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Glamour (South Africa) - - Guide -

Cape Town The Food­barn No­ord­hoek Farm Vil­lage, No­ord­hoek; 021 789 1390

Ac­claimed chef Franck Dan­gereux serves out­stand­ing, un­pre­ten­tious food in this rustic space, rated as one of the city’s finest. The menu changes daily, with favourites like the Ka­roo lamb rack (R230) and prawn risotto (R210) to keep guests com­ing back for more.

The Werf Restau­rant 10 Park Dr, Boschen­dal Es­tate, Fran­schoek; 021 870 4206

Ex­pect ex­quis­ite farm-to-ta­ble dishes and the es­tate’s award-win­ning wines, at this fine spot. For starters, try the beef fil­let tar­tar (R98). Then treat your­self and your part­ner to the salt baked trout and for­age salad (R450 to share)

Har­bour House 1 Hout Bay Rd, Con­stan­tia; 021 795 0688

Huge win­dows, breath­tak­ing val­ley views and con­tem­po­rary decor in a cen­tury-old barn make for a mem­o­rable set­ting, with food to match. Dine on their le­gendary sushi, share a seafood plat­ter (R700) or try the kingk­lip with or­ange beurre blanc sauce (R235).

Dur­ban Pig­gly Wig­gly 1 Dar­gle Rd, Li­ons River; 033 234 2911

Set on the pop­u­lar Mid­lands Me­an­der route, Pig­gly Wig­gly is great for lazy lunches and laid-back brunches. Try the eggs Bene­dict with crispy ba­con (R74) or scram­bled egg crois­sant with smoked Nor­we­gian sal­mon (R85). And for a touch of deca­dence? Dark hot choco­late with whipped cream (R32)!

Intaba View 10 Old Main Rd, Drum­mond; 031 783 4011

Com­bine a great menu with stun­ning views of the Phezulu Na­ture Re­serve and you have am­ple rea­son to head for the Val­ley of a 1 000 Hills. The tra­di­tional SA favourites here in­clude braised ox­tail and beans (R115), coun­try pie (R86) and spicy Natal curry (R95).

The Bier­fassl R103, Raw­dons Es­tate, Not­ting­ham; 033 266 6320

This Aus­trian-themed eatery is al­ways packed, and for good rea­son: the meals are hearty and the sur­rounds are beau­ti­ful. Sam­ple a range of lo­cal craft beers with the Taster Pad­dle (R48) then move onto the Ok­to­ber­fest Baby Chicken (R120) and Ger­man Black For­est Gateaux (R55).

Joburg Oli­fants Café 7 Nel­son Rd, The Big Red Barn, Oli­fants­fontein; 072 517 0966

With a cycle park and kids’ play area, Oli­fants Café makes for fun fam­ily out­ings. Ex­pect light dishes like the Barn Break­fast (fried eggs, ba­con, baked beans and fries; R35) or try the sig­na­ture Texan Pit pizza (pork, ba­con, pineap­ple, green chilli and red onion on a tra­di­tional pizza base; R110).

Black Horse Es­tate 32 Zeekoei­hoek Rd, Ma­galies­burg; 082 453 5295

Perched on the shores of the Ma­galies River, this fam­ily-friendly es­tate boasts both a restau­rant and a craft brew­ery with a great range of gin, vodka and beers. The menu fea­tures easy ale­house fare like caramelised ap­ple and Camem­bert scones (R70), crispy pork knuckle (R147) and build-it-your­self pizza (from R45).

Coun­try House Restau­rant 1 Elans­drift Rd, The Hert­ford Ho­tel, Lanse­ria; 084 761 2017

This spot has a long and ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion for serv­ing hearty lunches and din­ners in a set­ting that oozes old-world charm. Try the tra­di­tional lamb shank (R145) slow-roasted in a clas­sic to­mato and red wine sauce, then end a lazy af­ter­noon with a de­li­cious home­made dessert, like the Hert­ford Berry Pavlova (R48).

Rocks Honne Warm on a Cold Night

The ti­tle says it all. Honne means ‘in­ner­most feel­ings’ in Ja­panese and that is what this UK duo are all about: hon­est, self-re­veal­ing lyrics com­bined with the elec­tro-funky beats and soul­ful vo­cals that shone through on the three EPS that pre­ceded this de­but al­bum. Key track ‘Some­one that loves you’ Get it For its groovy melodies ✪✪✪✪✪

Jack White Acous­tic Record­ings 1998-2016

A stripped-back, wide-rang­ing ret­ro­spec­tive of a stun­ningly di­verse ca­reer, this first com­pi­la­tion al­bum from singer-song­writer Jack White fea­tures remixes, al­ter­nate ver­sions and ma­te­rial that was orig­i­nally recorded for The White Stripes, The Ra­con­teurs and as a solo artist. Key track ‘Love in­ter­rup­tion’ Get it As a col­lec­tor’s item ✪✪✪✪

John Leg­end Dark­ness and Light

With 10 Gram­mys, a Golden Globe and an Os­car to his credit, Mr Leg­end is liv­ing up to his name! His fifth al­bum is a mix of R&B and soul, and it in­cludes col­lab­o­ra­tions with Miguel and Chance the Rap­per, as well as ‘Right by you’, a song com­posed for Luna, his daugh­ter with model Chrissy Teigen. Key track ‘Love me now’ Get it If you love slow jams ✪✪✪✪

J Cole 4 Your Eyez Only

With all 10 tracks from his al­bum chart­ing on the Bill­board Hot 100, this hip hop artist has hit the big time. 4 Your Eyez Only fol­lows the life of a fic­tional char­ac­ter, named James, as he goes from sell­ing crack to fall­ing in love. The fi­nal track re­veals that James has died, and the al­bum is a tape he cre­ated for his daugh­ter. Key track ‘Deja Vu’ Get it For its po­etic lyrics ✪✪✪✪

Reads A Mon­ster Calls by Pa­trick Ness

(Walker Books; R180) Sad, wise, darkly funny and mar­vel­lously il­lus­trated, A Mon­ster Calls is a med­i­ta­tion on grief, growth and courage, one of those chil­dren’s books that speaks to the eter­nal child in ev­ery one of us. What­ever your age, you will surely re­late to 13-year-old Conor O’mal­ley as he is forced to come to terms with the im­mi­nent loss of his mother to can­cer, all with the help of a most un­usual and com­pelling yew tree.

Break Point by James Pat­ter­son

(Pen­guin; R63) Look­ing for a quick, grabby and well-priced read? How about a Book­shot? This de­vour-in-one-sit­ting for­mat was de­vised by the mega-sell­ing thriller au­thor with the aim of de­liv­er­ing the im­pact of a full-size novel in a frac­tion of the pages. “Like read­ing movies,” as he de­scribes it. The plot here re­volves around ten­nis star Kirsten Keller and Chris Foster, the for­mer po­lice of­fi­cer she hires to pro­tect her from a mur­der­ous stalker dur­ing Wim­ble­don.

Nu­jeen by Nu­jeen Mustafa and Christina Lamb

(Harper­collins; R216) The true story of a Syr­ian teenager with cere­bral palsy, Nu­jeen fol­lows her har­row­ing, wheel­chair-bound jour­ney from warstricken Aleppo to Europe, giv­ing a hu­man face to the sta­tis­tics. Read this for a deeper, more heart­felt sense of what it is to be dis­placed and swept up in what news re­ports call “the refugee cri­sis”.

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