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Having high tea at The Cellars-Hohenort

Cellars Hohenhort
Cellars Hohenhort
Cellars Hohenhort
Cellars Hohenhort
Cellars Hohenhort
Cellars Hohenhort
Cellars Hohenhort

On a sunny afternoon in Cape Town, I managed to find my way to one of my favourite establishments. So much so I have visited all three hotels and dined at all their restaurants and you cannot blame me - home to The Green House and under the watchful eye of Farrel Hirsch the The Liz McGrath Collection The Cellars-Hohenort is in a league of its own and now, you can go and have high tea whilst overlooking the impeccable gardens. A fast way to feel very grand and indulge in decadence.

The high tea runs daily from 15h00 to17h00 at R245 per head including coffee or tea. If you are more than 12 people then the offer moves to a buffet-style high tea. The stands are extensive with the perfect journey from savoury to sweet and each bite offering a unique taste sensation. I must confess that I had to have a mouthful of each unique tart, quiche, brownie or macaron. It couldn't be helped and it was well worth it. The quiche won my heart and I will return for it!

It made the perfect girls date with a bestie and loved every moment of sitting outside in the winter sun taking in the views whilst catching up. After high tea taking a stroll through the gardens is a wonderful attempt at burning off the calories consumed. However, not to feel bad because life is full of indulgences and the high tea experience at Cellars should be one of them!

Bookings are essential.

For more information or bookings, contact:

reservations@collectionmcgrath.com | +27(0)21 794 2137

-Melissa








Cavalli Estate Winter Menu

cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate
cavalli wine estate

I have a wild obsession with horses and a wild obsession with food. So when the two collide with art and beautiful wine not only do you have one of my favourite places to visit but you experience the excellence that is the ever-stylish Cavalli Wine Estate.

A mere 40 minutes from Cape Town CBD is the scenic property of Cavalli Wine Estate. At only 5 years old, the estate is a mere babe amongst their bigger, well-publicized counterparts, but they have established themselves as a real contender in such a short space of time nevertheless as one of the provinces best (and one that tops my list of Sunday excursions).

The estate is 100 hectares in size and at the heart of it is their flagship restaurant. The decor is contemporary with a strong element of art and design. Not only upstairs in the main dining area but also the magnificent gallery that is a level below. It's no wonder that this amazing estate has received the Eat Out Style Award.

Micheal Deg is head of the kitchen and producing elegant well thought out dishes with seasonal produce, perfectly balanced that will leave you perfectly satiated. Each dish is brilliant. This winter you can expect a starter of slow-cooked octopus, fermented black garlic aioli, squid ink crisp, and radish served with a Fynbos dressing followed by barley & mushrooms, parmesan custard dish. For mains diners can look forward to a confit duck leg served with orange, red onion marmalade, mustard pommes mousseline and black kale. For dessert, the Tonka bean crème caramel palmier is the perfect ending to this dining experience.

Vegetarian diners are also well taken care of this winter, with a starter of a parsnip, truffle and honey velouté, 65°C free-range egg, mushroom ragout, and crispy enoki served with smoked crème Fraiche. The main a pearl couscous risotto, dressed with red pepper, homemade almond yoghurt, and pickled naartjies served with a kale crisp.

With his zero-waste attitude and seasonal produce grown in their lush gardens, there isn't much not to love about the experience. Sitting in the winter sun and sipping on their 'Filly' Chenin is something I could do full-time thanks to Farai Magwada, Front of House Manager and Sommelier for Cavalli Restaurant. As he says "The ‘Filly’ Chenin Blanc is the ideal all-rounder. “It’s incredibly elegant, and it balances freshness and a richer flavour profile. It’s a wine that caters to a diversity of palates.”

The winter menu is available from 1 May through until the 30th of September 2019 for lunch or dinner at R350 for the 4-course menu, R425 with Cavalli wine pairing and the 4-course vegetarian menu at R300 or R375 paired with Cavalli wine. Bookings are limited to a maximum of 15 guests.

The Cavalli Private Collection of South African Masters is frequently rotated in the portico situated within the main gallery and two memorabilia rooms allocated nearby showcase a remarkable collection of rugby and sporting memorabilia.

So if you find yourself wanting for art, food, and wine then I suggest you find yourself ambling through to this magnificent establishment this winter. You might even find me there!

For more information call 021 855 3218, send an email to info@cavalliestate.com, visit www.cavalliestate.com or make contact via @CavalliEstate #CavalliEstate

-Melissa



The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town

The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town
The perfect lunch spot - Chefs Cape Town

If you are looking for a great lunch spot serving delicious food then I have the answer. Its called Chefs and it is a local spot here in Cape Town that really impressed my palette. You can find them on St Johns road in Gardens. They close at 3 pm for lunch and reopen at 5:30 pm.  

The experience starts with entering what seems to be a cafeteria. A simple white interior with a working kitchen and table lined up in a row. I must admit that, on arrival, I wondered whether I had just arrived at a school cafeteria to have lunch. Well as the saying goes, don't judge a book by its cover. 

The restaurant is filled with beautiful natural light and its white walls create a fresh atmosphere. The menu is viewed on an Ipad with amazing food images that leave you inspired.

The menu isn't a very long one but it also doesn't need to be as the options are cohesive, well thought out and deliver.

The food is served on classical cafeteria styled trays and is nowhere close to what you would receive from an average lunch hall. 

It delights.

I enjoyed feasting on all the 'compartments' of my meal and tasted my way through the menu enjoying the arancini balls and lamb provencal. I must admit my OCD got a little bit of a kick out of the fact that the food looks so organized on the trays. Every bite was thoroughly enjoyed. 

If you are looking for something lighter then I would recommend the fish soup. I love the fact that you can pop in at Chefs on a busy work day and within an hour be satiated without compromising the quality of your lunch. A great place for a work meeting or perhaps to treat your partner to lunch. if you haven't tried them, then nows the time! 

-Melissa

Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate

Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate
Experiencing ONE at Cavalli Estate

I was recently invited to experience One at Cavalli Estates restaurant. Run by executive Chef Michael Deg; One is a celebration of a single fresh hero ingredient from the garden showcased in classic dishes that let the ingredient shine. Created to celebrate Michaels appointment I couldn't wait to experience what he has on offer. 

Our ingredient was Celeriac. I must admit I was a little sceptical as I haven't had many great celeriac dishes. A humble root vegetable that tastes a bit like it’s cousin, the celery. 

The setting in gorgeous with a modern upmarket bistro interior with strong lines in the architecture. The patio has two fire pits, which I imagine would be wonderful in winter and overlooks a vista of magnificent mountains. Since it was a hot summers day it was most welcome to sit close to the waters edge with a light breeze, misting spray and crisp wine. 

It has been a while since I have had such a perfectly paired wine to meal experience. Farai Magwada is the sommelier and hats off to him! Each and every wine was perfectly in sync with the meals I experienced. Of course, this also meant I finished each and every glass of my five-course meal. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday in my opinion. 

The flavour journey began with a celeriac gazpacho that reminded me how much I love simple things such as the flavour pairing of pea and mint. Topped with goats cheese it was, melt in your mouth creamy. Paired with Cavalli's Vendetta, a white blend that is one of their premium flagship wines - it was by far my favourite wine. 

The journey continued through celeriac tartare topped with crisp ginger served with an easy drinking rosé. 

One of my top dishes of the day was the vegetable dumpling in an umami broth. Perfectly paired with Paul Cluver's Gewurtztraminer. Also, a spectacular wine that was matched with an equally spectacular dish. I will dream of those flavours for a while to come! 

The top dish of the day award goes to the Roasted Cauliflower and celeriac pureé. The dish was inspired. Its flavour profile reminded me of a bobotie (a South African curried mince dish) with its saltiness and curry spice but then it was elevated by the macadamia nuts and fried caper berries. Each bite had texture and flavour that was bursting at the seams. 

If you find yourself at the estate make sure to visit the Well Worn exhibition. I worthwhile visit exploring some of the amazing art from great South African Artists and a perfect way to end off a gorgeous afternoon! 

-Melissa 

*this blog post is sponsored by Cavalli estate. All opinions are my own. 

Roast & Co. - The new chick on the block

Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.
Roast & Co.

Roast & Co. is the new brainchild of the team that brought you HQ Restaurant. HQ is famous for their mono menu, specializing in steak, chips and salad. The only option you have is how you would like your steak done. Now hop on over to Roast & Co. A trendy spot set to showcase one of South Africa’s favourite meals, the roast chicken. Not only have they bought you a household favourite with Mzanzi flavour but have sourced the meat from Elgin, which makes it truly free-range and provides the ultimate fresh farm to fork experience in the city. The food is simple, healthy and tasty with classic favourites on the side such as deep-fried mac and cheese. I mean, who could resist that?

If you are looking for Roast & Co. you will find them in the iconic heritage square off Short Market Street in Cape Town CBD.

You can choose to dine inside or sit outside in the beautiful vibey courtyard that overlooks the oldest grapevine in the Southern Hemisphere. Partnering with Warwick wine estate, Stella Artois beer and Tanqueray Gin you are also left with a world-class selection of drinks and cocktails.

It is refreshing to find a spot that focuses on free-range meat. So many places simply have no clue where their meat comes from. If you ask, the manager would probably respond “I get it from the supplier” The question is where does the supplier get it? With 2017 being the year of the Rooster it seems fitting that a restaurant focusing on the perfect roast chicken also focuses on the ethics of its supply. The food is wholesome and inspired by French farming traditions with the perfect South African flare.

The interior is inspired by world-renowned Turkish Architect, Ali Kemali. The space has high-end design and welcoming finishes that create an ideal environment for a meal away from home shared with friends.

You can pop on over Monday to Saturday 12:00 – 00:00 to enjoy all that is on offer at Roast & Co.

The only question left to ask is, Chicken or Beef? 

-Melissa