I was fortunate to spend time here twice this week. One of my top Pretoria haunts, Li-Bel offers delectable dishes, fabulous coffee and a chilled out ambience. On Thursday and Friday nights they host a five-course tasting menu. I experienced this delight just short of a month ago with three other ladies. We all agreed that it was a rewarding evening of palatal fervor.
The restaurant is owned and managed by renowned locals Lientjie Wessels Denton and Robert Denton. The interior is fresh and inviting and the seating outside has made for many a pleasant session over the years. I frequently retreat to Li-Bel to escape the intensity of the hospitals where I study – whereafter I find myself inspired and relaxed.
An assortment of dreamy ceramics, glassware and ornaments adorn the walls and shelving inside (they are also available to purchase). There is always something new to glaze over whilst savoring your meal. The menu, which is changes every day, is written up on a quirky blackboard. Deciding what to settle for is a toughie – and you need to make sure everyone orders something different so that you can all have ‘tastes’.
I look forward to my next visit.
Check out Lientjie and Robert’s gorgeous apartment here
We browsed a number of other stalls such as Elbows Up, Cupcake and novelty cakes and Devines before being absorbed into delights at The Pickled Italian. We managed to tear ourselves away with a mild pecorino cheese of delectable flavour, fat olives and choice grilled aubergines.
Lastly, the white chocolate blondies and milk chocolate brownies sold at Burnt Chocolate, fancied our interest. The stall is owned by the lovely Retha van Hooven. Retha is also the mastermind of the Hazel Food Market. I remember visiting the market for the first time in early January when just four stalls occupied the pavement up the road from the current venue. Excited by the growing success of the market, she is planning to create another row of stalls. A ‘chocolate and coffee’ market day is planned for one Saturday in May. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
Not only am I impressed by the quality of food and the great vibe at the market, I also feel privileged to support a star venture in my very own neighborhood. I’m aiming to spread the word and make visits a weekly affair. More pics to follow.
Hazel Food Market open every Saturday 7am – 12 am, Pinaster Street, Hazelwood
Find it here
Going to this extraordinary event on campus later tonight. The man himself, in Pretoria, nogal!
The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Prof Calie Pistorius, cordially invites you to a
public lecture, “Q&A with Vikas Swarup”, of Slumdog Millionaire fame.
Date: Friday 27 March 2009
Venue: Musaion, University of Pretoria, Hatfield campus
Vikas Swarup, was born in Allahabad, India, into a family of lawyers. After graduating with distinction, he joined the Indian Foreign
Service in 1986. Presently he is India’s Deputy High Commissioner in South Africa.
Q&A is his first novel. The book’s translation rights have been sold in 40 languages, it was short-listed for the Best First Book for
the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize and South Africa’s Exclusive Books Boeke Prize in 2006. The film version of Q&A, with the title
Slumdog Millionaire, directed by Danny Boyle, has taken the world by storm and has won more than 70 awards, including four
Golden Globes, two BAFTA awards and a staggering eight Oscars.
Swarup’s second book, Six Suspects, a complicated tale of murder and corruption, is currently being considered for a film version.
I read this today on JHB live and thought I would help spread the word ... straight from the source ...