Ryan Enslin heads for the airport, intent on a dinner escapade and a weekend away, some 1 400 kilometres down the N1 nationwide highway.
This sequence is supposed to entice you with nifty, typically last-minute, weekend getaway concepts out of the Metropolis of Gold. The one standards for a weekend journey is a three-hour timeframe to reach at your vacation spot. In the present day, I’ve a cracker of an choice, simply stick with me on the reasoning for this one.
I used to be not too long ago within the Mom Metropolis, eating at an attention-grabbing restaurant named Pilcrow & Cleaver (extra on that shortly). The chef-owner, Judi Fourie, informed me she had observed how more and more Joburgers had been flying right down to Cape City to get pleasure from a eating expertise at her restaurant. So the concept was born. A weekend journey between Joburg and Cape City, why not? And it matches, there or thereabouts, throughout the three-hour time standards.
Come fly with me to Cape City.
Flying into Cape City is at all times a thrill for me, regardless of what number of instances I’ve had the pleasure of the expertise. And with the numerous airways servicing this route, I discover there’s normally a price choice that matches snugly into my budgetary constraints. An hour on the airport earlier than the flight; usually an hour and three quarters flying time; and a fast jaunt into the town ought to see you there inside my self-imposed time restrict.
Hi there Attractive
Cape City has a profusion of lodging choices which are as numerous as they’re quirky. I not too long ago hung out on the Attractive George Resort, situated within the previous United Constructing Society constructing on St Georges Mall, which might make a terrific spot from which to get pleasure from this explicit journey. Lengthy on my private must-visit checklist, I used to be thrilled to lastly get pleasure from a keep in the one resort in Cape City to be a member of the internationally acclaimed Design Lodges programme.
Their design-forward strategy flows all through all six flooring that make up the Attractive George, proudly rooted in South Africa and our ever-evolving nationwide tradition.
The juxtaposition of uncooked, uncovered concrete and steelworks makes for an intriguing backdrop to fashionable Victorian design parts. I typically discovered myself staring on the roof areas as these parts got here collectively, intersected by the pink-hued metal pipes that make up the firefighting system.
Consideration to element is clear in all that you simply soak up as you wander by means of the Attractive George. Big-sized teddy bears within the lounge of the convention flooring, a sculpture of a piglet joyously taking part in with a balloon and a ebook sharing a collection of Andy Warhol’s diary entries. Bliss for the soul. The art work alone might preserve you busy for a while.
Some who wander should not misplaced
A leisurely, early-evening stroll down Longmarket Road (a mere three minutes, I timed it) will see you at Pilcrow & Cleaver. Make sure you make a reserving prematurely although, it’s fairly the spot in Cape City.
Chef-owner Judi Fourie has been fine-tuning the idea for the previous fifteen years, one which marries the concept of no waitrons with no inside doorways, home windows or partitions to separate you from the professionals getting ready your meal. What’s extra, she firmly believes in employees pay equality and accordingly follows a no-tipping apply.
Intrigued by the identify as I used to be, chef Judi shared that it flowed from her imaginative and prescient for the restaurant. Pilcrow being the image that marks a brand new paragraph (it appears like this: ¶) and the cleaver being the most important knife in a chef’s arsenal. Convey them collectively and also you’ll perceive that the restaurant is a courageous enterprise into a brand new world that promotes equality, encourages entry to the chef and presents daring, European-inspired dishes, infused with South African aptitude, on its weekly-changed four-course lunch or dinner menu. A two-course lunch menu can also be accessible.
I ate from menu 107 and was intrigued by what it should take to create a brand new menu, at this stage, every week. With chef Judi getting ready my meal proper earlier than me, she continued to share on this splendidly relaxed, novel atmosphere. Menu choices are impressed primarily by her travels, throughout which she seeks out uncommon flavours to mix with home-grown South African aptitude. ‘Cooking is an artwork, and the kitchen is my canvas,’ beamed Judi as she plated my grilled springbok loin rolled in Malay spices accompanied by a melange of wilted spinach and apricot puree.
My night of indulgence additionally included an alluring prawn, chilli and lemon ravioli in a bouillabaisse sauce, provocatively listed as love letters on the menu, and an almond coated sea bass fillet. As a confirmed turophile, I ended my gastronomic expertise with ash goats cheese, recent figs, lemon marmalade and seeded crackers. Chef Judi expertly paired every course for me with an area wine variant, my explicit favorite on the night being The Valley Pinot Noir Rosé from the Elgin Valley.
A brisque stroll again to the Attractive George resort and I used to be prepared for a nightcap on their rooftop bar.
The Gigi Rooftop on the Attractive George
That is the place Cape City involves play, and is simply the spot to finish your journey. Imbued with a lounge aesthetic, this poolside rooftop is a lush oasis that invitations you to remain for a drink, or maybe just a little longer and revel in breakfast. With a considerably voyeuristic view of the bustling metropolis under, I’ll have stayed for a couple of drink earlier than retiring to my suite.
Breakfast is served at Gigi Rooftop and they’re open all through the day for lunch and drinks.
All-in-all a fairly thrilling weekend away dwelling like an area within the coronary heart of Cape City and eating at one among her uber-trendy spots. Simply what a Joburger wants and a most acceptable technique to spend a weekend. Wouldn’t you agree?
A studio at The Attractive George begins from R1 950 per particular person per evening sharing and consists of breakfast, whereas meals at Pilcrow & Cleaver are priced at R500 per particular person for the four-course lunch or dinner choice (R250 for the two-course lunch choice).
Observe extra of Ryan’s adventures in and round Joburg right here.
Photos: Ryan Enslin
Street journey from Gqeberha to Joburg, one padstal at a time