100+ hot new restaurants to try right now

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With fresh new eateries opening on every corner, it’s hard to keep up with the latest and greatest for your next gourmet outing. If you’re looking for the cool new tapas bar in your city, the trendy pizza joint everyone’s talking about or hip eateries to add to your foodie bucket list, look no further! We count down the restaurants that have opened in the past four months in the major cities.


Anelisa café (CBD)
Anelisa means “satisfy” in Zulu and this African food in the heart of Joburg city will do just that. The grills, buffalo wings and steaks are already pulling the customers.

Bar Ber Black Sheep (Parkwood)
A bar and barbershop all in one trendy place, with haircuts by the much sought-after Henry. Clients sit at bar tables or sink into leather chairs in the speakeasy atmosphere, with beer on tap and unusual whiskies. The menus feature Coalition fare.

A cocktail at Bar Ber Blacksheep. Photo supplied.

A cocktail at Bar Ber Blacksheep. Photo supplied.

Bear’s Bistro & Bakery (Roodepoort)
A bakery foremost, this spot also offers breakfasts, lunches and dinners. All the finger-licking ribs and burgers are excellent but the cakes are outrageously yummy. Very good value for money.

Brian Lara Rum Eatery (Linden)
The tropical, pineapple and palm theme of the décor, drinks and much of the food is drawing the good-time crowds. Look forward to very good ribs and rum-basted burgers. Wear shorts, it’s cool and casual.

The interior at Brian Lara Rum Eatery. Photo supplied.

The interior at Brian Lara Rum Eatery. Photo supplied.

Café J (Kensington)
On the first floor of the Darras Centre, this café serves breakfasts, light meals, coffees and extraordinary milkshakes from early morning to early evening. The fare is crowd-pleasing: burgers, pizzas and wraps.

Café Nexus (Ferndale)
This is a casual, friendly, popular spot serving well-produced food like sweet and savoury waffles, nachos, pizzas, burgers, thick milkshakes, breakfasts and coffees. Great value for money.

Café Simo (Birnam)
Located in the Blubird Shopping Centre, in place of Café Dolce Vita, this new venue is good for breakfasts and lunches with inspired service. The food is healthy, already popular with the locals and their varying diets. The Middle Eastern section of the menu is interesting, too.

Clipboard Society Café (Illovo)
This spot is for quick-quick bites and the hugest menu of smoothies and ice coffees. Get snacks to run or sit down for wraps, burgers, pastas, salads and noodles.

Coalition (Parkwood)
These are pizzas for the cognoscenti; real Neapolitan pizzas, made with sourdough in a hand-pulled shape, with a bit of bubble and burn on the edges, squashed tomatoes or no tomato base at all and proper mozzarella.

The Neapolitan-style pizza takes two days to rise. Photo by Kate Liquorish.

The Neapolitan-style pizza takes two days to rise. Photo by Kate Liquorish.

Cube Tasting Kitchen at The Cosmopolitan (Maboneng)
You need to book here. This new address makes Cube even more exquisite, with Dario de Angeli having relinquished the chef reins to Darren O’Donovan.

The bright outdoor area at Cube Tasting Kitchen in Maboneng. Photo by Quintin Mills Photography.

The bright outdoor area at Cube Tasting Kitchen in Maboneng. Photo by Quintin Mills Photography.

Curry On (Ormonde)
These KZN-style Indian curries are not to be confused with those of the Curry Muncher nearby. The word on the street is that the mamma in the kitchen is the secret to this place’s charms.

Cut and Craft Bistro (Kensington)
Funky coffees, breakfasts and light meals with exuberant touches are what you can expect in this converted Edwardian house that has started shaking up the ’hood. Breads and buns are made right here, so burgers and toasted sarmies are not just good, they’re great.

Danilo’s Ristoranto Italiano (Bryanston)
Thin-based pizzas and classic pastas are offered in the homely place that was once Luigi’s. A whole new energy makes a big difference, though, and there are fun desserts like zabaglione and Nutella tiramisu.

The Deli Counter (Bedfordview)
This breakfast café, deli, butchery and fresh foods store is where locals order and pick up their treats like lamb souvla, feta boerewors and Mediterranean treats. It’s friendly and well stocked.

Firebird (Maboneng)
This supreme coffee roastery is stacked with cacti. Try the Gaharo Hill Peaberry beans, pour-overs with variations, and the espresso martini. Part of the stunning Cosmopolitan development.

Coffee at Firebird Coffee. Photo supplied.

Coffee at Firebird Coffee. Photo supplied.

Gabriella’s Tea Room (Parktown North)
Located in the exquisite setting of The Pudding Shop, this vegan and vegetarian eatery is run by Gabriella Molinaro, the daughter of Ciro of La Cucina di Ciro fame. Look out for breakfasts and light meals.

The Gringo Café (Maboneng)
Since opening, this venue’s been an Instagram favourite. It looks as though it’s permanently set up for a photo shoot. South African ingredients are served with Mexican ingredients and flavours in the likes of boerewors with mielies and nachos South Africano. A flamboyant must-do.

The Immigrant (Braamfontein)
This is where you can hang out with folks from all over the world and show them the hood. Have drinks at the big circular bar in the restaurant and share experiences, not to mention those very good boards piled with delicious home-made fare.

A sharing platter at The Immigrant. Photo supplied.

A sharing platter at The Immigrant. Photo supplied.

Jamie’s Italian (Melrose Arch)
There was wild excitement for the opening of the first Jamie’s Italian in South Africa. Very like the food in his book, the dishes are rustic and simple, made with well-sourced ingredients, and presented with attractive touches. The eatery offers good service and views of that hulking pasta machine continually turning out fresh coils.

Joe Homemade Pizza (Maboneng)
This spot with its red couches and arty walls is touted as an African food and pizza place, with popular toppings like barbecue chicken, and chutney with Russians and onion. It’s open 24 hours a day, with specials all the time like two-for-one large pizzas for R99 on Mondays and a medium pizza with a drink for R49 on Tuesdays.

Kiosk (Melville)
There’s only one table in the middle, at which people are always drinking coffee or eating. Alessandra de Freitas’s father, Carlos, had his foodie-haven greengrocers here once. Now it’s healthy foods, salads, juices, takeaways, hand-crafted sweets and fresh produce.

The Laughing Buddha (Sunninghill)
This new, rather smart eatery owned by Tim Wong boasts a traditional Cantonese and Pekingese menu. The service is great, as are the combo platters.

Lila’s French Patisserie (Parktown North)
Lila is as delicate and perfect as her faithfully Parisian pastries are. Discover treats you’ve only read and dreamed about, made with the best ingredients for utterly beautiful results. Have a coffee in this delightful place and surrender yourself.

A selection of Lila's glorious treats. Photo supplied.

A selection of Lila’s glorious treats. Photo supplied.

Lupa Osteria (Fourways)
The popular group goes strong here in this family-friendly and comfortable venue. Wood-roasted porchetta is served on Fridays, and kids are welcome to order from the Little Lupa menu. There are good ice creams, pizza and pastas, and a most impressive menu of Italian cold cuts.

A tomato pasta at Lupa Osteria. Photo supplied.

A tomato pasta at Lupa Osteria. Photo supplied.

Mamasan (Melville)
This is something entirely different on the Joburg food scene: Cape Malay influences in cleverly cheffed food, sustainably sourced and from scratch. The entertaining, licensed restaurant is run by a chef and an art dealer. Look out for fabulous multi-course dinners and a must-try weekend brunch.

Monkz (Mall of Africa)
Monkz Sushi & Champagne Bar is already successful with coffees and crêpes. The big, round bar set-up is surrounded by tables, making it very sociable.

Ozzy’s Kitchen (Wynberg)
The man in the kitchen, MasterChef’s Ozzy Osman, is responsible for this interesting rooftop place at the experimental fashion hub, Brands Luv U (BLU). Look forward to daytime café food and Halaal fine dining. Promising dishes include oxtail choux buns and corn-and-basil soup.

Pedro Portia (Fourways)
This over-the-top cigar-and-champagne bar is open for tapas, more serious foods and drinks. Located in Cedar Square, it boasts Louis VI gilt furnishings, brocade and deco flooring. Owners Jose and Pedro Ramos were inspired by cigar lounges of the old Americas and iconic cocktails.

Piera on 7th St (Melville)
Piera Dembech has grown her following from the days of running a tiny deli at 27 Boxes. All the fresh Bolognese-influenced foods are here and now you can sit down to whatever’s on the chalkboard. The coffee’s good too.

pizza prepared and served at Piera

Pizza at Piera. Photo supplied.

PizzApp (Bryanston)
A wood-burning oven and a slick ordering service. No sit-downs.

Sin & Taxes (Parkwood)
This secret bar has broken the mould of cocktail drinking to reveal the real art of mixology by renowned Julian Short. The beverages are garden-to-glass, with the menu changing according to what’s growing. The proof is in the outright deliciousness.

Tigers Milk (Bryanston)
A new sibling for the popular chain.

Ribs at Tiger's Milk, Long Street. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Ribs at Tiger’s Milk, Long Street. Photo supplied.

Yswara Tea Room (Maboneng)
This is exquisite stuff; you may find yourself sniffing and admiring more than having a cuppa. Swaady Martin provides extraordinary African teas and accessories with their own stories. If you’re good you get to sip from the copper tea service.


Carbon Bistro Gin Bar (Brooklyn)
Perhaps the accent is more on the gin than the food here; there’s a huge selection of imported and local craft gins alongside familiar brands, as well as a tasting platter and a wide variety of exotic cocktails. The food menu is appealing, however, with a big selection of classic bistro-style dishes and generous tasting boards. This spot suits business meetings or a fun night for couples. Try the Waygu meatballs or the Caprese-and-prosciutto skewer.

Culture Club (Menlo Park)
The vibrant atmosphere attracts a diverse crowd in search of a night out or lunch with a difference. Situated in the new buzzing Hazelwood zone, Culture Club offers a tapas-style menu with a wide range of dishes inspired by Asian, continental and Latin cooking, and it’s all driven by lively house beats. Highlights are the panko-crumbed chicken, explosive chili poppers, and a loaded panini called Italian Job.

Tapas at Culture Club Bar de Tapas. Photo supplied.

Tapas at Culture Club Bar de Tapas. Photo supplied.

Hana And Asian Cocktail Lounge (CDB)
The food lends itself to take-outs and the variety is endless. Spring rolls are available with five fillings, meat and fish can be served crispy, with cashew nuts, done chop suey style, or with oyster, sweet-and-sour, black pepper or black-bean sauce. Get the idea? It’s fast and the mix is plentiful. You can order at a specific time and collect later, or hang out for a casual but cool meal. You can also get your hands on sushi platter and steamed or fried dumplings.

Moto Moto (Lynnwood)
It’s almost a throwback to another era, but the interiors are contemporary and the culture cool. Enjoy everything from pizzas, burgers, doughnuts and waffles. Highlights are The Rossi, a metre-long pizza topped with pulled pork, feta and pine nuts, and The Schwantz, a burger in a pizza base.

Mustang Sally Pub and Diner (Hatfield)
The interiors, with a black-and-white chequered floor with red benches, have cool and casual food and drink to complete the theme. Try the jalapeño poppers, Oriental citrus and smoked chicken salad, and deluxe burger choices.

Old Town Italy (Menlyn Maine)
This large space is an authentic Italian food market and old-fashioned bar in one, not to mention the gelateria, bakery and gift shop. Eating here is something of an event rather than a meal. It’s an anything-goes kind of place, from sassy and smart to more informal for a family lunch. Order the antipasti, grilled Patagonian calamari with zucchini Fries or over-the-top hamburgers.

Old Town Italy risotto

A dish of risotto at Old Town Italy. Photo supplied.

Oze (Waterkloof)
Expect all the Portuguese favourites here, such as chicken livers, trinchado, espetada, bacalhau, Prego, LM prawns and more, with some of these familiar foods reworked to introduce a modern twist. The interiors cater to different moods and needs, whether it is partying or privacy you need, it’s all there. Pro tip: Don’t leave without trying some irresistible pasteis de nata.

Smaak Café  (Hazelwood)
The look and feel is industrial chic, but this is where you take some time out to catch a coffee and cookie or tuck into one of the freshly made pies and wash it down with a local craft beer. The confit duck, fig and brie spring rolls are a winner.

Spice – The Indian Kitchen (Lynnwood)
Neighbourhood Indian restaurants are less common than one would imagine in this neck of the woods, so a good one is cause for celebration. Dishes on the expansive menu are well made and loaded with flavour. Try the bunny chows and rotis for lunch, and anything from the tandoor oven for dinner.

Spice's butter chicken. Photo supplied.

Spice’s butter chicken. Photo supplied.

tashas (Menlyn Maine)
Each tashas restaurant features a unique touch. In this instance, the spotlight is on the Levant with dishes that feature all those glorious tastes and flavours from that part of the world. From hummus to flatbreads, pistachio to sumac, it adds both kick and individuality to the menu. Highlights include the green shakshuka with fried egg, zucchini, spinach, jalapeños, green peppers, coriander, spring onion, feta and crispy sesame flatbread; the lentil salad with roasted beetroot, goat’s cheese and moskonfyt dressing; and calamari tubes and tentacles with harissa, chilli and coriander.


Afro’s Chicken Shop (Morningside)
It started off in the famous yellow container on the beachfront, and now this buzzing chicken shop has branches popping up all over the city. The new Florida Road branch is keeping things going by serving the famed chicken burgers, strips and tjips. Order your chicken lemony koel, or if you are a heat seeker, we suggest you try it spicy. Best served with a side of their golden tjips to mop up all the sauce.

Afro's Chicken burger and tjips. Photo supplied.

Afro’s Chicken burger and tjips. Photo supplied.

The Bunny Bar (Morningside)
This new bunny-chow bar is ideal for midweek suppers. The small shop caters for meat eaters and vegetarians alike with a choice of paneer bunnies and butter chicken roti rolls. Alternatively, go for one of the specials of the day like crab curry, dhal ghosh or biryani.

Café La Plage (Umhlanga Rocks)
This upmarket restaurant and bar offers a French-themed menu, opulent decor and live entertainment. Located at The Pearls development, the restaurant also offers lovely sea views.

Casa Bella (Umhlanga Rocks)
Casa Bella has nabbed prime position at the upper level of the shiny new Pearl Walk shopping centre in Umhlanga Rocks. Expect classic wood-fired pizza, home-made pastas and Italian grills at the busy eatery. The Pisa pizza (pancetta, Danish feta and avo) is a winner, as is the classic authentic margherita with buffalo mozzarella and sweet cherry tomatoes. If you’re in the mood for pasta, the silken spinach-and-ricotta ravioli is indulgent and served in an egg-rich creamy sauce. Ask for a table on the terrace with blue sea views.

CraftsMen (Davenport)
Situated in an old Glenwood house on Helen Josephs Road is this new street-food-inspired restaurant. The menu at CraftsMen ranges from gourmet burgers, sticky wings and juicy ribs to ramen, Vietnamese prawn bowls and spicy pork steamed buns. There are also breakfast buns and classic sit-down breakfasts with a twist.

Hudsons The Burger Joint (Umhlanga Rocks)
This group has gained popularity for its gourmet burgers, craft beers and larger-than-life milkshakes and cocktails in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Now, the trendy eatery is open in sunny Umhlanga. Sink your teeth into glorious burger options like the rich Rockafella, with eight-hour roasted pulled pork, cheddar and a fried egg, or a simple cheeseburger with tomato relish and cheddar. Hudsons also offers great cocktail specials and takeaways for those midweek pick-me-ups.

sliders prepared and served at Hudsons

Hudsons burger selection. Photo by Claire Gunn Photography.

Hussar Grill (Kloof)
After opening its first Durban branch in Gateway Umhlanga last year, the Hussar Grill group has found a following at its new Kloof branch. The retro yet sophisticated steakhouse menu features everything from classic starters like crumbed mushrooms, snails and prawn cocktail to châteaubriand, lamb shanks and fillet béarnaise. Be sure to peruse the extensive wine list, or take your own special bottle with no corkage fee charged.

Krispy Kreme (Umhlanga) – opening March 2017
The USA doughnut brand is bringing its glazed treats to the East Coast shores with a new Umhlanga branch. Keep your eyes peeled for the opening in March 2017 in Gateway’s Palm Boulevard.

Noble Coffee (Berea)
This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop is one of the hippest hidden gems to hit the city. Caffeine fanatics can find everything here, from a ristretto to V60 pour overs. Light snacks by Renegade Kitchen are also on offer, as well as freshly baked muffins and bagels. Keep your eyes on the Facebook page for music nights and other events.

Noble Coffee in Durban. Photo supplied.

Noble Coffee in Durban. Photo supplied.

Sugarlicious (Umhlanga Ridge)
Durban’s very own macaron ice-cream sandwich parlour has opened in Gateway’s Palm Boulevard. Grab a coffee and a box of bite-sized treats in flavours like mint, espresso, Nutella (a crowd pleaser), smoked mocha, Bombay crush and bubble gum. Sugarlicious also serves a French kisses range dipped in Belgian chocolate. Flavours in this range include Ferrero Rocher and Raffaello.

An ice cream macaron sandwich from Sugarlicious. Photo by Nikita Buxton.

An ice cream macaron sandwich from Sugarlicious. Photo by Nikita Buxton.

SW1 (Mount Edgecombe)
From the team behind the Green Parrot and Wok Box comes this street-food-inspired eatery. Expect flavours of South East Asia with a twist. The menu features noodles, soups, salads, wok fries, curries and fried rice. There are also classic dishes like crispy chilli chicken, steamed line fish with chilli and lime, and Peking barbecue chicken with hoisin pancakes. Save room for a dessert of fried bananas with honey and sesame.

The Treatery (Howick)
This new addition to Howick’s Yard41 development specialises in artisanal baked goods, great coffee, smoothies and freshly squeezed juices. Pro tip: Stop off here on your way to the Midlands and enjoy an indulgent breakfast of an apple-butter schmear toastie with fig and pecan nuts.

Woodstock Music, Bar & Bistro (Glenashley) – opening soon
This new bar and bistro will be opening its doors soon to offer locals a taste of Woodstock with its retro themed décor and music.

Cape Town

The 41 (Camps Bay)
This Camps Bay hotspot is already buzzing with the in crowd. You can expect food and drinks with international influences and a South African twist. Grab a spot on the terrace and enjoy sundowner views of Camps Bay, or head here for a night on the town with live entertainment from local and international DJs and musicians.

Alchemy Coffee Roasters (Welgemoed)
This trendy new Northern Suburbs coffee shop is offering freshly roasted Ethiopian beans and delicious baked treats to Welgemoed locals. Stop by here after a cycle and enjoy a cuppa or pop in on Saturday morning for Nutella cupcakes and cappuccino.

Babbo’s (Woodstock)
The team from Pesce Azzurro has recently opened the doors to Woodstock’s newest pizza joint. Located on Roodebloem Road, the eatery is serving up breakfasts, good Italian coffee and, of course, those authentic wood-fired pizzas.

Baconville (Bellville)
Bacon on Bree, Richard Bosman and Justine Seymour’s bacon-themed restaurant in Cape Town’s City Bowl, has opened a branch in Tyger Valley. Called Baconville, the new baconporium offers a similar menu featuring many of the classics from the original branch, plus a few special dishes. Tuck into delights like the classic bacon sandwich, crispy chicken wings with bacon, duck and bacon croquettes, and gourmet Frank rolls with sauerkraut, onion and cheese.

Baconville offers a similar menu to Bree Street's Bacon on Bree. Photo courtesy of Claire Gunn.

Baconville offers a similar menu to Bree Street’s Bacon on Bree. Photo courtesy of Claire Gunn.

Bootlegger Coffee Company (Bakoven and Muizenberg)
Sea Point’s popular coffee brand has moved closer to the sea with these new branches in Bakoven and Muizenberg. Stop by for one of the killer breakfasts or the ridiculously good coffee special – R15 before 8.30am. Cyclists are also welcome.

Café Roux (City Bowl)
Noordhoek’s popular live-music venue has opened another branch in the City Bowl. The Shortmarket Street location offers weekly live music by the likes of Bottomless Coffee Band, Black South Easter, Lego Loop, and Bend Dey and The Concrete Lions, keeping guests entertained. Food includes familiar favourites of wood-fired pizzas and cheese and charcuterie as well as vegan dishes and gluten-free options. Enjoy desserts by Noordhoek’s Kristen’s Kick Ass Ice Cream.

Something for the adults: a delicious dish at Cafe Roux. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A colourful salad at Café Roux. Photo supplied.

Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia (Constantia)
Headed up by the previous head chef at The Test Kitchen, Ivor Jones, Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia offers fresh food with a serious flavour punch. The tapas for two menu might include the likes of yellowtail escabeche, beef tatami, summer-pea risotto, and cauliflower-and-onion soubise. The views are magnificent. Click here to get an inside peek.

Chefs's Warehouse at Beau Contsantia's Wild honey and lavender crème served with honeycomb and smoked cassia-bark ice cream.  Photo supplied.

Wild honey and lavender crème served with honeycomb and smoked cassia-bark ice cream at Chefs’s Warehouse. Photo supplied.

The Chicken Shop (Sea Point) – Opening soon
Jarryd and Ariel Segal, the team behind the neighbourhood’s popular coffee shop and breakfast eatery, Jarryds, are opening a new takeaway chicken hatch at 162 Main Road. While the team is still laying low with details of the poultry-themed menu, we can reveal that the new eatery will be based around the fast-casual concept with speedy, efficient and healthy takeaways. There will be seating for about 40 patrons with counter service only.

Copacabana Café (City Bowl)
This new City Bowl café offers breakfasts, lunches and barista-brewed coffee. Look forward to dishes like creamy scrambled eggs, healthy muesli, house salads, steak sandwiches and gourmet burgers. The more hungry can opt for heartier dishes like meat platters with ribs and wings, or pasta and homemade meatballs.

El Burro (Newlands)
El Burro’s newest restaurant is now dishing out the famed Mexican cuisine in the ’burbs. The menu is very similar to the Green Point branch but also features dishes like grilled tuna tacos, pork belly tacos, ceviche de carne, and line fish ceviche.

Evolution Café Xperience (City Bowl)
Serving breakfast, lunch, juices, smoothies and coffee, this brand-new health-focused cafe is the committed to encouraging a more sustainable balanced lifestyle. Try a gluten-free wrap, smoothie breakfast bowls or a red-beet latte.

Fuego (Sea Point)
This stylish new Latin American spot boasts a beautiful interior and flavourful tacos, nachos and addictive guacamole, ceviche and churros with chocolate on the inside (yes). It’s an ideal spot for date night, or a catch-up with friends.

The creamy guac and nachos at Fuego. Photo by Katharine Jacobs.

The creamy guac and nachos at Fuego. Photo by Katharine Jacobs.

Gather (Woodstock)
Sit in the tranquil courtyard and enjoy farm-to-table plant-based food at this hidden gem. There are healthy snacks, smoothies and lunches daily, as well as host talks, workshops and events exploring sustainable living.

Hail Pizza (City Bowl)
The team behind Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room is now staking a claim on pizzas. This space, accessed through the popular Bree Street diner’s courtyard, serves a handful of wood-fired pizza options and craft drinks. If you want to try something more adventurous than a margherita, option #5 packs a punch, topped with anchovies and a generous scattering of mushrooms and green and black olives.

The El Pepperoni at Hail Pizza. Photo supplied.

The El Pepperoni at Hail Pizza. Photo supplied.

Hokey Poké (City Bowl)
This new spot on Church Street promises on-trend poké bowls to City Bowl dwellers. Options include the original bowl with tuna, shredded kombu and toasted macadamias, the No. 3, with edamame beans, avo and mango, or the No. 5, with pomegranate, ponzu-dressed salmon and pickled beetroot.

La Parada Del Mar (Camps Bay)
This beautiful venue on the strip is now home to the tropical-themed La Parada Del Mar. Cocktails and tapas are on offer with plenty free seafood options.

The beautiful entrance to La Parada Del Mar in Camps Bay. Photo supplied.

The beautiful entrance to La Parada Del Mar in Camps Bay. Photo supplied.

La Tête (City Bowl)
Food at Giles Edwards’s new Bree Street eatery has French influences and promises delight for adventurous eaters with its nose-to-tail concept. Highlights might include crispy pig’s tails, mussels with bacon, and crispy roulade of pork belly. Intrigued? Watch as we pay Giles a visit at his Bree Street spot.

La Tete hake by Claire Gunn

The hake at La Tête. Photo by Claire Gunn.

Life Grand Café (V&A Waterfront)
Life Grand has reached the Mother City’s shores with its new restaurant located in the old Hildebrand space. Expect Mediterranean fare, cocktails and coffee, all paired with sparkling harbour views.

Mantra Café (Camps Bay)
This stylish restaurant by the Melissa’s brand is a breath of fresh air on the Camps Bay strip. Look forward to a relaxed atmosphere with beach views and breakfasts of smoked-salmon hash browns with free-range poached eggs and seasonal fruit bowls, or lunch and dinner dishes like grilled calamari with chimichurri sauce, pork ribs with barbecue-sesame sauce, and cheesy pizzas.

Fish and chips at Mantra in Camps Bay. Photo supplied.

Fish and chips at Mantra in Camps Bay. Photo supplied.

Primal Eatery (City Bowl)
This new ‘meatery’ offers carnivores a taste of live fire cooking with a range of meat-laden dishes. Dishes include smoked ox-hearte tartare, charred Kalk Bay octopus, lamb shoulder with aubergine, porchetta with skordalia, and a butcher’s cut of the day served with onion and truffle mustard.

SHIO (De Waterkant)
Expect modern Japanese tapas at Cheyne Morrisby’s new hotspot. Standouts include the chilli-salt squid and short-rib gyoza with tamarind and chilli. Be sure to order one of the interesting desserts.

Stacked Diner (Gardens)
This modern all-day diner on Kloof Street offers flapjacks, waffles, French toast, burgers, hot dogs, fries, and 11 different shakes.

Thali (Gardens)
Chef Liam Tomlin has created a Chefs Warehouse experience with an Indian lilt in his new Gardens venue. Here you’ll find mildly spiced North Indian tapas with options like succulent tandoori chicken and rashers of tempura pork belly with sweet-and-sour ginger-tamarind sauce. Watch their menu unfold here.

The Raptor Room (City Bowl)
This new brunch, lunch and late-night eatery serves comforting grub with a South African twist. The pink-hued menu features smoothie bowls and Benedict bagels with bacon and eggs for breakfast, and Cape Town’s famed Gatsby with Jurassic pork, cauliflower atchar and chips; classic mac ’n cheese with roosterkoek crumbs and rooibos-roasted tomatoes; or the veggie-friendly mielie fritter stack with smoked jalapeño butter for lunch and dinner. Click here to watch how they make their delicious soda floats.

The Raptor Room on Roeland Street. Photo supplied.

The Raptor Room on Roeland Street. Photo supplied.

Under the Cypress (Kalk Bay)
Revamped and reopened on 1 December, Under the Cypress is now offering craft beers on tap and barbecue Texan-style smoked meats, all paired with beautiful views of Kalk Bay. Winters will be sorted with the cosy fireplace, and the veranda and courtyard under the cypress tree are ideal for warmer days.

Villains Ale House (City Bowl)
Reg Macdonald of The Village Idiot and Aces ’n Spades Bar, Gavin Hagger of Jerry’s Burger Bar, and Jason Lilley of Bardough and Jason Bakery have teamed up to open the City Bowl’s newest trendy pub, Villains Old Ale House. Expect plenty of craft beer, live music and great pub grub.

Vista Marina (V&A Waterfront)
This new Waterfront venue is located right on the water’s edge. The chic space offers breakfasts, lunches, tapas and dinner. Options include chermoula-spiced rump with shoestring fries, pine-nut-crusted roasted pork belly with tomato risotto, and spinach-and-herb ravioli with halloumi and olive tapenade. There’s also a wide range of seafood delicacies for those wanting a taste of the ocean.

Viva Mexican Kitchen (Harfield Village)
This popular Durbanville eatery has opened a second branch in Harfield Village, offering a colourful selection of handmade Mexican eats. Think along the lines of homemade nachos, tacos, burritos, quesadillas and pizzadillas. There are also botanas (Mexican-style tapas) with options like crumbed zucchini balls, chilli poppers, firecracker onion rings with sour cream, chorizo-and-feta croquetas and grilled spicy corn on the cob.

A cocktail at Viva Mexican Kitchen. Photo supplied.

A cocktail at Viva Mexican Kitchen. Photo supplied.

Wholesome (City Bowl)
After the recent sneaky opening of Hail Pizza by the Clarke’s team comes the launch of a healthy daytime eatery and takeaway hatch called Wholesome, located in the same space. The bright and breezy spot is serving loads of fresh eats like salads, tartines (French-style open sandwiches) and baked goods with a focus on to-go food for busy office dwellers in the City Bowl.

A tartine with cream cheese, smoked trout and pea shoots. Photo supplied.

A tartine with cream cheese, smoked trout and pea shoots. Photo supplied.


The Alchemist (Riebeek Kasteel)
This new little wine bar offers the best of the Swartland with local wines by the glass and bottle as well as cocktails and craft beer. There are also cigars available for the discerning bar hopper, and bar food, charcuterie and Wagyu steaks for hungry patrons.

Bosjes (Ceres) – opening March 2017
This striking restaurant, chapel and wedding venue is set to open in the Breedekloof area this March and will feature a menu by Pete Goffe-Wood.

The interior at Bosjes. Photo supplied.

The interior at Bosjes. Photo supplied.

The Bus Stop (Stellenbosch)
Chef Nic van Wyk has opened a brand new outdoor restaurant at Stellenbosch Vineyards. Called The Bus Stop, the casual eatery is built around a yellow 1980s Bedford bus. On the menu: wood-fired pizzas, burgers, salads and waffles. Dishes include The Conductor, a burger with two wood-fired patties and smoked mozzarella, and The Magic Forest, a thin-based mushroom pizza. As for drinks, there’s craft beer and Welmoed wine by Stellenbosch Vineyards.

The Original pizza at The Bus Stop. Photo supplied.

The Original pizza at The Bus Stop. Photo supplied.

Craft Wheat and Hops (Somerset West) – opening soon
Expect tapas, burgers, pizzas, craft beer and cocktails at this soon-to-open spot.

De Kuipe Bistro (Stellenbosch)
This trendy café and bistro is the perfect pit stop for cyclists. Along the Bottelary route, it offers good coffee, smoothies and light meals.

Faber (Paarl)
Chef Eric Bulpitt, formerly of Newton Johnson, shows his love of seasonal ingredients at his new Paarl restaurant. Expect dishes like pan-seared False Bay Gurnard in a light creamy broth with spears of warm cucumber, mustard flowers and radish, and farm-reared beef carpaccio with argan oil, pickled elderflower and bone marrow dressing.

chicken dish prepared and served at Faber

Happy chicken slow-cooked leg at Faber. Photo supplied.

Marigold (Franschhoek)

Franschhoek’s first restaurant for classic Indian cuisine opened its doors in December and has added a fiery new culinary element to the Winelands town. Expect a selection of savoury appetisers before moving on to layered rice biryanis or curries. The butter chicken and deep-fried spinach are standouts.

A beautiful platter at Marigold. Photo supplied.

A beautiful platter at Marigold. Photo supplied.

Spek & Bone (Stellenbosch)
Bertus Basson opened Spek & Bone with a slightly different concept to his usual: small tapas plates and great wine. Highlights include herbed potato churros, slow-cooked lamb ribs with shiso leaves, and the spectacular Peppermint Crisp king cone dessert.

Tiger’s Milk (Stellenbosch)
This super-popular hangout has launched its first Winelands branch on Dorp Street in Stellies. Expect an impressive range of flame-grilled burgers and thin-based pizzas made in a wood-fired oven. They also do delicious barbecue pork ribs, half a grilled peri-peri chicken, and a line fish of the day. A decent wine list and craft beer selection keeps guests well hydrated.

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