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Uncorked wine, liver and onions in the Franschhoek Valley

September 21, 2012 5 comments

Tucked away behind the zhoosh coffee shops and bistros on the Franschhoek main road at the intersection with Reservoir Street you’ll find Café de Arts, a delightful little eatery run by Chris Hoffman and Louise Rambert.

I had the good fortune to eat lunch (and dinner) there on the Saturday of Franschhoek Uncorked a couple of weeks ago, and was I impressed!

Chris Hoffman hard at work in his open plan kitchen at Cafe des Arts, turning out his signature dishes.

Originally the preserve of the legendary and much loved Topsi Venter, the restaurant was taken over by Chris and Louise a couple of years ago when Topsi retired. Chris, who was running Café de Arts in Kalk Bay at the time, actually trained as a chef at Topsi’s some 16 years ago, so in many ways he was coming home.

I love liver so when I saw lambs liver with chilli roast potatoes, balsamic onions and bacon (R78) on the menu my choice was simple, and what a great decision!The menu is eclectic in that it changes literally daily, depending upon what’s available fresh and local Louise tells me, and it’s short but despite its brevity, choosing a dish is tricky.

The lamb was melt in the mouth tender, the creamy sauce just richly right, with a tiny hint of chilli, and the crispy bacon slices the perfect topping. Read more…

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Perdeberg cracks the nod in Chenin Blanc Challenge

January 26, 2011 4 comments

Riaan Moller


 

The drive up to Hidden Valley is not for the faint hearted. After turning of the Annandale Road hard by Peter Falke Wines, the road narrows alarmingly, and each approaching blind corner and rise pushes up the pulse rate from the adrenaline spurt which anticipates taking sudden avoiding action if an oncoming motorist, perhaps inattentive from imbibing at one or more of the many wine estates along the road, challenges you.

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DeCameron in Stellenbosch Disappoints

January 11, 2011 11 comments

First published in Bolander Lifestyle & Property, January 12, 2011

The iconic DeCameron re-opened in Stellenbosch last year, after a four year absence.

I had the pleasure of attending a lunchtime wine event there, about which I wrote in the September 1 edition of Bolander in my recipe column (Melanzane Parmigiano). The food was fabulous, the service stellar, and the ambience beguiling. Patron Mario Lada paid personal attention to the table so it would be logical to conclude that may have influenced overall service levels. Read more…

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