Join the Gourmet Guide, Jenny Handley, on her journeys of flavour, home and away. From SA’s plated fine-dining restaurants to local new spots, and from markets to Michelin-starred restaurants in all corners of the globe.

Casual in the Cape, taste the Gourmet Guide’s week

After a whirlwind time, last week it was time to find downtime. Sunday provided free time in which to celebrate a dear friend and fellow scribe’s milestone birthday, Quentin at Oakhurst in Hout Bay gave the perfect platform for a long lunch. A gaggle of highly conversational, stimulating women gathered together in a corner, seeking …
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From city to island, ultra luxury all the way

SPACIOUS, SECLUDED, SENSATIONAL Sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean witnessed over the rim of a glass of Moët & Chandon, what better way to start a working day? Members of the media gathered in the spectacular home of architect Stefan Antoni, to get the scoop of the One&Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius private homes. …
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To be included in the JHP Gourmet Guide is not a sprint, but a marathon

JHP Gourmet Guide announced SA’s 2020 plated restaurants at an unforgettable, happy function at the new, state-of-the-art KitchenAid Africa premises in Paarden Eiland. Happy because every restaurant and chef present, was lauded and rewarded. Host Dr Susanne Reuther, pulled out all the stops to ensure a fabulous function. Guests gathered drinking illy coffee and sipping …
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Bosjes – beautiful, breathtaking and more than betrothals

The dramatically beautiful Bosjes Chapel in Worcester, in the picturesque Breede Valley, is where many have exchanged vows, the contemporary building forming a breathtaking backdrop for a betrothal. It’s a miniature piece of heaven in the country. Stretch your legs after a leisurely 90-minute drive from Cape Town, wander around the chapel and garden, taking …
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Cavalli

When a special friend, born a Virgo, still a filly, requested the perfect place at which to celebrate her milestone birthday with local and European friends, I knew that only the best would do. Taking into consideration all items on her wish list, the sophisticated equestrian setting of one-plated restaurant Cavalli was first over the …
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The sun sets over the ocean, then rises in the valley with new opportunity

DEN ANKER There can be no better place to enjoy the golden hour and best view of the harbour and mountain than from Den Anker in the V&A Waterfront. It was my pleasure to accompany friends from Botswana and the UK there for a long, leisurely lunch. As we sat down we were brought some …
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Read, write, reflect

EAT YOUR WORDS What do an artist, interior decorator, photographer, company director, Masterchef UK finalist and wealth specialist have in common? Passion, a love of food and wine and the ambition to write. These like-minded, energetic individuals gathered together on an overcast Saturday with the crashing sea as a backdrop, to be inspired at our …
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TRYN – a restaurant with legacy and new life

It was with a glass of Steenberg’s prestige cuvee, 1682 Brut Chardonnay MCC, that we toasted the new-look restaurant Tryn named after Catharina Ras, who founded the estate in 1682. Losing three of her five husbands to mishaps in the wild, her feisty spirit is still lauded, and alive in the bold tones of the …
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Ye olde pub lunch

My man loves fine dining, but, when push comes to shove, may say ‘yay’ to pub grub over refined fare, with the chance to let his (non-existent) hair down. Every so often he takes me out for lunch or dinner, insisting that it is not work, nor a review, and I am not allowed to …
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A family affair, in memory of Margaret

Let’s celebrate all women this week, perhaps with a pink gin? When my son mentioned that his micro-brewery and nano-distillery were making small, bespoke ranges of flavoured gin for chefs and restaurants, my ears pricked up. I remember how impressed I was when I saw a house brand of gin at La Colombe last year… …
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Restaurant Mosaic – a memorable collaboration of botanical cuisine, wine and art

I felt my pulse diminish as we drove through the glistening gateway of the Orient Hotel and the Francolin Conservatory, but as I started thinking about the epicurean adventure that awaited, it quickened. Mari Dartnall’s welcome is one of the highlights of returning to this property. She showed us to our room, Constantinople, which oozes …
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A heartful of feast and family

SAXON HOTEL, VILLAS & SPA You can check out, but you may never (want to) leave… Checking into the award-winning Saxon Hotel is like being reunited with friends. GM George Cohen and PR Manager Johan Vos ensure that every aspect of a sojourn in this urban sanctuary is sublime. They both practise ‘MBWA’ (management by walking …
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