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Paul Murray: Murray's Food Trails


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The Primi Wharf Trail
Paul Murray - 2011-11-30
Location: Shop 7226, Upper Level, Victoria Wharf Closest parking: Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre Garage Telephone: 021 419 8750 Fax: 021 421 6036 Email: va@primi-piatti.com Website: www.primi-world.com Primi Wharf The experience of eating at Primi does not begin with Primi Wharf at the Waterfront. It goes back much, much further, to the time a great genius decided it was time to make a move. He is Nino and the Nino legend lives on. Nino Zanasia, former bassoon player...

The Planet Restaurant
Paul Murray - 2011-06-14
Untitled Document The Planet Bar The Mount Nelson Hotel Gardens Cape Town www.mountnelson.co.za For more details please contact: Tel: +27 (0)21 483 1000 E-mail: restaurantreservations@mountnelson.co.za or book online. There has been talk about the Mount Nelson’s newly furbished restaurant, the Planet Restaurant. Trendy dining places in Cape Town are not scarce. But this one is very trendy. It’s in another league. Many will already know its “little brother”, the trendy...

The Planet Restaurant
Paul Murray - 2011-06-14
Untitled Document The Planet Restaurant The Mount Nelson Hotel Gardens Cape Town www.mountnelson.co.za There has been talk about the Mount Nelson’s newly furbished restaurant, the Planet Restaurant. Trendy dining places in Cape Town are not scarce. But this one is very trendy. It’s in another league. Many will already know its “little brother”, the trendy Planet Bar. Now there is the Planet Restaurant and it certainly deserves a visit, even if just to see how the planet...

The Harlequin Restaurant
Paul Murray - 2010-12-02
The Harlequin Restaurant Voortrekker Road Parow , Western Cape Telephone: +27 (0)21 9391993 Facsimile: +27 (0)21 9391993 An outing to the other side of the Boerewors Curtain from the southern suburbs of Cape Town to celebrate Mevrou Hugo’s departure from 43 years of teaching Afrikaans was a good excuse to return to the Harlequin. It was to be a fitting tribute to an inspiring teacher. It’s not every day you go dining with Riëtte Hugo. She’s got a lot on her plate...

The Yeoville Trail, Johannesburg
Paul Murray - 2010-09-15
Conversation at a recent get-together with colleagues from more than twenty years back centred on the topic of old times and haunts in the Johannesburg of the early eighties. We reminded ourselves how we would go for pizza to Mama’s, the Italian Restaurant in Yeoville, or to the Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet on the corner of Rockey and Bezuidenhout Streets for a late-night snack when burning the midnight oil. Even everyday shopping was easier to do by nipping across Louis Botha Avenue, than...

The Kersefontein Trail
Paul Murray - 2010-08-24
Kersefontein Guest Farm Between Hopefield and Velddrif Cape West Coast PO Box 15 Hopefield 7355 South Africa Telephone and fax: 022 783 0850 International callers: +27 (0)22 7830850 Mobile: 0834541025 info@kersefontein.co.za http://www.kersefontein.co.za/contactnew.htm Getting away from the city for a weekend is always a good idea. The beauty about our fair Cape is the choice of places. The West Coast became our designated port of call because we wanted to sample veldkool, a rare experience...

The Olive Schreiner Trail
Paul Murray - 2010-07-27
Figure 1. The Victoria Hotel, Cradock. This majestic hotel was built in 1840 and is one of the oldest of its kind in South Africa. The Victoria Hotel 36 Market Street Cradock 5880 Phone +27 (0) 48 8811322 Fax: +27 (0) 48 8815388 info@tuishuise.co.za www.tuishuise.co.za Mother and daughter team Lisa and Sandra Antrobus have created a traveller’s haven in Cradock. The Victoria Hotel, which boasts several dining rooms and well-appointed rooms in classic Victorian style in the hotel, not...

The South African Food Scene
Paul Murray - 2010-06-24
On the historic occasion of the FIFA 2010 World Cup thousands of foreigners are currently flooding our local scene. At some or other time there will be those who will want to know more about what is really local and lekker when it comes to eating. And there will be places here and there where they will get a taste of it. But they will never get it as good as the cognoscenti know how to prepare it and serve it up. I suppose it is much the same for every country and its traditions of regional...

The Glasgow Trail
Paul Murray - 2010-05-21
Glasgow in March is as cold as Cape Town in the heart of winter. There’s nothing better than soul food to warm up the inner linings of your stomach. In the aftermath of the snow and crisp air, popping into this or that eatery to view the different places, read the menus and meet some folk gave rapid insights to the friendliness of the Glaswegians. And what better a place to go than Byers Road in the West End of the city! It’s an exciting city to explore, with plenty to do and eat. www.seeglasgow.com Figure...

The Mamma Roma Trail
Paul Murray - 2010-03-02
Anna Magnani takes the main part in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s masterpiece Mamma Roma (1962). She takes on the job of a sex worker to make ends meet, in the meantime deciding to give up her son because she struggles to bear the ignominy. Sixteen years later, now in the pound seats, she resumes life with her son ... but it does not work out and the closing scene shows her staring out the window from the apartment on to the Vatican. Only a true artist could write such a story, as the writer of one...

Murray's Food Trail
Paul Murray - 2010-03-02
The Mamma Roma Trail Anna Magnani takes the main part in Pier Paolo Pasolini's masterpiece Mamma Roma (1962). She takes on the job of a sex worker to make ends meet, in the meantime deciding to give up her son because she struggles to bear the ignominy. Sixteen years later, now in the pound seats, she resumes life with her son … but it does not work out and the closing scene shows her staring out the window from the apartment on to the Vatican. Only a true artist could write such a story,...

The Anura Trail
Paul Murray - 2010-02-09
Commendatore Giulio Maggioni (Lord Maggioni), long-standing friend of Cape Town’s dating back to the time of Chris Barnard’s La Vita Restaurant in Newlands, expressed the wish to visit Anura. The connection between the Commendatore and Anura was established a few years back when winemaker Lance Bouma stayed over at his Hotel Monica Fiera, convenient for its proximity to the Annual Milan Fair. The latest in wine technology is annually on display there as thousands of winemakers around...

Cáfe Max in the historic De Waterkant, Cape Town
Paul Murray - 2009-12-02
Anna Ridgewell not only judges and crits food. She understands people; anticipates clients’ needs and works to create a strong morale in the kitchen. Silwood Kitchen trained her as it has many, many others in the city and the world. Anna has worked in top South African establishments including the Relais and Chateau stable. And now we have from her Café Max, renowned for its fine cookery, especially for patisserie and freshly made dishes; try the venturesome dishes – eggs Benedicte...

A little bit of Machiavelli at the Waterfront
Paul Murray - 2009-10-22
The words of the wise Florentine Machiavelli, that "Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better", could well be used to explain Balducci's rise from a coffee bar nine years ago to one of the Mother City's top fine-dining haunts. In fact, Machiavelli himself would have felt completely at home at Balducci’s on the Waterfront in Cape Town, because there is so much that is Florentine right here. Sent to Villa Mangiacane, the original Machiavelli...

The Coffee Trail
Paul Murray - 2008-07-30
Lourensford Estate, Somerset West – Home to the Coffee Roastery It’s in the beans! That’s the "Bible" when it comes to coffee. They (the beans) give it the crema, and the vuma. Coffee is the new energy, tea rooms are passé. Espresso is coffee made under pressure — from the mean machine. Question is: Can you take it? Blends of different types give the mighty taste, keep you awake and make you crave. It’s a brave new world! At Lourensford in Somerset...

The Meloncino Trail
Paul Murray - 2008-06-03
The Meloncino Trail - Cape Town The Richetto al Grappolo d’Oro Trail – Roma, Italy Meloncino recently opened its doors to offer Italophiles, visiting Italians and...

The C Louis Leipoldt Trail
Paul Murray - 2007-12-12
C Louis Leipoldt is associated with Afrikaans poetry. One thinks of classics such as "Oktobermaand", or "In die konsentrasiekamp". This polymath, cum universal cum Renaissance man was a fine chef. While studying medicine at Guy’s in Chelsea in London, as if he had not had enough of dissecting bodies at medical school, he went across to The Strand to wash dishes in the kitchen of the greatest of all chefs, Auguste Escoffier, at the Savoy. Quite remarkably, it was not long...

The Eland Trail
Paul Murray - 2007-11-06
The roads in the Karoo are dusty Driving out into the open, breathing clean air … these are becoming newly discovered features of the ancient Karoo. The stressful life of the city and the pressures brought to bear upon residents, provide a new meaning out there for many. More and more people are finding solace, even setting up home in what used to be a tiny Karoo dorp or in one of the bigger towns. Property prices in Aberdeen, Graaff-Reinet and Nieu-Bethesda are unprecedented....

The Khayelitsha Trail
Paul Murray - 2007-09-19
Following food trails leads you to places you might not necessarily have gone to in the first place, as was the case one evening when my fancy led me to (certainly for me) to "the road less travelled".And different it was.Khayelitsha is a suburb of Cape Town just like any other, having its own selection of places to eat, although getting around might not be that easy. The fact I was accompanied by a local resident must certainly have contributed to the smooth running of the visit. Khayelitsha...

The Drostdy Trail
Paul Murray - 2007-08-01
Travellers visiting the Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet enter the distant past. Seated in the antique chairs at the antique tables of the Drostdy Hotel’s majestic dining hall, which was once lit by 144 candles glowing incandescently from the brass candelabras hanging from the wooden ceiling, one can enjoy a style of dining that has not changed in 200 years! Broad-beamed floorboards of yellowwood add to the warm and welcoming feeling, inducing an at-home ambience. The table is classic slow-food....

The Mamma Roma Trail
Paul Murray - 2007-06-26
When you dine at Mamma Roma’s you can surely say Mamma Mia! Italians would exclaim the cooking is like Mamma’s – made with care and really nice. Like good Catholics they do not believe in cutting back on the number of Babba Romas, so there are five already in existence and another on the way. Go to www.mammaroma.co.za to see the locations. Romano and Cristina Gorrini are the perfect pair when it comes to Italian restaurateurs. They are Italian thoroughbreds with their feet firmly...

Murray’s Food Trails – The ''Eastern Eastern Cape'' Food Trail
Paul Murray - 2007-02-07
A feature of the Eastern Cape landscape is the return to game, and less evidence of merino sheep farming. The modern world and high technology have created new markets for cloth. Wool has become too expensive for the ordinary person in the street. When one is travelling across the plains of Camdeboo between Graaff-Reinet and Pearston, a lonely road that stretches for miles, the game feeding off the veld is marvellous to see. The eland, after having been hunted out in the 18th century, are back, and...

The Lafayette Food Trail
Paul Murray - 2006-11-14
Dining at Lafayette will transport you across three continents: Africa, Europe and the United States. Eating here is as exotic as the revolutionary ideas of the Marquis de Lafayette himself. He was the first Frenchman to come to the assistance of the Americans in the revolutionary wars against the English. There is a deep irony here. It was at a dinner on 8 August 1775 where he met the Duke of Gloucester, who showed great sympathy with the Americans in their struggle against the English, who...

The Harlequin Trail
Paul Murray - 2006-10-10
In the world of stage drama, as a source of stage comedy, Harlequin is usually cast as the servant of a lover of some sort, and ends up foiling his master’s plan. All along he pursues his own interest in Columbina, a fictional character in the Commedia dell’Arte, whose meaning is "Little Dove". She too is a servant, comic like her lover Harlequin. Two things supersede Harlequin’s lust for Columbina: his fear for his master and his outright desire for good food. The...

The Belthazar Trail
Paul Murray - 2006-08-17
Dining at Belthazar is a rich experience. It's not just about sitting down and enjoying your meal in the company of friends. It's that too. But it's much more. This amazing and unique Cape Town Waterfront dining spot allows the patron to play off its many talents.And talented it is!It admits to having a wharf warehouse feel about it. Stacked, exposed wine cases from South Africa's wine estates reach the top of the ceiling. There are 600 fine wines to choose from, including rare vintages.At the same...

The Italian Trilogy Food Trail
Paul Murray - 2006-07-07
The Rotunda on Beach Road, Sea Point is gone! Now the view really works. Stand on the site where it once stood and gaze over Table Bay. You can see the sea. Turn around and look in the other direction towards the mountain. You look straight at one of Cape Town’s landmark buildings that looks like a giant-sized fish tank - La Perla! The restaurant is about to celebrate its Jubilee Year! Recently, hotelier friends from Milan made their twenty-seventh visit to Cape Town. Dining all over in...


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