Monday, 17 May 2010

Best places to eat out at an MEI Conference venue

MEI's two major conference venues, Cape Town and Falmouth, have more than outstanding natural beauty in common- they are also great places to eat, with some of the world's finest restaurants.

As a rough guide to delegates attending this year's MEI Conferences I thought I might list my top 5 restaurants at each of these locations.  Such listings are of course subjective and subject to debate, so I hope that my list will encourage others to add their views for the benefit of all.

So here goes:

Cape Town (conference venue the Vineyard Hotel, Claremont):

1. The Harbour House, Kalk Bay. Fish doesn't get fresher than here, as it is bought directly from the adjacent harbour.  About 20 minutes by car from the Vineyard Hotel, this restaurant has in my opinion the best fish dishes in Cape Town, and stunning views of Simon's Town across False Bay.

2. The Foodbarn at Noordhoek Farm is a longish (30 minutes app.) drive across Cape Town but well worth it, if only to travel along the famous Chapman's Peak Drive. We have only eaten here once, but were very impressed with the outstanding food and service.

3. Buitenverwachting. Expensive by Cape Town standards, but this Constantia wine estate restaurant is one of South Africa's finest, for great food and wines. About 15 minute drive from the Vineyard Hotel, nestled on the back slopes of Table Mountain.

4. Cape Colony Restaurant. Consistently voted one of the top hotel restaurants in the world, what could be a better setting than Africa's premier hotel, the Mount Nelson, situated in the city bowl, under Table Mountain. Superb food and wine, and not as expensive as you might expect.

5. Myoga. This is one of two fine restaurants at the Vineyard Hotel. The other is The Square. Both have excellent food and wine.

Falmouth (conference venue the Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel):

MEI has a list of Falmouth restaurants, but these are my current favourites:

1.  Indaba on the Beach. Probably my number one anywhere in the world. Wonderful seafood with a view (photo left), overlooking Swanpool Beach, to take your breath away. A 10 minute walk along the coast path from the hotel.

2. The Cove. A further 15 minute walk from Swanpool Beach takes you to Falmouth's most westerly beach, Maenporth Cove. The restaurant is quite pricey but has excellent food and a great view of Falmouth Bay.

3. The Hut. A small restaurant with excellent cuisine, situated on one of the narrow alleys leading down to the quays. Call in at the nearby Chain Locker pub on Custom House Quay for a predrink.

4. Oliver's Eatery.  On the High Street, it does not have the views of my top two restaurants, but the food is excellent. Booking is essential, as this small restaurant is very popular with the locals.

5. The Gurkha. Cornwall's foremost Nepalese restaurant, serving wonderful authentic Nepalese and Indian curries.

1 comment:

  1. I would like to recommend the Gylly Beach Cafe in Falmouth, It's directly opposite the Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel where we hold our conferences and the food is really good, as is the view. The only problem is the slow service sometimes, but if you're not in a rush then it's lovely.


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