The food scene in Cape Town is definitely something worth writing about. From classy restaurants that offer impeccable service and delicious 6-course meals to affordable ramen spots and hipster burger joints, Cape Town offers plenty of options to choose from. The funny thing is that new restaurants in Cape Town are opening faster than you can say Jack Robinson and most of them are bringing something new to the food scene in Cape Town. Let’s take a look at the list of restaurants in the Mother City that you need to try at least once.
1 The Codfather
Although Camps Bay has a reputation of being crowded with tourists and overpriced, it still has a couple of great restaurants worth checking out and the Codfather is one of them. Travelers who are after seafood specialties at reasonable prices will definitely fall in love with this place. What’s great about this restaurant is that they don’t have a menu and you will be brought over to the fish counter to choose from different kinds of fish. Rice, potatoes, and vegetables are included in the price and Codfather offers a nice selection of local wines. What’s not to like here?
Address: 37 Camps Bay Dr, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8040, South Africa
Marrow is a New York style broth bar in Cape Town that offers four simple soups on their menu. You can choose between a brown, clear, white, and green broth which is served to you in a cup of a bowl. Some of the trimmings in the broth include cubes of apricot, lentils, and ribbons of courgette. You can also add chorizo, rice balls, and boiled eggs in your broth.
Address: 83 Loop St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
3 Three Wise Monkeys
Located on Regent Road in Sea Point, Three Wise Monkeys is an amazing ramen joint that attracts both tourists and locals. Their menu may be small but ramen noodles with beef or chicken, sushi, and sliced raw fish salad are all delicious and worth ordering. Make sure to try the duck ramen, as well as the beef fillet and veg ramen.
Address: La Rhone Building, 77 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
4 La Tête
Opened in 2016, La Tête is a French-inspired restaurant that serves unpretentious dishes like grilled green beans with Karoo Cheese and roasted baby quail. The main chef, Giles Edwards believes that no part of the animal should go to waste and makes sure that each dish is exquisitely dressed and seasoned with fresh ingredients. Don’t forget to try vegetable dishes like the retro celeriac salad and kohlrabi salad.
Address: 17 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
5 The Test Kitchen
The Test Kitchen is probably one of the most expensive restaurants in Cape Town but for a reason. Keep in mind that reservations for this place need to be booked weeks ahead. The tasting menu consists of 10 courses and includes dishes like frozen horseradish, smoked sea bass, and line apple. If you are into fine dining restaurants that serve haute cuisine, you will be pleased to hear that the Test Kitchen was ranked number 22 in the World’s Best Restaurant Awards in 2016.
Address: The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915, South Africa
Situated on Church Street, Ash is definitely one of those places that made the food scene in Cape Town so popular and unique. The talented young chef Ash Heeger offers a compact menu with several signature dishes like pig head scrumpet, raw beef seasoned with cornichons and capers, and 30-day aged prime rib. In case there is some space left for dessert, make sure to try the tasty doughnuts in smoked sugar.
Address: 81 Church St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa