I test drive the new Voila! over in Bantry Bay

This past weekend I was invited to go and try out the new Voila! over in Bantry Bay.  My friend D and I decided to pop in for lunch after our noon gun expedition on Saturday.  After all, touristy outings does leave one famished…

There she is…

Some of you might already know the Voila! over in Cape Quarter, but this new branch is in the spot where the old Salt Cafe used to be, right across the road from the Ambassador Hotel.

It’s got a lovely deck area out front and a welcoming wooden interior with pops of lime green and orange.  But pictures say it better than words do, so let me give you a little tour:

Ooh they also have a bar, cocktail anyone?

There’s a little deli section in the back where you can grab yourself a little something for home (olive lovers listen up – owner, Bonita, says they’ll soon be making & selling their own olives.  Mmmmm).

Oh and then they also have a cake table that will certainly leave your waistline sweating bullets:

So evil, but oh so good for the soul, right?

Voila! is a great spot for breakfast, lunch, maybe a spot of afternoon tea (with a big slice of cake of course) or an early dinner with a glass of wine.  Their menu has lots to choose from, including various breakfast options, gourmet sandwiches & wraps, pizzas & pastas, some beautiful salads (I was eyeing these out as they passed our table) and other main meal dishes as well.  Also, everything you’re getting is top quality, think freshly baked bread, freshly squeezed juices & homemade ice tea just as a few examples.

As this past weekend was a total scorcher, D and I kicked things off with their homemade lemonade (so refreshing btw) after which we shared the crispy calamari (R86) and the butter chicken wrap (R74):

Oh and for dessert we each had a milkshake.  D went for the Tutti one which is all fruity and stuff, and I went for the Bar-one milkshake. I’m not a big fruit milkshake fan, so D’s stood no chance next to my choice of chocolate deliciousness…  so good.

Everything was really fresh & tasty, but the dish that stole the show was definitely the calamari.  They add some chilli & garlic to the mix, so it has extra punch, which we both really loved.  And who doesn’t love a little herbed side salad and a side of skinny fries. Great dish.

D and I had a really lovely time at Voila.  The setting is beautiful, the service is friendly and the food is great.  For those reasons I’m gonna give Voila! Bantry Bay the following overall score on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale:

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Wanna check them out for yourself?  They are open Mon to Sun, from 7:30am until 6pm and you can contact them on:  021 439 3354.

And if you’re worried about parking:  Over and above the bit of parking out front, you can also park at the hotel across the street, or around the back of the building (entrance on Victoria Rd side, just past the restaurant).

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The people at Voila! are pure evil ;)

Seriously, have any of you tried walking past Voila! in Cape Quarter without stopping for a little snack?  I’ll give you the answer…. NO!!!  Why?  Cause it’s humanly impossible to pass by THIS table without totally cracking…

You see what I mean?  I am pleading to the people at Voila! to please add some kind of covering so I can’t actually see the table when I walk by… my ass needs a break please! :)

On a different note, being in a renovating mood of late, I am totally obsessed with the lights they have on the inside.  Check it out:

Gorgeous right?  You can’t see it properly in this pic, but they are actually large glass teacups.  Really cool.  Would love to somehow work something similar into my apartment.

So I dare you guys – go take a walk past there and see what happens.  You’ve been warned…

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The Cape Quarter Market

There’s a new market in town ladies & gentlemen… introducing the Village Market @ Cape Quarter!  The market launched this past Sun and will be open every Sun from 10am to 3pm.  They refer to themselves as:

A unique, European Lifestyle Market that supports local goods and produce, all the while striving to be as organic and environmentally friendly as possible.

But to be totally honest… the first thing that went through my mind was: “But will there be pancakes?” :)

We kicked off our market shopping with some interesting sounding spring rolls:

I went for the Thai hake & Braised Lamb… Mmmmmm…

Then I was also tempted to try a fresh pie.  My friend Johann had one and he looked pretty damn happy.  Just look at this awesome display of featherlight crust:

The lovely lady at the Frying Dutchman stand gave us some free “poffertjesto sample – basically they’re like little pancake puffs sprinkled with cinnamon and dripping with chocolate sauce & fresh cream.  How great does that sound?

BOOM! These babies were absolutely delicious…

After that I had to be dragged away from the Voila! stand with all their evil cupcakes, tarts & macarons:

My friends totally fear my sugar high’s I think… mwhahahahahaha

Next we headed upstairs to what seems to be the main market area – but you’ll find stands all over the new Cape Quarter extension.  Here there was lots of seating place and it was buzzing with people.

The Heavenly Treats stand was a real stand out for me.  Those quiches just looked… well… heavenly!

And then for some reason the sight of this bagel stand just made me want to run up and jump right into that stack.  I dunno why exactly.  It must have been a carb attack. hehe.

My friend Grant, who loves to cook – especially curries & potjies – went mad when he saw all the spices on offer.  And I must say, it did make for quite a pretty photo:

He noted that a lot of these spices are very hard to come by, especially fresh, so this was a real score for him.  Good to know.  If I ever learn how to cook – I will keep this in mind. ;)

I was very tempted to support the oysters & champers stand… well more for the champers than the creepy, slimy, gross oysters (can you tell I don’t like them?).   But seeing as it was only 11am – we hadn’t quite reached “wine-o-clock” yet.

As we went back down, towards the outer edges of Cape Quarter, my dreams finally came true… we found the pancake stand!  (well the dude called them “crêpes” – but that’s just a fancy pants name for the same thing right).   This guy was a real pro – just look at the ultra smooth hand movement, creating the perfect thickness for the fluffiest pancakes ever:

Best R15 I’ve spent like ever…

After all that eating, I felt like I needed a nap.  But hey, that’s what Sundays are for! :)

All and all, I think this market offers up some great things.  I suspect that it’s going to become very popular.  I personally LOVE markets, so I think it’s truly great that Cape Town folk have yet another cool one to check out.

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