Hungry? Try these restaurants!
Having lived in the Mother City for a few years, I can confidently say that when it comes to satisfying my curious palette, it’s probably the best foodie destination in South Africa.
Cape Town is known for being a multicultural metropolis with people from all corners of the globe calling it home, each bringing a unique flavour and vibrancy to the city. The vast array of tapas bars, cafés and eateries in Cape Town means that I haven’t been able to sample nearly as many as I would like – but if I tried to keep up, there would be a hole in my wallet and a tyre around my waist!
There’s a definite ‘sharing’ culture – and not just on social media – with patrons encouraged to order a variety of dishes and share them around. Why would you taste only one delicious dish when you could sample four on the menu?
Please note: Sadly some of the restaurants that we previously mentioned, has permanently closed down…
Here are 4 eateries in Cape Town that are worth trying…
El Burro Taqueria is a smaller, more intimate version of the popular Mexican restaurant El Burro – situated on vibey Kloof Nek Road opposite the hipster hang-out Power and the Glory. The menu includes individually plated homemade tacos (made to perfection!) with a choice of beef, chicken, pork, fish fried, chilorio pork as well as a vegetarian option. Steak and vegetarian quesadillas are also on offer, and starters include chilli relenos (chilli poppers) and fresh, juicy ceviche. Order a number of plates to share so you don’t miss out!
I absolutely love the bright green wall, cosy tables and chairs and hanging plants that create a casual and welcoming atmosphere in this gem of a restaurant. The seating works on a first-come-first-serve basis, so make sure you get there by 6:30pm to grab a good spot – it will be well worth it!
Where: Shop 1, 12 – 16 Kloof Nek Road, corner of Kloof Nek and New Church Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 3554
When can I go? Monday to Friday 12 noon to 11.30pm; Saturday 10am to 11.30pm ; Sunday closed
The Village Idiot
If you want to experience Cape Town nightlife whilst sampling some local flavours, then look no further than The Village Idiot. From the creators of Aces & Spades, this restaurant and bar is the latest cool place to be, and rightly so, as it offers everything from live music, delicious food and great beer, to 30 Seconds and other board games, a pool table and a laid-back English pub-style vibe. The menu is a one-pager, with Proudly South African cuisine served across starters, braai boards and Tata Ma sides. Dishes include Taxi Wings, West Coast Mussel Potjie, Mrs Balls Boerewors Burgers, Seafood Sosaties and Grilled Mielies and Chakalaka to name a few. Local is definitely lekker! All this activity happens under the beady eye of a rather large ostrich named Oskar – the eatery’s mascot – along with all sorts of other animals and quirky décor. Let’s just say that this place is bold!
Where: 32 Loop Street Cape Town, City Bowl
Contact: 021 418 1548
When can I go? Tuesday to Thursday 3pm to 12midnight; Friday and Saturday 12noon to 2am; Sunday 12noon to 12midnight (Kitchen closes at 10pm)
After the successful launch of Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg, a branch has opened up on the very lively Long Street. Think loud music, high energy, mounted motorbikes on the wall, glass-bottle light fittings, amazing art and streams of people in and out – all this adds to a vibrant and ‘oh-so-cool’ place to have a drink and a bite to eat. The slogan “Dude food made real” is most appropriate for this particular spot with chicken wings, grilled pork ribs, pure beef burgers and pizzas on the menu. If you are watching your waistline, fear not… Tiger’s Milk also offers a variety of salads such as the Caesar (with a deep-fried soft egg) and the Parma ham and goat’s cheese salad. As is customary for such a ‘trendy’ hang out in the heart of the city, you will find plenty of craft beer on tap to quench your thirst.
Where: 44 Long Street, City Bowl, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 0700
When can I go? Wednesday – Saturday, 4pm – late
Although not the ‘newest kid on the block’, Black Sheep has continued to transform itself into one of those places that I always recommend to friends who are looking for an unforgettable meal with a great vibe. The Japha and Silva families are behind this cool little spot – I say ‘little’ but the three-tiered design makes it feel bigger than it is. Head Chef Jonathan Japha ensures that everything on the menu is fresh and flavorsome, with the menu changing on a daily basis. From slow cooked pork belly, roast hake and grilled rabbit, to Mustard & tarragon roast chicken breast and Seared tuna with fennel – you are bound to find something that gets your taste buds tingling. If you are unable to get a booking and are still desperate to go, pop in for a drink at the bar downstairs and put your name on the waiting list – the atmosphere is so relaxed that before you know it, you’ll be seated at a table.
Where: 104 Kloof Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
Contact: 021 426 2661 or 021 426 2753
When can I go? Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12 noon to 3pm. Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10.30pm