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Dec 5, 2017 | Design and Decor


A new breed of hotel for a new type of traveller, the Radisson RED in the Silo District, Cape Town’s coolest new arts and culture precinct, is surrounded by high-design shops, galleries and cafés. Keyless entry, check-in via app and games studios for out-of-the-box meetings are just some of the tech features you’ll find in this contemporary hotel. The bright colours and almost industrial warehouse feel of the reception area make a striking first impression of what’s to come in the studios, studio suites and family studios upstairs. A rooftop bar, complete with pool and fire-engine red drinks van, will appeal to the city socialite. Downstairs, the OUIBar + Ktchn restaurant dishes up fare inspired by street food in a casual, convivial setting.


La Petite Colombe brings the culinary and service excellence of its sister restaurant La Colombe, a Cape Town institution, to Franschhoek. Presided over by chef John Norris-Rogers, who spent four-and-ahalf years at La Colombe, and under the guidance of chef proprietors Scott Kirton and James Gaag, the new restaurant replaces The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français and extends the family into the Cape Winelands. It serves an elegant 12-course tasting menu (or an eight-course reduced menu) that celebrates texture, colour, scent and ceremony through dishes such as Champagne- poached oysters with sago and apple, and a Meet the Chefs course: ramen served at the pass while you chat to the team. The wine-pairing option is highly recommended; the wines have been selected to showcase the variety that the Franschhoek region in particular has to offer.


Villa 47 Emporio Italiano is home to three Italian eateries: Locanda, an informal bistro on the ground fl oor; Seta, a cool cocktail lounge on the first floor, and on the second floor you’ll find Pierino Penati, a new fine-dining restaurant of third-generation Michelin-star chef Theo Penati. Pierino Penati offers special dining experiences, such as exclusive chef’s tables. Diners can also look forward to a carefully curated wine list which offers some of the best and rarest South African wines, as well as wines from iconic Italian producers like vintage Sassicais and Gaja Barberescos. Three dishes on the menu that come highly recommended are “Perfect egg with asparagus, liquid Parmesan and crostini” for an appetizer, “Risotto Milanese” as a first course, followed by “Sea bass baked on a herb-aromatised brick of salt served with vegetables”. This may unfortunately leave you no space for dessert, but will definitely have you coming back for more. The “Hazelnut spread and passion fruit”
sounds divine. There’s even a VILLA 47 app for viewing recipes and booking a table.


TEXT Julia Freemantle, Debbie Loots PHOTOGRAPHS Kiss Kiss Photo, Clare Gunn, Caterina Ciani, Gabrielle Holmes, supplied

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