From small-town beginnings in eMahlabathini in KZN, Latoya Buthelezi – aka Toya Delazy – has become something of a household name. Her 2011 hit, Pump it On, was closely followed by a record deal with Sony Music Africa, three SAMA awards and a BET nomination – and if you don’t know her yet, her unique mix of jazz, electro and hip hop will be coming soon to a stage near you. You can find her at African Renaissance Day in Durban on 23 May; at the We are One Festival at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Jozi on 24 May; and Seven Sounds in Maboneng on 30 May. Right now, though, she calls Cape Town home, and we found out that she’s a little bit of a foodie. Here are Toya’s personal recommendations for a great meal out in the Mother City.
Call-a-Pizza in Sea Point. It’s the best pizza ever: very creative and generous with the servings.
Royale Eatery on Long Street. The burgers come in all sorts of varieties; they’re delicious and thick, and the sweet potato chips are the best!
A nice Cobb salad at Mugg and Bean. I love they way they do it – you can have your greens and some bacon eggs, feta and avo.
Willoughby & Co at the V&A Waterfront. This is where the salmon rose was created. The sushi is made by Japanese chefs before your eyes.
Straight No Chaser. They have the best sound for acoustic jazz jols – I always enjoy listening and playing there.
Rafiki’s is great if you’re feeling like a hippy.
Chicken Licken, especially after a heavy night out. It’s the hair of the dog for me.
The Grand Café and Beach. I love chilling on the beach and having sundowners.
Arnold’s; they have an all-day breakfast. They also have bunny chows – you know Durbanites love the bunny!
Anything on the Camps Bay strip. You had better catch the sunset there too; it’s quite a thing!
Food Inn on Long Street. If you are willing to wait, you can get takeaways from any place, but Food Inn is the quickest.
The Chapman’s Peak Hotel in Hout Bay. They have the best calamari in Cape Town – it melts like butter in the mouth. A must try.
The Roundhouse has a beautiful garden and calm atmosphere.