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Curry Knysna

Mutton or lamb rogan josh originated in the Kashmir region of India where it is made with whole spices. The lamb, mutton or goat meat is stewed for a couple of hours with the spices including cockscomb which gives the curry its trademark red colour.

Tim’s bistro

Tims is a small independent bistro, centrally situated in Southampton, that should not to be missed.

Breakfast in Southampton

Starting at nine for breakfast he runs through lunch and then on to dinner. Building a loyal following offering a wide variety of freshly cooked food.

Best seafood restaurants in Southampton

But it is the specials board one wants to keep an eye on. In particuar the fish and seafood.

Independent seafood bistros Southampton

One of the best if not the best independent seafood bistros to be found on the south coast.

Great steaks

South Africans know their wine. They are also known to appreciate a good steak.

Recommended steak restaurants London

The sort of steaks you find at Hof’s Bar & Restaurant. Where guests get to experience a unique fusion of South African, German and Swiss food. With a particular focus on meat and fish dishes that are paired with quality wines from around the world.

South African wine in the UK

The Hof family have been supplying exclusive restaurants and private clientele around the world and producing some of the finest handcrafted South African wines in Robertson since 2009. .

South African wine in London

Known locally as the valley of Wine and Roses, the magnificent landscape, towering cliffs and crystal streams of the fertile Robertson Valley create picturesque beginnings for our wines. The ideal soil and climate conditions of the Robertson region ensure grapes with good fruit concentration and character.

South African wines of distinction in the UK

The rich diversity of the lime-rich calcarious soil, similar to Burgundy’s Cote d’Or, make it eminently suitable for good Chardonnay. All the wines are a pure expression of the soil in which they grow. The abundant supply of water from the Du Toits Kloof mountain range and the cooling South Easter breeze from the Indian Ocean provide ideal conditions to preserve and enhance the quality of the grapes.

California Burger

Best hamburgers in the Garden Route

Saturday mornings find us at the Farmers Market in Harkerville where Jono does the California Burger he rates as the best to be had in the Garden Route. It’s a delicious hand made pattie with onion, garlic and soya sauce inside. Fresh lettuce, tomato and special California Sauce. All on a fresh bun and served up by Matt de Jongh. Everything is sourced locally and fresh.

Le Fournil

Best coffee shops in Plettenberg Bay
Homemade stock is a healthy and cost effective way to make sure all your dishes are packed full of flavour. Make it in bulk & freeze for future use! @lefournildeplett makes all of our soups and stock from scratch using seasonal produce for our daily soup specials. Today’s soup was lentil and lemon soup, best served with a slice of our bread next to the fireplace

PE’s Friendly Stranger

PE is not a pretty city. And Valley Rd is one of the last places you would expect to find a friendly stranger. But find one you will, on Upper Valley Road in a stone  building that used to be the harbour master’s house.

Coffee shops in PE

There is a downstairs lounge with very low ceiling that is different, a retreat from the chic coffee shop upstairs.

Breakfast in Port Elizabeth

The menu includes salads, burgers, flatbreads, nachos, pies and steaks. Next door there is a micro brewery and coffee roastery, making this another food focused destination

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1 Bridge St, South End, Brickmakers Kloof, Port Elizabeth, 072 650-1487.

Garden Route Awards

THE CXPRESS Garden Route Culinary Awards took place at beautiful Kurland Estate in The Crags on Monday afternoon, with the who’s who of the ‘hood’s food aficionados in attendance to either receive or hand over prizes.
At the steer of proceedings were Francois Ferreira, head honcho of the South African Chaîne de Rôtisseurs, and Anne Hadley, local foodie supreme and better half of the late Ian Hadley, who started the awards shortly after the turn of the century to acknowledge local service and cooking excellence.
Kurland chef Leon Coetzee and his crew laid on canapés* to die for after the official handover of Top 20 and Legends (those eateries consistently making the Top 20 for three years-plus) certificates, Best Of Plaques and the ultimate prizes of Best Server, Best Wine Steward, Best Young Chef, Best Chef and Special Achiever of 2014 trophies.
Representatives of Plett’s budding wine route ensured that no parched throat went unnoticed and the Kurland team attended to guests’ every other need, showing why they were worthy recipients of this year’s Best Service award.
Our thanks, on behalf of CXPRESS as media partner of the awards for the past 12 years, go to Hartman’s & Sons for supporting this year’s awards, and to Sharyn of ShowMe Plett for making everyone grin into her lens.
News of the awards’ new guise will follow early in the New Year, but suffice to say that reader participation and voting will be phased in, along with social media interaction – watch this space!

LEGENDS

Serendipity, The Girls, Pembreys, Travel Bugs, La Locanda, Ile de Pain, Transkaroo, The Bell, Roadside Deli, Kafe Serefe

TOP 20

Flava, Pomodoro, La Rosa Blu, East Head Café, Enrico’s, Lemon Grass, 34 Degrees South, Caloroso, Salina’s, Café Gannet, The Rose, Bramon, Lauren’s Deli Eatery, The Fat Fish, The Olive Tree, The Old Town House, The Grand Café & Rooms, Route 57, The Table, Zinzi

BEST OF PLAQUES

Best Family Restaurant: Zucchini (Timberlake Village between Wilderness & Sedgefield)
Best Coffee Emporium: Baruch’s (Mossel Bay)
Best Hotel Restaurant: La Cantina, Fancourt (George)
Best Service: Kurland (Plettenberg Bay – The Crags)
Best Resort Dining: The Orchid Room (Simola – Knysna)
Best Deli Style Dining: Clare’s Cakes & Deli (Plettenberg Bay)
Best Café Style Dining: The Bayleaf Café (George)
Best Casual Style Dining: The Veg Table (Knysna – Rheenendal)
Best New Kids on the Block: The Bench & Calandra (shared – both in George)

Server of the Year: Blessing Nkosa (Caloroso)

Wine Steward of the Year: Kervin Lichtenberg (Zinzi)

Young Chef of the Year: Michael Ashley (The Girls)

Chef of the Year: Delia Clarke (Simola)

Achiever of the Year: Lizelle Stolze (Serendipity)