9 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.

Block House Kitchen (Constantia)

The Block House Kitchen opened in May, making it the latest addition to the ever-growing Constantia Uitsig estate. It’s a homely eatery that focuses on serving seasonal ingredients in the best way possible. The menu features a variety of comforting dishes, such as bolognese on toast and roasted pumpkin risotto, as well as abundant salads and warming soups.

Gigi Rooftop (City Bowl)

Gorgeous George is a new downtown designer hotel in the heart of Cape Town’s city bowl complete with a swanky jungle-themed rooftop bar named Gigi Rooftop. The new restaurant and bar is situated at prime position on the sixth floor, with an offering of breakfast, lunches, dinner and drinks. The venue also plays host to poolside sessions, with a swimming pool and outdoor bar area for warmer days or sundowners.

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Goldfish Eatery (Strand)

Since opening in January, this cool new spot in Strand really has been the little fishery that could. Their speciality is seafood and they’re serving it every way imaginable. From the crispiest fried fish (complete with chips and mushy peas) and hearty poké bowls to hake fish cakes and sliders, whatever you’re after, they’ll have it.


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Jewell’s Restaurant (Paarl)

Charcuterie king Neil Jewell has teamed up with icon Liam Tomlin to open Jewell’s at Spice Route. Having officially opened in May, the concept is based on a farm-to-table ideology, celebrating the produce of the Spice Route farm. Nose-to-tail cooking inspires dishes like lamb jelly, lamb tartare and lamb biltong. Naturally, you can also expect to see lots of Neil’s famous charcuterie, as well as Tina’s freshly baked breads.

Mykonos Taverna (Newlands)

Thanks to the never-ending popularity of the original Sea Point branch, Mykonos is no stranger to Capetonians. The new location in Newlands’s Dean Street is already creating quite a buzz. Longstanding Mykonos fans will recognise iconic dishes, such as the kleftiko lamb shank, the hearty moussaka and authentic souvlaki, all of which made the brand so famous.

Scarpetta (Woodstock)

Named after the word used to refer to the piece of bread used to mop up leftover pasta sauce on the plate, Scarpetta is the latest Italian eatery to join Woodstock’s growing culinary scene. Inspired by the owner’s Italian heritage, the concise menu features classic Italian dishes such as penne puttanesca, spaghetti vongole (with fresh, homemade pasta), slow-cooked oxtail and simply grilled pesce pomodoro.

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Pasta from Scarpetta. Photo supplied.

Syrup Breakfast  (City Bowl)

Having opened this past weekend, the non-profit Syrup restaurant is fresh off the presses in its new spot on upper Bree Street. The menu is based on the iconic American brunch, with dishes like scrambled egg-topped waffles, freshly baked croissants and even biscuits with sausage gravy. Naturally, there’s a wide range of coffees available.


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VIXI Social House (City Bowl)

Ideally situated on the corner of Bree and Strand streets, VIXI is a vibey joint specialising in everything from coffee to cocktails and perfectly seared steak to flatbreads. Since opening its doors in January, it’s become an instant hit with the after-work crowd in Cape Town’s CBD.


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YU Asian Restaurant (City Bowl)

The glitzy Onyx hotel was always going to be a great spot for an evening out, but since the arrival of Asian-fusion restaurant YU, it’s become the place to be. The menu features small dishes and you can expect to see expertly made dim sum in light broths, spicy chicken wings, poké bowls and sushi. Wash everything down with one of the imported sakes or already-famous cocktails.

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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