It is my favourite time of the year again!! 💃🏽❤️😊. Restaurant Week South Africa!
If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, you’ve been missing out on delicious food all these years!
But let me tell you. Restaurant week is the best week of the year in SA for a range of people, from students, families to foodies and even other competing chefs. My experience has been in Cape Town for the last 3 years.
Imagine all the 4/5 star restaurants you’ve always wanted to go to or try out. From celebrity South African chefs’ restaurants (rated highly in the world of food globally) to hotel restaurants, and quaint low key restaurants that are secrets of the locals. Amazing food all round and if not amazing experience with friends or family.
The best part is; no long waiting periods for reservations and no ridiculously expensive food.
To be part of restaurant week, the restaurants need to abide by a few basic rules. Accessibility to the larger public is the main aim. Normal people, at affordable prices, reviewing your restaurant.
Meals are lunch (2-course meal) @ R200 unless it has a dining city star, meaning food so awesome and highly rated you have to pay an extra R50. Or supper (3-course meal) @ R250 or R300 with that dining star rating again.
Every year I approach Restaurant week with a strategy or game plan. Different restaurants every time and every year. 2014’s game plan was newer restaurants in the market, the ones that still try very hard. 2015’s plan was largely based on my obsession with salmon and oysters, so I booked and reviewed restaurants with oysters and/or salmon on their menu.
But this year’s game plan is: restaurants I would normally not go to. You’ll be amazed at the treasures you find… places like Cape Town hotels, Wine Farms whose wines I might not necessarily be the biggest fan off.
Either way, it’s a fun time for me to sample amazing food by amazing chefs. Whether to my taste or standards, it’s still a great exercise to get inspired by for my own kitchen.
So here we go….