Thursday, 18 October 2012
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
The restaurant is new, near Tableview Cattle Baron. I cannot remember its English name lol. We really enjoyed the peking duck (R130/half). The booking number is 021 557 8030!
Monday, 24 September 2012
De Kloof is a boutique hotel in Swellendam, we got to enjoy the breakfast there on a lovely weekend in September. The breakfast is not a buffet but you can order as much as you would like. The portion of the meal was huge, I could not finish everything I ordered. Everything was freshly made and delicious! (9/10)
Thursday, 13 September 2012
Over the weekend we drove to Swellendam for a small getaway, what a quiet town. Almost all the shops were closed besides the R5 Shop (probably with Chinese hard working shop owners?!). We ended up in Old Mill Restaurant.
The restaurant was very warm and welcoming with a nice fire place. We had the meal with candle light (heart). Fresh oysters as starter, even for someone who is usually scared of oysters enjoyed it.
The chicken & mushroom pasta was very creamy and yummy. The pepper fillet steak was a bit overdone and the sauce was a bit blend, this was only downfall. The chips and vegetable came with the steak was very tasty.
Overall I enjoyed the meal a lot and the service was good. The main course can be a bit pricey (the steak & other meat courses) but pasta was well priced. I'd give the place 7/10.
Old Mill Restaurant
Monday, 20 August 2012
Mezbaan is a Northern Indian restaurant inside Hilton Hotel in City Bowl and to be perfectly honest, none of us knew what food to expect. Reason? The family (my very Chinese family including 80 year old grandma!) was invited by brother's new South African girlfriend to have supper together.
The restaurant is beautifully decorated and it was a pleasant dining environment. I really cannot judge from what we ordered, I do not know how each food is suppose to taste like besides the butter chicken. I have ordered it from Eastern Food Bizzar and Passage to India. Brother's dish was too spicy, dad's sausage had too much salt and the butter chicken was just right.
It was just an eye opening experience. My dessert was two balls in sugar water?? I left very confused, no scoring for this one as I can't make a fair judgement. I must learn more about Indian cuisine, that is all I'm saying.
Here is another read on Mezbaan
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Mr. Chan was a treat for a group of us not too long ago. Ray would say its the best Chinese restaurant in town! Certainly from the photos I got, we can see we could not focus on the photos after eating some first! That was a delicious meal for sure.
At Mr. Chan, one can get the popular flavors for the Westerns like sweet-and-sour pork and spring rolls OR the most authentic Chinese food. We had crispy duck pancakes which was the most amazing thing, I personally have always love duck pancakes. Fresh steamed fish was the best way to cook to taste the true flavor of a fish, no fish and chips' way!
We ended the perfect supper with fried banana balls, not too sweet or sticky, was just right. The lovely meal was all thanks to Mr. Chan (9/10).
Mr. Chan Chinese Restaurant
178 Main Road, Sea Point
Wednesday, 1 August 2012
|WINTER SPECIAL - BEEN RUNNING FOR A WHILE|
|THEIR JAPANESE WOMAN LOGO|
|CHICKEN KATSU CURRY - CRISPY CHICKEN WITH CURRY|
|JAPANESE HEALTHY BOX|
AUTHENTIC JAPANESE FOOD IN CAPE TOWN?
YES, YOU READ IT RIGHT! YOU CAN FIND AUTHENTIC JAPANESE FOOD IN CAPE TOWN! (RELATIVELY)
FUJI YUMI, PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS FUJI YAMA (FUJI MOUNTAIN), REOPENED ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO IN CAPE TOWN CITY, CORNER OF LOOP AND CHURCH STREET.
EVERY TIME WHEN I GO TO FUJI YUMI, I NEVER ORDER SUSHI! (THOUGH THE DELUXE SET IS QUITE NICE) BECAUSE I'M HERE FOR THE AUTHENTICITY!
I ALWAYS ORDER A JAPANESE HEALTH BOX, AS IT IS REASONABLY PRICED, WITH PRETTY MUCH A BIT OF EVERYTHING, SASHIMI, AGADASHI TOFU, COLD SOBA, SALAD AND A BOWL OF RICE. THAT IS PRETTY MUCH HOW THE JAPANESE PEOPLE EATS IN JAPAN.
ANOTHER DISH I OCCASIONALLY ORDER IS THE JAPANESE CURRY DISH, THEY DON'T MAKE THE BEST CURRY, BUT I JUST LOVE THE CRISPY PORK/CHICKEN TOPPED WITH HOT CURRY SAUCE!
ANOTHER DISH NOT TO BE MISSED WILL BE THE UDON OR SOBA DISHES. THEY ARE BOTH NOODLES, AND CAN BE SOUP BASED OR STIR FRIED. I PREFER THE SOBA BETTER WHILE INA LIKES THE UDON MORE.
SEASONAL SPECIAL WOULD BE THE JAPANESE HOT POT! VERY NICE AND VISUAL IN THE BEGINNING, UNTIL THEY TAKE AWAY THE FIRES (FOR I DON'T KNOW WHAT REASON), THEY COOK IT IN THE POT BEFORE THEY BRING IT OUT NOW AS OPPOSE AS THEY BRING YOU THE POT ON FIRE AND LET THE INGREDIENTS COOK FROM RAW!
I REALLY ENJOY THAT!
MUST TRY: JAPANESE HEALTH BOX, TEMPURA SOBA.
SWONAL INDEX: 7.5/10.0 AUTHENTIC JAPANESE FOOD IN CAPE TOWN, NOW SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
Monday, 30 July 2012
We were on our way to Warmwatersberg and made a stop in Montagu on R62, what a lovely drive! We had lunch in Rambling Rose and unfortunately, I left very disappointed. This may be my first red flag on a restaurant.
The place is lovely, beautifully setting and everything I expected from a farm stall restaurant. The waitress was very friendly and helpful and the owner even helped us with our later braai ideas!
However the food was not tasty for majority of our table, we were a group of 8 and only one person enjoyed the food. I ordered the prego roll with salad, the meat had a very strong alcohol taste with no other flavors. Same as the beef stew they had, surprisingly blend with alcohol tasting, we did not finish that. The chicken and mushroom pie was equally bad and the presentation was so lovely! What a shame.
I would give this place a 4/10. I left the place very upset, maybe I should have order the waffle to make up for it? Lol.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
My uncle requested to dine at an African restaurant when he visited Cape Town last month (ha yes, overdue photos!) so we took him to the Karibu by the V&A Waterfront, thought he can visit the touristy shopping centre after supper.
Karibu was very enjoyable, the service was excellent. The food was good quality, even though I would not say its the best I have had but the overall quality and dining experience was very positive. The seafood & salad was fresh and the portion was good. Just one thing about the restaurant, I thought the food was not that authentic (I was expecting a menu that I CANNOT understand! Lol.)
Karibu was on the pricey side of things and uncle had a bottle of wine for R500 something (say what, the wine I know cost like R80!) but you are guaranteed to have quality service and food with a beautiful view of the Waterfront. I'd say 8/10.
Thursday, 12 July 2012
The Trumpet Tree is not very easy to find, you can easily miss it when you are driving. We found this place by accident when we went to the farm stall in Stellenbosch and we went back with my family!
I remember the first time I ate at the restaurant was on a hot summer's day. We dined under the tree and to our surprise, the restaurant got an outdoor splashing cooler?! We loved it. So this time when I passed by Stellenbosch, The Trumpet Tree was the first restaurant came to our mind.
The meal was enjoyable. I had a chicken wrap with salad, stole some amazing potato fries from my brother's burger dish. I feel the quality of the food was very decent, it is a great spot to hang out with great people. Even though the dishes on the menu is nothing creative, I would recommend it to anyone who just wants to have a relaxing meal and a few drinks. I give it a 7.5/10, she says.
The Trumpet Tree
84 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
021 883 8379
Monday, 9 July 2012
COOKING DON'T ALWAYS GOES WELL.
THIS IS ONE GREAT EXAMPLE, FOLLOWED THE RECIPE 100% (WELL, NOT REALLY, I ESTIMATED SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS =P), POPPED EVERYTHING IN THE BREAD MAKER, CHOSE BASIC.
3 HOURS LATER, WALA! THIS IS WHAT I GOT!
WORST PART? DON'T KNOW WHAT WENT WRONG! HAHA
HOPEFULLY I CAN COME UP WITH A SUCCESSFUL ONE IN THE NEAR FUTURE!
TILL THEN, PEACE!
Saturday, 7 July 2012
SIMPLE ROASTED CHICKEN, IT CANNOT GET EASIER THAN THIS!
TO ME NOTHING BEAT THE FRESH ROASTED CHICKEN, CRISPY ON THE SKINS AND JUICY ON THE INSIDE! AND HERE I WILL SHOW YOU HOW!
INSPIRED BY TOP CHEF THOMAS KELLER, WITH A TWIST ON THE FLAVOURING, ADDED WITH ROSEMARY AND GARLICS, GIVES THE BIRD AN INCREDIBLE FROM THE INSIDE OUT!
WHOLE BIRD..........................................1 WHOLE
GARLIC GLOVES....................................4 GLOVES
ROSEMARY..............................................2 SMALL BUNCHES
1) PREHEAT OVEN TO 230 DEGREE.
2) WASH AND DRY THE BIRD WITH KITCHEN TOWEL, AND ALLOW TO DRY ON RACK FOR 1 HOUR TO GET THE BIRD TO ROOM TEMPERATURE.
3) REMOVE WISHBONE OF THE CHICKEN, FOR EASIER CARVING.
4) SEASON THE INSIDE OF BIRD WITH SALT AND PEPPER, INSERT TWO GARLIC GLOVES AND A BUNCH OF ROSEMARY.
5) SALT AND PEPPER ON THE BIRD, WITH SLICED GARLICS AND CHOPPED ROSEMARY/THYME.
6) ROAST IN OVEN FOR 40MINS AT 230 DEGREE, OR UNTIL SKINS GOLDER BROWN AND CRISPY.
1) DRYING THE BIRD ON RACK WILL MAKE THE SKIN CRISPIER AT THE END.
2) YOU WILL ALSO WANT TO ADD GENEROUS AMOUNT OF SALT ON THE SKIN, THIS WILL GIVE THE CHICKEN A BEAUTIFUL CRUST.
3) SPRINKLE SALT FROM HIGH ABOVE TO ENSURE IT SPREAD EVENLY.4) I ALSO HAVE A BEAUTIFUL BOILED VEGGIE ON THE PLATE, BOIL WITH SALT AND A LITTLE OF SUGAR, THEY SUGAR WITH GIVE IT A BEAUTIFUL .
THOMAS KELLER'S ROASTED CHICKEN VIDEO
I recently had a mini holiday along the Garden Route with family members from overseas so when we got to Knysna, I had to order some oysters for my family. Knysna - home of oysters! We ended up in 34 South by the Waterfront.
34 South is a bit of everything: a restaurant, a shop and a bar..etc. We got a warm spot by the fire so grandma can stay warm, ordered some seafood and sushi to enjoy. Oh and grandma loved the bread from 34 South, we had to ask the waitress to bring us more bread.
We had seafood platter, sushi platter and some oysters. To be honest, I cannot remember much of the seafood platter, it was like a slightly more fancy version of Ocean Basket's platter. The sushi on the other hand was very decent quality, we really missed having rice after a few days of traveling haha (damn Asians!).
The oysters I ordered were medium sizes (R15/each) was very fresh, I did not want to have any due to bad childhood experience. Uncle offered me one saying it is very fresh and I enjoyed it, it was not as nearly as bad as I imagined!
34 South overall I think is a good choice to eat at the Knysna Waterfront, the chance of you getting something yucky is low. I give it a 8/10.
P.S. The place is not that easy to find, just follow the arrow by the elevator.
044 382 7331
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Everyone must have a personal preference when it comes to Nandos sauce, unless you are one of the few who does not like Nandos or grilled chicken. Too bad for you, because grilled chicken with Nandos sauce is very delicious!
I actually eat Nandos relatively often compare to other take away places because they have a good deal family meal and it is more healthy than KFC & McDonald. My Nandos sauce was the mediterranean sauce, but it is no longer available so I now go for mild. I have also tried tangy tomato, it is not bad but does not have the spicy touch so if you are not chili friendly, tangy tomato is a great choice.
Still remember the first time I ordered Nandos, little did I know, I was so foolish. I thought I could handle the peri peri sauce?! I was in grade 10 that year and was out with a bunch of older guy friends lol, I made a fool of myself because I was almost in tears trying to finish that chicken. Oh memories.
The photos were taken at Nandos Milnerton on Koeberg Road.
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Oysters for breakfast?!
My salad after having numerous plates
What is the most exciting thing about staying in a 5 star hotel? If you ask me, it would be the breakfast buffet for sure! The boy happened to won a one night stay at the Table Bay hotel by V&A Waterfront so we packed our bags quickly and enjoyed a night of luxury.
The breakfast buffet was set up beautifully with numerous choices. You can get your hands on some delicious pastries, salad, fruit, cereal, bacon, meat sausages and many traditional English breakfast options. Also, you can have sushi, miso soup and enjoy freshly made waffle at the waffle bar. There is also a small section for sugar free options.
I was seriously overwhelmed by the choices, I wanted to try as many things as possible! At the same time, I need to calculate the space in my belly carefully not to have any regrets. The plan was have a big brunch so I can skip lunch.
The story ended up not too badly, I only regret about the small portion of noodles that tasted like noodle mixed with sweet chili sauce alone with no other seasoning. The rest of the food was very enjoyable, I ended my meal with a croissant and chocolate spread.
Loved the experience even though I am not sure if I have to pay for it, would I enjoy it as much? It is a 9/10 from me.