Some Quirky, Some Fun and some Favourite Local Cape Town Restaurants

Some Quirky, Some Fun and some Favourite Local Cape Town Restaurants

I have decided to separate these restaurants from my main list as there are so many people who are looking for something a little bit more fun than a fine dining establishment – and Cape Town has loads of quirky, fun and eccentric places that are quite simply great spots to hang out!  Plus the local neighbourhood favourites are strongly supported in Cape Town………..so they are great fun for people watching!  Note that things are changing somewhat in terms of where to find the quirky places.   The rentals in the Bree street area have led to casualties and an increase in places opening in other areas.   Kloof Street and Kloof Nek (Pulbik, Cause Effect, Kloof Street House) have become a wonderful new hood boasting lots of fabulous spots for eating and drinking.   Woodstock continues to grow with a new centre opening soon called The Iron Works.     Church Square in Cape Town is rapidly developing as a new “hood” (Fyn, Kleinsky’s) as is the Eastside district of Cape Town (Truth/Harringtons/Belly of the Beast/Naked Food/The Electric/New York Bagels)

KLOOF NEK/KLOOF STREET HOOD: Just above the city

Publik – has moved away from Ash and is now a wonderful stand alone wine bar.   The guys from Publik go searching for their favourite wines and then bring them back to offer to you! As such you can have a wonderful experience tasting lesser known wines with them.   They support the smaller producers and as such it is great fun to head  over there to try interesting wines.   They have a small food offering – mostly some bar nibbles and charcuterie and cheese platters.   Note that there are lots of fun spots for eating across the road – so head there for wine & snacks!  11D Kloof Nek Rd (They took the space of Hallelujah.) NOTE NEW LOCATION.  Ps – do not miss out on having a taco across the road at the El Buro Taqueria – delicious taco’s and great vibe!  Ps 2 – then head for a drink to the Power & The Glory (next door to Publik) – it is a quirky and fun bar.  Ps 3 – if you head upstairs to The Moveable Feast – there is a hidden bar next to the restaurant upstairs.   This is a great hood for drinks and dinner.   Note that if you enjoy Japanese – Kyoto Sushi is wonderful! 

Cause Effect – is a great great cocktail bar and I cannot recommend it highly enough.   Make sure you sit at the bar counter!I have never come across people who are so passionate about making cocktails.   It is a serious business and watching these alchemists at work is fascinating.   If it is your first visit – sit at the bar and chat to the “drinks alchemists” – they will take you through a journey and match what you enjoy to their cocktails.   The guys are foraging for local plants to add to the drinks, searching for unique flavours and small producers.   Make sure you start with a Caperatif (spell?) made by Adi Badenhorst – it is an excellent light start to enjoy while you are negotiating the rest of the choices.        They serve light eats to go with the drinks and it is possible to book a table.   If possible try and go on a week night as it is magical to be able to chat to the team when it is quieter.   I am in love with Cause Effect. Note that they are focusing on the drinks side first and then will concentrate on the food!   I think they need someone as passionate as they are about drinks to head up the kitchen!

Café Paradiso – is an old Cape Town favourite neighbourhood favourite spot that was bought and funked up by the team who owned Madame Zingara. This is well worth booking to go to on a warm evening or during the day as they have a wonderful front outdoor courtyard with lots of ambiance (outdoor space is rare in our city!)  The food is Mediterranean in style – they make their own pasta and breads.  They  cater for children during the day as the kids can be whisked off to go and make a ginger bread man or cupcakes or to simply watch the guys work in the bakery at the back. There are also colouring in books to keep them happy. This property  has a slight air of eccentricity and fun and is a neighbourhood favoruite as it is kid and dog friendly.  110 Kloof Street.   Closed on Mondays and Sunday night.

Kloof Street House – this is a wonderful spot for a fun night out with a group of mates.  The decor is fun and eclectic and almost feels a bit colonial.  It is in a gorgeous Victorian house on Kloof Street which lends an intimate atmosphere to the spot.  The food is fun, wonderfully presented and a really nice tasting journey.  On each of our visits we have ordered most of the menu and simply shared the dishes so that we can taste quite a few dishes.  I particularly enjoyed lots of the starters!  We had a variety of different levels of service – twice it was excellent – once it was mediocre and the waitress seemed to be untrained.   Overall – I love this spot and will return often – it is not just about the food – this one is fun and vibey and great as a meet up spot for a group of friends or a birthday.  30 Kloof Street.   It is essential to book – even for the bar area!  Note that for summer – try and get a booking in their outside courtyard.

Tamboers Winkel – this is a sweet tiny little health cafe just off Kloof Street in the city.  It is warm and welcoming and really small.   It just feels wholesome!  It is a local hole in the wall – and it looks like they have upped their game and are having wine nights and all sorts of fab evenings there!  I plan to head there soon and report back!  They are open Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm and close at 3pm on weekends.     3 De Lorenz Street Gardens

Manna Epicure – This stylish all white pavement cafe is open for breakfast and lunch.  For breakfast enjoy soft scrambled eggs with Norwegian salmon …….complemented by delicious freshly baked breads and freshly squeezed beetroot and ginger juice.  For lunch or a mid afternoon snack pop in for an array of Tapas and a glass of chilled wine.  This is a favourite spot for breakfast 151 Kloof Street. Tel +27-21-426-2413.  Closed on Mondays.

Unframed Ice Cream – arguably the most delicious ice cream in Cape Town!  Worth tracking down.   Open fairly late! Note they have vegan offerings too.

Yours Truly – wonderful bar and casual eatery.   Great coffee spot.   Young vibey and fun.  Also fun for drinks in the evening.  One comes for the vibe – not the liquor selection – which is a challenging offering for any wine lover as there is no choice!

Thali – Top Chef Liam Tomlin’s famous 8 course shared tasting menu with Indian inspired flavours – enjoyed while surrounded by Moroccan style decor

CITY BOWL HOOD: BREE/LOOP/LONG & their cross streets!

Bree Street has been the hot spot for restaurant closures in the last year.   This “hood” has transformed rapidly from business district to a haven of quirky artisan restaurants and bars.   It is upmarket and attracting the over the 30’s crowd.   As foodies, this is was the “go to” area to explore.   With the large number of openings and the hype and buzz on Bree Street – the rentals have been increased exponentially.    It seems like the rental agents have become extremely greedy – as such there have not been a steady increase of spots closing down on Bree Street.  We were so sad to see Culture Club Cheese shut its doors and move to the Southern Suburbs and recent casualties include Bacon on Bree, Hass Coffee, and Olami.   So the next new area that the restaurant openings will move to is Loop Street which is still quite undeveloped and is mostly a business district!   Some of the new spots on Bree that have opened:

  • So Cal Bar – this one is above Charango on middle Bree Street  – it is a California style bar with Californian style cuisine (ie Mexican influence).   The bar is light, bright and perfect for summer.   They are open on Friday and Saturday nights only.   The entrance is through Jarryd’s on 75 Church Street  – just off Bree!
  • The Botanical Bar (just off Bree on Longmarket Street) – wonderful artisanal gin bar – also have lovely light dishes for lunch or dinner.   They have a whole war dedicated to infusions and bitters that they have made themselves!   It is well worth a visit or a serious gin lover
  • Jarryd’s – Middle Bree – 75 Church Street – just off Bree – these are the Seapoint guys who have opened a second smaller branch – with very sexy decor.   This is a fabulous spot for breakfast or lunch in the city.   Jarryd’s do great simple dishes (awesomely delicious) – like Eggs Benedicts, earth rocking burgers and amazing salads.
  • Cabron –  fab hole in the wall tiny taqueria.   This one is fun.   The food was tasty and the little place is very vibey –  120 Bree Street
  • Gems that remain on Bree:
    • SeaBreeze Fish & Shell – our favourite for oysters and a great hook to table seafood bistro.
    • La Tête – Nose to tail restaurant by Chef Giles Edwards.  La Tete opened on lower Lower Bree Street in the city  and rapidly became a wonderful new part of the regenerating city’s food scene.  Lovely clean modern interior.  Talented Chef/owner.  We have had some wonderful dinners here!  It is advisable to pre-book by phone – +27 21 4181299 or email – info@latete.co.za. Closed on Sundays and Mondays NB Snout to tail dining including Pigs Tails and Sweetbreads (menu changes daily!) – note that the Chef will make a plan for any vegetarian friends/partners that you bring along – simply brief him when you are there (or when you book) and he will come up with options for you if there are limited options on the menu on the night that you go
    • Jason Bakery – this spot is approaching cult status for their bread and their sandwiches – it is one of the best spots for people watching in Cape Town – plus the coffee is insane too. Note it is just a simple street side bakery and eatery – nothing fancy – but everything that comes out of there is a gourmet delight! This is well worth tracking down if you are exploring the city!
      Bree Street – a stop at the first artisan bakery in Cape Town – Jason Bakery. This is a cult bakery and the starting point for the story of the evolution of the city of Cape Town.

      185 Bree Street.  Facebook Open Mon – Friday 7am to 3.30pm – now also open on Saturday morning for breakfast.  Also fabulous for people watching!

    • Mulberry & Prince – Sexy spot with sexy decor.   Intimate.  Small plate concept of sharing dishes of interesting flavors.   They say it is “new American cuisine”  – I am not too sure what that means!  This spot is gorgeous and the dishes were all delicious.   I loved our visit there and would highly recommend it.  (Note it is slightly off Bree Street – so take a small detour into Pepper Street)
    • Love thy Neighbour – great little Beer Garden in the middle of the city.  Open for lunch and Dinner – serving  Greek inspired food – sourcing locally and organically where possible.   It has always been one of my favorite spots.  110 Bree Street.  Tip – this is still a beer garden – so have a drink here and then head to the Whisky Bar next door called Hanks.
    • Bacon on Bree – has closed down!   However there legendary BLT’s are now available at the Oranjezicht Farm Market in the V & A Waterfront on a Sunday!
    • Clarke’s Dining – opened early 2012.  It is fab, chilled and funky – very much a cafe style spot that serves burgers.  The burgers are made from free range beef and are really good.  Over the years the food offerings got broader.   So in addition to burgers there are lots of other options – I love their Caesar Salad.   Everything they do seems to be delicious.   They have now added a pizza side to their business in the back courtyard called Hail Pizza.   It attracts a younger hipster crowd.    133 Bree Street.   Ps – this has also become a hang out for people to meet for drinks! 
    • Roast & Co – owned by HQ – HQ does steak and Roast & Co does chicken and sides – both do it well and both are lovely restaurants!  A simple offering in a wonderful hidden courtyard  on Heritage Square (just off Bree)It is fab outdoor option for  summer.    I enjoyed the chicken – but think possibly I may have more luck getting a group of friends together to go and eat steak then chicken!  Location – 98 Shortmarket Street (Inside Heritage Square)

Loop Street is a newer hub in Cape Town – if offers cheaper rentals than Bree Street as this street was pretty undeveloped in the past.   It is such fun watching the city transform from a  business district to a space where we eat, live and play!   Openings on Loop Street include:

  • The Poke Co – a wonderful healthy poke spot on Loop Street – the vision of Andrew Flanagan is to do good – be good to your body, source locally and from NGO’s.   Find your bowl of health at 90 Loop Street!  Open daily 11 to 21h30. (Note he has just opened a second branch in Seapoint
  • Wild Sprout Whole Food Cafe – all about healthy eating and happy to cater for everyone from vegans to gluten free diets.   Wonderful fresh and bright decor – a fabulous addition to upper Loop Street!   179 Loop Street.
  • Homage 1862 –  is a wonderful addition to Loop Street!  It is all about freshness and flavour.   Gorgeous old building. I love the interior of this spot – great little hidden foodie gem on Loop Street.   This is a great spot for lunch or dinner.   Delicious food.  It is all about freshness and I love that the sides of vegetables were as delicious as the main dishes.   For veg lovers – this spot rocks.  The meat and the fish were excellent too.   Price wise it feels more like a dinner spot!  However – it was worth every cent!   Verdict – a fabulous  addition to the offerings on Loop Street in the city.
  • House of H  –  112 Loop Street – loud, fun, funky combo of steakhouse, with a tattoo parlour and bar in one spot (I don’ think the tattoo parlour ever opened – but it sounds cool!    Chef Heinrich Koen (known as H) has been  cooking since age 13 and has worked with UK celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Aldo Zille.   He was also executive Chef of the Madam Zingara Group locally.   This spot is quirky – H presides over the small menu of great cuts of meats and the salad area – which feels like a market area at the back of the shop.   It is self service – get your card and then come through and chat to H about what you want to eat.   H is there to advise you and to show you the different cuts of meat that they can do on the grill for you.   The meat rocks, the burgers rock and so do the salad combos that you can chose.   Note that especially on weekends it gets really busy (and loud and fun) – so you do need to book.  We LOVE LOVE LOVE this spot.   It is quirky and they offer later dining than anyone else in the city.   Tip – they have a bar upstairs – so head to their roof after dinner
  • The Village Idiot – 32 Loop Street – fun upmarket gastro pub – open in the evenings during the week  from 3pm and & for lunch and dinner on Friday & Saturdays.  They focus on our South African braai culture  (yes we are indeed meat lovers and we love to BBQ!)

Long Street:  is where the youngsters party and is a bit grungy

South China Dim Sum Bar – top of Long Street – this is an absolute treat!  The guys turn out authentic Sim Sum and Noodle dishes – the atmosphere is fun, quirky and no frills.  It is a great spot to meet up with friends.  Reasonably priced and the food is amazing, authentic and made with lots of love.  Read my blog on them for more details.  Note you do need to book as they have become very popular!!  289 Long Street. Call to book: 078 846 3656.  Email southchinadimsumbar@gmail.com.  Closed on Sunday & Monday nights.

Obi Restaurant– Papa San (a legendary sushi chef and famous for having had Minato Restaurant and for being in the Douglas Green Wine advert) has teamed up with a wonderful young chef Ben Bettendorf to open Obi in lower Long Street.  This is a great combo as both can work in the kitchen – which frees Papa San to come out and chat to his Cape Town fans!  We loved our visit to the restaurant – we were warmly welcomed by Ben and as we were early, we ordered the early bird special  – three courses including a Miso soup,  a lovely large plate of sushi and delicious ice creams to end (a scoop of a fancy green tea ice cream that was sublime!!!) .   Simple decor, warm welcome, honest Asian style food…….fantastic!

Moro Gelato – This is one to look out for – they are a local gelato producer that makes gelato that rock the rhubarb!   They are Woodstock based – which was hard for us city slickers to access in the past – so it is wonderful to have them as an outlet in the heart of Long Street!

Shortmarket Street: is home to some funky spots that have been opening there.

  • The House of Machines that has been open for some time – quirky combo of a cafe, a motor bike workshop where you can have your custom made motor bike designed and made, funky biking merchandise, a bar and a live music venue.
  • The Shortmarket Club – open for breakfast, lunch & dinner.  Chic and glam and well worth booking!  Joint venture between famous Chef Luke Dale Roberts, his wife Sandalene Roberts, Chef Wesley Randles (original Pot Luck Club Chef) and manager Simon Widdeson.  88 Shortmarket Street (note there is no sign – look for 88 – next door to The House of Machines! The sign is on the pavement)
  • Cafe Roux Sessions – This is the Noodhoek Cafe Roux that have opened a live revue bar featuring musicians and comedians.  You book online and head there for dinner and a live session.   The tickets are for the performance and all proceeds go to the musician/comedian.   Dinner/drinks are an additional cost on the evening.   It is a gorgeous intimate venue.  I love their decor.  Great addition to Shortmarket Street.

Other parts of the city:

Ka Pa Tee – not  a full restaurant – but one of the most beautiful places for tea lovers to visit.   This is 100% passion,do not order just one tea – order a couple to taste and settle in with some wonderful cake in their beautiful space.   Make sure you head to the counter to see how they make the tea – wonderful gadgets used to produce the tea!   This is a wonderful space to meet up with a friend or to just to relax in and exhale…………there is something really special about the space.  It is gorgeous and tranquil.  Located in the heart of the city – just off St George’s Mall.

Hokey Poke – picking up on the trend for Poke bowls that seems to be spreading abroad – they offer wonderful bowls of fresh ingredients mixed with fish.   This is a real hole in the wall tiny tiny little spot.   Worth scouting if you enjoy Poke bowls!  1 Church Street, Cape Town City Centre. (Note this one is a real hole in the wall – not fine dining! We loved it – it made me feel like an angel – only putting goodness in my body! Ps combine it with a Ka Pa Tee after lunch!

Free From Eatery at the top of St George’s Mall near St George’s cathedral – this is the first restaurant of Chef Miles from Natal.   He is doing fun breakfast options and focusing on doing a harvest table for lunch that one can chose from – a variety of salads and a meat or fish of the day.   The focus is on freshness and food that is free from any additives.  His aim is to build up people from his community in his kitchen and the front of house.     We loved our visit to Free From for breakfast   Chef Miles is hands on and a wonderfully welcoming host!  Expect 100 degrees of passion!

Church Square Area Cape TownKleinsky’s  – there seems to be a move towards all the Seapoint guys opening a branch in town – first Jarryd’s opened just off Heritage Square and now a small Kleinsky’s has opened.   This spot celebrates the owners Jewish heritage with contemporary delicious items.   Small and fabulous little spot for breakfasts and lunches.   Expect bagels, salads and some great sweet items like NY Cheesecake.   Note that this area is rejuvenating and the fine dining restaurant Fyn has now opened on this side of Cape Town.

The Stack – great old world charm, combined with contemporary decor and simple dishes done amazingly well.   They have just appointed a new Chef – so back on the to try list!

Spirit Cafe Dunkley Square – SpiritCafe Constantia is opening a branch in Dunkley Square (top of the city) in October.  It will be great to have a new vegetarian/vegan eatery for the city.   For the rest of us – it will be great to have another wonderful spot for salads as summer is starting!!   I am looking forward to trying this one out!

EASTSIDE CITY HOOD (Buitenkant/Harrington Street)

Truth Coffee –  this space is special!  It was the first building to be funked up in run down Buitenkant at the edge of the city and it set the wheels in motion for the others to start moving in and quirking up the area!   Next to open was Haas (gorgeous art gallery combined with eatery combined with roaster!) and now Harrington Street is sprouting everywhere and has become the new hot spot area of the city.   It is all being referred to now as the Eastside of the City.    Truth was born as one of the earliest micro coffee roasters in Cape Town.  Coffee is at the centre of their soul and all the noise around her centre around her obsession with great coffee.   Fear not – if you are not into coffee – you can drink beer or tea!  The main thing is that this spot is not to be missed.   The decor is steam punk and it is seriously fun.   The staff wear wonderfully crazy outfits – they do insane gourmet breakfasts and serve them all day.   In the evening – they have now opened a desserts only spot – yes when you have a hidden pastry chef upstairs that worked at Michelin star spots in France – you need to make sure he shares his talents with the locals! During the day you can taste his croissants & tarts.        But the desserts at night is where you will find the most decadent treats!    Shhhhhhhh! Keep it a secret – there is a secret speakeasy at the back of Truth.   You will only get into that part if you pre-book on the secret website for the speakeasy!   Click here to book the Speakeasy.  Buitenkant Street.

New York Bagels – the oldest and most famous producers of real bagels in Cape Town and famous for the best Cheesecake!  This family have been selling bagels in Cape Town since 1940! Harrington Street

Belly of The Beast – see our new restaurants in Cape Town section.  Harrington Street

Harringtons – stylish cocktail bar that features great local music – check out their facebook to see who is playing.   It is best to book before going.   Harrington Street

The Dog’s Bollocks at the YARD–  starts its life as a no frills gourmet burger bar in a garage – with attitude!  You had to literally stalk them in the beginning to get a burger.  Read my original blog on them about how they were when they started.  Chef Nigel Wood formed a partnership with the wonderful Megan and the venture started growing in all sorts of directions – they serve “hubcaps” for breakfast – a flat bread with funky breakfast fillings, funky sandwich style options for lunch (at lunch it is called The Bitches Tits) and are still serving the burgers for dinner – the difference is that Megan has shrunk the burger a little and is adding less lettuce – now one can actually get your mouth around it!!   In the last year she upped the offering and has opened a wonderful pizza spot where Deluxe Coffee was – so you can now chose between a burger and pizzas at night.  There are four different styles of pizza – so this one caters for everyone from the thick crust to the chewy thicker crust pizza person.   Address:   6 Roodehek Street Gardens, Mon – Sat 5pm – 10pm.   Note there is no website – but if you would like to follow them on Facebook you are in for a rude and quirky treat!  Following them is NOT for the fainthearted! TIP – you still need to try and be there in the early evening to get space.   They now have table service!   Larger tables can now book.   

Just above the city:

The Woodlands Eatery  – this a local favourite in my “hood”.  It is always full and buzzy as they offer great value for money dishes in a fabulously quirky comfortable setting.  They are famous for their pizzas (also offer gluten free bases!) and also offer a seasonal bistro menu.  This is a great spot for people watching – it attracts all ages and all levels of income……….with a 99% local following of regulars.  This year they were featured in the Wallpaper Magazine Cape Town City Guide………..so they must be quirky!  They got even better at the end of 2017 as an Italian from Bologna bought it – and with it came his grannies recipes and a passionate hands on owner!  This is a favourite of ours!  2 Deer Park Drive, Vredehoek (Just above the city!) Tel 021 801 5799 Open daily for dinner and for lunch over weekends

Sidewalk Cafe – yet another quirky favourite in the Madame Zingara group.  This spot has been in my “hood” forever – but it never had a soul in it.  The Madame Zingara took it and waved a magic want and created an amazing quirky eclectic space that is both warm and fun.   Their signature is fun innovative dishes with great flavours at great prices.  This spot is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner or drinks and snacks or coffee and cake – settle in whenever you are walking the dog as you go past.  Staff match the decor and service can be a little absent minded – but always good hearted!   We love sitting on the odd angled pavement tables and watching the view of the city! Mon – Sat 8am to 10h30pm, Sun breakfast & lunch.  33 Derry Rd, Vredehoek (Just above the city) 021 461 2839

WOODSTOCK/SALT RIVER/OBS HOOD – these are the arty creative fringe areas next to the city

No Fixed Address – opening March 2019 in Woodstock!  They have closed down in Obs  Follow the updates under New Restaurants in Cape Town

The Kitchen in Woodstock – make sure that you head through to THE KITCHEN to try the love sandwich and salads enjoyed by Michelle Obama on her visit to Cape Town!! On a serious note – if you are into funky delicious salads or a fantastically fun sandwich called the Love Sandwich, a quirky setting and a focus on delicious freshness – you have to head to this spot. Note if you get there after 12h30 – you will have to join the queue of creative people from the “hood” queing out of the door – so be warned get there by 11h45 to get a spot to sit and have one of the most delicious salad meals of your life! Yes – I am serious I love it there! Address: 111 Sir Lowry Rd. No bookings taken. Weekdays only 08h30 – 16h30 (note that if you go in the afternoon there will be very little food left!)  Note the Karen Dudley has closed down the Dining Room – her evening spot that was next door – bashed down the wall and made the Kitchen double the size that it was.   I would still advise stalking it early to make sure you get a table and that there is a great selection of salads left to chose from.    This spot is amazing for anyone into delicious salads and paradise for Vegetarians!  Funky, fresh, hip and very local!

De Waterkant

The Piano Bar – wonderful jazz bar – check out their line up and head there for dinner and jazz.

Shio Contemporary Japanese – Chef Cheyne Morrsiby – is an amazingly talented chef.  Once he is on your radar – don’t miss his other two restaurants in Hout Bay!  Expect funky contemporary decor and a rocking taste bud experience.   Lots of flavours and spices – worth sharing everything to maximize the experience.   Great new intimate spot.   Loved our visit!

Lucky Bao – De Waterkant – opened mid October 2017 – we love Chef Cheyne Morrisby’s food – he has Cheyne’s in Hout Bay – which is focused on fine dining flavour packed dishes with Eastern flavours and his tiny little Lucky Bao bar in Hout Bay – this is more of a street food concept with simple dishes packed with flavours.   As such we are really excited to have a Lucky Bao opening on the edge of the city so that we don’t have to drive so far to get his delicious morsels!  It is located on the corner of  Napier and Jarvis in de Waterkant.

Greenpoint

The Butcher Man – not really a restaurant – more of a great butchery shop with a couple of tables where you can go and have a simple meaty lunch!  No bookings you just arrive.  They claim they do the best burger in Cape Town.  I popped in to try it and had the special of the day – which was the Wagyu meat burger – it was outstanding!! (Definition of Wagyu – refers to several breeds of cattle, the most desired of which is genetically predisposed to intense marbling and to producing a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat)Note you can also head here for an early dinner – you can select your cut of meat or try the local boerewors and they will cook it with side dishes for you. Great meat – so great taste! Try it! Location: Somerset Road Greenpoint (Next door to Giovanni’s Deli)

The Strangers Club – my new favourite healthy retreat just on the edge of the city in Greenpoint.

Jason Bakery – Jason – the legendary baker has opened a second bakery.   This one is where he is now doing his baking.  It is open for breakfast, lunch and coffees all day.   On Saturday is open for breakfast.   83 Main Road Greenpoint

Seapoint:

  • Mojo Market – wonderful little food and shopping market – open 7 days a week – vibey and fun – well worth popping in for lunch or dinner!
  • Syriana – this one had been on my radar for a while – definitely want to get there – hearing good things about it!  Syrian Cuisine!
  • Three Wise Monkeys – funky little ramen and sushi restaurant – very vibey – and takes no bookings.
  • Sundoo Indian Tapas Bar  – funky Indian tapas restaurant with a great vibe.   I loved everything on the starter menu – so head there for drinks with friends and order an assortment.   Loved their mini bunny chows.   77 Regent Rd
  • For those with a sweet tooth – there are two gems on the strip – Crumbs and Cream (home of the cookie sandwich!) & My Sugar (insanely passionate chefs behind this one – a must visit!)
  • I am still loving Jarryd’s and Kleinsky’s.
  • La Boheme

Other:

The Cape Town Food Truck revolution – Over the last few years we have had a fair number of chefs opting to have a quirky food truck instead of a restaurant.  This has been a real journey for them to find spots that they can set up and sell as the local city regulations does not allow them to simply park and sell!  As such one mainly saw them at markets and festivals for some time.  Now they are managing to establish more destinations where you can find them on a regular basis.     For more info on where the Food Trucks are parked – follow them on Facebook.

Constantia:

Foxcroft – La Colombe’s Chef has opened a slightly more casual – yet still fine dining restaurant in Constantia.  I think anything that the La Colombe team touch turns into a gourmet delight!   We loved our Sunday lunch here.   The only oddity is it is in a little mall at the entrance to Groot Constantia Wine Estate.   So when you sit outside you are literally sitting in the car park.   Don’t let that phase you – each dish is a taste sensation of note and I wanted to lick the plates!   Note this spot is now almost a year old – but it stays on the hot list for summer as it is fantastic!

Chefs Warehouse – Beau Constantia Estate – now a year old – but still a hot spot for summer 2018.   This is a great combo – one of the most beautiful estates in the Cape combined with one of the most talented chefs – Liam Tomlin – and jaw dropping views and then add delicious wine – perfection!!!  They ARE taking bookings  and you do need to book well in advance! 

Quirky spots on the Peninsula:

Olympia Cafe – One of the Cape’s best kept secrets. Location: Kalk Bay   If you looked through the window you would walk right on past. Very little has been spent on decor or the kitchen. The chef prepares your food on a little gas stove behind the counter. The imaginative Mediterranean menu changes daily with offerings chalked up on the wall. Each menu is dependant on what is fresh on the day and on what Bernie is in the mood to prepare. The restaurant has its own bakery and supplies the best bread, croissants and pastries in the Cape.    Be sure to take a loaf of the ciabatta bread home with you – I am addicted!   Note: No booking offered. If the restaurant is full on arrival, write your name on the chalk board next to the door immediately. The next table that becomes available will be given to the next person on the list next to the door. 134 Main Rd, Kalk Bay. Tel: +27-21-788-6396 Note: This is about a 45 minute drive from the city centre. NOTE- the Olympia cafe has opened a deli around the corner from the restaurant. It is also good to visit if you simply wish to go and have a picnic in the Kalk Bay Harbour.  Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Check out these lovely photos of the Olympia food on the Huffington Post’s blog on them