As we roll into summer, yet another bevvy of Cape Town restaurants are opening their doors for the very first time, while others that have been delighting patrons for decades, if not centuries in the case of the Lord Nelson Restaurant, are re-opening after a total reawakening and renovation. Here are a few brand new (and revitalised) Cape Town restaurants to try this summer.
Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen
Inspired by Cape Town’s fynbos, oceans, vineyards, and mountains, Cause Effect is an experiential cocktail kitchen and brandy bar with a formidable reputation for serving a mean and totally creative cocktail. Now, they’ve opened their second cocktail kitchen, this time at the V&A Waterfront, where guests can indulge in seasonally inspired cocktails accompanied by delicious canapés and small plates. From prawn toast with miso mayo, beef tartar, and cheese and charcuterie boards to Korean friend chicken tacos, umami beef burgers, and more, there isn’t a palate that Cause Effect doesn’t cater for.
Where: The Rocket Shed, 280 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 0266 | email@example.com
Lord Nelson Restaurant
With its ornate ceilings, plush botanical tapestries, wood-panelled walls, and first-class chairs that once belonged to the iconic Union-Castle Line ships, the timelessly elegant Lord Nelson Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel lovingly preserves the old-world romance and glamour of high-end dining. Here, fine food presented tableside, top Cape and international wines, and service perfection are delivered in an establishment that has hosted a constellation of local and international stars, including former President Nelson Mandela.
Where: Belmond Mount Nelson Restaurant, 76 Orange Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 483 1000 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Perched on a prime location on Camps Bay’s golden mile, Surfshack is a new contemporary seaside diner that serves up absolutely delicious classics (with a unique twist). Think: Poor Man’s lobster roll, seared ahi tuna bun, barbeque lamb chops, steak and egg, hot honey fried chicken burger, pizzas, salads, and more, all served with a side of vibey buzz in a rustic yet stylishly decorated venue. And with front row seats to one of the best sunset spots in Cape Town, it’s the newest cool kid on the Kove Collection block.
Where: 201 The Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 437 1802 | email@example.com
Bombay Brasserie at the historic Taj Hotel has been transformed after a massive renovation and expansion. Named after the cosmopolitan Indian city, Bombay Brasserie serves a fine dining interpretation of Indian street food with influences borrowed from right across the Indian subcontinent. These, under the stewardship of Executive Chef David Tilly, are blended seamlessly with authentic Cape Town flair and flavour. The décor is sumptuous and heady with exoticism, while the brand-new Bombay Brasserie Bar serves an extensive range of cocktails, beers, wines, and spirits. Refreshed, expanded and refurbished, Bombay Brasserie transports patrons to the heart of India without having to leave Cape Town’s inner city.
Where: Taj Cape Town, 1 Wale Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 819 2000