New Restaurants in Cape Town

New Restaurants in Cape Town

Dahlia on Regent – now our city’s first hand pulled Noodle bar!

This is fabulous Chef Damian (Damo) Dafel’s first restaurant.

Jan 2021 STATUS:  OPEN.

Damien realized early on in the lock down that his concept was going to be too expensive to carry through in the “new post Corona period”   He has been testing what would work with Sando’s and Noodles – Noodles have won!  He has just launched a new concept in his Dahlia spot – a  hand pulled Noodle bar.   Update end September 2020


STATUS OPEN JAN 2021.  Opened December 2020

Heritage Square has been taken over by Chef Liam Tomlin and is now a wonderful playground to explore the best of local – from the produce that inspires each dish in the kitchens, through to the best of local artisan wine/gin/rum & artisan food products.     The concept is hard to explain – so bear with me!   Local has an artisan food shop,  a charcuterie and cheese counter, a wine counter, a local gin and rum counter, an Italian kitchen called La Cantina and upstairs there is a wonderful middle Eastern inspired kitchen called Mazza.    The idea is that you simply pop in for something small or big.   A glass of wine and a few slices of Richard Bosman Prosciutto or a dill cured local Franschhoek trout dish from La Cuccina with a beautiful glass of chardonnay.

To add to the assortment of what is on offer here,  you now have an Italian pastry and coffee shop in the entrance to the square called Cafe Milano.  It is owned by Giorgio Nava.  Just past him is an ice cream stand.  Not just any ice cream – UNFRAMED ICE CREAM – which was voted as one of the best ice cream producers in the world!   Next find the stairs next to the ice cream and head up the stairs and find a lovely little bar called The Drinkery.   Here you will be warmly met and you can sit and relax and have a wonderful cocktail or glass of wine on their terrace.    They are fine with you bringing a few snacks from downstairs as long you order your drinks from them!

Inside the courtyard – next to the oldest wine vine in the Southern hemisphere you find a wonderful chocolatier.   The shop is called Alexander Avery. His chocolates are seriously beautiful.   They are also seriously delicious.   Do not miss out on popping in and buying a few.

You then walk through the Cape Heritage Hotel.   I have always loved this hotel.   As a foodie if I came to Cape Town this would be my perfect location – you have a world of food & wine options right on your doorstep!  Just past the hotel you find the Chefs Warehouse & Canteen.   This was Liam’s first restaurant that he opened in South Africa.   He is in the process of changing his restaurant into a Wine & tapas bar.   Knowing Liam – the tapas are going to be the most tasty morsels of deliciousness to be found in Cape Town.   This makes this hood a really awesome one stop spot to have fun on an evening.

Cafe Milano offering coffee, cakes and pastries – owned by an Italian.
Chef Marco heading up La Cantina – small Italian menu that will change regularly based on seasonal availability
Sitting outside in the courtyard enjoying our Caprese Salad and ravioli by talented Chef Marco from LOCAL
Mazza offering flavours from the middle east and Lebanon
The Kofta and the cauliflower at Mazza.  Fabulous play on spices and delicious dishes.  Great punchy flavours!
Amazing chocolates from Alexander Avery in the middle of the square


STATUS END JAN 2021: TEMPORARILY CLOSED – Opening as soon as the liquor ban is lifted!

Chefs Warehouse Bree Street is busy with renovations to launch as a funky wine and pinchos bar



Opened their doors:  Mid-December 2020.   Current Status JAN 2021:  OPEN.  Opening hours keep changing so the best idea is to google MAKERS LANDING and check the hours that come up.    Update on 20 Jan – Open during the day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.   Hours have been modified due to the liquor ban and curfew. 

Makers Landing is the perfect market to head to if you want to try truly local South African flavours.   This market celebrates our fresh produce, tip to tail dining and all of the best of our local flavours.

Here you can try many of our local specialities that are hard to track down in one place:   African Food in its traditional and contemporary form (pap/samp & beans, chakalaka, great meat stews etc), Koesisters, Koeksisters, frikkadels,  local curries,  rooibos drinks….. and more!  They have a local brewery on the premises,  a gin distiller, a vegan stand,  an artisan bread bakery,  local cheeses,  local charcuterie,  local vegetables from an incredible community initiative,  locally made chocolates……………..and more!   Their wine offerings support some of our wonderful small winemakers.   Soon a fishmonger will open where you guy buy your fish and have it filleted by one of the local ladies from the Kalk Bay Harbour!  There will be local mussels from the West Coast and the opportunity to try the local fish cooked or to simply take it home.

All of the vendors are small businesses and this market offers them a platform for sales and to expand their businesses.  Many operated from home before.   Some had restaurants that closed during the pandemic and this offers them a platform to relaunch their businesses.

Upstairs  they have an incredible exhibition on what makes up our local dishes.   For anyone interested in food – this is a must do visit.   I loved the exhibition.   It was amazing how many things I did not recognize.   We have such biodiversity in our magical country and many tribes have different dishes that they enjoy.

This market showcases our local cuisine & our local food heroes. Meet Pitso who only started cooking a few years ago. He is an incredible cook. Make sure you stop for a real taste of African cuisine at Pitso’s Kitchen. His cafe is on the outside – as such he is open pretty much daily and is not restricted to Market hours.
Track down Fuzi for the best koesisters (on the right) and combine with a great coffee from Moses who owns Coffee by Moses!
Delicious wings that rock with local flavours. Track down SIDE WINGS.
This was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten. Track down Frikkadeli to taste local frikkadels (meat balls) in a brioche bun.
Contemporary African cuisine by a top chef. Find a little restaurant at the back called Amazulwini. Chef Mmbatho is adding a modern interpretation of local African flavours. Her food is INCREDIBLE.



This has not been launched yet.  It is likely to be launched towards the end of February 2021.    The idea is that you will come and enjoy dinner upstairs at Makers Landing and that each dinner will showcase three of the food businesses that operate in the market.     I was lucky enough to go along to their launch of this concept.    I would highly recommend you book as soon they open.   It will be a large shared table experience.   Each chef will come and introduce their dish and their business.   The dinners will be a celebration of our local foodie artisans and the best of local cuisine.    Tickets will be available to book online once they launch.    For our dinner they left a large space between each group of people who were there for dinner.

Makers Landing Pop up dinners at the shared table
One of the three courses was done by SIDE WINGS. Sticky and delicious!


This is a great addition to the Bo-Kaap!  I love that they have scattered tables outside everywhere!  Even across the road on the pavement!   This spot is in the heart of the Bo-Kaap as such is offering contemporary cuisine with a Cape Malay flair.    Pop in here for a coffee and a koesister (local doughnut) or to try a local favourite – peri peri chicken livers.  Their menu has a wonderful variety of dishes on offer.   We absolutely LOVED their mango slushi.  Magical on a hot day!   They are proudly Halal.  No alcohol is served.

Find the Bo-Kaap Deli on Rose Street in the heart of the Bo-Kaap
Peri-peri chicken livers – an absolute local favourite
Mango slushi – perfect on a hot day!


Opened end 2020.  Current Status Jan 2021 –  Open.   

This is truly a family business!  Expect warm country hospitality as the family have moved her from the Winelands to open this business.     Mom will be running the business hands on with her son Ryan.   Their concept is simple – great wine and tapas and offering fresh seasonal Mediterranean style dishes.

Chef Ryan pictures hosting relaxing  long family lunches on weekends.   You simply arrive relax and settle in for the day!

They are located on the top of Kloof Street (just before Mana Epicure)

They have taken two of the houses – the bottom one will be a deli and a bakery (opening soon!)

The neighbouring house is home to the restaurant.



Replaced Janse & Co.   Large outside terrace


Currently closed Jan 2021 while the liquor ban is on in South Africa due to COVID regulations.

Jan Innovation Studio

Jan 2021 STATUS:  They have no scheduled dinners coming up in the innovation studio – you can however book it for an exclusive dinner party. 

The innovation studio opens occasionally for shared dining – it is good to follow them on their social media and to check out their booking schedule.   They offer dinner at one shared table of 16.  Cost R3500 per person and you can simply book for two people to join the table – you do not need to take the whole table.   The cost includes a 7 course menu paired with fine & rare wines.  As this venue is his innovation studio and the base for his journal – the venue is only open to the public on very specific dates.   There are a small number of dates still free – head here to check the availability and for upcoming dates.   As of Jan 2021 there are no new dates up yet

Just in case you missed out on knowing who Chef Jan is ……………..Chef Jan is the first South African Chef to be awarded a Michelin Star.    He has a restaurant Jan in  Nice, France.    Just after he won his Michelin star – a documentary series was shot about him in his native Afrikaans language.   I think all those that watched the series fell a little in love with this magical creative man who is sharing his South African heritage through his restaurant in France.


Peter Tempelhoff’s new restaurant on Buitenverwachting estate

The Scone Shack

Dec 2020 STATUS:  OPEN.

Do not miss stopping at this little farm  on the way to Cape Point.  This is a fabulous ramshackle hippy farm where you stop for home made scones and tea.   It is so much fun.   I loved every moment of this eclectic little spot!!

Belly of the Beast

Dec 2020 STATUS:  OPEN.

This is a not so new anymore!  However I have still not managed to secure a booking at this wildly popular little spot – so I am leaving it on the list!   It is in the new emerging Eastside District of Cape Town.  They are located in Harrington Street –  literally on the fringe of the city – being parallel to Buitenkant Street.  This hood has now become really cool as it is home to Harringtons, The Raptour Room, Lefty’s…New York Bagels, Naked Foods….and more!  Belly of The Beast is a great addition to the hood.   It is a beautifully decorated small restaurant that seats 20 people.   So it is a wonderfully intimate space. It is owned by two chefs who are friends.   They focus on nose to tail dining – so they aim to have a zero wastage kitchen.

They are however happy to accommodate vegetarians – but need to know in advance! This is definitely a tasting menu strategy – they however do not commit to how many courses they will feed you!  The current cost is R599 without wine.   They are fully booked 6 weeks in advance.   So plan ahead!!  Book online and come and experience it for yourself.   I must get my booking in! OPEN SUNDAY AND MONDAY NIGHT – a rare thing to find in Cape Town!    

The Kitchen Collective

Jan 2021 STATUS:  OPEN.

Fabulous Local Chef Denise Levy with her partner Kim have teamed up to offer three different kitchens that can be used for cooking classes. So why head out for dinner when you can learn to cook your own………….Master chef style! Scroll down on this link to see what classes are coming up in the kitchens.   And you can also book a kitchen for a class with a group of friends or an office Xmas function.     Because they are a really wonderfully passionate team I loved every minute of my visit!

The Kitchen Collective – pulled lamb with pomegranates

The Stir Crazy Cooking School

Nov 2020 STATUS:  OPEN.

The Stir Crazy Cooking School has been around since 2000 offering cooking classes in Hout Bay.   Moreover this led them to establish a training school for those who wished to learn to cook on Super Yachts.  Because this side of their businesses grew in demand they therefore decided to get bigger premises in the V&A Waterfront.  As such they took the huge leap of faith by establishing a professional cooking kitchen in the V&A Waterfront.   Hence they will be able to use this venue for their cooking classes and for training students for the super yachts.

This is a great opportunity to learn to cook your own dinner.   In addition, they also offer some South African inspired cooking classes.   Check out their upcoming cooking classes here.    Moreover this venue can also be hired for any group event or friends wishing to do a master chef challenge!  So they are open to brief!   The new venue is fabulous and is wonderfully accessible – it is on the same road as the Cape Grace Hotel in the V&A Waterfront. 

The Melting Pot – CLOSED DOWN

So sad for this young team.    They have closed down due to the forced lock down period during the COVID-19 pandemic.   I know that they will be back.   They are currently doing pop-ups and are looking to put their roots down – I will keep you posted once they start up again!

Exhibit A

Closed down

Sepial’s Kitchen –  MOVING PREMISES to the V&A Waterfront Food Market – new spot called UGLY DUCKLING!!

Dec 2020 STATUS:  OPEN – closed end December for a few days due to Covid.

Talented Korean Chef Sepial describes her cooking as North East Asian Flavours with a sprinkle of something!    Her restaurant has closed down and is moving to the V&A permanent food market for now.

Find her in the meantime at the Oranjezicht Farm Market every weekend!

For more inspiration – check out my top rated restaurants in Cape Town here.

To learn more about the cuisine of Cape Town – join us on a foodie walking tour of the city.    We call this tour THE CAPE TOWN EATS CITY WALKING TOUR