we went from Johannesburg to Cape Town I picked up a magazine called Eat
out or something like that and I guess it was then I realized how many
restaurants we had to choose from in Cape Town. Not only are there many
to choose from - but many of the top 10 restaurants in South Africa are
located in Cape Town. When I went to South Africa the first time a few
years back I found it cheaper than Norway – well, I guess all places are
cheaper than Norway. But since 2004 the South African Rand has gone down
35% towards the Norwegian Krone which makes it even cheaper for a
Norwegian to travel to South Africa.
first night we tried to get the concierge at the hotel to get us a table
at the supposedly best restaurants right away but unfortunately both
Jardine and Aubergine was fully booked. So we ended up going to Five
Flies which is only located a 5 minute walk from
Mandela Rhodes Place (our hotel in Cape Town). When we came in it
was warm and lively and it was easy to see that it was a place with a
long history. From what I have read the place has been used from
everything from a bank to a brothel. We went for the 3 course dinner
which was 200 Rand per person (about 25$).
wine list was extensive as South Africa is a huge wine producing
country. And the prices…well, a bottle started at 95 Rand (about 12$)
which is enough to bring tears into the eyes of a Norwegian. In
Stavanger I don’t think you can get a bottle of wine at a restaurant for
less than 60$. We went for a Cabernet Sauvignon at about 200 Rand. Nikki
had calamari for starter and it was quite boring while my mushroom in
gorgonzola was very good. For the main meal Nikki tried the ostrich and
I had a T-bone steak with butter squash, spinach and mashed potatoes
with garlic - both dishes were lovely.
round it of I had a selection of South African cheeses with a port wine
on the side. But the cheeses were very, very tame compared to the cheese
that I’m used to from Europe.
The next night we had a short stop at Caveau Wine Bar & Deli to have a glass of red wine. They had a great selection of wine by the glass (we paid about 45 Rand (6 $) per glass) but it seems like their prices was a bit higher than Savoy Cabbage where we were going next. It didn’t take us long to get to Savoy Cabbage where we had a reservation..it was just around the corner. The interior at Savoy Cabbage was quite cool…several levels, brick walls, wooden tables etc. I went for their famous tomato tart and that was excellent. The main meal for me was steak and beer while Nikki had lamb if I’m not mistaken. And to round it of I had a nice chocolate fondant *yummy*. We paid about 600 Rand (about 80$) for the both of us including a bottle of wine. Please read more about Savoy Cabbage on the restaurant homepage.
In the magazine that I had bought we also read about Famous Butcher Grill and we decided to check that out the following day. When we came to the place we were a bit disappointed - it was a hotel restaurant (located at Cape Town Lodge Hotel). But we were not in the mood to look around as we were hungry after a long road trip that day. The waiter at this place was a bit strange - it seemed like he had been drinking a bit! When I asked for a recommendation for a bottle of wine he took me to the wine cellar and tried to convince me that they had a special offer on a bottle - only 750 Rand :-) I think we went for something cheaper. I had liver for starter and that was OK- similar to what I remember it tasting from my childhood. Nikki went for a steak and I went for ox-tail and these were not bad (even if the waiter forgot the spinach that we ordered). But the big disappointment of the evening was the Chocolate orgasm. I think my conclusion at the time was that it was a chocolate cake faking it because it was nothing orgasmic about it :-) The place was pretty quite and it closed early. There was no wow factor in this meal so I wouldn't really recommend others to go there. The meal was about 500 Rand (65$) including a bottle of wine.
On the last night we went to a place called 95 Keerom St. The restaurant is located in one of the oldest house in Cape Town and it is located right next to the Company’s garden. The restaurant has two floors and downstairs there was a focus on the old style with small rooms (Chambre Separée) - upstairs it was more modern and open-plan. The restaurant has a main focus on Italian food and I had a lovely, small caprese salad to start with. The main meal for me was Karoo lamb which was excellent while Nikki’s salmon was a bit disappointing (it was not Norwegian *grin*). For dessert I had a lovely Tiramisu with a glass of sweet dessert wine. This evening we paid 320 Rand (about 45$) for both of us (including 2 glasses of wine for me). I would love to go there again to check out other items on the menu :-)
We had a small lunch at the Noon Gun Cafe one day in Cape Town. The menu is not very extensive but the location is amazing. The small cafe is located in the hill leading up to Signal Hill and will give you a great view of both the City Bowl and the Waterfront area. At this Cape-Malay cafe we had a starter, some mutton curry and a couple of koeksister. This is a typical Cape-Malay dessert and it is a sort of doughnut as it is deep-fried and covered in some sort of syrup. The total for this including a couple of Coke's was 115 Rand (about 15 $).
I would have loved to stay in Cape Town for a few more days or maybe a few more weeks to try out the various restaurants. There are lots of restaurants to choose from and the food and wine is affordable in my opinion. Make sure that you book in advance to get a table at the best restaurants :-) Get in touch with me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or comments.