Molten Toffee _ I am obsessed

It was long past time I finally wrote a post about Molten Toffee, my favorite coffe shop in Cape Town.

best coffee in cape town, delicious fresh food, trendy hangout, centrally located, amazing customer service. Molten Toffee is the best eatery in cape Town

Located opposite the Spar on Kloof Street (45A), it is quite a new little hotspot. It was originally opened by two employees from Yours Truly just up the road, and is now owned by one of them. Molten Toffee is very trendy and unique. Definitely not your mainstream hangout. Be prepared for delicious fresh food and drinks and a great ambiance.

best coffee in cape town, delicious fresh food, trendy hangout, centrally located, amazing customer service. Molten Toffee is the best eatery in cape Town

For breakfast, you can make your own by selecting ingredients from their generous variety. You can also try out their famous breakfast wrap or try something a little different like their egglets.

best coffee in cape town, delicious fresh food, trendy hangout, centrally located, amazing customer service. Molten Toffee is the best eatery in cape Town~ Flat White & an Egglet ~

There is a real emphasis on home made products and high quality. Their home made granola is very popular and they plan on selling it soon by the bag- sign me up!

Their coffee is absolutely delicious, they have quite a range of different options but my consistent go-to is of course the flat white (errday!). They use ‘Deluxe’ coffee beans which are in my opinion one of the most flavourful kind.

For lunch you can once again customize it or choose from a mouth-watering menu of delicious sandwiches, salads and other concoctions.

best coffee in cape town, delicious fresh food, trendy hangout, centrally located, amazing customer service. Molten Toffee is the best eatery in cape Town~ Avo Ritz Salad ~

If you’re not hungry, then try one of their freshly squeezed juices! The Green Juice is my personal favorite.

I can go on and on about their food and drinks but it’s just making me hungrier and hungrier…

The decor is rustic in a brown and copper color scheme making the hangout feel very cozy, yet ultra trendy. There’s some beautiful modern artwork decorating the walls and some great tunes on the speakers to string it all together. In fact, I love this place so much I’ve been working here all day and I’m even sitting here right now.

Finally, I’ve got to give it to the staff for making this place beyond awesome. They are the friendliest bunch, always making you feel more than welcome and special. 🙂

best coffee in cape town, delicious fresh food, trendy hangout, centrally located, amazing customer service. Molten Toffee is the best eatery in cape Town

… Wait for it: they’ve got a membership card where after the purchase of 10 coffees you get 1 free! (I’ve noticed it also works for juices)

To summarize it up, Molten Toffee is my obsession and they make the best coffees in town!

A Taste Of Greece in Hout Bay

Spiro’s restaurant in Hout Bay transported us to the terrace of a Greek taverna somewhere near the beach.

The decor is very à-la-Grecque with blue and white walls and balustrades. Greek music was playing and of course, the menu was a full-on Greek fest.

delicious greek food in cape town. Spiro's restaurant in Hout Bay~ These kind of images were floating through my mind ~

I always find Greek food to be delicious and sometimes quite adventurous when it comes to things such as raw octopus… Their menu is so diverse so no matter what your palette is craving, you will definitely find it!

We chose to go for lemony chicken Souvlaki with homemade fries and a wonderful homemade tzatziki with a side salad.

delicious greek food in cape town. Spiro's restaurant in Hout Bay~ Pardon my taking the kebab apart before the picture ~

Everything in this dish was superb: The chicken with its lemon dressing was perfectly cooked and bursting of flavor, the fries were also very well done and presented in an adorable way, and the tzatziki was fabulous with perfectly balanced flavors, taking the first prize home!

Such a satisfying meal. Some Greek food I would definitely recommend!

Cocktails at a Bakery: Knead

This is just a small post to boast about the AMAZING cocktails we tried at Knead the other day.

centrally located, knead is the best bakery in Cape Town. They also serve amazing cocktails, perfect on a hot south african summer's day

Typically not a bar or somewhere you would buy alcohol, Knead truly surprised us after a long hard day of work.

I usually always buy bread at Knead if I forgot to pack lunch: they have this amazing olive ciabatta bun which is definitely my go-to. Today however, we tried cocktails at a bakery.

We were very tired and had had a good sweat so our minds were both thinking of where to get an icy cold beer. And fast!
Then Mike remembered that the bakery across the road from work was advertising cocktails which we thought was quite funny. So the decision was made there and then: “cocktails at Knead it is!”. We were a bit sceptical but very curious and I am so glad we decided to go.

centrally located, knead is the best bakery in Cape Town. They also serve amazing cocktails, perfect on a hot south african summer's day

Mike ordered a Mojito and I got a Grapefruit & Mint-Gin & Tonic. I have no words to describe our surprise to the flavor held in these amazing drinks. The Mojito was stronger and made Mike think of Hoolah dancers, palm trees and the Carribean. My Grapefruit cocktail was the perfect Girl’s Drink you feel like dunking your head into and paddling around in. Perfect dose of sweet, perfect dose of tangy, perfectly delicious!

Enough words said 😉

 

Mesopotamia: A Kurdish Foodie Adventure

Mesopotamia is a great restaurant to try out if you’re in the mood for something a little adventurous and different. It is the first Kurdish restaurant in Cape Town. Expect the whole experience immersed in the kurd culture, sitting on the floor, listening to folk music, reading about kurd history, enjoying belly dancing and hubbly bubbly.

 

best kurdish food in cape town at mesopotamia. shisha and belly dancing in a very authentic setting. Delicious kurdish food and great service.

best kurdish food in cape town at mesopotamia. shisha and belly dancing in a very authentic setting. Delicious kurdish food and great service.

 

The menu boasts of delicious traditional kurdish cuisine. There is a huge selection of mezes and mains mainly incorporating lamb, chicken and vegetables. I would definitely recommend the suggested menu at R320 for two. This menu allows you to sample different mezes, six different mains and a traditional dessert.

~ Best of all worlds. ~

 

best kurdish food in cape town at mesopotamia. shisha and belly dancing in a very authentic setting. Delicious kurdish food and great service.

best kurdish food in cape town at mesopotamia. shisha and belly dancing in a very authentic setting. Delicious kurdish food and great service.

It was absolutely divine and perfect for a food lover who isn’t acquainted with this type of food. All in all we really enjoyed this dining experience. It was definitely something unique and worth a second, third and fourth visit!

Giovanni’s: Best Deli in Cape Town

If you are around Cape Town and happen to be in the Green Point area, you must make a point of stopping at this very trendy italian hangout.

Giovannis best deli in Cape Town, best coffee in Cape Town, delicious salads and ready-made meals. custom-made sandwiches. Greenpoint deli, Cape Town, South Africa

Delicious coffees and freshly baked pastries are divine in the morning at the outdoor balcony bar as you enter the deli.

Giovannis best deli in Cape Town, best coffee in Cape Town, delicious salads and ready-made meals. custom-made sandwiches. Greenpoint deli, Cape Town, South Africa
Once you walk into the door it is so easy to get lost amongst all the delicious food that is literally in display all around you. They have amazing deli salads and other goods like hummus and different patés.

Giovannis best deli in Cape Town, best coffee in Cape Town, delicious salads and ready-made meals. custom-made sandwiches. Greenpoint deli, Cape Town, South Africa

Giovannis best deli in Cape Town, best coffee in Cape Town, delicious salads and ready-made meals. custom-made sandwiches. Greenpoint deli, Cape Town, South Africa

Giovannis best deli in Cape Town, best coffee in Cape Town, delicious salads and ready-made meals. custom-made sandwiches. Greenpoint deli, Cape Town, South Africa

Their ready-made meals ranging from fish, to poultry, to red meat and more, are perfect if you are in a rush or don’t have the time or energy to cook a nice dinner. They also have a fantastic selection of cheeses and hams.

The quality of their products is way beyond great.

There’s also a whole corner dedicated to a variety of artisanal breads and bagels etc.

Giovannis best deli in Cape Town, best coffee in Cape Town, delicious salads and ready-made meals. custom-made sandwiches. Greenpoint deli, Cape Town, South Africa
My favorite thing to do is pick a bagel and give it to the counter where you can then instruct one of the ladies which ingredients you would like to have on your custom-made gourmet sandwich and they will make it for you.

Giovannis, best deli in Cape Town, South Africa~ My Sandwich: Bagel bun with French “Ash” Goat’s Cheese and Italian Prosciutto Ham. ~

My go-to, and obsession, is a poppy or sesame seed bagel with a fat layer of cream cheese and lots of smoked salmon with a generous squeeze of lemon to top it all off. There’s just not enough great things one can say about Giovanni’s.

 

Giovannis best deli in Cape Town, best coffee in Cape Town, delicious salads and ready-made meals. custom-made sandwiches. Greenpoint deli, Cape Town, South Africa

Decadent Delheim


If you’re looking for a romantic getaway not too far from home, if you’re searching for gourmet food bursting of flavor, If you’re a fanatic for fine wines, and if you’re an avid MTB cyclist keen for an accessible stop offering luxurious refreshments… You’ve come to the perfect place: you’ve come to Delheim.

 

 

Delheim wine estate in Stellenbosch offers premium quality wine and gourmet 5 star food.

 

 

Lunch at Delheim wine estate was absolutely ravishing.

The drive up to the estate is on a beautiful winding road through countless flowers, wedged in the Simons Berg mountains.

Upon entering Delheim, we were greeted with a bowl of freshly picked grapes from the harvest of the day and some cold water, a blessing in the middle of a hot South African summer.

Our first impression of the venue was that of a perfect mix between Jungle; mystical forest; luxury; professionalism; and at the same time, warmth and comfort… according to my limited descriptive vocabulary. The estate holds a beautiful restaurant with a cozy and luminous outdoor balcony, a tasting room with a rustic feel to it, a gorgeous and peaceful picnic area in a meadow surrounded by trees and, cherry on the top of this decadent cake, a couple guest lodges for those who never want to leave…. A.k.a. ME

Meandering through the different parts of the estate, the vinegar smell of fermenting wine filled the air as we slowly made our way to the restaurant.5 start, gourmet fine dining experience in the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch is renowned for its wine and gourmet restaurants.

We oredered two mains which we split between us, as has become our habit in order to get the best of both worlds… The first dish was a smoked salmon salad with caper cream cheese and freshly squeezed lemon accompanied by a glass of their estate rose. Let us all take a moment to remember, or in your case, imagine how tasty this dish was… I will just tell you how tasty it was if you are having trouble imagining… It was the best smoked salmon salad I have ever tried in my entire time of existence on Earth! The harmony between the flavors…. The wine…. It was exquisite.
And, I might just be a smoked salmon fanatic…

Then we tried the Cape Malay chicken curry with coconut shavings and home mande sambals and blatjang (chutney in Afrikaans). Again, what a wonderful and scrumptious dish. Contrarily to many top end restaurants, Delheim’s food is not served in miniscule “pretentious” tiny portions where too much is happening in such a small area of your plate and where you feel yourself wondering “Where’s the rest??”. Do not fear, If you are hungry, you will be satisfied.5 start, gourmet fine dining experience in the Cape Winelands. Stellenbosch is renowned for its wine and gourmet restaurants. Delheim’s menu only had about 6 different mains including an ostrich dish and a springbok loin. It was a small menu but assurably a menu of great South African taste and amazing quality.

Additionaly, the food was reasonably priced for the quality of the culinary experience that we had.

As for the staff, they were extremely friendly and helpful and especially very organized, efficient and professional.

Unfortunately we had no time for dessert but sincerely wish we had… In a way it’s a positive because that only means one thing:

We will have to return! J

Vibrant Van Hunks on Kloof Street

Van Hunks Table Mountain table cloth legendLocated on the vibrant Kloof Street in the City Bowl, “Van Hunks” is named after the Cape Town legend who, as the story goes, once challenged the Devil to a smoking competition and lost miserably to his opponent, creating the famous Table Mountain “table cloth”!

Table cloth on Table Mountain, Cape Town South Africa

The restaurant looks more like a pub from the outside with it’s sheltered deck and vibrant atmosphere, but it also has a nice restaurant serving all types of South African specialities and international food varying from Cape Malay bobotie and springbok shank, to delicious thin crusted pizzas, burgers and more! Additionally they also do a variety of vegetarian options!

Quick insider tip: I’ve heard their ribs are the best in town!

Van Hunks offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, but most importantly they offer specials for several days of the week! Delicious food at a bargain, how can you resist?

Well we sure as hell did not! We indulged in their Monday Pizza special where the pizzas are all priced at R40! What a bargain!

Now, we didn’t just love them because they were affordable, they were delicious! A thin base with very flavorful ingredients of your choice and my favorite part: a scrumptious and generous layer of very tasty cheese. Comfort Food Heaven.

Van Hunks Monday Pizza Special. Delicious food. Comfort food heaven. Cool ambience, nice serviceIn case you were curious, we went for a “Mexican” (mince, green pepper, fresh chili and onion), replacing green peppers with feta cheese; and a “Bacon” (bacon, mushrooms, onions and feta) and to get the best of both worlds, we shared half with each other as always.

After a long day we definitely felt like a cold beer as well. I decided to be a little adventurous that evening and tried the Van Hunks Pumpkin ale, sprinkled with cinnamon. I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite although I don’t regret giving it a try, it definitely wasn’t bad, just a little too bitter or sour for my taste… Maybe I must mature my palate. It sure looked really fancy though!Van Hunks Monday Pizza Special. Delicious food. Comfort food heaven. Cool ambience, nice service

CHEERS!

Constantia’s 5 star Buitenverwachting

Buitenverwachting is Beyond Expectations

An absolutely magical food journey at Buitenverwachting restaurant in Constantia wine valley. Gourmet 5 star food experience to recommend.~Buitenverwachting Wine Estate, Constantia, Cape Town~

Lunch at Buitenverwachting is definitely a 5 star experience I would recommend if you find yourself to be wandering around the Constantia wine valley. The restaurant is part of Buitenverwachting wine estate which brings you back to the old colonial times with its very well preserved classic entrance and numerous horses on the property. The wonderful open field at the entrance of the restaurant itself is the perfect setting  for couples and families to have a picnic and enjoy the luscious green grass and African sunshine.
We were seated right by a window which looked out on spectacular views of the Constantia winelands, the surrounding mountains and of course a dramatic blue sky.

 

An absolutely magical food journey at Buitenverwachting restaurant in Constantia wine valley. Gourmet 5 star food experience to recommend.

 

The interior of the restaurant is elegant and sophisticated but doesn’t have that pretentious feeling you would often get in very high class places like this, which makes it feel comfortable and allows you to enjoy the beauty, literally all around you. The service was on point, all the waiters were extremely efficient and friendly, making for such an enjoyable experience.

 

An absolutely magical food journey at Buitenverwachting restaurant in Constantia wine valley. Gourmet 5 star food experience to recommend.

 

 

Our drinks’ order was taken quickly, but in now way making us feel pressured, and before we knew it, we were presented with a display of amazing fresh artisanal bread baked right there and then. Additionally, we were also brought an accompaniment of three different dips to tease our taste buds in the anticipation of our mains.

The menu, which changes daily, is a Cape celebration, a blend of local and seasonal cuisine. Additionally, Buitenverwachtings’ internationally acclaimed wines are handcrafted, boasting of great complexity and unique aromatic profiles.

– As I had been cycling and wine tasting during the morning, I opted for the gourmet burger to satisfy my demanding stomach.

 

An absolutely magical food journey at Buitenverwachting restaurant in Constantia wine valley. Gourmet 5 star food experience to recommend.

 

The burger was definitely a fantastic choice: quality over quantity, it was packed with flavour and the meat was cooked to perfection. The patty was home-made and filled with an assortment of herbs and thinly sliced sweet peppers, creating what I like to call a “Foodgasm”. The bun was wonderfully soft and fresh, just how I like it. On the side was a serving of scrumptious home made french fries, a must to have with any burger…

After lunch I ordered a flat white coffee and to my surprise and delight it was accompanied by a duo of beautifully presented chocolates- apparently just the norm when serving coffees.

On another occasion I remember having beautiful dessert samples… Something my mind, stomach and sense of taste will not forget any time soon… An absolutely magical food journey at Buitenverwachting restaurant in Constantia wine valley. Gourmet 5 star food experience to recommend.What a special place this was. It felt like the staff had really gone out of their way to give us a magical experience.

And to add on to all this, even the pricing was not too over the top where you almost feel like it should have been.

 

 

Franschhoek lunch special at Cafe Bon Bon

Nestled in La Petite Dauphine Guest Farm, an absolute delight to the eye, the setting for this restaurant is beautiful with its stunning decor. Surrounded by bountiful nature, Cafe Bon Bon exhibits a hard to describe farm or rustic style with their pet Hendrich the Rooster and a vintage wooden piano and paintings, yet it is still modern and clean with its beautiful terraces and outdoor venue.

la petite dauphine guest farm, cafe bon bon restaurant in Franschhoek, Cape Town, South Africa. Wine tasting, gourmet dining and mountain biking.

Hendrich (above) and the inside of one of the Bon Bon dining rooms (below)

a petite dauphine guest farm, cafe bon bon restaurant in Franschhoek, Cape Town, South Africa. Wine tasting, gourmet dining and mountain biking.

The result is a very comfortable, intimate and gorgeous place. Although, typically Cafe Bon Bon is not our go-to favorite restaurant as we find the service to be quite slow, the food to be expensive for South African standards, and also not the tastiest we’ve ever had (don’t get me wrong though, I know of countless people who have fallen in love with it). This day however was a very pleasant surprise to us and our taste buds.

Today they were offering a budget-friendly special: a delicious home-made chicken and mushroom pie served in a soup bowl, with perfectly cooked kale and fresh vegetables on the side, as well as a salad from their garden with a sublime citrus dressing.

la petite dauphine guest farm, cafe bon bon restaurant in Franschhoek, Cape Town, South Africa. Wine tasting, gourmet dining and mountain biking.

For dessert we had average coffees (because nothing beats Yours Truly and Molten Toffee) and a fantastic piece of carrot cake to share (because their slices are massive). The carrot cake was moist and filled with raisins and nuts, but in now way was it overpowering. And of course it was covered in a lovely creamy icing.la petite dauphine guest farm, cafe bon bon restaurant in Franschhoek, Cape Town, South Africa. Wine tasting, gourmet dining and mountain biking.