Ms Chef

A woman’s place re­ally is in the kitchen at these stellar eater­ies.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Guide/Dine Out -

Cape Town

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).

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