These are the trends that will dominate the restaurants in South Africa this year:
Unique ceilings can totally change the look of a restaurant. Some restaurants may opt to design extraordinary ceilings that become the focal point of the interior design.
Including marble in the interior of a restaurant adds beauty, style and appeal. From kitchen bench tops and bathroom counters to coffee tables and coasters, marble is a trend that will be seen all over.
Incorporating local art
South Africa has so many talented artists. Whether it’s paintings, photographs, sculptures or lighting fixtures, more and more restaurants are looking to connect with their community members by showcasing local talent and designs.
Texture, texture, texture
Texture is what brings a perfectly fine design up to enviable levels.
Menus: A bigger variety in healthy options – Clean eating
Clean eating is a theme that will be seen quite a lot in 2019. Fried and processed ingredients would be minimized and much more fruit, vegetables and non-refined sugar ingredients will be used in dishes.
Blue and copper
To add to a modern, sophisticated look, copper and various hues of blue will dominate the interior of restaurants.
Plants – Plants everywhere!
Many food service establishments are now concerned with offering food that is not only delicious but also healthy and nourishing. As a result, many owners are choosing a fresh design and make use of greenery in their space that reinforce the feeling of vibrancy and health that you get from their food.
Clever wordplay got me to visit Sumting Fresh, a diner-like restaurant that knows everything there is to know about street food. If I only knew what I was getting into…
When I first heard about Sumting Fresh, I thought: “Hey, another healthy eatery in town!” To my surprise, that was not exactly the case. The name rather suggests that its menu is fresh. New. Unique. Different. What it doesn’t suggest is that almost everything on the menu is deep-fried, which I suppose is what street food is all about.
What started out as street food trucks at local markets, evolved into a quirky, yellow-framed, diner-style eatery in Norwoord, Johannesburg. Sumting Fresh has been catering to people in Jo’burg’s streets for about 2 years now, with a menu that seems to be ever evolving as customers dine and comment.
Chef Andrew says things have changed a lot since they originally started. A menu that was initially launched with very similar items to that of other food trucks at local markets, evolved into a menu that features Sumting Fresh in comparison to the usual street food options available at markets, festivals and events.
Their jam jars are delightful with choices like Elderflower, Grinadella Passion and Kiwi Apple – all very refreshing and delicious. A popular newcomer to the menu is the Cheese Burger Springrolls and you’d be surprised at how many other things they have found to deep-fry. From deep-fried Mac and Cheese Balls drizzled with a tomato salsa and cheese to Gua Bao (two Taiwanese steamed buns with crumbed, deep-fried chicken) and much more.
I believe the word “fresh” has got a new meaning. At least at Sumting Fresh it has.
Travellers always want to know how they can stretch their budgets and get more out of their trips while simultaneously spending less.
South African Airways officially launched their SAA Voyager Cheque Card in collaboration with Nedbank this week. Obviously, as a frequent traveller, I wanted to know if this card would really be beneficial to my pocket and if it would be worth my while to hop on over and get one.
As SAA CEO, Vuyani Jarana explains, the card is a great add-on to SAA‘s initiatives in delivering unmatched customer experiences. With this card “there is no need to increase or have a credit spend.” Mike Brown, Nedbank‘s CEO, adds to that when he says that the card is “a symbol for real customer value.”
With travel being an increasing aspiration worldwide, I wanted to know how I will be able to manage my travel money with this card and what the pitfalls are. Here are the main things you need to know:
- You get a Voyager mile for every R1. 60 spent.
- The card has a companion ticket benefit, which gives you the opportunity to pay for your partner’s ticket with your miles. This can only happen, though, if you have reached your spending thresholds and you only get one companion ticket per calendar year. You can get an additional companion ticket if your SAA Voyager Premium Card spend exceeds R1million per calendar year.
- Your miles expire after three years, so be sure to use them when you can and use them well.
- It is the only cheque card that earns you Voyager miles.
- A Premium Cheque Card’s membership fees are R170 per month, where a gold cheque card will cost R60 per month. The credit card will cost R2040 per annum.
- By using this American Express card, you get the fastest miles earn rate.
- You get 19 000 bonus miles with the purchase of your first SAA ticket. (These points are, however, only rewarded on completion of that trip).
- You can earn up to 15 000 bonus miles annually if you spend R300 000 or more.
- A premium card gains you access to SAA-owned departure lounges. This includes access for companion ticket holders when they accompany you (the primary card holder).
- With this card you also get premium check-in, irrespective of your class of travel, when travelling on SAA flights.
- You also get always on-flight discounts on selected SAA flights and promotional flight discounts of up to 40%.
- In addition to on-flight and promotional flight discounts, you also get 20% discount on top-up travel insurance.
This year is going way too fast for me. So fast that even I, quite the fan of Valentine’s Day despite all the red hearts and cheesy love bears, forgot that it’s today.
So, the question is: How do I save the day?
There is still time for a couple of rescue dates. Consider these:
Couples Cooking Class
If you live in Jo’burg, book yourselves a couples cooking class with the Wooden Spoon Kitchen. The evening includes a welcome drink. You’ll also learn how to make maki rolls with pickled ginger and soy sauce, Vietnamese spring rolls with hoisin and peanut butter dip, as well as mango and lime sorbet with passion fruit.
Cost: R900 per couple
Date: 15 February 2019
Venue: 51 Eleven Street, Linden
Time: 18:00 – 21:00
Steenberg Bubbly Tasting
Enjoy a complimentary pairing of note at Steenberg Farm, the Cape’s first farm. Enjoy a magical, romantic pairing of Steenberg’s blushing Pinot Noir Rose Méthode Cap Classique and heavenly macaroons. This tasting will be available at Steenberg’s tasting room from today until Sunday, 17 February 2019.
Bring the Cape up North
Not from the Cape, but still feel like enjoying a good bottle of bubbly or wine? Try Kleine Zalze‘s 2018 Cinsault Rosé (R56). It is an easy drinking wine, the ideal summer companion, and can be enjoyed on its own or with a spread of fresh summery snacks. It’s perfect for a picnic under the stars (if the rain allows). Or, if you are feeling in the mood for a dark red, consider Alto‘s Rouge 2016 (R112). It displays powerful berry fruit with cigar box and dark chocolate flavours, followed by vanilla and oak spices. Light a fire, create a romantic ambiance, prepare a tasty red meat dish at home and enjoy each other’s company.
The Hussar Grill franchise has been around for many years and it suits Paarl’s streets perfectly.
Nestled between old trees and vines, The Hussar Grill in Paarl has much more to offer than good steak. I must admit, I wished it was winter while visiting, as the fireplace looked all too cozy and the warm ambiance was perfect for those wet winters of the Cape.
The Hussar Grill franchise is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and with it comes a lot of perks for diners, including a fine bottle of birthday wine. Couple this with a well prepared steak or even some of their other dishes like their Parmesan Chicken – a lovely meal for someone who would rather keep it light. It wasn’t in the cards to go for dessert too, but when the waitress (bless her) brought the menu and asked if we’d like dessert, I spotted it: Baked Cheese Cake. I’m a sucker, I know, but it was so worth it. It came with ice cream – the vanilla seeds clearly visible in those scoops of indulgence – and a small glass filled with a mixture of chocolate sauce, vodka and cream. I know, right?
It might be Paarl’s historic buildings and oak lined streets that add to the ambiance, but The Hussar Grill‘s interior creates an an old world charm with loads of books and antique artifacts that are perfectly positioned. The furniture and bottle green couches fit in well with this nostalgic setting and the wine bottles, stacked up against the walls, add that final touch. Dark wooden tables and homely fireplaces round off the overall ambiance of the restaurant – a homely setting for a hearty meal.
South Africa’s premier grill room, The Hussar Grill, will be sharing some of the expertise behind its successful 50-year legacy in a series of Steak Masterclasses. Aspirant cooks and foodies are welcome to attend these stand-alone evening events, which will be held in a professional kitchen at the prestigious Silwood School of Cookery in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest cookery school.
To book your place, contact Azraa Bedford, the Academic Manager at Silwood Cookery School on +27 (0)21 686 4894 or visit http://www.silwood.co.za/.