SURF & TURF: RESTAURANTS WITH A VIEW

From the Amalfi Coast to the Sienne in Paris, taking in a view while taking in a meal is one of the most enthralling pleasure combos life can offer us. In Cape Town, we’re spoiled for choice with a huge selection of quality eateries giving us both mountain and sea views. These are our favourites:

The Grand – Foreshore

Now a Cape Town establishment, when The Grand opened up on the foreshore in 2009, people were sceptical. Not far from the dolosse of Cape Town harbour, it was in an area that was previously semi-industrial. Predictions were made that the crowds would not come, that their beach would wash away. But years later, The Grand is still here and it’s…grand. Great views of both Table Mountain and Table Bay, a beach-side bungalow feel even though minutes earlier you could have been in traffic, plus great cocktails, pizza and more (we recommend the Chalmar beef fillet with the béarnaise). We admit, we’re fans. www.grandafrica.com

 

Bungalow – Camps Bay

Photo c/o Bungalow


The Camps Bay/Clifton strip is as close as Cape Town gets to a Miami Beach vibe. It’s where the best beaches in the city are, where people go to be seen and where those who own Ferraris and Lamborghinis drive their toys in first gear. In the space formerly occupied by Cape Town institution La Med, Bungalow has seamlessly taken over where La Med left off as one of the best spots to hang out on a weekend afternoon in the sun after a beach session. Enjoy cocktails with oysters or sushi or maybe the blackened fish sandwich or the prawns main course. www.thebungalow.co.za

 

Twelve Apostles – Camps Bay

Photo c/o The 12 Apostles


Dust the sand from your feet and jump in the shower, because Azure restaurant at the 12 Apostles is worth getting cleaned up for. A 10-minute drive from the Camps bay strip, which is itself only 15 minutes from the centre of town, The 12 Apostles sits alone along the coast between Camps Bay and Llandudno. It boasts a great hotel and spa, but with brilliant views over the rocks at Oudekraal it’s worth a visit for drinks and dinner too. Vegan? Keep an eye out for Chef Christo Pretorius’s vegan tasting menu. Fear not carnivores – from BBQ pork belly to beef rump picanha, the ever changing menu caters for you more than most. www.12apostleshotel.com

 

Harbour House – Kalk Bay

 

Photo c/o Harbour House

If Camps Bay/Clifton is the glitzy side of Cape Town, Kalk Bay on the Cape Peninsula is the more boho, relaxed side. It’s a place of surfers, curio shops and crusty characters who have lived interesting lives. At the working harbour you’ll find the original Harbour House (it now has two sister restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Constantia Nek), which is one of the best spots to take in the spectacular views of False Bay and the surrounding mountains. On the menu, from sushi to soup, calamari, linefish and platters, seafood is a focus but they cover all their bases with a lamb rack, grilled beef and more. Come rain or shine, Harbour House is an excellent place to while away a long lazy lunch. www.harbourhouse.co.za

 

Tintswalo Atlantic

Photo c/o Tintswalo

For a five-star experience, take a drive out to Hout Bay, one of Cape Town’s outlying suburbs on the peninsula (30 mins from town) and take in a meal at Tintswalo Atlantic. Expect a layered menu with seafood, vegetarian (with prior warning) and meat options and an incredible wine list. Check out the winter menu here. And the views? Well they take in Hout Bay itself with the Sentinel front and centre. If you get there with enough dayliught to spare and the right conditions, you should be able to spot the infamous big wave surf break, Dungeons. http://tintswalo.com

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