Chowin' Down in Cape Town

Cape Town is just spectacular. From the gorgeous scenery to the people…to the food and the wine. It’s my new dream city, minus the fact that it’s a whopping 21 hours away. While I only had 4 days to spend there, I made sure to eat like I was there for eternity.

Where I Stayed

Ellerman House, Villa One

Aside from the natural wonders of Cape Town, staying at Ellerman House was a major highlight of my trip. We were so fortunate to stay in their finest 3-bedroom villa with gorgeous ocean views and an infinity pool. As if that’s not enough to make you book your flight, staying at the villa means you get your own personal staff and chef. Which leads me to my next subject...

Where I Ate

Yes, I'm still on Ellerman House. Back to the personal chef. Something I never thought I would have or use and then of course I found myself kissing the kitchen floor that she walked on. Her name was Gina and she was excellent. For example, one day we came back from our tour and said we would like some “snacks.” This is what she just whipped up out of nowhere:

Ceviche cups, foie gras terrine bites, South African fritters (I forget the correct terminology for these), 3 gourmet cheeses, baguette and some cucumber bites. Um hello, it would take me probably 2 days to come up with that spread and she did it in minutes.

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And then of course, she was like, “I hope it’s okay I made some desserts too!” and before I could give her a hug and accidentally scare her, she brought out these homemade peanut butter cup ice cream sandwiches. When I say homemade, I mean everything from the ice cream to the cookies. She also brought coconut donut holes and macarons. Because our waistlines needed these.

Ellerman House Dining

And Gina made an eggcelent breakfast. I would say "surprise me" and she would whip up a South African spin on Shakshuka.

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Private Dinner at Ellerman House

If you stay in the Ellerman House villas, having a private chef dinner is considered a must. And it was a must. Our chef came up with a magnificent menu for us and honestly, it was so awesome to eat these gourmet dishes while wearing sweatpants.

Tomato & Goat Cheese in Chive Oil

Tomato & Goat Cheese in Chive Oil

Kingklip with capers and cauliflower rice

Kingklip with capers and cauliflower rice

Chocolate Coconut “Orb”

Chocolate Coconut “Orb”

Scallops with corn purée

Scallops with corn purée

Beef tenderloin

Beef tenderloin

La Colombe

This place is a bit of a trek (about an hour from the city) and has its own vineyard. If you’re into tasting menus and special surprises, this is the spot for you. Each dish is small, yet flavorful, and comes with its own kind of interactive experience. For example, our tuna tartare came in a “tuna can” and the waiter comes with a large set of knives for you to choose your “special knife” in the middle of the course. They also collect you and your party mid-meal to bring you to a secret “enchanted garden” in the corner of the restaurant where they serve you a glass of wine and one of your courses.

Here's a little taste of the 7 course tasting menu:

La Colombe Tuna
La Colombe South Africa
La Colombe Cape Town
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Potluck club

This place is cool and one of the trendiest spots in Cape Town. It’s laid back with a tapas style menu, which is really really delicious. Everything we had here was lights out and I recommend coming here on a date, with your friends or family. This is the spot for all occasions. Just make sure you make a reservation!

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Codfather

How catchy! (See what I did there) Aside from its fresh name, Codfather’s got some freeeshh fish and sushi. Basically, how it works is you either order from the turntable sushi menu or you select your fish from their fresh fish counter and then tell them how you want it prepared. Codfather is super laid back and great after a beach day at Camp’s Bay Beach.

Codfather

Watch my trip video here!