Guardian Peak – Finally Dining at the Peak!

Guardian Peak - Views
  • Good for: Steak, Bistro Style Food, Views
  • Cost: R150-250/pp (incl Drinks)
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Contact: Hidden Valley, +27 (0)21 881 3899, Web

Last night we finally managed to dine at Guardian Peak, after trying unsuccessfully a couple of times before (once my fault, once their fault). This time we went for a special occasion as it was the gorgeous young engineer’s graduation yesterday so we had something special to celebrate! Guardian Peak is in Hidden Valley and has beautiful views, so we made sure we arrived at the restaurant with enough time to catch the last of the light in order to get some nice pictures. Continue reading

Rust en Vrede – Winemaker’s Lunch

Rust en Vrede
  • Good for: Steak, Salmon, Wine
  • Cost: R200-250/pp (incl Wine)
  • Rating: 5/5
  • Contact: Annandale Road, +27 (0)21 881 3881, Web

Yesterday we ended up at Rust en Vrede due to another establishment lower down in the valley not being able to accommodate us. I say ‘ended up’ like it’s a bad thing, but I was secretly very, very pleased as I’ve been meaning to visit Rust en Vrede for lunch but as they don’t serve beer it’s been a hard sell! Continue reading

Jimmy the Fish

  • Good for: Fish, Combos, Specials, Sushi, Pizza
  • Cost: R100-150/pp
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Contact: Corner Blaauwklippen & Strand Road, +27 (0) 21 880 0071, Web

The life of a self proclaimed foodie isn’t always glamorous and I don’t always hang out in Fine Dining establishments like Equus or gorgeous places like Babylonstoren. Sometimes you just have to eat because you’re hungry or you need a quick bite and you can’t be bothered to cook, and then you fall back on stalwarts like Jimmy the Fish. Continue reading

21 Day Fix Review – Autumn Already!

Yesterday I finished 21 Day Fix, a BeachBody programme by ‘Celebrity Trainer’ Autumn Calabrese. Basically the idea is that you follow the programme for three weeks, eat according to their plan and you end up with the body you always wanted. Now, clearly three weeks is never going to be enough for some people as it very much depends on your starting point, so it is a rather bold claim to make!  Continue reading

Schoon de Companje – Collaboration or Identity Crisis?

  • Good for: Not much
  • Cost: R100-150/pp (incl drinks)
  • Rating: 2/5
  • Contact: Church Street, +27 (0) 21 883 2187, Web

Schoon de Companje bills itself as ‘a collaboration of artisans in the true sense of the word, not merely a label, but rather the artisan that contributes to his community’. On Friday we stopped by for lunch, after walking past (and buying bread) repeatedly in the last few months. Every time we’ve been in De Companje the outside tables on Church Street are busy, but the inside areas very quiet; Continue reading

La Pineta – Throwback Thursday

  • Good for: Families, Groups, Oxtail
  • Cost: R150-200/pp (incl drinks)
  • Rating: 3/5
  • Contact: R44 to Strand, +27 (0) 21 880, Web

I’ve been going to La Pineta since I was a student at Stellenbosch many years ago. Actually, to be honest, I probably haven’t been there in the last 10-15 years, but I remember it well from those days for always doing good food and being very popular. According to their website the restaurant has been recently refurbished, but walking in it looked pretty much the way I remember it, though maybe a little more ‘open’ and modern. Continue reading

Rupert & Rothschild Food & Wine Tasting – Some Not So Light R&R

Rupert & Rothschild
  • Good for: Wine and Food Tasting, Buying Rothschild wines
  • Cost: R150-250/pp
  • Rating: 4/5
  • Contact: Klapmuts Road, +27 (0) 21 874 1648 Web

After my amazing experience at Creation Wines in the Hemel en Aarde Vallei I thought it would be a good idea to try something similar a bit closer to home. I did a bit of digging and found a very nice sounding Food and Wine Tasting at Rupert and Rothschild Vignerons, just over the mountain from Stellenbosch. Yesterday started with smoke hanging in the air from an out of control fire in Jonkershoek but fortunately it cleared by lunchtime and I headed out to go and get some R&R. Continue reading