23 Jul 2018
When one thinks of fine dining in South Africa, Cape Town instantly comes to mind – So, what makes dining here a distinctive experience? Fresh, local ingredients combined with fantastic wine lists and mesmerizing views are a few of the reasons. Here are some of our top-recommended restaurants in the city:
The Roundhouse & The Rumbullion
The Roundhouse – A UNESCO World Heritage Site – offers a unique dining location, which when fused together with the contemporary European food on offer, creates a perfect blend of South African character and exquisite culinary options. The individual dining areas promise a private feel where service is tailored to each customer’s needs. If you’re paying this restaurant a visit, remember to try their vintage cocktails or exceptional wine.
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
Sophisticated, well-kept interiors and impressive views will intrigue you to enter this restaurant, and the creative menu items will make you stay. Liam Tomlin’s Chef Warehouse is just one of his four renown restaurants, and each one offers delicious tapas – among other things. Seven of the country’s top chefs have rated Chefs Warehouse among the best in Cape Town, adding to the great reputation that Liam Tomlin’s eateries have established internationally.
La Colombe, at Silvermist Wine Estate, is considered to be one of the best in the Western Cape. The restaurant is a luxurious one, consisting of chic interiors and a calm environment allowing diners to enjoy intimate gatherings whilst feasting on some of the most delicious of dishes. The food presentation is also just as impressive, contributing to the distinct overall experience at La Colombe.
The Test Kitchen
The Test Kitchen has been ranked as the Best Restaurant in Africa at The World’s Best Restaurant Awards – and you will not find it difficult to see why. The restaurant has long attracted customers with its bold, innovative dishes, seven-course tasting menu and exceptional local wine – thanks to it housing one of the country’s best cellars. Additionally, the setting is truly appealing. Guests can appreciate the contemporary décor, watch chefs prepare their dishes in the open-plan kitchen or enjoy city and mountain views.
The Shortmarket Club
The inventive plates curated at The Shortmarket Club are among the best in Cape Town, with steaks being perhaps the most-favoured. Head chef Wesley Randles describes the food as a “modern interpretation of the classics.” The food is complemented with leather-covered tables, dim lighting and cosy, intimate seating, making this restaurant a stylish destination worth dining at.