Trendy new restaurants in Cape Town

It’s safe to say Cape Town is a foodie’s paradise. From street food to corner cafes, burger joints to tapas, traditional cooking to fine dining, the city’s growing food scene is packed with mind-blowing options that cater to every taste and vibe. Here’s a look at some new restaurants you need to check out.

Sotano’s Pintxos Bar

Sotano on Bree Street is home to a brand new Pinxtos Bar. It’s the first place in Cape Town to serve Pintxos (pronounced ‘peen-chos’). These are small bites originating in Northern Spain, similar to tapas. Expect combinations such as tuna remoulade with sliced black olive, cream cheese and aioli with anchovy, and basil pesto and prawn with boiled egg and salmon roe. Variations include small bowls with octopus and marinated peppers; skewers with meat, fish and vegetables; crispy squid and ham and cheese croquettes. The pintxos are also really affordable, ranging in price from R15 to R50 per item.

Pair your Pinxtos with a delicious cocktail, wine, or craft beer, and enjoy people-watching at this stylish relaxed street level bar.

Website: sotano.co.za/bree-street

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Pintxos (pronounced ‘peen-chos’) Bar at Sotano on Bree LAUNCHING THIS WEEK! A first for Cape Town, Pintxos Bar at Sotano opens as the first dedicated Pintxos Bar in the Mother City. Pintxos are small bites of Northern Spanish deliciousness, typically consumed early evenings after work. The small tasty bites of food served on bread or skewers use traditional ingredients like fish, cheese, olives and meats. A selection of South African wines and local craft beers have been chosen to best accompany the food. Pintxos are designed to be enjoyed in a casual and convivial space with friends and the surroundings at Pintxos Bar at Sotano couldn’t be more appropriate, lending a truly authentic air to this unique culinary experience. Come and enjoy the Pintxos experience from tomorrow at #sotanobreestreet from 4pm! #sotanomoments #sotanobreestreet #pintxosXsotano #pintxosbar #pintxosct

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Belly of the Beast

Belly of the Beast has got to be one of the most exciting new additions to the Cape Town foodie scene. It’s a sustainable nose-to-tail eastery with chefs Anouchka Horn and Neil Swart at the helm. The menu is written in chalk on the board, and gives nothing away: you find out what’s on offer when it arrives in front of you. There is a daily tasting menu for lunch and dinner, and the restaurant seats only 20 people. Expect beautifully plated dishes that pack serious flavour.

Website: bellyofthebeast.co.za

Fyn

Chef Peter Templehoff has teamed up with Ashley Moss and Jennifer Hugé to bring fine dining to the heart of Cape Town’s CBD. FYN is housed in the top floor of a building just alongside Church Square, with floor-to-ceiling glass windows on all sides flooding the space with natural light. The kitchen is the star of the show, positioned in the centre of it all. The menu changes all the time, but you can expect to be blown away by the sophisticated and bold dishes.

Website: fynrestaurant.com

Riverine Rabbit

Riverine Rabbit is the brainchild of chef Ash Heeger. The inner-city eatery is all about locally sourced, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients, which are cooked over hot coals in a Josper Oven. There is a three-course menu that is very affordable, and reduced tasting menu, or a full nine-course option for those who want a more extravagant dining experience. Highlights include the honey-cured beef starter, with tapioca, egg yolk and soy, and the lamb main with legumes, mint, apple and wild herbs. Vegetarians are well catered for too.

Website: riverinerabbit.com

The Commissary

The Commissary is the latest offering from Luke Dale Roberts. Diners might expect white tablecloths and a quiet ambience; they’d be wrong. The dimly lit venue has graffitti splashed over its walls, plastic and enamel plates, and hip-hop blaring above the chatter. There are no bookings and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis at shared tables. Small sharing plates of fusion-style dishes are served at a quick place: you could have your food in front of you within minutes of walking in the door. The one thing The Commissary has in common with LDR’s other offerings is the consistently incredible food.

Website: facebook.com/thecommissaryct

Salsify at the Roundhouse

Luke Dale Roberts teams up with Ryan Cole at this eclectic venue overlooking Camps Bay. This fine-dining restaurant offers beautifully plated, inventive dishes, with a big focus on flavour. The scallop starter with curry, pomegranate, and fried onion is somehow both delicate and bold, while the pan-seared springbok with brussel sprouts, juniper and liver crumble is decedant and rich, but perfectly balanced.

Website: salsify.co.za

Darling Brew Woodstock

Darling Brew Woodstock is a new location of the popular Darling-based brewery. It’s located in central Woodstock, with a large open plan seating area and glass windows looking out onto the bustlng street. Their beers on tap make the perfect accompaniment to the range of meals. Most are Garman style, like schnitzels, wursts, flammkuchen, and Leberkäse. They also do great steaks and burgers.

Website: darlingbrew.co.za/woodstock

Wolfgat

Wolfgat needs to introduction, after bagging the Restaurant of the Year award at the inaugural World Restaurant Awards in France. Chef Kobus van der Merve uses local ingredients, mostly foraged from the nearby coastline. The restaurant is set in an old fishing cottage next to an archaeological cave and only seats 20 diners per sitting. It’s a truly magical experience, but you’ll have to be up bright and early to get a reservation as new dates are opened for booking.

Website: wolfgat.co.za

YU Asian and Tapas Bar, City Centre

YU is all about contemporary Asian dining. It can be found at The Onyx, a four-star on Cape Town’s Foreshore. Guests can look forward to dining in its artistic setting and while feasting in delicious Asian tapas, sushi, dim sum and other meals. Expect beautiful cuisine that combines tradition with modernity.

Website: newmarkhotels.com/places/restaurants/yu/

GiGi Rooftop, City Centre

GiGi Rooftop, on the 6th floor at Gorgeous George boutique hotel, invites you to come for breakfast and stay for dinner. GiGi Rooftop describes itself as a living room for the neighbourhood. Look forward to modern classics on Executive Chef Guy Bennett’s and expertly curated drinks by mixologist Jody Rahm.

Website: gorgeousgeorge.co.za

Lapo’s Kitchen, Newlands

For a true Italian social dining experience, Lapo’s Kitchen is the place to go. You and your party can look forward to a shared feast of six carefully created courses hosted Chef Lapo Magni.

Website: laposkitchen.com

Eike, Stellenbosch

Chef Bertus Basson’s new kid on the block, Eike, is situated in a spectacular historic building in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. The restaurant is a dining room that celebrates South African food and heritage. They serve a fixed menu, but accommodate various dietary requirements.

Website: bertusbasson.com

 

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Gardens Collectors Club, City Bowl

Gardens Collectors Club describes itself as a meeting place for new friends and old souls. The casual dining fare includes an enticing variety of delectable bar snacks, with easy-eating nibbles such as bacon and blue cheese croquettes, crispy calamari, and beer nuts. Those looking for a more substantial accompaniment can choose from a variety or classic and speciality pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and clubs – all prepared with fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients.

Website: www.facebook.com/GardensCollectorsClub

 

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La Parada, V&A Waterfront

La Parada opens in November at the V&A Waterfront. Serving everything from smart, snack style choices like prawn croquettes to more robust offerings like their famous crispy Pork Belly or grilled cheese with ham and truffle – they cater for every level of appetite. Stylish, yet unpretentious, La Parada is the perfect place to celebrate summer.

Website: laparada.co.za

 

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No.89, City Bowl

No.89 sees itself as a lifestyle brand and not just a restaurant. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner and have a specialised gin bar, speciality coffee bar, unique wines, craft beer, and street styled food. You can also enjoy live acoustic music on selected nights.

Website: facebook.com/89degreesbree

 

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Seven, Somerset West

Restaurant Seven, George Jardine’s new Somerset West downtown eatery is headed up by Brendan Thorncroft, previously at Jardine and Jordan restaurants in Stellenbosch. 

Restaurant Seven has an a la carte menu, which changes weekly. It’s relaxed and informal. Enjoy fresh oysters to start, followed by succulent sirloin steak or choose a delicious hake dish for mains. The grand marnier soufflé for dessert is unforgettable as is the chocolate valrhona chocolate with raspberry.

The name Seven has an interesting story. It’s inspired by the restaurant’s address of 7 Drama Street, George’s seventh restaurant, and Brendan’s seventh year of being with the team.

Website: facebook.com/RestaurantSevenSW

 

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Table Seven, Salt River

Table Seven offers creative minds a place to come together over food, where lazy lunches and intimate dinners can be enjoyed in a relaxed environment. The ever-changing menu is a culmination of the exciting careers of husband and wife team Luke and Kate Wonnacott, spent in some of the world’s most prestigious restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant, Maze at The One & Only, where they  met.

Website: tableseven.co.za

 

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Tjing Tjing, City Bowl

Tjing Tjing is back with a new look. The establishment has four distinctly different venues and experiences. At Torii, you’ll find Japanese street food. Tjing Tjing Momiji is where you can experience Kaiseki, Japan’s precursor to the modern degustation menu. Japanese folklore inspired cocktails are on offer at the sophisticated Momiji Lounge. Tjing Tjing Rooftop offers all kinds of drinks, a playlist of our current indie and electronica favourites and otsumami in a casual setting.

Website: tjingtjing.co.za

 

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Between Us, City Bowl

This tasteful and trendy new restaurant at the top of Bree Street is worth a visit for the aesthetics, food, and the perfect slither of Table Mountain you can see from their patio. Open from 8am-4pm daily, their breakfasts, light lunches, juices, and coffees are works of art—perfect for a special occasion or celebration. Think freshly bakes wholegrain loaves of bread, flower-strewn salads, and jars of porridge served with rhubarb caraway compote, Kültüre yoghurt, and cardamom granola. Dishes are served up on beautiful ceramics set amidst the most decadent flower bouquets.

Website: betweenus.capetown

The Electric, District Six

At the moment the hippest area in Cape Town has to be the East City Precinct. The area around Harrington Street and District Six is almost unrecognizable with the amount of hip new coffee shops, stores, and restaurants that have blossomed in the neighbourhood. One of the new restaurants is the juice, nut milk, and sandwich bar The Elecrtic. The bright yellow building hosts an uncomplicated menu packed with fresh ingredients, nut milk drinks, and healthy shots that will put a spring in your step. They’re open from 7:30 am to 4 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 2 pm on Saturdays.

Website: the-electric.com

 

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