Reviewing Our Cape Town Restaurants
Because Shaun Loves To Eat. And Judge.
As a strapping young lad, I love nothing better than to sink my
teeth into a juicy steak, a tasty fish or some crunchy asparaghus.
Having eaten food every day for almost a quarter of a century, I
can lay claim to being a bit of an expert in this field.
Here, I give my reviews and opinions of some of the various restaurants
and eateries that I have encountered during my adventures.
19 September, 2008
Fountains Hotel Restaurant.
For Buffet Dining In Cape Town.
was a cold and windy Thursday, and I had just completed a long and busy day. The Girlfriend, sensing my fatigue, eventually decided to climb off my face and suggested we eat something.
"What do you feel like eating?" I murmured, as I looked around frantically for my dentures. We were in the mood for something both substantial and tasty, perhaps a buffet of some kind.
"Perhaps a buffet of some kind?" I mentioned authoritively, as I could read The Girlfriend's mind and she WAS in fact, in the mood for a buffet.
So it came to pass then, that we found ourselves at The Fountains Hotel Restaurant in the city centre More.
16 June, 2008
Sevruga Restaurant Opening.
Waterfront's Newest Hangout Spot.
It's Monday, and what better way to spend it than to look at photos we took a few days earlier, when we checked out Sevruga restaurant in the V&A Waterfront? Sevruga promises to be the newest hangout spot for models, celebrities and hangers on like Danny K, and is situated where Cantina Tequila used to be. You know, Cantina - the place you occasionally went to on a Saturday night, where you got pissed and hit on by drunk foreign older women? Yeah, that place. Good times.
... Whoa there, I just re-read that last bit, I don't mean the drunk foreign older women actually pissed on you, I mean you GOT pissed and then they HIT on you... just thought I'd clear that up. More.
31 March, 2008
Leaves Shaun Feeing Satisfied.
was Saturday, and we had reached the time of the week when we needed
to eat something.
Usually, this would mean hauling out the old gingerbread
house and waiting patiently for naive German kids to get
lost in the woods, but on this occasion we were in the mood for
pizza and so decided to go to Borruso's instead. More
10 February, 2008
Pepenero Restaurant In Mouille Point
Offers THE Most Shocking Service In Cape
Cape Town masochists and other locals looking to get messed
around can now enjoy a new and exciting venue. Pepenero
Restaurant is a seafood eatery in Mouille Point, Cape Town
- that apparently strives to offer the WORSE customer service in
the city. Which to all those familiar with past
Cape Town experiences will agree, is no mean feat. These boys
are not to be messed with though, and they pull it off with aplomb.
The food is fairly bland, but this can be excused
as steak was ordered and they DO seem to be a seafood restaurant
Payment time however, is when Pepenero's staff and management REALLY
show their class. More
22 January, 2008
Cape Town Fish Market In The Waterfront
Should Serve Sushi At The Sushi Bar, Not
Whilst skipping along the mean streets of
the V & A Waterfront with The Girlfriend, we
decided to mozy over to the Cape Town Fish Market,
as we had the sudden urge to consume large amounts of sushi, as
one tends to when seeing a giant sign saying "Sushi Bar",
which is what CTFM proudly boasts.
Upon arriving at the so-called sushi bar however, imagine our surprise when we saw what we were being served.
10 January, 2008
The Food Company In Gardens Centre
Annoys Shaun With Three Instances Of Bad
After doing my Sunday shopping for extra large condoms at Gardens
Centre in the city, I enjoy nothing more than parking off
somewhere and having a little nibble. This would usually mean grabbing
a table at the Food Company, on the 2nd floor next to Creme.
over the recent holiday season however, have lead me to re-evaluate
08 October, 2007
Porcini Restaurant In Heritage Square
Is Very Cold And Draughty
Wednesday nights are usually FTV
nights, but we were feelish peckish and so dedided to check
out Porcini Restaurant, where the famous club Pu
Na Na used to be.
It was cold, it was wet, my hair had minced and I was helluva hungry
so was looking forward to eating something in a reasonably
Did Porcini's offer a reasonably warm environment? More
15 October, 2007
Willoughby's Restaurant In The Waterfront
And The Absolute Wanker Who Waited On Us
It was a warm Saturday afternoon and I had been knocking back
a few stiff Jamesons since 11am, which is entirely acceptable, as
11am is the new 12pm. I read it in this month's Men's Health so
it's officially a rule now.
Anyhoo, an alcohol-induced appetite became apparent, and a luncheon
at Willoughby's restaurant at the V&A Waterfront
was quickly arranged for a party of 6. Two of the party arrived
earlier and enjoyed refreshing beers, whilst the other four of us
arrived soon after.
When we got there we were greeted by our waiter, who clearly thought
he was too cool for school. I did a search on Google
Images to find someone who looked like him. More
03 October, 2007
Carlyle's Restaurant In Vredehoek
Charges A Cakeage Fee If You Bring A Cake
Carlyle's is a vibey little restaurant in Vredehoek,
full of vibey little people, eating vibey little food. So this was
where we found ourselves the other day, because we consider ourselves
pretty vibey, and we were really hungry.
The place is not overly large, roughly the size of the lounge at
The HQ, so it's a fairly intimate setting. There were 8 of us who
arrived to celebrate an engagement, which proved
to be a problem because, as previously mentioned, the place is the
size of The HQ's lounge. Stay with me here.
Anyhoo, after much compromise and gnashing of teeth, we managed
to squeeze everyone in, although I was forced to sit inside The
Girlfriend's handbag, which was slightly uncomfortable, but I wasn't
in the mood for complaining. More
27 August, 2007
Shaun Has A Meal There And Goes, "Eh"
It was a tepid Friday night at The HQ, and I was scavenging around,
desperately looking for food. The fridge was a definite no
go area - the bowl of tuna pasta was old enough to be my
mother, and the slice of pizza at the bottom shelf was actually
waving at me, asking me where the party would be that evening.
I didn't know where the party would be that evening, but I did know
where Sinns Restaurant was, and so The Girlfriend
and I ventured forth to Wembley Square in Gardens, for what we hoped
would be an evening filled with gastronomical delight. More
30 July, 2007
Shaun Rubs Shoulders With Creatives
I have long considered myself a "creative", a free spirit
and someone who thinks outside the box. As a young impressionable
chap, I remember scratching my head at the concept of "long
play records" or "LP's" as we cool kids called them
back in the 80's.
"These things are so impractical", I remember saying.
"Surely they could come in a more compact disk?"
Then there was the time I was trying to watch German pornography
on a poor quality VHS tape. "Bah humbug" I said aloud.
"Why can't this be displayed on a high quality disk which we
would then call a DVD, for no apparent reason?"
Yes, these were just some of the many crazy and "out there"
ideas I came up with whilst growing up.
As a creative, I enjoy mingling with other like-minded people, and
so it came to pass that we arrived at Beluga, a
rather trendy little spot at the Foundry, just off Somerset Road,
Green Point, where many a creative can be found eating sushi or
drinking beer. More
17 July, 2007
A Bit Of A Tuesday Ramble
Shaun Talks About The Dirty Skirts And Arnold's
I stumbled across one of Cape Town's best kept secrets the other
day. No, it wasn't the cell number of The Gupster
(Officially Cape Town's fifth most eligible bachelor).
Anyhoo, back to the topic at hand, I had a heavy night at Mercury Lounge
on Friday, watching the Dirty
Skirts (also known as "die Vrot Rokke" by a witty
Afrikaans friend of mine). I had previously never had the pleasure
of seeing the Dirty Skirts before. I had heard
good things from groupie friends of mine who had
slept with some of them, and I was also familiar with one of their
tracks ("What will I do? Ow, Ow") so
I spent the early part of the evening getting suitably soaked on
Jamesons whilst excitedly awaiting the band.
To summarise, the Dirty Skirts were pretty damn good,
their music consisting of an eclectic blend of energetic indy rock
and - dare I say it - a little bit of pop? Anyhoo, once their set
ended we headed off downstairs to shake what our respective mommas
gave us, and things escalated from there......More
03 July, 2007
Shaun Showcases His Mastery Of Chopsticks
I have always had a bit of a love affair with
fish. It all started as a baby, when one of my cousins - envious
of my ability to read John Grisham novels since
birth - threw me into the dark abyss of the Indian ocean at Seaforth
beach, Simonstown. Although I could devour a John Grisham
novel with relative ease, I hadn't quite grasped the concept of
walking. Or swimming.
"Oh dear" I thought, as the previous 8 months of my life
began flashing by. "I guess I shall be signing off then."
I was sinking slowly to the bottom of the ocean floor, wondering
if my financial affairs would be in order, when I suddenly felt
a sharp nudge in the back. I turned around to find a school of Cape
snoek who, upon seeing my predicament, got in underneath
me as if a magic carpet, and guided me to the shallows - where my
jubilant family awaited. More
28 April, 2007
A Royale With Cheese
With A Side Order Of Roach
It was a cold and wet Winter's Thursday evening, the kind of evening
that makes you go "Hey, let's sit down and have a meal at Royale
Burger, in Long Street, Cape Town". And so it came
to pass that we sat down and had a meal at Royale Burger, in Long
Street, Cape Town. Royale is an interesting venue, boasting a 50's
Grease-Lightening styled theme, innovative decor and design,
and substantially large burgers, the size of a small Cape suburb.
Many an evening had been spent gorging on one of their famous Federale
Burgers, getting pissed at the bar upstairs (called, interestingly
enough, "Upstairs") and then proceeding
to physically roll home, using sheer will power and the momentum
of a stiff kick from The Girlfriend's steel-tipped boot.
Plans to follow in this proud tradition were going swimmingly -
I had just devoured my meal like a hungry lion,
whilst drinking copious amounts of beer, and the disgusted look
on The Girlfriend's face meant a stiff kick in the solar plexus
was imminent. More
16 March, 2007
Is This Turning Into A Food Blog?
After a long day at
work, smashing rocks with my bare fists, I like
nothing better than to slip into my favourite "sherwani",
and enjoy a good night of fine Indian cuisine.
So it was very fitting then, that we ended up dining at Bukhara,
in Church Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa for a night
of Tikka Pasanda, Dum Aloo, Warki Parantha and Amstel.
I am a big fan of Indian food and a regular patron of the Spur
in Canal Walk. Our waiter eyed me suspiciously however,
when I asked for a Double Rib Burger with cheddarmelt sauce, but
the Chicken Tikka in Butter Curry he brought out
more than made up for the restaurants apparent menu faux pas.
A novelty of Bukhara's is the see-through window to the kitchen,
allowing patrons to watch the food being made. We spent several
minutes watching in wonder as the child labourers
employed there expertly butchered and carved up a rather feisty
13 March, 2007
Because Shaun Digs Asian Food
was the name of an old movie which had a "2-21"
age restriction on it, so you knew it had to be good. As
a young spritely lad of 8 or 9, I remember spiking my parents drinks
with copious amounts of Grandpa, sneaking into
their bedroom and watching the R-rated flick, which had some sort
of military story if memory serves, although the strongest memory
I have is obviously the gratuitous nudity, and the severe
beating my mom gave me when she woke up 3 days later.
So it was with this feel-good nostalgia, that we dined at Saigon
in Kloof Street. The venue is large and spacious, letting
you chat among your dinner party without the risk of any pesky eavesdroppers
- something I value as I am often guilty of blurting out government
secrets and blatant slanderous lies after an ale
or two. More
16 February, 2007
Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar
Shaun Is Left With Stained Teeth
Wednesday was Valentine's day, and so The Girlfriend
and I went to Belthazar Wine Bar in the Waterfront,
partly because neither of us can cook, but mainly because eating
is a big hobby of mine (I do it on most days)
Essentially a steakhouse, the place is also a wine
bar (as the name clearly suggests) and so we were greeted by a wine
guy called Darius who took us through a variety of semi-sweets,
chardonnays and merlots. More
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