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As Cape Town continues to grow and expand, suburbs are developing their own vibey communities. The northern suburbs are going through something of a renaissance at the moment, with some very cool eateries popping up in and around the Durbanville area. Here are some of our favourites.

For the most important meal of the day

Groot Phesantekraal Restaurant 🍽

Looking for a slap-up breakfast? This is the spot. The hot cross bun French toast with bacon is a no-brainer, and the chorizo bean stew with ciabatta is a perfect winter warmer. There’s also a gammon-and-cheese waffle, a smoked salmon and potato hash, a vegetarian spread including quinoa and curried cauliflower… We could go on. If you’re a traditionalist, there’s also an impressive homemade granola with yoghurt and a fruit compote. Lunch options are nothing to sneeze at, either.

 

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Soet Bistro 🍽

You’re in excellent breakfast hands at Soet. Choose your classic breakfast or go for one of their specialties, like the breakfast stack with hashbrowns, fried eggs, bacon and avo. On the sweeter side of things, you can pick something fresh from the bakery, like a croissant with preserves or scones. Along with great coffee, they have a fantastic smoothie offering for those looking for breakfast on the go.

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For a fuss-free dinner

Annapurna

Blink and you might miss this little neighbourhood gem, but once you try the homely cooking, you’ll be hooked for life. This cosy spot has a menu that features authentic Indian curries, made fresh every day. The lamb rogan josh is the dish to go for, as is their butter chicken, but you can’t really go wrong with any order.

Cattle Baron

This much-loved steakhouse is a no-brainer when you’re looking for a failsafe, tasty family night out. You’ll be presented with a wide selection of cuts cooked to perfection and served alongside their famous sauces. If you’re not in the mood for a steak, fear not, the Baron ensures no one is left out in the cold, as you’re well catered-for with other steakhouse classics, such crumbed mushrooms, grilled calamari, burgers and grilled chicken.

Saltwater Grill

Having made waves (pun intended) with its original Pinelands branch, Saltwater Grill has expanded to the northern suburbs. As the name suggests, seafood is the route to go here. Everything is fresh and perfectly prepared, and you can’t go wrong with the simple, crispy fish and chips served with tartare sauce. If you’re looking to splash out, opt for one of the mixed seafood platters complete with grilled prawns, crispy calamari, creamy mussels and fish.

 

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Tiger’s Milk 🍽

Tiger’s Milk is like that reliable friend who’s always up for a laugh and the Durbanville branch is no different. As you’ve come to know from the Tiger, expect banging burgers, pizzas, hearty salads and, of course, a great offering of local wines and beers.

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For multitasking

Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants

‘But, wait, that’s a butchery!’, we hear you exclaim. It’s indeed a butchery, but Frankie Fenner is upping the steaks (if you will), with this latest branch opening that features a small dining space and menu comprising their spectacular cuts of meat. Regulars of their Woodstock HQ will be familiar with their burgers, included on this menu, but you can also treat yourself to a rib-sticking bacon sandwich, a simple steak frites set-up or even a proper Caesar salad.

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For something a little special

De Grendel 🍽

It doesn’t take much convincing to head out to De Grendel – their award-winning wines would easily be motivation enough. However, their on-site restaurant, with arguably some of the best views of Cape Town provides even more reason. The refined menu on offer changes with the seasons, but you can expect dishes like gnocchi with smoked tomato, walnut, bocconcini and Grano Padano to start; slow-cooked Karoo lamb neck with chermoula and tomato confit; and a decadent Valrhona chocolate brownie with Nutella mousse.

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Diemersdal Farm Eatery

Diemersdal offers you the leisurely Sunday activity of driving out to a wine farm without actually having to drive for hours. Spend the day here tasting wines before settling into a cosy lunch at the bistro. The food is modern and refreshed, yet still comforting, with starters like a seasonal Jerusalem artichoke and gruyere pithivier, and irresistible slow-roast pork belly with sweet potato, beetroot and crispy crackling.

Dos Chido

This fun, Mexican-inspired eatery is the perfect place for your next fiesta. It comes as no suprise that you can expect tacos, quesadillas, burritos and other such Mexican fare on the menu, but these guys up the ante with their smoked meats used in all dishes. Go for the smoked ribs and pork belly, as well as the chicken wings, which come smoked and tossed in a spicy Louisiana hot sauce.

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Hussar Grill

Hussar Grill has been serving great quality steaks and grills since 1964, and the Durbanville brand is no different. Highlights from the house specialities include the chateaubriand topped with brandy and flambéed, and served with béarnaise sauce on the side, or the popular Hussar Carpetbagger steak stuffed with a combination of smoked oysters, cheddar cheese and topped with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce.

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Lupa Osteria

This Italian trattoria has grown to be one of the most loved brands in the country recently and if you’ve tasted their food, you’ll know why. Pastas are hand-made, fresh every day and come with a choice of simple, well-made sauces such as puttanesca, truffled carbonara and alfredo. Don’t overlook the specialty pastas, however, which include a dreamy porcini panzerotti as well as a serious spaghetti and meatballs. They also have a great pizza menu and a tidy grilled meat and fish section.

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For a sweet treat

The Creamery

As one of Cape Town’s first independent ice-cream companies, producing small-batch iced treats from local ingredients and suppliers, The Creamery needs almost no introduction. Flavours on offer rotate with the seasons, aside from a few cult favourites (we’re looking at you sea-salt caramel!), which you’ll find at the Durbanville branch, along with a warm chocolate pudding and a banana split.

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For drinks

Speakeasy

This laid-back bar is ready to welcome you for any occasion, be it sport-related, an after-work drink or the ending to a date night. The cocktail menu is extensive and considered, so you can opt for an inventive creation or stick to a well-made classic. They also have a great food menu featuring burgers, steaks and small tapas dishes to share, should you get a little hungry.

Have we missed one of your favourites? Let us know in the comments section below.

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