If you’re interested in fine dining, fusion cuisine, home-grown fare or distinct African flavours, rest assured that Cape Town is the foodie capital of South Africa. Whether you’re looking for a light snack in the summer sunshine or a hearty winter’s meal near a warm hearth, the Mother City is the ultimate culinary destination.
When it comes to dining out, you are simply spoilt for choice.
La Colombe on Constantia Uitsig Wine Farm (+27 (0)21 794 6500) in the Constantia Valley is one of the finest restaurants in Cape Town. It has been voted the Best Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East and the 28th Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine, published in the United Kingdom. Make sure you book in advance.
Voted Restaurant of the Year at the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, The Greenhouse is a showcase of Cape Town's first Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff's prowess in the kitchen, infusing international culinary experience with local cuisine, with an emphasis on local produce and wine. The restaurant has limited seating, just 45 people, providing an intimate dining experience.
The Test Kitchen in Woodstock, was named the second-best restaurant in South Africa at the 2011 Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, while its chef/owner Luke-Dale Roberts was named Chef of the Year. Described as "a gourmet laboratory on the city’s food map", the cuisine is a gastronomic mix of innovation, experimentation resulting in an Asian-infused gourmet feast in a creative and delightful setting.
The prestigious South African 2010 Eat Out Restaurant Awards selected Cape Town restaurant, Aubergine, in its pick of the 2010 Top 10 Restaurants in South Africa. This venue is situated at 39 Barnet Street, Gardens. To book a table, contact +27 (0)21 465 4909.
Wine magazine identified Bibi’s Kitchen (+27 (0)21 797 1054), The Food Barn (+27 (0)21 789 1390) and Mzoli’s Place (+27 (0)21 638 1355) as three of Cape Town’s Top 10 Everyday Restaurants. Bibi’s Kitchen in Wynberg offers spectacular Indian fare; The Food Barn in Noordhoek was started by renowned chef Franck Dangereux, and has an excellent bistro menu and relaxed atmosphere; Mzoli’s is an authentically African restaurant in Gugulethu known world-widea for its good vibes and meaty menu.
For sushi, head to Wakame (+27 (0)21 433 2377) in Beach Road, Mouille Point. For a touch of Moroccan you have to go to Mojolenas (+27 (0)21 426-2351) to try out the chocolate chilli steak, and for your fill of fabulous pizza, Vabbo (+27 (0)21 448 0282) is a sure bet.
If you are unsure what type of cuisine you are in the mood for, and would like to browse a variety of restaurants easily, head to the V&A Waterfront, where you’ll find a wide selection of restaurants (and prices), many of which have a spectacular view of the harbour and Table Mountain.
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Local foodie blogger Natalie Roos has shared a very comprehensive list of her favourite places to eat her favourite meals. In the mood for risotto? Or are you craving ribs? Head over to Natalie's blog to find some inspiration.
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