It is the time of the year when we start to get quite a lot of queries about good and value-for-money-restaurants in Cape Town. Fact is, there are so many it is very difficult to choose. But let me try to list some favourites. Just remember: Cape Town is the best gourmet city in South Africa so it is hard to go wrong. And another point, if you travel to Cape Town during the tourist season you must make a reservation – and if you travel to Cape Town during Christmas/New Year, you must make a reservation well in advance. Johannesburg might like to brag about its international flair, its fast pace and career possibilities. But every year, when the food magazines list the best restaurants in the country, Cape Town always comes out on top.
So here goes, and in no particular order, my Cape Town restaurant tips.
Sushi: there are many more than a handful delicious sushi places in the city. But if you would like some out of the ordinary, you should try this. Tucked away on a side street in Green Point you’ll find Izakaya Matsuri. Try the Hot Night Roll with panko shrimp on top and the Crunch Bomb Roll, I promise you’ll come back for more.
Italian: Villa 47 on Bree Street. Cozy, genuine and just very Italian. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here I have had some of the best tuna steak ever, not to mention the pasta dishes and other Italian classics. Every time I don’t order the Osso Bucco con Polenta Morbida, I feel a twang of regret.
Fish: SeaBreeze, also on Bree Street. A small, recently opened restaurant that serves delicious sea food (of course) and where the oysters and bubbly is always easy at hand. They often serve oysters from different locations so if you are lucky this is a good place to not compare the south coast oysters to the west coast ones.
Lunch: On Loop Street right in the middle of the city you’ll find Café du Cap. A smallish place with a generous, wholesome and homemade buffet. If you don’t fancy buffet, you will also find Croque Monsieurs, quiches, sandwiches on the menu – and a funky décor inside. A small retreat you’ll long to come back to.
Contemporary South African: Black Sheep on Kloof Street. This is where to go if you’d like to indulge in an ostrich fillet or local fish such as Yellowtail and Kingklip. It is rustic and elegant at the same time, friendly and homely. A place that will never let you down.