La Boqueria

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://www.laboqueria.co.za/

We popped in at La Boqueria Restaurant for a Thursday evening dinner, because they are not open for breakfast. They open 11am – 11pm and so we thought let’s give them a try on a quiet midweek night. As we pulled into 3rd Avenue in Parktown North, the road was full of cars from the top right down the road for about 500m and all the side roads were full too.

On finding parking and taking the long walk up the road to the restaurant, on arrival we were informed the restaurant was fully booked for the evening, but also fully booked for the next 2 weeks. We asked if we could sit at the bar and wait for a table, the hostess kindly agreed but warned us it could be a long wait.

The bar was full and we found a seat on a couch, settled in with a drink and just soaked in the atmosphere and pure vibe inside the restaurant. We soon became aware that this was clearly a hot spot and droves of people flocked here for a social night out of good food and friendship.

2 hours later we were shown to our table and settled in for some steak and queen prawns. The food did not take long to be prepared and the waiter was extremely aware of our every need. He observed that we began to share our food and immediately returned to the table with another steak knife for my wife. Small details not often observed in other restaurants, most waiters you need to ask for this and that and then wait to get it.

Service was outstanding. The food was chef quality. The atmosphere created inside the restaurant was homely and welcoming. No wonder they are fully booked every night of the week, for the next 2 weeks.

Try something new, get out of your comfort zone and frequenting the same places. We are creatures of habit and go to the same malls, the same shops, the same restaurants and follow the same route to work each day. I say, get out and explore, you never know the new amazing adventures that await you.

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Moyo at Zoo Lake

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://www.moyo.co.za/moyo-zoo-lake/

We popped in at Moyo at Zoo Lake this morning for breakfast. We were pleasantly surprised by the mere size of the restaurant and realized they are also a function venue for staff parties, weddings, and birthday parties etc. They have a few function halls and different sized rooms to cater for various sized groups. They also have a large marquee tent outside which also seats various sized groups.

Breakfast was great with a breakfast buffet this morning at R119 per person eat as much as you like, is well worth it. They also offer a full al a carte menu.

After breakfast we took a walk around the lake and many groups were already arriving to set up picnic and braai spots on the grass. This looks like a great place to just chill for a Saturday afternoon braai or picnic.

Clementines

Restaurant in Clarens

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://www.clementines.co.za/

We took a ride through Vanderbijlpark, Sasolburg, Heilbron, Reitz and Bethlehem to Clarens for a weekend away. We rode through quite a big storm at Heilbron, but the bike with its Road and Rain setting handled well. When we pulled off to put on our rain gear the storm moved over and we just hit heavy rain and wind.

We heard about Clementines from a few friends as the place to eat at when in Clarens. So although we were staying at the Golden Gate Hotel some 15 kms out of town, we took the ride through to go check it out.

On arrival, a sign met us at the front door. Fully booked, seat only available after 19:45

Which was a good sign, informing us that the food was great, the people love the place and this was the place to be. So we sat at the bar and waited half an hour for a table to open up.

We were shown to our seat and were surprised by the noise in the restaurant. Everyone talking, laughing and enjoying a good family meal, I don’t think we saw anyone sitting on their cellphones last night. This is a family restaurant with great hearty food that just encourages talk, laughter and enjoying the company of those you having dinner with.

We both ordered the oxtail, slow cooked for 3 hours and the meat just fell off the bone. This was a delicious meal that I would recommend to all who venture out to Clarens and dine at Clementines. After dinner the chef came out of the kitchen to speak to patrons, what a nice touch, and a great way to end the evening.

It was then time to get back on the bike and head back to our hotel.

The Culinary Table

Type: Restaurant, Deli and shop

Website: http://culinarytable.co.za/

“Where we believe in starting each meal from scratch.” This unique restaurant situated at the Lanseria Centre on Pelindaba Rd, grows all their own fresh produce on the grounds, this gives this restaurant its unique edge. We took a 30 minute ride out The Culinary Table this morning and was shocked to find this beautiful gem right on our doorstep. The outside building is very deceiving but the ambience inside is homely, friendly and inviting.

The breakfast was fresh, looked great and tasted even better. The menu offers some unique options and is well priced for the quality of food. The waiters were all extremely friendly and eager to serve and the restaurant was quite busy. Although it was our first visit to The Culinary Table it was obviously a very popular destination.

We took a walk through the garden to see the fresh produce being grown, and then checked out their deli and kitchen shop before heading out for a trip through Muldersdrift back home.

This was a great experience and one we would definitely tell our friends about and do again in the near future.

10 Bompas Hotel and Winehouse

Type: Hotel and Restaurant

Website: https://tenbompas.com/

We took a chilled 20 minute ride from Honeydew to 10 Bompas in Dunkeld West this morning. When we arrived here we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff and the grounds are beautifully laid out.

We decided to sit outside next to the pool, and you become aware of the peace and serenity of the place, just the sound of birds singing and the running water of the pool fountains.

Breakfast was served in true chef quality, with attention to detail presentation and quality of food. We thoroughly enjoyed being spoilt this morning and have been made to feel like honored guests.

The venue also has function rooms for parties, conferencing and team building events. The Winehouse also gives this venue a unique feature and the grounds transform into a magical place at night.

al Fiume

Riverside Restaurant

Type: Restaurant

Website: http://www.alfiume.co.za/

We visited al Fiume Riverside Restaurant on Sunday afternoon for buffet lunch. The restaurant has a live band playing during the afternoon, which creates a great vibe at the venue. The restaurant is set alongside the beautiful Hennops River a mere 20 minutes from Fourways.

The restaurant has a normal full functional restaurant, private seating along the river bank or a large outdoor seated area. Food is exquisite and 5 Star chef quality, prepared and presented to seduce the 5 senses. Attention to detail, elegance and style come to mind when thinking about the overall experience.

Bookings are essential.

The Kitchen Bar

We came to a local restaurant today at Design Quarter in Fourways.

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.thekitchenbar.co.za/

This is a really great restaurant with a great menu and a great vibe. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food is generous and delicious.


Great outdoor and indoor seating for all occasions, and with 520 seats available it makes this restaurant one of the biggest in the country. We came on a breakfast run this morning and ordered a traditional breakfast and a KB Bacon Rosti breakfast. The portions were large and very tasty.


They offer an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between. Their platters are also a great alternative and a great selection of platters and cocktails are available.

Le Meridien Hotel

Ile Maurice ~ Mauritius 

Type: Accommodation 

Website: http://www.lemeridien-mauritius.com/

We did not visit this one on our BMW R1200GS Adventure, but we celebrated 25 years of marriage here this week and I thought of sharing our experience with you.


Beautiful beaches and sunsets that are out of a magazine… this is really what it looks like here, no photoshop or trying to make it look better than what it really is.

On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by hotel staff that immediately make you feel welcome and offered us a welcome cocktail while they completed the necessary documentation.


Then we were upgraded from a deluxe room to an executive suite, not sure if this was because we are celebrating a very special anniversary. (25 years) We were very surprised and happy for the upgrade.


Nothing can beat a dinner right on the beach with the sound of waves right by your dinner table. The food is signature style quality in look and taste and all the staff are so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much for them or too much bother.

Day 1: was spent getting to know the resort, unwinding at the sauna and reading a book while it rained it the late afternoon. The perfect start to a very relaxed and peaceful break.

Day 2: we decided to take a scooter ride out to Grand Bay, so although it is not on my BMW, the scooter option was a lot of fun and we blended in with the many locals using their small 125cc motorcycles.


Day 3: was spent doing water sports and enjoying the sun, beach and cocktails.


Day 4: we decided to travel a bit further out on the scooter to explore more of the island.

Day 5: we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on a catamaran cruise. I will post a separate blog just on this special day.

Day 6: we will be relaxing once again at the sauna, reading a book and winding down.

Day7: we head back to South Africa

Below are some pictures from this beautiful island, walks on the beach and our time here in Mauritius. 

Ramkiki Lodge

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Website: http://www.ramkietjie.co.za/

This farm style wedding and conference venue set in Ruimsig, Honeydew is literally 7 minutes from our house. It is a beautiful little bit of paradise hidden along the Wilge River banks.


They have a quaint little restaurant on the grounds called Ramkietjie. We were spoilt to be the only guests at the restaurant for breakfast because the venue was hosting a conference and all the conference delegates were checking in at reception.

They have a beautiful chapel on the grounds to be used for weddings…


There is also a pool bar on the other side of the river overlooking the grounds, ideal for pool parties and a Saturday afternoon chillax around the pool, or order one of their famous wood fired pizzas and enjoy a cool refreshing beer.


Breakfast was freshly served, and a Full English breakfast for only R80 is well worth it. Thabiseng the restaurant host was friendly, helpful and a pleasure to deal with.

Make a booking at 011 958 0503.

Leopard Lodge

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Website: http://www.leopardlodge.co.za/

We visited this beautiful gem hidden away against the Magaliesburg mountain in a forest gorge overlooking the Hartebeespoort Dam. It transports you from the hustle and bustle of the city to a tranquil secluded tropical forest where the sounds of the bird life is all that is heard. It’s just a short 55km drive from Sandton and 60km from Pretoria, but well worth the trip.


We took a ride out from Honeydew, through Muldersdrift, Hekpoort and along the R560 through Skeerpoort to Leopard Lodge this morning.


On arrival at the main reception, it was evident that excellent service is lived here and the friendly staff were waiting on our arrival welcoming us to the restaurant, and our table. There is a rustic wooden bar, conference rooms and a large veranda which transforms into one of the wedding venues available at Leopard Lodge.


After breakfast we went and sat outside under the trees overlooking the Hartebeespoort Dam. What a magnificent view, they also have an outside boma with tables and chairs to sit and relax and enjoy a fresh garden salad or a light lunch.

An a la carte menu is offered from Wednesdays to Saturdays and a buffet lunch is available every Sunday. Picnics can be arranged for those who prefer a light meal in the bush. (Advance booking required).


We also took a walk through the gardens to the outside chapel which has a unique view which overlooks the dam in the background. We had to take a picture here to show you… maybe one of the best places to tie the knot.


I would strongly recommend Leopards Lodge to any of my friends or family as a place to add to your bucket list, as we attempt to visit 52 places in 52 weeks, this is definitely one we will return to.

Check out their website for accommodation rates and availability.