With every passing week, it seems, new restaurants are flinging open their doors with a flourish, ready and raring to serve their unique take on South African or foreign cuisine. It’s a testament to the exploding dining scene in Cape Town that so many establishments are being successfully launched, many of which are going on to generate waves amongst the city’s self-confessed foodies and wine enthusiasts. Here are four brand new Cape Town restaurants we’ve got our eyes on.
The Restaurant @ The Nek
Opened in November 2018, The Restaurant @ The Nek is the very newest kid on the Constantia block and has been opened right next door to its sister restaurant, La Parada. Michelin-trained chef Dylan Laity, also former head chef of The Roundhouse in Camps Bay, has the reins in the kitchen, which, he explained, will be “serving modern South African cuisine with definite influences from my travels abroad.” The restaurant itself is elegant, simplistic, and has been dressed in a Scandinavian-chic design theme that allows breath-taking views of the Constantia Valley to take centre stage.
Where: Constantia Nek, 1 Hout Bay Road, Cape Town
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 021 422 0866
Eike by Bertus Basson
South African chef and TV personality Bertus Basson continues his rampage through the Cape Winelands with his new restaurant Eike, the sixth in his impressive portfolio. Located in a spectacular historic building in Stellenbosch’s famous Dorp Street, Eike’s food philosophy is firmly rooted in traditional South African cuisine, served with a contemporary flair and in an intimate, beautifully styled space. At the kitchen’s helm is chef Kyle du Plooy who has a similar passion for South African flavours. Together, the two chefs are serving up imaginative dishes that can only be described as alchemy!
Where: 50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
Contact: email@example.com, 021 007 4231
The Alba Restaurant
The Alba Restaurant is the first of its kind in the Mother City: a fully equipped and professionally serviced fine dining restaurant aboard a boat. The boat departs from a pier at Cape Town’s famous V&A Waterfront and for two leisurely hours, performs a slow circuit of the harbour, affording guests spectacular views of Table Mountain and the city of Cape Town. For dinner, enjoy a three-course meal paired with delicious wines from a local wine estate. The Alba Restaurant also does brunch, lunch, and, on Saturdays, an afternoon cocktail cruise and, on Saturdays and Sundays, an upscale high tea cruise.
Where: Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, 065 975 8060
SALT at Paul Cluver
For much of winter, SALT at Paul Cluver has been in hibernation, undergoing an extensive “facelift” to prepare for the warmer season. Now, the newly styled and expanded restaurant is being relaunched, offering guests a gorgeous, green setting in which to enjoy the estate’s delicious food and cool climate wines. SALT at Paul Cluver is the collaborative effort of chefs Craig Cormack, Beau du Toit, and, spearheading the kitchen, talented executive chef Mechell Spann.
Where: De Rust Estate, Paul Cluver, Grabouw
Contact: email@example.com, 021 844 0012