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GoldGreen Point, Cape Town View On Map
So, let's say it's your first time in Africa. You've been there for about a week, and while you're eaten some wonderful food, your only complaint is that it's just like the food you eat back home. You want a real, traditional African meal. If you're staying in Cape Town, I hope that, as our did, the hotel's guest services recommends Gold. The menu at Gold is predetermined, and 8-10 courses. Though our group was only seven, we had several food restrictions among us. Our waitress asked a few questions of the vegetarian, and when I said "I need to eat gluten free" she just said "okay," and walked away. I won't lie. I kind of freaked out right then. But the next time I saw her, she was bringing our first course of dips and bread, and set a little plate of rice cakes in front of me. I knew I'd be okay.
Our next course was little rolls of roti (that's a flatbread) with spiced ground ostrich. A few minutes after everyone else had started eating, the waitress returned with a little bowl of ostrich just for me. It was my first time eating ostrich - it's a gamey red meat. I'd say it's somewhere between lamb and elk. Next, a chicken pot pie. The pie part was a little piece of bread - mine was just chicken with sauce (the sauce was thickened with tapioca. I know, because we could see - and taste - the little tapioca beads.) The flavor was kind of like rotisserie chicken. The last several courses came out all at once - there were several things I couldn't eat (cous cous, a tabbouleh), but they brought me some spiced basmati rice, and there were still plenty of options to keep me busy. A lentil daal, some patties made from sweet potato, onion and spinach, and a springbok stew. Springboks are a small antelope, the national animal of South Africa It was very beefy, and very tender.
Recommended By: @thegfgf / thegfgf.com On: 2013-03-31
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
Franschhoek, Western Cape View On Map
The attention to detail is remarkable. Nothing is too much trouble for Katherine and Arthur and their staff. As a Coeliac travelling can be difficult but they sent not only a list of local restaurants but had contacted them to see who could provide gluten free. They went out of their way to accommodate at breakfast too, which was just delicious. It is a haven of peace and tranquility and we won't hesitate to visit again. Just make sure you mention that you are Gluten Free when booking.
Recommended By: Dollybarn On: 2011-02-13