5 unmissable Cape City eating places

As South Africa‘s residence of haute delicacies, Cape City gives no scarcity of engaging eating choices. As a proud native I share 5 of my favourites – from the best of eating to the informal and convivial cool – that will help you plan your Mom Metropolis gourmand adventures.

Pier, V&A Waterfront

The famed La Colombe household has now firmly carved out its house in Cape City’s V&A Waterfront, providing eating experiences at Waterside (stylish informal eating) and Pier (multi-course positive eating). PIER can also be recent off the awards podium, having been awarded 3 Stars within the Eat Out Awards and Chef John successful the coveted Chef of the 12 months (voted by friends). Anticipate enthralling tableside leisure (with a minimum of two totally different trolleys), culinary theatrics, after which probably the greatest wine pairings I’ve had: friends are providing both a traditional tasting or the long-lasting tasting with a string of spectacular vintages from a number of the nation’s highest regarded estates.

With Pier’s oceanside location, a big focus is positioned on seafood and Chef John Norris-Rogers doesn’t disappoint. If time permits go for the Chef’s Expertise with its tantalizing 13 components. The oyster, MCC and apple course was exceptionally memorable, and the petit poussin, sweetbread, turnip and truffle mains left us licking out plates. Don’t neglect to look out for the annual winter specials out there the La Colombe group.

Salon, Woodstock

Chef Luke Dale Roberts’ profession has definitely been an thrilling one – in spite of everything, not many cooks can declare to have been on the helm of South Africa’s number-one rated restaurant (for a number of years in a row) together with having been listed on the distinguished World’s 50 Finest Eating places Awards. His latest providing Salon now takes in these priceless years of expertise in varied international locations and in an intimate Gatsbyesque setting gives an unforgettable fine-dining journey across the globe.

Arriving, friends are introduced with a map giving a touch of the following culinary odyssey. The selection is then the nine-course Journey or five-course Explorer. Kudos in fact to Dale’s Head Improvement Chef, Carla Schulze who’s the tour de pressure in Salon’s kitchen. And for these wanting a sneak teaser, the Singaporean chilli twist and Beef “Kalbi” from Korea had been tantalising treats from the East, and the South African-inspired finale was a splendidly creamy and caffeinated affair.


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Urchin, CBD

Housed upstairs in an unique part of the Hyatt Regency, awaits the stylish new restaurant Urchin. The colors of the adjoining Bo Kaap homes are mirrored within the vibrancy of Chef Gerard’s van Staden’s dishes. Including to the intimacy of our go to, was the sultry guitar abilities of a neighborhood performer – Urchin does provide themed evenings along with their a la carte and chef’s menu.

Chef Gerard’s fascination with seafood is clear all through the menu. And his time within the East is clear with refined Jap flavours rising. Whereas my foodie buddy tucked keenly into his seafood plates – the hero dish for me was the signature duck plate with bock choy, soya toffee, and grilled watermelon with crispy rice crackers. Fellow chocolate lovers may even salivate on the flourless chocolate tart with praline, caramelized hazelnuts, berry leather-based, and cardamon ice cream.

Harringtons, CBD

In the event you had been to ask me about a few of my most memorable nights out in Cape City, a number of of those would come with outings to Harrington. From the expertly curated cocktails to hours spent on the dance ground. It’s distinctly paired down, and really native. Of late I’ve relished within the Wednesday night wine extravaganzas – a number of the different native wine property pairs with the kitchen for a palate-pleasing pairings.

On my most up-to-date go to, the wine providing was courtesy of three younger producers that rally collectively below the title of The Burning Vine Society. Subsequent programs had been accompanied by their wines and the tales straight from the winemakers themselves. What’s extra these evenings come on the amazingly modest value of R275pp. Make sure you e book prematurely since understandably, locations disappear rapidly – and these are simply a number of the themed evenings at Harringtons.

Mantra Café, Camps Bay

Alongside the postcard-perfect stretch of Camps Bay, there is no such thing as a scarcity of glitz and glam. You’ll discover a string of chain eateries and classy mannequin hangouts, however, for one thing extra sincerely homely, Mantra Café is a family-owned restaurant price visiting.

The house is dripping in luxuriant foliage, hanging from the roof and adorning varied tables, supplying you with the texture that it is a stylish restaurant cum horticultural expertise. Make sure you e book forward and ask for one of many sundown tables alongside the balcony (if unsure merely ask for one in every of Jared’s favourites). This has been my restaurant of alternative with visiting household – and even perhaps a date or two – particularly when the pork ribs and chocolate mousse is on provide.

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