Your Guide to Eating Out, In, and Around Cape Town: Part VI

by Sandy Salle on March 29, 2012

Guest post by Cape Fusion Tour Guide, Pam McOnie

This section aims to be an update of new restaurants that I have tried or want to try in Cape Town and the surrounding wine regions. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list—merely a list of what looks really exciting for this season. We are blessed to live in Cape Town, a creative hub where new restaurants open all the time. As such, our aim is to keep working our way through the exciting offerings in our city!

If you missed Parts I, II, III, IV, or V of this post, view them by clicking the links below:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Part V

Bizerca: This is a fantastic gourmet, French-style bistro nestled in the middle of the Cape Town business district. This is well worth booking in advance as it is a fun culinary experience. It is owned by a French chef (Laurent) who is married to a South African girl (Cyrillia). Together they make a strong team and have become a firm local favorite. Tip: Make sure your taxi driver knows how to find it before you depart from the hotel! I have had lots of people getting lost en route! Note you must book as they are extremely popular. Jetty Street, Foreshore, Cape Town. For Reservations: +27 (0)21 418 0001 / Open: Monday-Friday for lunch and dinner / Closed weekends / www.bizerca.com

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Image above taken from www.bizerca.com

The Round House: En route to Camps Bay, this restaurant is an exciting addition to Cape Town’s fine dining restaurant scene and is located in a historic building dating back to 1786. In the 1800s it was used as the hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset. Now, it is home to a fine dining establishment, as well as chef Ronan o’Dwyer who trained in Ireland and spent time working in London at Quaglino’s & Euphorium before heading to the warmer climates of Sydney.

In my opinion, The Round House offers the best service in Cape Town and creates a wonderful ambiance in a historical setting. In short, I like it a lot! For wine lovers, the wine list is impressive and they will happily pair each course with a recommended wine. Address: Kloof Rd, Camps Bay / Tel 021 438 4347 / Open Wed – Sun for lunch, Wed – Sat for dinner / Note that they offer sunset drinks and music on various dates, so it is well worth watching the website and reserving a table during summer for these evenings / www.theroundhouserestaurant.com

95 Keerom: This restaurant offers up-market northern Italian cuisine. The attention to detail is amazing and is reflected in the glamorous furniture, excellent service, and delicious food. Pam’s favorites: the seared tuna and the pork neck. This restaurant is still fantastic and one of my favorites. Note that they have opened Carne, the meat restaurant just across the road from their current restaurant. I love Carne and think it’s a great addition to Cape Town. Address 95 Keerom Street, City / Tel: +27-21-422-0765 (to book 95 or Carne) / www.95keerom.com / Closed on Sundays.

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Image above taken from www.95keerom.com

Carne: Successful restaurateur and owner of the highly rated 95 Keerom Street Restaurant (best for Northern Italian cuisine in the city), has opened Carne. Carne is a northern Italian-style steak house. Giorgia Neva has taken steak houses to a new height of glamour with this venture. The restaurant features a stylish bar upstairs for drinks, before you descend into the basement area for dinner.

This room has funky plastic transparent chairs and is just simple and chic. The evening starts with a very delicious bread basket. We followed the bread with a shared portion of the lamb shoulder ravioli, which was superb. The meat for the main course was brought out raw on a platter in all of its glory. The waiter explained the different cuts and that all of the meat was dry aged. We opted for the T-Bone served as it is in Florence, (i.e. a huge T-Bone that they slice and serve on two platters). It was the best steak I have had for years. I would highly recommend Carne. However, there are no options for vegetarians on the menu; therefore, only take meat-loving friends with you! Location: Cape Town city centre, top of town / Tel: +27-21-424-3460 / 70 Keerom Street, City Bowl

Bukhara: This is a stylish North Indian restaurant with a great, well-deserved following. Simply delicious, high-quality food / Tel: +27-21-424-0000 / Location: 33 Church Street, City Bowl. (My Indian clients tell me that it is the best Indian restaurant they have been to!)

Manna Epicure: This stylish pavement cafe is open for breakfast and lunch. For breakfast, enjoy soft scrambled eggs with Norwegian salmon, complemented by delicious freshly baked breads and freshly squeezed beetroot and ginger juice. For lunch or a mid-afternoon snack, pop in for an array of tapas and a glass of chilled wine. This spot will allow you to start relaxing into your holiday in Cape Town. 151 Kloof Street / Tel +27-21-426-2413 / www.mannaepicure.com / Closed on Mondays.

Image above taken from www.mannaepicure.com

Haiku: This restaurant ran trials for chefs in China prior to making their final decision. Haiku combines the cuisine from a couple of Asian countries and, as such, makes for a fun evening where you can experience many small courses ranging from dim sum to peking duck to sushi. Take as many people as you can with you as this will allow you try many dishes—the concept is to share. Not to mention, food comes out randomly when it is ready. Note they offer split times for bookings: 7pm or 9pm. Food Type: Asian Tapas / Tel: +27-21-424-7000 / I highly recommend that you ask the waiters for their recommendations on what dishes to order and follow the advice given!

This Article was written by Pamela McOnie who contributes to the foodie side of this website and also offers private guiding services and gourmet & wine tours of the Cape region.

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