Vegetarian food at its best. The Daniel brothers simply know how and celebrate food with every single dish on their menu. By using natural, freshly produced and organic products The Gate creates fantastic looking and very tasteful dishes.
Tortillas with two fillings served with guacamole, sour cream and black bean pepper salsa – food art on the plate. The menu is changing according to the season and all dishes are vegetarian. They do serve a selection of vegan dishes or vegan options as well.The risotto with mushrooms, rocket and parmesan shavings was perfectly cooked and my personal highlight of the evening.
It’s getting winter in the most beautiful city in the world. Nothing better than starting a chilly and rainy day with a hot infusion of ginger, lemon, mint, cinnamon and honey. A tea so simple but full of good ingredients and definitely warming you up. Skinny Legs & All – Luxury Café is a lovely place for breakfast and light meals during the day. From freshly baked pastries and breads, home made smoothies and lemonades, seasonal fruits and cereals to hot dishes – the café in Loop Street offers all you need. If you like to start your day with something sweet, try the home made toasted banana bread with whipped cream and raspberries on the side or their own creation of bircher muesli topped with seasonal fruits.
Yotam Ottolenghi! I’m a big fan of not only his food but also the concept and design of his delis and restaurants. On the one hand everything is kept in white with some wooden highlights which creates a very elegant dining atmosphere, on the other hand the communal tables, sharing dishes and food counter make it very casual and relaxed. It allows people to really come and be together with some excellent food and a good bottle of wine. Ottolenghi Islington – the flag-ship and proper restaurant in the north of London – is a great spot for after work or weekends in a smaller or bigger group. We started with the roasted aubergine with turmeric yoghurt, one of Ottolenghi’s signature dishes. Here with pickled radish, some spring onions and almonds on top. I’m always impressed by how perfectly he mixes ingredients and spices from Middle East with Mediterranean and Asian flavours. The pan fried sea bass with avocado and jalapeño salsa was beautifully presented, perfectly cooked and full of flavour. If you see the counter with all the freshly baked cakes and tarts you’ll understand that the dessert wasn’t an easy choice. In the end it was the lemon zest and strawberry cheesecake which was absolutely delicious but I’ll definitely come back for the apple and sultana cake with maple icing.
The Sunday brunch at Makaron Restaurant in Stellenbosch is a wonderful start into the day. The location is very modern and stylish and the garden with its bright blue chairs and tables definitely an eye-catcher.
The Goats and Vanilla Cheese Cake is excellent and very different from the cheese cake you’d expect.
The buffet table is full with treats. From seasonal fruits, home baked pastries and breads, local cheeses and charcuterie to hot dishes, salads and a traditional roast of the day. Fresh juices, coffee and tea are unlimited and two glasses of sparkling wine or craft beers included.Is this the most decadent Sunday brunch in the Cape? Eat Out asked this question a couple of months ago when Makaron started offering the Sunday brunch. After being there I’d definitely answer this question with a yes.