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The GINJA food experience



I had the opportunity to attend a GINJA food experience a few weeks back and this is how it all went down…

On arrival we were greeted by Chef Francois with a welcoming drink – the healthy option was a taste of Juiced Co.’s vegetable and fruit juices! They were really pleasant actually, and that’s coming from someone that only eats vegetables because I know I have to. Next on the list was a Wolftrap Rose, which would not be my drink of choice, but still fairly light and not too dry.

The “lunner” (lunch and dinner) table was set in an adjoining room; it looked like it had been taken straight out of the GINJA magazine! We moved to the dinner hall to get stuck in, but not before we had a little snoop around the large kitchen area which is set up as a food studio and is used for team building events and cooking classes (something I’d love to give a try!)

The first course was Haddock & Hake Mousse served with Raisin Relish and Home-Baked Seed Loaf, paired with a Wolftrap White blend. I must say, the seed loaf was so tasty I had well over my fair share!  The raisin relish had a sweet taste that complimented the food and would be something I’d like to put on a nice piece of cheese.

The second course, or palate cleaner, was a small Green Salad with Fynbos Vinaigrette. This little salad looked too pretty to eat; I felt bad breaking it apart. This feeling soon changed to delight once I had my first mouthful. It was delicious!! I’m not sure was it was about this salad that was so tasty, but it definitely had the underlying taste of parmesan cheese… and as I am sure you have guessed,I love cheese!

The main course was Traditional Tomato Bredie served with Green Pepper & Onion Flavoured Samp & Beans. This was honestly my first taste of samp and beans, and I have seriously been missing out!! The textures and tastes were on point! The bredie was a mixture of lamb and beef, and it fell apart in your mouth; I’m salivating now just thinking about it. The wines we had with the main course were Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2013 and Porcupine Ridge Syrah with Viognier 2013. These wines are definitely more to my taste. At this point in the evening the conversation at the table was in full swing. People at the table included chefs, bloggers, previous masterchef contestants as well as a few people in the media – all were great conversation.

When desert came out, everyone was quiet for a few minutes, only because everyone had their mouths full! Dessert was Koeksister Cassata with Pomegranate Relish. This is basically the best ice-cream you’ve ever tasted. The koeksister was still fresh and crispy, even though it in a pool of ice-cream. To accompany this sweet delight a La Motte MCC or JC Le Roux Scintilla 2008 was served. Chef Francois opened the bottle using a huge knife, slicing the top off (which I’ve only ever seen in movies!) I learnt this is called Sabrage: Sabering the champagne bottle. It was really amazing to watch, I had always thought the bottle was just being broken open! This way of opening the bottle actually leaves the top at a perfect pouring angle, almost like a built in speed pourer.

The conversation extended well into the evening, people were tweeting about the wonderful food and great company. On our way out we received a little goodie bag with some of the delectable things we had eaten in the evening, including that raisin relish (for my cheese of course) and parmesan infused olive oil. All-in-all this was a great experience and I would highly recommend the recipes that are put in the GINJA magazine!


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Diarise these Oyster Box events in December




Diarise these Oyster Box events for the month of December.

It’s date night at The Oyster Box! Start your evening with a two-course dinner in the Ocean Terrace at 18h00, followed by a movie with popcorn and a glass
of sparkling wine in the cinema at 20h00.
18h00 in The Ocean Terrace I 20h00 in The Cinema I Price: R590 per person

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 14th & 15th December
A time of tradition and family, Christmas Carols on the Ocean Terrace at The Oyster Box, marks the beginning of the Festive season and summer holidays.
A plated starter, buffet main, plated dessert and festive entertainment are on the menu.
Time: 18h00 – 21h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace I
Price: R690 per adult, R420 per child under 12 years

Get the Festive weekend off to a stylish start with Christmas Eve Dinner in the elegant Grill Room.
Regrettably no children.
Time: 18h00 – 22h00 I Venue: The Grill Room I Price: R2 600 per person

Each of The Oyster Box’s dining venues will be offering delicious lunch feasts on Christmas Day. All venues will be offering live music, a welcome beverage
on arrival and delicious seasonal menus.
Time: 12h00 – 16h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace and The Grill Room I
Price: R2 600 per person, R1 600 per child under 12 years

Put on your best Boogie Shoes as we take you back to the Seventies this New Year’s Eve! Dance your way into 2023 in retro 70’s gear and join us for a blast from the past!
Time: 19h00 onwards I Venue: The Pearl Room I
Price: R2 900 per adult, R1 900 per child under 12 years

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Enzo – first KZN pizzeria recognised in nationwide challenge



Scottburgh’s renowned Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria has become the first KwaZulu-Natal restaurant to make it into the Top 10 of the nationwide Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge 2022.

Owner Enzo Tilli is over the moon for making it to the number five spot despite stiff competition from around the country. No KZN restaurants made it into the top 10 in the 2021 challenge.

In 1990, at the tender age of 18, Tilli decided to follow his passion for creating authentic Italian food and with the help of his mother, embarked on an adventure into the unknown opening Enzo Pizzeria in Johannesburg’s West Rand. The authentic pizzas he dished up were an instant hit and it was not long before Tilli opened a second branch at Gold Reef City.

Seven years later Tilli sold his two eateries and moved to KwaZulu Natal to open Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria in Scottburgh. As was the case in Gauteng, it did not take long for Enzo to become a popular destination for locals and tourists who – 25-years later – still can’t get enough of his mouth-wateringly good pizzas. Says Tilli: “Like all good pizzas, ours are made with the finest ingredients and cooked to perfection in a wood-burning clay oven.”

Despite the celebrations, Tilli made some time to answer a few questions about Enzo and – more importantly – his coveted pizzas!

Tell us a bit about your restaurant and what makes your pizzas so popular
Enzo’s is more an eatery or as we say in Italy a ‘trattoria’ which means casual and relaxed dining. Our pizzas are made in the authentic Neapolitan style, in a wood-burning oven. They have a light and airy base, and we use only the best quality ingredients. We believe that whoever is making the pizza should have lots of love for what they are creating and that their passion is a big part of what makes them so good.

What is your signature pizza or best-seller?
Without doubt the Del Greco pizza which has a bacon feta and fresh avocado topping. We also have four different starter pizzas, three Calzongino choices (foot long, fold over pizzas), six different vegetarian pizzas and 19 more other options from which to choose.

What’s better, a thin crust or a thick crust?
For me, it must have a thin, light base and slightly charred on the bottom and must always be cooked in a wood-burning oven just like in Naples, the home of the pizza.

What is your favourite pizza topping?
I still like the classics – a Regina, a quattro stagioni or a simple Margarita with anchovies.

For more on Porcupine Ridge, please visit:

Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria can be found at Shop 5 The Terrace, 129 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh, KZN. Telephone number for bookings: 039 978 3674

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Top 10 Lekker Places To Celebrate Christmas Lunch



We’ve got the Top 10 places to
visit in our lekker province, KZN!

Have we missed any epic places out? Let us know in the comments down below or drop us an email at


1: The Oyster box, Umhlanga

2: Old Town Italy, Umhlanga

3: Brahman Hills, Midlands

Brahmin Hills


4: The Baron, Umhlanga Arch


5: Grimaldis, Umhlanga Pearls

The Best View In Town

6: The Cargo Hold, Ushaka

7: La Piazza, Ballito

8: Stretta, Hillcrest

9: The Village Table, Umhlanga Pearls

Bringing people together in a central meeting place in the village of Umhlanga. The stylish and buzzing Village Table situated in The Pearls Shopping Centre is much more than just a restaurant – it is an experience. The cosmopolitan ambiance is ideal for intimate dinners and group gatherings alike. fusing cuisine, cocktails and culture in a fashionable setting.

10: The Black Rabbit, Hillcrest

Notable Mention:
Jack Salmon, Glen Ashley
Atasca, Westville
Bellevue, Kloof

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