Best Restaurants in Cape TownUyaphi was established in 1999 in Durban and moved to Cape Town in 2002. In that time, we have seen this city transform from a sleepy (if beautiful) backwater to a city of international standing. Rio, Sydney, Monaco, Cape Town...you get the idea.
As a reflection of this status, restaurants have multiplied both in quantity and variety. Food was always pretty good here because the ingredients were always so fresh, but the choice of places to eat was lacking.
No longer. After a non-scientific poll of our staff and much fun in discussion, we have compiled this selection of our favourite restaurants.
It is not exhaustive and it is completely subjective but we challenge anyone not to enjoy the list we have compiled. In no particular order of preference:
Our Recommended Cape Town Restaurant Portfolio
Steenberg Vineyards, Tokai. 021-7132211. One of the oldest vineyards in South Africa hosts one of the most contemporary buildings and raises the standard of casual dining restaurants. Whether it is the tapas menu or the raw bar with dishes of sashimi, gravalax, ceviche, carpaccios and oysters; you will be impressed by the quality and originality of the food. This place is a must visit even if its only for a cocktail.
Klein Constantia Road, Constantia. 021- 7943522. Further down the Constantia valley, you will enjoy one of the finest dining experiences in the country. In this old established vineyard, the Austrian chef combines the best local ingredients (the game dishes are mouth watering) with the best European traditions. Enjoy your meal with the excellent wines of the estate and take your time. This quality cannot be rushed.
Five Flies Restaurant
16 Keerom Street, Cape Town. 021 4244442. In one of the most atmospheric buildings in Cape Town, previously the old Dutch Club, you will find a gastronomic pleasure. With a wide variety of dishes and choices of set menus; everyone from a vegetarian to a hardened carnivore will be satisfied.
The harbour, Kalk Bay. 021-7887162. One of the greatest cocktail bars in Cape Town built over the rocks of the harbour. During winter there is always a warm log fire which you can sit around whilst watching the waves crash in front of you. This restaurant is for carnivores but also offers an interesting variety of tapas and Mozambican dishes.
The Round House Restaurant
Round House Road (off Kloof Road), The Glen, Camps Bay. 021-4384347. Another historic Cape building with sweeping views of Camps Bay, the Twelve Apostles Mountains and the ocean. The main restaurant is fine dining bending European cuisine with African ingredients. The wine list and pairing menus are excellent. During the summer season, the lawns are opened up for a more easy dining experience with comfort foods under the banner of the 'The Rumbillion Lawns'.
Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.021-4215134. An excellent waterfront restaurant specialising in sushi and seafood. The interiors are lush but you really want to sit outside on the terrace and observe the world with a cocktail in your hand.
Noordhoek Farm Village, Noordhoek Main Road, Noordhoek. 021-7891390. In a relaxed semi rural environment and unpretentious surroundings, you will probably enjoy some of the best French cuisine in the country. The French chef and owner Franck Dangereux has created dishes of natural taste, smells and textures, and much character. My personal favourite.
The Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay. 021-4379029. In this beautiful hotel situated in splendid isolation between Camps Bay and Llandudno, you will find a restaurant which is both relaxed and opulent and an environment in which you feel immediately comfortable. With sweeping views of the Atlantic, you will eat a broad variety of dishes. Sunday brunch is a treat. This restaurant pulls off the rare trick in which you could have an intimate tete a tete evening but which is also very welcoming for families.
5 Rooms Restaurant
Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia. 021-7956313. Situated in one of the grand old manor houses of Constantia, the traditional Cape architecture is married with contemporary and antique furnishings. This philosophy is replicated in original dishes and reinventions of traditional dishes. The languid atmosphere lends itself for a most agreeable and extended Sunday lunch.
Kloof Street House
30 Kloof Street, Cape Town. 021 423 4413. In their own words "an eclectic colonial inspired restaurant and bar set in a magnificent Victorian house". That about sums it up. Basically you come here for the atmosphere. The rooms are adorned with interesting paintings, relics and curios giving off a more Bohemian than colonial vibe. You will also the food with a varied menu utilising fresh local ingredients. Also most enjoyable for a cocktail on the lawn.