WHERE TO EAT
A little further
The Chef’s Warehouse team, headed by the uber-talented and very creative Liam Tomlin, have gone French! The Bailey is a 3-level French gourmet and sophisticated whiskey tasting gastronome’s delight. Go for a casual Croque Monsieur or Steak Frites at lunch-time in the Bistro downstairs or a more elegant Brasserie meal in the evening—then head upstairs to their lounge to sample some of the 100s of excellent whiskeys on offer.
The Belly of the Beast
This 20-seat self-proclaimed nose-to-tail eatery prides itself on featuring sustainably farmed animals and local seasonal ingredients. No menu options or set amount of courses–just show up and trust them to satisfy with their seasonal fare. Prix fixe for the menu.
The Butcher Shop and Grill
The original and only –this is the seafront version of South Africa meat baron Alan Pick’s kingdom. One of our favourite steakhouses, but also caters to non-meat-eating guests with plenty of excellent choice of fish/seafood. Try the great buy Pick’s Pick selection of wines
Meat lover’s haven – Argentinian style. In the running for best steakhouse in Cape Town, cosy ambience and great service.
Il Leone Mastrantonio
(Italian) Great standard Italian menu with excellent service (our favourite Italian) – sit on the terrace for a leisurely lunch with a bottle from their extensive and good value wine list; open Sundays.
A true Cape Town institution: the oldest pub in town, now a great venue for sports viewing. Surprisingly good pub grub, great atmosphere, and smokers will be at home outside.
Ex-Greenhouse chef Peter Tempelhoff’s contemporary Japanese-South African fusion palace – a gorgeous space in the centre of the city with astonishing food (but you’ll need to enjoy Japanese cuisine) and lovely views. This is a lovely city-centre special occasion treat.
Spanish tapas in a hip and casual setting – ham croquettes are a treat! Good venue for smokers with lots of outside seating. Open Sundays.
Best of an indifferent lot: fish and seafood in a stunning setting in Camp’s Bay – go early to watch the sunset and accept the rest; open Sundays.
The Pot Luck Club
The famous, more casual and accessible sister of the renowned erstwhile Test Kitchen. Still Luke Dale-Roberts food, but a la Carte choices, better ambience, stunning mountain and city views and more affordable! Try to book for their legendary Sunday brunch with bottomless bubbly and Bloody Mary bar.
Reverie Social Table
An absolute must-try experience for gourmets and food-lovers looking for a unique and different dining experiences: sit around Chef Julia’s communal table with up to 12/15 other guests and enjoy her 5-course culinary expertise and wine pairing – delightful!
Seabreeze Fish & Shell
Excellent fresh fish and seafood, limited menu changing all the time so you know it’s fresh. Look out for great oyster specials – and they do a great ribeye as well if you’re not a fish fan!
The Test Kitchen Fledglings
This social upliftment project operated by Luke Dale Roberts and wife Sandalene in the home of his erstwhile Shortmarket Club Restaurant is an insider tip for yummy, affordable, small-plate food with a conscience. The project trains unemployed youth in the culinary/restaurant trade. The Japanese pancake is epic!
Italian corner on Bree Street: combining easy-going Italian cuisine and coffee shop at Locanda on the ground floor, including Martini Terraza. Reliable good Italian cuisine in a prime Bree Street location.
Vixi Social Club
The ultimate crowd-pleaser restaurant, with a varied menu covering a range of cuisines and tastes, reliably good food, attentive service and welcoming vibe in a central Bree Street location. Good value and open all day.
Willoughby & Co
Best fish and seafood in Cape Town by far – but possibly diminished for visitors by the location in the business end of the V&A shopping mall. Worth it for the quality if fish and seafood is your thing – no reservations (but the queue moves quickly and you’ll often be offered a tasting of wine while waiting.
Lavish mezze spread for you to choose from – lovers of Middle Eastern flavours will be in heaven. A slightly dark, exotic space offering an authentic Turkish dining experience.
Biesmillah (Cape Malay)
The one, the only, the original . . . Biesmillah! It’s a Cape Town institution, and a great [if very rustic and casual!] spot to sample the local Cape Malay cuisine. No alcohol and no frills!
Bo Kaap Kombuis (Cape Malay)
Another Cape Malay option in Bo Kaap – good food with great views. Offers the whole range of the Cape Malay kitchen, family-owned and run.
Bombay Brasserie (Indian)
Upmarket Indian by the masters – great quality food and service in posh setting with prices to match.
Izakaya Matsuri (Japanese)
Great little Japanese izakaya style eatery with a lovely garden setting outdoors when weather permits. Traditional Japanese eats and delectable sushi at affordable prices.
Get your casual Indian fix at this small local favourite hotspot on the Strip in Sea Point: Sundoo is the home of authentic South Indian cuisine. There are mouth-watering Briyanis and smokey, traditional Tandooris on the menu – all designed as tapas to be savoured and shared.
This slick, modern eatery offers a contemporary take on Asian dining to the Foreshore in the heart of Cape Town. The menu features Japanese Izakaya-style dishes, lending itself to a sharing experience with offerings such as dim sum, sushi and a variety of other Asian tapas. Well worth the trip!
Haiku (Chinese / Asian)
Best Chinese food in town in a cool and contemporary setting right downtown – look no further. Besides the usual Chinese menu items and a good range of dim sum, also serves good sushi and a range of Japanese and Korean grill items.
Our nearest Turkish “delight”: Eatstamboul serves up authentic Turkish cuisine fresh-to-order. Start with Meze and try one of their traditional kebabs—for which the restaurant is especially renowned. Halal and no alcohol served.
COFFEE SHOPS / OTHER
You’ll know from the line-up outside you’re in for a treat—all the usual deli favourites, Reuben, Pastrami, bagels, latkes and the like – but serves real bacon if you want it and a good range of fresh juices.
Tasha's at the Waterfront
The V&A branch of this renowned South African café chain: we’re not sure how they do it, but the menu is huge and eclectic, influences from all over the world, but food still fresh and delicious every time. Good place for vegetarians and health food nuts as well.
Truth Coffee Roastery
Judged by the UK’s Telegraph newspaper for the second year in a row to be the world’s best coffee shop, Truth has to be experienced at least once. Quirky and fun, the coffee is truly outstanding – but there’s more than java to this Cape Town original.