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 August 2019
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”.
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🌱🍅 Don't stress, our Plant Pot doesn't require a green thumb. 🍅🌱 Consisting of confit garlic & lemon mousse, black olive soil, and elderflower-pickled baby vegetables, this dish is best enjoyed in generous scoops on a crispy potato & parsley fossil. SŸN at 47 is located on floor 3, 47 Bree street. Remember, our pop-up will be open for a limited time only so booking is essential. Book today by clicking on the "Book Now" button on our page or via Eat Out's app or website . . . #booknow #worlds50best #capetown #southafrica #chef #capetown #fourmagazine #michelinstar @eatoutguide @four_magazine @luxuryrestaurantawards @laliste1000 @worldrestawards @theworlds50best @sanpellegrino_official @foodblogct @foodnetwork @foodandhomesa @foodceleb @wwtaste @michaellegrangephotography @michelinguide @michelininspectors @finedininglovers #foodporn @food24_sa @world_food_magazine @foodandhomesa @thebestchefawards @thebestchefsoftheworld @the_observer_team #theobserverteam
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.
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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