Brace yourself: the winter specials are coming!
Winter in Cape Town has a lot of pros, but one thing locals look forward to most is the slashed prices at Cape Town’s best restaurants. Every year, there are fantastic and affordable deals that make it possible to have a really special meal without breaking the bank. Here’s our pick of the best winter specials for 2018.
La Colombe, Constantia Nek
La Colombe is one of Cape Town’s top fine dining restaurants, and this winter there’s a great special running on weekday lunches. Some of the delights you can expect include the famous Tuna ‘La Colombe’, springbok tataki, Chalmar beef fillet, and roasted Ivoire Namelaka. The dishes all combine bursts of flaour with stunning plating, and you’re in for a treat no matter what you choose.
Lunch Special: R465 for four courses for weekday lunches (closed for winter break between 28 May and 15 July)
Bistro Sixteen82, Tokai
Bistro Sixteen82 specialised in bistro-style comfort food with gourmet flair. Whether you’re after breakfast, lunch, or tapas-style dinner, there’s a special totake advantage of here. The venue at the Steenberg Estate is stunning and it makes for a really special outing.
Vintner’s Breakfast: R165 for Steenberg bubbles, breakfast, tea or coffee, and a cellar tour (Monday-Friday)
Hearty and Homely Lunch Special: two courses for R205, three courses for R235, or four courses for R265 (Monday-Friday)
Tapas for Two Special: enjoy the chef’s selection of five dishes for R325 per couple (Monday-Sunday)
Catharina’s is also located on the Steenberg Estate, and serves hearty and generous lunches and dinners by the fire, with views of the Constantia mountains and vineyards.
Lunch Special: two courses for R185, or three courses for R215
Dinner Special: three courses with wine for R375, or without wine for R345
La Petite Colombe, Franschhoek
La Colombe’s new sister restaurant in Franschhoek is celebrating the chilly weather and rain with a great weekday special. Gather some of your top clients, friends, family, and/or colleagues and enjoy some of the Cape’s finest food and wine.
Lunch Special: R 395 per person for four courses
The Foodbarn, Noordhoek
The Foodbarn has teamed up with some amazing wine farms for this year’s specials. Every two weeks, there’s a new menu paired with fantastic local wines.
Lunch and Dinner Special: two courses with wine for R235 (R195 without wine); three courses with wine for R295 (R245 without wine); four courses with wine for R365 (R305 without wine)
Pensioner’s Special: two courses with a carafe of wine for R175
Blanko is offering a winter set menu full of warming delights with an Italian influence. The a la carte options are chicken piccata, muchroom risotto, mussels with chorizo and tomato, and a prawn platter, all at reduced rices. The set menu included highlights like bolognese arancini, spinach & ricotta gnocchi, linefish tagliata, and sirloin, with some delicious desserts on offer too.
Lunch and Dinner Special: A la carte options from R85; set menu at R190 for two courses of R240 for three courses
When: Ends 30 August
Harbour House, Constantia Nek
The Harbour House is a Kalk Bay institution, and it has recently opened up a second restaurant at Constantia Nek. The seasonal menu features their fantastic line fish, which is the highlight of a meal here.
Lunch and Dinner Special: Two courses for R225 or three courses for R255
Bilboa, Camps Bay
Bilboa offers contemporary Mediterranean seafood-inspired cuisine in a gorgeous setting in Camps Bay. Enjoy the sea view, and dishes ranging from classic Mediterranean lamb, shakshukit, and haloumi to bright seafood dishes like squid, whitebait, and swordfish.
Lunch and Dinner Special: two courses for R195; three courses for R250
The Greenhouse is another fine dining experience you can’t miss in Cape Town. Expect unique dishes with a hearty side of showmanship.
Lunch Special: Four courses for R395 (Firday and Saturday)
Dinner Special: Reduced tasting menu for R750 per person (Tuesday-Thursday)
Paranga, Camps Bay
Paranga is located on the beachfront in Camps Bay, with outdoor seating overlooking the sea. There’s also inside seating which is cosy and perfect for winter days. The set menu on special this winter includes slow-braised shortrib, grilled swordfish, and chimchurri sirloin.
Lunch and Dinner Special: Two courses for R240 or three courses for R290.
Pigalle, Green Point
Pigalle is a local favourite for their incredible seafood dishes, and this winter they’re offering a warming set menu full of bold wintery flavours. Enjoy starters such as black mussels in a white wine veloute, grilled calamari, butternut soup, or beef carpaccio. Mains include queen prawns, beef fillet, lamb shank, and Norwegian salmon. Try the warm Malva pudding for dessert!
Lunch Special: two courses for R280 or three courses for R310 (Monday to Saturday)
Dinner Special: two courses for R280 or three courses for R310 (Monday to Thursday)
The Bistro at Klein Constantia, Constantia
The lunchtime special at Klein Constantia features fresh, seasonal ingredients and country bistro style food. You can also expect to sample a carafe of the estate’s wine.
Lunch and Dinner Special: Two courses for R220 or three courses for R290, including a carafe of wine (or cordial)
La Mouette, Sea Point
La Mouette has a reputation for being the place where chefs eat on their days off. The seasonal menus change regularly and this year it features gorgeous wintery flavours, like butternut soup with whipped goat’s milk yogurt, roasted chicken with pickled veggies and shallot crub, herb gnocchi, and a gourmet twist on rocky road for dessert.
Lunch and Dinner Special: Five courses for R295, or R620 with wine pairings
Kyoto Garden Sushi, Gardens
Kyoto Garden Sushi does far more than just sushi. They describe themselves as a “shrine to Japanese cuisine”, and this winter the specials include wholesome miso soup, vegetable tempura, their famous duck noodle dish, and more.
Lunch and Dinner special: Three courses and a glass of wine for R220
Societi Bistro, Gardens
Societi Bistro is a local favourite for their comforting French and Italian style cuisine. This winter, they’re ghosting the Bistros Go Global series, with a new menu each week from various regions, including Florence, Tuscany, The Italian Riveira, Portugal, Rome, Naples, Paris, Milan, South Tyrol, Normandy, Bordeaux, Gascony, Japan, and Mainland Asia.
Lunch and Dinner Special: Three courses for R340
Constantia Glen, Constantia
If you’re after great views, a wholesome, warming meal, and some beautiful wine, look no further than Constantia Glen. Their special involves delicious winter soup served with freshly baked bread, with a choice of hearty beef goulash, French onion, or honey roasted butternut and sage soup. Each soup is paired with a Constantia Glen wine.
Lunch Special: Single soup at R95, or R100 for a trio. Wines by the glass from R70.
The Roundhouse Restaurant, Camps Bay
The Roundhouse strikes a balance between hearty bistro-style fare and fine dining, and this winter they’re serving up a warming set menu. The butternut veloute with sourdough is to start, followed by pan-fried hake, free range chicken, and a choice between a soufflé and mousse cheesecake for dessert.
Lunch and Dinner Special: A four-course set menu for R395, or R635 with wine.