food and drink


It is not often that you get a photo here that was not taken by me, and even less seldom that you get a photo of me! Besides, have you ever tried to do a self-portrait doing Sabrage!

Anyway, I discovered that my Tai-Chi sword is great for doing Sabrage, and the bubbly afterwards is especially good for my chi.It is a bit of a party-trick, but great fun nevertheless.

Can you see the flying cork on the far right?

Here is the before shot.

Teppanyaki at Cape Town Fish Market

For a team end of year function, a few us went to the Cape Town Fish Market in Canal Walk for lunch. Because it was a fairly small group, we managed to arrange to have Teppanyaki, and to sit around the table while the chef cooked our food on the griddle in front of us.

Calamari tubes

If you can arrange a group of about 5-8 people, you can have a really great (and reasonably priced meal). The entire meal was about R110 per person (excluding drinks), and we had six courses:

  • California rolls (very good)
  • crab salad (excellent!)
  • seaweed soup (this did not work for me, far too fishy)
  • calamari (very good)
  • chicken, steak or fish (I had chicken – excellent)
  • a choice of dessert (like I had much space by then – ok so maybe a little)

Calamari tubes; ready to eat

The teppanyaki at the Fish Market is a little cheesy, in that the experience was more like somebody cooking a stir fry in front of me than a chef performing wizardry with his deft knife-work, however it is a very social experience. The food was great and very nicely-sized portions (except for the soup, but that was just a personal preference).

Steak, sliced into strips

This my second meal at the CTMF in a week, and it was really great! Get a group together and go out for Teppanyaki.

I only drink Champagne…

I only drink Champagne when I’m happy
or when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it
when I’m alone. When I have company
I consider it obligatory. I triffle with it
when I’m not hungry and drink it when I am.
Otherwise I never touch it…unless I’m
thirsty. In victory you deserve it & in
defeat you need it! Lilly Bollinger

I spotted this on a wall in one of the bars in the German Club in Cape Town (The old Tafelberg Tavern). The club has just been bought by new owners, and some refurbishment is imminent, so this graffiti will most likely be painted over any day now. The side walls are covered in comments for the various patrons, and this particular poem took my fancy.

The quote is actually from Lilly Bollinger (as in the Bollinger Champagne family), but thanks to Shella for puting it up on the wall.

Here is another section of the wall. Don’t you love the car?

Sushi @ Cape Town Fish Market

Last night I had a craving for fresh Sushi, so when Lois offered to take me out for dinner, my first choice was the Cape Town Fish Market in Tokai, which have wonderful and fresh Sushi.


Norwegian Salmon

Now, the downside is that Lois is vegetarian and does not eat fish, so there is not a huge amount for her to eat there. A couple of years ago they changed their menu, and there was almost nothing for her to eat. But they have recently brought back some of the vegetarian meals, including the yummyvegetarian spring rolls, cooked in a very thin and crispy pastry. There are three in a portion, one of which Lois gave me. It was very good.


Sushi at the Cape Town Fish Market (note this photo was not the free starter; it was one of the platters)

So I had the free mixed starter, and an extra portion of salmon, which went wonderfully with the Durbanville Hills Chardonnay that we were drinking.  I followed with a piece of seared tuna (tuna is plentiful at the moment), braised on the outside, but completely raw on the insided. It was also very good.

Lois had the vege spring rolls, followed by a Greek Salad and baby potatoes with a lemon and garlic butter. She enjoyed them both.
The restaurant have a current promotion whereby if you buy any bottle of Durbanville Hills wine, you get a free mixed Sushi platter. I hope they keep the vegetarian options on the menu; it makes it a little easier for me to enjoy the fish :-)

You can find out more about the restaurant on their website.

Till death do us part

Cds MG 1221
A chocolate skull found in a remarkable shop in the lanes in Brighton. They specialise in morbid and gothic chocolates and cakes.

It is rather bizarre, but the artwork is absolutely amazing. I forget the exact figues, but the cake costs something like 200 pounds, but it feeds about 100 people.

The shop is called choccywoccydoodah, and their website is

Cds MG 1220
I think that their other shops do regular chocolates, but not this branch.

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