New Cape Restaurants – Cape Town & 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.

New Cape Town Restaurants:

  1. Bistro Bouchon – One of my favourite new openings in Cape Town.   It is located inside the wine cellar of Christophe Durand’s Dorrance inner city winery.   The bistro is a joint venture between Christophe and Faisal Khakoo of La Boheme Bistro & Wine Bar and Engruna Eatery.   Expect a relaxed, warm and intimate feel inside the cellar and food to match – a seasonal list of tapas to chose from plus a couple of main dishes.   It is most fun to order a whole lot of tapas to share and a few bottles of wine! Christophe’s Dorrance wines are on offer by the glass or by the bottle.   He is a self taught wine maker who is now producing serious wines – his chardonnay this year was awarded 5* in the John Platters guide.   He is also importing foreign wines – as such each week there is a selection of foreign wines available by the glass – this is exciting to us locals as we get very limited exposure to foreign wines!  Bouchon is currently only open at night from Monday to Friday.   Tip:  Dorrance Winery offers tastings of their wines during the day – so pop in for a tasting if you are in the city!  Tip 2 – if you have a special occasion with a small group of friends – book to be inside the cellar next to the barrels – it creates a great private space!   Tip 3 – Don’t arrive without a booking – they have been hugely popular since they launched!  Address – 95 Hout Street, City Bowl
  2. 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 quirk 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:
    • Sexy Food –  #upperbree –
    • Little Saint – #upperbree
    • IYO Burgers – #middlebree
    • Space Upstairs – #middlebree
    • Max’s Bagels – #middlebree
    • Frankly Fenner – new restaurant coming in the space where the butchery & Public were.
    • Dapper Coffee Club and Club 9 – #lowerbree
    • Villa 47 – #lowerbree
    • Ravish – #lowerbree
    • Folk Coffee Anthropology – #lowerbree
    • Mac Deli – #lowerbree
  3. Mulberry & Prince – just off Bree Street in Pepper Street
  4. Loop Street is the next new hub in Cape Town – definitely 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:
    • Yours Truly
    • Jason Bakery
    • 91 Loop Boutique Hostel
    • Velvet Cake Co
    • Malay Coffee Company – 214 Loop Street
  5. Long Street now has more of a grungy feel and is attracting the youngsters.   Recent opening here include the Beuna Vista Social Cafe.
  6. Raya Kitchen By Kitima
  7. Yumcious by Jenny Morris
  8. The Shortmarket Club – opening next month
  9. Seapoint also has loads of new spots that have opened:
    • Baked Bistro
    • Sundoo Indian Tapas Bar
    • Crumbs and Cream
    • Maggie’s Cafe Dog Friendly Restaurant and Bar
  10. Nooka Vegetarian Restaurant and Cafe
  11. Lucky Bao Asian Restaurant – Hout Bay – new spot by Chef Cheyne Morrisby – offers guests the chance to feast on Asian Street Food.
  12. El Buro Taqueria
  13. Reverie Social Table – launched on 1 October 2015 – a great new concept of a table d’hôte restaurant.   It is simply a table of 18 people, you book your seat, come and meet others and enjoy a 5 course meal paired with 5 wines by a fabulously talented chef.   To read more on this and see some pics check out my blog on them.  Open for lunch for a simple meal of the day, open for coffee anytime during the day and open for dinner everyday except Sunday.  Verdict:  We loved our visit!  Great decor, great interaction with the chef, wonderful dinner and a great spot to relax and simply enjoy the evening.    This is a great spot to meet and interact with others or book it as a private venue for a special occasion.   To book head to their website – there is live availability or on the day call Chef Julia on 079 060 6971 (bookings online close the day before.)
  14. Charango –   A gorgeous funkily decorated upmarket Peruvian inspired grill has opened in Bree Street……..continuing the trend of funky eateries all opening in the Bree Street hood of the city.  I love the decor and the inclusion of a gorgeous wall mural by one of South Africa’s top street artists – Faith47.  The menu has been created by the talented Kieran Whyte, and offers some delicious options that indeed to offer a wonderful taste journey – your waiter takes you through all the options.   I found the service really good and there were enough options to suit those with adventurous and unadventurous palates!  The restaurant is sexy, slick, beautiful and a definite great serious foodie addition to the strip.  No website that I can find – but a well set up Facebook page that can also be used for bookings.   114 Bree Street.  Tel 021 422 0757
  15. Open Door – on Constantia Uitsig Estate, Constantia, has taken the place of the River Cafe on the estate.   It is the newest venture of Neil Grant (Burrata/Bocca Restaurants) and Chef Annamarie (ex Le Quartier Franscais).   The Constantia Uitsig Estate has new owners who closed down the established restaurants on the estate – La Colombe/Uitsig/River Cafe.  The new Open Door is beautifully decorated inside.   The main courtyard which was everyones favourite spot to dine at the old River Cafe has been changed into more of a lounge feel where you can do drinks/coffees/cakes only.   We sat on the new deck on the far side of the restaurant which overlooks the car park and the new cycle track for the kids (great cycle track!).   This deck feels like it has not been finished yet as there is very little decor.   I feel this was a little short sighted as summer is coming and no one is going to want to sit inside to dine in summer.   I completely understand though that with a new spot you need to recoup some of the initial investment before you can keep going on decor!   We were there on one of our first warm spring days and barely anyone was sitting inside.   We had a really lovely lunch – the menu is small and done on the day.    We went for the burger – which was one of the best I have ever had in Cape Town.   What else would one expect when you have a fabulous team in the kitchen!   We had good service, great food and sunshine.   A perfect combination.   I found the wine list expensive – with high mark ups – but saying that – the wine list was excellent with a great assortment of wines (well……..the owner is a sommelier!!).   Open daily for lunch and Mon – Sat for dinner.  To, (021) 794 3010
  16. Chefs Warehouse and Canteen – This is still my absolute favourite thing in Cape Town – so it is staying on the list – just in case some visitors to the city have not discovered it yet!  It must be included on your visit if you are a foodie!  The Canteen does not take bookings and has a really simple offering of tapas to share for 2 people.  You get 8 fantastic taster portions of creativity to share.  The great thing for the kitchen is that they can play and come up with delicious dishes and flavour combinations that quite simply rock the rhubarb!  This spot is home to a great Irish Chef called Liam Tomlin.  For many years Liam had a Michelin starred restaurant in Australia before deciding to change his life by opening a cooking school in Cape Town.  In the last few months – they moved venues and have moved away from the cooking school concept and started the Canteen business, a deli and fabulous cooking utensils shop plus a funky concept called Street Food.  Street Food is located below the Chefs Warehouse in a small little space with low ceilings and aims to cater for the lunch market who want funky street style dishes that are ready to either go with them – or you can sit and munch at the counter there.  Love the street food concept too! Location: Corner Bree Street & Shortmarket Street.  The Chefs Warehouse Canteen is open Mon – Sat for lunch & Monday to Friday for dinner until 10pm (NOTE THAT LAST ORDERS ARE TAKEN AT 8PM – so you need to get there early to secure a space for dinner.   I would recommend arriving at 17h30! If you get there later – they add your name to the list – you head off for a drink and come back when they phone you). No bookings taken and fab for people watching from the outside terrace
  17. Chalk & Cork – It is fantastic to have a new wine bar in Cape Town!  The plan here is to have an interesting combo of local boutique wines on the menu (which will change regularly) and a yummy range of Spanish style tapas, as well as pizza’s as they inherited a pizza oven when they took the spot.  We loved our visit to Chalk & Cork – great wine knowledge, passion, delicious tapas, great thin based pizza and a fabulous courtyard for summer.   We plan on being regulars there this summer!  Location:  51 Kloof Street (just above the city).  Open Mon – Wed 9am – 6pm, Wed – Sat 9am – 10pm.  Closed Sundays.  Tel+27 (0)21 422 5822
  18. The Local Grill and The Woodstock Brewery –  This is a great combo of a craft brewery and a great steak house in a fabulously renovated building in Woodstock  (fringe area near the city).  Tip:  you can pre-book for a brewery tour and a kitchen tour to see where the meat comes from and hear about how they age the meat.  Contact Andre who owns the Brewery and has a share in the Local Grill to organize your tours!   252 Albert Rd, Woodstock.  Tel no 021-447 0934
  19. The Taproom at Devils Peak Brewery – is there “in brewery” restaurant.  I loved our visit.  This is a chilled out pub atmosphere.   Some of the dishes on offer are chef David Walker’s unique bite-sized Cheese Burger, his legendary Pulled Pork Sandwich, Prawn Pasta, Reubens Sandwich, Vegetarian Pizza and Beer-battered Fish and Chips.  They are also doing a 5 beer food pairing for a R100 that looks like great fun plus a beer tasting line up where you can taste small amounts of all of the beers.  My feeling is that the food is more suited to a lunch then to a dinner.  The Tap Room restaurant is inside the working brewery.  When you book for a meal, you can also book for a  tour of the brewery.    Hours: Tue-Sat, 12 til 10 (kitchen), Sat 11-6 Address: 95 Durham Ave, Salt River Phone:+27 21 200 5818
  20. Carne Bistro – I am in love with the new baby sister restaurant of Giorgio Nava’s Carne Restaurant in town.  This one is located in the Kloof Street “hood” above town.  it has taken the premises of Cafe Milano.  For those of you who have not eaten at Carne – it is all about the meat!  Great great meat!  Well actually it is all about the steak.  All sorts of cuts of steak.  They bring them out to explain the cuts to you on a platter (leave the vegetarian friends at home!).  The staff are infectiously passionate about the meat they are telling you about and will have you really excited about your upcoming meal.  Carne Bistro is stylish and relaxed.  I loved the fact that the terrace is big and you are sitting on vibey Kloof Street.  I loved the decor, the insane cut of steak I had on the bone (something close to rib eye), the vibe, the passionate waiter we had and the people watching!  I think this is the perfect summer steak house!!  TIP – they are open on a Monday night (yes – it is hard to find great places to eat in Cape Town on a Monday night!).  Open for lunch & dinner.  Closed on Sundays.  It is recommended to put a booking in for this spot as the locals are already in love with it.  Tel 021 – 426 5566
  21. Weinhuis & Biergarten –  Formerly known as & Union  is now under new ownership by Jason from Jason’s & renamed as Weinhuis & Biergarten………truly exciting as the man is an amazing chef and his bakery has a cult following)- This is a great little quirky spot where you can try lesser known boutique wines plus the craft beer produced by And Union Brewers. In addition they have quirky delicious light meals and snacks (the dishes may be simple – the flavours are however insanely good and there is a strong foodie following!  Jason has already added some new additions to the menu). Simply arrive and ask to join one of the tables outside. Note you cannot book – you simply arrive! This is a great spot to come and relax and to meet locals as you end up sharing tables. Most of the seating space is outdoors – so to me this is an ideal summer spot! 110 Bree Street – City bowl -021 422 2770 Closed Sun & Mon. Open: Tues, Wed, Thur, Sat: 15:00 to 24:00. Fri: 12:00 to 24:00
  22. Hallelujah – Funky quirky hole in the wall with Asian inspired dishes – which do include noodley delights and awe inspiring steamed buns!  But not exclusively so!  You need to book as the place is so small.  Every morsel is a taste sensation and to experience the menu properly it is fun to share all the dishes here. Kloof Nek Rd (just above the city) 079 839 2505  Note: You can only book a table for 4 or 6 people – if you are 2 people – simply rock up and try for space at the counter!  Open Wed – Sat for dinner only!
  23. The Dining Room – This is Karen Dudley of The Kitchen’s new restaurant.  Here there are no options – simply arrive for breakfast or lunch (Mon – Fri) or Dinner (Thursday night) and allow her to feed you in a grand old dining room space.   Karen Dudley is the culinary goddess to everything that is fresh and delicious – I loved our visit here!  The decor is quirky, it feels like you are using Granny’s crockery and are dining in a large home!  Verdict: Fabulous and intimate! Well worth booking! 117 Sir Lowry Road | Woodstock | Cape Town | +27 (0) 82 710 5824
  24. Black Sheep – This is a great addition to Cape Town – finally a proper gourmet gastropub with a great vibe!  This spot is buzzy and well worth booking for with a group of mates for a really fun evening out.  104 Kloof Street Tel no+27 (021) 426 2661 / 426 2753
  25. True Italic – lower Bree Street – Italian Art Cafe/Bistro – this is my new favourite chilled spot in Cape Town.  It is an Italian brother and sister duo who are infectiously passionate about their venture.  The brother cooks and the passionate sister does front of house.  They change the menu daily based on what is fresh.  They are making their own pasta and gnocchi and also are selling it in their deli section.  It is a combo of Northern Italian and Sicilian fare.  One parent was from the north and one from the south.  This is all about creativity and passion and delicious flavour sensations.  To enjoy the range of flavours I would recommend ordering a couple of dishes to share.  Note that if nothing appeals to you on the day or you have dietary requirements they have no problem whipping up a dish to suit your tastes.  #amazingitalianfoodcapetown  I would recommend going at night as the venue may be a little dark during the day.  Location – lower (15) Bree Street. +27 21 418 7655  Note closed on Sundays and close early evening on a Monday – otherwise open until 10pm weekdays and 11pm Saturday night.
  26. Bocca – sister restaurant of Burrata in Woodstock – this brand new spot aims to be more chilled then the sister restaurant – as such it offers a more chilled menu ……..Italian style thin pizza’s baked in an oven brought in from Naples and placed on the pavement.   Comboed with craft beer.  I have now been twice try it out – the launch menu is much wider then just pizza’s!  On the 1st visit I had the pizza, which was unusual and interesting and I loved it!  The bases differ in consistency from any I have ever had – they are thin – but not crisp.  It was delicious.  The pizza’s offer great value for money, our starter however did not.  We had two bruchetta to start with beans – literally two slices of bread – and for what it was it was pricey!  On occasion two I had the pasta with Italian sausage.  Small small portion flat on a dinner plate – pricey and I was still hungry!  To contrast the portion of pork belly was extremely large and well priced – I reckon that having that to share with some of their salads would be a great way to go!  It was delicious!  Verdict: Great vibey spot, wait a few months as it is the “in” spot for Cape Town, awesome decor and well worth visiting.  Note they do NOT take bookings – arrive – put your name down and have a drink at the bar  Location – corner Bree and Wale Street.  Tel no 021 422-0188  Open Mon – Sat lunch and dinner.
  • The Butcher Shop and Grill has just opened in Greenpoint – next to Sotano on the seafront.  This is the Joburg steak house guys from Sandton Square.   They are on my list to try out – so I will report back!125 Beach Road, Mouille point, Cape Town
    Tel  +2721 434 0813

New in the Cape Winelands

  1. 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
  2. Foliage – This is the most exciting new restaurant opening this season!  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!  I cannot wait to go and play there – 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!
  3. Bistro 13  a wonderful bistro that has opened just opened (Sept 2014) on Welmoed Wine Estate in Stellenbosch.   It has a lovely relaxed country style setting.  The dishes are beautifully plated and combine wonderful flavours.  We loved our long long lunch there with family and friends!  Open for lunch Tues – Sunday and dinner Wed – Sat.  They offer a dinner tasting menu of 10 courses for only R280!  This looks like a fun option to try! Welmoed Estate, R310 Baden Powell, Stellenbosch | tel: 021 881 3044 |
  4. Schoon de Companje – this spot started life as a small artisanal bakery called De Oude Bank Bakkerij in 2010 with a coffee machine.  It has recently become a little artisanal hub with the bakery, lots of tables for lunches and coffees, an artisan coffee bean roasting section, a fabulous meat counter where you can shop to take things home, a small fresh produce section and lots of yummy condiments on the shelves to buy to take home……..but make sure you do NOT leave without buying Fritz’s olive sticks – they rock.  This is a fab relaxed foodie setting where all the dishes revolve around the artisan bread being made in the shop.  This is a buzzy fun relaxed spot which is fab to simply sit and people watch while having funky sandwiches.  I love it – do not miss it if you are anywhere near Stellenbosch town for lunch!  Address: Corner of Bird and Church Street Stellenbosch.  Open Tues – Sat 07.30am – 7pm, Sun 8am to 3pm. Tel 021 883 21 87
  5. Ryan’s Kitchen – this is a small fine dining establishment with a focus on incorporating local flavours into many of the dishes. It had to relocate from Rusthof Guesthouse after is was sold and has recently opened up again closer to the entrance to Franschhoek village. Chef Ryan is a really talented chef and his dishes are beautifully plated with wonderful flavours. I would highly recommend trying out the new Ryan’s Kitchen. Open Monday to Sjaturday for lunch & dinner. Tel no 021-8764598 Address: 1, Place Vendome (it is a small shopping centre on your left hand side as you enter Franschhoek), Huguenot Road, Franschhoek. Cost: $$$-$$$$
  6. The Restaurant at Newton Johnson (Hermanus Wine Region) has replaced Heaven Restaurant at Newton Johnson Wine Estate.  This is an awesome venue with glass windows boasting gorgeous views of the vines below.  This is a new venture for Chef Eric Bulpitt who has left the Round House Restaurant in Cape Town.  His business partner is George Jardine of Jordan Restaurant.  George is regarded as one of South Africa’s top chefs and this restaurant looks like a great addition to the Hermanus wine region which is know as The Hemel en Aarde Valley (The Heaven on Earth Valley).  The restaurant opened on 1 October 2013 and has just been voted one of South Africa’s Top 10 restaurants in the recent Eat out Awards (Nov 2014).     To book- tel: 028-3123862 / cell: 072-9053947 / email:
  7. De Grendel Restaurant (Durbanville Winelands – about 20 minutes from Cape Town central) – I cannot recommend this highly enough – gob smacking views of Table Mountain and the city makes this one to make sure you get to for an early booking to see the sun set.  Combine this with a fine dining experience that is great value for money – R255 for 2 courses or R300 for 3 courses.  Some background on those behind the food: Diners sensing Michelin-star excellence on the palate will be spot-on as De Grendel Restaurant is a culinary collaboration between De Grendel and Crown Hotels and Restaurants who owns the Michelin starred The Crown at Whitebrook (voted 2011 Best Restaurants in Wales) and Celtic Manor. My verdict: Book immediately – this is a really special treat!! I am in love with this spot.  The dinner blew me away, as did the view, the dishes, the presenation and one of the nicest sauvignon blancs on the planet!   Info: Tel +27 21 558 7035.  Directions: Head out of Cape Town on the N1 Paarl direction, Leave the N1 at exit 18; continue left down the Plattekloof Road for another 5 km, De Grendel is on the right (it has its own traffic light and is signposted)
  8. The Rotisserie at Leopard’s Leap Wine Estate– Chef Pieter de Jager has moved across from Pierneef à La Motte to run The Rotisserie kitchen.   The concept is simple – they have imported Rotisserie equipment from France and will be doing chicken and pork in it.  This will be accompanied by a delicious array of funky seasonal salads which are prepared from their own gardens (Hanneli Rupert owns La Motte and Leopard’s leap).  The salads and the meats will be sold by weight.  This sounds fabulous to me as for a long time I have not been able to understand why everyone seems to want to serve only hot food in a valley that gets to over 40 degrees celcius in summer.  This promises to be a wonderful fresh feast!  Leopard’s Leap is on the left hand side on the R45 as you head into Franschhoek.  It will be open from 10am from Wednesday to Sunday Tel 021 876-8002.  Open Wed – Sunday for lunch.
  9. Camphor’s at Vergelegen Wine Estate – fine dining restaurant at Vergelegen – . Chef  PJ Vadis is moving on – we await an update on the replacement chef!


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