11 February 2011 by Robyn Campbell

Love SA on V Day

The silly celebration of Valentine’s Day, when some little chubby dude in a nappy, with CHERUB on his number plate, cruises around, and cons most of us into spending unnecessary amounts of money on roses, champagne, and cards with cheesy love poems, is upon us.

I say, why lavish all your attention on just 1 person, when you can fall head-over-heels in love with a whole country through its cuisine?

Here, then, are not my most romantic restaurants but my best South African restaurants (regrettably all Cape-based), where the romance is in the edible soul of our diverse culinary heritage.

Pierneef à La Motte
Inspired by the landscape artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Pierneef à La Motte restaurant in Franschhoek, is a journey into Cape winelands food terroir. Interpreted through modern cooking techniques, the menu is inspired by centuries of Dutch, Flemish, German, French and British settlers’ cooking.
For bookings, call +27 (0)21 876 8800, or e-mail pierneef@la-motte.co.za

Fyndraai
Fyndraai restaurant at the Solms-Delta wine estate between Paarl and Franschhoek, presents a modern take on traditional Cape cuisine, using heritage recipes and forgotten indigenous ingredients that speak to the European, Asian and African origins of Cape cuisine.
For bookings, call +27 (0)21 874 3937, ext. 115,  or e-mail restaurant@solms-delta.co.za

Geelbek
From the deep-fried mushrooms with tartar sauce, and the oh-so 90’s pepperdew and avocado mousse, to the traditional Bobotie, Dennigsvleis, and malva pudding, Geelbek is culinary-kitsch heaven where retro family steakhouse collides with Cape Malay.
For bookings, call +27 (0)22 772 2134, or e-mail GeelbekRestaurant@telkomsa.net

Bar Bar Black Sheep
Funky Brit-Boer-kitsch decor and a very, very lekker menu that changes as often as owner, ex-ballet dancer, Mynhardt Joubert changes his hairstyle.  Ingredients are honest, local, just-picked, and sublimely prepared. Make the trek to this tiny, trendy Swartland town!
For bookings, call +27 (0)22 448 1031, or e-mail bbbs@telkomsa.net

Category: Arts & Entertainment, Food & Wine

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