The executive chef, 41, on where to get the best Chinese, coffee, and croissants in the Mother City.
I was born and raised in Wellington, in the Western Cape.
What I love most about living in Cape Town is the laidback and easygoing vibe, yet there’s still innovation happening. And I like the weather…
When out-of-towners come to town, I do the usual: Waterfront, Table Mountain Cableway, etc. But I always end up at Noordhoek – I love it there!
The best restaurant meal I’ve eaten recently was at The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek.
My (other) favourite restaurants include:
Pierneef à La Motte – Michelle can do no wrong for me. I love her menus!
Chefs Warehouse – for the lunch tapas (always a surprise but always so good);
Bocca – I love taking the kids there, their small plates are all delicious;
Chuck Yang – my favorite Chinese food. I always get the General Chicken and the Coriander Beef;
Woodstock Bakery – for the best croissants!
An annual Cape Town event I always attend – The Cape Carnival in Green Point, simply because it is so fun.
My favourite weekend getaway is Old Mac Daddy in Elgin – quirky and fun accommodation.
The best coffee in Cape Town is from Truth in Buitenkant Street; Starlings Café in Claremont; and The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel, not to be biased or anything…
I enjoy walking along The Promenade in Sea Point and around The Common in Rondebosch.
Banting is not for me!
A good red wine for a special occasion is Waterford’s The Jem – truly the best red ever!
Every (good) chef should be a perfectionist – if it isn’t right it doesn’t leave the kitchen. You also need to remain a team player, you are only as good as those you surround yourself with. And, it is important to stay curious; there is always something new to learn.
On Sundays I relax and enjoy lunches with friends and family: kicking back, chatting, eating and laughing.
Money gets all the blame for greed.
Straight after this, I’m fetching the kids from school and taking them to Giovanni’s for lunch.
When I wake up in the middle of the night it’s usually because the dogs are barking at the neighbour’s cats.
One day I’ll write a cookbook.
Chef Veronica is the executive chef of The Wiilaston Bar and The Granary Café at The Silo Hotel.