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“Ginja checks all the boxes for a great night out, watching the city lights come up as you enjoy a delectable meal. Though it has to be said, its enviable view of Table Mountain makes it a great spot for any time of day”

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This type of culinary artistry is surely not for the faint of heart. The dishes are created with bold yet meticulous strokes, every little component carefully nuanced before finding its place in a well-rounded ensemble.

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Words cannot do justice to the cool, ethereal sensation on the tongue when the powdery foie gras imparts the slightest hint of nutty richness as it crumbles, followed by the muted sweetness of the onion sherbet marmalade and the pickled raspberries, a light crunch of the celery, then a merging of all these elements in a cathartic display of foie gras at its best. It’s not merely a successful reconstruction of a deconstructed dish; it’s the evolution of a fine dining classic into an elevated quintessence of its exemplar form.

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The restaurant is a new addition to the farm which was built in the 1600s. It’s been carefully constructed to retain the colonialist feel and the choice of décor seamlessly blends the century-old antiques with very modern finishes and elements. Even the large pot plants outside have LED lights inside them to illuminate the area for evening guests. Laborie possesses a certain cool minimalism that’s met and embraced by the warmth of its history.

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The third and final step is into the Tent of Dreams itself, the domain of Madame Zingara, a three levelled velvet speigeltent echoing with the ghosts of 100 years. What daylight is left trickles through two rings of small windows at the top of the first and second tiers, supplemented by the flickering candlelight from 70 tables reflected a thousand times from the many mirrors lining the walls. The spell is complete, and the entertainment is only just beginning.

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The cast, as is traditional, joined the crowd upstairs for a quick drink. It’s one of those elements that I’d imagine could be exhausting for the actors but at Kalk Bay Theatre it somehow works particularly well… perhaps it’s something to do with the feeling of community in Kalk Bay. Or perhaps it’s because, having had dinner there, one feels remarkably at home and quite easy about inviting a star from the stage to pull up a chair and tuck into one’s cheese board.

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In a series of elegant evenings with exquisite food, Reuben Riffel ­ head chef of the eponymous restaurant at the One & Only Hotel and one of South Africa’s top celebrity chefs – is inviting top chefs from around Cape Town to collaborate in making a memorable meal. A simple plan that is guaranteed to produce delectable results.

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By offering a kids’ story time in the early evenings Cafe Paradiso opens up for itself a whole extra ‘sitting’. And for parents it works like a charm. Our boys, aged 6 and 3, are peaking in their destructo-potential, yet within 3 minutes of entering the restaurant they trotted happily off to the Bakery to hear a story, and were still joyfully engaged there an hour and a half later.

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One step into the posh, intimate space of 5 Rooms was all it took to send the week’s woes slinking off into a corner. Ella Fitzgerald’s balmy ‘I Get a Kick out of You’ soothed our tired brains as we eased into a toasty fireside booth, and the listed preview of Chef Charl Coetzee’s upcoming new menu whispered promises of a gastronomically gratifying evening.

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If you’re like me, you’ve probably driven many a time down the main road to Kalk Bay, right past the Casa Labia Cultural Centre without even knowing it was there. For one, it is hard for anything to compete with the ocean view – the cerulean waves rippling just beyond the colourful landmark beach houses of Muizenberg. It’s a wonder we look at the road at all. But suppose you could enjoy that very same view from a posh balcony while relaxing over lunch or tea? Why, yes please.

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Cape Town has a plethora of trendy bars, but a good British pub is a rarity. The Woodcutter’s Arms in Hout Bay is just the sort of welcoming pub where you can sit back and chat for long hours until you have to drag yourself home.

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The late afternoon sun gleams over the Atlantic Ocean with the Twelve Apostles looming majestically over the waves. Throw in some good old Mother City breeze, a terraced lawn shaded by pomegranate trees, the right time of day, and you get the perfect sundowner venue.

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because Den Anker reflects a charming union of Belgian beer standards and Cape Town’s fine dining sensibilities. As one of the V&A Waterfront’s landmark restaurants, it has the fortune of being situated an airy, windowed building directly overlooking the quayside. The revamped boathouse vibe, with its wooden rafters and tall ceiling, poses a gentle contrast to the elegant décor inside. Beer drinkers can relax at the bar, which is topped by an overturned boat with built-in shelves to hold liquor bottles, while diners pore over their menus at meticulously set tables with posh chairs. Best of all, everyone can enjoy their drink or meal outside, right by the water where yachts drift along and – on occasion – seals bask in the sun.

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“Dash is a hidden gem of a restaurant that boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain and the harbour which, even on a cloudy day, provides the cherry on top of an opulent dining experience.”

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30 December 2013 to 1 January 1970

One of my favourite restaurants in the Cape is Harbour House, Kalk Bay. I eat there about twice a week on tours. It is consistently good and people just simply love it there. Part of the magic is the fact that they have a great location in Kalk Bay – they are in the harbour next to the community fishing boats and boast floor to ceiling views of the ocean and the peninsula.

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2 June 2014 to 1 January 1970

Much like a well-made paella, Sotano features many distinctive elements which – if handled correctly – work together as a cohesive and spectacular whole. And Chef Russell Jalil’s Spanish Paella (R 140) is a case in point. It’s hearty without being overdone.

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25 May 2020

The restaurant spans various levels, including a lower level for those unable to climb the numerous flights of stairs. Decorated in warm hues of reds and gold it displays exquisite treasures from across the African continent. Everything down to the crockery is rich with texture.

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