Earlier in 2016, Conde Nast Traveler named Cape Town the best food city in the world in its Readers’ Choice Awards survey. One of the perks of being in South Africa’s culinary capital is that there is always something new. Check out these great new spots…
The Shortmarket Club
Devotees of The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club probably already know about this new offering from Luke Dale-Roberts and his mentee Wesley Randles, not least because the new restaurant welcomes foot traffic! Yip, if you are willing to sip on a few martinis at the bar, you are guaranteed a table.
Headed up by Wesley Randles, this new spot moves away from the Asian-style tapas of The Pot Luck Club and embraces more classic dishes – steak, duck-fat potatoes, and chocolate soufflé – with a twist. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We know, we know… we had you at Luke Dale-Roberts.
Takumi regulars will be pleased to hear that they can now get their sushi fix at Hatsushiro Muraoka’s new restaurant in Long Street, Obi. Muraoka, who is fondly known as Papa San, has teamed up with chef Ben Bettendorf to open a new restaurant that serves Japanese cuisine. You can expect ramen, tempura dishes, and – of course – Papa San’s signature sushi.
If the somewhat moody décor – black concrete floors, black chairs, frosted glass – gets you down, the drinks menu, which includes Japanese and plum sake, is bound to brighten things up. Added bonus: Obi offers sushi classes on Saturday afternoons.
Situated in the 160-year-old Georgian Leinster Hall, The Stack offers up a public bar and brasserie on the first floor, as well as a private members’ club on the second. Owned by hotelier Nigel Pace and his wife Sarah, an interior designer, The Stack is a carefully curated space that hints at old-school members’ clubs, but is far from staid or stuffy. At the brasserie, which is headed up by chef Warwick King, you can expect hearty French fare such as beef bourguignon, ratatouille and bouillabaisse.
Locanda @ Villa 47
Food importer Rialto is in the process of opening a three-storey restaurant complex on the Mother City’s buzzing Bree Street. The first of these restaurants, Locanda, which occupies the ground floor, is a relaxed Italian bistro that stocks – yip, you guessed it – imported Italian products. This light and airy bistro, which features an open kitchen and a glass-fronted cheese-and-charcuterie room, serves up paninis and toasted wraps for lunch and beef, pastas, and risotto for dinner. Early-birds will love that fact that breakfast is served from 6.30am during the week.
P.S. Keep an eye open for the Asian-Italian tapas bar on the second floor and the fine dining restaurant on the third.
Mulberry & Prince
Named after two streets in New York, this chic new eatery is the work of Cornel Mostert and Cynthia Rivera (a New Yorker), who met whilst studying at The Culinary Institute of America. Not surprisingly, the fare they offer up is edgy new American. Think octopus, chickpea, preserved lemon and cured roe, or pork, burnt cucumbers, leeks, and brodo. The idea is communal feasting and the plates are fairly small, so you should get to try out a number of these intriguing dishes. Don’t leave without tucking into some of that delicious chocolate cake!
In addition to sampling some exciting new dishes, you’ll also feel like one of the cool kids. With its modern, art deco interiors – by Atelier Interiors – and works by Kurt Pio on the walls, Mulberry & Prince is all kinds of hip.
A joint effort with Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants and Publik Wine Bar, this new spot is all about the… well… ash. At the helm you’ll find Ash Heeger (who paid her dues at La Colombe and The Test Kitchen), and in the kitchen you’ll find the galvanised steel Josper that allows Ash and her team to embrace the age-old method of charcoal cooking. Go on, admit it, you want to visit the place for its clever name alone.
The one-page menu is based largely on whatever meat Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants has available, and the drinks menu – which is overseen by David Cope of Publik Wine Bar – includes a selection of boutique wines.
Bardough by Jason
If anyone can make hotdogs trendy and delicious, it’s Jason Lilley. Expanding on his wildly popular bakery on Bree Street, Jason has opened a new branch in Loop Street. In addition to serving up the usual baked treats, pies, empanadas, and sarmies for breakfast and lunch, this branch will soon be open for dinner too.
Until then, you’ll have to settle for the Cats ‘N Dawgs nights every Saturday, where you can guzzle gourmet hotdogs (yes, it’s a thing), cocktails, and beers from And Union.
City Bowl Health Kitchen
Perfect for that workday lunch, the City Bowl Health Kitchen manages to serve up healthy food in a cute, cosy environment at affordable prices. Owned by three South Americans – Caterina, Diana, and Mauricio – this eatery serves breakfasts, smoothies, fresh juices and lunches. Given that you can create your own salads (at the salad bar for a mere R35), juices, and smoothies, you’re not likely to get bored even if you become a regular.
While you are there, be sure to try the Canelazo, a traditional Colombian hot drink of sugarcane, cinnamon sticks and lemon.
Nomad Bistro Fusion
With its wood-clad walls and wooden tables, Nomad Bistro Fusion has a funky, rustic vibe. On the menu, you can expect reinterpretations of traditional bistro fare. This casual spot offers some excellent weekday specials, such as calamari and chips for R50 or Date Nights on Wednesdays (dinner for two for R200).
Because the café has yet to get its liquor licence, you can bring your own alcohol without paying corkage. There is also free Wifi and charging points for customers.
As the name suggests, this Sea Point restaurant is all about raw food. Think vegan fare, smoothies packed full of superfoods, sprouted Essene bread with a range of colourful toppings, and buckwheat granola breakfast pots. You can even stock up on homemade nut milks.
Owner Toby Scheckter and his team are happy to explain the health benefits of the various meals on the menu, making this the perfect spot for a post-workout nibble or lazy guilt-free brunch.
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