The birds have spoken: Spring has arrived in Cape Town! With the changing of the seasons, our city’s chefs are retiring their winter menus and cooking up fresh, zesty inspirations for Spring and Summer. Restaurants all around the Cape – the winelands, southern suburbs, CBD, and Atlantic coast – are celebrating the sun with fantastic specials that deliver the best culinary talent, food, wine, and cocktails our city has to offer… and all at fantastic prices.
Here are the Cape Town specials you can’t miss out on!
HQ Restaurant’s Weekly Specials
The trendy and upmarket HQ restaurant offers fabulous daily specials to make any day of the week something to look forward to. Monday is two-for-one steak night; Tuesday is date night with two top-cut sirloin steaks in Café de Paris butter and served with salad, chips, and two glasses of Boschendal Larone (R280 per couple); and Thursday is half-price tapas night.
Where: 100 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 424 6373
Foxcroft Restaurant & Bakery Spring Lunch Special
Award-winning La Colombe Executive Chef Scot Kirton and his right-hand man, Pastry Chef Glen Foxcroft Williams, have joined forces to create Foxcroft Restaurant & Bakery. This Spring, the duo, which always aspires to remain at the knife’s edge of the latest culinary trends, is offering a four-course lunch (two tapas, one main and one dessert) for R320 per person. The special is valid on weekdays only and ends 31st October 2017.
Where: Shop 8/9, High Constantia Centre, Groot Constantia Road, Constantia
Contact: 021 202 3304
La Colombe & La Petite Colombe
Celebrating the launch of their new sister restaurant, La Colombe and La Petite Colombe Franschhoek are offering a fantastic weekday lunch special featuring a four-course gourmet meal. La Colombe came 73rd in the runner-up positions for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2017, so you can bank on an exceptional culinary experience at these enormously popular restaurants.
La Colombe: four-course meal at R450 per person.
La Petite Colombe: four-course meal at R395 per person.
Offer ends 31 October 2017.
Where: Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia (La Colombe);
Le Quartier Français Hotel, Corner of Berg and Wilhelmina Street, Franschhoek (La Petite Colombe Franschhoek).
Web: www.lacolombe.co.za & www.lapetitecolombe.com
Suikerbossie Restaurant’s Sunday Breakfast and Roast Lunch Buffet
The Suikerbossie Restaurant in Hout Bay, with unparalleled views of the bay, the Atlantic Ocean, and the dramatic peninsula mountains, provides a feast for both the stomach and the eyes. Join Suikerbossie for a full breakfast (R155 per person | 9am to 11.30am) or roast lunch buffet (R325 per person | 1pm to 4pm) every Sunday.
Where: 1 Victoria Drive, Hout Bay
Contact: 021 790 1450
Michelin Star Chef Riccu’s Five-Course Taster Menu at Sevruga Restaurant
Sevruga Restaurant has joined forces with Michelin-Star Chef Rich O’Donnchu (you may remember him from MasterChef UK: The Professionals, 2016) to offer Cape Town diners a fantastic five-course taster menu pop-up for R550 per person. Booking is essential. Special ends 31st January 2018.
Where: Sevruga Restaurant at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: 021 421 5134
Azure Restaurant at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
They’re calling it “Serendipity Sundays” and with an extravagant traditional Sunday lunch buffet accompanied by live entertainment by vocalist Jenie Oliver, all for only R375 per person, it’s not hard to understand why. Special ends 1st April 2018.
Where: Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Contact: 021 437 9029
Terroir Winter Stay and Dine Special
It’s advertised as a Winter special, but with Spring firmly upon the Mother City and with Terroir extending the offer to the end of October 2017, you can make it a Spring celebration for you and your loved one. The special includes a delicious four-course tasting menu at Terroir restaurant, an overnight stay at De Zalze Lodge, and a wine tasting at Kleine Zalze Cellar Door. You can even throw in a game of golf! Prices start at R950 per person.
Where: Tegno Road, off Strand Road (R44), Stellenbosch
Contact: 021 880 8167
La Mouette’s Spring Tasting Menu
With their frequent rotation of tasting menus, La Mouette is an ode to seasons here in Cape Town. This gorgeous restaurant features a series of cosy and intimate indoor rooms, as well as outdoor seating in a regal courtyard, which is almost always full in the warmer months. This Spring, La Mouette is celebrating the sun with a variety of incredible deals:
- A six-course tasting menu for R445 per person, or R820 with wine pairings
- A four-course tasting menu with a carafe of wine for R295 per person
- A three-course meal for R375 per person, or R695 with wine pairings
Where: 78 Regent Road, Sea Point
Contact: 021 433 0856
Kitima at the Kronendal Manor
Kitima’s Sunday lunch buffet is absolutely legendary and features a spectacular compilation of traditional Asian and Thai dishes, including soups, sushi, dim sum, noodles, a selection of main courses, desserts, and even a meat carvery. Between 12pm and 3.30pm – and for only R345 per person – you can eat as much as you want. This fine-dining Thai restaurant is located in the historic and atmospheric Kronendal Manor in Hout Bay.
Where: 140 Main Road, Hout Bay
Contact: 021 790 8004
La Tête is all about nose-to-tail dining, which means that (1) nothing on the animal gets wasted, which is a far more sustainable practice, and (2) you can expect some pretty weird and wonderful things to appear on the menu! La Tête’s menu changes every single day depending on what ingredients are seasonal and freshly available. The new Spring/Summer specials at this unconventional gourmet eatery are a total steal with a two-course set menu for R220 or a three-course set menu for R260. Alternatively, they are offering a “plat du jour” lunch special for R120, which is available from Tuesday to Friday between 12.30pm and 3pm.
Where: 17 Bree Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 418 1299
Moyo at Kirstenbosch
This season, Moyo at Kirstenbosch is offering a selection of buffet specials for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. With one of the world’s most beautiful and lush botanical gardens at the restaurant’s doorstep, you can work up an appetite beforehand or walk off your food coma afterwards.
- Breakfast buffet of hot and cold breakfast favourites (cheeses, cold meats, pastries, eggs, bacon, cereals, fresh fruit juices, coffee, and more) for only R130 per person (kids under six years old eat for free)
- Eat as much as you can lunch buffet for R275 per person
- Friday African buffet feast for R220 per person
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Contact: 021 762 9585
Bodega Restaurant at Dornier Wine Estate
Bodega Restaurant is all about contemporary country cuisine inspired by farm fresh ingredients and, of course, wine! This fine restaurant – the pride of Dornier wine estate – achieves the perfect balance between classic elegance, rustic country fare, and modern food preparation techniques. The Spring and Summer specials on offer at Bodega Restaurant include a two-course menu for R225 per person, or three courses at R295 per person. Think steamed mussels with garlic and thyme-infused cream sauce, braised lamb shoulder, and vanilla cheesecake with smoked orange marmalade. Need we say more?
Where: Dornier Wines, Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch
Contact: 021 880 0557
Beluga is a staple for Cape Town sushi lovers for its regular half-price specials. Available from Monday to Saturday and all day from 12pm to 7pm, this modern South African and Asian fusion restaurant serves up beautifully-crafted sushi, cocktails, and dim sum for half the price.
Where: 70 Prestwich Street, De Waterkant
Contact: 021 418 2948
Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel
For just R220 per person or R200 for parties of nine or more, you can tuck into a luxurious and hearty breakfast buffet at Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl. Featuring seasonal fruit, local cheeses and yoghurts, cold meats, pastries, breads, and a smorgasbord of hot cooked breakfast favourites, the buffet is an extravagant affair in a classic setting that will leave you groaning with great food.
Where: 10 Plantasie Street, Paarl
Contact: 021 863 5100
Every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Active Sushi throws an eat-as-much-as-you-can sushi buffet for only R199 per person. So, if you’re a glutton for seafood, this Spring and Summer special is a must for you; just be careful when plating up because the restaurant bills for wasted sushi!
Where: 32 Hudson Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 418 2604
Harvey’s at Winchester Mansions
With spectacular views from its terrace over the Atlantic Ocean, Harvey’s at Seapoint’s Winchester Mansions is a stunning location to spend a leisurely lunchtime. Every Sunday, between 11am and 2pm, this restaurant, which delivers South African cuisine with a European twist, throws a popular buffet accompanied by live music for R320 per person. Included in the price is a welcome glass of bubbly. Harvey’s also offers a weekday English breakfast special (7am to 11am) for R165 per person.
Where: 221 Beach Road, Sea Point
Contact: 021 434 2351
Burger & Lobster
If you find yourself ravenous after work and in dire need of a drink, you’ve simply got to head to Burger & Lobster in Cape Town’s city bowl. Between 4pm and 7pm on Mondays to Saturdays, this lively restaurant runs two-for-one happy hour specials on a selection of draught beers, wines by the glass, and signature cocktails. You can also accompany your libations with an “All Rounder” platter (featuring a Burger & Lobster slider burger, lobster bisque, and lobster roll and chips) for only R139.
Where: 105 Bree Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 4297