After a day of touring Cape Town, South Africa I was in the mood for something traditionally South African. I saw a flyer on the street side for Karibu restaurant, which described itself as taste of South Africa, so I decided to seek it out. It is located on the V&A waterfront at the second level of the Victoria Wharf. There is dining inside as well as outside. It was such a nice evening and the views of the harbor and table mountain looked splendid so I chose to dine outside. The seating is comfortable and well lit with candle light as the sun was setting.
The menu has quite a lot to offer, and being unfamiliar with what was traditionally South African, I asked the waitress what she suggested. There are a number grilled meat dishes prepared in a traditional South African Braai style. For those unfamiliar with this term, it is an Afrikaans word for an open barbecue or grill. Traditionally, wood was used, but charcoal is more common now for convenience. In addition, the menu offered many chicken dishes, kebabs, seafood and even Ostrich. Vegetarian dishes are served as well. There is enough variety here to satisfy everyone.
I started with a Lamb and sugar bean soup, which was quite delicious. For the main course I had the line fish of the day served with a side of herb mashed potatoes. The waitress said the fish was a variety of bluefish and locally caught. I wouldn't describe it as a light and flakey fish, but a little more dense and very moist. It was not strongly fishy tasting, which I prefer, nicely seasoned and I enjoyed it very much. A couple of Castle beers with my dinner combined with the splendid views made this dining experience a memorable one. A perfect way to end my tour of Cape Town.
Favorite Dish: The fish was quite good - fresh, moist & well seasoned
This is a food court that serves North Indian, South Indian, Lebanese, Italian foods as well as superb natural ice cream flavours without chemicals. The prices are unbelievably low for South African standards.
Favorite Dish: Potato parata, vegetable biriyani, hummus with falafal, dosas, salted peanut ice cream,
We did not try their uttappams but am sure they are good too.
A great place to sit and relax while you listen to tasteful music and enjoy a cup of coffee after your visit to the Bo-Kaap area (or indeed at any time). Without doubt the best coffee I had in a two week trip in South Africa and indeed until I returned to Australia in another three weeks.
For the Aussie readers among you my attempt to seek a coffee with milk was met by the question – Would you like a flat white Sir?!
This very popular café also serves cakes and food though I didn’t partake.
There's also an art gallery/ shop with lots of rather quirky jewellery, paintings, books and other beautiful, if useless, craft items (all the things one should have, darling!). I was enjoying my coffee too much to bother looking in detail.
Not cheap but reasonably priced and highly recommended.
Monday - Friday: 7am - 5pm Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 8am - 3pm
Favorite Dish: The Coffee (I didn't eat here)
There are not too many fine dining places to choose from in Kalk Bay. But, this is at the top of the list. The food was delicious. A tiny restaurant, so, you should make reservations in advance. I ordered the pork belly, is was crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. My boyfriend ordered the salmon fettucini and my daughter ordered the special tomato bisque. Nice ambience.
If you're visiting Cape Town for the first time, you wanna check out the Greenmarket Square. It's lively with entertainment, outdoor vendors and eateries all around. We chose this Italian sort of place with outdoor seating. I had never had a pizza with avocado on it and it was pretty good.
We didn't have plans to dine here but it looked nice. It was a nice day to be eating outside. Located at the Simon's Town Boat Company at the harbor. I ordered a version of crab cakes but they were fish cakes. Delicious! Served with a salad and a tasty sauce. My boyfriend ordered fish and chips. My daughter had the most interesting plate and she loved it! A seafood combination platter with mussels, prawns, fried calamari and a salad. Everything tasted fresh. A great place to dine at!
This restaurant had lots to offer in the way of seafood. Even sushi. We were not terribly hungry went we went to dinner so my daughter and I shared a salad and some prawn and vegetable gnocchi. My boyfriend ordered a steak (he should have ordered some fish). The food we ordered was okay. I think ordering the fresh fish would have been much better. My boyfriend does eat fish but doesn't do shellfish and menu items become much more limited if shellfish is served with the fish. If you make reservations, ask for a window seat. The ocean crashes up to the restaurant.
Wow, beautiful place and food was delicious! Best to have lunch there. They don't offer a full dinner menu in the evening, just tapas. If you visit Cape Town, you should try this place out. South of the city center but should take you too long to get there
This came as a recommendation from someone who worked at the Chartfield Guesthouse where we stayed. We liked it so much that we ate there twice. It was jammed packed full of people so everyone else must like it, too. The fish is local and fresh. Portions were extremely huge! You just couldn't eat every bit on your plate. The flavors and tastes were great. Decent wine list, too, of the local South African wines. Kalk Bay is part of Cape Town but more towards the south eastern end of the cape.
This restaurant is situated in Rondebosch and has a magnificient view of the Common and also the mountains. It overlooks the University of Cape Town buildings. It is situated adjacent to a church.
The atmosphere is wonderful and the food very good. Service with a smile is the norm here.
If the weather permits, there is outdoor seating. Large glass windows afford views of the mountain from almost every spot in the restaurant.
You choose your food buffet style and then it is brought to your table.
Favorite Dish: We had a buffet of meat, potatoes and vegetables. All was fresh and nicely cooked and presented.
There were also salads, a variety of desserts and coffee and tea.
This is the neatest restaurant I have ever been too. It is a very large complex full of open air tables, open sided tents, small secluded private tents and treehouse dining. They have built entire rooms in the natural trees found on the property. It is an amazing place to visit.
The Spier winery is part of the larger complex and the wine is served at Moyo. I recommend enjoying the wine. If you get there early there is a self guided walking tour you can enjoy.
We ate buffet style in the big top tent. There was alot of live african music. The music was a bit loud and made conversation difficult.
Not a big fan of the food. There was a large selection to choose from unfortunately it was all undercooked. Being so far from home I didn't want to risk my health so I ate very little of the meats. It did have good flavor and was cooked right at the buffet. Many fruits, nuts and vegies to choose from as well as a large selection of deserts.
We went at the end of May which is the autumn there. It did get cool so bring a light jacket. They do put out heaters but it is not enough.
Favorite Dish: The wine and deserts kept us going back. The entire experience is worth doing.
Prawns, fish and calamari all served with rice, fries or half serving of both. I wish I had discovered this place earlier in the week when I could have had more of their selections. The portion size was unbelievable, if you left hungry it was because you didn't eat.
The staff were friendly, smiling and on top of your needs. This place is on the upper level of the V&A waterfront shopping center. That makes a pretty good view of the harbor and all of the wharf activity.
Favorite Dish: Prawns come with almost every meal on the menu. The prawns are de-veined and split then broiled to perfection. They peel out of the shell fairly easily and are sized to dip and eat.
I am not a great fan of MacDonald's, and never thought that I'd find myself writing a restaurant tip on one, but I was dragged there by my ravenous kids after a recent visit to the Two Oceans aquarium, and cannot dispute that the Golden Arches at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town has a peerless setting.
MacDonald's is on the upper floor of the restuarant section of the Waterfront (next to the cinema complex) and commands an imposing view of Table Mountain and the newly erected ferris wheel. For the price, it has to be the best value eatery at the Waterfront - provided that MacDonald's is your thing - the air conditioning is hyperefficient and there is a safe play area for kids.
The only thing you need to bear in mind is that - unusually for Macdonald's - it doesn't have its own toilets, so you'll have to use the (free) public toilets located in the adjacent cinema complex.
The Paulaner Brauhaus is a microbrewery at the V&A Waterfront, just by the Robben Island Ferry terminal.
The Waterfront isn't really my favourite place, as I find it way too touristy and overpriced, but the Paulaner is our default destination after a gruelling morning with our kids at the wonderful Two Oceans Aquarium!
The Paulaner has both indoor and outdoor seating areas, which comes in handy given the changeable nature of Cape Town weather! It is decorated in a slightly kitsch beerhall style with long wooden tables and Bavarian blue and white check fabric, although it has to be said that the local (black) waitresses do look slightly incongruous in their dirndls!
The atmosphere is very laid back and it's the sort of place that's ideal to while away an idle afternoon or evening in good company - it's also fairly family friendly (although you have to make sure that the kids don't escape the confines of the terrace area and take an unplanned swim in the adjacent canal). The beer is cold and the food is hearty ... my sort of place!
Update (March 2012): Horror of horror, the Paulaner has closed down, apparently following a dispute with the Waterfront management. Trips to Cape Town will never be quite the same again!
Favorite Dish: The Nuernburger sausages - grilled little finger sized spicy sausages served with mashed potato and sweet mustard - are the best that I've had outside Germany. Be sure to order at least half a dozen (although multiples thereof would be even better)!
Eating fish and chips at Hout Bay harbour is the sort of experience of which the best holiday memories are made! Kids love the novelty of being allowed to eat with their hands (you have to be either extremely well mannered or utterly misguided to eat fish and chips with a knife and fork!) and it's wonderful to know that it doesn't matter how much mess they make, as the resident cats and the seagulls will clean it up anyway!
There is open air seating on picnic benches (some under tarpaulin covers), but as this is a popular destination, so be prepared for a bit of a wait in peak season.
You are not the only one who likes fish and chips, to be viligent, otherwise you could be dive bombed by the local seagull population!
Favorite Dish: This is not haute cuisine, but it is scrumptious! The fish is covered with batter and deep fried, and served with a pile of chips. All the local fish is good - the best value for money is probably hake or calamari (squid), which are both good options as they are from sustainable sources - although I think you'd probably be fairly naive to believe that it came out of the ocean that morning.
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