chobe Botswana
Tel +27 11 706 8781
http://www.evlodge.com

 

 

 

Johannesburg Area, South Africa
Vibrant and Trendy

 

The Johannesburg area is a sprawling, vibrant center of business, finance, the newly emerging African elite and Soweto, the largest township inhabited by an estimated two to four million black citizens, a remnant of the country's separatist legacy.

Most tourists use Johannesburg as a point of departure for the country's many attractions, but the city and surroundings offer many intriguing points of culinary, historical, artistic and cultural interest.

Hot Picks: Johannesburg, South Africa

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

Where to Stay

The Grace in Rosebank


 

This stylish property in a secure, walkable, cosmopolitan suburb of Johannesburg is a favorite of guests demanding personal, warm hospitality with five star luxury standards.

The rooms are spacious, understated, comfortable and well equipped.

Accomodations at the The Grace in Rosebank are traditional in decor and well appointed.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The Dining Room is an unpretentious, understated space offering excellent service and delicious, contemporary continental cuisine using local products and an accompanying selection of South African wines by the bottle and glass to pair with the many selections.

The dining room of the The Grace in Rosebank is a lively place to enjoy contemporary continental cuisine.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The food at the The Grace in Rosebank is fresh, contemporary and palate pleasing.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The roof garden with heated lap pool and fitness gym complete the picture of this refined city hotel that becomes a gracious home for all who grace its stay.

The rooftop view and heated pool are just two of the many reasons to choose The Grace in Rosebank.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The Grace in Rosebank
54 Bath Avenue Rosebank
Johannesburg
Tel: +27 11 280 7200
http://www.thegrace.co.za

 

Mount Grace Country House & Spa

Photo by Michael Reiss

 


This idyllic mountaintop retreat, spa and conference center, Mount Grace Country House & Spa, is located a mere hour from Johannesburg, and, no wonder that it has been voted " best weekend getaway" from Johannesburg.

Individual cottages are one of the accommodation options at Mount Grace Country House & Spa.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The moment you arrive at the Mount Grace Country House & Spa, you are struck by the expansive grounds, which include numerous hiking and biking trails.

As you enter the public rooms you are greeted by hospitable staff who are only too proud to offer a brief tour of the property and spa which has been voted "national resort spa of the year."

The rooms at the Mount Grace Country House & Spa are spacious, traditionally decorated and comfortable.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

As you settle into your comfortable room you begin to experience the peace and serenity that this property affords its many city dwelling guests. The spacious, rolling lawns, dotted with comfortable lounging chairs, the sparkling pool, the billiard room, the croquet lawn, the library room, and the fireplace lounge all offer tempting pastimes.

The Spa at Mount Grace, voted "South Africa's most unique spa," is completely integrated into its natural environment, providing a range of treatments plus an outdoor hydrotherapy spa-garden, complete with heated and cold pools, waterfalls and a unique flotation pool.

Surrounded by the sounds of running water, singing birds, and well trained staff, The Spa at Mount Grace is a destination unto itself.

The Spa at the Mount Grace Country House boasts its own warm and cool pools and luxurious private gardens .

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The dining options also offer delectable pleasures. The Copperfield serves abundant breakfasts and dinner buffets featuring South African favorites.

 

The bountiful breakfast buffet at the Mount Grace Country House & Spa offers something for everyone.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The intimate, a la carte dining room, Stoep, offers continental cuisine.

Gourmet dining is a pleasure at Stoep,the fine dining restaurant at Mount Grace Country House & Spa.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The bar, spa, cafe and outdoor luncheon area offer additional dining options.

At the Mount Grace Country House & Spa the accommodating staff who exude a strong service-orientation, put the finishing touches on this gracious getaway.

Hike, bicycle, stroll or lounge on the expansive grounds of the Mount Grace Country House & Spa.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Mount Grace Country House & Spa
Old Rustenburg Road
Magaliesburg,South Africa
Tel: +27 14 577 5600
http://www.grace.co.za/



Illyria House



Photo by Michael Reiss

 


Taking its name form the mythical, magical island created by Shakespeare for "The Twelfth Night", this elegant guesthouse, Illyria House, is a treasure chest of the finest in accommodation, dining, salon concert entertainment, museum quality decor, expansive verandahs and lawns and an enchanting secret garden spa facility.



Relaxing on the spacious grounds of Illyria House is a treat for all the senses.

 

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Guests are assigned a personal butler who tends to every request and ensures that your stay feels more like coming home than merely staying at a hotel.




This elegant room is just one of the impeccable accomodations offered by Illyria House

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

The rooms and public spaces are furnished in the finest period antiques, tapestries and venetian chandeliers. Regularly scheduled live concerts in the salon provide the start to an evening filled with lively conversation, fine wines and a sumptuous six course dinner.




This is one of the exquisitely appointed sitting rooms enjoyed by guests at Illyria House

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Personal tours of the areas cultural and historical sites are arranged upon request. The ambiance is the creation of Proprietor Marietjie van der Walt. Her love of all that is beautiful is evidenced in every detail from the extravagant flower arrangements adorning not only the public rooms but also the guest quarters, to the crystal and silver service, to the enchanting ducks that parade freely from the garden through the house to the atrium pond.




Dining at Illyria House is the epitome of a gourmet's dream come true.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Illyria House is a boutique hotel that has hosted dignitaries, princes, heads of state and guests who appreciate the finest. Treat yourself to an unforgettable experience, enjoy the hospitality and refinement of Illyria House.




This roasted duck, beautifully plated, is an example of the culinary delights awaiting you at Illyria House

Photo by Michael Reiss

Illyria House
327 Bourke Street
Muckleneuk Pretoria 0002 South Africa
Tel: +27 12 344 5193

http://www.illyria.co.za

 

 

Hot Picks: Johannesburg, South Africa

Diane Sukiennik, Associate Editor, Food and Wine Access
          Michael Reiss, Editor, Food and Wine Access

 

Where to Eat

 

La Cucina di Ciro

Photo by Michael Reiss

This unpretentious hideaway in Parktown North is the current home for Ciro Molinaro's inspired Mediterranean fare.

The menu changes monthly to encourage the local crowd to return for his seasonally based inspirations. This is clearly a venue where the food reigns supreme. Every dish is a culinary tour de force expressing Ciro's creative interpretations of the classics and more. In fact, he excels at using the spices of Africa and Asia to produce unique blends that break the mold and go beyond traditional culinary borders.

His boutique wine list further enhances your sensual pleasure. If you are in the mood for a culinary adventure travel to La Cucina di Ciro and let Ciro be your guide.

 

The lively ambiance at La Cucina di Ciro adds to the excitement of the food.

Photo by Michael Reiss

Favorite Appetizers:

Mille-feuille with aubergines, tomato & mozzarella, topped with roasted beetroot batons & an olive oil tapenade vinaigrette

Roasted cous-cous, mint & herb salad served with cashew nuts & roasted butternut, shallots, tomato concasse, apricots & a spicy yogurt & cucumber dressing.

 

Favorite Entrees:

Linguini with Prawns, fish quenelles &a spicy pepper, tomato & olive salsa

Linefish, oven baked with herbed& spices served with a light coconut, curry & star anis salsa, garnished with coriander & mint

Favorite Dessert:

Cheese crepe with rhubarb chutney & biscotti

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The pastas at La Cucina di Ciro are authentic and delicious .

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

La Cucina di Ciro
No 17 4th Avenue
Parktown North
Johannesburg
Phone: 27 11 442 5346


 

Carnivore Restaurant


Photo by Michael Reiss

 

As the name implies, this unique restaurant offers a taste of Africa's unique carnivorous tradition. The real surprise is the full vegetarian and fish menu that is skillfully prepared for the many non meat eating tourists and locals. The feast begins with homemade soup and honey bread fresh from the oven. A lazy Susan with six salads and meat sauces, traditional "pap", a cornmeal puree with sauce and baked potato come next.


The meat selections at Carnivore are grilled to perfection.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Then, along come the waiters and carvers who circulate wielding Masai swords laden with grilled meats that run the gamut from chicken, beef, pork and lamb to crocodile, ostrich, giraffe and kudu. They keep circulating until you literally put down the white flag indicating you've surrendered. A selection of desserts and coffees rounds off the feast. No trip to Johannesburg is complete without a visit to this unique and thoroughly enjoyable African experience.


The vegetarian selections offered at Carnivore are a culinary delight.

Photo by Michael Reiss

 

Carnivore
Muldersdrift Estate 69 Drift Blvd.
Muldersdrift 1747 Gauteng, South Africa
sale@rali.co.za
27 11 950 6000

 

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