How do you like your dinner? Do you love Asian-fusion cuisine in a swanky, upmarket hotel restaurant setting? Or Italian-inspired and set against a convivial backdrop of laughter and free-flowing wine? Or perhaps enjoyed in a more intimate, homey environment with a crowd-pleasing menu and great artisanal coffee? Or how about time warping back to the Roaring Twenties when an evening out was as much about the live entertainment and giddy cocktails as the fine dining? Well…why choose when you can do it all?
Here are four new exciting Cape Town restaurants injecting something new and fresh into our cosmopolitan dining scene.
Lapo’s Kitchen delivers a multi-course feast of Italian-inspired dishes crafted from fresh, locally sourced ingredients, which guests enjoy in a social dining setting with friends and fellow foodies. Chef Lapo Magni, 2013 winner of Italy’s version of Masterchef, plays host alongside a representative from a local wine farm. The menu, which honours local, sustainable, seasonal, and ethically sourced produce, is influenced by Chef Lapo’s upbringing in Florence, Italy and his tutelage at the hands of his mother, a trained chef.
Where: Josephine Mill, 13 Boundary Road, Newlands
Contact: +27 (0) 76 199 9189
Located at the Signature Lux Hotel in a heritage building adjacent from the Waterfront Theatre School, Vivaldi is an exuberant, yet seductive feast for the eyes. Guests are invited to spend an evening indulging in fine cocktails, a menu that is proudly South African in heritage and influence, and live singing performances by students from the Waterfront Theatre School. All of this takes place in its spectacular Roaring Twenties-themed cocktail lounge/dining room (with a caress of African chic). Vivaldi is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, although shows take place over dinner only.
Where: 24 Alfred Street, Waterfront, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0) 21 811 4970
Bone’s Kitchen & Bar
This Woodstock restaurant, deli, bar, and lounge by restaurateur Rudi Minnaar offers uncomplicated quality dining in an easy-going home-styled atmosphere. The menu caters for any occasion and every taste with starter options like mussel velouté, beef carpaccio, and salmon trout mousse and mains of wild mushroom risotto, pork belly, and Cioppino mussel, prawn, and linefish stew. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Bones serves superb food, which it compliments with artisanal coffee and cocktails in a comfortable setting.
Where: Unit A102, Palms Design Centre, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock
Contact: +27 (0) 21 286 6207
Having just opened in March 2019 at the four-star Onyx Hotel on Cape Town’s Foreshore, YU Restaurant has barely opened its eyes to the Cape Town dining scene and yet it’s already become the talk of the town. This 100-seater restaurant and swanky lounge and sake bar offer guests an enchanting artistic setting in which to enjoy an Asian dining experience that is a seamless blend of tradition and modernity. The Japanese name YU embodies the spirit of this restaurant – excellence and superiority, gently delivered.
Where: The ONYX Hotel, 59 Heerengracht Street, Cape Town City Centre
Contact: +27 (0) 21 111 0453