After qualifying, chef Veronica began her career at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (under Garth Strobel) and then Westcliff Hotel. Worked at The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire, as a chef de partie before becoming a sous chef at Sun International. Briefly worked at La Bastide Saint Antoine in France before becoming the long-standing executive chef at Ellerman House.
Current Executive chef at The Silo Hotel
Restaurants she rates in 2019
For a casual meal The Commissary – it’s very hip. Luke Dale Roberts and Wesley Randles seemed to have had fun with this place. The Shortmarket Club is great, so I knew that The Commissary was going to be worth the babysitter.
For a special occasion Ellerman House. If you can get a table, there is nothing more special than having dinner on the terrace overlooking the ocean.
Greenhouse is slightly more accessible and has the same Relais & Chateaux charm.
For a guilty pleasure Chuck Yang’s in Rondebosch is our family treat. Their chicken and prawn fried rice tastes like a Saturday at home.
The Dairy Den in Sea Point – doughnut and ice cream spoils!
For a Winelands experience Gregory Czarnecki’s The Restaurant at Waterkloof is a dining masterpiece. The setting, the food, the service, all come together make this restaurant one of the very best!
I do still love Indochine, as I love the Delaire Graff Estate. Despite the short 45-minute drive from home, I always feel further away, and have never been disappointed with the food and the service.
For authentic cuisine South China Dim Sum Bar. Best potstickers [Chinese dumplings] in the city.
Best new restaurant A close call between FYN or Gåte. Both are really going all out and have attracted a lot of attention. Gåte is bringing the molecular gastronomy back while FYN is definitely a passion project for Pete [Tempelhoff] and Jennifer [Huge], evident in the beautiful decor and interesting menu.
Best “oldie but goodie” High Tea at Belmond Mount Nelson. I have to support my hubby (he’s the pastry chef) and the tea experience at The Nelly is a bucket-list event!
The best restaurant overall La Colombe never ever disappoints.
Restaurants she rated in 2018
For a casual meal Haru
For a special occasion Greenhouse
For a healthy meal Rootbar
For a quick bite Starlings Cafe
For a Winelands experience Pierneef à La Motte
For authentic cuisine Marigold Authentic Indian
The best restaurant overall Janse & Co