Chapter 1: Our Favourites
On the hunt for the perfect, last-minute lunch or dinner spot? Or just plain curious about where we like to stuff our faces? These A-listers all carry the ‘Rhino Recommends’ stamp of approval.
Set in a charming urban winery, Bouchon Wine Bar & Bistro is a meeting place for like-minded people who love flavoursome, down-to-earth food and are curious about the world of wine.
The wine list embraces both local and international gems and is accompanied by a weekly “Travel Through Your Glass” selection, to discover and enjoy spectacular wines from around the world.
Lingering and leisurely dining combine with small-plate sensationalism to make for an elite tapas-for-two experience that’s staunchly seasonal, ensuring things are always kept fresh and trendy.
Chef Ivor Jones’ love for what he does, paired with jaw-dropping views of Constantia valley, sets the stage for a memorable meal.
a: Beau Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia
t: +27 21 794 8632
h: Tuesday—Sunday: 12pm‒2pm, 5pm‒8pm
Equal parts dolled-up Victorian courtyard and stripped-down Parisian café, trendy Kloof Street House serves up delicious Mediterranean fare smothered in South African finesse.
Lounge music, decadent décor and a long, long wine list.
a: 30 Kloof Street, Cape Town
t: +27 21 423 4413
h: Mondays: 5pm‒late, Tuesday—Sunday: 12pm‒late
This small Sea Point oasis is a fresh sea breeze in an area left far too long without fine cuisine. Boasting new takes on classics and often dabbling in fresh inventions, La Mouette makes for one of our favourite culinary experiences.
Affordable tasting menus that never skimp on quality, flavour, or that oh-so phenomenal French flair.
a: 78 Regent Rd, Sea Point
t: +27 21 433 0856
h: Tuesday—Sunday: 6pm‒10pm, Sundays: 12pm‒3pm
Fine dining in feel, but with a welcome simplicity on its plates, Riverine Rabbit is head chef and owner Ash Heeger’s latest Cape Town offering, delivering a surprising touch of down-to-earth rawness.
Food that’s unequivocally simple, considered, balanced and above all else, delicious.
Tradition and history are interpreted with an irreverent but affectionate graffiti-art twist at Salsify, reinvigorating the old Roundhouse building and its storied past into a menu that pushes gastronomical boundaries with delicately intense seasonal flavours.
The magical setting on the lower slopes of Lion’s Head overlooking Camps Bay is well worth the trek for Luke Dale-Roberts and Ryan Cole’s inventive seven-course tasting menu.
a: The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Rd, Camps Bay
t: +27 21 010 6444
h: Tuesday—Saturday: 12.30pm‒2pm, 6.30pm‒8.30pm
Shortmarket Club manages to take old-school aesthetics, combine them with dinnertime classics, and filter the whole thing through a postmodern lens. Creating a glamorously plush dining experience overrun in era-bending throwback and cutting-edge flavour.
The overly decadent and utterly delectable might be on full display, but Shortmarket Club is all about the theatre of dining.
a: 88 Shortmarket St, Cape Town
t: +27 21 447 2874
h: Monday—Saturday: 12pm‒2pm, 7pm‒10pm
Fittingly named after the legendary artist Cecil Skotnes, the menu boasts a broad South African palette, with contemporary bistro fare that is both sustaining and creative.
It’s all about the art of eating in this suburban hideaway, which forms the culinary arm of the Norval Foundation’s centre for cultural expression.
a: 1 Ou Kaapse Rd, Tokai
t: +27 87 654 5902
h: Mondays: 8am‒6pm, Wednesdays: 8am‒6pm, Thursday—Saturday: 8am‒10pm, Sundays: 8am‒6pm
Weltevreden Street’s stately Leinster Hall has been brilliantly reimagined as The Stack: With an opulent public bar and brasserie downstairs and a unique private members’ club upstairs, it’s the perfect place to get your swagger on.
Sophisticated, stylish and eclectic all at once, with bistro classics that confidently steer away from being slavishly imitative.