Eating out on the Cape – part 2

See also the first part of Nick’s guide to restaurants in South Africa’s spectacular wine country.  Perhaps the most fascinating meal of all during my week in South Africa last January took place at one of the longest-established wineries and was prepared by Tillie Collins, obviously still in her cooking prime at the age of 65. The Delheim farm was founded by the Sperling family on strong paternalistic lines (it supports 13 families other than the founders). Its Garden restaurant is relatively simple in design but is well shaded and with splendid…






Eating out on the Cape – part 1

This is the first half of a two-part free report.  There are several striking similarities between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, the neighbouring vineyard areas of South Africa, and the verdant slopes of the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California. All are within an easy drive of a major international airport, Cape Town and San Francisco, respectively. All are stunningly beautiful with perhaps Franschhoek the most impressive of all thanks to the dramatic range of mountains that surround it and the fact that mixed fruit farming is still practised here, with the…






Eating in and around Essaouira

Two equally excellent meals, in equally unlikely locations, on New Year’s Day prompted me to wonder why I don’t keep the one resolution that I make every year – to write even more about what and where I have the good fortune to eat so well. I am, however, fully aware of why I have not fulfilled this resolution in the past. Firstly, I have to concentrate on my day job, writing for the Financial Times. Secondly, other things get in the way. And, finally, I am not always presented…






Eating in Cairo (during Ramadan…) – 2005

Eating in Cairo (during Ramadan…) – 2005 While a couple of books, a trip to the British Museum and the internet provided me with enough preliminary information about a trip from Alexandria to Cairo and Aswan, nothing seemed to yield encouraging results about Egypt’s better restaurants. Emails to friends who knew the country well bore little fruit; the guide books were pretty uninspiring; while one friend, currently living in Cairo for a year, commented that a dearth of good restaurants was the only drawback to an otherwise fascinating city. To…