New Cape Restaurants – Cape Town and The Cape Winelands, South Africa

New Cape Restaurants – Cape Town and The Cape Winelands, South Africa

This section aims to be an update of new restaurants that I have tried or want to try in Cape Town and the surrounding wine regions.  It is not intended to be an exhaustive list – merely a list of what looks really exciting for this season.  We are blessed to live in Cape Town, a creative hub where new restaurants open all the time.  As such our aim is to keep working our way through the exciting offerings in our city! Note that this section is divided into two sections – the first section covers new restaurants in Cape Town and the second covers new restaurants in the Cape Winelands – simply scroll down to see this part.

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town & the winelands for Summer 2017

There are an overwhelming amount of restaurants in the Cape – so to cut through the clutter,  I am going to do a short list of the newest and hottest at the moment i.e. the list of the ones the locals are desperately trying to go out and try at the moment!  I will then do a longer more complete list further down!   So keep scrolling!  The second list will also keep a few that are a little older in order to inspire you in case you have not made it to these gems this year!

  1. Chefs Table Cape Town – Shared social table for dinner in the home of a top Chef.   Chef Santi Louzán has opened his inner city apartment for dinners on a Wednesday & Thursday night.   The concept is a table of 16 that people come and share and have dinner prepared and plated in front of them.   Chef Santi acts as host and explains his inspiration behind each dish.   It is 7 courses paired with 5 wines for R850 per person.   We loved every second of our dinner with the charismatic Chef Santi.   To get a feel for our experience – check out my blog.    I have a feeling that this one is going to become a huge success – my advice would be to book early as they are going to fill up fast!  Note that the table can be booked for exclusive use on other nights – subject to Chef Santi’s availability.
  2. SeaBreeze Fish & Shell – Great new addition to Upper Bree Street.   Seafood – fresh and simple!  This is owned by a couple who owned a seafood restaurant in a fishing harbour near Aberdeen in Scotland.   They sold their restaurant in Aberdeen, came on a sabbatical to Cape Town and fell in love with our city…..and stayed!   They aim to serve the freshest seafood in town – and are happy to reprint the menu a few times a day when new fish comes in.   They also have the best oysters in town.   Head to them for oysters and champers in the early evening at the long table on the pavement.   It has a festive atmosphere and is a great gathering spot.   Their happy hour is R10 per shuck from 5 to 6pm – so don’t miss it! (The happy hour is also over lunchtime for oysters)
  3. The Sunnyside Inn – located in the old Rafiki’s spot on Kloof Nek Rd –  the team behind the successful Power & The Glory and Hallelujah have launched a new spot called The Sunnyside Inn.   The concept is old world hotel style fine dining – dishes to share among the family – uncomplicated and by a top creative chef.   Loved our evening here!  Simple,  stylish  and delicious. Cost R350 per person for a set three course menu.   There are vegetarian options.
  4. The Granary at the Silo Hotel – The Silo Hotel has opened in the new arts precinct of the V&A Waterfront.   The hotel is literally built in the old grain storage silo on the Clock Tower side of the Waterfront.    The architecture is jaw dropping.  The Hotel shares space with new Zeitz Mocaa Contemporary Art Gallery.   There are a couple of options at the Silo Hotel – you can head up to the bar for a drink, or you can book for a light lunch up on the rooftop (you must book well in advance for this as a limited number of outsiders are allowed up there per day) or you can book for lunch or dinner at The Granary.   The Granary has been getting mixed reviews from people visiting to try it out!   I hope it settles down and find consistency as it is a mind blowing location for a meal!   We have not tried it yet.   We loved our lunch on the roof top – simple – delicious and boasting the best views in Cape Town.   I would highly recommend a reservation at the Silo and to combine it with a visit to the Zeitz.    The architecture of the new gallery is mind blowing – the have literally done a diagonal cut in the old silos from the inside.
  5. Janse & Co – hottest new opening coming for summer in Cape Town – Chef Arno Janse (Chef from Maison in Franschhoek), in partnership with Liezl Odendaal, is opening a restaurant in Kloof Street just above the city in December 2017.   Expect the best fresh ingredients that are seasonal and locally sourced prepared with love and passion!   75 Kloof Street
  6. Roast & Co – new opening by HQ – HQ does steak and Roast & Co does chicken and sides.   Simple offering – sexy courtyard on Heritage Square.   It will be fun in the festive courtyard in 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, Cape Town City Bowl
  7. 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 into my body!)
  8. 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!
  9. Lily’s – fabulous new relaxed eatery in Greenpoint – sea views, contemporary light decor, lovely staff – this is going to be the new favourite spot for summer in Cape Town!   Vibey and fun – we loved our visit!
  10. Homage 1862 – wonderful new spot – gorgeous eclectic decor.   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!   Fabulous new addition to the offerings on Loop Street in the city.
  11. Thali by top Chef Liam Tomlin is an Indian Tapas Restaurant.   As per his signature Chefs Warehouse – he will not be taking bookings – so you will have to stalk it for a table!   Find them at 3 Park Rd, Gardens (close to the Fat Cactus!). Concept Indian tapas for 2 with 8 dishes to share for R650 (note no choices) I loved this experience.   Highly recommended!   Note they also have a vegetarian and vegan menu option.
  12. Chefs Warehouse at Maison in Franschhoek is set to open 1 December 2017.   Chefs Warehouse will replace the current restaurant called the Kitchen at Maison on Maison Estate as the head Chef Arno Janse is moving on to open his own spot called Janse & Co.   I have linked this to Maison Estate’s webpage – which does not have the updated restaurant info on it yet.   Note that the concept is 8 gourmet tapas style dishes for two people to share – no selection – you get what the kitchen is inspired to prepare.   They can handle vegetarians – but need advance warning!  I think they will take bookings – but we will have to wait and see!
  13. Le Coin Francais – by talented Chef Darren Badenhorst – Newest spot to open in Franschhoek – From their website – The newest edition to the Franschhoek scene is a restaurant really and truly for Franschhoek. Both in concept and in name, the aptly named “Le coin Français” , which literally means Franschhoek, will embody the essence of the valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine. It will feature cutting edge methods meeting time tested French elegance in cuisine, a carefully selected locally themed wine list to showcase the best local wines, a French sommeliers selection, and an ever evolving collaboration of art in the theme of photography.  I popped in to have a look – gorgeous decor – it simply feels grand as you walk in, with wonderful attention to detail and decor.  They are currently open for dinner – choice between a 6 or 8 course tasting menu which can be done with our without wine pairing.   This looks really good!
  14. Marigold in Franschhoek – Great to have Chef Vanie Padayachee back in the Franschhoek Valley to launch Marigold a North Indian Cuisine restaurant owned by Mr Singh of the Leeu Collection.   I cannot wait to try this one out – I have heard great reports!
  15. La Petite Colombe – has opened a fine dining restaurant at Le Quartier Franscais Hotel in Franschhoek.   This is the sister restaurant of La Colombe – as such expect fine dining tasting menus.   Expensive – but talented Chefs – so worth the investment if you are here and holidaying on US dollars or pounds!   For locals – perhaps wait for the winter specials!
  16. Spek & Bone – this is my favourite thing for this summer!   I am in LOVE with Spek & Bone. This is the new chilled offspring from the renowned local Chef Bertus Basson.   It is a simple concept – take a lovely hidden courtyard in the oldest part of Stellenbosch Town and create a chilled wine bar with delicious shared plate dishes.   This is the perfect spot for an afternoon with friends.
  17. Duncan Doherty is apparently opening a restaurant on Colmant Estate in Franschhoek

New Cape Town Restaurants (and a few that are not so new – but worth not missing!):

This section contains some that you may not have tried – so it is keeping the ones that are fairly new and those that are still new enough to be hot and must try spots!

  1. Bree Street has been the hot spot for restaurant openings 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 the “go to” area to explore.   With the continued large number of openings and the hype and buzz on Bree Street – the rentals have been increasing exponentially.   The only cheaper rental space was left at the lower part of Bree, in the business district.   As such you will see that the latest crop of openings has been concentrated on that end.   However as this new “lower Bree hub” is now also exploding,  rentals are steeply increasing down there too!   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:
    • #upperbree: Not so new – but not to be missed – artisan bacon at Bacon on Bree, artisan Cheese at Culture Club Cheese
    • Primal Eatery – actually just above Bree Street! It is a new meaty spot – as the name suggests!  They have taken the old Charcoal Dining spot just above the top of Bree Street in New Church Rd and revamped it.   Glam decor.   Starters were really good – we had the octopus – beautifully plated and a taste sensation.   The steak was very plain and simply plated with a tiny bit of decor.   Definitely not an inspiring dish to order.   However the pork neck was delicious and beautifully plated with a whole range of interesting items around it – and it was delicious.
    • The Hungry Herbivore – just off Bree – a great vegan venue.   Sexy decor and great food.   They are open for lunch and breakfast and have just started with dinners from Thursday to Saturday nights.   Well worth going.   Great to see an explosion of vegan places in Cape Town!!!  This is chef owned – Amy is passionate and a really warm and welcoming host.   Open for lunches & dinner. 11 Orphan Street
    • 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)
    • #middlebree – not so new but really awesome – Charango – great funky decor featuring a mural of one of South Africa’s top street artists – Faith47.   Fabulous chef – Peruvian cuisine – hip and delicious – I would highly recommend it.   Don’t miss the pisco sours.   Other legends in this part of Bree are: Clarke’s for burgers & hipsters & a NEW back part for pizza,    La Parada – Spanish vibey tapas bar – perfect for drinks before or after dinner or a snack as you work your way up and down the strip!
    • Mink & Trout – this is a revamp of the old Birds Cafe – so same owner/chefs.   Looking gorgeous and wonderful food as Kevin is a really good chef!
    • Bowls on BreeNEW October 2017 – fabulous bowls of freshness!   They look inviting and delicious and definitely very very healthy!
    • Ash Charcoal Dining– Just a small detour off Bree Street is Ash Charcoal Dining.  This spot was originally a joint venture between Franky Fenner Meat Market and the Publik Wine guru Guys who were sharing a retail space – with a fabulous chef called Ash who is now serving their meat and their wine with wonderfully cooked meat.   Great contemporary decor – wonderfully prepared meat – it is a great space and a great combo – I would highly recommend a visit.  Note Franky Fenner is no longer part of the consortium – as a result there is more balance on the menu in terms of non-meat dishes.   However there is still great meat to be had here!  81 Church Street – small detour off Bree – across the road from Love Thy Neighbour.
    • Jarryd’sNEW – 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 NEW –  fab hole in the wall tiny taqueria.   This looks fun – I can’t wait to try it out!  120 Bree Street
    • Gate 69 – a fab  new revue bar theatre – glam and burlesque – tickets include dinner.   This looks well worth trying out!!!  Current cost R550 per person for the show and dinner.
    • Love thy Neighbour – another name change!  This one was &Union and then Biergarten and now it is Love Thy Neighbour!  Now open for lunch and Dinner – serving funky looking 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.
    • La Tête – Nose to tail restaurant by Chef Giles Edwards.  La Tete opened on lower Lower Bree Street in the city about a year ago 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
  2. Loop Street is the next new 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:
    • 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.
    • Classique Art Cafe – art, classical music and wonderfully warm welcoming decor – love the decor- stylish and comfortable!   They are doing breakfast and lunch and music and dinner on a Friday evening.  179 Loop Street.
    • Homage 1862 –  wonderful new addition to Loop Street!  It is all about freshness and flavour.   Gorgeous old building.
    • House of H  –  112 Loop Street – loud, fun, funky combo of fresh eatery, with a barber,tattoo parlour and bar in one spot.    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.
    • Yours Truly – 63 Loop Street – I love Yours Truly!   This is a fun bar and cafe with a great simple menu – where there is such attention to getting the right bread, parma hams and ingredients that everything is delicious and really inexpensive.   During the day they function as a coffee bar & light eatery with a vibe and at night the Loop Street and Kloof street venues turn into bars.   They attract a young hip and quirky crowd.  Both venues are festive and fun with staff that have a great energy and vibe.   The Loop Street venue is in a gorgeous Victorian building.   The Kloof Street venue is in front of a back packers and in the evening they have a fun bar until 10pm that is located upstairs – it is called Up Yours.   If you want to find summer fun in Cape Town – head for a drink at Up Yours – it is great for people watching, cocktails in jars and pizza in the evening.
    • The Village Idiot – 32 Loop Street – fun upmarket gastro pub – open in the evenings during the week & for lunch and dinner on Saturdays.
    • Bar Dough by Jason has shut down on Loop Street – they are in the process of opening in Greenpoint – close to Giovanni’s
  3. Long Street now has more of a grungy feel and is attracting the youngsters.   There are however some legendary eating spots on the strip – such as South China Dim Sum.   Newest openings include:
    • 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!
  4. Shortmarket Street is home to some funky spots that have been opening there.  These include:
    • 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.  They have launched a secret doorway in the venue that opens at 4pm.   …..find the lights with the sausages – and you will have found The Sneaky Sausage.  84 Shortmarket Street.
    • 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.
  5. St George’s Mall area – this is also a new hub of fun and fantastic offerings!  This is on the pedestrianized zone in the middle of the city – and a few spots close to it!
    • Free From EateryNEW –  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.   As such be patient – everyone is being trained!   Opened October 2017.   We loved our visit to Free From.   Chef Miles is hands on and a wonderfully welcoming host!  Expect 100 degrees of passion!
    • ka pa tée – NEW – Woweeeeeeee!  This spot is gorgeous.   Gorgeous decor.  Gorgeous items on sale.   Gorgeous tea’s  – and this is coming from a non-tea drinker.   I was blown away.   We met and chatted with the owner Bruno.   Bruno and his staff are very serious about tea.   They have been gathering tea from far and wide and have an amazing section of black, white, green, matcha and blends.   There is a great ceremony to making the tea with an amazing infuser – so when you order head to the counter to watch it being made.   Bruno will soon have an online store – so once you have tasted and fallen in love with the tea you will be able to order and have your tea delivered.   They also have the most wonderful assortment of healthy cakes – seriously healthy – most are gluten and sugar free.   All the cakes were amazing as were the teas.   I loved the energy of the space and of Bruno and his staff.   I could happily spend hours settled into his spot.   The location is just off St George’s mall in Church Street.   Walk down Church Street towards Adderley and you will find it on your right.
    • Locali – wonderful little local spot where everything is literally local!   The wood used for the tables is local.   The coffee beans are grown in Natal and the tea is locally grown Rooibos tea.   It is a simple concept – pop in for coffee and tea and enjoy their amazing crepe cakes.   The cakes are literally made with lots and lots of layers of crepes.  They are interesting as they have not made them too sweet.   They also offer a delicious pretzel roll with a variety of fillings.   The pretzels are made by a local lady in Cape Town. This spot is beautiful – great decor and space to sit inside or outside on St George’s Mall – which is a quiet pedestrianized zone in Cape Town
    • Hokey Poke – if you fancy a bowl of freshness – head to this little side street just off St George’s mall to experience the Hawaiian Poke bowls.   It is literally a hole in the wall spot – note it is in the same street as Ka Pa Tee – which is an insanely good tea bar – so pop in for tea after your poke!
  6. Church Square Area Cape Town – this is a very new little hub of restaurants that are opening on the fringe of the city behind the oldest Church/Slave Lodge area:
    • Kleinsky’sNEW – 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.
    • Manga – NEW –  The second branch of Manga Cafe – from Mouille Point – has opened next door to Kleinsky’s on Church Square – great Japanese comic book decor and fresh Asian Eatery.  Quirky and cute spot.   We headed to try the sushi.   The first sushi dish we had was a complete taste sensation.   Sadly they put what tastes like a balsamic reduction on all their sushi – as such all the sushi dishes that followed all tasted the same.   We could not taste the difference between the tuna and the salmon.   Saying that – we enjoyed our visit – quirky little spot.   Loved the decor.
  7. Just Above the City:
    • 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!
    • Yard Cape Town – who are legendary for their quirky decor and burgers – have now started making Pizzas and cocktails.   Be careful as the guys in the Waterfront have chosen to launch a restaurant by the same name.   These guys are on the edge of the city – NOT the Waterfront!
    • The Sorrows Bar & Eatery – this is a great spot to head for drinks or to drown your sorrows after a long day!   It is brought to us by Daniel Holland who owns YoursTruly in collaboration with his friend James Louw.   The decor is gorgeous.   The food offering is fun and meant to have a tongue in cheek element of fun to it.  Open pretty much Tuesday to Saturday during the day and night.   On Monday it is closed in the evening.  16 Kloof Nek Road
  8. De Waterkant:
    • 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.
  9. Greenpoint:
    • Jason Bakery is set to open a second branch in Greenpoint near Giovanni’s in December.   BarDough in lower Loop Street has closed down.  Set to open December 2017
  10. 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 loving Jarryd’s and Kleinsky’s.   Note that Jarryd’s is now open for dinner
  11. Nooka Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe – Another vegetarian restaurant for Cape Town – looks lovely!  20 Roeland Street.   Open Mon to Sat for breakfast and lunch.
  12. 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 2017.   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  – a move away from his signature – No Bookings Taken!

New in the Cape Winelands

  1. Le Coin Francais – by talented Chef Darren Badenhorst – Newest spot to open in Franschhoek – From their website – The newest edition to the Franschhoek scene is a restaurant really and truly for Franschhoek. Both in concept and in name, the aptly named “Le coin Français” , which literally means Franschhoek, will embody the essence of the valley in heritage, cuisine, art and wine. It will feature cutting edge methods meeting time tested French elegance in cuisine, a carefully selected locally themed wine list to showcase the best local wines, a French sommeliers selection, and an ever evolving collaboration of art in the theme of photography.  I popped in to have a look – gorgeous decor – it simply feels grand as you walk in, with wonderful attention to detail and decor.  They are currently open for dinner – choice between a 6 or 8 course tasting menu which can be done with our without wine pairing.   This looks really good!
  2. Chef’s Warehouse at Maison – set to open on Maison Wine Estate in December 2017.   Famous Chef Liam Tomlin’s signature 8 tapas style dishes to share between two people
  3. Marigold in Franschhoek – Great to have Chef Vanie Padayachee back in the Franschhoek Valley to launch Marigold a North Indian Cuisine restaurant owned by Mr Singh of the Leeu Collection.   I cannot wait to try this one out – I have heard great reports!
  4. La Petite Colombe – has opened a fine dining restaurant at Le Quartier Franscais Hotel in Franschhoek.   This is the sister restaurant of La Colombe – as such expect fine dining tasting menus.   Expensive – but talented Chefs – so worth the investment if you are here and holidaying on US dollars or pounds!   For locals – perhaps wait for the winter specials!
  5. Spek & Bone – this is my favourite thing for this summer!   I am in LOVE with Spek & Bone. This is the new chilled offspring from the renowned local Chef Bertus Basson.   It is a simple concept – take a lovely hidden courtyard in the oldest part of Stellenbosch Town and create a chilled wine bar with delicious shared plate dishes.   This is the perfect spot for an afternoon with friends.   Note closed on a Sunday.   Otherwise open for lunch and dinner.   Tip – don’t miss the peppermint crisp ice cream cone at the end – for any South African it brings back happy childhood memories.   Note – if you are into wine – this is the spot for you to head for – the wine list is insanely good.   Lots of smaller unknown wines.  For foodies – this is a culinary journey and a feast – order everything on the menu to share and make sure you spend the whole afternoon so that you can taste everything!
  6. The Village Table BistroSeven Sisters Vineyards in Stellenbosch – this one looks like a gem and one I definitely want to try out.   The sisters come from Paternoster and had a difficult life.   Their Dad lost his job, they lost their home and were split up.   They have come together to buy and build their winery together.   The menu has some wonderful local dishes on it and the restaurant looks welcoming and cozy.   They proudly serve only their own and black owned wines!   They are located just off the Annandale Road – close to Spier!
  7. The Bistro at La Paris Estate – this is a new bistro that has opened on the La Paris Wine Estates in Franschhoek.   It is located near the Groot Drakenstein Prison (where Nelson Mandela was released from).
  8. Reubens – Chef Reuben has moved to a new spot – he has bought his own building and has opened a fresh new restaurant in Franschhoek – just off the main drag.   The new venue is fresh and gorgeous – this will definitely be worth a try when I am next in Franschhoek!
  9. Hoghouse Brewing Company at Spier Wine Estate – I love this spot!!!  Simple concept – everything is cooked on the smoker.   You chose a variety of meats and sides to share and sit and have a feast!   A combo of a micro brewery and a top Chef – simple and delicious.   Beer & meat = happiness!  It is located on Spier wine estate.   They have a lovely large terrace under the oak trees.   This is the perfect spot for an afternoon of relaxation with a group of friends.
  10. The Deck at Hidden Valley – Newest offering by top South African Chef Bertus Basson – this is a very simple offering – a burger or fish and chips.    No bookings taken.  Fantastic venue – a deck overlooking the dam at Hidden Valley Wine Estate, on top of a mountain, with a sweeping view of the valley below.   We loved our visit to try it out.   Portion sizes are large – so we shared a portion of fish and chips.   This is traditional style deep fried Hake fish in the most wonderful light batter.   It was delicious.   The wines by the glass were limited to Deck White and Deck red – which were designed to go with the burger and the chips.   There were more options by the bottle.   I found the wine offering restrictive for a wine estate as I would happily have paid more to have had the option of tasting some of the estates top wines!  Note there is no inside seating – as such this is a great fair weather option!
  11. Faber at Avondale – in the Paarl Winelands Region.   This stays on the list as it is still a hot new opening for the Cape Winelands – top chef Eric Bulpitt in partnership with Avondale Wine Estate……..plus I still have not been!
  12. Orangerie at Le Lude Champers estate – fabulous small restaurant next to the new tasting room at Le Lude Estate.   Small conservatory style with wonderful light and small outside area.   This is a family owned estate – one daughter did the gorgeous decor and the other daughter cooks.   One can either do a tapas style platter with the champers tasting or stay for lunch at the Orangerie. Small delicious sounding menu!    Tip – this estate is walking distance from the centre of Franschhoek (15 minutes).  To book call +27 87 754 9925
  13. Foliage – Not so new anymore – but wonderful and not to be missed!  Chef Chris Erasmus has left La Motte and opened his own spot on the main road of Franschhoek.  The theme is to forage in the mountains for ingredients and to play with local ingredients.  As such the menu is short and will change regularly!  Chef Chris is full of passionate and great fun to chat to!!  Location- on the main road in Franschhoek opposite Le Quartier Franscais – 11 Hugeuenot Rd. Tel – 021 876 2328  Closed Tuesdays – open for lunch on all other days!  Closed for dinner Tues/Sunday night!