This is a no frills place selling pizzas. The vegetarian options are limited. But they have some great offers if you buy in bulk. You buy 4 pizzas and pay for only 2. So this is a great place to host parties or to go in a group. There is music and much noise, not fine dining type but a nice cheerful place.
Jan Cats restaurant has been a local institution for decades. As a student I went to the pub in the roof, but only rediscovered the restaurant recently. I could highly recommend it for an interesting spin on local South African dishes. The food is interesting and well presented, the service is good and the setting, ambiance and presentation comparable to a high priced venue. This is a hidden gem, undiscovered and underrated by the locals.
Franscholoek Wine Valley is just east of Cape Town and slightly southeast of Stellenbosch in wine country. There is also a great little upscale shopping area in Franscholoek that is worth checking out. The food and ambience at Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant was wonderful. Since we were having lunch, we kept our meals light. The flavors were delicious especially in the cauliflower soup with truffle oil.
Moyo is in Stellenbosch just outside of Cape Town and is set amongst the magnificent moutains and winelands. Its situated on the Spier Estate. In a magical setting you really feel your in South Africa and to spend our last night in this country it was the perfect ending. We even had our meal up in a tree! You can also eat on the ground! We had booked the day before to make sure we got one of the tree houses. The service was excellent and very attentive even though it was a buffet. The food was excellent and lots of choices. They also make great mojitos too. It was a brilliant evening and we all felt totally relaxed we didn't really want to leave.
On our arrival we had dots put on our faces, which symbols I believe good health and luck. We had a relaxing drink on the sofas and as it was getting dark they were lighting the torches for light, which gave the place a great atmosphere. There were lots of brai's dotted around the place which had marshmallows, so had a few on those while we were waiting for our table!
You also had live music to entertain you. Moyo also boasts a gift shop so you buy some souvenirs if you wanted to.
All in all a great way to spend an evening.
Smart casual is appropriate attire for this French restaurant. Here you can expect to have the high quality foods along with the African ingredients.
Favorite Dish: I had a delicious Venison pie. The crust was perfectly cooked and the meat filling was tender and full of flavour.
The Blue Orange Coffee and Farm Shop is a perfect place for lunch or afternoon tea.
You can either sit inside or in the lovely garden.
Favorite Dish: My partner had a butternut quiche with a salad on the side, while I had a huge crab salad with home-made whole-wheat bread. With both a soft drink we paid 76 ZAR for this lunch.
in suburbia, a few Kms from downtown
typical traditional Cape architecture
warm and friendly.
A visit after 26 years, it still gets my nod of approval
from the menu
" Situated on the oak lined banks of the tumbling Eerste River, De Volkskombuis aan de Wagenweg naar de Kaap – the People’s Kitchen on the wagon road to Cape Town – was designed by Sir Herbert Baker, designer of the Union Buildings in Pretoria and the magnificent Groote Schuur – former home of South Africa’s Prime Ministers.
Originally used as a cottage for farm labourers, De Volkskombuis was restored and redecorated by Historical Homes and started by a group of Stellenbosch farmers, anxious to preserve the culinary arts and traditions of the old Cape cooking."
Favorite Dish: Springbok and Ostrich Carpaccio.
Luanne had the Cape Platter
a Cape Country Sampler of Bobotie, water bredie, sousboontjie en kerrie beans
The Glenwood Chenin Blanc wine ;-)
i.e. An excellent Wine List
Ideally located in the middle of town (in Dorp Street), Cognito is one of my personal favourite places to sit on a nice evening or afternoon and have a cocktail or snack. Be aware that during rush hour traffic (more or less 4h30 to 5h30) sitting outside may be a slight bit noisy, so rather go just after or for lunch.
As for the menu, there is nothing that I would change! Sourcing interesting flavours from South African, Moroccan and Nigerian cuisine and turning it into wonderful creations. They have the traditional and some extra speciality cocktails as well. A printable menu is available on their website.
Please note that this restaurant is closed on Sundays and opens at 11h30 on Monday to Saturday. Groups larger than 12 people will not be allowed to order from the usual a la carte menu, but will be served a set menu at R90 per person. A corkage (price to bring in your own bottle of wine) of R25 is charged per 750ml bottle of wine.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish is actually a starter, but I love to sit outside with a cocktail and snack on it. Its called the 'Trilogy of Spring rolls' and consists of three individual golden spring rolls filled with gorgonzola and walnuts, creamy brie and almonds and the last with fresh goat's cheese and dukkah. The spring rolls are complemented with a strawberry sauce, Cape gooseberry sauce and honey.
My favourite cocktail is the house speciality, the Dawa, which is Swahili for "Magic Potion". Basically Vodka and creamed honey.
The food is mostly mediteranean, but it also includes a large variety of other wonderfully prepared dishes. There is a very cozy atmosphere and the staff is very helpful and friendly.
They are open for lunch (Tuesday - Sunday) from 12:00 to 15:00 and then again open for dinner (Tuesday - Saturday) from 18:00 to 22:00.
During the day you can also buy a picnic basket and relax outside on the winefarm, Vredenheim. Here you can see some South African wildlife, such as Zebras and Springboks. A deluxe picnic basket will include: Cold cuts, salads, breads, cheeses, nuts, fruit, biscuits, droë wors, paté/dip, crudités and something sweet added to round off the meal.
Favorite Dish: I am a sucker for a well prepared fish, therefore my favourite dish has to be the LINEFISH al forno (with tomato, onions & mushrooms) for R69.50. They also serve a VERY GOOD pizza! The full menu is listed on their website.
The price quoted below is more or less for 3 courses including some wine.
The Blue Orange is a coffee shop located on Dorp Street with a garden area outside on the street as well as a tea garden at the back. The shop itself is an old house with seating on the inside as well as a shop selling different souvenirs, goodies from the bakery and just lots of nice stuff to browse through.
Favorite Dish: There is a wide variety of sandwiches and light lunches and they also serve a great breakfast. They also have great scones and freshly baked cakes! The price quoted below is per person including drinks and is an absolute upper bound.
I almost feel guilty listing this as an option for a 'restaurant', because it most definitely does not qualify! This is a Stellenbosch University building with a whole bunch of small take away shops. The main goal for this building is to supply students with a cheap alternative to cafeteria food at their residences. Here you get toasted sandwiches (2 US$), traditional 'home cooked' meals (2 US$), smoothies (2 US$) and even sushi (not for the connoisseur).
Favorite Dish: Happy buddy smoothie at Buzz cafe. Made of chai tea, bananas, fat free yoghurt and milk with added calming tonics such as chamomile.
A South African Seafood franchise with a laid back, yet classy, atmosphere. They serve a variety of seafood dishes including sushi which you can either have at your table or sit at the sushi bar and watch the chef preparing.
Favorite Dish: I just love the stacked Kingklip, it consists a prawn, spinach and feta mix sandwiched between two grilled kingklip fillets (approx 300 gram) topped with olive and sundried tomato paste. Will cost you about R90 (12 US$). Go check out the rest of the menu for yourself, available online. The price per person given below is when two courses are ordered with beverages (such as wine).
This grill & pizzeria has food ranging from pizza or pasta to seafood dishes and steaks. They also have a variety of affordable South African wines. There are specials on a regular base, but you can expect that the quality of food/service will not be as good on the non-special nights. On Sundays there is half price pizza night, this means that you can have (big) pizzas for less than R30 (4 US$). Specials are usually on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday nights.
Favorite Dish: There is just too much to choose a favourate from! Having the blue cheese pizza is always a good choice if you like your pizza to have an interesting twist. The price range given below is per person when having two courses and sharing an inexpensive bottle of wine between two people.
The food may be described as 'modern South African with a heavy French influence' and is considered one of the best South African restaurants. They also make terrific wines, if you are simply looking for an easy drinking red blend, try the Tokara Red (approximately $35)! They also have a few other South African wines to choose from.
The thing that really makes Tokara so special is definitely the view. You have an absolutely beautiful view of one the most spectacular wine regions of South Africa. Unfortunately I do not have a photo of this, but go take a look on their website and you'll understand... This view is also best appreciated during the day or at least before sundown. They are open for lunch and dinner. Booking is essential (especially on days like the Stellenbosch University graduation!).
If I could afford it, I would be eating there all the time, sadly they are to expensive for the average South African (especially the average student!). The average price listed below is more or less what it would cost you for a starter, main dish and dessert with a bottle of wine shared between three people.
Favorite Dish: If you like seafood, you simply have to try the 'Kingklip with a green fig balsamic, honey, caramelized nuts and curry oil'! This is a taste explotion and is absolutely perfectly prepared!
If you are looking for a more traditional South African dish, try the 'Ostrich fillet with a Mandarin liqueur sauce and berries'. I haven't had it myself, but heard that it's once again perfect!
They also have warm oysters (as a starter) unlike any you've ever tasted!
Moyo at Spier is an unforgettable outdoor dining experience that captures the essence of our unique Cape African culture. A fusion of modern sophisticated décor and distinctly African flavoured dishes create an inspiring culinary affair. Relax and enjoy the spectacular vistas while you are treated to our own colourful brand of Cape African hospitality. Serving an extensive buffet as rich and exciting as the many diverse cultures we draw from.
The tree-lined garden is filled with Bedouin tents and gazebos made from wrought iron and the tree houses are clad with beautiful hand crafted copper water features.
Live performers will entertain you to indigenous theatre, dance, opera and traditional storytelling from noon until late. Young visitors (under 12) are also welcome as we offer exciting programmes on ecology, drumming workshops, African storytelling and so much more!
Favorite Dish: Too many to mention