So today, my ninth day in Cape Town, it is time to say farewell – for now. I’ll be back. You can’t keep me away.
Despite knowing my return will be soon, my heart is sore and it will be a tough one. Time to man-up, or should that be woman-up, and enjoy my family and diarise my arrival date once more. That’s the best way to deal with the goodbye, have a date of arrival up and ready.
Time here has been superb. Been out to a few nice places and ate far too much. The heat generally is a bit of a no-no, even when living here, but this visit it was a little too much too soon, no doubt after spending a LOT of time in the chilly old UK. Sweating, flipping heck, you’d think there was no liquid left in my body.
Went to Boschendal for lunch – love this place, can’t come here without going there. Stunning day, simple yet delicious food – baby marrow griddle cakes, poached egg, whipped goats cheese and a green salad with a tangy-sweet dressing, courtesy of The Deli. I did have a photo, but it’s crap. And of course a perfect, chilled glass of wine.
Went to the Mount Nelson for morning High Tea – oh my goodness, amazing food, amazing place, another favourite to visit when here. Here is a photo taken from The Nellies web – thank you Nellie. And yes, it is just like this image, if only you could scratch it and smell it.
Went to Protege in Franschhoek. Again, superb food, brilliantly hot day. We did the Reduced menu (4 courses), which was in all honesty too much for such a hot day, but you know what, if you are there, you’ve just got to do it! Had a nice glass of bubbles there too. Actually, I digress slightly, was with my daughter who was having her nails done at 10am at the Waterfront, Battery Park, when a lady came in, jeans, cap, long tresses, made up to the nines. “Would you like a drink,” the receptionist asked.
“Yes, please,” she said.
“Sparkling or still water,” the receptionist said.
“Oh,” the glam gal said. “Sparkling. Sparkling wine.”
A little chuckle to myself, but you know what if you’re offered, why not have it. Needless to say she enjoyed that glass of sparkling wine while being pampered, and quite honestly I would have taken the sparkling wine too.
photo borrowed from Protege – thank you Protege
Back to Protege. The reduced menu started with a plate of snacks, which were almost enough to not need another morsel to pass my lips. Again, I wish there was a photo of the food, but go look at the site to get an idea. Here is the menu:
Sourdough, chicken butter, biltong, olives, confit garlic
Edamame beans, sriracha and sesame
Korean fried chicken, coriander, buttermilk
Miso seared Tuna, Spiced squid, crisp jalapeno, avocado
Beetroot Tart, smoked olive, semi-dried tomato, capers, sage, goats cheese
Kerala style Kingklip, labneh, pickles, curried sultana
Confit Pork roti, kimchi, miso aubergine, Ponzu mayonnaise, pickled cucumber
Cauliflower risotto, chermoula, dukkah
Springbok loin, red cabbage, baby spinach, smoked pomme puree, stone fruit
Linefish, salsa verde, sweetcorn, Cape Malay relish
Karoo lamb rump, caponata, Jerusalem artichoke, herb soubise, Peri peri
Cheese selection and homemade preserves
Dark chocolate cocoa bean, peanut, pistachio and raspberry
Mango, pineapple, coconut and meringue
One last stop to eat too much, La Belle for breakers at the Alphen. Last meal of indulgence before steamed fish and veggies becomes the norm for a few weeks.
Photo borrowed from La Belle at The Alphen– Constantia – thank you La Belle
So there you are, loads of food, there were other places too only these were the highlights.
What else is good while here? Well I feel healthier, happier and more creative. Hmm, so how can I get around all that back in the UK? Good question, and one to ponder. Only not today. Nope, noppity-no, today is about enjoying and being with the people I love.
Au Revoir Cape Town . . . see you again soon.