{eat} A true hidden gem in Constantia: Phantom at Purple Rayn

We are quick to say we’ve found “a hidden gem” when we come across an experience we’ve enjoyed and that might not be known to many people. Today I believe, fully and completely, that I’ve found the Cape’s best hidden gem. Situated like the sparkling crown jewel in the Queen’s tiara in the green belt…

{eat} FYN dining at Tempelhoff’s stunning new look-out

When a dining experience leaves a seasoned food writer (like myself) wordless and gasping for adjectives to describe it’s sheer beauty, you must know they’re onto something. I was incredibly lucky to be one of only a tiny handful of guests to attend the soft opening of Peter Tempelhoff’s stunning new venture, FYN – perched…

{eat} Restaurant Seven is my new number one!

A friend in food is one to be cherished. Keep her close to your heart, and even closer in a hug. Spending time with a childhood friend over plates of fine food is one of the best experiences this world can offer. I was recently surprised with a three-course lunch at George Jardine’s new Restaurant…

{event} Celebrations with FAT Bastard

Admit it. We all let out a smug little giggle and an awkward happy dance when we receive an invitation to a 21st birthday party. Maybe it’s just me? Anyways, purely because of the nature of this type of celebration, it fills us with excitement at the prospect of good food, good wine and awesome…

{eat} Makaron Restaurant: small plates of joy

If you’ve been following The Little Hedonist for a while, you’d know that I have quite an extensive foodie bucket list going. You’d also know that I get ridiculously excited if the universe grants me the opportunity to tick off one of these desired dining experiences from my ever-growing list. Well, she’s been looking down…

{event} DINE4SIX’s 100th event celebration at Cape Grace Hotel

I have a very real fear of meeting new people. It sometimes borders on a mild case of anthropophobia. Sitting down and dining with strangers sounds pretty nightmarish to me. But, as the wise old universe would have it, I was gifted an exclusive opportunity to attend DINE4SIX‘s 100th event celebration at the Cape Grace…

{eat} Eat away your winter blues at The Shortmarket Club

Let me do you a favour and let you in on Cape Town’s best foodie secret – winter specials. Yes, Capetownians, crawl out of your lairs and put the hibernation on snooze for a few hours – the mother city is lit with gorgeous winter special menus! And let me do you another huge favour…

{eat} Tradition and history: Quarter Kitchen at the Portswood Hotel

I’ve tasted, experienced and cooked many different authentic world cuisines in my life as a wandering foodie. But time and time again, when I’m asked what my favourite dish is, I will immediately return to the smells of my childhood and my mother city; the sweet and spicy aroma of Cape Malay cooking. A recent…

About friendship & fine dining: Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort

To dine at one of the top-ten restaurants in South Africa has always been a phantasmagorical daydream of mine. Little did I know that I’d soon spend a luxuriously dreamy afternoon indulging at Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenhort with one of my very best friends. It was everything I could ever have wished for, but above…

Mangata Restaurant

Please note: Unfortunately, Mångata Restaurant closed shortly after the review was published. (TLH) Fast food Every foodie has a bucket list. Dishes they want to eat, culinary adventures they want to undertake, flavour sensations they wish upon their taste buds. Very often, these bucket list items are also “firsts.” Without knowing, a friendly invitation to dine…