August 12, 2013
My Top 3 Dinner Spots in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
The only thing greater than my passion for Cape Town is my passion for its food. I have often waxed lyrical about my top breakfast spots, lunch venues and all-you-can-eat buffet joints, but have yet to share my favourite dinner spots.
I love breaking bread with you (even if it’s only virtually), so here are my top three Cape Town dinner spots:
La Parada, Kalk Bay
There are few things I love more than a breath-taking view, fabulous tapas and superb wine. Thankfully the amazing La Parada, the latest edition to the Harbour House group in Kalk Bay, offers all three!
Choosing just one dish on the menu is a disservice to the palate-pleasing culinary skills of Spanish chef Eva de Jesús Galán. The authentic seafood paella or linefish with salsa verde (served in both small and large portions) are to die for. Pair them with a glass or two of the lovely house Shiraz. And do not leave without treating yourself to the divine rice pudding, made as per Eva’s grandmother’s legendary recipe.
Foodie Fact: A second La Parada tapas bar will open in Bree Street in September 2013.
Location: La Parada, Main Road, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 788 3992
Dish, Inn on the Square
Looking out onto the bustling Greenmarket Square as the sun sets is an absolute pleasure when paired with a scrumptious four course meal at Inn on the Square’s Dish Restaurant.
At their recent Wine & Dine evening, I feasted on a tasty seared aubergine, feta, asparagus and roasted red peppers, kingklip wrapped with parma ham and sundried tomato pesto (my favourite!) and spiced pear and dried fruit strudel vanilla anglaise and orange compote paired with Nederburg Wines. Perfect for the last meal of the day.
Delicious Tip: The Wine & Dine events are held monthly at Inn on the Square. Visit their website for updates.
Location: Dish, Inn on the Square, Greenmarket Square
Contact: +27 (0)861 000 333
Harveys, Winchester Mansions Hotel
What sets this seaside establishment in Sea Point apart as one of my top three dinner spots? Well, their irresistible cocktails, their mouth-watering dishes and their decadent desserts!
Perhaps more famously known for their Jazz Brunches, Harveys is the ideal place for that quick drink, after-work date with a loved one, or catch up with friends that turns into a leisurely supper. Their smorgasbord of gourmet treats include carpaccio of beef, truffle Wild Mushroom Risotto ,grilled beef fillet and rich beef shank pie, chocolate brownie with mint ice cream and more .
Tasty Titbit: The Winchester Mansions Hotel is also home to the HDeli which serves all kinds of heavenly pastries and sandwiches.
Location: Harveys Winchester Mansions Hotel, Main Road, Sea Point
Contact: +27(0) 21 434 2351
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