Top notch, bistro-style fare paired with beautiful wines from across the country; a stunningly decorated venue with an exotic atmosphere and Saturday night DJ; a breath-taking location in the middle of Constantia’s untamed Cecilia Forest; and a menu inspired by a childhood growing up on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean…
This issue, we take a look at four remarkably different restaurants in Cape Town, each of which has something special and totally unique to offer. What they have in common, however, is that they’re all relatively new to the Cape Town foodie scene, yet are already receiving positive reviews.
Grub & Vine
Grub & Vine is a small, modern inner-city eatery that serves refined bistro-style food by Chef Matt Manning (previously of La Colombe) and beautiful wine by some of South Africa’s most respected estates. It’s cool and sexy with a relaxed, contemporary feel that’s made it a fast favourite amongst groups of friends and professionals who work in the city. There’s also an in-house sommelier, Keize Mumba, to help guests choose that perfect bottle/s of wine off the menu.
Macau Asian Tavern
Macau, with its stunningly decorated interior, exotic atmosphere, and the historic charm of being located in an old Victorian building, is an exciting, Asian-inspired restaurant in the city centre. Named after a region in China that was colonised by the Portuguese, guests can expect a unique menu that is a hybrid of many cuisines, from southern Chinese and Portuguese to Southeast Asian and Indian. On Saturdays, Macau brings in a local or international DJ for a little live entertainment!
Phantom at Purple Rayn
Purple Rayn is an opulent and glamorous new guesthouse tucked away in the magical Cecilia Forest in Constantia. Its rooftop restaurant, Phantom, offers lovely forest and cityscape views in a luxurious setting with authentic, mouth-watering Asian-inspired fare by Executive Chef Warren Carney (previously of Madam Zingara). And if the fancy takes you, head down to the gold marble cocktail lounge and sushi bar before or after dinner for a little extra indulgence.
Kwéyòl at Botanik Social House
This colourful Caribbean-style restaurant by the multi-talented, international model and businesswoman Mala Bryan has just opened at Botanik Social House, located across the road from the Company Gardens. Her food – inspired by her childhood in St. Lucia – is lovingly prepared, simply presented, and exuberant in flavour. Try the brown-stewed lamb neck (fall-off-the-bone tender) and Haitian slaw or the jerk-style chicken. The rum cocktails are excellent, too!