Chapter 2: Fine Dining
If you’re on the hunt for a posh meal—somewhere preferably smart, with white tablecloths and a sense of occasion—you’ll be sorted at one of the following culinary bastions.
Located on the 3rd floor of Villa 47 on trendy Bree Street, Exhibit A sees maverick chef duo Rikku Ó’Donnchü and Chef Warwick King drive the next wave of South African cuisine.
With a strong focus on sustainability, the menu highlights indigenous ingredients and elevates a slew of local favourites.
The fast-paced, innercity location informs much of the menu at Fyn, which reimagines the refinement of Japanese cuisine by subverting it into a local context.
Amid its downtown aesthetic and lofty views, South Africa’s wild freedom is tempered by the rigours of contemporary cuisine to create a restaurant at the very edge of it all.
a: 37 Parliament St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 286 2733
h: Mondays: 6pm‒8.30pm, Tuesdays—Saturdays: 12pm‒2pm, 6.30pm‒8.30pm
Minimalist in appearance with tables and chairs that construct clean lines and a sense of poise, Greenhouse’s menu is worth the constant oohing and aahing and deserves every bit of appreciation pointed its way for the level of inventiveness and clever use of local flavours.
The journey is much as it states: your tastebuds will travel through a multitude of conceptual flavour combinations.
a: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights
t: +27 21 795 6226
h: Tuesday—Thursday: 6pm‒9pm, Friday—Saturday: 12pm‒2pm, 6pm‒9pm
One of the most iconic and internationally acclaimed fine dining experiences in South Africa. Dishes comprise a seamless fusion of Asian and French cuisine created from fresh seasonal produce, clean flavours and classical elegance.
Come for the excellent combination of world-class food, resplendent service and the opportunity to dine in a forested treehouse setting.
a: Silvermist Wine Estate, Main Rd, Constantia Nek
t: +27 21 794 2390
h: Monday—Sunday: 12pm‒1.30pm, 6.30pm‒8.30pm
Executive Chef Chris Mare, and the greater Ochre team, have managed to faithfully conjure up a culinary journey that alludes to Cape Town’s very own concoction of ancestry – not only in its array of dishes but also in its understated décor.
Expect that which makes up typical Cape Malay fare—complex ingredients, full-bodied aromas and exotic seasonings.
a: One&Only Cape Town, Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront
t: +27 21 431 5888
h: Monday—Sunday: 6.30am‒11am, Thursday—Tuesday: 6.30pm‒10.30pm
Best to eat very lightly (or not at all) before tackling Test Kitchen’s 21-course tasting menu. The global style of cuisine means that ingredients are drawn from East and West, ensuring contrasting textures and layers anchored by bold flavours and confident seasoning.
It’s as much about the drama as it is the food at South Africa’s top restaurant, resulting in a dining experience you’ll be talking about for years to come.
a: Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock
t: +27 21 447 2337
h: Tuesday—Saturday: 6.30pm‒8.30pm
nb: Reservations at this world-renowned and highly awarded eatery need to be made many months in advance (it’s worth the wait).