I love eating out as much as the next travel blogger. What better way to feed your instagram obsession than sitting down in an aesthetic café or bistro and snapping away at a beautifully designed plate? What makes this experience ten times better is when the food tastes great, too!
Cape Town is home to thousands of different types of restaurants. From cafés to bistros to grills to snack bars, we truly do have endless delicious options. With the help of my own food instagram account, I'll be taking you on a short trip gourmande through the mother city of South Africa !
(All prices in local currency - ZAR)
Meraki - Stellenbosch
I decided to write about Meraki first because not doing so would be dishonest. I eat here at least twice a week during a normal month, and even more when I'm rushing to finish a project.
Meraki is a perfect spot for meeting friends, working alone or having a brunch date. Their breakfasts are absolutely superbly designed and unique in terms of flavours. Aesthetically, visiting Meraki is a treat for the eyes, too. Whitewashed and light, the café invites fresh air and sweet indulgence to your day.
If you have room for dessert, Meraki's kitchen also sports a great selection of cakes, tarts and popsicles during summer.
Breakfast (07h00 - 12h30)
- Smorgasbrod (Pumpernickel toast, salmon trout, chopped onion & caper berries) - R68
Lunch (12h30 - 16h30)
- Black Tagliatelle with roasted cauliflower, sage, feta crumble & toasted chopped almonds - R70
Late Lunch / Early Dinner (16h30 - 17h15)
- Wild mushroom risotto - R80 / R40 starter
- Bread basket with hummus, pesto, olive oil and egyptian dukkah - R55
Cosecha - Franschhoek
Cosecha restaurant, part of the Noble Hill Vineyard name, is probably my favourite restaurant in Cape Town. With its gorgeous setting on a half-covered patio against the backdrop of the Cape Wineland mountains, one might as well not take along a date at all. South African appetite meets South American spice in this fusion restaurant serving classic latino meals alongside a delicious glass of wine.
Perfect for first dates, second dates, third dates, fourth dates or "Welcome Home, Cat"-lunches (hint hint).
It should also be noted that any restaurant that serves breakfast all day is an establishment worth visiting.
- Fresh avocado, tomato, spring onion, homemade spices, & warm tortilla chips. (prepared fresh at your table by the waiter!) - R74 for two. (add pickled jalapeños for R18)
- Lamb barbacoa. Slow-cooked lamb leg topped with goat cheese & jalapeño salsa - R134
- On weekdays, Cosecha serves a special of marinated grilled chicken with frijoles negros, green rice, homemade tortillas & avo salsa with a soft drink, coffee or glass of wine of choice for R94.
Whenever a trip to the city centre is on the cards, the first question is always - "Are we going to Tasha's?"
My family and I love Tasha's - we love the food, the decoration and the concept. Every Tasha's in the world has a different theme. Our favourite is that of the V&A Waterfront Tasha's - Inspired by Spain. With warm service, delicious cocktails and hearty food, it's an easy group favourite. Set against the scenic waterfront bay and a short ride by bicycle from the Sea Point promenade, breakfast time at Tasha's is always first choice.
You can also find Tasha's at Canal Walk (inspired by Art Deco) and Constantia (inspired by Country French).
- Turkish Eggs (v) - fried eggs, yoghurt, hummus, spiced chick peas, mint & melba toast - R64
- Smoked Salmon Fish Cakes - smoked salmon trout, red onion, potato, dill & chive fish cakes, served with a lemon baby potato salad & fennel, cherry tomatoes, radish & avo & mayo - R134
- Check out their cakes of the day ! Tasha's is always stocked with freshly baked sweet treats.
Knus Karoo Kombuis - Paarl
I've visited many places that claim to serve South African cuisine, and this is the first place that really hit the nail on the head about Afrikaans food.
The layout of the restaurant can only be described as Tannie Margaret's pinterest board - cutesy, warm and packed with delftware. Visiting here in winter is ideal, as the restaurant is fitted with a kaggel (small fireplace) and the food is aimed at warming you up from the inside out.
The menus are provided in English and Afrikaans, but you might have to repeat your order to your waiter more than once if you don't speak Afrikaans. This place is all about the locals!
- French toast style roosterkoek served with Karoo green fig preserve, bacon, cream cheese and berry coulis - R75
- Lamb in Bobotie sauce served on roasted farm bread with banana, coconut shavings and honey - R65
Delicious South African-style pancakes are served until 15h00 daily (Saturdays until 14h00) and can be accompanied by an array of extras ranging from pecan nuts to the classic cinnamon sugar & lemon.
Kyoto Garden Sushi - Tamboerskloof
While writing this part of the post, I was listening to a song whose lyrics were "It would be nothing without you" and strangely enough, that's exactly how I feel about Cape Town and sushi.
I've traveled extensively throughout Europe, and so far nothing beats Cape Town's sushi - both taste and price-wise. Kyoto Garden Sushi is a small boutique sushi restaurant located in Cape Town's CBD. Sporting excellent Japanese whiskey and sea urchin sushi, you'll need to dish a little deeper into your wallet to afford a meal here. But it will be an annual treat well worth the wait.
With its gorgeous wooden flooring and walls, moody low lighting and colourful cocktails, this is a perfect date location if you're looking to impress.
- Chef's Creation Plate (small) - mix of tuna, salmon, prawns and linefish sushi sashimi and rolls - R160 (enough for two!)
- Ginger Muzawari - root ginger, fresh limes and smooth whiskey, stirred slowly - R95
- Green tea ice cream with green tea crêpe - R95
- Cherry blossom ice-cream and chocolate - R95
Chapman's Peak Hotel Restaurant - Chapman's Peak
I'm not a local to this side of town, but the food we enjoyed there made the drive worth it! And who doesn't like driving on roads wrapped around the mountains overlooking the sea?
Perfect for Sunday lunches, Chapman's Peak Restaurant specialises in prawns, Portuguese steak and kingklip. The setting overlooks the bay, and encourages casual, quality dining for families.
Surf & Turf : Calamari & Portuguese steak pan - R160
Espetada : 300g rump steak, olive oil and garlic. Portuguese style - R135
Life Grand Café - V&A Waterfront
It's easy to tell by now that I'm a fan of eggs benedict. After visiting Life Grand Café, you will be too. Their food is simple, yet elegant and when paired with excellent coffee, is suitable for royalty.
I feel particularly drawn to their décor, which is minimalistic, natural and chic. The first Life Grand Café that I visited was in Pretoria, but I quickly felt the same atmosphere in the new branch at the V&A Waterfront. And let's face it - breakfast overlooking yachts just makes the experience that much more "grand".
- Nougat Specialty coffee - honey nougat liqueur espresso with hot milk & Callebaut chocolate mousse nougat - R42
- Eggs benedict - poached eggs, hickory ham with homemade hollandaise sauce on english muffin - R80
Pulp Kitchen & Deli - Bellville
Pulp Kitchen is a Saturday morning grocery-run favourite in my family, and I share this café with other friends for breakfast ideas as often as possible.
There's something soothing in being able to order a bowl of rolled oats and coffee over breakfast. Keep your croque monsieur, I'll just be here tucking into my childhood.
Pulp offers over twenty different breakfast options until 12h00, eighteen delicious smoothies and pressed juices and the best sandwiches I've ever tasted. Its décor is inspired by easy living and bright colours, which fits in effortlessly with its host-mall Willowbridge's mantra.
- Bircher museli - soaked oats served with apple, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, pecan nuts, bulgarian oats & honey - R52
- The Green Goddess - artisan sourdough toastie, cheese mix, avocado, sprouts, tomato & baby spinach - R69
- Ready Berry Go - blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, apple juice & mixed berry sorbet - R39 / R49
Brass Bell - Kalk Bay
What's better than tucking into seafood whilst dining in the sea?
The Brass Bell restaurants, accessible from the Kalk Bay main road by descending down a metro station-looking stairs, seemingly float on the water alongside the reef surfers.
Famous for their hake & chips, this establishment has been serving delicious seafood since 1939. Perfect for a Sunday lunch after a drive or a special trip to the artsy side of Cape Town. Be sure to check out the art galleries in the area too!
- Kalk Bay fishcakes - served with grilled baby leeks - R65 / R125
- West Coast Black Mussels - served in a creamy white wine sauce with garlic, fresh coriander and bread - R65 / R110
- Ice cream with hot chocolate sauce - R45 (A classic South African dessert)
- Cape Brandy Pudding served with cream or vanilla ice cream - R55
NV 80 - Sea Point
A trip to Cape Town isn't complete without visiting the beautiful area of Sea Point and its beautiful promenade, wrapping around the Three Anchor Bay all the way to the Waterfront.
NV 80 is fine dining at its best, with excellent service, tasty food and great setting. On the third floor of the The Point mall building, it boasts excellent views of the sea, and even better seafood.
However, NV 80 is a grill at heart, and its meats are some of the best I've had in my time. There's even the option of enjoying an entire baby chicken, grilled in peri-peri or lemon & herb sauce. When ordering your steak, rest assured that it will arrive perfectly to your request. There are few restaurants in the world that I feel comfortable ordering my unusual Bleu (very rare) steak from, and this is one of them.
- Freshly chucked West Coast oysters R22 each (R24 with Vietnamese dressing)
- Sirloin - R180
Side with Main
- Wild Mushrooms linguine - R40
- Crème Brûlée and hazelnut shortbread - R65
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