by Daryll Williams | November 1, 2019
4 min read

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.

 

Bouchon Bistro


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.

Why go?

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.

Details

  • a: 95 Hout St, Cape Town
  • t: +27 21 422 0695
  • w: www.bouchon.co.za
  • h: Monday—Saturday: 6pm‒11pm
Bouchon Bistro

Photograph: Bouchon Bistro


Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia


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.

Why go?

Chef Ivor Jones’ love for what he does, paired with jaw-dropping views of Constantia valley, sets the stage for a memorable meal.

Details

  • a: Beau Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia
  • t: +27 21 794 8632
  • w: www.beauconstantia.com/eat
  • h: Tuesday—Sunday: 12pm‒2pm, 5pm‒8pm
Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia

Photograph: Chefs Warehouse Beau Constantia


Kloof Street House


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.

Why go?

Lounge music, decadent décor and a long, long wine list.

Details

Photograph: Kloof Street House


La Mouette


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.

Why go?

Affordable tasting menus that never skimp on quality, flavour, or that oh-so phenomenal French flair.

Details

  • a: 78 Regent Rd, Sea Point
  • t: +27 21 433 0856
  • w: www.lamouette.co.za
  • h: Tuesday—Sunday: 6pm‒10pm, Sundays: 12pm‒3pm
La Mouette

Photograph: La Mouette


Riverine Rabbit


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.

Why go?

Food that’s unequivocally simple, considered, balanced and above all else, delicious.

Details

Riverine Rabbit

Photograph: Riverine Rabbit


Salsify


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.

Why go?

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.

Details

  • a: The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Rd, Camps Bay
  • t: +27 21 010 6444
  • w: https://salsify.co.za
  • h: Tuesday—Saturday: 12.30pm‒2pm, 6.30pm‒8.30pm
Salsify

Photograph: Salsify


Shortmarket Club


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.

Why go?

The overly decadent and utterly delectable might be on full display, but Shortmarket Club is all about the theatre of dining.

Details

Photograph: Shortmarket Club


Skotnes Restaurant & Bar at Norval Foundation


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.

Why go?

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.

Details

Skotnes Restaurant & Bar

Photograph: Skotnes Restaurant & Bar


The Stack


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.

Why go?

Sophisticated, stylish and eclectic all at once, with bistro classics that confidently steer away from being slavishly imitative.

Details

  • a: 7 Weltevreden St, Cape Town
  • t: +27 21 286 0187
  • w: www.thestack.co.za
  • h: Monday—Friday: 8am‒11pm, Saturdays: 10am‒11pm
The Stack

Photograph: The Stack

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Featured image credit: Skotnes Restaurant & Bar