Top picks: Dennis Molewa

Top picks: Dennis Molewa

Dennis Molewa, the man behind food and restaurant review blog Molewa’s Kitchen, is in his own words “a raw cocoa chocoholic, obsessive chamomile tea drinker, fennel lover, lemon addict and a Malay curry worshipper” – in other words a man of many tastes, a huge lover of food and a fun voice to follow online if you love natural food as much as he does. We chatted to Dennis – also manager at Cape Town’s Borage Bistro – about some of his favourite things and places.


What would your 10-year-old self say about the job you do right now?
“I would have probably said: Never, I will be a vet!”

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What’s the absolute best thing and the absolute pits about your job?
“It’s been extremely interesting to built a restaurant from scratch and I learn new things every day. I enjoy the marketing and PR part the most. I like hospitality as long as it’s appreciated. Can’t stand people who have this sense of entitlement and can’t appreciate hospitality because they are either too stuck up or honestly think they are something better than the person who serves them.”

What is a food aroma you love?
“Fennel, honey, vanilla, chamomile, raw coco, coconut, raspberry.”

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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
“…the stomach of a cow.”

Is there is food trend that you wish would go away?
“Fast Food, GMOs”

Favourite spot for lunch?
“At the moment: Active-Sushi in Bree Street. Super friendly staff and owner, just around the corner from where I work and the sushi is decent.”

Where is your go-to place to shop for food or ingredients?
“Atlas Trading, Wellness Warehouse, Hope Street Market, Checkers or SPAR at the Cape Quarter because it’s around the corner from where I stay.”

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Hope Street Market. Photo: Via Holiday Bug

Favourite ingredient to cook with right now?
“I use chilli in 99% of everything I cook. It is my all-time favourite. I did however recently have a buckwheat phase and now I guess it’s Pimenton since I have discovered this little tin in my kitchen shelf which I had always mistaken for chilli powder. It was a gift from an old friend of mine.”

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Favourite food or wine hero?
“Emma from www.eatwithemma.com because she is the humblest foodie I know. She lend her support when we opened Borage Bistro a year ago, which I am really grateful for. She also has so many talents; she’s running her own little eatery in Loop Street, develops recipes with nutritionists and does food styling and food photography. I have no clue how she does it all and still always smiles.”

If you were a flavour of ice cream, you would be… (and why?)
“I would be salted honey and chamomile ice cream! I could live off chamomile and honey. I think I was a chamomile flower in my previous life.”

If you had R1000 to spend, where would you go or what would you cook? (and drink)
“That’s a tough question! I seriously had to think about that one. If I had to spend the cash on food and drinks only: I would probably stock up my pantry and fridge with free-range meat from Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants in Bree Street. Then I would drive straight to the Wellness Warehouse to buy alternative flours and grains, which I would use to bake delicious gluten-free breads. In case there would be anything left, I would buy some slabs of raw organic chocolate from HONEST. In between, I would be tempted by different nut butters!”

If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life it would be?
“Probably sushi. I think a person could survive on sushi only. There’s rice, vegetables and fish. I would just simply rotate between Active Sushi, Minato, Willoughby’s and Cape Town Fish Market. I wouldn’t be completely satisfied, but I would live.”

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Your last supper would be (don’t forget the drinks!)
“My last supper? Would I be able to walk or at least sit straight? And would I be sitting in a hospital bed or would I be able to enjoy my last supper anywhere outside? Ultimately, I would probably choose a BIG pot of fragrant steaming mussels in a wine-based broth with lot’s of fresh parsley and a warm loaf of baguette at Olympia Café in Kalkbay with a bottle of Cabernet Franc and a big fat slice of salted caramel cheesecake from Bianca Kannemeyer for dessert. Then I would walk into the sea… or how would I die?!”