Wine and Dine South Africa

Wine and food is part of travelling. This space will be updated every month with evaluations of interesting Restaurants in South Africa and wines discovered by ourselves, our clients or our colleagues in the travel industry

Karma, Greenside

An absolute must if you like your Indian cuisine. Christina Hinis is the owner of this small restaurant in upcoming area Greenside, Johannesburg. Her minimally decorated, earthy-zen eatery is hugely popular and big time value. Traditional kormas, tandoori dishes and biryanis fill the menu, as well as cheeky bunny-chows and quasi indian salads. Be warned: the vast portion sizes can lead to much over ordering. reservations in advance necessary.

Tel: 011 6468555. Cnr Barry Hertzog Ave and Gleneagles Rd, Greenside.

Thelema Chardonnay 1999

The Thelema is since our discovery, a few years ago, our very precious house wine. During one of our visits to their estate, on the Hellshoogte pass, just outside Stellenbosch, we joined them as a member. This means nothing more than the yearly news letter and the exclusivity to order, before it goes into the supply chain. But this is more than worthwhile, as Thelema is a small wine estate with relatively small output. A bottle Thelema Chardonnay 1999 is difficult to find.

It has a complex nose: lemon-butter, butterscotch, toast, lime, tropical fruits (coconut and pineapple) exude from the glass. Zesty Palate has well-balanced fruit and wood, with a long finish. This is an absolute top wine.

Africa Cafe, Cape Town

15 Dishes from all over africa at R105 a head. Cosy and african environment with four different dining areas or on a terrace with mountain view

Tel: 021 4220221, Heritage Square, 98 Shortmarket Streetm Cape Town

Tony's Spaghetti Grill

Italian Restaurant in Fourways, Johannesburg

Tony's Spaghetti Grill's, in The Leaping Frog Garden Centre, William Nichol Drive Corner Of Mulbarton Road, has become the talk of the town. A small contemporary, sophisticated dining experience in a trendy and vibey, yet relaxed atmosphere creates the winning formula. Best Pizza's ever, with a thin, crispy base. Nothing fancy, just good food and service. Bring your own bottle of wine, no corkage fee charged, or secretly order from the bar. Good wines in stock.

Tel: 011-4657270