la bruixa paella

There is only one place to go in town if you’re looking for a good paella and that’s La Bruixa, sister restaurant to La Boheme, in Sea Point. The paella is a family recipe of Anna Rasclosa’s, owner of La Bruixa, who traveled all the way to her hometown in Spain to get the secret recipe from her mother firsthand.

The paella serves two and is accompanied by a fresh seasonal salad and pan con tomate.

One can choose from either the Seafood Paella (R260), overflowing with prawns, mussels, calamari and linefish or the Vegetable Paella (R150), which includes artichokes, mushrooms, chickpeas, green peas and peppers or the Rabbit, free-range chicken & chorizo paella (R200).

You can create your own paella. R70 for the paella and just add what you like:

  • Rabbit/chicken R80
  • Fish R60
  • Prawns R60
  • Mussels R40
  • Calamari R80
  • Chorizo R60
  • Vegetables R80

La Bruixa also offers dangerously delicious Sangria to go with it in true Spanish style.
R90 for a jug or you can order by the glass.

Served from 12h00 to 15h00 daily. For more info contact 021 434 8797.

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toro wine & aperitivo bar

If the menu is anything to go by, Toro Wine & Aperitivo Bar, which has been open for just a month, is a must visit.

Their Antipasti board includes bread and preserves, while the Charcuterie and Cheese are ordered per item. Besides these constants, Toro promises something special each time you visit.

If Antipasti is not your thing, they offer Gratins, Bruschetta and Panini. All four Paninis sound deliciously tempting, but I’m looking forward to trying the Roast Rib Eye with Smokey Cheese and Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce, as well as the Braised Beetroot and Herbed Creme Fraiche with Cashew Nut Pesto.

For those with a sweet tooth, Churros, often referred to as a Spanish doughnut, dusted in spiced sugar and served with melted chocolate, is guaranteed pleasure!

Find Toro at 68 Waterkant Street, Cape Quarter or telephone 021 418 2846.

just “another damned food blog”?

A new food blog quietly popped up on Tumblr last week, but as with all things funny or controversial, it didn’t stay quiet for long. Another Damned Food Blog is both, serving up equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and sharp (and yes, harsh) commentary on the Cape Town food scene.

I laughed – often and out loud. I shared it with friends. They thanked me. One response reads: I wish I could thank you in a way that adequately expresses my gratitude for your sharing this. It is so. damned. beautiful.

Yeah, that’s me. In my fucking kitchen. Sautéing my shit. Bleached chefs whites. 5 o’clock stubble. 4 a.m. hair. And it’s only lunchtime. Wild like a fucking Bornean Orangutang. You might know my croissants. Stone-ground flour? LOLbitch. We use the dust of stone-ground fucking unicorn horn.

But even while nearly incapacitated by laughter, people are nodding in agreement; in their opinion, each ‘review’ contains at least a sprinkling of truth. But just as the right amount of salt enhances the flavour of a dish, making it more palatable, too much yields an entirely different result. Sprinkle it in a wound and it hurts like hell.

How long till your food arrives? Next fucking Tuesday if you ask again gringo. Patience. Don’t bite the hand that bitchslaps you. We’re fucking hot. On fire. Incendiary.

So is Another Damned Food Blog a profanity-laced rant, satire, a tongue-in-cheek poke at the best and worst of Cape Town’s food scene, or brutally honest commentary on an industry that takes itself too seriously? Perhaps it’s all of the aforementioned – or none at all.

I doubt it’s going to negatively affect establishments that are ‘reviewed’. In fact, I suspect the opposite is true. For instance, if I hadn’t yet tried a Jason Bakery croissant, I’d certainly want to do so now. Who could possibly resist one of France’s best exports when made from “the dust of stone-ground fucking unicorn horn”? Not me. To be featured could well end up being a badge of honour, with reviews proudly printed and displayed, or shared on websites, blogs and via social networks.

And if the reaction thus far is any measure, others agree. Jason Bakery posted a link to the blog on Facebook. Dax Villanueva did the same on Twitter. No outrage. No indignation. An acknowledgement that it is, at the very least, amusing – despite (or perhaps because of) the harsh commentary to be found in amongst the profanity (which really does add to the humour).

One of the first things I did this morning – as I suspect did others – was check for an update and sure enough, Giorgio Nava had joined Jason Bakery, Wakame, Dining Out, Spill, Relax with Dax, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Power and the Glory et al. in the spotlight. We eagerly await future reviews.

Do you have any idea how many restaurants I have? Seriously? Like four. Hundred. Million. 95 Keerom. Carne. Down South. Caffe Milano. Mozzarella Bar. Fuck! I own this town. Name my fucking hood Little Italy.

Whatever the intention behind Another Damned Food Blog, it’s bound to be on everyone’s lips for a while – if only to try and guess just who is behind it.

Taste it here.

&union – specials all week

Rather than just for the World cup, &Union offers deals all the time.

Every day (All Day) except Wednesday and Friday we offer Bucket Deals – 3 x 500ml or 4 x 330ml Craft beer for R100

A great Breakfast deal is the Rod’s Full House – 2 Poached eggs on Ciabatta with bacon and Underberger Cheese, Freshly squeezed OJ and Coffee for R60

Another option is the Morning-after Brunch – our famous pulled pork on a Croissant topped with a poached egg for R35

Monday is the All day Worker’s Meal – Any Meal, 500ml Craft beer and Coffee for R95

Free Live Music every Wednesday starting at 8pm

Free Wine Tasting nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting 6pm (Booking required)

Open Monday to Saturday , 7am to 11pm (12am on Fridays & Saturdays)

110 Bree St. Cape Town
021 422 2770

breakfast for sa vs wales @ grand café & beach

The Grand Café and Beach is hosting a breakfast for the South Africa v s Wales game from 10:30 am to noon on Sunday 11 September, 2011.

On the menu:

The SA Breakfast
Wors, chips, eggs, tomato, mushrooms and baked beans, served with toast.
R50 including Coffee

The Wales Breakfast
Haddock with Poached Eggs & Béarnaise sauce, served with toast.
R55 excluding Coffee

Eggs on toast
2 eggs on toast
R35 excluding coffee

The Health Breakfast
Fruit salad, muesli & yogurt

Beach Road, Granger Bay
Tel: 021 425 0551
SMS: 072 586 2052

el burro winter promo extended

Congratulations to Monday Design for winning a Loerie for the El Burro logo! Great news for both parties.

A few months ago, El Burro ran a winter promotion on weekday lunches. This has proved so popular that they’ve decided to extend it. Celebrate and enjoy spring, the Loerie win and authentic Mexican cuisine at half the price.

Here’s the deal: from Monday to Friday, noon to 5pm, the following are all half price:

  • Build Your Own Tacos (5 in total)
  • Enchiladas (2)
  • Quessadillas (3)

El Burro also runs regular chef’s specials. Current ones include:

  • Roasted duck tacos served with a sticky reduced orange sauce – absolutely delicious!
  • Free Range Rib eye steak served with patats frittes and sautéed red and yellow peppers
  • Spinach enchiladas
  • Free range Goat taco’s served with cabbage and 6 salsas.

021 433 2364
81 Main Rd, Greenpoint
Find them on Facebook

table magic

The idea behind Table Magic is not just to help make bookings at your favourite restaurants easier, it’s also a quick and convenient way to discover new dining spots. The search function is excellent and very easy, whether it’s the big “book now” search feature that appears at the top or every page, or the more advanced search facility. A big plus: no matter which search function you use, the pages load super quickly! (I’ve seen some sites where, in the time it takes to download the page you’re looking for, you may as well have driven to the restaurant to book.)

Better yet, Table Magic’s Star Rewards programme allows you to earn 100 Star Rewards every time you book a restaurant through the website and share your experience.

How does it work?
Once you have had your meal and your booking has been fulfilled, you will be prompted to return to the website to review your experience. You simply add your review and rate your meal against a number of criteria. Once submitted, your rewards are automatically added to your rewards balance.

What do you receive for your trouble?
700 points gets you a free bottle of Remhoogte Chenin Blanc; 1 000 points, a free bottle of Remhoogte Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or their acclaimed Estate Wine; and 2 000 points, a free main course and a bottle of Remhoogte Chenin Blanc or Aigle Noir.

Find • Book • Dine • Review • Rewards! It’s that easy.

Table Magic has also launched their mobile site – – for quick and easy reservations on the run.

To sign up or learn more, click the image below.

baguette to go

Just outside Deluxe Coffeeworks in Church Street you’ll find a man, an umbrella and a bicycle.

Stef (the man) serves up sandwiches and pastries that are making Church Street a must-visit for lunch on the run or a quick snack break (best teamed with one of Deluxe’s superb coffees).

Roast beef & mustard; salami, mozzarella & mayo; smoked chicken & mayo; ham, white cheddar & mustard: just a few of the delicious fillings wrapped in the best European breads and rolls from Marcelino Bakery. For those with a sweeter tooth there’s mouth-watering danish, croissants and other sweet delights.

What are you waiting for? Or as Baguette says, “Kom kuier in Kerk Straat.”

Baguette Sandwiches on Facebook

food & film fusion

During the month of November food-lovers will be salivating over the exciting food-related events at the Freeworld Design Centre in Cape Town.

The Freeworld Design Centre in collaboration with Hemelhuijs, local food celebrities and Design Indaba, will be running a delectable series of themed evenings where renowned foodies will be introducing the screening of their all-time favourite food movie, accompanied by a meal designed to fit the movie by food artist Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs.

Each evening kicks off at 6:00pm with sundowners at the Freeworld roofbar, followed by a themed meal follows at 6:45pm, the personalised foodie introduction and the film at 8:00pm. The movie will be screened in Freeworld’s 98-seater, upmarket auditorium.

Guests can choose between the sundowner sessions, the movie-and-meal combo, just the movie, or all three. Tickets are R120 for the meal and the movie (excluding beverages). Tickets for the movie alone are R40. There is no entry fee for the sundowner sessions and a cash bar is available.

The “Food, Foodie and Food Movie” evenings take place on 3, 9,10, 16, 23, 24 and 30 November 2011. At sundowners on 23 November, the Name Your Hood campaign will reveal the name of the hood in which the Freeworld Design Centre is located.

Seating for the food movie nights is limited and tickets can be booked through Webtickets.

The “Food, Foodie and Food Movie” evenings will coincide with the publication of the food-themed edition of Design Indaba magazine. Guest edited by Marije Vogelzang, the magazine will focus on food and eating design and include the likes of Ferran Adrià, Rene Redzepi, Hel Yes!, Kamal Mouzawak, Brian Wansink, Marion Nestle, Carolyn Steel and Paola Antonelli. The magazine aims to make this emerging design discipline more tangible.

The full programme of movies and foodies can be found at the Freeworld Design website

Freeworld Design
Design Indaba

the new mussel in town

There’s a spot just below The Bay hotel on Victoria Road, Camps Bay that’s suddenly buzzing. The Mussel Bar opened its doors earlier this month and people are raving about the great food and awesome vibe.

It’s all about the mussels. In fact, there are only two items on the main food menu and both include Saldanha Bay mussels, beer sauce, hand cut fries, rosemary salt and aioli. The difference between the two? Your appetite. Opt for either 500gr of mussels and 300gr of fries for R75, or 1kg of mussels and 600gr of fries for R150.

For the less hungry or as a snack before your meal, choose from biltong, nuts, olive and veggie chips. Perfect to enjoy with a cocktail (Pink Mojita or Strawberry Daiquiri, anyone?) or local beers including &Union and Darling. There’s also a small selection of sparkling, red and white wines.

The decor is cool and fresh, with seating spilling out onto the pavement where one can relax in the shade of umbrellas while watching the world go by.

The Mussel Bar is open Monday to Sunday from 11am to 10pm.

021 438 4612
69 Victoria Road
Camps Bay