Just back from Cape Town (erm, yes, again) and must say enjoyed some quality tuck when I was down there – helped enormously by an exchange rate that is nudging 14 Rand to the Pound at the moment.
I’ll try and add web links to the following list but if you are heading down there any time soon I would recommend having a google and getting your chops down to these fine establishments quicker than you can say “Winnie Mandela’s no oil painting bru”
In no order…
(1) The Dogs Bollocks – no honestly; every day the British chef cooks just 30 burgers and serves them up in the alleyway next to his house. You can tip him in beer.
(2) The Test Kitchen – if you want a blow out, book here before you leave home, or look for a last minute cancellation by following the chef/owner (Luke Dale Roberts)’s Twitter feed. In London this would be expensive; in Cape Town (see exchange rate) it’s a steal for visiting Brits or Yanks
(3) His other place, the Pot Luck Club, is equally good, a bit less fancy – currently closed, will open on top of a former flour mill in January
(4) Superette – trendy diner, about to move along the road to the Woodstock Exchange, 66 Albert Rd
(5) Clarke’s Diner, Bree St – trendy, airy diner filled with way too cool for school young Capetonians
(6) Keenwa – Cape Town’s – Africa’s?? – only Peruvian restaurant, owned by male model German de la Malena, who knocks up a mean Pisco Sour.
(7) Carne – meat eater’s heaven: 80% of the meat here comes from the owner’s own farm in the Karoo. No gloopy sauces, just cooked, then a dash of olive oil and herbs added. Opposite is a very nice Italian, 95 Keerom, and the chef/owner knows what he’s talking about, as he’s from Milan.
(8) I love my Laundry – yes it’s a laundry (10 Rand per Kilo) but it also serves Korean dim sum from 7am
(9) Round House, Camps Bay – where to take your aunt for lunch on a sunny summer weekend. Great views.
(10) Olympia Cafe, Kalk Bay – fab place for weekend brekkie in your flip flops; just wish they’d finish off the bloody road works (2 years?!)
(11) Neighbourgoods Market, Woodstock – wear very dark shades to allow max perving on Cape Town’s beautiful people who have never knowingly eaten a carb; this place is open on Saturdays from 9am-2pm and is an undercover collection of very yummy foodstalls. You can get great coffee, and an ostrich, jalapeno and cheese omelette will set you back 55 Rand
PS – if you fancy a late night cocktail, Orphanage opened earlier this year and is a superior spot for decent late night libation