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Looking for an extraordinary culinary experience catered to your specific needs? Meet your personal Chef at the Blue Duiker Villa. Originally from Zimbabwe, Our Chef is a master on the barbecue or South African Braai. He has a passion for food and cooking, he is creative, and works wonders with the local seafood. Let him know what you have a taste for and he is sure to please! 

The Seafood cuisine in South Africa is blessed with country’s long and varied coastline. Next to its fantastic scenery it supplies us with an astonishing amount and variety of seafood fresh from the sea. Bring back your catch for the day and Chef is sure to make a mouthwatering seafood feast.

The overwhelming range of different seafood dishes in South Africa and the straight from the sea freshness has become legendary.

No wonder South Africans are fond of their seafood, whether as the main dish of a candle-lit dinner, as a fish and chips lunch or for breakfast as haddock or kippers in the English tradition.


SOUTH AFRICAN cooking is in its infancy,” said Lannice Snyman, a cookbook author and restaurant critic in Cape Town. “It’s only 300 years old.” That makes it about the same age as American cooking, and if weren’t for apartheid, the cuisine of South Africa would probably have undergone the kinds earth-shaking changes that have taken place in this country since the 1970’s.

More South African kitchens are reflecting the influence of the Europeans and the East Asians who immigrated to southern Africa, voluntarily and otherwise. The Dutch, French, Germans, English and Malays have all left their marks while the influence of the indigenous Africans is not so obvious.

The country is blessed with marvelous seafood, superb lamb, plentiful wild game and so many fruits and vegetables that they are among the major exports

The blending of ingredients from the West and East is called Cape Malay cooking — spiced, curried and often sweetened variations of European fish, meat and game dishes and desserts. The South African national dish, bobotie, captures its essence. It was said to have been brought to Europe by the Crusaders and to Africa by both the Dutch and the Malays. In South Africa, it has become a meat pie of coarsely ground lamb with plenty of curry, bay or lemon leaves and fruits, covered with a custard of milk and eggs, as homey and much loved as meatloaf is in the United States. The core of Cape cooking is the bredie or pot roast, with spiced meats and vegetables cooked in a cast-iron pot for several hours. The kind of bredie is determined by the main vegetable — tomato, potato, spinach, quince — while the meat is generally a thick rib of lamb from the Karoo area, known for its lamb. The seasonings include coriander, crushed chili, rosemary and white wine. Cape Malay food uses many Indian spices, but in a much gentler fashion.

South Africa, however, is still a paradise for carnivores. “Many people are taken aback by the level of meat consumption,” says the Cadogan guide to South Africa (Globe Pequot Press, 1995). South Africans also love their butter and cream — as in the heavy food of the Germans and Dutch — and their very sweet rich desserts, a legacy of both the Germans and the English.

South Africans are justifiably proud of their game, which is plentiful. Many kinds of venison are often served with sharp and sweet red cabbage or cabbage and apples, a combination dear to the German heart. Game birds are found on almost every Cape Town menu. Ostrich, just making its way to America, is prepared a thousand ways: as carpaccio, with fried cabbage pancakes, as a terrine and as prosciutto.

While seafood is cheap and abundant, until recently the best of it was exported. It is not always easy to find fresh, but as South African chefs become more assertive and creative, more will stay in the country.

To accompany all this wonderfully expansive food there is wonderful wine. The French Huguenots, who arrived in 1689, influenced not only the food, but also the wine, settling in two of what are now the most important wine-growing regions, Stellenbosch and the Drakenstein valley.



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