Hot New Restaurants in Cape Town: 2018

The Cape Town restaurant scene is forever changing and expanding, with new spots popping up faster than you can order an Uber. If, like me, you’re always on the lookout for a new culinary experience, then bookmark this post. I will be updating it throughout the year to include the latest, most-talked about foodie hangouts.

You can also pop over HERE to check out what happened in 2017.

Did I miss a spot? Pop your recommendations in the comments below! I am always keen to try something new. 

Gardens / Tamboerskloof

Janse & Co

Chef Arno van Rensburg, who previously headed the The Kitchen at Maison in Franschhoek, has now opened his own eatery right in the middle of Kloof Street, Cape Town. He has teamed up with Liezl Odendaal, previously of Weylandts and Ellerman House. So you know you are in for some seriously good food in an edgy, upmarket environment. You can choose from three to seven courses, with dishes like Chicken Terrine with Smoked Milk, Radish; Sorrel Trout with Plum, Grape and Verjuice; or Octopus, Strawberry, Umeboshi, Mint. They also have a fantastic liquor, beer and wine selection.

For bookings, head to janseco.com

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Green Point / Sea Point

CASA Restaurant & Cabanas, The Ritz

Cnr Main & Camberwell Roads, Sea Point

The Ritz has recently seen a massive rejuvenation and is fast becoming one of the swankiest hangouts in the city. Downstairs you can enjoy a more casual dining experience at CASA Restaurant & Cabanas. Pop in early for the breakfast buffet and à la carte offering, or enjoy some brasserie classics from 11am. Think Rock Shrimp tempura with an umami-packed sriracha/soya glaze, or Peri Peri chicken, cooked sous vide in home-made peri-peri sauce, before being crisped up in a Pira charcoal oven. CASA is also home to a sparkling poolside Champagne Bar where you can sip bubbly while cooling down, and on Sundays you can join them for brunch buffet, served 11am till 5pm for R250/R95 for adults/children. 

For more, visit theritz.co.za

The Ritz Restaurant

Cnr Main & Camberwell Roads, Sea Point

The revolving restaurant at the top of the Ritz offers spectacular city views to pair with your fine dining experience. The gastronomic experience begins in the 22nd floor Champagne Lounge. From here you move to the sexy, sophisticated dining area to enjoy a seven-course menu that reflect local flavours, presented in creative and refined ways. According to them, only sustainable fish on the SASSI ‘Green’ list will be served at Top of The Ritz.

For more, visit theritz.co.za


Winelands

Stellenbosch

De Vrije Burger

61 Plein Street, Stellenbosch

Bertus Basson, who recently earned Eat Out Top 10 status with his restaurant Overture, has opened a brand new joint in the heart of Stellenbosch. This joins his large family of restaurants that also includes Bertus Basson at Spice Route, The Deck and Spek en Bone in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. This joint heroes the humble burger with a seriously simple menu: A 200g free-range beef burger with all the trimmings, a small selection of sides, and soft serve. It’s a tiny hole in the wall so drop by for a quick fill-up.

For more, visit bertusbasson.com

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The Backyard Braai by Hudsons

77 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

The Backyard Braai takes up the back courtyard behind the Hudsons on Dorp Street in Stellenbosch, serving up South African braai classics. Think Springbok potjie, slow-smoked brisket, and locally farmed trout cooked on maple boards. They are also pouring 10 craft gins with a variety of tonic options, and naturally you’ll get your favourite craft beers as well.

For more info, visit theburgerjoint.co.za

Elgin

Salt at Paul Cluver

Chefs Craig Cormack and Beau du Toit from The Goose Roasters have opened a brand new restaurant, SALT at Paul Cluver in Elgin. The cosy restaurant will focus on wine, salt and food pairing, spearheaded by Mechell Spann who you might know from The Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery at Spier. SALT at Paul Cluver will be open for breakfast and lunch, celebrating wholesome foods with a twist. You can expect your breakfast classics like free range eggs with home-cured and smoked bacon, or try a curve ball like Banana Cream Pie.

For more, visit cluver.com

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