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Hot new restaurants in Cape Town and surrounds

New restaurants seem to pop up nearly weekly in the Cape. Blink and you might miss one. It can be difficult keeping up with them all, so here’s a handy list of the newest restaurants in Cape Town and the Winelands.

Arthur’s Mini Super (Sea Point)

This tiny deli, hidden in leafy Arthur’s Road in Sea Point, quietly opened its doors last month. The small seating area at the window overlooking the pavement allows passersby to sip on good coffee and chomp on treats like blueberry linzetorte, cheese toasties, spanakopita and pepper-speckled burrata. You can also buy tons of deli items from producers like Table at De Meye, Kleinsky’s and The Local Baker.

 

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The Athletic Club & Social (City Bowl)

What used to be an underground speakeasy-style bar for sports stars has now transformed into a whimsical social bar and restaurant in a heritage building dating back to the 1900s. The three-storey venue boasts quiet corners and cosy alcoves to perch and sip. Enjoy a meal on the ground floor or head to one of the other bars on the second and third floors. Share Mediterranean-style tapas with dishes like fior di latte mozzarella with a black olive and herb crumble, chicken thighs with pita and carrot hummus or crispy Mediterranean sardines with aïoli.

 

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Avant-Garde Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

Hazendal’s fine dining restaurant, under the hands of executive chef Michélle Theron, brings a contemporary and creative interpretation of South African and Russian recipes to create culinary art.

Beleef Restaurant (Franschhoek)

Taking over the premises of Ryan’s Kitchen at Place Vendôme in Franschhoek’s Main Road, Beleef Restaurant strives to take locals and tourists on a true boerekos experience.

Belly of The Beast (Zonnebloem)

This nose-to-tail eatery uses sustainable and local seasonal ingredients. The menu changes daily and comprises only what the chefs can grow or source. There are no menu options or set number of courses. Just trust them to satisfy you with their seasonal fare, which comes in between five to eight courses. The 20 seats make for a very personal dining experience.

 

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Bobo’s Brasserie (Mouille Point)

A new one from the Kove Collection, Bobo’s Brasserie is situated on the sunny Mouille Point strip with views of the promenade and glittering ocean. Settle at a table in the colourful space and snack on bar bites like in-house crisps with Boursin French onion dip or olives with confit garlic. If you’re here for a longer meal, start with appetisers of oysters with lemon and black pepper mignonette followed by mains of Parisian dumplings with butter sauce; bouillabaisse; steak frites; or beef bourguignon.

 

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Bocca (City Bowl)

While the name might not be new for some, the Italian eatery on Bree Street has taken on a whole new guise with a new menu to boot. The space has been revamped with a fresh twist and new owners Guido and Adnana Brambilla are now serving urban Italian cuisine with Italian flavours made with South African ingredients. Think local stracciatella with roasted cherry tomatoes and confit eggplant, Venetian seafood ragù on penne with a nod to Cape Malay flavours and Amatriciana pizza topped with guanciale from Richard Bosman and pecorino.

ChiCha (Sea Point)

Previously Fuego, ChiCha is a small and stylish tapas-and-wine bar in the heart of Sea Point’s Regent Road. Pair your choice of vino with dishes like marinated fillet with noisette cauliflower, local chorizo with apple chutney and miso-marinated prawns.

The Commissary (City Bowl)

The latest venture from chef Wesley Randles and the Luke Dale-Roberts stable is this edgy no-reservations restaurant in Shortmarket Street. Sip on interesting local wines while you messily wolf down dishes like glorious pork katsu sliders, lobster rolls, octopus sliders and Jason Bakery sourdough flatbread. There are also delicate oysters and tuna tataki that feature on the blackboard menu.

 

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Eike (Stellenbosch)

Bertus Basson’s latest venture is set in the heart of Stellenbosch and celebrates South Africa’s culinary heritage. The 12-course set menu features dishes like shaved kohlrabi and slivers of home-made lamb biltong; bobotie tartare with a delicate raw sweet potato ‘ravioli’ filled with the equivalent of the bobotie’s custard; waterblommetjie tempura and oysters; and ‘Plankievleis’ with green spinach purée and cinnamon-spiced pumpkin fritters.

Frogitt & Vonkel Wine Bar (City Bowl)

Frogitt & Vonkel’s flagship bar on Bree offers a list of over 30 local and international wines to enjoy. Guests can pair it with locally produced charcuterie and cheeses or visit neighbouring bistro Grub & Vine.

FYN Restaurant (City Bowl)

This hot new venture from Peter Tempelhoff, Ashley Moss and Jennifer Hugé brings a contemporary fine dining edge to the Cape Town City Bowl. The stylish rooftop venue boasts spectacular views and exciting Japanese-inspired cuisine. Head here for lunch or dinner and enjoy dishes like the kaiseki tray with bread and bone marrow butter, squid ramen and springbok tataki. It’s followed by a sweet kaiseki filled with cherry ‘cheesecake’, Madagascan chocolate and salted Japanese plum, and blueberries, yuzu and coconut.

 

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Gardens Collectors Club (Gardens)

This gem on Kloof Street is the ideal spot for good beers on tap and delicious burgers and bar snacks. Sip on a Mikkeller Capenhagen IPA and sink your teeth into the glorious bone marrow burger made with 200g Frankie Fenner beef and marrow. It comes topped with pickles, cheddar and caramelised onions. There are also tacos, fried chicken, and charcuterie to keep the hunger at bay.

Gåte (Stellenbosch)

Headed up by chef Rikku Ó’Donnchü and Warwick King, this one-of-a-kind restaurant opened in November to much acclaim. The 16-course meal begins with a bread course called ‘Not an ashtray’ and escalates to a bubbling coral reef platter, an ethical fois gras duck’s egg, a cauli-cheese course and ends on a beetroot candy helium balloon. It’s a theatrical treat – in flavour, presentation and experience.

Grub & Vine (City Bowl)

Chef Matt Manning has officially launched his first restaurant and it’s all about bistro fare, with wines to match. Think burrata with tomato and salsa verde, followed by roasted lamb with lamb fat potatoes and smoked aubergine or West Coast hake with steamed mussels. Desserts might include a blackberry almond cake with honey custard or a classic cheese trolley.

 

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Kapstadt Brauhaus (V&A Waterfront)
This new beer-drinking spot is now open at the V&A Clock Tower. Enjoy beautiful harbour views while sipping on a range of beers, cocktails, or wine and enjoy German-inspired grub. Options include pretzels with sweet mustard, German sausage platters; eisbein; steaks; schnitzel; Alpine pizza and more.

 

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The Kind Kitchen (Woodstock)

This new vegan eatery is located at Woodstock Brewery in Woodstock. The kitchen only makes two items each day but it’s fresh and 100% vegan. Dishes might include chickpea-flour omelettes with sundried tomatoes, seitan ribs in a Korean BBQ or tempeh Reuben sandwich with kraut and a Russian dressing.

La Parada (V&A Waterfront)

La Parada’s latest branch has opened up in the picturesque setting of the V&A Waterfront. Views of the harbour and Table Mountain set the scene as you tuck into tacos, croquettes, meaty grills and platters.

 

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The Lawns (Camps Bay)

The newly revamped lawns in front of The Roundhouse boasts a laidback menu and seriously beautiful views. This is possibly the best spot for sundowners in Cape Town and it’s paired perfectly with pizza, Sicilian-style calamari, grilled rib-eye and slow-cooked mushroom ragu.

Lekker Vegan (Gardens)

The gourmet vegan fast food spot has now popped up in Kloof Street to bring locals its famed vegan gatsbys, nuggets and more.

Macau (City Bowl)

Macau Asian Tavern, a collaboration between chef Li Kuan Geo (formerly of Kitima in Hout Bay) and restaurateur Seelan Sundoo (of Sundoo in Sea Point), opened in the heart of the City Bowl in November 2018, taking over the space that was once home to Savoy Cabbage. Named after a region in China that was formerly colonised by the Portuguese, the menu offers everything from maki and massaman curry to paratha, chorizo and dim sum.

 

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The Poké Co. (Sea Point)

The pastel-hued poké bar on Loop Street has made the move to the Atlantic Seaboard with its second store. Grab vibrant and fresh bowls filled with salmon or tuna sashimi and colourful veggies like pink radish, red cabbage, edamame and more.

Protégé (Franschhoek)

Small plates and big flavours are the order of the day at Protégé, the new addition to Top 10 chef Scot Kirton’s stable (La Colombe, La Petite Colombe and Foxcroft) at Le Quartier Français. Headed up by chef Stephen Raaff, the new restaurant has a refined approach to casual fine-dining, with dishes like Korean fried chicken with buttermilk, spicy lamb roti and Asian barbecue pork belly and prawns with sugar snap peas and house-made kimchi.

 

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Restaurant Seven (Somerset West)

Brendan Thorncraft – the former head chef at Restaurant Jardine – heads up the kitchen at George Jardine’s latest venture and it seems he’s hit the ground running. The menu changes regularly but you can expect dishes like springbok tartare with hazelnut and celeriac; butter-roasted hake with zucchini-and-lime velouté; and Valrhona chocolate with caramelised white chocolate, raspberry and gold leaf.

Riverine Rabbit (City Bowl)

Young gun chef Ash Heeger’s new restaurant Riverine Rabbit has taken the place of ASH Restaurant on Church Street and is sporting a fresh revamp. The three-, five-, and seven-course menus offer bold and creative flavour combinations featuring a nod to sustainability. Think honey-cured beef with tapioca, egg yolk and soy; burnt leeks with butter, hazelnut and lemon; sea bass with mussel, kombu and greens; and a dessert of milk and honey with golden almond crumb.

 

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Salsify at The Roundhouse (Camps Bay)

Chefs Ryan Cole and Luke Dale-Roberts opened this highly anticipated restaurant in October 2018 and it continues to be the talk of the town. Guests are treated to a winning combination of an historic location, stellar views and elegant dishes such as fire-roasted asparagus and egg sauce; pan-roasted line fish with mussels and yeast brown butter; and a dessert of roasted pineapple with coconut cake and kefir ice cream made with goat’s milk.

Tjing Tjing Momiji (City Bowl)

Number 165 Longmarket Street has been home to delicious things since Ilse Koekemoer opened Dear Me, The White Room and Tjing Tjing bar in the historic three-storey building in 2011. Since then, the middle floor has been renovated twice, most recently reopening as Tjing Tjing Momiji. Chef Christina Semczyszyn is now serving next-level fine dining at this new venture with glorious Japanese flavours.

 

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Unfiltered on Kloof (Gardens)

Situated in the heart of the trendy City Bowl area, at the foot of Kloof Street, is this new kid on the block. A collaboration between the teams of Rosebank Brewing Company and Woodlands Eatery means that this place can only mean business. Expect bold burgers, famed pizzas and a good selection of brews to keep you happy.

 

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Victoire Bakery (City Bowl)

This new French-inspired bakery is conveniently situated in the Speaker’s Corner hub. Grab a coffee and croissant or settle in for Nutella-filled chouqettes, pain aux raisin and filled gourmet baguettes.

Brought to you by Retail Capital, sponsors of the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award. Want to find more new restaurants in your city? Check out our new restaurants section.

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