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”,… Read More
This month we’re tucking into an array of delicious Italian-inspired treats – and we didn’t even have to leave SA’s shores!
Forti Grill & Bar
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This is the philosophy behind chef Fortunato Mazzone’s food at Forti Grill & Bar in Pretoria (Time Square, Menlyn Maine). A combo of fine dining and Italian cuisine, peppered with recipes passed down through the family (“Prawns of My Father” has been on the menu since 1976), the vibe and small touches bring the Italian character home, with wine, art and music integral… Read More
After a decor refresh over winter, chef Reuben Riffel has reopened his eponymous restaurant at Cape Town’s glamorous One&Only hotel with a focused new menu that sees the quality of cooking dialled up a notch. While retaining the bistro homeliness, the complexity of the dishes shows that Reuben and his team of chefs are out to impress.
His trademark plate of chilli-salted squid with Vietnamese nuam choc dressing on a crispy leaf salad never… Read More
The Shortmarket Club promises a fantastic culinary experience for patrons who visit from its opening date in June. And with Luke Dale-Roberts heading the enterprise, it’s sure to make waves in the South African food industry.
Dale-Roberts has partnered with his wife, Sandalene, his top chef, Wesley Randles, and manager Simon Widdison in opening the restaurant just off the iconic Bree Street.
Former chef to Nelson Mandela, Chef Brett Ladds, will be launching his own ground-breaking restaurant in Pretoria in the near future. Chefs @ 566 will see Ladds’ dream come to life as it provides diners with an interactive culinary experience.
This has been a long-time dream of Ladds who – having cooked for a number of prominent figures and aided in establishing of multiple businesses – will bring invaluable experience to the table.
“Food must only be made with love; the taste… Read More
Luke Dale-Roberts, soon to be starring at The Saxon in Johannesburg.
The news that esteemed chef Luke Dale-Roberts was opening a restaurant in Johannesburg certainly made waves in local food circles a few months back (read the Sawubona story here). The great news is that his pop-up restaurant at The Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa opens in January.