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New restaurants on our radar

With what seems like a new restaurant popping up every week, it can be hard to keep track of where to eat next.

We like to think we’ve done some of the hard work for you – if you need to keep your “must visit” list short, here are three new restaurants on our radar that we feel should be on yours, too.

SeaBreeze Fish & Shell

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With a R10 oyster happy hour and arguably the best English-style fish and chips in Cape Town, SeaBreeze Fish & Shell celebrates the city’s rich seafood heritage, with a” focus is on sourcing local, sustainable seafood presented creatively and with a lighter touch”. The interior features soothing blue walls, pale wooden tables, and tasteful ocean-inspired accents.

Whether you’er seated in the restaurant, on the terrace or at their oyster and MCC bar, indulge in their squid-ink pasta with prawns 0r fish pie or, our personal recommendation – their classic fish hake and chips.

Find them: 213 Bree Street, Cap Town

Patina Steak and Wine Bar

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Chef Ryan Richens returns to the Southern Suburbs with his newly-opened Patina Steak and Wine Bar in Newlands. A premium steak restaurant, the menu is centred on a select of Chalmar beef, but also features fish and chicken options for diners who are less red meat-inclined – while an eclectic wine list, with a good selection of wines by the glass, ensures there’s something to please almost everyone. Our words of wisdom? Start with the roasted marrow bones with beetroot aioli and pickled mushrooms.

Find them: Newlands Quarter, 35 Dean Street, Newlands

La Petite Colombe

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La Petite Colombe, the little sister of the award-winning La Colombe, replaced The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français, in partnership with the owners of the stylish and luxurious Leeu Collection. Offering 8 and 12 course tasting menus, La Petite Colombe focuses on the finest local and seasonal produce, accompanied by a selection of rare and fine wines. Inside tip – make the most of their Spring special until the end of this month.

Find them: Le Quartier Francais, Huguenot Road, Franschhoek

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.

Experience the best of Cape Town – and beyond – with Cape Voyage. Contact us for more information on how we can help craft your perfect experience.

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.

Experience the best of Cape Town – and beyond – with Cape Voyage. Contact us for more information on how we can help craft your perfect experience.

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

Sushi & Chardonnay at Sevruga

The  V&A Waterfront is my sushi capital of Cape Town! There are so many great restaurants at the Waterfront, with new ones popping up all the time, but Sevruga is definitely my favourite spot.

On a beautiful day you can sit outside and watch the hustle and bustle of the crowd enjoying the carefree atmosphere. Old and young, business suits and tourists, everyone always seems to be enjoying a holiday feeling.

For a more serious business meeting, or maybe a romantic dinner you can choose to enjoy the more formal ambience inside.

The sushi platters are always fantastic, but I’ve recently discovered the Carin’s roll.

8 pieces of prawn tempura, creamy seven spice prawn, spring onion, & teriyaki glaze.

 

Salmon roses, and fashion sandwiches, are always a good choice if you feel like the more traditional sushi choices.

The wine is as important as the food at Sevruga.There are more than 200 wines and vintages to choose from, and the impressive Sevruga’s Wine Wall displays more than 3000 bottles of wine.

Sushi and cocktails are half price Monday to Saturdays from 12h00 – 18h00, and 14h00 – 18h00 on a Sunday!

Perfect location, fantastic food and impeccable service – definitely worth the accolades.