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Rossouw’s by Diners Club is an independent-minded restaurant and food site that explores and comments on the dining scene of South Africa. Rossouw’s was founded in 2004 and is now aligned to the Platter’s South African Wine Guide.

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What does “avant-garde” mean in the dining world?

From our latest newsletter: In the 1930s, Italian “Futurist” Filippo Tommaso Marinetti ) probably embodied that era’s version of “avant-garde” (defined as “an intelligentsia that develops new or experimental concepts” by Merriam-Webster) in the dining world, what with his controversial ideas about abolishing the tradition of eating pasta in Italy (as he’s pictured doing below). Amongst other things, he claimed …

Pinch of Salt: The Emperor’s New Clothes

By Pete Goffe-Wood. Or should I say, “The Emperor’s recently acquired hand-stitched, interlocking, sustainably, hydroponically and organically grown organic attire”? Menu speak gone mad! “48-hour cold smoked organically farmed, hand-reared, pole-caught Monrovian yellowfin tuna, compressed cucumber, sous-vide heirloom tomatoes, air-dried fennel, Kalamata espuma, lemon granita, green bean emulsion, confit of new season’s potatoes, and anchovy …


All meals are paid for and all reviews are written by JP Rossouw unless otherwise noted. All opinions expressed are those of the author.

In reviewing restaurants, preference (but not exclusivity) will be given to those that focus on modern or traditional South African cuisine and/or local and indigenous ingredients.

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