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Cape Town Restaurant Guide
Introduction Fish South African Haute Cuisine
Hotels International African Indian & Asian
Music Family Areas  
Unsuspected by many visitors, there is a superb tradition of cuisine in Cape Town. The creativity began with Asian slaves who transformed the traditional dishes of Europe and Britain into a unique 'Cape Malay' style, using local fruits and spices from passing ships. Such dishes include Bobotie and Breedies and Malva pudding. Cape Malay Cuisine

Most restaurants focus upon Mediterranean and Pacific Rim influences. Naturally, fish and other seafood is very important too and there is a growing number of African restaurants.

You will find local cuisine in various styles from around the world cooked and presented superbly. Many restaurants have beautiful settings and decor. Visitors are also amazed at how inexpensive it is to eat out. Too good to be true? Just try.
Fish Restaurants
Ba'ia in the Waterfront is a large but popular fish restaurant. The Cape Town Fish Market is another quality option in the same complex.

The Codfather is situated one road back from the Main Road in Camps Bay. Sushi starters and very unusual sea food platters are on offer.

Panama Jacks is a well kept secret. Located deep in the docks (don't even try to find it, get a taxi), the decor is dominated by flags pinned to the ceiling and water tanks full of crayfish (pick your own!). Lively and down to earth.

The Black Marlin is well located en route to Cape Point with fine views over False Bay. It is geared to tour groups, but retains some character and style.
South African Restaurants
Emily's is in the Waterfront and owned by well known food critic, Peter Veldsman, with staff under his training. The food is fascinating and excellent. Emily's is located on the 3rd floor of the Clocktower development in the Waterfront.
Spier Estate
Jonkershuis is on the Spier estate, near Stellenbosch. An extensive Cape Malay buffet, this is the best introduction to traditional Cape Town food available.
Haute Cuisine
Buitenverwachting is the most 'classy' restaurant in Cape Town. It is on a wine farm of the same name in Constantia, about half an hour from Cape Town. Brilliant presentation, polished service and delicate preparation.

La Colombe on the Constantia Uitsig estate is less formal but very upmarket and commonly regarded as Cape Town's most highly rated restaurant. A strong Mediterranean feel, high quality cuisine and a lovely setting.

Bosman's at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl has the grandeur of a French Country house and the finest of food, meriting high awards from Relais and Chateau. Paarl is some distance from Cape Town, but if you are in the area it sets a high standard of quality.
Hotel Restaurants
The Radisson is a modern hotel near the Waterfront and serves 'fusion' food. Arrive before sunset, the bar has one of the best views over the Atlantic.

The Mount Nelson has the most famous high tea in Cape Town, but this historic, aristocratic hotel also has a fine restaurant in the 'Cape Colony'. Grand and imposing, it is an evening to remember.
International Restaurants
Balthazar in the Waterfront offers high quality dishes, especially its steaks.

95 Keerom at the top of Keerom Street, is a restaurant with an excellent reputation and a very high standard of food.

Blues in Camps Bay has a great view at sunset. It has been a popular Cape Town restaurant for many years.

Beluga's is in the 'Foundry' tucked away in Greenpoint. Interesting wood/ industrial decor and good food.

Aubergine is a restaurant with a reputation for a consistently high standard. Located near Parliament in Lower Gardens.

Quay 4 has a good setting, on the old dock in the Waterfront complex. The food and service are pleasing, and downstairs there is a lively pub, often with live music.

Peddlars on the Bend has fine 'country' food, well prepared and an excellent team of staff. Located in Constantia. Very well priced and with a popular bar and garden.
African Restaurants
Africa Cafe in Heritage Square, also in the city centre, offers an interesting 'African Feast' with samples of foods from across the continent. Order as much as you like of the ones you enjoy.
Indian & Asian Restaurants
Bukhara on Church Street in central Cape Town, near Greenmarket Square, is an excellent Indian restaurant.

Haiku has four Asian kitchens, producing Asian tapas of the highest quality. The Peking Duck and Robata are exceptional.
Music Restaurants
Green Dolphin is 'dedicated to the preservation of Jazz'. Cape Town's most enduring and classy jazz restaurant is easily located in the Waterfront complex, and the food is good and the music excellent.
Family Food
For general fare, chain and inexpensive restaurants, simply wander in the Waterfront, or any other good shopping centre. Sea Point Main Road also has numerous places to eat, although at night the area can feel seedy.

In particular look out for Nando's - a good South African take-away Portuguese chicken chain and Primi Piatti, is a popular pasta chain (there is one in the Waterfront). Pizzas, and plenty of other take-aways can be ordered from 'Mr. Delivery'.
Restaurant Areas
There are good concentrations of restaurants and eateries of many flavours in the following areas: Upper Long Street in Cape Town; Kloof Nek Road, above the city centre; Camps Bay Beach Road; Sea Point Main Road and Beach Road, and in the Waterfront and other shopping centres.

In the Winelands there is no doubt that Franschhoek represents the height of fine South African food. There are forty three restaurants in this small town, several in South Africa's top ten. Head for Rubens, Haute Cabriere, Le Quartier Francais or La Petite Ferme.

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