Heston’s Fat Duck gets its stars back
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