He­ston’s Fat Duck gets its stars back

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LON­DON: He­ston Blu­men­thal’s restau­rant The Fat Duck has re­gained its three Miche­lin star sta­tus.

The celebrity chef ’s £225 (R3 950) -a-head venue in Bray, Berk­shire, lost the rat­ing af­ter he tem­po­rar­ily took the restau­rant to Mel­bourne last year.

But at a live un­veil­ing of the 2017 Miche­lin Guide, he was sur­prised to learn he had re­joined the elite club of world eater­ies.

Af­ter­wards Blu­men­thal, 50, said he was more en­thu­si­as­tic than ever for the restau­rant.

He said: “I’m more am­bi­tious, but I have more en­ergy, more cre­ativ­ity, more drive, than I have ever had be­fore.’

The UK has 21 two-star and 147 one-star res­tau­rants. – Daily Mail

IFIND my­self in Pinelands more often than be­fore and my per­cep­tions of “South Africa’s first gar­den city” are chang­ing.

Gone is my idea that res­i­dents are older and that the area it is not for me. In­stead, the rolling lawns and vil­lage church build­ings are ap­peal­ing. Café Nou­veau was just the quiet, sub­ur­ban break­fast I needed, while my din­ing part­ners needed hash browns and baked beans. A flick through Zo­mato brought up its menu which ad­ver­tised a full break­fast: two eggs, two rash­ers of ba­con, sausage, tomato, chips, baked beans, hash brown, toast and pre­serves. We were sold. A friend is a new res­i­dent in the area and was keen to ex­plore its of­fer­ings.

Cen­tral Square is a patch sur­rounded by churches and halls and on one side is a small shop­ping cen­tre in which Nou­veau is housed.

Café Nou­veau is small es­tab­lish­ment – a few ta­bles were out­side but it was a bit too chilly that day.

In­side is a cosy ar­range­ment of ta­bles around a prep counter. The ta­bles are a lit­tle small but the walk­ing space isn’t cramped. One of the most im­por­tant things at an break­fast spot is good cof­fee. The smart peo­ple opted to have fil­ter cof­fee (R14), the safer way to pre­pare and serve cof­fee. Re­fills are only R10 so I was obliged to or­der an­other cup, although the brew was a lit­tle on the strong side. Ser­vice was quick and I was happy with

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