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Atlantic Restaurant in Table Mountain National Park

Atlantic Restaurant

Table Mountain National Park Fusion restaurant in Table Mountain National Park

Along Chapman’s Peak’s curves and bends, out of sight and nestled in secluded splendor, the Atlantic Restaurant wines and dines in what is arguably the most beautiful location in Cape Town. Resting in the lush Milkwood forest, with views spanning across Hout Bay, the ocean and Sentinel Peak, diners soak up the tranquil atmosphere soothed by lapping waves and seasonal breaching Whales. The décor whispers elegance and sumptuous luxury, set in the natural wonders of land and sea. The menu pamper with a myriad of dishes such as ratatouille with buffalo mozzarella and pesto, roasted pepper soup that captures every spice and flavour, and a blissful yellowtail with leek cream sauce. Atlantic Restaurant captures the beauty, elegance and un-spoilt setting that will make dining at this establishment an unforgettable experience.

Blakes Bar in Cape Town

Blakes Bar

Cape Town Fusion restaurant in Cape Town

The menu leans towards fusion and Asian dishes alongside an interesting take on pub inspired dishes served with a beer of the day. The décor exudes modern black and white gothic effects, photographs and dripping candles and live jazz. Try a hanger steak or ale steamed mussels complimented by a fine glass of wine or crisp beer, tapas or a hearty fish stew. Blakes Bar entices the senses and wraps the palate in tasty, statement dishes and bold décor.

Casparus in Stellenbosch

Casparus

Stellenbosch Fusion restaurant in Stellenbosch

This restaurant with a twist is Etienne Bonthuys through and through. This master chef challenges taste buds and pushes the boundaries of the imagination and the result is always interesting and delectable. Counter-intuitive combinations work surprisingly well; quail is served with raw salmon and strawberries, baby calamari is paired with oxtail, and lamb and lobster with mint sauce produce flavours that burst - that's it, just burst. For the less adventurous the menu does offer options, but if you're going to eat here, try the slightly wacky stuff. An extensive wine list that won't break the bank is on offer, and you are bound to find something for every palate. The interior is truly something to behold and matches the magical dining wonderland that Casparus creates. The restaurant is open from Tuesday until Saturday for lunch and dinner and booking is advised.

Dine at Andros Hotel in Claremont

Dine at Andros Hotel

Claremont French restaurant in Claremont

This hidden gem welcomes you with flickering candlelights and polished marble floors dressed in earthy African art. Pure understated elegance in a romantic venue that oozes class and passion for upscale country cuisine. Tranquil surroundings provide the perfect setting for alfresco dining on the terrace. The exciting and sumptuous Ala-Carte menu serves exquisite country cuisine and extensive wine list. Menu change daily according to availability of locally sourced ingredients. Dine at Andros Hotel for gourmet breakfasts, lunches and delicious dinners and experience warm ambience with upscale surroundings for truly exquisite country cuisine.

Majeka House Restaurant in Stellenbosch

Majeka House Restaurant

Stellenbosch French restaurant in Stellenbosch

The Majeka Restaurant forms part Majeka House, a five star Boutique Hotel in Paradyskloof, Stellenbosch. The restaurant is a fairly new establishment and is unashamedly French in feel and character. The intimate dining area, with its chandeliers and piano, leads onto the library, giving the restaurant an enchanting European flair. Flowers from the hotel garden adds a light homely touch. The menu is diverse and offers a Tasting option of two sample dishes per course or the a la carte selection which has five choices per course. The menu also has wine pairing suggestions with each dish. Expect to be tantalised with delicacies such as Seared Springbok Loin and Buttered Kabbeljou for mains. And definitely do not pass on dessert with Millefeuille of chocolate mousse and Pear Crumble with Vanilla Cream that will have one savouring each bite. The wines are predominantly from the Stellenbosch region with Tamboerskloof Syrah and Dalla Cia amongst others. Wines are also available per glass.

Marimba in Cape Town

Marimba

Cape Town Fusion restaurant in Cape Town

Ideal for corporate events, private celebrations or parties, Marimba has a certain energy about it that makes it an ideal choice for events. Live music featuring laid back jazz, a grand piano and shaky marimbas get the mood and feet moving while appetites indulge in mouth-watering African and continental dishes. The ambiance leans towards an up market feel, setting the stage hosting the perfect event. Alongside dining, dancing and live music, enjoy aromatic coffees, sundowners and light conversation on the terrace before putting your dancing shoes on and shaking your moves to the Marimba.

Relais Gourmand in Franschhoek

Relais Gourmand

Franschhoek French restaurant in Franschhoek

A warm welcome from flawlessly professional staff awaits you at this five star spot in scenic Franschhoek.A small but well-planned menu with a variety of dishes including seafood, Asian delicacies and fusion cuisine is on offer as well as a wine list with some of the best Franschhoek valley wines as well wines from further afield.A spacious dining area with modern decor sets the scene with beautiful views of the mountains and Franschhoek valley.A luxurious venue for decadent dining, Relais Gourmand doesn’t disappoint!

Restaurant Christophe in Stellenbosch

Restaurant Christophe

Stellenbosch French restaurant in Stellenbosch

This French eatery is ideally situated on the lovely tree lined Ryneveld Street in Stellenbosch. Housed in the ‘Skuinshius’ along with a coffee and décor shop, Restaurant Christophe seems to have carved itself a permanent corner in a town that is fast becoming a culinary capital in the Western Cape. The restaurant consists of two rooms. The front dining area is small space with just a few settings for those who prefer a quiet space while the second room is much larger and can be considered as the main dining area. The mood of the place is perfectly created with sedated elegance in crisp white linen, splashes of colour and wine barrel chairs. Fresh flowers add a personal feel to the setting. The menu, a typed sheet on a clipboard, may seem understated and in sharp contrast to the bright, elegant setting. Dishes are simple and true to French Bitro style cuisine, with the focus on fresh ingredients and clean presentation. The starter selection is small, but covers all bases from Foie Gras to Quail Salad. Mains include a choice in fish, steak and duck. The desserts are light but designed to round off the meal. Native Frenchman Chef Christophe Dehosse made a name for himself at Joostenberg Deli before opening Restaurant Christophe in Stellenbosch.

Rive Gauche in Sea Point

Rive Gauche

Sea Point French restaurant in Sea Point

This beautiful, elegant fine dining restaurant is situated in the Le Vendome Hotel. Fine dining fit for royalty can be found here and culinary cuisine that is gourmet all the way flies out the kitchen. Rive Gauche's menu is a feast for the eyes and palate, and the extensive wine list offers something for all tastes. The tasteful interior offers a tranquil retreat in which to enjoy the experience - and an experience it is. The restaurant can seat only 45 guests and this ensures an intimate, romantic experience.

The French Connection in Franschhoek

The French Connection

Franschhoek French restaurant in Franschhoek

Located in Franschhoek, the Western Cape’s little pocket of France, is the aptly named restaurant The French Connection. This French Bistro style eatery offers an enticing menu that caters for tastes. Well known chef Patron Matthew Gordon (owner of the renowned Haute Cabriere) is the creator of the restaurant’s menu. Focusing on presenting only the freshest ingredients, The French Connection’s diverse lunch menu ranges from salads such as grilled calamari & chourico sausage with wild rocket and paprika dressing and a selection of pitas as well as more substantial meals like veal schnitzel. The dinner choices will keep guests happy with items such as Roast Duck, Fresh Mussels (with French Fries) and an excellent steak selection. The restaurant has a good selection of wines sourced from the Franschhoek valley to round off the dining experience. The French Connection is a firm favourite for locals and foreign visitors alike.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence in Franschhoek

The Restaurant at Grande Provence

Franschhoek French restaurant in Franschhoek

Serving sumptuous South Africa, French and contemporary cuisine, this superb restaurant in picturesque Franschhoek is a must-try spot.Creative dishes prepared by a talented chef are perfectly presented and served with care by the dedicated and professional staff. Award-winning estate wines provide superb options for the perfect accompaniment to your meal adds the finishing touch to culinary experience.The restaurant offers a brilliant al fresco setting in a lush garden filled with statues and an equally impressive indoor dining area with striking modern colours and shapes.A place to experience fine dining at its best, the Restaurant at Grande Provence is well worth a visit.

The Restaurant at Waterkloof in Somerset West

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Somerset West French restaurant in Somerset West

Contemporary, classic cuisine complements this beautiful estate’s European-style wines. The Restaurant at Waterkloof boasts a Michelin star chef and a great, vibrant and at the same time relaxed ambience. The menu is a delight just to look at and dishes like oxtail ravioli with toasted pistachios and cob with chestnut gnocci catches the eye immediately. An open-plan kitchen means that you can virtually see your food being prepared from scratch and adds to the open feel of the building and people. Be sure to try the delicate quail served with bourbon marmelade. Almost just as important as the food are the wines on offer. Ask for advice to create the perfect pairing with your dish of choice.

The Roundhouse Restaurant in Camps Bay

The Roundhouse Restaurant

Camps Bay French restaurant in Camps Bay

This historic restaurant celebrates a rich and intriguing past. Situated on the slopes of Lion’s Head with spectacular views of Camps Bay and the 12 Apostles Mountain range, this 300 year-old former guard house and hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset needs to be seen to be believed. A fascinating history, commitment to the finest service, a mouth-watering menu and an invitingly warm ambience, The Roundhouse must be given some quality time. Average cost for a four course meal is R450 per person. Dinner: Tues – Sun (18:00 – 21:00)

The Sugarhut Club in Cape Town

The Sugarhut Club

Cape Town Fusion restaurant in Cape Town

The South African slick set has a new home away from home. Taking inspiration from the UK-based franchise of the same name, The Sugarhut Club is a unique concept in nightlife entertainment featuring themed bar areas, laid-back lounges and world-class fusion food. Conveniently situated in the heart of downtown Cape Town’s up and coming East City Precinct, the venue is spacious enough to accommodate the jet-set party crowd, yet intimate enough to appeal to older, more discerning customers. Comprised of a series of individually themed zones, décor at the Sugarhut Club is elegant and enchanting. Boho-chic meets ultra-glamorous with a combination of low-slung lanterns and sparkling crystal chandeliers, with fluorescent hot pink and cool blue highlights; smooth dark wood with rough exposed brickwork; leather with velvet, and mirrored surfaces with rich gold and copper-toned embellishment. The interior design team from local design agency Sugar Bakers sought to create variety within the space in order to appeal to a variety of moods, tastes and mindsets. The Birdcage Room features a collection of birdcages as an original centrepiece, opulent patterned wallpaper and checkerboard flooring. The Peacock Lounge takes its name from striking peacock blue cushions, and The Opium Den is all about the esoteric, with raised oversize couches and a mystical gold Buddha. The Sugarhut Club offers a selection of entertainment options making it the ideal venue for celebrations, special occasions, romance, after-work drinks and corporate functions. The beat is as diverse as the décor, with music ranging from Shanghai Jazz to Brazilian Bosanova. Bliss out in the Saffron Lounge, sip cocktails and snack on canapés at the extravagant Gold Bar, or belly dance the night away on the Monsoon Dance floor. For a breath of fresh air, there’s an all-weather outdoor deck area complete with stunning mountain views. The Sugarhut Club affords diners with an authentic Asian-style dining experience, using only the freshest local ingredients and serving plates of genuine and satisfying fusion food. The menu will change monthly to allow diners to experience a variety of dishes that reflect the best seasonal ingredients that we are able to source. The Sugarhut Club is open Tuesday to Sunday from 18h00 with cocktail, sushi and mediterranean specials weekly

Waterkloof Restaurant in Somerset West

Waterkloof Restaurant

Somerset West French restaurant in Somerset West

Located on Waterkloof Wine Estate, this new signature restaurant boasts a 10-meter glass promontory marrying into a flow of sleek state-of-the-art gravitational cellar. Dine against a backdrop of Waterkloof’s amphitheater of vineyards and panoramic views of False Bay on modern French infusions. Fuelled by decades experience attained in some of the finest Michelin star restaurants in France, Grégory Czarnecki calls for an unhurried indulgence on contemporary classics with a modern twist, complemented by the estate’s European style wines.

 

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