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In between radio, television, public speaking and winemaking, elana afrikabredenkamp eats out. Here, she tells us about Her favourite table
Elana Afrika tells us about her favourite table
My favourite restaurant right now is The Dining Room in Cape Town. The location is fun, but more exciting is Karen Dudley’s relationship with food. Eating someone else’s food is such an intimate thing for me – you’re consuming something made by the hands and heart of a complete stranger. I love that.
My go-to dish there is the spinach-and-feta gözleme, a traditional Turkish flatbread made of hand-rolled phyllo pastry that is folded over, lightly brushed with butter and eggs and cooked on a hot griddle.
My favourite table is next to the wall, beside the stuffed pheasant and vintage mural. It’s a good vantage point of all the happenings.
I usually drink red wine, or bubbly if it’s a special occasion. I love to eat spicy food: chilli, curries and soup. Warming, healthy and filling dishes. Crocodile and pork are a definite no.
Ingredients I keep going back to are paprika, brandy and salt … usually separately, sometimes together.
My childhood food memories revolve around weddings and, unfortunately, funerals. Deaths and marriages guaranteed lots of good food, and family and friends getting together, eating and drinking.
Winemaking is a lifelong dream realised. In 2014 I made 1 200 bottles of wine and my Elana Shiraz won a Michelangelo Gold. I absolutely loved every moment of the process.
A typical room-service order on my travels is hot chocolate or French fries.
I eat breakfast on the run, so it’s often instant oats (at least I’m honest) and if I have more time, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon is high up on the wish list.
The greatest food city in the world is Rome – the food is fast, delicious and always fresh.
The food experience that made me feel closest to home on my travels abroad was eating sweetcorn in Istanbul that is grilled by vendors on the roadside. The South African chef I most admire is Peter Goffe-wood. He is an extremely busy man who excels at everything he does. His business, Kitchen Cowboys, is hugely
‘EATING SOMEONE ELSE’S FOOD IS SUCH AN INTIMATE THING FOR ME’
successful and he manages that between judging on Masterchef SA, consulting to restaurants and being everpresent at food markets around the city. He also cooks a mean steak.
The Dining Room 021 461 0463; dining-room.co.za