It’s time to show your appreciation to the man who deserves it the most by treating him to a hearty and happy meal at one of his favourite restaurants. Whether your old man loves a slap-up steak lunch or a leisurely seafood meal with ocean views, these spots are sure to keep the whole family happy.
Families flock here because of the laid-back vibe and lovely, home-made kind of food. You might spot a few famous dads in the music and arts business proudly hanging out with their kids and chatting to friends on the big patio. Take your own drinks; there’s no licence yet but also no corkage fee. The atmosphere here is enchanting. Tuck into a fantastic brunch before 12 or linger over lunch.
Café Hemingway’s (Kyalami)
The ingredients on the artisanal menu here are often foraged and tend to be organic, and drinks are all exquisitely chosen. As you listen out for the typewriter keys down the passage, pay a visit to the copper bar and its whiskies and whiskeys from all over the globe. Make like Ernest and toss one back before having fun with the food menu, with many items named after novel characters and stunningly presented – even the humblest hamburger.
Leafy Greens (Muldersdrift)
If your father is into eating healthy, head out to Muldersdrift for a plant-based seasonal feast. There’s wide variety of both wholesome and delicious options. All the drinks are excellent but the coffee is especially so, freshly ground and served with or without nut milks. The place is beautiful, even in winter, and puts diners very close to nature.
Mad Giant (Newtown)
The craft beer here is delicious and small tasters can be sampled while children hang out on the Meccano furniture. In the more casual urban beer garden the food is truly outstanding – best burgers and fantastic ribs – or do the fine-dining thing at Urbanologi. The website might be the place to decide in advance because that’s fun, too: www.madgiant.co.za.
The National (Parktown North)
If your dad cares about where his food comes from, The National’s Provenance Menu will fit the bill. There are three courses for R250 pp and they are swoon-worthy, with a choice of outstanding starters, comforting mains and two desserts so tempting they must both be mentioned: a quince crème brûlée served with cardamom-and-matcha ice cream, and a pomegranate bread-and-butter pudding with home-made vanilla ice cream.
Nine Barrels (Maboneng)
If family members are over 18, this is great for a wine-loving dad. Get there at 11am because the kitchen shuts at 2pm and you will probably also want to pop into Agog, the gallery on the premises. There are more wines by the glass here than anywhere else in Joburg and the food is excellent, too. Order magnificent boards of cheese or meats, which come toppling with great goodies made on site. After the kitchen closes, stroll around Maboneng – it’s well sign-posted for attractions – or take the Maboneng Shuttle service for a round trip.
Warm & Glad (Craighall Park)
When dads say they don’t want any fuss, take them to Warm & Glad. You can saunter in there and get pork-belly steam buns or the comforting poké bowl, made with salmon or tuna, coconut rice, Asian cabbage and avo, a perfectly oozing egg on top, and soy and coriander. The rest of the family will love it too.
Al Amin (Laudium)
Start with the irresistible range of naans and parathas and then order creamy dhal, rich mutton korma and tasty chicken tikka. While in the neighbourhood, pop into Al Medina on 9th Avenue for some of the best sweetmeats in town. Remember that alcohol is a no-go, so you have a chance to indulge in one of the refreshing lassis.
As Greek as it Gets (Cullinan)
It’s worth the drive out of the city. Booking is essential over weekends and do mention the children are coming – they’ll get special treats and can eat first before going scampering off. Devote your afternoon to delicious mezze and leave space for kleftiko (slow-cooked lamb wrapped in phyllo). There are drinks of all kinds, but the MCCs are excellent and there are some special reds, too.
Capital Craft Beer Academy (Menlo Park and Centurion)
This is such a laid-back food adventure and perfect for a family lunch. Comfort and casual ease permeates the approach and their menu. Start with an innovative salad like Beet the Heat, which features crunchy pears, pickled beetroot, marinated baby spinach leaves, roasted macadamia nuts, heirloom carrots, a tangy honey-lemon and wholegrain mustard vinaigrette, and a Soweto Gold Apple Ale granita. Burgers are huge and satisfying, especially enjoying with some crispy onion rings. To add sparkle to the day, finish with a waffle. The selection of beer is immense, but there’s as much quality in the selection of wine, gin and anything else.
Eisbein & Co. (Menlo Park)
If hearty German food is your bag, look no further. The menu covers all the best examples, from matjes herring or hearty pea soup starters to eisbein, pork shoulder or pork belly in portions that will have you gasping. The pork and beer combination works best, with great ambience and service. They will be doing some special Father’s Day dishes, including lamb, pork shoulder, oxtail and duck – all cooked with flair.
Forti Grill & Bar (Menlyn Maine)
Located on the rooftop of Menlyn Maine casino, this new bar and grill is a perfect spot for the wine-loving dad. The Glass-enclosed wine cellar displays a range of high-end wines to pair with the views and Italian-style food. Enjoy pastas, grills of pork belly, veal piccata and lamb shoulder, and even vegan-friendly food. If you’re wanting to celebrate properly, go for one of the indulgent tasting menus.
This is arguably the restaurant with the best balcony in town, so if you’re smart with booking, get one of those tables. While Fumo specialises in authentic contemporary Italian cuisine, there’s a special Father’s Day roast of lamb, beef, chicken and pork. The starter is a pasta dish and you can end on chocolate mousse or chocolate-and-almond tart (R250 per person). A limited à la carte menu will also be available.
La Madeleine (Lynnwood)
This location has already cemented its Sunday lunch as one of the best meals in town. The menu might include beef tartare on toast or stuffed tomatoes with small prawns and mayo as starters; and thin slices of veal wrapped in mozzarella and Parma ham with a creamy truffle sauce or the classic duck confit as mains. To top it all, have Belgian dark chocolate mousse or Belgian-style cheesecake for dessert, all for R220 per person. That’s a steal.
LM in the East (Lynnwood)
This is a perfect venue for warm and hearty family lunches. It’s both a fish and meat haven, with good quality food at reasonable prices. The combo selections are plentiful, but those who want something different can opt for a delicious pizza.
Silver Orange (Hartbeespoort)
This is a great venue, a little way from the city, for a family lunch. While they’re not catering specifically for Father’s Day, the menu of European-style dishes with African flair is perfect for this type of feast. Look forward to the likes of wonton-wrapped pickled quail eggs and signature duck-and-fig samoosas as starters; teriyaki seared salmon with egg noodles, cucumber, litchi and candied ginger or the Silver Orange 350g sirloin with garlic-and-herb butter, rosemary, potatoes and roasted butternut as mains; and a finale of Frangelico-infused crème brûlée or a peanut-fudge ice-cream bar.
Al Firenze (La Lucia)
Italian-loving dads will enjoy a lazy lunch at this neighbourhood gem. The casual eatery serves crispy pizzas, luscious pastas, Italian-style meat dishes and generous seafood platters that are perfect for the whole family. Book early as this spot is always buzzing on a Sunday.
Bel Punto (Umdloti)
Reserve a spot on the deck for superb sea views and treat dad to a seafood lunch with an Italian twist. The fresh line fish is always a winner, as are the perfectly cooked risottos. For dessert, the crème brûlée is a top pick.
Butcher Block (Umhlanga)
Enjoy a meat-filled feast at this popular steakhouse. A starter of baked camembert is a delicious beginning. For mains, go for the rib-eye steak with bordelaise and bonemarrow, the fresh grilled calamari, butterflied prawns or line fish. Finally, treat the man in your life to a dessert of deep-fried Oreo or chocolate soufflé.
The Glenwood Restaurant (Glenwood)
This popular spot serves up beautiful homemade pastas that will please any carb-loving pops. Alternatively, take advantage of the glorious Sunday roasts. Whether it be lamb or chicken, the hearty affair – laden with wholesome sides – is always a winner.
Jack Salmon (Glenashley)
If your dad is a seafood fundi, this is a top spot. The sea views are picture perfect, and the fresh ocean-themed offering is simple and delicious. From light sushi platters to good ol’ golden fish and chips, there’s something for all tastes.
NIKOS Goalgrill Greek (Durban North)
If your old man enjoys good Greek grub, this is spot is ideal. Enjoy a bunch of mezze to share – the pita breads are glorious – or go for the hearty yiros or souvlaki. The food is full of flavour and the buzzing vibe makes it a perfect spot to celebrate.
Ray’s Kitchen (Salt Rock)
This tranquil spot is a great place for a relaxing poolside lunch. The menu is exciting but accessible, with steak options, flavoursome pasta dishes and light sandwiches. Desserts are always delicious and might even feature the famous chocolate fondant.
This popular eatery and bar is right on the beach and offers patrons a spectacular view of the ocean. Linger with the family over cocktails, beer, seafood, sushi, curries, burgers and pastas. The fish and chips is a winner, as are is the menu of nibbles for smaller appetites.
Surf Rider’s (Addington Beach)
This popular spot on Durban’s Golden Mile is an ideal place for sea-loving dads. Take advantage of Durban’s perfect June weather and enjoy a breezy lunch alfresco-style. A menu of burgers, pizzas, cocktails and craft beer will set you up for a relaxed celebration.
Bistro Sixteen82 (Tokai)
Treat dad to a tasty brunch or lunch before enjoying a wine tasting at this Steenberg spot. Enjoy dishes like fresh Saldanha oysters; chicken-liver parfait with toasted brioche; risotto of the day with bacon; braised lamb neck with herb ricotta; or roasted pork belly with celeriac mash.
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia)
Celebrate with a visit to this beautiful wine farm. The view will impress, as will the food, with glorious tapas plates like carrot risotto with crispy sage, seared tuna with miso cream, or Moroccan lamb rib with home-made ricotta. End off with indulgent sweet plates like wild honey and lavender creme with honeycomb or the intense chocolate pot.
Eatery Wood Fired Grill (Claremont)
Meat eaters will love this buzzing spot. The whole family is invited to feast on options like bobotie rolls, beer-battered fish and chips, burgers, steaks and even braai toasties. End off with one of the restaurant’s gourmet shakes.
HQ (City Bowl)
This popular steak restaurant will open its doors for lunch on Father’s Day to help celebrate your old man. Enjoy the iconic salad with steak and chips and receive a complimentary beer. There will also be live music to keep things festive.
La Mouette (Sea Point)
Book at this spot for a long, leisurely lunch under the trees or alongside a cosy fireplace. Foodie fathers can take advantage of the delicious tasting menu or order three courses for a heartier affair. Don’t miss out on the cheesy La Mouette croquettes, if they’re available.
La Parada (Constantia)
This newer branch of La Parada boasts a sunny view of the Constantia winelands and is a perfect spot for a lingering Sunday lunch with the family. Dine tapas style with dishes like charred octopus salad, beef fillet with cauliflower purée, and prawn croquetas with spicy tomato aioli, or go for larger mains such as pork neck with chimichurri or whole roasted chicken with hot paprika and roasted garlic. Finish off with a coffee panna cotta.
Massimo’s (Hout Bay)
Celebrate Father’s Day at one of Hout Bay’s favourite family-friendly spots. The pizzas are always a winner, with options like the Bianca with garlic butter, mushrooms and rosemary, or the salty Salame with salami slices and olives. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, the fresh pastas are equally delicious. The long list of sauces includes zingy smoked trout and crème fraîche, spicy amatriciana with pancetta, or a rich and creamy carbonara with smoked bacon and parmesan.
Garden-loving dads will love the farm-to-fork scene here. Enjoy a feast of freshly picked produce from the estate’s massive garden with colour-coded salads, platters of seasonal vegetables, and dishes like warm beetroot falafel with beetroot hummus; chargrilled beef fillet on the bone; and wild mushroom risotto, made with rice grown on the farm.
Bertus Basson at Spice Route (Paarl)
Enjoy a day of wine tasting or beer tasting before sitting down to a hearty lunch with a view. Tuck into their traditional four-course sharing Sunday Lunch served every Sunday with highlights like, traditional lamb bobotie, the BBQ peri-peri chicken at a cost of R310 per person. Don’t miss the delicious malva pudding with crumble and vanilla ice cream for dessert. Dishes are brought to the table for guests to plate the meals themselves and even enjoy seconds.
Bosman’s Restaurant (Paarl)
Enjoy a day of bistro-style dining with dishes of beef carpaccio, a toasted camembert sandwich, truffled homemade tagliatelle with wild mushrooms, or a pan-fried chalmar sirloin with buttery mashed potatoes. Finish off the lazy lunch with a caramelised apple-and-cinnamon parfait or warm ofenschulpfer with berry compote.
This winelands spot is great for wine-loving dads. Enjoy a two-course or three-course lunch for R170 and R200 per person respectively. Dishes might include deboned shoulder of pork, springbok pie, or Cape Malay chicken curry. End off with a Cape brandy tart with fresh cream.
Take a drive out to beautiful Paarl and spoil dad with a lunch at chef Eric Bulpitt’s restaurant. Seasonal ingredients shine bright here with dishes of organic wheat sourdough with beef drippings and sweet potato fritters, cured East Coast hake with miso glazed aubergine, and a dessert of churros with a spiced chocolate sauce.
Families can enjoy a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Farm Shop & Deli or a traditional Cape buffet lunch at the Rhone Homestead for R295 per person. Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell will also be offering his popular farm-style dishes at the Werf Restaurant. A three-course shared menu will be available, including a shared starter, shared main course and dessert. The Werf Restaurant lunch is from 12 noon and costs R450 per person. If the weather permits, families can also enjoy the day by indulging in a platter to table style picnic at the Olive Press barn for R495 for a basket for two.
Haute Cabrière Restaurant (Franschhoek)
Hunker down at this cosy winelands spot for Father’s Day. The team will be offering a Sunday feast menu fo R370 per person with dishes of roast pork belly with mustard sauce, sirloin on the bone, duck fat potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower bake with huguenot cheese, and a sliced apple crumble with popcorn ice cream for dessert.
Hoghouse BBQ & Bakery (Stellenbosch)
Whether it’s for the pasteis de nata or the glorious barbecue offering, dad will definitely love feasting at Spier. The menu includes flavoursome grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and free-roaming chicken supplied by Spier’s Farmer Angus, with tasty sides such as roasted beetroot or cheese-drenched broccoli. End your meal with a pastry, and maybe take some home-made bread for dinner.
Tuk Tuk Microbrewery (Franschhoek)
Treat dad to a Mexican feast at this Franschhoek. You are encouraged to order dishes for the table to share, like spicy nachos flash-grilled with bubbling cheese, or tuna, chicken or slow-cooked beef tacos accented with guacamole, sweetcorn hash and braised onions. Add a plate of cheese quesadillas with smoked chicken, tomato and cream cheese, and you’ll be set. Finish off with spiced churros with dark-chocolate dipping sauce.
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