Savoy Cabbage turns 15

During the hard winter times, one of South Africa’s best places to dine has quietly reached the venerable restaurant age of 15. What’s more, Cape Town’s Savoy Cabbage looked modern when it opened with its “industrial” brick, steel and glass interior and remains strikingly contemporary to this day. They will be hosting its 15th Birthday Celebration with a veritable feast of signature dishes paired to Hamilton Russell Family Vineyards wines on Monday 12th August.

They also open their annual Offal Festival on the 27th July, it runs until 3rd August 2013. They will be serving, along with normal menu offerings, “such delights as brains with black butter and capers, sweetbread terrine, liver and kidney crespelle with port sauce, and kidneys in mustard sauce. On the main courses the repertoire will include stuffed pig’s trotters, pickled tongue, tripe and chorizo, pan fried sweetbreads and calves’ liver.” Call 021 424 2626 for reservations. Another grande dame, the Grande Roche in Paarl, is hosting an evening called Culinary Innovations on 27 July, featuring Sarah Lotz, the award-winning author and scriptwriter.

Her latest solo thriller, The Three, will be published by Hodder and Stoughton in the United Kingdom and Reagan Arthur in the USA in 2014. The meal will be paired with wines from Lemberg Wine Estate, well-known for its Sauvignon Blanc but even more for bottling the unusual variety called Harslevelu. Call 021 863 5100 for reservations.

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