Summer is ‘the season of celebration’, and what better way to celebrate than to get out there and indulge in some gorgeous food and wine.
Located at the V&A Waterfront, Firefish serves fresh seafood with beautiful harbour side views. The menu includes all the usual favourites, like shucked oysters, fresh fish, and sushi, but also boasts a great selection of modern, unexpected dishes like devilled whitebait with yuzu and lime aioli; crispy prawns with confit lemon; and Szechuan crusted kingklip with soba noodles and chilli and citrus soy.
If red meat is more your style, there are a number of protein cuts on offer, all of which are charcoal-grilled with olive oil and sea salt. Vegetarians will love the small, but carefully considered menu, with options like roast eggplant with miso, honey, scallions and sesame seeds; and udon butter noodles with nori.
T: 021 286 4933
95 at Parks
New in Constantia is the cosy 95 on Parks (previously known as Carne), an Italian eatery in a relaxed setting. Headed by well-known chef Giorgio Nava, the space is decorated in shades of green, and with its wood finishes, natural light, and pretty garden views, the restaurant makes a comfortable spot for a leisurely lunch or dinner.
The menu includes dishes that are rich and wholesome – think potato gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and toasted pecan nuts; and homemade ravioli with slow-baked Karoo lamb and sage butter. For real comfort food, be sure to sample the dessert menu, which offers classics like tiramisu, crème brûlée, and freshly made, authentic Italian gelato.
T: 021 761 0247
Consisting of a deli for on-the-go coffee and smoothies; a shop selling local cheeses, charcuterie and homeware; and a fine dining restaurant, The Yard is a gorgeous space worth a visit for its design elements alone.
Located in Cape Town’s exciting new Silo district, the restaurant serves up an eclectic mix of dishes inspired by Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Indian flavours. The breakfast menu offers favourites like bircher muesli, homemade seed granola, and eggs, but if you’re feeling adventurous, try an Indian classic, like masala dosa, rice and lentil pancakes with spiced potato; or poori bhaji, cumin spiced butternut and potato stew with wholemeal bread. For lunch, there’s a choice of a hot or salad buffet, and a tapas menu is available from 4pm until late.
Perfect for sharing, it includes tasty bites like soya coated honey nuts, samosas, crusted squid, and chicken tikka.
T: 082 945 4686
Situated in Kalk Bay, Salt was inspired by the Cape’s history as a trading post. As such, the menu is a diverse mix of international flavours, from German and Vietnamese, to Greek, Japanese, and Thai. The interior is eclectic and homely, with some seating on the street for those who want to soak up the bustle of the quirky area. Pop in for a healthy small plate, like sugar snap peas with chilli oil and mint salt; flash-fried zucchini with kale pesto; and wasabi dusted calamari with grapefruit and lemon.
For larger meals, expect fresh, zesty flavours like curried lentil salad with pickled beetroot and radish and kudu goulash with homemade pasta and plum compote. While the focus of the menu is on healthy, nutritious dishes, be sure to save space for their vanilla bean ice cream or sorbet of the day!
T: 021 788 3992
Pierino Penati at Villa 47
Another Bree Street delight, Villa 47 have recently opened their second-floor restaurant, Pierino Penati. Chef Theo Penati, a Michelin-star chef of his family restaurant of the same name in Italy, and resident Chef Michaelangelo D’Oria head this eatery up presenting beautifully plated (and tasty) food for anyone privileged to visit.
The space is sophisticated and welcoming with striking contemporary artwork adorning the walls. The menu includes pea ravioli, burrata, red onion, anchovy bread, sea bass baked on a herb-aromatized brick of salt, vegetables, and slow cooked beef cheek, asparagus, extra-virgin olive oil potatoes, to name a few. The dessert selection is small and has perfect options to round off a good evening out.
The restaurant is open from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only.
T: 021 418 2740