Paul Kovensky, owner of Paranga, Zen Zero the Kove and the Bungalow, recently revamped the Alphen Hotel to join his idea, in this ‘string of adventures’ in Cape Town. The Old Cape Dutch for example is très chic, set in among the trees in the centre of Constantia; it is picturesque in its own setting.
Sitting down to lunch on the terrace of La Belle Café & Bakery with BumbleB! and some great girlfriends, we commented on how lucky we were to B! living in Cape Town and how strange the bi-polar weather had been, but for a change it was perfect, blue skies and a slight breeze, loovely!
We were chatting about the New Year and the effect it will have on our lives, our children, our men and our friends. Where we are heading, how we will get there and how long it will take to come right in the world recession. Lost in our discussion, we realised that we had been there for quite some time and were getting very hungry, even though we had ordered our food 40 minutes ago, it had not yet arrived.
QueenB! got frisky and commented that this was not on! With that the maître d’ offered a complimentary bottle of bubbly to apologise for the wait. We were charmed by the gesture and gracefully accepted just as our food arrived. The silence at the table was comforting after the hour wait and to the relief of us all, lunch turned out to B! good. The salads were delicious, the deserts fantastic! The cakes were a treat in themselves, and so was the espresso.
As QueenB! is always curious, I had a peek at the ‘Rose Bar’ in the pool area of hotel. I was fascinated by the splendour and simplicity that was tucked away, and in the end I wondered why they didn’t propose a drink in the Rose Bar while we waited for our lunch. The monotony of waiting would have been broken and we probably would not have twigged that we had been there for so long.