Three must-visit restaurants in Cape Town

In the mood for a delicious night out – but, not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of three must-visit restaurants in Cape Town.

Whether you call the city home or are only here for a short-time, we guarantee you will discover a new favourite. From classic French brasserie to sushi and steak – all you need to do is make the reservation.

The Stack

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Featuring one of the most beautiful bars in the city, with its plush emerald greens and vibrant purples, The Stack is as much a bar and restaurant as it is a marvel of design. The latest project of hotelier Nigel Pace, and interior designer, Sarah Ord, The Stack is a private members’ club and French-inspired brasserie. Perfect for a special night out, start your evening with one of their signature cocktails – think Burnt Orange Old Fashioned – before indulging in brasserie classics, such as confit duck, beef tartare or a classic creme brûlée. With a beautiful outdoor deck for warmer days, and cosy fireplace for Cape winters, if you’re out to impress a special date, look no further than The Stack.

Visitor suggestionAs it’s situated just off Kloof Road, it’s worth planning lunch here after a trip up the Cable Car – what better way to relive the views from the top of the city, than with a bespoke cocktail in hand?

Willoughby & Co

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Consistently claimed to be the “best sushi in Cape Town” by locals, it’s the one spot in the city where you don’t mind queueing.  With no social media presence or website, Willoughby’s relies on word-of-mouth for recommendations, and – the they just keep coming. With an almost-endless variety of sushi to choose from, including classic California Rolls to more adventurous tempura and combo options, it’s simply heaven for any sushi lover. The perfect spot to refuel after a morning of shopping and site-seeing around the V & A Waterfront, add a glass of wine or sake and make it a long lunch before heading to the harbour to watch the sun set.

Local hint: Ask your water for the “off menu” platter called The Bomb. You won’t regret it.

Hussar Grill Steenberg Village

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We’ll confidently go out on a limb and state that these are the best steaks in Cape Town. Reminiscent of an English gentleman’s club, complete with library corner and leather upholstery – you’ll be forgiven for wanting to indulge in a cigar and glass of cognac after dinner. Situated in Tokai, opposite the well-known Steenberg Wine Estate and close to the Constantia Wine Route, The Hussar Grill also offers respite to those with the munchies, after a few wine tastings-too-many. With garlic snails, fillet Béarnaise, Chateaubriand and more to choose from, it’s a well-priced, extensive menu that will make you an instant regular.

Inside tip: Don’t leave without trying the chocolate vodka.

Stay warm with these cosy restaurants this winter

A fickle lot, Capetonians are known to hibernate as soon as winter arrives – and, not without good reason.

Lashing rain and wind can send even the most dedicated foodie back to bed. However, we’ve rounded up a few restaurants with roaring fireplaces – and, decadent menus – that will be sure to tempt you to venture out.

Bascule Bar

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A “slice of Cape Town’s social energy”, Bascule Bar is set at the water’s edge at the Cape Grace Hotel, but, come winter, proves to be a cosy refuge for wine and whisky aficionados. The adjacent Bascule Lounge offers comfortable leather couches and a toasty fireplace, making it an ideal spot for intimate lunches or private wine tastings – all set against the crackle of the fireplace.

Societi Bistro

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Boasting more than one fireplace, you are able to enjoy your meal with a flickering flame in the main Societi Bistro space, or in the adjoining Snug – an intimate space with leather wingback chairs, perfect for pre-dinner drinks, or a post-meal cigar. With an accompanying menu filled with rich risotto, decadent pasta and slow-cooked meals, it’s a cosy spot to find your winter refuge.

Foresters Arms

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Established in 1852, we’d argue that Newlands’ beloved “Forries” has been keeping patrons warm and well-fed since for over 150 years. Offering an authentic pub experience, their signature log fires will keep you warm while you enjoy a selection of home-style comfort food – including their seasonal winter carvery.

96 Winery Road

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Expect home-style food in generous portions – when enjoyed with a bottle of red wine, at a table next to the fire place – there’ll be nothing else you need. Known for their steaks, duck and cherry pie, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder, 96 Winery Road provides winter dining at its best.

Delheim

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Slow-roasted beef short rib, lamb shanks and chicken curry are all on the winter menu at Delheim. Enjoy award-winning local wines next to their log fire, before ending your meal with a warm honey cake. Focusing on “homely” flavours and dishes – with a special touch – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch this winter.

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Lazy brunches in Cape Town

Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet, savoury or both – brunch is arguably the best meal of the day.

Not only does it allow you to lie-in a little on your well-deserved weekend, you can also shamelessly add MCC to your meal, without anyone raising an eyebrow.

To make the most of this glorious meal, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite brunch spots in Cape Town.

Open Door

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Light and airy, Open Door has replaced the old River Cafe at Constantia Uitsig – and, we’re 100% behind this change. Elegant, but still welcoming, their breakfast menu is enough to get anyone out of bed in the morning. With a signature dish of toasted brioche with poached eggs, bone marrow, citrus hollandaise, chorizo and sweetcorn – paired with a variety of local MCCs from their menu, you’re guaranteed to have a good day when it starts like this.

Cafeen

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A long-standing favourite with Kenilworth locals, Cafeen is a popular coffee and meeting spot – but, on weekends, breakfasts are bustling. From French toast with lemon curd and streaky bacon, to more traditional favourites – enjoyed with the perfect latte, it’s a family-friendly option for a weekend treat. Added bonus – kids will love the park situated right opposite the entrance.

12 Apostles Hotel

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Not only reserved for the rich and famous, the 12 Apostles takes limited bookings from non-guests for their legendary buffet breakfasts. Think oysters and bubbly, cakes and Eggs Benedict – and everything in between. The perfect spot for a special occasion, start your day with a feast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Booking is essential and subject to availability.

Four & Twenty

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A culinary gem, hidden in Wynberg’s Chelsea area, Four & Twenty has quickly developed quite the reputation for brunch. Not taking bookings, you can expect to see a queue along the pavement on weekend mornings – but, be assured, it’s worth it. With dishes such as apple, bacon and pecan streusel flapjacks, with creamed apple-butter mascarpone on the menu, it’s not hard to see why locals are willing to wait.

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Best spots for Afternoon Tea in Cape Town

Is there anything more elegant or refined than the thought of Afternoon Tea?

Whether it brings to mind fine china cups, endless cucumber sandwiches or an avalanche of petits fours, we look at the best places to enjoy Afternoon Tea in Cape Town.

Belmond Mount Nelson

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Afternoon Tea is taken very seriously at the Mount Nelson Hotel. With three sittings available – Morning, Afternoon and Evening – you are assured of a delectable dining experience, no matter what time you choose to visit. The morning version is lighter than the afternoon and evening classics, but all include sweet and savoury options, as well as a selection of tea and coffee.

More information here.

Vineyard Hotel

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A delightful option for those in the Southern Suburbs, the Vineyard Hotel serves their Afternoon Tea in the Garden Lounge, overlooking their expansive grounds. Served on a tiered tray, the sweet and savoury options include sandwiches, scones, mini cheesecakes and more. At only R165pp, this is also one of the more inexpensive Afternoon Tea options in the city.

More information here.

Cape Grace Hotel

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Situated on the water’s edge in the V & A Waterfront, the Cape Grace is the picture of elegance. Offering a number of options for Afternoon Tea – including a Cream Tea and MCC Tea – daily, from 12h00 to 18h00, there’s sure to be an option for everyone’s taste. Ranging from R75 to R420pp, there is also an option of enjoying a single slice of cake for the not-so-hungry.

More information here.

One & Only Hotel

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One of the more recent additions to the Cape Town Afternoon Tea scene, the One & Only presents their offering in the Vista Lounge. Taking place during the afternoon during the weekend, and mornings and afternoons on the weekend, you can expect a full buffet with sweet and savoury options – with a little local influence.

More information here.

Table Bay Hotel

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Offering what is said to be the “best afternoon tea in Cape Town”, The Table Bay Hotel has an extensive spread, including their famous rainbow cheesecake. Served over three courses, there is also a “sweet only” option, for those who’d rather leave the sandwiches and indulge in extra cake!

More information here.

Treats for mom this Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day around the corner, you might be thinking of ways to treat mom that are a little different. We’ve put together a few ideas of ways to spoil her, no matter what your budget.

Afternoon tea at La Residence

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From bruschetta to homemade scones, lemon curd to berry cheesecake, Chiffon cake to Victoria sponge, macarons to mini quiches and brownies – if you’re looking for an indulgent sweet treat, with spectacular views – this is it. While La Residence serves as a retreat for VIP guests, members of the public are welcome to enjoy all meals at the hotel, with prior booking. The Afternoon Tea is R400 per person, and definitely one of the more special activities in the valley.

A family picnic in Cape Point

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Showing that time together as a family is sometimes what mom wants most, why not pack a picnic and head town to Cape Point? The perfect outing for all ages, stop at a deli for some fresh bread, charcuterie and local cheese – and you have a feast that no one will be able to turn down. With plenty of space to walk off lunch – and endless views – it’s sure to be a Mother’s Day that will be remembered for years to come.

A hands-on chocolate workshop

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Go one step further than simply giving mom chocolate – and try your hand at making your own! The new Lindt Chocolate Studio in Cape Town offers an assortment of delicious classes – from truffles, to chocolate cake and more. Spend some time in the studio together, before enjoying the fruits of your labour. Nothing says “love” more than chocolate-covered fingers.

A spa treatment for two

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The Rasul treatment at the Radisson Blu Waterfront is the perfect pampering-for-two. Sit in a steam room and apply exfoliating and detoxifying body masks, before a gentle rain comes down from the ceiling. The intimate environment makes it the perfect option for a mother-daughter-catch up.

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Discovering delicious Constantia

Known for its historic wine estates and excellent wine, the restaurants of Constantia can often be overlooked. Ranging from bistro casual to fine dining, here are five of our favourites in the valley.

Foxcroft

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A joint venture between two of La Colombe’s chefs, Foxcroft opened towards the end of last year, and has been serving authentic French pastries and tapas-style dishes to happy diners ever since. With two distinct sections – a cafe and take-away bakery, and sit-down restaurant, it is proving popular with those who just want to pop in to grab a loaf of artisan bread and a few pastries on their way home. Sit-down diners can expect a combination of crowd favourites and more inventive dishes – with enough options to please most palates.

Open Door at Constantia Uitsig

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What used to be the River Cafe, has received a beautiful, trendy revamp by the owners of Bocca and Burrata – and, remains a popular spot especially for breakfasts and lunch – the bone marrow Eggs Benedict is a particular favourite. Particularly popular on weekend mornings, thanks to the bike park on the premises, it’s a fantastic spot for a leisurely Saturday brunch when accompanied by the estates MCC. Keep an eye out for dinner specials, especially as we head towards off-season.

Simon’s at Groot Constantia

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Hidden towards the back of the estate, Simon’s is a cavernous restaurant, that still manages to feel cosy, with the addition of roaring fireplaces – a welcome site for any visitor to Cape Town, as we head into rainy season. A wholesome, generous menu is accompanied by a good selection of local wines – you’re sure not to leave hungry. With a neighbouring deli, allowing you to take a few pantry staples home with you, it’s a fantastic, unpretentious choice for a satisfying meal.

La Belle at The Alphen Hotel

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The more informal of the two restaurants on the Alphen’s property, La Belle is mainly al fresco, so bookmark it for a day with a cloud-free sky. A bistro-inspired menu, you can expect delicious burgers, gnocchi and line fish. Stepping inside, you’re greeted by a glass counter filled with an assortment of delicious pastries – from macarons to mini tarts – that can either be enjoyed as dessert, or taken home.

La Colombe at Silvermist

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Nestled at the top of Constantia Nek, neither Constantia nor Hout Bay are ready to relinquish their claim on this fine dining gem – and, we simply couldn’t leave it off our list. Voted the second best restaurant in the country, you can expect fine dining at its most exquisite. Based around a selection of tasting menus, we suggest going all the way and doing the wine-pairing too – and , trust us to get you home safely afterwards!

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A hidden gem in Franschhoek – lunch at Mont Rochelle

It might seem strange to call Mont Rochelle “hidden”, as it is “Sir Richard Branson’s South African vineyard”, but it’s often not on the radar of many visiting beautiful Franschhoek.

A short drive off Main Road, Mont Rochelle encompasses two restaurants, a wine tasting area and a hotel.

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Popping in to the less formal of the two restaurants – The Country Kitchen – you’re greeted by a light, bright space, as well as the option to sit outside, if the winelands heat isn’t too much for you.  The menu is divided into small plates – for those who prefer a light lunch or tapas option – and then a traditional three course menu, for those whose hunger is slightly more substantial.

Prices are in line with what you would expect in the area, but portions are substantial. Mains are a standard R195 and come with a choice of two side dishes. Think along the lines of Cape Malay seafood potjie, grilled sumac lamb chops and beef brisket with mustard jus. In an area where fine dining tends to reign supreme, The Country Kitchen lives up to its name and offers hearty fare to happy patrons.

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Their wines may be not as well-known as their neighbours, but are well-priced and very easy drinking – we recommend a wine tasting while you happily digest your meal. It’s also worth nothing that the kitchen is very willing to accommodate all dietary requirements, with advance notice.

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Graciales has opened at Peddlars & Co

Chef Brad Ball has done it again! Graciales has opened at Peddlars and Co in Constantia.

Yellow chairs, wooden tables and a bright inviting bar are some of the things that create a striking ambience you enter the restaurant.

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On Friday evening we joined friends to see what Brad is cooking up in this new bright, contemporary tapas restaurant.

We had a party of 12 so we had a long table against the wall. A long table is never the most conducive for conversation but once we had enjoyed our first glass of wine we were happy to shout to the other side of the table to let them know what we were ordering!

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We ordered our wine, some cocktails and a bottle of Steenberg Brut Chardonnay – that was the easy part! We then had the difficult decision of deciding what to order from the Tapas menu. How do you choose when all the dishes sound amazing?

We shared the lamb flatbread, miniature pita breads with chickpeas, hummus, tzatziki, & harrisa paste; the famous Beef Tataki, thin slices of beef with the most amazing taste sensation of soya, garlic & chilli, (anyone who knows Brad Ball from Bistro 1682 will know that Beef Tataki was one of the favourites) a platter of sticky ribs & sweet pork belly. All the dishes were fantastic!

 

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The manager persuaded us to try the  grilled calamari with chimichurri. This was a different way to serve calamari. Although the calamari was tender the chimicurri was quite overpowering, but judging by the “oohs and aahs’ during the evening everyone loved the food and we managed to empty all the plates.

A couple of glasses of wine later we decided we had to try the dessert platter. Mini lemon meringue pies, the most delicious chocolate truffles (my favourite) and Turkish delight. I’m not a fan of Turkish delight but everyone seemed to love them.

If there is one thing we could fault it would be the service. The manager on duty was very attentive but our waitress was ‘doing a job’ and seemed to look inconvenienced when we ordered another plate of food and the last round of drinks. Restaurants for me are half about the food and half about the ambience and service.   The food was outstanding but I do think the service needs to change to make this a great dining experience.

The restaurant was surprisingly quiet for a Friday evening but I think the word needs to get out that this little gem has just opened. We’ll definitely be back, to try the rest of the tapas menu.

Congratulations Brad Ball another winner in the southern suburbs!

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Photographs courtesy Spill Brand Communication

Balducci at the V&A Waterfront has had a facelift!

It really has had a makeover! Lighter, brighter and perhaps more informal, Balducci has managed to maintain the special ambience!

 

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The service ambassadors are all dressed in black and white, some even sporting bow ties, and we really couldn’t fault the service!  Zanlele was very attentive and told us all about their loyalty program.  10% of your bill is credited to your Slick card and the accumulated value can be redeemed at any time.  We signed up straight away!

The new menu still has all the favourites and you definitely need some time to ponder and perhaps debate all the delicious options.  The portions are all generous, so you can go hungry!  I overheard the lady next to us saying “wow, that dish could feed my entire family”.

All our meals were outstanding. If you’re not following the popular Banting LCHF diet, the pizzas and pastas all looked delicious. For the rest of us there is a great sushi and fish selection.

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The lunchtime specials are great value, only R59 for a pizza or pasta (excluding the flaming prawn) and R89 for a 250g grain fed 28 day matured Sirloin with a choice of starch or vegetable.

The 23pc Bento box is R119, and judging from the number of boxes in the restaurant it seemd to be a popular choice!  The Bento special includes:

2pcs Salmon Nigiri, 2pcs Inari Nigiri, 4pcs Alaska Rolls, 3 Salmon Roses, 4 Veg Rolls, 4 Cucumber Maki, 4 Avo Maki & a  bowl of Miso Soup.

Balducci offers free wifi, 20MB with no time limit, convenient to catch up on e-mail or for posting that photograph after a great night out!

 

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Hussar Grill Steenberg Village – You never pay for corkage!

Perfectly positioned on the Constantia wine route and serving the best steaks in Cape Town, Hussar Grill is definitely a favourite amongst the locals.

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Exceptional food, no corkage and friendly staff are certainly the top 3 draw cards.  Jason opened the Hussar Grill in Steenberg Village just over 2 years ago and he has consistently delivered fantastic food, and a phenomenal service.   His hands on approach and well trained team ensure that his regulars are hooked!

Hussar Grill serves some of the finest aged cut beef and venison in the country and also has a great selection of chicken, seafood and salads.

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If you indulge on your main course and don’t have any room for dessert, the chocolate vodka is the most delicious decadent chocolate drink. It’s very rich, but worth every calorie!

Hussar is now open on Sunday evenings, so as we enjoy the Constantia wine route, or spend a lazy Sunday on the beach we no longer have to think about Sunday dinners!

Happy 50th Birthday Hussar Grill group! We look forward to celebrating many more milestones with you!