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Our Best Culinary Experience

December 12, 2019 -Cape Nature

The best restaurants in South Africa are almost exclusively found in and around the Cape. And our guests’ experiences always include dining at these fine culinary institutions –  the finest the country has to offer. However, this, coupled with the incredible food enjoyed on safari, has created a newly recognised condition experienced by a number of our guests. Diagnosed by us as “restaurant fatigue”. A condition set on by the abundance of fine dining restaurants and their extensive tasting menus enjoyed day-in and day-out. We do, however, believe we have found the cure. It comes in a recently discovered culinary experience which brings a breath of fresh air to the dining experience. Yet one that still delivers food to match a “top 10” restaurant and an ambience that simply cannot be matched.

The Setting 

Set in the shadow of Table Mountain, in the leafy residential suburb of Constantia. You are greeted with warm Capetonian smiles at the entrance of this grand family home. Your journey into regional artisanal produce begins with cocktails and canapes around the pool as the outdoor fireplaces roar with flame. An exquisitely laid long-table (either outside or inside) awaits you once you are ready to sit down for the dinner service.

  Julz, the better half of the hosting duo, meticulously completes the final touches

 

The Hosts   

The @Travel&Tell duo, Oli and Julz, and their talented team are what make this unique experience. Their food journey is carried out with an infectious and entertaining local flare. The couple themselves warmly interact with their guests and their brilliant combined sense of humour is regularly the source of a good laugh. Their passion for food quite literally runs in the family. Julz’s mother, Annalize Buchanan, is one of Cape Town’s most well-recognised events caterers and Oli is one of their top chefs. The concept of Travel&Tell was born during the couples extensive travels across the globe, where they immersed themselves in the local cuisine. This inspired them to appreciate and celebrate the incredibly vast and diverse ingredients and artisanal fair we have on our doorstep at home.

The ever infectious smile of Chef Oli. The first demonstration about to start.

The Menu 

The evening revolves around the concept of “locavore” – a diet consisting of only or principally of locally grown or produced food. The options are unlimited and our guests are able to select their menu in advance. 

To name a few local options we have been so fortunate to try already (the best part is you would have probably visited some of the areas from where the ingredients originate):

 

  • Pickled rhubarb and Kommetjie chèvre frais with crispy sage
  • Cape Point tuna ceviche
  • West Coast oysters with fynbos dressing and sautéed dune spinach
  • Kommetjie mussels, Old Brown Sherry, garam masala and wild sorrel soup with seaweed mosbolletjie ‘rusk’
  • Karoo lamb rump, nasturtium flower and almond pesto
  • Rooibos posset topped with burnt white chocolate and lime ice-cream, garden flowers and Eet-Sum-Mor crumb

As the light of evening fades and you take your seats at the table, Chef Oli introduces you to the menu which, as confessed by himself, is subject to inspired evolution throughout the day of preparation. Have we mentioned the food demonstrations? Thanks to a perfectly placed mirror above the chef, the reflection overhead provides a whole new dimension to his skilled hands while he openly shares his passion and recipes with you. Oli’s infectious spirit brings anticipation to the creative cuisine, which is only surpassed by the flavours encountered in the mouthfuls that follow. 

 

  Travel&Tell are right on trend with the Caperitif from Swartland wine producer, AA Badenhorst. The rebirth of South Africa’s once-famous vermouth. Handcrafted by infusing Chenin Blanc with some 35 natural botanicals, many of which are found exclusively within the Cape Floral Kingdom.

 

Could this be the hottest new offering in Cape Town’s renowned culinary pool of quite some staggering depth? Probably not. But that is only because of the lack of access most have to Travel & Tell. Access that African Lynx is most privileged to have. So in that case, if you are foodies travelling as a large family or group, we most certainly can offer you Cape Town’s most authentic, exclusive and exceptional culinary evening! A local dining experience that will cure that restaurant fatigue and leave a lasting impression of South Africa that will be remembered for a long time to come. 

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