Cape Town Recommended Restaurants

Cape Town Recommended Restaurants

With its spectacular views and scenery, Cape Town is at the cutting edge of culinary trends and gastronomic wonders and is definitely the crown of South Africa when it comes to food. Triumph Travel has put together a list of the best, trendiest and local restaurants from fine dining to more casual and popular choices. For various other options have a look at http://www.eatout.co.za/” for a comprehensive list of all the restaurants available is South Africa.

New Restaurants

Don Armando Argentinian Grill
20 Cobern Street De Waterkant Cape Town
Closed Sunday and Monday, Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am – 10pm
Cuisine – Argentinian Grill , Comfy & Authentic Cuisine – Argentinian Grill , Comfy & Authentic

As you would expect from an Argentinian restaurant – that country being known for its devotion to the pleasures of red meat the new Don Armando eatery in Cape Town is a meat lovers’ dream. Referencing the Argentinian tradition of asado (barbeque), all the meats at Don Armando are grilled on charcoal. And it has to be said that the tempting, smoky aroma of the meat wafting down the street is an excellent form of advertising – it’s hard to resist its mouthwatering appeal.

The Company’s Garden Restaurant

Company’s Garden, 15 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town
Monday to Sunday 7 am 6 PM / Cuisine – South African, Casual, Family Friendly

This new restaurant, which was briefly known as Haarlem & Hope, took the place of the landmark garden tea room in November 2014 as part of a larger project aimed at revitalizing areas of the Cape Town CBD. However, while it’s clearly new and improved, the restaurant has managed to retain the comfortable, somewhat enchanting, feel of its iconic predecessor. A must for all those in the area visiting the Gardens. This new restaurant, which was briefly known as Haarlem & Hope, took the place of the landmark garden tea room in November 2014 as part of a larger project aimed at revitalizing areas of the Cape Town CBD. However, while it’s clearly new and improved, the restaurant has managed to retain the comfortable, somewhat enchanting, feel of its iconic predecessor. A must for all those in the area visiting the Gardens.

Tiger’s Milk

Corner of Beach and Sidmouth Roads, Muizenberg, Cape Town
Monday to Friday 11am – late (Kitchen closes at 10pm) / Cuisine – Bistro, Burgers, Pizzas

The casual vibe of this new addition to the Muizenberg beachfront is carried through to the chalkboard menus, which offer a selection of simply cooked pub grub that’s well portioned and fairly priced. Options include flavorful fried calamari, pizzas and chicken dishes. The restaurant’s crown is however the amazing location on the Muizenberg beach strip. The casual vibe of this new addition to the Muizenberg beachfront is carried through to the chalkboard menus, which offer a selection of simply cooked pub grub that’s well portioned and fairly priced. Options include flavorful fried calamari, pizzas and chicken dishes. The restaurant’s crown is however the amazing location on the Muizenberg beach strip.

Bocca Restaurant

Corner of Bree and Wale Streets, Cape Town Corner of Bree and Wale Streets, Cape Town
Monday to Saturday 12noon – 10pm / Cuisine – Italian, Mediterranean, Comfy Casual

The emphasis at this vibey city-bowl location is on sharing, and the set-up works well to encourage this attitude. A few stacked side plates await your arrival on each bare table – unencumbered by fiddly centrepieces or fussy linen – inviting you to stretch across to get a slice of this or spoon of that from your neighbor. The pizzas are served on wooden boards with their own cutting wheels, which is a great little touch – cut your slice any way you like! Outside tables on the deck are perfect for watching Bree Street go by, but if that feels a little too frantic, you can climb the stairs to perch at the counter overlooking the downstairs section, slide into a cozy booth or just grab a table. It can get noisy upstairs, but this is a place for sociable get-togethers after all, so order another glass of wine and turn your volume up a notch. The emphasis at this vibey city-bowl location is on sharing, and the set-up works well to encourage this attitude. A few stacked side plates await your arrival on each bare table – unencumbered by fiddly centrepieces or fussy linen – inviting you to stretch across to get a slice of this or spoon of that from your neighbor. The pizzas are served on wooden boards with their own cutting wheels, which is a great little touch – cut your slice any way you like! Outside tables on the deck are perfect for watching Bree Street go by, but if that feels a little too frantic, you can climb the stairs to perch at the counter overlooking the downstairs section, slide into a cozy booth or just grab a table. It can get noisy upstairs, but this is a place for sociable get-togethers after all, so order another glass of wine and turn your volume up a notch.

Chalk & Cork

51 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Sunday and Monday closed, Tuesday 9am – 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday 9am – 10pm
Cuisine – Mediterranean, Tapas, Contemporary cool, Family friendly, Trendy

Kloof Street’s buzzing midsection has been undergoing some changes: restaurateurs Marc and Amy Botes opened Chalk and Cork on 1 September. The couple both have impressive CVs – they met, in fact, while working for Gordon Ramsay (Marc was head sommelier; Amy a supervisor). Neighbourgoods Market regulars may recognize the couple from their stand selling chorizo ciabatta rolls (although they’re taking a break while they find their feet with this new venture). The concept? A wine and tapas bar. The tapas menu includes a good variety of pint-sized meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes – plus a handful of woodfired pizzas for hungier patrons. Kloof Street’s buzzing midsection has been undergoing some changes: restaurateurs Marc and Amy Botes opened Chalk and Cork on 1 September. The couple both have impressive CVs – they met, in fact, while working for Gordon Ramsay (Marc was head sommelier; Amy a supervisor). Neighbourgoods Market regulars may recognize the couple from their stand selling chorizo ciabatta rolls (although they’re taking a break while they find their feet with this new venture). The concept? A wine and tapas bar. The tapas menu includes a good variety of pint-sized meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes – plus a handful of woodfired pizzas for hungier patrons.

Recommended Restaurants

Black Sheep Restaurant

104 Kloof Street Cape Town
Mondays, Dinner from 6:30pm-10:30pm Tuesdays to Saturdays Lunch from 12 noon until 3pm and Dinner from 6:30pm -10:30 Sundays closed.
Cuisine – Modern, International Cuisine, Trendy, Contemporary

Being a blackboard restaurant you can expect new and exciting dishes whenever you visit The Black Sheep. What you’ll find will depend on all manner of changeable events such as the weather, seasonal ingredients and the chef’s mood. There is also a small set menu of their favorite dishes. From a small set menu of comfort fare to the more adventurous blackboard specials, chef will bring his legendary flare to wow palates of any persuasion. Come early to avoid disappointment as the favorites sell out quickly. For a pre or post dinner cocktail we suggest trying Jackal and Hide https://www.facebook.com/Jackal.and.Hide right next door for amazing cocktails and various live events during the week.

Kloof Street House

30 Kloof Street Cape Town
Monday 5pm-late, Tuesday to Friday 12noon – late, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon-late
Cuisine – Bistro, Classic Elegance

Restaurant and bar set in a magnificent Victorian house on the famous Kloof Street, nestled in the Table Mountain Valley. Enjoy candle lit dinners in the dining rooms, drinks in the beautiful garden under the palm trees or just relax on the chesterfield couches in their cozy lounge. With an inviting homely feel and warm welcoming service, Kloof street house makes you feel just right at home. The Kloof Street House Menu offers starters and sharing plates as well as classical bistro style dishes.

The Test Kitchen

Unit 104A – The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock Cape Town
Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12.30pm – 2.30pm Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 7pm – 10pm
Cuisine – Fine Dining, Modern, Classic Elegance Cuisine

Local and international food lovers alike flock to this now renowned restaurant, often after a month-long wait to get a table – and what an exceptional meal awaits them. It’s no surprise that this celebrated eatery by chef Luke Dale-Roberts, the very deserving third-time winner of Restaurant of the Year, is now featured on the list of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Incorporating South African flavors and some serious Asian flair, every dish is technically precise, totally original and beautiful to look at. More importantly, every mouthful, created under the watchful eye of head chef Ivor Jones, is delicious. The grilled scallop with miso and shiitake is brimming with expertly layered, clean Asian flavors – a beautifully balanced and well thought-out delight. A creation of ‘foie gras with four trees’ charms with flavors of oak, pine, chestnut and maple. The seared springbok is an innovative dish, with a turnip milk stencil in the form of a tree and a splash of fermented red cabbage. Every course shines with its own identity and outstanding quality.

The Pot Luck Club

Silo Building, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock Cape Town Lunch:
Saturdays 12.30pm – 2pm Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm – 8.30pm (early seating), 8.30pm – closing time
Cuisine – Modern, Tapas, Comfy & Casual

Based on innovative cuisine served in a relaxed yet edgy environment in a part of Cape Town that has never before attracted an evening dining crowd, Chef Luke Dale Roberts collaborated with renowned Cape Town based architect Greg Scot along with some of the city’s foremost art and design personalities. Situated on the top floor of the Silo at the Old Biscuit Mill the cuisine has South American, European, Asian and African influences and the plate sharing concept allows for diners to experience a wide range of flavors.

Local / African Restaurants

Gold Restaurant

15 Bennett Street Greenpoint, Cape Town
Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6:30pm-11pm
Cuisine – African, South African, Authentic culture

A full-on extravaganza with an interactive drumming session and hand-washing ceremony. African and Cape Malay cuisine features fragrant game dishes and little local treats like samosas From the moment you walk through the glass doors into the aged brick interior, with its ancient doors, wooden beams and iron pillars, you will feel the heartbeat of a unique African experience.

Bo-Kaap Kombuis

7 August Street, Bo-Kaap, Cape Town
Open Daily Open Daily
Cuisine – South African, Cape Malay, Comfy & Casual

Husband and wife team Yusuf and Nazli Larney have created a must-visit destination for Cape Malay food for people from all over the world. The food is traditional, very tasty, and spicy in a way that has made the Cape famous. Start off with a delicious platter of bite sized things like dhaltjies (chili bites with spinach), samoosas, and creamy patata warras (mashed potato balls with mustard seeds, deep-fried) and the hottest dipping sauce that will bring a film of moisture to even the hardiest of brow. Follow it with curries of prawns (in the shell), lamb (on the bone), chicken (either butter or traditional), three kinds of beans, lentils with spinach and mushrooms, or even crayfish. The house speciality is denningvleis, succulent lamb cubes very slowly cooked with, amongst other things, tamarind paste (which gives it a delicious tang) and served with mash. Though there are dessert options like the ubiquitous malva pudding, the most interesting one is the artepil porring. Made with mash potatoes, eggs, sugar and cream, it’s very much like semolina pudding and is served hot with a citrusy sweet sauce and stewed fruit. Delicious.

Waterfront Restaurants 

Mondiall Mondiall

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town
Monday to Sunday 9am – 10pm
Cuisine – Authentic, South African, International, Contemporary

Mondiall is a joint venture between Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff (executive chef of The Collection by Liz McGrath, whose restaurants include The Greenhouse and The Conservatory at Cellars-Hohenort; Pavillion and Seafood at The Marine; and Seafood at The Plettenberg) and restaurateur Patrick Symington of Cape Town’s erstwhile Café Dharma and Asoka fame. It’s a match made in heaven, in a setting that’s just as heavenly: the spot where the Green Dolphin used to be, next to the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, overlooking Table Mountain. This is not The Greenhouse, so don’t expect over-the-top fine dining. Instead, the menu features timeless classics, interpreted in a contemporary fashion. Simple food is made with exceptional ingredients, presented in a beautiful but understated fashion. Each dish references its year and country of origin. It’s a jumble of mostly French, American and Italian dishes, with the odd English, Mexican, Japanese and South African contribution.

Harbour House

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town
Monday to Sunday 12 noon – 10:00pm
Cuisine – Classic, Elegance, Seafood, Sushi

This sister restaurant of the original Harbour House in Kalk Bay sticks to a winning formula of fresh seafood served with a gourmet spin. Signature starters tempt with oysters, hot seafood soup or cold gazpacho, ceviche, tian of prawns or plump West Coast mussels in wine, cream, garlic and thyme. Share a legendary sushi, shellfish or seafood platter with calamari, mussels, prawns, crayfish and linefish, or opt for the ever-popular Mozambican-style peri-peri tiger prawns. A chalkboard advertises the catch of the day, which can range from angelfish and kingklip to salmon and yellowtail. The fish is fresh and delicately grilled or steamed and plated fine-dining-style with potato fondant, zesty lemon and aromatic herbal infusions, sauces and foams. Carnivores need not despair that this all sounds way too fishy: the beef tataki with chilli and sesame, or tender rack of Karoo lamb in a thyme and rosemary jus are best sellers.

Winelands Restaurants

La Colombe

Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Nek, Cape Town
Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12:30pm – 2pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday (open on Sundays in summer) 7pm – 8:45pm

A frequent contender on the S.Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants, La Colombe serves some of the best thought out dishes in Cape Town in some of the city’s most beautiful surroundings. The restaurant is an amazing option for those looking to spend a leisurely in the wine lands with a renowned menu to suit. Bookings essential to avoid disappointment. A must for all those visiting the Cape.

Babel

Babylonstoren, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Paarl
Wednesday to Sunday 12noon – 4pm
Cuisine – Country-style, Modern, Vegetarian Comfy & Casual

Situated on the idyllic estate of Babylonstoren, Babel mixes the honest aesthetic of the farm with clean, contemporary design. Once a humble cowshed, the restaurant has been beautifully reworked into a modern Cape Dutch space, which celebrates the breathtaking vistas of the garden and surrounding mountains. Large panels of glass help to bring the outside in, but the interior remains welcoming, friendly and unpretentious.The food is fresh, innovative and epitomises the ‘farm-to-fork’ concept. The menu is driven by the restaurant’s magnificent garden, which boasts 11 types of thyme and 41 varieties of plum tree.

Bread & Wine

Môreson Farm, Happy Valley Road, Franschhoek
Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12 noon – 3pm
Cuisine – Country Style Comfy & Casual

The Tasting Room The Tasting Room

Le Quartier Francais, Franschhoek
Closed Sunday and Monday, Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am – 10.00pm

So much of what chef Margot Janse does defies description, but one thing is certain: she’s pushing the envelope in showcasing unique South African flavours. This is culinary storytelling at its best. The African surprise menu is a playful, innovative feast of visual surprises. Strong techniques and flavours back up dramatic, striking presentation.

*Images courtesy of La Colombe – www.lacolombe.co.za