Pam’s favourite Cape Town Restaurants – Camps Bay

Pam’s favourite Cape Town Restaurants – Camps Bay

Camps Bay is our “Miami area” in Cape Town.  It boasts a wonderful long beach lined with palm trees and a row of bars and restaurants that overlook it.  This is the best spot to watch the sun setting accompanied by sundowner drinks.  As it is so gorgeous, one simply does not mind the fact that there are very few gourmet gems on the strip.   Probably the best for good food is The Codfather – it is however at the back and does not have the view.   Note that the main aim of coming through here is to relax and to watch the world go by, and so the food is secondary.  Some nice spots in the area are:

The Codfather

Is a simple seafood restaurant that offers a wide variety of fresh seafood.  It is a casual and relaxed.  They offer good sushi – but if you are there for seafood – try and avoid the temptation of starting with the sushi!  For mains they lead you off to the fish counter and you get to chose combo’s of a variety of fresh fish, calamari, prawns of different sizes, lobster etc – and you always end up choosing more then you can eat – so hold back on the sushi!  Preparation is simple – you can have it plain or cajun.  The formula of excellent fresh seafood is a winner – so make sure you put a booking in for the Codfather.  My advice would be to go early and watch the sunset with cocktails on the main road and then head to the Codfather for dinner.  Open daily for lunch and dinner.  37 The Drive Camps Bay (behind the Pick n’Pay on the main rd).  Tel +27 (0)21 438 0782/3   (Pam’s favourite for Camps Bay!) Note – they tried doing split seatings last summer and this made a lot of clients unhappy and many felt they were being rushed.  It will be interesting to see if they do the same again this summer or whether the feedback and annoyance of their customers will have reached them.

On the beach front

– oh well…… – high rentals – so the food does not have to be brilliant as they have the view!  Some ideas for dinner with a view:

  • Mantra – we enjoyed our dinner here – great for a light no frills dinner.   If you book near the window the views are wonderful of the sunset. 
  • Tigers Milk – opened recently – they are a chain – they are a meat and pizza spot and are very well priced!  This spot is wonderfully vibey – tables on a first come first served basis.   Great views upstairs  – but lots and lots of people smoking upstairs!
  • Bilboa – looks lovely – we still have not tried it – but getting good reports! (Under Chinchilla)
  • Chinchilla – great views – just above Bilboa – we have booked quite a few times for sunset drinks up here.   They also do light eats – which we have not stayed for yet!  

The Bungalow 

Close to Camps Bay – we love the ambiance of this spot for sundowner drinks and it makes for a wonderful lunch or dinner spot – note it is not a foodie spot – this is all about feeling like you are on a summer holiday and enjoying the view!   It is vibey and fun and one of our favourites for summer.

Salsify

Has replaced The Round House – which has closed down.  Salsify is a new venture by Chef Luke Dale Roberts (of The Test Kitchen fame) .  The menu looks pricey!   Note that they have the same terrible bookings system as the other restaurants in the group – so one cannot plan well in advance for your travels – one has to book on the 1st of the month that you want to book for.   An absolute pain – and something that I think will affect their bookings once the “glow” of being new is gone!  Salsify offers an option of either a la carte or a tasting menu option.  Note that if you are an odd number for booking – you also cannot book – as they would then have a space available at the table.  So if you are a group of 1, 3 or 5 you will not be able to book on their online system.    A deposit of R500 per guest is required on booking. (Note that I have not tried this one yet – it is on my list and as it is an opening by one of our top Chefs – I am keeping it on the list until I get there!)

The Lawns at The Round House

Has replaced the Round House Rumbullion Lawns.   It is under new ownership and has had a great facelift.  It  is open for breakfast, lunch, sundowner snacks and drinks & dinner.   This is one of my favourite spots to relax – it located outdoors on the lawns above a nature reserve and under the “posh” Salsify at The Round House restaurant.  It is one of the most fabulous spots to watch the sunset and to simply kick back and relax!  Expect a simple fun menu – pizza’s, ribs etc.   Casual eatery.  Fairly pricey for locals – but then this spot commands one of the best views in Cape Town!  The views are of Camps Bay and the 12 Apostle Mountain range.   It is a daytime and early evening spot.  Note the venue is purely outdoors – so if the weather is bad – do not head there!  It is best to pre-book especially for sundowners (book for 5pm – ends after 9pm now – but do not go late – the temperature will drop!)  This spot works well for the whole family as there is loads of place for the kids to run and explore.   Email info@thelawnsct.co.za   Closed on a Monday.         (Note this spot usually closes down for winter)