You can't go wrong eating out in Cape Town and its surrounding areas. It's truly a gastronomic delight and by far the best fine dining destination in Africa. My selection of Cape Town's top 10 restaurants offer a variety of gorgeous locations, where you can enjoy excellent fresh, organic local menus paired with world class wines. Many of the finest restaurants are located in the Winelands, where a four hundred year history of wine making and culinary genius continues to this day.
The Savoy Cabbage serves contemporary food that is as free range and organic as is humanly possible. From the "Fish Cakes with Pea Veloute and Smoked Garlic" to the "Rare spiced Kudu Loin with Chestnut Spätzle", the food is creative, fun and delicious. The menu changes daily, but have a look to get an idea of what's in store. The restaurant is elegant but not stuffy, with warm brick walls and a good ambiance. The service is excellent.
Reservations call: +27 21 424 2626, or click on the web site. The Savoy Cabbage is open from Monday - Friday for lunch (12.00 - 2.30pm) and dinner (7.00 - 10.30pm). On Saturdays they are open for dinner (7.00 - 10.30pm). The restaurant is closed on most Sunday's.
Reservations call: (27) 21 465 4909 -- or go online. Open: Wed - Fri for lunch, and Mon - Sat for Cinq a Sept and dinner.
Rust en Vrede is consistently rated a top restaurant in the Cape Town area and you will really not be disappointed. The food is contemporary with a classic flair. Locally grown, organic ingredients are used to create dishes like Salmon Trout Mi Cuit, Yuzu Jelly, Apple Caviar, Horseradish, and Ginger Crumble. The four and six course menus are fantastic, and a very fun way to try as many dishes as possible, all paired with different wines from the estate. The setting in an historic wine estate can't be beat, especially if you make it for sundown around 6pm. The service is impeccable and the vibe is very relaxed.
Reservations call: (021) 881-3757 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Strandloper is not so much a restaurant as a jumble of old rowing boats, fishing nets, wind shelters and other flotsam and jetsam that seem to have landed on the beach in a storm. You sit on the sand and you eat. The name Strandloper comes from Stone Age beachcombers who left evidence of their own beach braais in shell middens all around the coastline. There are 10 courses in all, but no-one announces them, you just get up and help yourself whenever you're ready. Mussels in white wine, mussels in garlic butter, haarders (mullet), seafood paella, braaied snoek, smoked angelfish, stumpnose bream and kreef. It's a delicious feast of food and culture.
Reservations call: +27 (0)22 77 22 490.
Reservations call: (021) 876 8442 or make a booking online.
Reservations call: 021 438 4347 or go online. The Roundhouse is open for dinner Tue - Sat and for lunch on the lawn Wed - Sun.
La Colombe has a regular spot on the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants of the World. The executive chef Scot Kirton offers a tasty menu inspired by classic French cuisine with an Asian twist. The gorgeous setting, within Cape Town's most famous vineyard and overlooking a fountain courtyard, adds to the classy dining experience. The winter special menu is great value (from May - September) and offers diners a chance to sample five different courses for a set price. Signature dishes use local, fresh ingredients and a fantastic wine list makes it all taste even better.
Reservations call: +27 21 794 2390. Open daily, lunch:12.30-14.30 Dinner: 19.30-21.30.
Reservations call: 021 418 2948. Beluga is open Monday - Saturday for Lunch and Dinner and Sunday's for dinner.
Jonkershuis is a wonderful option for those looking for great food, at reasonable prices in a lovely setting. The menu consists of mostly light dishes, light pastas, gourmet salads, and spicy Cape Malay specials. The burgers are considered among the best in Cape Town. In the summer, it's wonderful to enjoy your meal under century old oak trees in the beautiful gardens. "Jonkershuis" means “young man's house” and it was a second dwelling typical of all Cape Dutch homesteads, where the eldest son would set up house in anticipation of inheriting the whole.
Reservations call: 021 794 5128
La Petite Ferme is a lovely little restaurant that's been run by three generations and considered to be one of the best in a town known for its exceptional restaurants. The lunch in particular is heavenly. Where else could you enjoy a starter of bite-size Springbok Bobotie, served with peppered poppadums and sambals? And while your taste buds are savoring the food, your eyeballs will be lapping up the gorgeous valley and lake views. Conde Nast Traveller named La Petite Ferme as one of the top 15 'Best Value' establishments in the world. There are guestrooms available if you'd like to stay a little longer and savor the setting.
Reservations call: +27 (0)21 876 3016/8, or go online