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May 08, 2014

5 Insanely Weird Things You Can Eat in Cape Town

In a city famous for the diversity of its people and its cuisine, we take you on an adventure through some of Cape Town's strangest and (mostly!) most delicious.

Let's get started when you tuck into...

1. Buffalo Milk, Baobab, Octopus Carpaccio, Roast Rib-Eye and Marrow Bone

The Greenhouse's creations, image courtesy of anilegna

Just try imagining what baobab, beetroot, dark chocolate and hazelnut, with panna cotta, cremeaux, ice-cream, espuma and jelly would even taste like? 

Or how about tomato terrine with chutney, buffalo milk labneh and espuma, black olive granola and fennel? 

If that's not weird enough, enjoy your mouth exploding into a marvelous apocalypse when you get stuck into some grilled rib eye and roast marrow bone with glazed, crispy rings and onion skin, jellies, crisps and roasted carrots, finishing off with some Atlantic octopus Carpaccio. 

The Greenhouse was voted the #1 restaurant in Cape Town by EatOut Magazine in 2011 and came in at #4 last year, so at least you know it's going to taste amazing, even if you don't know what most of the ingredients are. The Greenhouse is located on the immaculately verdant slopes of Table Mountain in the Constantia Valley, 

Where? The Greenhouse, The Cellars-Hohenort
Address:  93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town 7800
How Far from Cape Town? 20 minutes from the City Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 794 5535
Website: www.collectionmcgrath.com/cellars/the-greenhouse/

2. Zebra, Springbok, Eland, Kudu, Gemsbok

Enjoy a jaw dropping culinary safari of rare eland loin with spätzle, red cabbage and a spiced port sauce, the likes of which you can find at Savoy Cabbage, a locally and internationally acclaimed creative contemporary restaurant on Hout Street.

Decorated in 18th century Table Mountain stone, glass, concrete, ducting, motif chandeliers and fine table appointments, Savoy Cabbage have a penchant for unusual flavours (think sugar-cured kudu with sesame and gin soaked noodles and a pineapple chilli salsa) and wide selection of South Africa's famous four legged beasts, including loin and shank of warthog, springbok, eland, kudu, zebra or gemsbok. 

Where? Savoy Cabbage
Address: 101 Hout Street, Cape Town
How Far from Cape Town? Located in the City Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 424 2626
Website: www.savoycabbage.co.za

3. Crocodile Ribs, Warthog Ribs, Ostrich Kebab, Lamb's Tongue

You haven't tasted the bushveld until you've gone to Mama Tambos. From the Swahili 'tembo' for elephant, this festive location offers African cuisine and slow cooked soul food sprinkled with memorable South African wildlife. Don't let anyone tell you you haven't experienced South Africa when you order the grilled crocodile ribs. Or warthog ribs. Or ostrich kebabs.

You can also get involved in some lamb's tongue with mustard pickled onions and port jus, or how about South Africa's iconic springbok, in a pie served with buttermilk coleslaw and rice? 

Where? Mama Tembos
Address: 150 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
How far from Cape Town? 10 minutes from the City Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 439 7383
Website: www.mamatembocafe.com

4. Gourmet Hotdogs

A 1950's themed American diner with seriously inventive hotdog combinations, On a Roll will give you a free beer or cider with every gourmet wiener on Mondays. Be fearless when you order the Sex Drugs & Rock 'n Roll (Bauernbratwurst sausage with smoked salmon, capers, creme fraiche and watercress) or The Yellow Submarine (26cm weiner with authentic north Indian chicken makhani, coconut, peanuts and courgette).

Alternatively face the night with the Batman (Bauernbratwurst sausage with camembert cheese, caramelized fig and baby leaves drizzled with a balsamic glaze), and take a moment to consider the diversity of Cape Town's food. It's almost criminal. 

Where? On a Roll 
Address: 78 Durban Road, Little Mowbray, Cape Town
How far from Cape Town? 10 minutes from the City Centre
Tel: +27 (0)21 685 9916
Website: www.dogkitchen.co.za

5. Sheep’s Head 

Take everything to the next level when you peel into a 'Smiley' or sheep's head, which you can get nice and smoking in Guguletu or Langa (apparently it's a brilliant cure for a hangover!) Named 'Smileys' after the rictus grin on the sheep's roasted face, these are a fan-favourite with tourists, probably because they make the best Facebook profile pictures of all time. 

Where? Guguletu and Langa Townships
How far from Cape Town? 18 and 15 minutes from the City Centre

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Tel:  Sabu on +27 (0) 83 730 7942

Tel: Lizo on +27 (0) 78 280 8944

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