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What’s Hot this Season: Part 1

Nov 14, 2019 | Trends

Things to see, trends to spot and places to be

TEXT Julia Freemantle | PHOTOGRAPHS Adriaan Louw, Claire Gunn, Frances Marais and supplied

Just Desserts

Luxury café Coco Safar, which has a new culinary offering, continues to be an innovator. Taking its cue from global trends and the rise of Michelin-star dessert destinations, it has introduced the DBE (Dessert Bar Experience) Culinary Voyage, inspired by style capitals around the world, conceptualised by its well-travelled team and spearheaded by executive chef Carmen Rueda (formerly of El Bulli). The menu is a 10-course experience that pairs innovative mixology, marries sweet with savoury, and engages all five senses.

Up to its Name

Replacing Catharina’s at Steenberg, Tryn is a new tribute to the farm’s founder (Tryn was her nickname). A modern eatery inspired by her spirit and energy, it has Kerry Kilpin of Bistro 1682 fame at the helm and features dynamic interior design by Bone Design. This venue bridges past and present and offers an elegant experience with home-like warmth – its engaging textures, glamorous jewel tones and seasonally inspired global menu make for a winning recipe.

A New Leaf

Le Chêne, meaning The OakTree, is a new addition to the Leeu Collection’s expansive hospitality offering. Situated in the Manor House at Leeu Estates, the new Darren Badenhorst (of Le Coin Français fame) eatery pays homage to Franschhoek with local ingredients and a celebration of the valley’s heritage. Badenhorst and his team will also manage all aspects of the food and beverage offering at Leeu Estates, including in-room dining, breakfast and event catering.

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