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Cape Town Restaurant & Bar Spotlight: Five Flies

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From the Five Flies Restaurant and Bars website

If you’re looking for the freshest and most delectable seafood in Cape Town, many would argue that Five Flies is the place to go. With an array of specialty seafood dishes, fine meat selections, and international wines, Five Flies has positioned itself as one of Cape Town’s finest and most sophisticated restaurants.

From the boldly colored walls to the works of modern art, and the soft chandelier lighting to the superior service, Five Flies’ ambiance radiates elegance and simplicity from each of its interior elements.

Enough of what the inside looks like—you’re probably wondering how the food is. In a nutshell: it’s sensational. Chef Ian Bergh and his highly-experienced kitchen staff prepare exquisite dishes with only the freshest ingredients and flavors.

Seafood selections include . . .

• Pan-fried scallops with wilted spinach and vanilla foam
• West coast oysters half dozen with shallot vinaigrette
• Grilled kingklip with sweet potato, basil and pinenut crust, grilled red pepper and cumin beurre blanc
• Rosette of sole fillet with shrimp thermidor, creamed tatsoi, potato mash and basil cream
• Pan-fried linefish served with herbed linguini, confit tomatoes and lemon beurre blanc

 

• Grilled Chalmar beef sirloin with pumpkin, courgettes, potato galette, camembert and Medeira wine jus
• Tournedos of beef fillet, with frites, roasted courgettes and bearnaise sauce
• Springbok Wellington with mushroom duxelle, roasted butternut and foie gras, truffle jus
• Roasted confit of half duck with basmati rice, oriental stir fry and Chinese 5 spice jus
• Herb crusted, roasted rack of lamb with creamy garlic potatoes, fine beans and tomato jus
• Grilled ostrich fillet with potato gratin, mange tout, sauteed spinach and red wine sauce

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From the Five Flies Restaurant and Bars website

Fine meat selections include . . .

Five Flies isn’t just for fine dining though—it’s also a hot spot for enjoying a chilled cocktail in the open courtyard, a cigar and glass of bourbon in the Cigar Bar and Lounge, or a glass of cabernet in the brick wine bar. And for those looking to get some drinks in before a delicious meal, Five Flies offers an elegant take on the traditional happy hour.  Whatever you fancy for the evening, Five Flies has made it their mission to accommodate all tastes.

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From the Five Flies Restaurant and Bars website

During my most recent trip to South Africa, we tried Five Flies for the first time and I look forward to going back! It is now on my top list of Cape Town restaurants and bars.

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Take a Trip Back In Time on Robben Island

Aerial view of Robben IslandAs an official nature reserve and World Heritage Site, Robben Island is one of the most unique places to enjoy a family safari vacation or a South African honeymoon. Rich with cultural and historical elements as well as an abundance of wildlife and diverse eco-systems, Robben Island is a must visit destination.

Before you even arrive on Robben Island, you’ll be able to see some truly exceptional marine mammals indigenous to the area during the boat ride from Cape Town to Robben Island. Frequently spotted animals include Cape fur seals, southern right whales, and several dolphin species.

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Upon your arrival to this stunning getaway, you’ll discover exactly why Robben Island is famous for its fantastic wildlife and unique vegetation. Some resident species you’ll see include a variety of antelope species, ostriches, reptiles, tortoises’, and more. The birdlife is also exquisite on this island and one of those most celebrated birds to observe is the African penguin. As a breeding ground for these adorable, little sea birds, Robben Island offers you the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the penguins and observe their natural behavior in the wild. You will also have the chance to see a variety of other seabirds and over 132 species of bird. Some of the most popularly witnessed birds include the guinea fowl, black crowned night heron, and the crowned cormorant.

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In addition to its highly-acclaimed wildlife, Robben Island is also famous for its World Heritage Site title. History buffs and intuitive travelers alike find Robben Island to be one of the most intriguing places to take a step back in time—a time when great national leaders, icons, African citizens, and criminals were punished and imprisoned. This Island was also used as a place of hospitalization and quarantine for people with leprosy.

Did you know?

• Since the 1600s the island’s primary purpose has been to imprison political figures and criminals.

• Well-known political prisoners included Nelson Mandela (South Africa’s first president), other African leaders, Muslim leaders, and anti-apartheids.

• In addition to its use as a prison, Robben Island was once used as a hospital for lepers and mentally ill people.

• In 1997, Robben Island was dubbed as a World Heritage Site and is now one of the world’s greatest and historically-rich museums.

Below is a timeline taken directly from the Robben Island Museum website:
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Have you been to Robben Island?  What were your lasting memories?

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