Yes, I know the combination of rose picking followed by tapas is a weird one but when I’m around my dear friend Poppy Evans nothing is quite as it should be. If you know Poppy, you will know she is a bit of a wild card, which is why I love her. So the two of us were in for an adventurous day – we wanted to try something new and that’s what we did. I’m not big on the outdoors but Poppy insisted we pop in to Rose Chart Farm in Wynberg on our way to the ‘new’ part of the day, La Parada Restaurant in Kalk Bay.
Rose Chart Farm is charming. Collect a bucket and a pair of gardening scissors from reception and roam the farm as you pick your bunch. (It’s R4 per stem.) The joy lies in taking your time and the view is spectacular. While I wasn’t all that keen on trying the coffee shop (you know when a place has that stuck-in-a-time-warp tea-garden feel) but let me tell you, I was wrong. The carrot cake is to die for and it’s the perfect way to end a little rose picking.
Me in my Topshop peasant frock (I thought it would work nicely for a spot of gardening) and Topshop studded ankle boots.
Poppy’s Converse All-Star denim hi-tops – love them!
Rose Chart Farm
The Farm Stall: 021 761 0434
The Terrace: 021 762 0067
Chart Farm, Klaassens Road,
Wynberg Park, Wynberg,
Next stop: La Parada.
La Parada has had some great reviews since its doors opened in February, so naturally we had to try it for ourselves. Folks, this is the real deal. Authentic Catalan tapas. The chef? Eva de Jesus Galan from Madrid. That means she’s Spanish, people. Ask no more.
So we perched ourselves at the front bar which overlooks the harbour and got stuck right in.
We had a mix of hot and cold tapas, and each was full of flavour and truly mouthwatering. The view makes it even more perfect, the décor is typical of a Spanish tapas joint: no nonsense with exposed brick here and there and stunning industrial yellow and blue lighting but homely, friendly service and great food.
We plowed our way through the menu and wished we had ordered the smaller portions (there are two sizes). Do order the small sizes because you will want to try a main or at least a dessert.
We ordered two glasses of Pinot Noir (as one does) and then worked through the tapas menu:
Calamari with salsa
Chorizo and chickpeas
Prawn croquettes (I almost fainted over this one)
Need to know:
They are closed on Mondays.
No bookings or reservations.
It’s a perfect spot for an all-day laid-back lunch or a fun dinner with friends. The evenings get quite vibey.
021 788 3992