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Bono feasts on traditional fare

2011-02-21 10:47
Cape Town - The past weekend saw U2 frontman Bono feasting on traditional South African dishes at a top-notch restaurant in Franschhoek.

The restaurant is owned by the illustrious Rupert-family, with Hannelie Rupert’s husband, Hein-Koegelenberg in charge.

The celebrated Pierneef à La Motte restaurant was the site for a relaxed get-together and lunch for Bono and an entourage of 17, which included other members of U2.

The morning after U2’s spectacular show in Cape Town, Bono said that he wanted nothing more than to sample some traditional food.

Hein Koegelenberg, told Die Burger yesterday that it was an honour to receive such venerable guests.

U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. visited the restaurant on Thursday, and decided to share his experience with friends.

Bono arrives

On Saturday the group of 18 people, including Bono and guitarist, The Edge, arrived at the restaurant.

“They wanted privacy and to enjoy a nice lunch. They did not go on a wine tour.

“They heard that the restaurant specialises in traditional fare,” said Koegelenberg.

The chef, Chris Erasmus, prepared a variety of starters before the guests ordered main courses. The starters included pumpkin and ginger tart, mango atchar sorbet, prawn and biltong salad as well as a Cape “bokkom” salad.

“For a main course, Bono ordered ribs, prepared in a very traditional manner, which he enjoyed with a blend of viognier and shiraz,” Koegelenberg elaborated.

Koegelenberg described the afternoon as relaxed and jovial. “Many pictures were taken. The members signed autographs and even signed a few wine bottles, because they felt so comfortable.”


Koegelenberg said he feels very honoured that U2 paid them a visit. “U2 are one of my favourite groups, so it was of course a highlight for me to get to meet them.

"Bono is such a good ambassador for South Africa. He carries forward Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu’s message of unity."

When questioned on what the bill was, Koegelenberg answered that they were guests and that there was no bill.

Bono also made a little faux pas when he accidently walked into the ladies toilets and bumped into two young women. There were screams of excitement from the ladies, but everything was laughed off fairly quickly.

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