sababa kitchen & deli opens in bree street

When Tal Smith’s sister, Nirit, returned to South Africa from Israel, they decided it was the perfect time to add a open a second Sababa (which has been feeding the appetites of happy Sea Point customers since December 2009) in the city centre.

The deli’s neutral decor is the perfect backdrop to a huge central table configuration laden with homemade quiches, salads, vegetarian dishes and mouth-watering desserts, cakes and pasties (meat-dishes are refrigerated). The extensive menu has something for everyone, whether, like us, you want a little something sweet to serve with coffee or need to stock up your freezer with delicious family meals to save time in the kitchen after a busy day.

The Bree Street location also has a coffee and cake special for R30. The cake (all fresh-baked daily) is usually one of the following: cheesecake; carrot cake; frangipane and apple tart. Bree Street is also where you’ll find a variety of rogolach (the traditiional Israel pastries we indulged in at our meeting).

Last week a “Fallafel Night” was launched in Bree Street. From 6pm to 9pm every Thursday you can enjoy authentic fallafel, Sabich, Baklava, Yoghurt Pannacotta, Fresh Lemonada with Mint, and local beer & wines.

And if you’re out shopping in the vicinity of the Neighbourgoods Marketon Saturdays, stave off hunger pangs with their famous sesame chicken schnitzel in a pita with all the Istraeli salads, dips and sauces to go with it.

Hours are Monday to Friday 7am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 2pm, with Falafel evenings on Thursday from 6pm – 9pm at the Bree Street location. Sea Point hourse are Monday to Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday 9am – 2pm.

021 424 7480
231 Bree Street
Cape Town

021 433 0570
Piazza St. John
395 Main Road
Sea Point


not your grandma’s peanut butter cookie

Unlike chocolate chip, the peanut butter cookie was no accident. It’s come a long way since George Washington Carver included a crushed peanut cookie recipe in his 1916 Research Bulletin and the traditional peanut butter cookie was introduced in the 1930s.

Our favourite is the Pancetta & Peanut Butter cookie from The Pantry at Dear Me. Not too crisp, not too chewy and not too sweet; just the right amount of buttery peanut flavour with a subtle, salty hit in every delicious bite. Heavenly!

We bought our Pancetta & Peanut Butter cookies from Frankie Fenner (because who doesn’t like a meat merchant that also sells coffee, bread, ice cream and cookies?), but our newest addiction is handmade with love in a beautifully-restored Heritage building in Longmarket Street.

The Pantry at Dear Me stocks a wonderland of edible delights from jams, chutneys, relishes and pickles to roasted nuts and freshly baked breads, as well as decadently indulgent baked goods you’d gladly sell your grandma for!

THE PANTRY @ DEAR ME | 021 422 4920
165 Longmarket St |

urge – urban rural growers emporium

Barely a week goes by without something new worth exploring in this amazing city we call home – and last week was no exception. Urge – Urban Rural Growers Emporium – is exactly what the name suggests: vibrant, busy city living and the wholesomeness of the rural life has merged to offer Capetonians the perfect combination of Deli, Wine &Coffee Bar (a necessity!) and Convenience store, along with mouthwatering gourmet street food.

Pop up to stock up on produce, sourced from local farmers in and around Cape Town, and pantry products then relax with a cup of coffee or some excellent wine and try some of the gourmet street food on offer.

As the team at Urge says, “You have it all – a place catering for the one-stop culture essential for an urban lifestyle.” We agree.

See more photos of the opening event at the Urge Facebook page

Find Urge in Buiten Street (between Bree and Loop) or give them a call on 076 969 6987.

images: Cindy Taylor

raith gourmet high constantia

About four weeks back we brought you our feature on Raith Gourmet in Gardens. This week we’re featuring the younger sister in the family – Raith Gourmet High Constantia. Although she does a superb job of proudly carrying the family name it should be noted that she has a very distinct personality of her own.

Steeped in the heart of the Constantia Valley Raith Gourmet High Constantia boasts the traditional Raith Gourmet range but what distinguishes it from its Gardens counterpart, quite ironically, is its leafy surroundings and Farm Stall setting and offering. Visit this popular spot and you’ll find all the goodies one would expect from a farm stall – think fresh organic produce to freshly baked breads, sweet treats, homemade fare, as well as a wine list comprising of the finest from the Constantia Wine Route. You can also pick up a picnic basket, well, it’s not in a basket but its what’s inside that counts, packed with cheeses, meats and salads, which are best enjoyed at Eagles Nest nearby. The sit-down side of things also differs from the Garden’s branch in that it offers a full restaurant vibe as opposed to sitting down for a quick bite from the deli, although you most certainly could do that if you were pressed for time.

But what’s most important to know is that despite all the differences the Steak Tartar roll is just as good as it is at the source…

RAITH – High Constantia Farm Stall
021 794 1706
High Constantia Center, Constantia Main Road, Constantia

Mon: 9am – 6pm
Tue – Sun: 8am – 6pm
Public Holiday: Optional

RAITH – Gardens Centre
021 465 2729 / 465 6396
Shop No 38, Gardens Centre, Mill Street

Mon – Thur: 8:30am – 7pm
Fri: 8am – 7pm
Sat: 8am – 5pm
Sun & Public Holiday: 9am – 2pm


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quiz & canapé evening at saucisse deli on 11 july

Saucisse Delis is very excited to be hosting their first quiz and canapé evening at the deli. In lieu of the up coming Bastille weekend the evening will have a French twist, so berets and moustaches are welcome.

Quiz masters for the night are the hilarious Laugh out Loud team and eat will be supplied by the deli. Tables will share platters of french delights throughout the evening as well as something sweet to end off the night. Unfortunately the deli is not licensed, but feel free to take your own Wine and Beers. Ice and glasses will be available.

Teams can vary in sizes from 4 to 8 and while larger teams can be arranged, they are not encouraged.

All tables will receive olives, breads and a light salad followed by a selection of French-inspired platters to share. All the meats and cheeses used are from local suppliers.

The canapes will be served on crispy brochettes topped with garlic and olive oil. (Rye bread and any other dietary requirements are possible but must be arranged prior to the day). The menu is:

  • Tomato and tarragon salsa topped with goats cheese, rocket drizzled with balsamic reduction and lemon oil.
  • Country salami, with tomato pesto, pamersan shavings, finished with fresh basil leaves, olive oil, and coarse salt
  • Rare roast beef accompanied by pickles, brie, rocket and topped with creamed horseradish
  • Dessert platters filled with treats from Ma Mare Maison and fresh berries.

All general deli items will be available for purchase throughout the evening as well as non alcoholic beverages.

Small prizes will be given to the winning and losing teams.

This promises to be a fantastic evening so early booking is essential. Good news is that Saucisse is looking forward to making this a regular event.

To sum up:
Where: Saucisse Deli @ The Old biscuit mill Woodstock
When: 11 July
Time: 7 for 7.30pm
Price: R100
Contact details for RSVP: (W) 021 447 7177 or (Cell) 082 822 7897 or
Please ask for Amanda when booking.

saucisse deli quiz & canape evening – the spring edition!

last month’s winning team
Date: 12th September
Venue: Saucisse Boutique Deli The Old Biscuit Mill
Time: 7 for 7.30pm
Price: R110

After a very rainy evening for the last quiz night Saucisse Deli is very happy to welcome spring to the cape, therefore this quiz menu is going to be Spring inspired! Good bye gloves and hello Haviannas.

The dinner setup will be as per usual, with delicious platters to share on each table served in 4 courses. Each table will receive a bowl of olives, breads, and a light garden salad followed by platters throughout the evening.

  • Baked green asparagus, fresh goats cheese and fennel terrine finished with mirco greens, and lemon oil.
  • Grilled zucchini ribbons, prosciutto, and olive brie topped with rocket, extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction
  • Beef Breseola topped with slow roasted cherry tomatoes, gruyere, and fresh basil leaves finished with a hint of chili infused olive oil.
  • Dessert platter filled with Ma Mare Maison treats and fresh berries.

As they do not have a liquor license feel free to bring your own beers, wine etc. Glasses and ice will be available from the deli as well as non alcoholic beverages. All deli items will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

This event is very popular, so book now by calling Amanda on 082 822 7897 or emailing

saucisse deli quiz & canape evening – halloween edition

starter platter at the Spring Quiz

meat course at the Spring Quiz

Spring Quiz dessert platter

Saucisse Deli could not have asked for a better date for their October Quiz Evening: Halloween! There is no doubt that the menu will include all sorts of deathly delicious treats and as the folks at Saucisse love to dress up, feel free to don your own finest Halloween outfits.

The dinner setup is a little different this month. Saucisse has thrown together a witch’s cauldron of goodies in keeping with the theme, and the four courses will be served on delicious platters to share amongst your table. Each table will receive a bowl of olives, breads, and a sun dried tomato, spring onion and sprout salad followed by the platters throughout the evening. On the menu:

  • Grilled artichoke heart skewers, mixed with red tigers eye tomatoes, goats cheese and fresh basil leaves drizzled with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and balsamic reduction.
  • Chicken liver mousse on bagel chips topped with smoked pickled onions, crispy chicken skins, and wild watercress
  • Mini nose to tail tartlets doused with a red wine reduction, toasted pine nuts, finished with fresh rocket and crispy capers.
  • Death bite chocolate treats from Ma Mère Maison and ripe juicy berries.

Saucisse does not have a liquor license, so feel free to take along your own beers, wine, etc. Glasses and ice will be available from the deli, as well as non alcoholic beverages. As usual, all deli items will be available for purchase throughout the evening.

This one’s going to be more popular than usual, so book now by contacting Amanda on:
Cell: 0828227897
Tel: 021 447 7177

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Make a note:
Date: 31st October
Venue: Saucisse Deli at the Old Biscuit Mill
Time: 7 for 7.30pm
Price: R110 (to be paid on the night)
Team sizes: Tables of 4 to 8