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Where to eat in South Africa

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  • Peter James-Smith Mar 22, 2000 03:18 AM
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If anyone is interested in non ersatz European Food and wants to taste the real thing just get in touch with me, tell me where you are heading for and I'll give you a quick run down of what to eat, where to go, and what you should be paying.

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  1. I'm planning a trip to South Africa sometime
    within the next six months. When I finally figure
    out exactly where I'm going I'll be in touch.

    cz

    PS: I'd appreciate any travel-touring tips you can provide. (Email's okay if it's not chow-related.)

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    1. re: christina z

      Sure Christine, just e mail me with any queries you may have........I pushed the wrong button but now I've got the hang of it! If you want to see my "credentials" look at www.safm.co.za......I'll help you all I can

      1. re: Peter

        We'd really rather that you didn't share good info via private email.

        Email informs a hound. Message board postings inform the entire pack.

        1. re: Jim Leff

          Sorry Jim

          1. re: Peter

            Peter-

            No apology necessary...very glad to have you here!

            ciao

            1. re: Jim Leff

              By far the best African food in South Africa will be in the shebeens in Townships, but you should check into conditions before going in to any township.

              If you visit Cape Town, the best real Italian food is at a restaurant called Bacini's. It is truly amazing, and several of the dishes are original creations (their Pesto usually sells out fast on weekends). Avoid the Victoria and Albert Waterfront ... it's basically chain food. The Seapoint neighborhood is loaded with little treats, but as trendy restaurants there change quickly, I won't list them by name ... your time spent there will be well rewarded.

              In Johannessburg (why you'd go is a mystery ... but if you go to JoBurg) check out the neighborhoods near Witwatersrand University. That's about the best you'll find.

              1. re: Dan Andrews

                Just got back from Cape Town/Stellenbosch where the food was unreal and excellent value. Would recommend the following:

                Leinster Hall (charming, top wine list) - CT
                Constantia Uitisig - Constantia
                Picnic at Boschendal - Stellenbosch/Franschoek
                Willowbrook Lodge - Somerset West

                Also enjoyed the seafood at Villamoura and Blues, although both considered a bit overrated.

                Could also recommend many vineyards...be sure to ship a couple cases home