And here is the guide of where we ate and drank and overall impressions, comment with any questions:
La Boheme (Sea Point): Spanish inspired cuisine. Excellent tapas. Great wine list. Atmosphere gets A++.
Bay Harbour Market (Hout Bay): An indoor market with live music, beer, wine, cider, and cheap eats.
Vovo Telo (V&A Waterfront, lunch): Rustic and tasty lunches, excellent coffee.
Anatoli (Da Waterkant): Turkish fare, including mezzes, mains, and desserts. Best meal in Cape Town.
Primi Piatti (Camp's Bay): Inexpensive, tasty pizzas and pastas.
Cocktails and Appetizers
The Bungalow, formerly La Med (Clifton): Very hip vibe, decent (overpriced) sushi, fantastic views, great place for a sundowner drink.
Cafe Carpice (Camp's Bay): We had drinks and calamari. Overall: don't bother. Weak drinks, nice view (but The Bungalow is better), decent calamari.
Apprentice @ Institute of Culinary Arts (lunch): A variable menu with good options. Well executed but lacking creativity.
Ken Forrester: Excellent value (11 wines on the full tasting menu for R50), best white wines.
Spier: Huge complex, commanding grounds, good wine but less value.
Jordan: Quieter setting, great views, good but not great wines.
The Common Room at Le Quartier Francais*: Small plates intended to be shared. Very inconsistent quality throughout the menu. Fun atmosphere.
Le Bon Vivant: Best meal of the trip. We had the restaurant to ourselves (thanks to it being winter). Excellent service and top quality food.
Pierneef at La Motte (lunch): Top quality food in a beautiful setting. Exquisite presentation and excellent execution. Close second to the meal at Le Bon Vivant.
Stony Brook Vineyards: Intimate experience at a small winery. Family run. Best red wine.
GlenWood: Off the beaten path, gorgeous views, wines were unremarkable. Rumored to have excellent sushi.
La Motte: Excellent restaurant (see above), cozy tasting room, allowed to walk around the barrels, good wines.
L'ormains: Has a car museum also, beautiful setting on a horse farm, shuttle driver takes you to the tasting, unique grape varietals including an excellent Sangiovese.
La Provence: Modern tasting room, good selection of wines. Lack of variety on the tasting menu. No opportunity to taste any of the high-end wines.
*We intended to go to Ryan's Kitchen, but as we walked up at 7pm, they were closing due to lack of business.
Day 1: Cape Town, Cape Point & Cape of Good Hope
|At Boulder's Beach|
|Camp's Bay and the 12 Apostles|
|Sunset at Camps Bay|
Days 2 and 3: Stellenbosch and Franschhoek
|View at Jordan|
|The Goose Cottage: Our Franschhoek Home|
Day 4 back in Cape Town, for 1 more day with Matt and Mackenzie:
|Lunch Pizzas at the V&A Waterfront|
|Kirstenbosh Botanical Gardens|
|Camp's Bay from the trail on Lion's Head|
|Top of Lion's Head with Table Mountain in the Background|
|Trail on Lion's Head|
|Table Mountain and Lion's Head from Signal Hill|
|"True Summit" of Table Mountain, McClure Beacon|
|Boardwalk on Table Mountain|
|On the edge|
|Headed back down the trail|