The 10 most-viewed restaurants in August

Which are the most popular restaurants in South Africa right now? We’re not a hundred percent sure but, judging by our stats, these 10 are buzzing.

1. Rockets (Bryanston)

This four-storey mansion of a restaurant has become a place to see and be seen. The menu features crowd-pleasers like fillet on home-made sweet potato röstis, monster burgers and melting caramel-chocolate bombs.

The Marakesh kebabs from Rockets, Photo supplied.

The Marakesh kebabs from Rockets. Photo supplied.

2. Plan B Dessertery (Durban North)

It’s not often that KZN makes our most-viewed list, but Plan B Dessertery, with their bubble waffles and giant churros, seem to have cracked the code. The restaurant is conveniently located next to Four15 (and run by the same owners), so plan a Mexican-themed feast followed by bubble waffles with ice cream, chocolate-coated honeycomb and caramel sauce.

3. Momo Soko (Illovo)

This new Asian street food spot is the sister to Momo Baohaus in Greenside – and, according to our critics, it’s an absolute hit. Poké bowls vie for attention alongside seductive, soft bao filled with crispy tempura, kimchi and pickles; and other fresher, lighter dishes like grilled prawns or sirloin skewers.

A colourful dish at Momo Soko. Photo supplied.

A colourful dish at Momo Soko. Photo supplied.

4. The Silo Rooftop (V&A Waterfront)

Could this be Cape Town’s hottest rooftop bar? The view from Thomas Heatherwick’s architectural masterpiece, The Silo Hotel, encompasses Table Mountain, Signal Hill and the docks – and is irresistibly Instagrammable. By night, it’s a great spot from which to watch the twinkling lights of Cape Town. Pretty cocktails finish off the picture.

The Silo Rooftop

The Silo Rooftop. Photo supplied.

5. Momo Baohaus (Greenside)

The original Baohaus is still going strong with its winning combination of buns, bowls and sushi rolls. Tuck into Vietnamese French toast, crispy calamari and pot stickers with plum sauce.

The delicious bao buns at Momo Baohaus. Photo supplied.

The delicious bao buns at Momo Baohaus. Photo supplied.

6. Marrow (Cape Town CBD)

Inspired by the ancient craft of Asian broth and the rise of bone-broth bars in New York, London and Sydney, this hole-in-the-wall restaurant might have been the hottest thing to open in Cape Town in August. A one-pager menu offers four delicate but surprisingly satisfying bowls. Grab lunch early, before the crowds take all the stools.

Bone broth, toppings and rice balls at Marrow

Broth, toppings and rice balls at Marrow. Photo supplied.

7. Souk (Cape Town CBD)

This lounge-style tapas and drinks spot on Long Street is popular with the young folk. (Does that make us sound very old?) There’s also tapas, live music and art on First Thursdays.

8. The Test Kitchen (Woodstock)

Our reigning Restaurant of the Year is still blowing people away on the regular with crazy clever things like pork belly with chestnuts and sweet potato, a stinging nettle granita with saki gin blueberries, and aged prime rib with artichoke and red wine shallots. Set your alarm and book that table!

The Light Room at The Test Kitchen. Photo supplied.

The Light Room at The Test Kitchen. Photo supplied.

9. The Village Idiot (Cape Town CBD)

Another inner-city hotspot, this bar, restaurant and hangout runs its half-price happy hour every Saturday from 5pm to 6pm. The other reason for its popularity? Scrumptious braai food (think sirloin with chimichurri, miso, sweetcorn and potato salad, and Asian pickles).

A hearty dish with a roaring fire at The Village Idiot. Photo supplied.

A hearty dish with a roaring fire at The Village Idiot. Photo supplied.

10. La Boqueria (Parktown North)

Dining here is a culinary journey that stretches from Japan to Mexico, from Italy to Argentina. Start with a scallop or fish ceviche, progress to generously portioned paella, then move on to whoopee-pie ice-cream sandwiches with Nutella and toasted marshmallows. ‘Nuff said.

A feast at La Boqueria. Photo supplied.

A feast at La Boqueria. Photo supplied.

This list shows what readers are searching for on, compiled using statistics of the most-viewed restaurant listings in August 2017.

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