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Restaurants open on Sundays and Mondays

Whether it’s for a relaxing Sunday dinner or a delicious pick-me-up after a stressful Monday, booking at your favourite spot can be a bit tricky on these ‘rest’ days. To cure the post-weekend blues with a plate of tapas or a slice of pizza, try these popular spots around the country that are open on Sunday and/or Monday evenings.

Sunday night in Johannesburg

The Big Mouth (Nelson Mandela Square)

Since The Big Mouth opened, things have looked more lively on Nelson Mandela Square, especially on abandoned Sunday and Monday evenings. Try the sushi and sashimi, presented quite differently, but still very satisfying. The black and white and bamboo gives it a refreshing look too.

Cafe Picobella Trattoria (Melville)

There’s something about the calm energy of this place that works well any night, but particularly Sundays and Mondays. The atmosphere and trusty Mediterranean foods will cheer anyone up. It’s also good for spotting actors, poets and other writers at ease.

Cornuti Stella e Luna (Parkhurst)

Joburgers are fond of their Cornuti venues and, although this one is lighter in atmosphere, the popular concept of pizzas with unusual toppings remains. Maybe this Sunday is time to try the Thai, teriyaki prawn or pumpkin-sage pizza?

Craft (Parkhurst)

Craft has made its name in a relatively short time by giving people what they want, with real care. Not surprisingly, it’s always packed with happy customers enjoying the great food.

People seated outside at Craft in Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

People seated outside at Craft in Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Hudsons The Burger Joint (Parkhurst)

This burger joint that hails originally from Cape Town has won the appetites of the Parkhurst crowds. They have more than 13 excellent beef burgers, and just as many other sorts too. The burgers can also be bun-free and the slaw is quite an attraction in itself. It’s open every day until pretty late, so there’s always action at the bar too.

The interior at Hudson's Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

The interior at Hudson’s Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath (Rosebank)

That the champagne bar is open on a Sunday night is very welcome. The restaurant shows how well executed the classics can be today, from lobster bisque to lamingtons, brûlées and the ilk. Some guests even dress up.

Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath

Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Licorish Bistro (Bryanston)

There’s a touch of Cape Malay influence and the taste of anise in many of the light fusion-style dishes here. Even though it’s suppertime, try one of their salads before or as your meal – they’re excellently constructed and very satisfying.

The seating at the Licorish Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The seating at the Licorish Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pomodoro Ristorante (Morningside)

This family-run traditional Italian restaurant uses fresh ingredients to create a menu derived from classical Italian dishes and recipes. Many of the pastas are handmade in house and the sauces are all derived from family recipes. Other favourites include risotto, Neapolitan-style pizzas and the Florentine T-bone.

Salsa Mexican Grill (Fourways)

Located at Pineslopes Shopping Centre, this is not your traditional Mexican place – although the restaurant certainly looks that way. It departs from the norm with a much more responsible feel for sourcing, growing and making sure of good freshness. Another departure is the Mexican pizzas served with fresh guacamole.

Monday night in Johannesburg

The Big Mouth (Sandton)

Since The Big Mouth opened, things have looked more lively on Nelson Mandela Square, especially on abandoned Sunday and Monday evenings. Try the sushi and sashimi, presented quite differently, but still very satisfying. The black and white and bamboo gives it a refreshing look too.

Cafe Picobella Trattoria (Melville)

There’s something about the calm energy of this place that works well any night, but particularly Sundays and Mondays. The atmosphere and trusty Mediterranean foods will cheer anyone up. It’s also good for spotting actors, poets and other writers at ease.

CNR Café (Craighall)

Despite its name, this is nothing like a café; it’s more like a surprisingly big and bustling bistro with a deli section. The fact that it’s chef-run makes a difference. People go for the dishes they know, made with skill and interesting ingredient combinations. They do some no-carb meals too. They’ve only recently started opening on Mondays, so go make the most of it.

Insane milkshakes at Craft in Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Insane milkshakes at Craft in Parkhurst. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Craft (Parkhurst)

Craft has made its name in a relatively short time by giving people what they want, with real care. Not surprisingly, it’s always packed with happy customers enjoying the great food.

Escondido (Illovo)

This tapas restaurant and impressive wine bar is something you literally stumble on as you enter the Illovo PO centre. The waiters are well-informed and the service very pleasing. Look forward to dishes like pumpkin fritters, truffle-parmesan fries, tapas-sized lamb tagines, soy-glazed lamb riblets and crispy calamari with aioli. It’s good for a romantic Monday or a night out with friends to kick off the week.

Inside Escondido. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Inside Escondido. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Foundry (Parktown North)

Of course it pulls the crowds with an exceedingly wide beer range and the atmosphere of conviviality, but the food is great too. Either knock back some drinks in the bar or settle down with the mates for shared or single plates of very interesting super pub-grub. The meats are excellent.

The Great Eastern Food Bar (Melville)

One of the brightest stars on the Joburg food map, this food bar produces exciting foods of the future in fresh, delectable ways, even until pretty late on Monday nights. The dishes are influenced by numerous countries and continents, and many ingredients are created right there behind the long prep bar.

The Green Peppercorn Bistro (Morningside)

This is food to gladden a worried Monday belly. Known for its presentation and afro-fusion cuisine, The Green Peppercorn serves favourites with some Asian surprises like lemongrass infusions or palm sugar caramelisations for steaks.

The Green Peppercorn

Indoor and outdoor seating at The Green Peppercorn. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Hudson’s (Parkhurst)

This burger joint that hails originally from Cape Town has won the appetites of the Parkhurst crowds. They have more than 13 excellent beef burgers, and just as many other sorts too. The burgers can also be bun-free and the slaw is quite an attraction in itself. It’s open every day until pretty late, so there’s always action at the bar too.

Level Four Restaurant at 54 on Bath (Rosebank)

That the champagne bar is open on a Sunday night is very welcome. The restaurant shows how well executed the classics can be today, from lobster bisque to lamingtons, brûlées and the ilk. Some guests even dress up.

Licorish Bistro (Bryanston)

There’s a touch of Cape Malay influence and the taste of anise in many of the light fusion-style dishes here. Even though it’s suppertime, try one of their salads before or as your meal – they’re excellently constructed and very satisfying.

Life Grand Café (Hyde Park)

The Hyde Park Centre has become fun on Mondays, thanks in no small part to Life Grand Café in the middle of it all. It’s always relaxing, always welcoming, and the service and quality of food are consistently good – especially the charcuterie.

The interior at the Life Grand Café

The interior at the Life Grand Café Hyde Park. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The National (Parktown North)

This good-looking new spot is already open on Mondays. All their organic produce comes from the Coobs farm. Look forward to classy, smoky food, like their much hungered-for Texan pork belly.

Pomodoro Ristorante (Morningside)

This family-run traditional Italian restaurant uses fresh ingredients to create a menu derived from classical Italian dishes and recipes. Many of the pastas are handmade in house and the sauces are all derived from family recipes. Other favourites include risotto, Neapolitan-style pizzas and the Florentine T-bone.

Remo’s Maximilliano (Waterfall Mall)

There’s enough jazz, excitement and well-executed favourites here to fill you with courage and faith. It’s a brilliant choice for a dinner that dispels any first-day-of-the-week gloom.

Remo's Maximilliano

Inside at Remo’s Maximilliano. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Salsa Mexican Grill (Fourways)

Located at Pineslopes Shopping Centre, this is not your traditional Mexican place – although the restaurant certainly looks that way. It departs from the norm with a much more responsible feel for sourcing, growing and making sure of good freshness. Another departure is the Mexican pizzas served with fresh guacamole.

Cornuti Stella e Luna (Parkhurst)

Joburgers are fond of their Cornuti venues and, although this one is lighter in atmosphere, the popular concept of pizzas with unusual toppings remains. Maybe this Sunday is time to try the Thai, teriyaki prawn or pumpkin-sage pizza?

Sunday night in Pretoria

African Pride Café (Silverton)

Firmly tucked away inside the Pretoria Botanical Garden, this establishment serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Their menu offers a bit of everything, so if you ever felt like French toast or fried eggs and bacon on a Sunday evening – here is your chance. Other options include burgers, pregos, wings and grills. Kids have a special section and beverages include traditional options such as mageu made from fermented mielie meal.

Geet (Brooklyn)

Gita Jivan’s smart Indian restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, although they closer a little earlier on Sundays. This is for a decadent evening out, enhanced by a careful selection of high-end wines and professional wait staff. Highlights include the likes of mango chicken tikka; Malabar prawn curry with fresh coconut milk simmered in basil gravy; lemongrass-scented chicken; and green-pea biryani with steamed rice and papaya salad. End off on orange-and-pistachio goolab jamun steeped in saffron syrup with pistachio ice cream.

Geet

The interior at Geet Indian Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

Granita (Kameeldrift-East)

The deluxe dining room at Kievits Kroon Country Estate is open seven days a week. Just a short, easy drive out of the city makes Granita quite accessible. Their six-course gourmet dinner and wine pairing costs R455 (R310 without the wine) and may include seared tuna with turnip purée, pickles and wasabi foam; an imaginative granita palate cleanser; and a duo of grilled beef fillet and confit duck leg served with butternut purée, pomme purée and bok choy with port jus. Dessert could be vanilla rum mousse, coconut sand and quinoa wafers, followed by coffee and friandise.

Granita at Kievits Kroons. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Granita at Kievits Kroons. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Oasis Restaurant (Arcadia)

The landmark Southern Sun’s Oasis Restaurant is open every day of the week, even Sunday evenings and Mondays, which gives one ample time to pop in for a buffet meal with an African twist. Items such as vetkoek feature along with a soup of the day, often with a garnish of croûtons or bacon bits, carvery and grill stations, plus numerous sides and hot dishes. To top it off, they also offer a selection of at least eight desserts. R150 per person.

Padbok Thai (Brooklyn)

Open seven days a week, this reliable favourite serves steamed bird-shaped chicken dumplings, spring rolls, fish cakes and chicken satay as starters, along with the more familiar tom yum soup. The à la carte main course selection includes red duck curry, fried prawns with tamarind sauce, and various stir-fried dishes, plus the classic Thai dessert consisting of sticky coconut rice with sliced mango (in season).

Padbok Thai

The interior area at Padbok Thai. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Thali (Laudium)

Open seven days a week, this is more eating house than restaurant, with multi-generational families, groups of youngsters, and the odd visitor from other parts all sharing in the good food. Alcohol is not served, but the variety of delicious beverages will satisfy, including mint and lemon juice; pineapple juice; ginger and lemon juice; and salt, mango or buttermilk lassis. Under no circumstance should you neglect to order their kerala porotta, a light, flaky and buttery bread that’s perfect for scooping up generous amounts of chettinadu chicken in a hot fried coconut gravy.

Monday night in Pretoria

African Pride Café (Silverton)

Firmly tucked away inside the Pretoria Botanical Garden, this establishment serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Their menu offers a bit of everything, so if you ever felt like French toast or fried eggs and bacon on a Sunday evening – here is your chance. Other options include burgers, pregos, wings and grills. Kids have a special section and beverages include traditional options such as mageu made from fermented mielie meal.

Black Bamboo (Menlyn)

This is adventurous fine dining food, featuring the likes of a play on steak tartare with pickled beef cubes, smoked apple jelly, truffle mayonnaise and rye bread croutons served in a hollowed-out apple with an apple essence smoke. The herb-crusted springbok fillet with garlic purée, roasted onion mousse, crispy onion strings and chocolate red wine sauce sounds equally scrumptious. For dessert, you would be hard pressed to decide between the light coconut mousse with chocolate cremeux, coconut jelly, lemon sugar, chocolate snap, toasted coconut shavings and chocolate sorbet, and the mango ‘spaghetti’ with coconut parfait, compressed mango, coconut tapioca, mango mousse and coconut sorbet.

Black Bamboo interior

The Black Bamboo interior. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Brasserie de Paris (Waterkloof Ridge)

This French-inspired eatery offers a small à la carte menu currently featuring items such as a starter of honey-glazed goat’s cheese crostini with walnut crumble, beetroot sorbet and apple gel; West Coast sole meunière with tenderstem broccoli and pomme purée; or the best value for money chateaubriand at R315 to share between two. Finish off the meal with meringue soufflé with fresh berries; hazelnut and feuilletine crumble and berry sorbet; or coffee with a selection of three desserts.

Chocolate fondant Brasserie de Paris

Chocolate fondant at Brasserie de Paris. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

De Kloof (Waterkloof)

Another fine dining option to impress your guests, De Kloof offers a beautiful starter ‘cocktail’ of baked crayfish tail with prawn toast, smoked green tea and lime jelly, tempura clam, lime sorbet, papino ceviche, daikon and nori; and decadent mains like the lamb loin with crispy sheep’s head medallion, parmesan polenta, pea purée, sugar-snap peas, roasted tomato and lamb jus. To end the meal, opt for the rhubarb and plum tarte tatin, served with grapefruit sorbet, granadilla ice pop, and a tropical fruit gummy.

 The interior at De Kloof Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at De Kloof Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Geet (Brooklyn)

Gita Jivan’s smart Indian restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, although they closer a little earlier on Sundays. This is for a decadent evening out, enhanced by a careful selection of high-end wines and professional wait staff. Highlights include the likes of mango chicken tikka; Malabar prawn curry with fresh coconut milk simmered in basil gravy; lemongrass-scented chicken; and green-pea biryani with steamed rice and papaya salad. End off on orange-and-pistachio goolab jamun steeped in saffron syrup with pistachio ice cream.

Granita (Kameeldrift-East)

The deluxe dining room at Kievits Kroon Country Estate is open seven days a week. Just a short, easy drive out of the city makes Granita quite accessible. Their six-course gourmet dinner and wine pairing costs R455 (R310 without the wine) and may include seared tuna with turnip purée, pickles and wasabi foam; an imaginative granita palate cleanser; and a duo of grilled beef fillet and confit duck leg served with butternut purée, pomme purée and bok choy with port jus. Dessert could be vanilla rum mousse, coconut sand and quinoa wafers, followed by coffee and friandises.

Dessert at Granita at Kievits Kroons. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Dessert at Granita at Kievits Kroons. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Oasis Restaurant (Arcadia)

The landmark Southern Sun’s Oasis Restaurant is open every day of the week, even Sunday evenings and Mondays, which gives one ample time to pop in for a buffet meal with an African twist. Items such as vetkoek feature along with a soup of the day, often with a garnish of croûtons or bacon bits, carvery and grill stations, plus numerous sides and hot dishes. To top it off, they also offer a selection of at least eight desserts. R150 per person.

Padbok Thai (Brooklyn)

Open seven days a week, this reliable favourite serves steamed bird-shaped chicken dumplings, spring rolls, fish cakes and chicken satay as starters, along with the more familiar tom yum soup. The à la carte main course selection includes red duck curry, fried prawns with tamarind sauce, and various stir-fried dishes, plus the classic Thai dessert consisting of sticky coconut rice with sliced mango (in season).

Thali (Laudium)

Open seven days a week, this is more eating house than restaurant, with multi-generational families, groups of youngsters, and the odd visitor from other parts all sharing in the good food. Alcohol is not served, but the variety of delicious beverages will satisfy, including mint and lemon juice; pineapple juice; ginger and lemon juice; and salt, mango or buttermilk lassis. Under no circumstance should you neglect to order their kerala porotta, a light, flaky and buttery bread that’s perfect for scooping up generous amounts of chettinad chicken in a hot fried coconut gravy.

Sunday night in Durban and surrounds

Al Firenze (La Lucia)

This Italian gem nestled in suburbia offers locals a taste of authentic pizzas and pastas. Try the Rosetta pasta of Italian ham and cheese wrapped in spinach-and-egg pasta and baked in the pizza oven with a silky cheese sauce. The pizzas are a must, with thin-crust wood-fired bases topped with plenty mozzarella and your choice of toppings. It’s a busy spot to end off the weekend, so bookings are essential.

A pizza topped with pepper, mushrroms and olives at Al Firenze. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A pizza topped with pepper, mushrroms and olives at Al Firenze. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bel Punto (Umdloti)

Celebrate Sunday with sunset views and sumptuous seafood and Italian dishes. Highlights include succulent mussels in a white wine sauce, clam- and prawn-filled marinara pasta, and heavenly risottos. For something different, try the calamari stuffed with prawns, red pepper and spinach, topped with Napoletana sauce, and baked in the wood-fired oven. Desserts offer a taste of Europe in the form of homemade tiramisu, espresso crème brûlée, and creamy panna cotta.

Four15 (Durban North)

Burritos are the order of the day at this eatery inspired by San Francisco and Mexico. For an early Sunday night supper, book your spot with the family and tuck into burritos such as the Mission original with slow-roasted beef and all the trimmings, or a Thai Me Up burrito with grilled chicken and peanut sauce. If you’re in a hurry to catch Carte Blanche, order a burrito or two to go.

The festive interior at Four15. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The festive interior at Four15. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Fourteen on Chartwell (Umhlanga Rocks)

For those who like to end the weekend on a high, this buzzing gourmet pub offers everything from lush lobster mac ‘n cheese and inspired jaffles to saucy mussels and the gourmet pie of the day. The drinks and cocktail list make this a perfect spot for meeting up with friends.

Havana Grill (Suncoast Casino)

For the ultimate free-range beef offering, head to this handsome restaurant on Sunday night. From venison to beef fillet on the bone, the cooked-to-perfection meats make for a wonderful weekend treat. Their sibling restaurant, Little Havana, is also open on a Sunday evening.

The main floor at the Havana Grill. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The main floor at the Havana Grill. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Ile Maurice (Umhlanga Rocks)

This Umhlanga stalwart is known for lush, aromatic curries and flavoursome Mauritian seafood. Try the grilled kingklip topped with prawns and mushrooms, laced with béchamel sauce, baked and served with a cheese topping; large plump king prawns with Creole rice; or the authentic daube de poisson (filleted line fish baked in a coconut milk and tomato sauce). The restaurant is conveniently near the Umhlanga promenade, perfect for an early post-beach Sunday supper.

Lupa Osteria (Durban North)

Lovers of Italian cuisine will be able to get their pasta fix on a Sunday night at this popular eatery. Try dishes such as the pretzel-dusted calamari; tomato-and-risotto cakes; cheesy wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas with rich sauces.

The interior at Lupa Osteria. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Lupa Osteria. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Pintxada Tapas Bar and Restaurant (Umhlanga Rocks)

End off the weekend with tasty tapas at this new eatery in the busy Umhlanga Village. The whole family will enjoy the range of made-to-share plates with dishes such as luscious risotto, whole roasted chicken with rustic veg, meatballs and crispy patatas bravas. Booking is recommended.

Monday night in Durban and surrounds

9th Avenue Bistro (Morningside)

Locals can start off their work week with a fine-dining experience courtesy of chef Charlie Lakin and Graham Neilson. Elegantly plated dishes include grilled pork rib-eye with truffled macaroni cheese; red onion tarte tatin with wildebeest bresaola; roast lamb rump; and smoked cob brandade with new asparagus.

9th Avenue Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Food at the 9th Avenue Bistro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Bellevue Café (Kloof)

This calming spot offers seating under the trees and comforting dishes such as fresh salad with prawns; tender calamari; fillet béarnaise; roasted duck; and Karoo lamb shank. Hearty pastas are also on offer for a carb-rich weeknight supper.

Café 1999 (Musgrave)

Mondays can be significantly improved when dining at this trendy eatery. The innovative menu includes tapas of duck and date samoosas or lemony lamb meatballs. Heartier dishes include chicken, chardonnay and mushroom risotto, or slow-roasted red onion tart with fresh pesto. For a sweet ending, try their heavenly dessert offerings with options like silky panna cotta and sorbet.

Four15 (Durban North)

Burritos are the order of the day at this eatery inspired by San Francisco and Mexico. For an early Sunday night supper, book your spot with the family and tuck into burritos such as the Mission original with slow-roasted beef and all the trimmings, or a Thai Me Up burrito with grilled chicken and peanut sauce. If you’re in a hurry to catch Carte Blanche, order a burrito or two to go.

Fourteen on Chartwell (Umhlanga Rocks)

For those who like to end the weekend on a high, this buzzing gourmet pub offers everything from lush lobster mac ‘n cheese and inspired jaffles to saucy mussels and the gourmet pie of the day. The drinks and cocktail list make this a perfect spot for meeting up with friends.

Fourteen on Chartwell burgers and beers

Burgers and beers at Fourteen on Chartwell. Image courtesy of the restaurant

Havana Grill (Suncoast Casino)

For the ultimate free-range beef offering, head to this handsome restaurant on Sunday night. From venison to beef fillet on the bone, the cooked-to-perfection meats make for a wonderful weekend treat. Their sibling restaurant, Little Havana, is also open on a Sunday evening.

Lupa Osteria (Durban North)

Lovers of Italian cuisine will be able to get their pasta fix on a Monday night at this popular eatery. Standout dishes include pretzel-dusted calamari; tomato-and-risotto cakes; cheesy wood-fired pizzas and homemade pastas with rich sauces.

Pintxada (Umhlanga Rocks)

End off the weekend with tasty tapas at this new eatery in the busy Umhlanga Village. The whole family will enjoy the range of made-to-share plates with dishes such as luscious risotto, whole roasted chicken with rustic veg, meatballs and crispy patatas bravas. Booking is recommended.

Outside at Remo’s Villagio. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Outside at Remo’s Villagio. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Remo’s Villagio (Umhlanga Rocks)

A great spot for those weeknight dinners with friends, Remo’s serves up a fabulous range of homey dishes. Try the salmon fishcakes with crumbed artichokes, or pillowy gnocchi with meatballs – and there are pizzas too.

Waffle burgers at Republik. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Waffle burgers at Republik. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Republik (Durban North)

Cure the Monday blues with a burger fix. Durban’s cool kids flock to this casual Durban North eatery for craft beer and juicy free-range burgers. Guests can tuck into build-your-own options or choose from the signature favourites with additions like hollandaise sauce or crispy nacho chips.

Sunday night in Cape Town

Bistro Sixteen82 (Tokai)

This is a beautiful spot for an evening of tapas after a long day of bubbly drinking. Sample dishes like prawns in chilli-lemon butter; angelfish wontons with soy dressing; pork belly with apple mash; and three-cheese fritters with lemon verbena and pumpkin seeds. Tapas runs from 5pm until 8pm, making it ideal for post-wine tasting munchies.

The exterior at Bistro Sixteen82. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The exterior at Bistro Sixteen82. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Harbour House (Kalk Bay)

This stylish restaurant has gorgeous sea views and makes for a perfect sundowners spot. A variety of ocean delights are on offer on the menu, with a specials blackboard to tempt you further. Try the warm tuna niçoise, or yellowtail with roasted veggies and dill cream. A concise sushi menu is also available and starters of ceviche and black mussels are a popular choice. Also try the Harbour House at the V&A Waterfront.

Il Leone Mastrantonio (Green Point)

Hidden in the back roads of Green Point, this sophisticated spot is ideal for a quiet Italian meal after a busy weekend. Try the bruschetta or the mussels to start, followed by their homemade pastas such as the penne gamberetti with baby prawns and a creamy tomato-and-chilli sauce.

The interior at Mastrantonio Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Mastrantonio Restaurant. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Jerry’s Burger Bar (Blouberg, Gardens, Observatory, Tyger Valley)

For some of the best burgers in the city, grab your spot at one of the eateries on a Sunday evening. The Seven Deadly Sins (stuffed-patty burgers) come highly recommended, as does the cheese, jalapeño and beer-sauced burger called the Sweet Baby Cheeses. Finish it all off with a Lindt chocolate brownie.

La Colombe (Constantia)

With chef Scot Kirton being named Chef of the Year https://www.eatout.co.za/article/south-africas-best-chef/ at the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, La Colombe is getting even more attention these days. Views of Constantia Valley are the backdrop to incredible sophisticated food with a playful touch. Look forward to dishes such as seared tuna tataki; a hen’s egg with poached salmon; fillet of beef with fondant potatoes; and guava parfait with lime ice cream and geranium.

The deck at La Colombe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The deck at La Colombe. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

La Mouette (Sea Point)

Sea Point foodies flock to this stylish fine dining spot for a sneaky Sunday supper. The newly redecorated restaurant has tranquil courtyard seating for warm evenings. The latest tasting menu offers dishes such as tuna carpaccio with black-garlic mayonnaise; duck with hay-smoked beets; and barbecued sweetcorn with corn polenta and burnt-onion ketchup.

Massimo’s (Hout Bay)

A Sunday trip to Hout Bay can happily end with some of the best pizzas in the Mother City. This gem serves up thin-crust slices such as the Pancetta, the Afrikana topped with boerewors, or the Tricolore topped with roasted garlic, cacao cheese and zucchini. Pasta-lovers must try the duck-filled ravioli.

Massimo's pizza

Massimo’s pizza. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Peddlars & Co. (Constantia)

Volaré Ristorante, Graciales and The Oak Terrace are all open on Sunday evenings for lazy weekend feasting. The menus at these popular restaurants boast a range from rich Italian cuisine to flavourful tapas, and casual family-friendly grub.

Woodlands Eatery (Vredehoek)

This popular neighbourhood eatery is well known for its exciting pizzas. The slow-roasted lamb pizza with crème fraiche is popular choice, as is the one with caramelised pork, soy sauce, mango and coriander. For those who don’t feel like Italian, try the peri-peri prawns or juicy cheeseburger. Seats outside are lovely on warm evenings.

Open on Monday night in Cape Town

Bistro Sixteen82 (Tokai)

This is a beautiful spot for an evening of tapas after a long day of bubbly drinking. Sample dishes like prawns in chilli-lemon butter; angelfish wontons with soy dressing; pork belly with apple mash; and three-cheese fritters with lemon verbena and pumpkin seeds. Tapas runs from 5pm until 8pm, making it ideal for post-wine tasting munchies.

Bocca (City Bowl)

Like its big sister Burrata, this trendy Italian eatery is also open on a Monday evening. The Neopolitan pizzas are a highlight, with options such as the simple margherita or the unusual Lady Zaza with kimchi and ginger pork sausage. Smaller plates for sharing are a good option with dishes such as rich crumbed duck pops, or the fried ricotta gnocchi.

Inside at Bocca. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Inside at Bocca. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Charango (City Bowl)

This Peruvian-inspired eatery keeps the tapas and drinks flowing on Monday nights too. Grab a street-side table in good weather and look out for tuna tacos and great pisco cocktails.

Chefs Warehouse (City Bowl)

This first-time nominee for the Top 10 is an ideal weeknight spot. It’s a small, unassuming yet stylish eatery known for chef Liam Tomlin’s beautifully presented tapas-for-two concept. The ever-changing offering might include options such as perfectly cooked risotto, light gnocchi dumplings, fresh salmon dishes, and sweet-and-savoury oysters.

El Burro (Green Point)

This Cape Town darling is packed with locals and soon-to-be new fans on Monday nights. The seasonal menu of well-executed Mexican dishes with plenty of authentic flavour includes dishes such as zingy ceviche, chilorio pork, spicy chicken tacos, and rich enchiladas. There is also an impressive tequila selection for those tougher-than-usual Mondays. Want to stick closer to town? El Burro Taqueria is also open on Monday evenings.

Churros at El Burro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Churros at El Burro. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Harbour House (Kalk Bay)

This stylish restaurant has gorgeous sea views and makes for a perfect sundowners spot. A variety of ocean delights are on offer on the menu, with a specials blackboard to tempt you further. Try the warm tuna niçoise, or yellowtail with roasted veggies and dill cream. A concise sushi menu is also available and starters of ceviche and black mussels are a popular choice. Also try the Harbour House at the V&A Waterfront.

The interior at Harbour House. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Harbour House. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Jerry’s Burger Bar (Blouberg, Gardens, Observatory, Tyger Valley)

For some of the best burgers in the city, grab your spot at one of the eateries on a Sunday evening. The Seven Deadly Sins (stuffed-patty burgers) come highly recommended, as does the cheese, jalapeño and beer-sauced burger called the Sweet Baby Cheeses. Finish it all off with a Lindt chocolate brownie.

Kyoto Garden Sushi (Gardens)

For some of the finest Japanese food in the city (with prices to match), head to this serene garden restaurant for a tranquil Monday mood lifter. The sushi is superb, as is The Sea, a clear broth with shellfish. Try one of their ‘salads’ with cold noodle and prawns, or succulent Alaskan king crab. Mains include seared tuna, steamed fish, or sake steamed clams with noodles.

Wraps at Kyoto Garden

Wraps at Kyoto Garden. Photo courtesy of the restaurant

La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro (Sea Point)

This neighbourhood wine bar makes for a perfect Monday night dinner spot. Great wine by-the-glass options are paired with bistro-style food with Mediterranean flair. Enjoy something like the tender fillet steak with mushroom risotto, pulled beef with gnocchi, or chicken wrapped in phyllo pastry.

La Colombe (Constantia)

With chef Scot Kirton being named Chef of the Year at the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, La Colombe is getting even more attention these days. Views of Constantia Valley are the backdrop to incredible sophisticated food with a playful touch. Look forward to dishes such as seared tuna tataki; a hen’s egg with poached salmon; fillet of beef with fondant potatoes; and guava parfait with lime ice cream and geranium.

La Mouette (Sea Point)

Sea Point foodies flock to this stylish fine dining spot for a sneaky Sunday supper. The newly redecorated restaurant has tranquil courtyard seating for warm evenings. The latest tasting menu offers dishes such as tuna carpaccio with black-garlic mayonnaise; duck with hay-smoked beets; and barbecued sweetcorn with corn polenta and burnt-onion ketchup.

La Mouette interior

La Mouette’s interior. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Open Door (Constantia)

The team behind Bocca and Burrata have opened this comfortable yet stylish Southern Suburbs restaurant. Monday nights are lifted with dishes such as roasted pumpkin fritters; pan-roasted line fish; and sous-vide pork chops with dukkah. Enjoy a decadent salted caramel ice cream sandwich with apple and mint sorbet to round off the evening.

The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock)

Head to the trendy Old Biscuit Mill and up the glass elevator for breathtaking evening views and a Monday night supper like no other. The made-to-share dishes include a combination of palate pleasers from sweet and sour to salty and umami. The fish tacos with black bean purée are always a winner, as is the meltingly tender smoked beef fillet with truffle café au lait sauce. If you’re not driving, order a few of their memorable cocktails.

The interior at The Pot Luck Club. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at The Pot Luck Club. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Woodlands Eatery (Vredehoek)

This popular neighbourhood eatery is well known for its exciting pizzas. The slow-roasted lamb pizza with crème fraiche is popular choice, as is the one with caramelised pork, soy sauce, mango and coriander. For those who don’t feel like Italian, try the peri-peri prawns or juicy cheeseburger. Seats outside are lovely on warm evenings.

Sunday night in the Winelands

96 Winery Road (Stellenbosch)

After a long day in the Winelands, head to this cosy restaurant for a simple, home-style meal with hearty and delicious options. Try the deep-fried calamari with coriander-and-chilli cream, or the crisp pork belly strips for cheeky starter. Mains include duck-and-cherry pie, a juicy beef burger, and legendary aged fillet steak.

Food in a potjie at 96 Winery Road. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Food in a potjie at 96 Winery Road. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Helena’s Restaurant (Stellenbosch)

The food here is familiar but delicious, making it the ideal spot for a winding down dinner on a Sunday. Expect dishes such as chicken liver pâté, rack of lamb, cider-braised pork, or wild mushroom risotto. Book your spot on the stoep and watch the evening Stellies life pass you by.

Indochine (Stellenbosch)

This nominee for the 2015 Top 10 sits on the beautiful Delaire Graff Estate. End your Sunday with a superb dinner of fresh Asian cuisine. Think meltingly tender duck with cashew-nut brittle, or mussel-and-whelk laksa for a taste of China and Malaysia. Desserts include dishes such as green-tea crème brûlée and banana spring rolls.

Inside Indochine. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The interior at Indochine. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Reuben’s Restaurant and Bar (Franschhoek)

This well-known spot buzzes with locals and tourists alike, so it’s best to book ahead for your Sunday night feast. Sit in the leafy courtyard and enjoy dishes such as chilli-salted squid with nuac chum and lime mayo, and pork belly with pumpkin purée, potato gratin and caramel jus. The traditional malva pudding is not to be missed.

Monday night in the Winelands

96 Winery Road (Stellenbosch)

Stellies locals can enjoy a home-style meal with hearty and delicious options that are ideal after a tiresome workday. Try the deep-fried calamari with coriander-and-chilli cream, or the crisp pork belly strips for a flavoursome starter. Mains include duck-and-cherry pie, a juicy beef burger, or the extremely popular aged fillet steak.

A dish at Foliage. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

A dish at Foliage. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Foliage (Franschhoek)

Chef Chris Erasmus’s arty Franschhoek eatery was not a nominee for the 2015 Top 10 for nothing. Pop in on a Monday evening and enjoy wonderfully wild, organic and whimsical plates of food with dishes such as roasted beetroot-and-turnip salad, zebra dumplings in a spicy broth, or a risotto of truffled peas.

Makaron (Stellenbosch)

Summer weeknights can be enjoyed on this restaurant’s blue-and-green hued terrace with playfully plated dishes and delicious wines. Dishes might include options such as hake with miso, daikon and ponzu, or quinoa served as a base for cauliflower risotto with blue cheese. Meat lovers can indulge in the slow-cooked lamb shoulder with puy lentils and smoked aubergine. If you’re taking Tuesday off, book for a night in the guesthouse and spa for a luxurious treat.

The terrace at the Majeka House at Makaron. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The terrace at the Majeka House at Makaron. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

Young chef Darren Badenhorst plates up beautiful, globally inspired dishes that will improve your Monday mood. Try seasonal offerings such as risotto with barrel-smoked langoustine and crab, or a salt-cured duck dim sum in an umami broth. Desserts might include the decadent honey bavarois or chocolate mousse spheres.

Seared Tuna, fennel Kimchi, lemon and Rooibos jelly, ginger granite at Ryan's Kitchen. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Seared Tuna, fennel Kimchi, lemon and Rooibos jelly, ginger granite at Ryan’s Kitchen. Photo courtesy of the restaurant.

Ryan’s Kitchen (Franshhoek)

Ryan’s Smith’s eatery has become a popular spot in the beautiful Franschhoek area. The menu changes bi-weekly and offers items like tapioca mushroom pudding, grilled goat’s cheese with fennel-and-apple salad, venison carpaccio and Cape Malay-inspired pickled seafood. Bookings are essential, even on a Monday.

While we take care to ensure the accuracy of our information, please note that some details and opening times may change without our knowledge. It’s always best to give the restaurant a call on the day to double check.

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