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Arugula Bistro and Bread in Welgemoed

Arugula Bistro and Bread

Welgemoed Contemporary restaurant in Welgemoed

This warm, elegant restaurant invites with large wooden tables and a great view. Here you can meet, greet and eat in style, and enjoy the relaxed ambience. The open kitchen adds to the warm, comfortable feel and diners can see the chefs in action. Enjoy spectacular views of the Simonsberg and surrounding mountains while enjoying a glass of proudly South African wine. The ingredients are fresh and complement the clean simple dishes on offer. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and a wide variety of dishes can be found on the extensive and well planned menu. For a lighter meal option, you can enjoy one of the gourmet sandwiches that incorporates ingredients like camembert, chilli chutney and rocket or the delicious combination of caramelized onion and pear in honey with cheddar. A great dish is the Gorgonzola Fettucini with butternut, gorgonzola cheese, cashew nuts and rocket. Try the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly on the bone served with cabbage and bacon mash, braised apples and pork sauce. The homemade Venison burger with prune and brandy chutney, brie and walnuts is a must-try for the more adventurous diner. A variety of vegetarian and seafood dishes are also on offer. With competitive prices, great recipes, an amazing atmosphere and stunning views, this restaurant will struggle to disappoint.

Black Sheep in Caledon

Black Sheep

Caledon Contemporary restaurant in Caledon

This gorgeous, modern restaurant exudes an ambience that is both bustling and relaxing at the same time. The food is unpretentious, hearty and plenty. Large portions at reasonable prices adorn the plates and the menu is varied and well thought out. Try your hand at a light salad for lunch, plain but tasty. For the hungrier diner the restaurant serves perfectly cooked flame-grilled steaks and large, 200g beef burgers. A big selection of starters, lamb and chicken dishes and seafood is also available.

Blue Rock Eatery  in Somerset West

Blue Rock Eatery

Somerset West Contemporary restaurant in Somerset West

Share a delectable thin-based pizza with a wide variety of toppings, or treat yourself to a gourmet sandwich. For the more ravenous diner, the restaurant offers a mouthwatering vegetarian sour banana curry and many authentic Italian pasta dishes. Guests can sit indoors or outdoors, the latter offering beautiful views of the vineyards and the on-site lake. There is a kids play area and shallow water so you can enjoy a glass of wine and peace of mind on sauntering summer days.

Burger Shop in Cape Town

Burger Shop

Cape Town Burgers restaurant in Cape Town

If you have ever wondered what real street food is, wonder no further. This little restaurant is located on arguably the busiest strip in Cape Town - Long Street. Don't be fooled be the rustic (very rustic) interior. Just grab a high chair or a bench, order and await a new kind of delight. The Burger Shop, true to its name, offers mainly burgers, chips and stuff on rolls, but the portions are big and the nostalgia the street food evokes is something quite unique. The dining process can become quite messy as it is 'illegal' to eat a burger with anything else than your hands, but this is part of the fun and colourful vibes that especially this part of Cape Town offers. This is definitely not something to try if you prefer fine dining in a posh spot, but if you want a unique, proudly South African experience, pop in here.

Cafe Blanc de Noir in Stellenbosch

Cafe Blanc de Noir

Stellenbosch Contemporary restaurant in Stellenbosch

Set amidst the beautiful plum orchards and overlooking the vineyards and the majestic Stellenbosch mountains, Café Blanc de Noir offers a rustic chic dining space and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. and the friendly staff create the perfect atmosphere for happy and relaxed dining. Enjoy great hearty gourmet breakfasts, rustic wood-fired pizzas, and desserts stemming from secret family recipes.

CinCin in Century City

CinCin

Century City Contemporary restaurant in Century City

CinCin is truly a must-visit for the connoisseur and discerning diner. Walk into a world of elegance and chic style with double-storey windows that allow views of the breathtaking Cape Town and Table Mountain. Start your day with a feast of a breakfast and enjoy the hot and cold buffet; the selection offered is not easily matched anywhere else. Alternatively enjoy an impressive business lunch or the ultimate romantic night out. An impressive array of options are available, from a really cool gourmet burger menu to elegant, upmarket a la carte cuisine. CinCin even offers a great bar snack menu that will keep you satisfied on your night out. The cocktail bar's look and feel is uber modern and it is filled to the brim with everyone's favourite beverages, from the best champagne to a down-to-earth draught. Top all this off with great, personalized service, a bustling but warm ambience and, of course, the three-metre Swarovski chandelier that is the centrepiece of this establishment, and you will have an experience fit for royalty. CinCin is open from 6.30 am to 10.30 am for breakfast, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm for lunch and 6 pm until 10 pm for dinner. Booking in advance is recommended.

Cornuti Knysna in Knysna

Cornuti Knysna

Knysna Contemporary restaurant in Knysna

Located at one of Knysnas most impressive landmarks this premier restaurant in The Garden Route is the place where patrons can indulge and gather, sharing pizzas, sundowners and tasty antipastos. Offering seductive Italian cuisine and classic cocktails, Cornuti Knysna oozes Rivera chic in a chilled out atmosphere catering fine wines and fresh produce for their signature mouth-watering dishes.

De Kaggel in Stellenbosch

De Kaggel

Stellenbosch Contemporary restaurant in Stellenbosch

De Kaggel is a beautiful, unique restaurant in Stellenbosch and offers a warm, friendly environment with an ambience second to none. The food here bursts with flavour and combines wholesomeness and heartiness with a serious touch of gourmet. The menu is extensive and caters for all tastes. Apart from burgers, pizzas, sandwiches and seafood, the restaurant also specializes in delicious vegetarian cuisine that takes the 'boring' out of veggies. The huge fireplace is the centrepiece and infuses the area with Old World charm. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and families are welcome. The venue regularly shows off local South African talent, and with awesome live music, great cuisine and hospitality that will make you feel at home, it definitely has a recipe for success.

Depasco in Gardens

Depasco

Gardens Contemporary restaurant in Gardens

Situated in the heart of Cape Town, Depasco is a cosy evening for two, perfect venue for business lunches or relaxed setting for catching up with friends. The menu boasts food prepared according to secret recipes and substantial breakfasts. For something light, try the brown mushrooms filled with mozzarella and feta. Or, a seafood skewer served with steamed vegetables, rice or chips. The prawn naçional consists of prince prawns drenched in authentic Portuguese spices, bay leaf infusion, garlic, cream and a splash of beer. Desert tempts with decadent chocolate mousse or tropical granadilla mousse, with the Molotov taking charge as diners indulge in decadent taste explosions - as the name suggests. Filled to the brim? Take a leisure walk through the great boutiques and browse, shop or indulge a little further. Depasco is a well rounded dine and shop eatery in the heart of Cape Town.

Doodles in Table View

Doodles

Table View Contemporary restaurant in Table View

On the beachfront, Doodles is landmark in the Table View area. Open for nearly twenty years, it affords patrons some of the best views in Cape Town – Table Mountain, the city, the fabulous new FIFA 2010 world cup soccer stadium, Robben Island and the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Its relaxed, beach bar vibe and history make it a favourite for locals. The outside deck is the perfect place to chill, whatever the weather. On those perfect balmy Cape Town days sit under the warm African sun and feast on seafood or a selection from the grill. Alternatively, on those blustery days, when the outside deck is protected by the awnings diners can watch the wild sea while feasting on a variety of the fabulous fare on offer. With a varied menu, including breakfast, fresh seafood, gourmet grill items and pizzas, there is something for everyone at Doodles. There is live music on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, making Doodles a lively place to enjoy a fabulous meal, while taking in the wonders of Cape Town.

Dukes Burgers in Greenside

Dukes Burgers

Greenside Burgers restaurant in Greenside

Dukes Burgers can rightfully claim to make some of the best burgers around. The freshest ingredients are used, as well as mostly local produce, to create gourmet masterpieces that almost look too good to eat. Everything is made from scratch, from the rolls to the burger patties and all tastes are catered for - even vegetarians. A unique, different kinda burger joint.

Esparanza in City Bowl

Esparanza

City Bowl Contemporary restaurant in City Bowl

Esparanza is a lively, happening spot with an atmosphere and ambience that coaxes diners back every time. Fresh, hearty food with a bit of a gourmet twist is served and the passion that goes into the food is clearly visible. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and awesome cocktails serve as a great refresher after a long day. The restaurant also offers alfresco dining that adds to the social aspect and diners will enjoy views of the bustling surrounds.

Gibsons Burger Joint in V and A Waterfront

Gibsons Burger Joint

V and A Waterfront Burgers restaurant in V and A Waterfront

This fabulous burger joint is situated in the popular V & A Waterfront and delivers on location, ambience, service and most importantly, yummy food. When you walk in the door you'll see the staff dressed in smart uniform surrounded by elegant, warm and upmarket decor. But this joint is far from pretentious. Gibsons definitely serves up some of the best burgers in town. Although gourmet burgers with a wide variety of toppings are at the top of the list, the menu also offers ribs, steaks, chicken, fish and salad dishes. Start off with tender calamari that literally melts in your mouth. Or try the messy, sticky pork ribs and Gibson's secret cream sauce that complements the sweet potato fries perfectly. The meat they use for the burger patties is full of flavour and yo can taste that it is the best of the best cuts used. The Mr Chutney burger with cheddar, bacon and chutney is a must-try and, just to treat yourself more, have a bar-one milkshake made with real bar-one chocolate. Informal, fun and comfort food with a modern twist is what this joint is all about. For dessert, make it a real experience by teaming this with a Bar-One milkshake with real melted Bar-One chocolate!

Gourmet Burger  in City Bowl

Gourmet Burger

City Bowl Burgers restaurant in City Bowl

Enjoy one of the world's most classic dishes - with a twist. An experience at Gourmet Burger on the bustling Shortmarket Street in Cape Town is a must. The small but cosy restaurant boasts funky décor and the interior and vibe is modern and vibrant, reflecting perhaps the remnants of the classic American-style diner. The menu offers a selection of over 30 different burgers and there really is something for everyone. Diners can choose chicken, beef, lamb, veg, prawn or calamari to top the lightly toasted rolls. A must-try is the vegetarian Field Mushroom Burger topped with rocket, red pepper, avo and feta. Other favourites include the chicken, camembert and cranberry sauce burger and the lamb with herb mustard and blue cheese aioli. Wash it down with a Lindt chocolate shake - you'd be hard-pressed to be more indulgent. The restaurant is licensed and you can select delicious Paul Cluver wines to complement your meal. The food is original, the atmosphere bustling and the prices reasonable.

Greens in Claremont

Greens

Claremont Contemporary restaurant in Claremont

With delightful mountain views and sun facing aspect, Greens offers substantial breakfasts, lunches and dinners in an open, spacious setting warmed by natural earthy tones and textures. Enjoy a selection of substantial breakfasts from traditional English to delectable Eggs Benedict and for healthier options Muesli with yogurt and fresh fruit platter. Bustling lunchtime favourites range from open sandwiches and deluxe burgers to crispy thin wood-fired pizzas. With options of dining inside or alfresco under the sun-warmed terrace scattered with umbrellas, Greens entices and ordinary meal into a gourmet experience with breakfast a speciality and servings of fresh Kingklip, Fillet Steak and Pasta available for a heartier alternative. Greens is easily located within the bustling hub of the Southern Suburbs.

 

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