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.
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.
A painting of a really ugly woman smoking a huge cigar, seen at the Buena Vista Social Club
Today, we had breakfast at the Barnyard in Steenberg. They have a small selection of animals and birds for the children to look at and feed; including ducks, geese, chickens, a few pigs and even a couple of goats. This bright yellow bird was living in the avery.
By the way, the food is good, but the service is about the worst you can get.
Yesterday we celebrated Lois’ dad’s 70th birthday party at the Pomegranate restaurant at Vergenoegd wine estate. They have turned the old manor house into the restaurant.
While having lunch, I saw the most strange thing – a duck parade! The farm has about 300 Indian runner ducks living on the farm. These ducks run through the vinyards, looking for snails and small insects to eat. This novel solution to pest control keeps the vineyards pest-free in an environmentally friendly manner.
So, in the middle of lunch, about 100 ducks came marching through the outside of the restaurnant, much like a class of school children out on a school outing.
They marched onto the lawns, ate everything in site (at least all the snails), and left. Thinking about it, it sounds more like varsity students than school kids.
Although they are both noisy and smelly, it is kind-of cute to watch. And I was really glad that I had decided to order the fish and not the duck that was on the lunch menu!
If you get the opportunity to go to the farm, do so. It is not something that you will see everyday!