Protégé at LQF

Franschhoek, the world-renowned and picturesque food and wine capital of South Africa, is abuzz with the news that Leeu Collection’s Le Quartier Français boutique hotel has closed the Garden Room and Bar. It will re-open very soon as an exciting new casual-style eatery under the guidance of previous Eat Out Chef of the Year, La Colombe’s Scot Kirton. Bookings are already open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Scot is proud to be part of the process of recognising young talented chefs and giving them the opportunity to put themselves on the map. In keeping with this, the restaurant will aptly be named Protégé.

Breakfast at Protégé

Scot is planning an experience that is both casual and comfortable. His philosophy and approach to food lies in the fusion of Asian and French cuisine and the pursuit of excellence and perfection on each plate, resulting in numerous local and international awards.

The menu will be based on an à la carte offering where guests are free to select as many or as few courses as they desire. The restaurant team will be working with local suppliers to keep the menu as fresh and as seasonal as possible.

Chef Peter Tempelhoff to open new restaurant at rooftop location

A concept that has been over 20 years in the making has finally been revealed by chef Peter Tempelhoff. Named FYN – in reference to fynbos and Afrikaans for the word fine – the new restaurant will be located on the top floor of Speakers’ Corner on Parliament Street and is set to open this November for lunch and dinner.

FYN, will have views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain and will offer a distinctive cosmopolitan, Manhattan-inspired feel. The team following Peter will be chef Ashley Moss (current head chef at Eat Out number 5 restaurant Greenhouse where he’s worked alongside Peter) and La Colombe’s front-of-house manager Jennifer Hugé, who will be leaving her post at La Colombe after over a decade.

While Peter’s keeping quiet on the menu, there are hints that the inspiration behind the cuisine will be drawn from South Africa’s culture, as well as many of his travels around the world.

Under construction: Peter Tempelhoff’s new restaurant, FYN

Nominees for SA Restaurant of the Year 2018

Eat Out recently announced its nominees for Restaurant of the Year 2018. As usual, Cape restaurants absolutely dominated the list, winning 25 of the 30 nominations. It just goes to show how excellent the dining options here are!

Most of the ‘usual suspects’ are there, but some interesting new Cape restaurants on the list include La Tête, a farm to fork eatery run by environmentally conscious brothers Giles and James Edwards; Le Coin Français, run and owned by multiple award winning Chef de cuisine Darren Badenhorst; Springfontein Eats, which features ‘locavore food, with a hint of mollecular gastronomy’; and Thali, an Indian inspired eatery opened by Liam Tomlin of Chefs Warehouse fame. It’s certainly well worth checking them out on your next visit.

The awards for the top 10 restaurants in South Africa will be announced in Cape Town on 18 November. Meanwhile, here are all the nominees, in no particular order:

Nominees in the Cape

  1. Camphors at Vergelegen (Somerset West)
  2. Foliage (Franschhoek)
  3. Foxcroft (Constantia)
  4. Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort (Constantia)
  5. Indochine (Stellenbosch)
  6. Chefs Warehouse & Canteen (Cape Town CBD)
  7. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia)
  8. Chefs Warehouse at Maison (Franschhoek)
  9. Jardine Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
  10. Jordan Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
  11. La Colombe (Constantia)
  12. La Mouette (Sea Point)
  13. La Tête (Cape Town CBD)
  14. Le Coin Français (Franschhoek)
  15. La Petite Colombe (Franschhoek)
  16. Nobu at One&Only (V&A Waterfront)
  17. Overture (Stellenbosch)
  18. The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock)
  19. The Restaurant at Waterkloof (Somerset West)
  20. The Shortmarket Club (Cape Town CBD)
  21. Springfontein Eats (Stanford)
  22. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock)
  23. Thali (Gardens)
  24. The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal (Franschhoek)
  25. Wolfgat (Paternoster)

Nominees in the rest of South Africa

  1. The Chefs’ Table (Umhlanga)
  2. DW-Eleven 13 (Dunkeld West)
  3. Fermier Restaurant (The Willows)
  4. Marble (Rosebank)
  5. Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient (Elandsfontein)