May 22, 2014
12 Instagram photos that will make you hungry for Cape Town food
Born and bred in the Mother city, Leilah lives an average-Jane life in the quiet side of Cape Town suburbia. Her favourite things to do in Cape Town include getting sand in her Havaianas on the beach, and watching the bright city lights on Long Street at night.
Leilah heads up the Content Marketing team at iProspect, so naturally is addicted to all things digital. She is an avid Instagramer who "belongs" to the Igers Cape Town community, and collects memories of her city adventures (instameets) for her Instagram feed, as well as the feed of Cape Town Tourism.
"Instagram makes me see the world through different eyes," she says, yet insists she is not a hipster.
They say Instagramming your food is a hipster thing to do. Because hipsters hang out at coffee shops with wooden tables, artfully photographing their meals from an aerial view - while making sure their Apple gear is subtly included in the shot. This is a stereotype, obviously, but if it wasn’t for this preconceived notion we wouldn’t have had these unique shots of Cape Town food to share with you. We’ve stumbled upon 12 of the most lip-smacking food photos on Instagram that will make you craving a plate of butter chicken curry (and then some) in the Mother City.
- Cheyne's at 1 Pam Arlene Place, Main Road, Hout Bay serves modern cuisine with the flavours of the Pacific: miso, coconut cream, tamarind, mirin, sake, rice wine vinegar and star anise. Yum.
- Sushi never looked this good; I can actually smell the wasabi. Sevruga at the V & A Waterfront serves it fresh, every time!
- And while we are on the topic of seafood, let's not forget Mariner's Wharf in Hout Bay for boxed style calamari and chips while taking in the beautiful view of the ocean.
- We love this array of tapas on a wooden table, as photographed by Food and Catering consultant Kirsty Ratcliffe of Source Food.
- Liquorice and Lime in Kloof Street, Cape Town, is a favourite among the locals for early morning breakfast following a hike up Lion's Head. Feast your eyes on this delicious Eggs Benedict.
- A combo of winter warmers from Jamaican Me Crazy - a casual lounge style restaurant at 74 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock - and Bombay Bicycle Club - delectable modern cuisine in a boho chic setting . Bombay Bicycle Club is located at 158 Kloof Street, Gardens and headed up by the legendary Madame Zingara.
- Who can tell me what this is? This footlong sandwich with masala steak, braised onions, egg, cheese, chips, cheese and dhanya sauce is known as a gatsby, often cut in three to four pieces and shared between a group of friends. You cannot leave Cape Town without trying one of these. I recommend Aneesas in Ottery Road, Wynberg or Golden Dish at 1 Klipfontein and Hazel Road, Gatesville.
- Another local favourite is Biryani, a rice dish that can be acquired at Food Inn, Long Street, CBD, or any Pakistani sidewalk cafe that sells it per kg.
- There is one thing about market food that I just cannot resist. The aromas, the fresh ingredients and the on-the-spot preparation is hard to turn down. Here is a super-sized pot of paella (traditional Valencian, seafood rice dish) being prepared at The Old Biscuit Mill.
- Cape Town is also home to a number of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, and all of the restaurants mentioned in this blog serve vegetarian dishes. I'd love this roasted butternut and feta salad from Harbor House, Kalk Bay right now.
- This cheeseburger is from Joe's Easy Diner, a franchise of Ed's Easy Diner in London. Definitely on my to-do list for this weekend, (along with a double session at the gym of course). There's a Joe's at Canal Walk shopping centre.
- And if you're headed out of Cape Town, why not stop off at Langebaan to enjoy a scrumptious seafood braai by the ocean at Die Strandloper.
Got an interesting food shot? We'd love to see it! Share it with us on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #lovecapetown.