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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.
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.
It’s all about sustainable eating at this nose to tail institution. The name referencing their no-waste, ethically-raised meat approach.
Photograph: Belly of the Beast
There’s usually a small selection of comfort fare, but the real focus is the ever-changing array of adventurous blackboard specials.
The food is no-frills, no-fuss, fresh and funky.
Photograph: Black Sheep
It’s a modern, airy and beautifully dressed 250-seater space where you’ll find delicious, easy-to-eat comfort food.
The restaurant’s tagline: “Social. Seasonal. Simple”, very much echoes the dining sentiment.
Photograph: Blockhouse Kitchen
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.
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.
Photograph: La Parada
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.
Beneath its initial simplicity lies a cleverly thought out nose to tail experience flanked by explosive flavours.
Photograph: La Tête
This warm and comfortable taverna-style eatery serves hearty, flavour-packed Greek food that takes no prisoners, and has been doing so for years.
The food is organic, green and free-range where possible.
Photograph: Maria’s Greek
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.
Tapas-style dishes offering a terroir experience in an urban environment.
Photograph: Upper Bloem
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.
Some of the best woodfired pizza in town.
Photograph: Woodlands Eatery
Featured image credit: Brenna Huff