Fine dining in the Mother City

If there’s one thing you can be sure of in Cape Town, it’s that we have no shortage of options to choose from when it comes to eating out. Whether it’s a corner café, local hot spot, wine bar or a fine dining restaurant – we’ve got it all. We’ve chosen four of the best new restaurants in the Mother City to try out – feast on the details below:

  1. The Shortmarket Club


This newly-opened restaurant in the middle of vibey Bree Street is the latest venture started by one of Cape Town’s most renowned chefs, Luke Dale-Roberts, and his team. Head chef, Wesley Randles, describes The Shortmarket Club as the “type of place where we want people to linger, have fun; where lunch turns into drinks at the bar, or an after-work get-together that turns into a languid dinner”. With the perfect location, beautiful space and amazing food, we expect nothing less.

Customers can look forward to dishes such as beef carpaccio with a miso-cured egg yolk, kingklip with tamarind and palm sugar, crayfish with smoked sweetcorn and a separate braai section. Based on the resounding success of The Pot Luck Club and The Test Kitchen, we’re absolutely sure that this new spot will live up to its expectations.

Pieter’s tip: The Oysters with Tigers Milk are the best I have ever had. And I’ve had a lot of Oysters.

  1. Idiom Wines


Idiom Wines boasts an award-winning range of wines that stems from the Da Cape Vineyards. Owned by the Bottega family and located near Sir Lowry’s Pass as part of the Stellenbosch Wine Region, the family describes Idiom as a “celebration of wine and words” – a description that perfectly suits their name. Consisting of big, bold blends of noble varietals and single cultivar renditions of Mediterranean and Italian grape varietals, their range of wines are all expressed in a Cape idiom.

“Idiom are expressive wines. They jump out of a glass. Some people find them too bold, some people find them meek… others find them just perfect. We love these people.”

The restaurant recently opened. Offering fine dining in a spectacular setting overlooking False Bay and the Helderberg Basin, it is fully booked over weekends… but you might get a table in the week. Try the meat trio starter. Pieter’s cousin Lush works here. Oh, and as far as fine dining goes… very very good value!

  1. Mulberry and Prince


This nifty Cape Town corner, located on Pepper Street, opened its lovely pink doors a few weeks ago and it’s already high up on the list of top restaurants to visit in Cape Town. The upmarket and chic interior gives you a warm and upper-class atmosphere, without being pretentious. The best way to experience all this trendy spot has to offer is to order a few dishes and share them amongst a group of friends. The menu is unusual and exciting, and customers can look forward to friendly service, as well as excellent food and a memorable experience. This is a great spot for first dates and people watching!

  1. The Stack 


With elegant decor in a beautiful Colonial style house, accomplished waitrons and food that you’ll be dreaming about for weeks… The Stack should be at the top of any Cape Town list. Their wine list is also impressive, with a wide selection of varietals to accompany their French-inspired menu. The duck starter and lamb main course come highly recommended, and their crème brûlée and chocolate tart vie for place first when it comes to dessert.

The Stack’s incredible journey includes burning down after it had just first opened up, but owners Nigel and Sarah determination to offer a chic new dining experience in the heart of Gardens is reflected in every detail. Including the comprehensive list of single malts! Try the steak just so you can have a go at the fries and hollandaise sauce…

With all these great restaurants right on our doorstep, you don’t have any excuse to stay in during your visit to Cape Town. To experience some of these restaurants for yourself, book a trip on one of our Cape Town tours and let us know which ones appeal most.

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