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.
Updated December 2019
Jarryds Expresso Bar + Eatery
While not a newcomer to the Cape Town restaurant scene, Jarryds recently relaunched their offering at their Bree street branch and opened up a second branch in Sea Point. Jarryds is committed to using only locally sourced produce and highlighting the nature of the ingredients in the dishes you’re served. The breakfast many has a variety of options, and the most popular dish, the “avo smash” remains a firm favourite. The food is hearty and wholesome and will have you coming back for more.
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Ala Turca Restaurant is situated in De Waterkant, Cape Town, in a uniquely designed Turkish Ocakbasi. The restaurant recreates an authentic Turkish experience by bringing you Turkish food as it is served in Turkey, right here in the heart of Cape Town. By combining the freshest of ingredients with recipes that have withstood the ‘taste’ test of time.
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The Kind Kitchen at Constantia Uitsig
If it’s vegan comfort food you’re after, then The Kind Kitchen is the place for you. The Kind Kitchen has opened its second branch in Constantia Uitsig after the popularity of their Woodstock branch. They create seasonal vegan grub from locally sourced produce. Their current summer menu focuses on wraps, burgers, salads, and juices.
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SŸN at 47
SŸN at 47 began as a pop-up dining experience, but the good news is that it’s here to stay! Award-winning chefs Warwick King and Rikku Ó’Donnchü have put their heads together to create something edgy and unique. As they put it, “we bring science to the kitchen and art to your plate”.
Tryn is the brand new reincarnation of Catharina’s at Steenberg. It honours the farm’s founder, Catharina Ustings Ras, who acquired the land in 1682. With chef Kerry Kilpin at the helm, the restaurant serves classic dishes with Asian flair. They’re open for breakfast, with classics like eggs Benedict and French toast. For lunch and dinner, the hearty a la carte menu has something for everyone.
Ye Olde Test Kitchen
Luke Dale Roberts is bringing a taste of English pub cuisine to Woodstock in this pop-up restaurant that is open until 25 October 2019. Dale Roberts explains, “this is not The Test Kitchen in term of multi-course, multi-sensory experience, but we are offering the same degree of skill and attention to detail to good, old-fashioned, honest food”. Make a booking now to enjoy the finest fish ‘n chips with mushy peas you’ve ever had.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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