Chef’s showcase at Sidewalk Cafe
Madame Zingara will pit the culinary prowess of her best chefs menu-to-menu at The Sidewalk Cafe in Vredehoek for six weeks starting Friday 3 June. The heat of competition will fuel this spectacular cook off in which each of the 6 chefs will be vying to create the most popular winter menu.
Each chef will showcase a specially crafted menu over breakfast, lunch and dinner for a one week period and diners will be asked to vote for their favourite chef by ballot in the restaurant. The chefs will also be interacting with diners to share tips, answer any culinary conundrums and, no doubt, curry favour in the voting stakes!
First to flaunt his stuff from 3 to 9 June will be Warren “where’s my second beer” Carney. Warren has a Cordon Bleu Grande Diploma from Silwood Kitchen and has worked as far afield as New York.
Next up from 10 to 16 June is Jody “Sonnic” Carolus, who has been passionate about food since he was a boy. Inspired by cooking shows on television, he enrolled at The Institute of Culinary Arts in Stellenbosch where he graduated with a degree followed by a stint at Admirals Cove Golf Estate situated in Jupiter, Florida in the USA.
17 to 23 June marks the turn of Joe “Pretty Boy” Otway, who hails from England, and has a diploma from City and Guild in Brighton, as well as the enviable experience of having worked with the likes of Aldo Zilli’s Italian Kitchen.
And then, Chris “English” Ditch takes centre stage from 24 to 30 June. Also an Aldo Zilli protégé, young Chris worked his way up from dishwasher to the talented chef he is today.
Michelle “Pitbull” Tamas follows from 1 to 7 July. She has a wealth of experience, much of it garnered on the prestigious Queen Mary 2, as one of only 5 women in a kitchen complement of 280.
Last but not least from 8 to 14 July is Heinrich “Shrek” Koen who has been with Madame Zingara for several years and is now Executive chef of Cafe Paradiso. His credentials include time with culinary heavyweights Jamie Oliver and Aldo Zilli. His considerable skills extend to wine and cheese making.
But what’s a competition if there’s nothing in it for you? Each week voters stand a chance to win a sumptuous brunch for 4 at the charming Cafe Mozart and when Madame Zingara promises sumptuous, you know she delivers!
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The Sidewalk Cafe
A much-loved neighbourhood café, The Sidewalk Cafe offers guests a relaxing beach-house feel and sweeping views from the stadium to the harbour and beyond. Bright and sunny by day and warm and intimate by night, The Sidewalk Café has a wonderfully diverse clientele and many loyal regulars. Perfect for lazy breakfasts, leisurely lunches, sundowners or romantic dinners, this charming venue is disarmingly casual with just a dollop of sophistication.
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Bombay is a representation of Madame Zingara’s colourful history and an expression of their eclectic past in Loop street; a wacky bohemian venue where guests are encouraged to let their hair down - and expected to stay up way past bed time.
Especially loved by those who revel in a dining experience as opposed to simply a meal out, The Bombay is also ideally suited for celebrations of all kinds. The warm, festive ambience is impossible to resist and the wonderfully friendly staff are known for their vibrant service.
The Bombay Bicycle Club is welcoming winter with a double whammy of two-for-one specials guaranteed to sate the largest appetites and keep diners up way past their bedtime.
From 21 May, guests can tuck into the most delectable sticky ribs in town and then kick the night up a notch with the second two-for-one special at the bar which includes selected SAB beers, wines, cocktails and shooters.
And, of course, there are many other rib-sticking winter-warming dishes to choose from, including the delectable slow-roasted springbok shank with root vegetables, red wine, garlic and rosemary and the succulent 350g rump steak with beer battered onion rings, truffled mushrooms and rocket.
But remember, the warm, festive ambience is impossible to resist and you WILL forget to check the time!
For more information call 021 423 6805 or visit www.thebombay.co.za.
Nestled in the heart of the city on the Church Street antique market in the shade of beautiful old trees, this gorgeous eclectic café evokes a sense of history and genteel English traditions – gin and tonic, high tea and rolling countrysides. Here, guests relax and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the decades-old market while watching the city go by. Mozart is the perfect spot for breakfast, to rest weary feet after a long mornings shopping or to take advantage of the wifi and get some work done in tranquil surroundings.
As the Cape winter sets in, Café Mozart is warmly embracing the chilly season with fluffy blankets, roaring gas heaters, hearty soups and an enticing winter buffet which can be enjoyed both sitting down or delivered to your office.
New buffet dishes include honey glazed butternut and blue cheese bake, Portuguese fish pockets and warm Asian duck salad. Soup lovers can look forward to enticing creations such as seafood chowder, spicy Thai chicken noodle soup and classic French-style brown onion soup with parmesan crusties.
Another new addition to Mozart’s eclectic menu is the ‘healthy option’ which gives those with dietary requirements much more choice.
The delivery service will be introduced on 1 June and meals can be ordered for delivery within a two block radius of the restaurant.
For more information call 021 424 3774 or visit www.themozart.co.za.
Café Paradiso is the gentle tonic our daily lives forget. This stunning venue is about family values, long held traditions, warm welcoming hospitality and wholesome goodness. A beautiful garden setting with breathtaking mountain views, an inviting serene interior encourage relaxed, leisurely dining experiences and gentle celebrations. Fresh pasta is made on the premises and a farm-style bakery produces fresh breads and delicious treats daily.
Executive Chef Heinrich Koen is cooking up a taste storm at Cafe Paradiso with an enticing selection of mains, starters and desserts which will change daily.
Fresh organic ingredients bursting with flavour and nuanced texture will have diners salivating at generous portions and inventive dishes. This winter’s opening salvo at Café Paradiso includes grilled Kudu Loin with salt baked sweet potato, and sour cream with a marsala wine jus; Mushroom, Cream Cheese and Thyme Ravioli with sage butter and toasted pine nuts or the Slow Roasted Porchetta stuffed with salumi pine nuts & crumbs served with a three bean cassoulet. Home style cooking, complete with on site bakery and a real passion for food mark Café Paradiso as true custodians of Cape hospitality.
Offering genuine hospitality in a rustic setting with all the comfort and warmth of home Cafe Paradiso’s charm is irresistible. Lovingly restored to embrace the simplicity of food in a relaxed environment, the walls are adorned with trinkets and treasures harking back to a simpler time. Add to that blankets and open fires in the garden over looking Cape Town along with activities for children that include story time and mini chef cooking classes and Café Paradiso is the perfect choice for the whole family.
For more information call 021 423 8653 or visit www.cafeparadiso.co.za.