Hot off the grill: 2017’s trendiest new restaurants in the Cape Town CBD

The best thing about living in Cape Town is the food scene. Whether you’re in the mood for Japanese, American, Asian-Fusion, steak, fish, sushi or vegan, you’ll find a spot that is doing it brilliantly. Another great thing is that the city is constantly welcoming vibey new spots that bring a fresh flavour to the scene.

These are the new Cape Town restaurants and eateries that have popped up since the beginning of the year that are causing all the buzz among inner-city locals. Since there are so many places opening up all the time, I have decided to keep this post focused on the City Bowl. I will also be adding to this article through the year so check back for the latest news.

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

Gardens

Primal Eatery

50 New Church Street, Cape Town

Primal Eatery is a Meatery – so not your average steakhouse. It was started by husband and wife team Brynn and Kristina who wanted to combine their Greek and South African heritage, and their love for food and travel. They are all about wood-fire cooking, innovative techniques and creativity, promising you a full sensory experience.

They are open Tuesday to Saturday, 18:00 – 00:00

For more, visit primaleatery.co.za

Thali

3 Park Road, Gardens

At the end of last year Chef Liam Tomlin (Chefs Warehouse & Canteen) opened a new Indian tapas restaurant in Park Road, Gardens. The venue is exquisite, with bold design features and intricate exotic embellishments that transport you from the Cape Town CBD to a courtyard in Delhi. As for the food, you only have the option to order a set tapas menu for two (R650 for eight dishes, excluding drinks and dessert) and from there you sit back as the restaurant treats you to beautiful Indian dishes. The venue is stunning, the food delicious and the service was very good when we visited.

Monday to Saturday, 12:00 – 14:30 and 17:00 – 21:30

For more, visit their Facebook page

The Sorrows

16 Kloof Nek Rd, Gardens

The Sorrows is the brain child of best friends Daniel Holland (of YOURSTRULY) and James Louw (of JL Joinery). Their wanted to create a space with a beautiful aesthetic juxtaposed with a tongue-in-cheek play on the idea of drowning your sorrows at the end of a bar. The duo is joined by Dino Moulopoulos in the management seat, and Head Chef Shayne Schutte. You can indulge in tidbits like Karoo lamb riblets. Or try grub like their low and slow Cabernet braised lamb shank, flame grilled chicken, or fennel, orange and sage stuffed pork belly.

They are open Monday to Saturday 07:00 – 22:00

For more, visit thesorrows.co.za


City Center

Banks Burger

179 Loop Street

Banks Burger has recently opened their second store, stretching their fingers from Newlands into the heart of the CBD, and serving up some flippin good burgers from their Loop Street setup. All the food at Banks is handmade and served fresh to order and the prices are pretty good too. They also offer a vegetarian falafel-style patty (cheekily named Butcher’s Daughter), and you have the option to order all their burgers on lettuce instead of buns.

For more, visit banksburger.com

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Cabrón Taco Bar

120 Bree Street

Cabrón Taco Bar has recently added some Mexican flavour to the Bree Street food scene. You can choose between tuna, beef, pork or veg tacos (which are around R50 for one generously stuffed portion), as well as nachos and some veggie options.  The venue has a laid back, Cape Town-cool vibe, the taco I had was really tasty, and the service was super fast (so that you can be out of there quick quick if you’re on a lunch break). If you’re keen to linger, though, I recommend you grab a table outside and order a few different options to try. PS: I spotted some La Leona Karoo Agave on their shelves that is definitely worth tasting.

They are open Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 23:00

For more, visit their Facebook page

Café du Cap

113 Loop Street

Café du Cap has opened its doors in the Cartel House building on Loop Street, offering a relaxed environment where you can enjoy homemade and wholesome treats while listening to music by artists like Bob Dylan, Edith Piaf, Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra. Apart from the food, they also stock a range of ladies’ kaftans, homeware and furniture to browse. Try their hot plate ‘Plat du Jour’ lunch table and salad bar, or have a sandwich from their menu. They claim to sell the best Croque Monsieurs in Cape Town, so that alone should tempt you.

They are open Monday to Friday 07:30 t0 17:00

For more, visit cafeducap.com

NEW RESTAURANT REVIEW: @cafeducap opened on Loop Street in the Cape Town CBD a few months ago. This weekday breakfast and lunch spot is a perfect little escape where you can enjoy homemade, wholesome food from salads to sandwhiches while listening to French café music next to the sounds of Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and The Rolling Stones. And aside from the food, you can also browse a small selection of beautiful silk kaftans and French country-style homewear pieces. Read my full review on 9Lives – link in bio . . . #9livesfood #foodblogger #foodie #food #lunch #lunchtime #lunchincapetown #capetownfoodie #capetownrestaurant #capetown #instafood #restaurant #newrestaurant #instafoodie #foodphotography #feedfeed #huffposttaste #taste #buzzfeast

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Cookies and Cream

87 Buitengracht Street

Cookies and Cream has just opened their first standalone store in Buitengracht street where they will be serving their well-loved ice-cream sandwhiches and bubble waffles. All their components are made in-house using only the best natural ingredients and flavourings. That also means free-range eggs and fair trade coffee and chocolate. Yes please!

Note, Cookies and Cream is not to be confused with Crumbs and Cream, a different ice-cream sandwich brand in Cape Town.

They are open Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 – 21:00

For more, visit their Facebook page

Homage 1862

168 Loop Street

Homage wants to create an immersive dining experience that pays tribute to Cape Town’s heritage. They are housed in a beautiful old Victorian building, complete with lace trimmings, and inside they’ve created a chic, comfortable and airy space. Their menu is built around their flame grill, and the best seasonal produce.

They are open Tuesday to Saturday 11:30 – 17:00

For more, visit their Facebook page

Hokey Poké

1 Church Street

Poké is about the trendiest thing since craft gin right now. It’s a raw fish salad from Hawaii that has been influenced by Japanese and Asian cuisine. Think Sashimi with a few exotic flavour combinations. Hokey Poké serves up bowls like naked tuna with shredded kombu, sweet onions, toasted macadamias and furikake, or salmon with avocado, samphire, sweet onions, coriander, tobiko and toasted almonds. Or how about tuna with edamame beans, avocado, mango, crispy onions, pickled ginger and furikake?

They are open Monday to Saturday 12:00 – 21:00

For more, visit hokeypoke.co.za

La Tête

17 Bree Street

La Tête has been the talk of the town since they opened in November last year. It’s the culinary dream of brothers Giles and James Edwards, with Giles heading up the kitchen and James taking care of the finances. La Tête is built on the “nose-to-tail” philosophy so you can try dishes like devilled chicken hearts or crispy pig tails. They also have a few more conventional options on offer, though, in case these sound a bit exotic for your taste.

They are open Tuesday to Friday 12:00 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 23:00, and on Saturdays from 18:00 – 23:00

For more, visit latete.co.za

Marrow

83 Loop Street

Marrow is a brand new broth bar that has opened alongside the Secret Gin Bar and Honest Chocolate. They serve up only real, wholesome and sustainably sourced foods. You have an option of four broths: Clear (chicken), White (vegetarian/vegan), Green (fish) and Brown (venison), served in either a smaller cup or larger bowl portion.

Now Now

91 Longmarket Street & 1 Silo, V&A Waterfront

Now Now is all about super fast, good food. This new concept from Woolworths offers healthy, fast food options that includes breakfast pots, egg buns, hearty bowls and burgers. If you don’t feel like waiting in a queue, you can order and pay using their app (available free on IOS and Android), so that by the time you reach the counter you can simply grab-and-go. The price is also very reasonable: You can get a meal for as little as R25 (hey, if you’re really broke you can even get butter on toast for R10). The portions are small but decent, and should be perfect for a light breakfast or lunch.

They are open Monday to Friday 06:30 – 17:00

For more, visit woolworths.co.za

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Roast & Co

98 Shortmarket Street 

Roast & Co is the latest venture by the owners of HQ, and promises diners a wholesome chicken dining experience. They have teamed up with Elgin to ensure a sustainable meat source, served in a trendy, upmarket restaurant adjacent to the HQ courtyard. Look forward to shared plates with dishes like Chicken Caesar Croquettes and Elgin Farmhouse Liver Paté, and as a main you can choose between a full, half or quarter chicken paired with sides like truffle pap, pumpkin fritters or roast potatoes. They also have a small selection of cocktails and desserts.

SeaBreeze Fish & Shell

213 Bree Street

SeaBreeze Fish & Shell is the latest foodie spot to join the buzz on upper Bree street. This new seafood restaurant wants to bring a contemporary take on traditional classics, with a focus on local, sustainable seafood. It’s run by Ruth and Alex Grahame, who came to Cape Town from Scotland where they ran Hornblowers seafood restaurant. You can look forward to oysters, MCC and signature cocktails.

They are open Monday to Saturday 12:00 – 21:30

For more, visit their Facebook page

SETA at Villa 47 Emporio Italiano

47 Bree Street

Mid-September will see the launch of SETA, a new Asian-Italian fusion cocktail lounge at Villa 47 Emporio Italiano. SETA, which means ‘silk’ in Italian, was inspired by Marco polo’s travels during the 13th century. He brought noodles back from the East, which later inspired what Italians know as pasta, and established what is known today as the Silk Route. Look forward to molecular cocktails, fine liquor, spritzers and aperitifs, along with small plate dining created by resident chef Michelangelo D’Oria.

Solo

99 Loop Street

With Chef Chad Blows (formerly of The Marine in Hermanus) in the kitchen, Solo has been getting plenty of positive feedback since it opened in November last year. They serve up quality, seasonal produce for breakfast and lunch. Start your day with waffles, topped with southern fried chicken and a sriracha & habanero maple syrup, or opt for something savoury like their hake & Franschhoek salmon trout croquettes. Lunch includes dishes like smoked seafood chowder, chickpea curry or a slow-cooked barbecue beef short rib.

They are open Monday to Friday 07:30 – 17:00 and Saturday 09:00 – 14:30

For more, visit solorestaurant.co.za

The Crazy Horse Gastro Pub Emporium

165 Bree Street

The Crazy Horse opened its doors in July, serving up English pub fair in a comfy setup. They have taken over the former Latitude 33 space and completely transformed it, with a massive bar taking up one end of the lower level, and plush booths lining the walls downstairs and on the second floor. Head over for a beer and dishes like pub terrine with braised onion and toast, lamb shank pie with mash and gravy, and pan fried trout with quail egg, watercress and beetroot.

They are open Tuesday to Sunday 11:00 – 02:00

For more, visit their Facebook page.

Wild Sprout

179 Loop Street

Wild Sprout is a new spot where conscious eaters can find something delicious, whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, or steering clear of gluten, dairy and refined sugar. Best of all, you can eat healthy without breaking the bank. Breakfast starts at just R30 (for gluten and sugar-free banana bread that can be topped up with nut butter, fresh banana or chia seeds and cinnamon). You can also get a vegetarian wrap for under R50, or a smoothie bowl for just over R50. They also serve a variety of snacks like date balls, raw bars and seed snaps. Try the ginger and nut bites, they’re brilliant.

For more, visit wild-sprout.co.za

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Green Point/Sea Point

Cocotte La French Rôtisserie

20 Regent Road, Sea Point

Cocotte describes themselves as the first typical French Rôtisserie to open in Cape Town. They really are all about the chook, selling either whole or sectioned chicken roasted chicken, portions of potatoes and French sauces.

During the winter period they will be open Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 19:00 and Sunday 11:00 – 14:00.

For more, visit their Facebook page

Lily’s

1 Surrey Place, Mouille Point

Lily’s describes themselves as a family-friendly all-day eatery that serves up inventive contemporary comfort food in a relaxed seaside setting. They offer breakfasts like pancakes with raspberries, lime & coconut and crème fraîche, or a breakfast salad with almonds, quinoa, baby spinach, kale, grilled haloumi and soft boiled egg. The food menu has a nice variety that includes light meals, vegan/vegetarian options, sandwhiches and heartier mains. Look forward to dishes like Sesame Tuna with sticky coconut rice, wasabi aioli, coleslaw and edamame beans, or their Umamifly burger with a beef patty, mushrooms, caramelised onion, in-house ketchup and Parmesan.

They are open Monday to Sunday 07:00 – 22:00

For more, visit lilysrestaurant.co.za

Mojo Market

Regent Street, Sea Point

The Mojo Market launched in April this year, home to 45 designer retail stalls, 20 food vendors, two bars, a daily fresh goods market, a live entertainment stage and a wellness zone. You can enjoy food from traders like Manga Sushi, Kubu African, Sha Sha Wama, The Mussle Monger, Argies Argentinian Grill, Hokey Poke, What The Fish, Krockette and San-Julian Mexican. The Mojo Coffee Collective is also at hand with the very best of Cape Town’s artisanal roasters including Deluxe, Baseline, Hazz, Truth, Origin, Za Cafe and their very own Mojo Blend.

Retailers trade from 09:00 – 21:00, food is served until 22:00 and bars stay open until 23:00.

For more, visit their Facebook page

SHIO Restaurant

48 Napier Street, Cape Town

SHIO restaurant in De Waterkant opened at the end of last year, bringing modern Japanese tapas-style food to the city. You might recognize them from their neon signage – “Drink Sake Stay Soba” that has been doing the rounds on Instagram. Look forward to dishes like spinach ohitashi, duck-fat fries, yellowtail sashimi and chilli-salt squid, served up in a modern, edgy setting. Everything we tasted was seriously delicious, and it’s worth going as a group so that you can try as much as possible.

They are open Monday to Saturday 18:00 – 22:00, and for lunch from Wednesday to Friday 12:00 – 15:00

For more, visit their Facebook page

The Chicken Shop

164 Main Road, Sea Point

Inspired by the chook shops in Melbourne, The Chicken Shop brings you fresh, free-range chickens on a charcoal rotisserie. The idea is to bring you a  boutique takeaway experience that does not compromise on quality. Chose between traditional rotisserie chicken, burgers & rolls, salads or other meat options.

They are open Monday to Sunday 12:00 – 21:00

For more, visit thechickenshop.co.za

The Yard

The Silo District, V&A Waterfront

the brainchild of dynamic retailer and hospitality visionary, Abigail Bisogno (from Spice Route), and her business partner, restaurateur, GP Singh. They have a restaurant serving up Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Oriental and Indian-style dishes, as well as a deli for on-the-go foods. There is also a shop stocked with all sorts of local gems from homewear pieces and clothing to tasty treats like chocolates, home-made pasta, preserves, charcuterie and fine cheese.

For more, visit their Facebook page

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Three Wise Monkeys

77 Regent Rd, Sea Point

Oh the ramen! If you are a fan of this classic Asian comfort food then you need to get yourself down to Three Wise Monkeys in Sea Point asap! They make ramen, ramen and ramen (and some sushi and poke bowls).  They are teeny tiny, with minimalist decor (and I’m not sure whether they have a liquor licence yet so you might want to take a bottle just in case). They are also attracting queues of people so it’s worth popping in.

They are open Monday to Sunday 12:00 – 23:00.

For more, visit their Facebook page


Did I miss something? Pop your recommendations in the comments below. I am looking for any restaurants in the Cape Town CBD that opened between November 2016 and now. 

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