WHERE TO EAT
Laid-back waterfront restaurants, sizzling steakhouses and authentic sushi – dining in South Africa is as eclectic and surprising as the city itself. But don’t leave without sampling real, hearty African fare. Your new favourite cuisine is here.
Willoughby and Co
Assured and inventive new South African cooking blending fine Cape seafoods with traditional Japanese sushi and maki styles, west coast crayfish and Mozambique langoustines.
6130 & 6132, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
Classic French dishes – veal, beef cheeks, seafood and lighter bites – are the stars of this family run bistro, regularly scooping best restaurant-awards for its surefooted execution of the finest local produce.
98 Shortmarket Street, Heritage Square
Serious fun. That’s the pithy philosophy behind this enfant terrible two Cape Town restaurants. London-born Luke Dale-Roberts is firmly of the Heston School of gastronomic invention. Tasting ‘gourmand’ dinners offer a dizzying display of the man’s talents.
The Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock/Salt River
In the heart of the city centre, this riotously good fun institution serves up sociable, communal feasts celebrating traditional Ndebele, Xhosa and Zulu dishes. Try the fried Channa fish curry, or the Karoo lamb stew.
108 Shortmarket Street
Mount Nelson Hotel
Take high tea in this sumptuous, colonial-styled hotel in the foothills of Table Mountain. It’s tradition, don’t you know. The hotels’ Planet Restaurant is as glitzy as it gets – if you want to do it in style, this is the place.
76 Orange Street
Colourful food in colourful surroundings – that’s the Mama Africa recipe. And it’s one that’s served them well. This is something of a Long Street institution, serving hearty, rustic Cape fare with a side order of pounding African drummers. Touristy? A touch. But, hey, you’re on holiday, right? And the food’s great.
178 Long Street