So in seemingly simple task of attempting to make a dinner reservation last week, and the many rejections that I was met with – it occurred to me that this had actually become an exercise in discovering the current hottest spots on the Cape Town restaurant block! Some have been around for an age and have therefore honed their expertise and developed a fiercely loyal, long-lasting clientele and others are still in the teething stage. The resulting info was too good not to share, so here we go….the restaurants that get are getting a big thumbs up at the moment are~
*THE BLACK SHEEP
A family owned and run eatery that claims to be laid-back whilst dishing out a fair portion of swag…this restaurant is contemporary and hugely respectful of excellent food and wine. You’ll find exciting items such as “Sticky char sui pork ribs with quick cucumber and daikon kimchi” for starters or “South Indian Kingklip coconut curry with rice, sambals and poppadum’s” for mains, on the menu. This is a blackboard restaurant, thus besides the small set menu of favorites, the menu changes daily to accommodate trends, experiments, seasons etc.
Situated on trendy Kloof St, visit their website for more info and BOOK WELL AHEAD to avoid disappointment!
Well over teething issues this fine-dining experience has been around for a while! Situated in the bustling Noordhoek Farm village The Foodbarn offers “civilized food without the pretense”! Famed chef Franck Dangereux runs this ship and has become well-known and adored for offering deliciously decadent, sophisticated food in a super relaxed and characterful old barn. The juxtaposition here is the draw card, and for any foodie, this needs to be on your bucket-list of places to dine!
Visit their website for more info.
*KLOOF STREET HOUSE
Certainly an eclectic experience with a bar designed from stacked vintage suitcases, and a modern menu to match all set in a gorgeously revamped Victorian villa (again) on trendy Kloof St. You might stumble upon items such as “salted caramel cheesecake served with popcorn sorbet” or stick to something more ‘regular’ such as their “200g Wagyu beef burger, camembert, truffled wild mushrooms, rocket, pickled red onion and horseradish crème fraiche”…and choose from their variety of nooks and crannies in which to dine in, for any occasion…visit their website for more info.
And last but not least…
*THE BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB
They classify themselves as ‘Cape Town’s wonderfully wacky bohemian love den at the top of the hill (yes, Klood St), where everything is possible and always ensues’. Now if that isn’t enough to convince well then, sorry for you!? Love child of Jonny Cavanaugh’s Madame Zingara – The BBC really does live up to its claim to represent a colourful history and expression of an eclectic past. Their menu boasts all-time favourites such as their choc-chilli steak together with ever-changing specials to keep the most jaded palette amused.
Visit their website to make a booking and take heed of their warning to be ‘prepared to stay way past your bedtime’.
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.