View from the 5th floor

Out of my office window.

window view


Why I love my city

Lion's Head

Waking up at 5.15 to see the sun rise from the top of Lion’s Head: Priceless

Gourmet Boerie opens in Kloof Street

The moment we’ve been waiting for! Cape Town’s first restaurant dedicated to the iconic boerewors roll.

This is extremely cool. Not because I particularly love boerewors rolls (although I will admit to wolfing down 2 in succession after a long sweaty race). I’m excited about this because it relieves us all a bit from the density of burger joints. Not that there’s much of a difference in ingredients. But it’s nice to have some variety, don’t you think? Plus, boeries are SO South African and after listening to B.O’s speech on Wednesday, I think this is a great step in getting our own patriotic fire burning more boldly. Amandla! (…too much?)

I took a much-needed lunch break with Shaina yesterday and trekked from Adderley to Kloof Street envisaging soft rolls filled with juicy, meaty, tasty sausages and beautiful toppings. What do you think we got when we walked into Gourmet Boerie? Just that.

Gourmet Boerie, Kloof Street, Cape Town

The menu format is very user-friendly.

Step 1. Choose your meat (they have the option of traditional, lamb, beef, chicken or ostrich)

Step 2. Choose your roll (white, wholegrain,rye)

Step 3. Choose your “flavour” (basically the toppings)

Step 4. Order your sides (shoestring chips, wedges, tempura battered onion rings, coleslaw, garden salad or sweet potato chips)

Gourmet Boerie, Kloof street

There are also vegetarian boeries; ‘The Herbiwors” (gotta love it!) – filled with tzatziki, grated carrot, cucumber, diced tomato, mixed sprouts, fresh mint with baby spinach (R50) and the “Veggie Vibe” – crunchy veggie balls with tomato, cucumber, carrot, red onion and cos lettuce served with basil pesto mayo (R40).

Then there’s also a variety of salads if you aren’t really into boeries. No-one’s judging. Promise!

The space is refreshing, open and airy with long benches dominating the floor, creating a sort of ‘communal’ dining atmosphere. Location is a big factor for any food service establishment and Gourmet Boerie has hit the jack pot if you ask me. It’s situated on the corner of Kloof and Buitensingel so LOADS of foot traffic mean it’s a great place for luring people inside. You can’t really go wrong with Kloof Street though, can you?

Gourmet Boerie

If you’re not hungry but need somewhere to meet for after-work drinks, I suspect Gourmet Boerie will be a safe bet. They have a bar that runs the length of the restaurant stocked with a decent selection of of beverages ranging from Craft beer, wine, bubbly,ciders and spritzers and not to mention the soon-to-be-famous, R10 coffee.

Gourmet Boerie, Kloof Street

They also have one or two TV screens that appear to be locked on sports channels. I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise though. Blow me down with a feather if this place isn’t packed to the rafters for the next 3 Saturdays. We’re South Africa. We love our sport and we love our boeries. Simple.

Gourmet Boerie, Kloof Street

Why I give it a thumbs up:

  • They offer free WiFi
  • They are active on social media
  • It’s an easy and fuss-free experience (although I suspect if you’re driving there, parking will be a slight nightmare)
  • They cater for vegetarians and have a nice Kiddies special for R25
  • Their coffee is R10 – all day
  • I can walk there from home and work

What I think could be improved:

  • level of service at the table when seated (although I’m confident that it will get better as the restaurant gets into its own “rhythm”).
  • The restrooms – there’s only one toilet per gender and is situated very much in the back-of-house, which could be off-putting for some.
Gourmet Boerie, Kloof Street, Cape Town

The “Mexicano” with tomato salsa, sour cream, guacamole, jalapeno chilli and coriander.

Gourmet Boerie, Kloof Street, Cape Town

Service with a smile always gets a tick in my book!

Gourmet Boerie

Like their Facebook page or follow them @GourmetBoerie

or just head straight there:

Buitenkloof Studios
Corner of Buitensingel and Kloof Street

Update – 14 Nov 2012: Gourmet Boerie have since modified its menu (see Facebook page) to include shoestring fries with all boerie rolls. Added value. We like!

Braai Day: Come and gone

Yesterday South Africa celebrated what has to be one of its most well-loved public holidays, National Braai Day. Or as some would rather call it… Heritage Day. Same same but different (apparently).

Anyway, It’s been terribly quiet over here on the blog front, mainly because for the last 2 weeks or so I’ve been working at getting the Food24 Braai Recipe page in order. I am officially “braaied-out” and don’t mind if I never see a piece of charred meat on a fire again for at least a month, or until the Halloween recipes start coming in! Sigh.

Never a dull moment in this neck of the woods.

How was your long weekend? Do anything fun or different?

On Friday evening I attended the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Sommeliers competitition gala dinner at the Table Bay Hotel – which was possibly the most formal event and furthest thing from any braai one could imagine. The 12 competitors came from all across the world with Jeff Lopes from The Saxon Hotel, representing RSA. Unfortunately he didn’t make the top 3, which was his goal, but I guess he’s got next year! The overall winner was Christopher Bates from the USA. There was no playing of national anthems etc but it really did feel like an Olympic awards ceremony of sorts.

Read more about it here.

off to get some work done. If you’re in South Africa, have a great 4-day week! And if you’re in Cape Town, enjoy the SUN 🙂

A weekend highlight

Clifton sunset, 18h08

Mandela Day, 18 July

Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela

With today being international Mandela Day, my timeline has been inundated with tweets and posts – all praising our beloved statesman. I skimmed through most of them until I stumbled upon this video. If you’re a social media junkie, you’ll appreciate it I think. (You don’t even need #67minutes to watch it!)

photo sourced here.

Dawn of a new day

Sunrise, Cape Town CBD, 07.55am