A woman’s place really is in the kitchen at these stellar eateries.
ASH 81 Church St, CBD; 021 424 7204 The charcoal theme at this cool restaurant extends from the decor to the creations of 28-year-old owner and head chef Ash Heeger. The charred sourdough, mushroom cream and pickled lemon starter (R70) and slow-cooked pork jowl with mustard sauce, pear and molasses (R185) are sensational. Chefs 81 St John’s St, Gardens; 021 461 0368 Only three dishes are on the menu at Chefs, but it changes daily. For an idea of head chef Jenny Ward’s inventive offerings, think minestrone with flatbread and pesto (R145), soy and lime chicken with Asian salad (R165), and almond and quince pudding with frozen yoghurt (R60). Marigold 9 Huguenot Rd, Heritage Square, Franschhoek; 021 876 870 The aromatic North Indian cuisine here is inspired by head chef Vanie Padayachee’s travels, with dishes like Machli Amritsari, (spicy fish goujons with lemon, chaat masala and coriander; R90) and lamb kebab served with masala yoghurt (R120).
Big Easy Winebar & Grill Durban by Ernie Els 12-14 Walnut Rd, Hilton Durban; 031 336 8166 Head chef Janine Fourie serves up her mouth-watering masterpieces in this sleek yet cosy setting. Her oxtail and marrow fritter starter (R78) and slow-roasted beef short ribs (R185) are winners. End with the apple crumble with cinnamon ice cream (R55). So Whipped 1 Palm Blvd, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga Rocks; 083 716 3706 Owner and head chef Candice Courtney, barista Nomdumiso Mdlovu and baker Lindiwe Mthembu make up the all-women team behind So Whipped. Indulge in fresh treats like the Belgian chocolate cupcake (R23), cookies and cream cronut (R39) and banting chocolate bombs (R36). Also try the colourful (and interestingly named) hot chocolate, Unicorn Poop (R38). The Chefs Table 1 Chartwell Dr, Protea Mall, Umhlanga Rocks; 031 001 0200 Treat your taste buds to beautifully plated dishes with sophisticated flavours created by executive chef Kayla-ann Osborn. We had the delicious wood-fired pork ribeye starter (R89) and baby chicken with ricotta gnocchi, cauliflower and chicken jus (R189), but the menu changes regularly. Leave room for the Inca chocolate gateau (R85).
Glenda’s 285 Jan Smuts Ave, Hyde Square, Hyde Park; 011 268 6369 Owner and chef Glenda Lederle is renowned for her beautiful pastries and cakes, but there’s more than sweet treats on offer at this chic eatery. Our top picks are her signature salmon fishcake (R185) and artichoke gratiné served with French bread and rocket (R85). Get choux pastry – Glenda’s speciality – on your way out. Milk & Honey Bar Montecasino Blvd, Fourways; 011 465 2394 Chef Justine Joseph is only 25 years old, but she knows her way around the kitchen. At this trendy hangout you’ll sample her updated bar classics – delectables like halloumi fries with yoghurt dressing, pineapple chips and pomegranate (R65). She also shines when it comes to mains like duck and cherry potpie (R110) and lobster mac and cheese (R240). The honey ice cream (R45) is a sweet favourite. Tashas Cnr 5th St and Rivonia Rd, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton; 011 883 0389 Anastasia Sideris, the star behind the Tashas brand, has made her culinary mark from SA to Dubai, and this flagship is the place to go for dishes like springbok tartare (R120), poached pear and biltong salad (R118) and creamy truffle pasta (R174). End off with a delightful rose and rooibos crème brûlée (R66).