The Big Easy
Picture yourself dining out in Cape Town, behind the elegant façade of this grandiose Cape Dutch mansion, first built in 1798 and now imaginatively refurbished in a flash, luxurious contemporary style. You’ll discover a choice of different personalities, depending on which room you decide to dine in -avoid the sleek, semi-casual bar, with its (least-appealing) sports channel TV and lame photographic shrine to golfing legend Ernie Els, the owner, hence the moniker. Given the mostly elegant surrounds, the menu is an unexpected assortment of comfort food and high-end café fair, eg the Big Easy burger-apparently enjoyed by local billionaires, who pair it with an ultra-expensive bottle of cabernet franc-that takes pride of place. Half the waiters are candidates for the catwalk; the other half ooze charm and the kind of easy-going personalities the name hints at. Better still, all appear proficient at matching wines (which they appear to taste regularly) with what’s on the menu- settle in for a night of fun, and let your waiter take charge rather than try to make sense of the Biblically-proportioned wine menu. What fun.