Thanks for playing


“Where you guys watching the game?” 

I can’t believe there’s only one more time I can say that! I’m terrified that when this month long party that has been the World Cup eventually ends that I’ll be so bored (or, er, so-bered). What did we do before goals, red cards, hand balls, penalty shoot-outs and fan walks?

I don’t know about you, but I’ve really spent A LOT of time with my friends… and strangers… this past month, and I’ve loved bonding over goals and bad refereeing - but now its back to facebook stalking and I’m sure a detox is in order. Yawn.

And then when we start missing each other (I give myself 2 days) we’ll be looking for lovely restaurants with good winter specials so that we can go out and eat, drink and be merry again.  So, at the end of this week we’ll be taking down all our “World Cup” restaurant specials and updating them with “Winter Specials”, but before we do that we’d just like to say thanks for playing… to all those restaurants who did us proud in 2010.

You guys pulled out all the stops.

 For sure we’ve got restaurants to be perennially proud of, places like La Colombe and Le Quartier Français who win us awards and accolades every year, and I so often see reviews from tourists who have loved our restaurants so much they’ve waxed lyrical on Food24. But what about those places who have just made this world cup ridiculously awesome by coming to the party with fantastic specials and an awesome vibe?

Places like…. Miss K, Bravado and Doppio Zero, right opposite the stadium,  making sure that the fan walk got fed (hotdogs, boerie rolls and beers) as well as being rama-lama-ding-dong inside with pre-match partying people. Buena Vista’s huge marquee, also across the road. Nitida, for erecting a beer tent out in the winelands to accommodate fans appreciating our fine wines. Myoga for their top-class winter menu at R150 for six coursesMoyo in Jozi for upping their game and giving the tourists a great African experience.

And of course to all the staff in those restaurants, thanks for all the double shifts and blistered feet. Well done South Africa for hosting the best World Cup ever and well done to our restaurants and bars for making it so special.

I know I’m leaving out so many places in PE and Durbs and Bloem, but you can help us by emailing us your favourite World Cup haunt from 2010 and tell us why you loved it so much. We’ll send the best one a R250 Kalahari voucher.

Or go and search for it on Food24 and review it and give them back some of the gees! 

Yours in melancholy sadness,

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