Catharina’s Restaurant

It’s been a long time since I wrote a Travel post about South Africa so, it’s only fair that I write about one of my favourite restaurants of all times: Catharina’s at Steenberg.

With a very warm atmosphere, a sophisticated and elegant interior with their crafted origami design on the ceiling, Catharina’s Restaurant is set amongst vineyards and it’s right next to my house in Cape Town, South Africa. So obviously I’m always there!

But my last visit to this restaurant was quite special because they had live music and the talented Executive Chef Garth Almazan’s made a special menu just for that day.

As a starter I had a Roasted Cauliflower soup with gorgonzola cream and white truffle oil.

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As a main I went for the Roasted Beef Sirloin, Lamb and Chicken. Potatoes with Rosemary and Salt. Broccoli and Bacon gratin. Thyme and balsamic roasted onions and baked portabella mushrooms and a mixed leaf salad.

For dessert I had the Cape Malva Pudding with vanilla sauce anglaise and Amarula Ice cream.

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While enjoying this delicious meal I had the opportunity to listen to Demi-Lee Moore and Lize Mynhardt amazing voices. Here is a sneak peek of their covers:

Contact Details

Mobile Phones: +27.217132222/ +27.217132251
 Address: 10802 Tokai Rd, 7945, South Africa
 E-mail: catharinas@steenberghotel.com
Catharina’s website.
Catharina’s on Facebook.

Demi-Lee Moore Facebook Page.

Lize Mynhardt Facebook Page.

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Hermanus: African Pride Mosselberg Hotel

The African Pride Mosselberg on Grotto Beach Hotel is a very relaxing place. You have the views from the mountain and the sound of the waves to make sure that all the stress is taken away.

This 5-star hotel has a very good entertaining area with a swimming pool, bar, lounge, a great deck to tan in summer, a pool table and wi-fi.

Each room is individually decorated and named after different aspects from the area. There is the Fynbos room where I stayed, Olive Deluxe Room, Pinotage Deluxe Room, Sugarbird Suite and the Southern Right Suite. All of these rooms have amazing views to the sea where between the months of July and November you can watch the whales.

 

Restaurants

This hotel only offers breakfasts and light meals when the chef is not on holidays, which was the case. This is not the first time I visit Hermanus and I always struggle to find a good restaurant. A lot of people suggested the “Lemon-Butta” but the service was awful. This time I tried an Italian Restaurant “Fabio’s”, but that’s a “wannabee” Italian Restaurant and if you know a minimum about Italian cuisine, my advise is not to eat there. But this time, I finally found a restaurant with good service and nice food, “La Pentola”.

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African Pride Mosselberg Contact

Tel: +27 (28) 314 0055
E-mail: bookings@mosselberg.co.za
Website: www.africanpridehotels.com
Facebook: African-Pride-Mosselberg-on-Grotto-Beach
 
It was a wonderful stay and I hope to come back , but this time in Summer so I can enjoy the swimming pool.

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Cavalli Gallery&Restaurant

The first Green-Star rated restaurant in South Africa: EQUUS dining at Cavalli Estate.

I found out about this restaurant after being invited for lunch by friends. Situated between Somerset West and Stellenbosch with views of Cape Town to the West and the  Helderberg mountain range to the East. Cavalli is born from a family’s love for Horses, Wine and Cuisine.

Led by local chef Henrico Grobbelaar, who after being Executive Chef at The Twelve Apostles, joined the team behind this restaurant. Cavalli’s approach to cuisine is described as ‘a contemporary take on the classics’.

photo (3) ‘As a Chef you never, ever stop learning. There are always new trends, new styles and new techniques, and this is what keeps my passion alive. I want to learn as much as I can. Passing this knowledge on to the next generation of Chefs is another fulfilling part of my job as I witness the evolution of their skill sets. “Being involved from the project inception at Cavalli Wine Estate, I am fulfilling another ambition which is the ability to showcase the culmination of my experience gained in the past 15 Years.’ – Grobbelaar.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 4 days a week, Wednesday through Saturday for relaxed, generous Bistro lunch and Fine-Dining Dinner and Sunday Fine-Dining Lunch.

So here’s what I had for lunch:

Amuse-Bouche: Chicken Liver with Curry.

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As a starter I had the “Twelve Pigs” Bresaola, Hens Yolk, hay Ash, Horseradish, Boerenkaas, Daikon, Mulled Red Wine.

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As a main I had the Lamb Loin, lamb Neck Tagine, Kidney, Charred Eggplant, Minted, Marrow, Hoisin, Parmesan Veloute.

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For dessert I had Chocolate Fondant, Salted Milk, Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Grit, Chocolate Foam, Cocoa Nib Ice Cream.

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Wine recommendation for this meal: Red Wine Black Beauty, Shiraz 2012, Cavalli Wine Farm

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After lunch I had the opportunity to visit the Gallery downstairs.

It was a wonderful experience and I will definitely go back!

Cavalli Estate Contact

Tel: +27 21 855 3218
E-mail: restaurant@cavalliestate.com
Website: http://www.cavalliestate.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cavalliestate
Twitter: @cavalliestate

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|Melissa De Sousa Nunes|

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