Hot new restaurants: 2019

Looking for something fresh to try in the Western Cape Winelands? Here are the new hotspots that have foodies talking, from Stellenbosch and Somerset West to Franschhoek and beyond.

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

Winelands

Eike, Stellenbosch

50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch; bertusbasson.com

Liezel recently popped in to Bertus Basson’s newest venture in Stellenbosch, Eike. The menu comprises of a 10-course set menu, featuring classic South African flavours elevated to the fine-dining level. Think springbok bobotie made from springbok tartare, ravioli and puffed rice, or apple pie and canned peaches with a twist.

Read Liezel’s full review here and visit them for dinner from 19:00 Tuesday to Saturday.

For more info and to book your table, head over to their website.

Avant-Garde Restaurant at Hazendal, Stellenbosch

Bottelary Rd, Stellenbosch Farms, Stellenbosch; hazendal.co.za

Hazendal’s fine dining restaurant, Avant-Garde, at the hands of Executive Chef Michéle Theron is pushing boundaries. This is brought about through its contemporary and creative interpretation of South African and Russian recipes and the fusion of these two cultures to create culinary art. Their menu focuses on fresh, quality ingredients and each dish is cultivated to showcase the wines from Hazendal as well as farms in the surrounding areas.

Visit them for lunch between 11:30 and 17:00, from Tuesdays to Sundays.

For more information, head over to their website.

Gåte, Stellenbosch

Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch; gaterestaurant.co.za

Gåte is probably one of the restaurants to receive the most hype since its launch in Stellenbosch recently. Their 16-course set menu will take you on a sensory journey, from a bread course that looks like a cigar in an ashtray all the way through to the balloon course (you read that right, the dish is just called “Balloon”) Liezel recently paid them a visit, you can read her full review here.

Visit them between 18:00 and 20:30 Tuesday to Saturday, or pop in for lunch between 12:00 and 16:00 on Sundays.

Head over to their website for more.

Protégé, Franschhoek

18 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek; protegerestaurant.co.za

Though Protégé’s menu consists of small plates meant for sharing, big flavours are definitely the order of the day. Chef Scott Kirton recently added Protégé to his ever-growing list of restaurants which includes La Colombe, La Petite Colombe and Foxcroft. With dishes like Saldanha Bay oysters, Korean fried chicken, risotto, and tataki and tartare, your tastebuds will be taken on a world tour!

Head over to their website to see the full menu and to book your table.

Beleef, Franschhoek

Huguenot Road, Franschhoek; beleefrestaurant.co.za

Beleef Restaurant situated on Franschhoek’s Main Road, in the spot where Ryan’s Kitchen at Place Vendôme used to be, offers a true Boerekos experience to entice both locals and tourists. Their menu features South Africa on a plate with dishes such as Boerewors wontons, Ou Kaapse Kos, and of course, Malva pudding. https://9lives.co.za/beleef-restaurant-franschhoek/Check out Liezel’s review of Beleef here.

Pop in for lunch or dinner Mondays to Saturdays.

Head over to their website for more info or to make a booking.

Restaurant Seven, Somerset West

Shop 7, The Avenues, 1 Drama Street, Somerset West; restaurantseven.co.za

Brendan Thorncraft, from Jardine fame, heads up the kitchen at George Jardine’s seventh restaurant. Their menu changes often, but you can expect dishes like seared yellowfin tuna with aiyashi dressing, braised pork belly, and king oyster steak.

Visit them between 12:00 and 14:30 for lunch, or between 18:00 and 20:30 for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.

Head over to their website to book and to see an example menu.

Cape Town

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.

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

FYN, Cape Town

Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament St; fynrestaurant.com

 

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Peter Tempelhoff co-owns FYN with Jennifer Hugé, the general manager, and Ashley Moss, the executive chef. This urban eatery boasts an African inspired menu and decor with a distinct Japanese aesthetic which comes through in their condensed five-course pairing menu. With their 5th floor location, you can look forward to sipping excellent wines while enjoying the views of Table Mountain and Lion’s head — or, if you’re more into the foodie side of things, you can view the food being prepared as the kitchen is in the centre of the space.

Visit them Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner, and be sure to check out their website for more info.

Grub & Vine, Cape Town

103 Bree Street; grubandvine.co.za

Chef Matt Manning heads up Grub & Vine in Bree Street, which offers refined bistro-style fare with a seasonally changing menu. While their lunch menu can be ordered à la carte in small plates to share or main-sized portions, for dinner you can choose between a two-course, three-course or four-course menu.

Visit them for lunch or dinner Tuesday to Friday, or on Saturdays for dinner only. Make sure to head over to their website to see more or to book your table.

Arthur’s Mini Super, Sea Point

15 Arthur’s Road; arthursminisuper.co.za

This tiny Sea Point deli offers their customers good coffee and café food like cheese toasties, pastries, spanakopita and burrata, as well as tons of deli items to enjoy at home.

On their Instagram profile, they boast that they’re “open all day most days” so pop in the next time you’re in Sea Point.

Head over to their website for more info.

Athletic Club & Social, Cape Town

35 Buitengracht Street; Facebook

 

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This three-story renovated building houses a social club where the interior features colonial-meets-modern design. The building’s history is ever-present in the decor, which features relics from days past, such as trophies and newspaper clippings from the stars of yesteryear that used to frequent the institution. The restaurant is Mediterranean themed and offers three kinds of tapas; namely vegetarian, meat and seafood.

Visit the restaurant on the first floor, or one of the bars on the second and third floors, Mondays to Saturdays after 12:00 and keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Belly of the Beast, Zonnebloem

110 Harrington Street; bellyofthebeast.co.za

This small 20-seater restaurant is headed up by Chef Anouchka Horn and Neil Swart, and offers a seasonal tasting dinner menu. The small size of the restaurant works in their favour, as diners have a much more personal experience as the chefs do everything from cooking the food to pouring the wine.

Be sure to head over to their website to book your table, as they fill up far in advance!

Bobo’s Brasserie, Mouille Point

29 Beach Road; bobosbrasserie.co.za

Bobo’s Brasserie, the latest dining offering from The Kove Collection, features a plush interior with contemporary touches and uninterrupted sea views. Their menu offers continental dishes which give a light, modern take on French cuisine; so think classics like escargot, steak frites and bouillabaisse, enjoyed with a cocktail or whisky.

Head over to their website for a look at their full menu.

The Commissary, Cape Town

88 Shortmarket Street; Facebook

 

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This no-reservations restaurant in Shortmarket Street is Chef Luke Dale-Roberts and Wesley Randles’ latest venture. Enjoy dishes such as pork katsu sliders, lobster rolls and tuna tataki next door to The Shortmarket Club — just don’t miss it as the entrance is as nondescript as they come.

Keep up to date with the latest news on their Facebook page.

Ding Dong Bar, De Waterkant

47 Napier Street; dingdongbar.co.za

 

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Cheyne Morrisby, of Cheyne’s in Hout Bay and Lucky Bao fame, has opened the latest instalment to the Cheyne Empire in De Waterkant. Occupying the space previously used by Lucky Bao, Ding Dong Bar offers punch, Asian inspired dishes where everything is made to be shared. The menu features dishes such as yellowtail sashimi that comes with liquid kimchi and a coconut-and-lime dressing, Kewpie potato crisps with furikake dressing and a variety of Bao buns, so everyine will find something to enjoy!

Head over to their website for more info.

Gardens Collector’s Club, Gardens

51 Kloof Street; Facebook

This newcomer on Kloof Street has a definite old-school vibe to it, with their felt notice board and pamphlet menus, but their food is definitely nothing to scoff at, even though their beer is the main event. Enjoy pub grub such as chicken wings and crispy calamari, or treat yourself to a free-range Frankie Fenner burger with bone marrow, or beer battered hake tacos.

Head over to their Facebook page for more info.

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