I’ve at all times thought of myself a meals and wine lover. Meals is an unimaginable connection to native communities and one frequent bond between individuals, so I at all times exit of my strategy to discover some road meals or a real native restaurant. Africa is a continent of distinction. I’ve eaten primary staples within the East, completely distinctive dishes within the horn (who doesn’t love Ethiopian meals!) and a number of the most elaborate degustations of my life within the South.
On this journey, I’m primarily in my African base of Cape City, which I contemplate to be the foodie capital of the world, but it doesn’t get the popularity it actually deserves. As probably the most developed nation on the continent (and nonetheless the strongest economic system), South Africa advantages from infrastructure that’s on par with Australia, nonetheless a considerably decrease price of products and labour. This implies you may get pleasure from experiences which are merely out of attain to most of us at dwelling. As an ideal instance, I occur to reside a brief stroll from one in every of Sydney’s main 5-star eating places. A fast look at their web site reveals the dinner worth (with wine) at $900 for a pair!
My little custom on arrival in Cape City is to go to the waterfront for oysters. This little train units me again about $20 for a dozen oysters and two glasses of champagne (whereas sitting instantly on the waterfront with Desk Mountain behind). For dinner, one in every of my favourites is Pot Luck Membership, an ultra-trendy warehouse conversion that serves cocktails and “small plates”. The meals is out of this world superb, and a cocktail, a couple of wines and 4 plates doesn’t break the $100 mark.
On this journey, I ventured someplace new, the sleepy seaside city of Paternoster, a preferred weekend escape for Capetonians. This little beachside location is scattered with high-end eating places (and never a Maccas to be discovered!). I made a decision on Leeto and loved an incredible recent prawn starter, native beef fillet and a creme brûlée with three massive glasses of wine. The harm was a complete $50 for among the best meals I’ve had in a very long time, and positively outdid the $48 burger and beer (ordered from the bar with out desk service) that I had in Canberra earlier than coming over!
I can’t depend the variety of examples that rival the above. Whereas it nonetheless stays largely undiscovered to Australians, there’s no higher time to set off on a foodie tour of South Africa! We even provide it as a safari add-on. I haven’t even talked about the Winelands but …. Let’s save that for subsequent time!