by Daryll Williams | November 1, 2019
3 min read

Chapter 3: Casual dining

There’s a time and a place to splurge on fine dining. For every other meal, these casual pit stops will more than do the trick.

 

Belly of the Beast


The menu changes daily and is made up of what the chefs can grow, find, source or steal. All you have to do is show up and trust them to satisfy with their seasonal fair.

Why go?

It’s all about sustainable eating at this nose to tail institution. The name referencing their no-waste, ethically-raised meat approach.

Details

  • a: 110 Harrington St, Cape Town
  • t: +27 21 461 0335
  • w: bellyofthebeast.co.za
  • h: Tuesday—Saturday: 7pm‒11pm
Black Sheep

Photograph: Belly of the Beast


Black Sheep


There’s usually a small selection of comfort fare, but the real focus is the ever-changing array of adventurous blackboard specials.

Why go?

The food is no-frills, no-fuss, fresh and funky.

Details

Black Sheep

Photograph: Black Sheep


Blockhouse Kitchen


It’s a modern, airy and beautifully dressed 250-seater space where you’ll find delicious, easy-to-eat comfort food.

Why go?

The restaurant’s tagline: “Social. Seasonal. Simple”, very much echoes the dining sentiment.

Details

  • a: Spaanschemat River Rd, Constantia
  • t: +27 21 794 3010
  • w: blockhousekitchen.co.za
  • h: Tuesday—Saturday: 9pm–1.30pm, 12pm–10pm, Sunday—Monday: 9am–11.30 am, 12pm–5pm
Blockhouse Kitchen

Photograph: Blockhouse Kitchen


La Parada


Located in an old-fashioned barn that has recently been revamped, La Parada is prime for a lazy Sunday overflowing with quality food, rhythmic music and delightful cocktails.

Why go?

Fresh, exciting tapas with enviable Constantia Valley views, La Parada has grown into a mainstay among those in search of escaping the city for the night.

Details

La Parada

Photograph: La Parada


La Tête


La Tête is a trick of its own. Incomparable in look, feel and—most importantly—the style of food. The bent might lean towards British influence, but local ingredients help formulate a dining experience that is both uniformly excellent and refreshingly simple.

Why go?

Beneath its initial simplicity lies a cleverly thought out nose to tail experience flanked by explosive flavours.

Details

  • a: 17 Bree St, Cape Town
  • t: +27 21 418 1299
  • w: latete.co.za
  • h: Tuesday—Friday: 12pm–2:30pm, 6pm–11pm, Saturdays: 6pm–11pm

Photograph: La Tête


Maria’s Greek


This warm and comfortable taverna-style eatery serves hearty, flavour-packed Greek food that takes no prisoners, and has been doing so for years.

Why go?

The food is organic, green and free-range where possible.

Details

Marias Greek

Photograph: Maria’s Greek


Upper Bloem


What the name references make up the roots of the menu—Cape Malay and the Cape in general. As they explain, the food speaks of chef Andre Hill’s childhood spent in Cape Town’s ancestral Bo-Kaap suburb, for a journey of flavour, texture, spice and nostalgia.

Why go?

Tapas-style dishes offering a terroir experience in an urban environment.

Details

  • a: 65 Main Rd, Green Point, Cape Town
  • t: +27 21 433 1442
  • w: upperbloemrestaurant.co.za
  • h: Tuesdays: 6pm–9pm, Wednesday—Friday: 12pm–3pm, 6pm–9pm, Saturdays: 12pm–4pm, 6pm–9pm

Photograph: Upper Bloem


Woodlands Eatery


This cosy neighbourhood bistro boasts decorations sourced from junk shops and scrap yards to create a quirky, nostalgic feel that pairs perfectly with the authentic Italian cuisine on offer.

Why go?

Some of the best woodfired pizza in town.

Details

Photograph: Woodlands Eatery

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Featured image credit: Brenna Huff