Aarya at SunSquare – dubbed by many as a gem of Johannesburg’s food scene – is shaking things up this season with a new menu bent on showcasing the culinary prowess of Chef Deena Naidoo and Executive Chef Rodgers Mahasi – who joined Aarya as Executive Chef in 2017, bringing a wealth of international experience and an almost palpable passion for food.
Nestled on the Piazza at Montecasino, the upmarket South African fusion restaurant, which is joint-owned by Naidoo, South Africa’s first MasterChef winner, continues to reimagine flavoursome favourites to incorporate a unique South African flair, making it a fusion food…
In recent years Yeoville, a Jo’burg suburb founded in 1890, became a place to avoid due to crime and urban decay, which led to the flight of wealthier classes to better neighbourhoods. A once-vibrantly cosmopolitan and bohemian area – which symbolised a changing society to many – steadily became seedy, a place only the brave, the desperate or the foolish would visit. Its trendy cafés, bookshops, some nightclubs and the idea of leisurely night strolls were consigned to history.
Those dark days are gone, however, and great efforts are being made to revitalise the suburb. Fabled Rockey Street, which still boasts pubs, taverns, tuckshops…
There’s something about holding a book, driving a classic car or enjoying a cup of freshly brewed coffee in an intimate, non-franchised establishment. An authentic experience of the latter, coupled with a fresh home-style deli menu, can be found at The Naked Kitchen & Coffee Bar, born of the passion for travel, food and fresh seasonal food co-founders Shaun Els and Victor Barbosa share.
A quick lunch date at the eatery in Morningside Shopping Centre, Johannesburg, soon proved that it may very well be Jozi’s best-kept hot coffee secret. The interior – created by Tristan du Plessis of Studio A…
While many people believe that organic or vegan wines don’t taste as good as conventional wines, Klaas Coetzee, Head Winemaker and Production Manager at Stellar Winery disagrees. “On the contrary, I think the wine is of a much better quality. If your grape quality is poor, you need to add a lot of fining agents to ‘improve’ the wine,” he explains.
He points out that “the fact that the wine is organic does not guarantee sales. I’m constantly attending winemaking seminars and trying to taste a lot of international wines to benchmark our quality. We’re also investing in a high-density…
In a land of exotic food like injera, wat, shiro and firfir, it’s surprising to find a restaurant where the British staple of Shepherd’s Pie is the talk of the town.
That town is Lalibela in rural Ethiopia, famous for its churches carved into solid rock in the 12th century. The Ben Abeba restaurant is a far newer tourist attraction, adding unusual twists to local fare.
Ben Abeba is co-owned by retired Scottish teacher Susan Aitchison and taxi driver Habtamu Baye, who met when Aitchison taught at a school in a tiny village.
Aitchison puts the whole thing down to “one glass of wine too many”,…