Divine nostalgia at Hemelhuijs

March 21st, 2011 § 0 comments

I’ve been hearing about Hemelhuijs since before it opened… the beautiful interior, delicious food, funky artwork, gorgeous basalt ceramics for sale… so on a recent trip to Cape Town to see the dentist, I made a point of popping in. Owner and chef Jacques Erasmus has set up shop right next to the Free World Design Centre on the CBD side of the fan walk bridge. If that description makes any sense…

Bokkie with crockery embellished horns

The hype was justified. Artistic, retro glam with a paired down city chic aesthetic. Undeterred by the inability to move the left side of my face (the dentist erred on the side of caution and paralyzed everything from the tip of my nose to below my chin) and with a stomach grumbling on evil-tasting mouthwash, I ordered the marzipan chicken with sour cherries, a very green, funky side salad and potato wedges with truffle mayonnaise. I almost never order chicken in a restaurant, except if I’m not really hungry, which wasn’t the case here. It came recommended and was absolutely delicious. Fortunately for my fellow diners, I regained oral control halfway through the meal… no doubt encouraged by the subtle flavours on my plate.


For more on my yummy chicken and my friend’s equally morish open beef burger, you’ll have to tune into SABC3’s Expresso show, tomorrow morning (that’s Tuesday) at 6.50. Yip. At 6.50 in the MORNING. Is it mean not to post more pics now? Nooo. I have to be up at four to get there in time. But I’ll leave you with this, the Toasted Lady… not her real name, but a portrait made up entirely of little pieces of toasted bread. Jacques is all about food and design and this artwork, to me, reflects his passions. In a beautiful, cheeky way.

Hold the Pecks...

Night night….

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