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27th Café in Hatfield

27th Café

Hatfield South African restaurant in Hatfield

Exuding a designer ambiance and electric collection of works from young designers and photographers, 27th Café is a trendy hotspot on South Street. The menu proffers light meals in a relaxed setting, with great cappucinos and delicious Turkish Strawberry smoothies. Try the gorgonzola and pear croissant or dig into the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and olive version, for heartier appetites try the three mini burgers in ham, cheese and a plain burger. The low prices make this place very attractive, considering the trendy ambiance and additional gallery.

Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant in Durban

Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant

Durban South African restaurant in Durban

This culinary journey onboard Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant offers a different and exciting fine dining experience. Sailing all year round and within the scenic and tranquil waters of Durban Harbour, diners experience a spacious and elegant dining saloon, flanked by scenic ocean vistas and marine wildlife. Serving freshly prepared fine foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner and champagne sunset; the menu extends varied choices and dining styles. Choose from the American-style brunch – This 2 1/5 hour 3-course American style brunch cruise welcomes aboard with a glass of fresh orange juice, and 3-course brunch complete with a full English breakfast, hash brown potatoes, hot muffins, apple pie and cream. The a la carte lunch and candlelit dinner cruises from 12noon to 3.00pm. The Dinner cruise is from 7pm to 10pm. The fork lunch and dinner is a three hour cruise, during which a two course meal is served, with choices from the a la carte menu suitable for eating with just a fork. Finally the champagne sunset welcomes aboard with a glass of champagne, and a fully-stocked bar. Throughout the course of the cruise the galley crew serve trays of hot and cold canapés. The Allen Gardiner Harbour Cruise Restaurant offers diners the chance to explore the scenic surrounds of Durban harbour while tantalising the taste buds with decadent fare.

Aristata in Stellenbosch

Aristata

Stellenbosch South African restaurant in Stellenbosch

Aristata Restaurant forms part of the Protea Hotel in Technopark Stellenbosch. Expect a full buffet breakfast menu as well as menus for lunch and dinner. Much can be said of the restaurant’s scenic location. It commands splendid views of the picturesque surroundings and has an outdoor deck for sipping sundowners and taking early evening meals. A range of snacks and light meals are also served throughout the day. For those that require some formality, the indoor dining area calls for a smarter dress code in its subtle, yet sophisticated setting. With a menu that offers traditional South African fare, guests can enjoy the overall experience of Aristata. Diners may round off their meal with the best of wine that is sourced locally. The restaurant also makes for an ideal venue, be it for a wedding or a corporate function.

Babel in Stellenbosch

Babel

Stellenbosch South African restaurant in Stellenbosch

Nestled in the breathtaking Drakenstein Valley, cradled between Franschoek and Paarl, Babel paints a picturesque setting, flanked by mountains and 200 h of vineyard and farmlands. This inspiring setting captures the imagination of ex Elle Deco Editor – Karen Roos, who transformed Babel into a place of inspirational beauty. On summery days, sit outside under the Plain trees soaking up the setting and a hearty Babel Breakfast brimming with fresh juices, homemade muesli, thick and creamy yogurt and local produce from the farm. Cooler days are warmed by the chic and elegant décor set within the glass-enclosed restaurant where the aroma of freshly prepared seasonal dishes wet the appetite. Discover a haven of peace and tranquility, set in beautiful surroundings, and the taste of food inspired by the seasons, prepared straight from the garden onto your plate.

Blue Zoo Restaurant and Tea Garden in Morningside

Blue Zoo Restaurant and Tea Garden

Morningside South African restaurant in Morningside

Nestled amongst the splendid tranquil grounds of Mitchell Park, Blue Zoo Restaurant in Morningside boasts a dainty little restaurant that spills out onto voluptuous grounds perfect for relaxing or indulging in Sunday afternoon tea. With indoor and outdoor seating and a simple menu that serves traditional Durban / English fare, diners can enjoy a variety of salads, soups and heart-warming meals such as lamb shank and succulent steaks. With weekly live music hosted on the scenic grounds, The Blue Zoo Restaurant is the place to indulge in simple fare and tranquil surrounds.

Brio 1893 in Cape Town

Brio 1893

Cape Town South African restaurant in Cape Town

Housed in the building where the city once banked gold, this vintage gem boasts breathtaking décor heightened by vaulted ceilings, dark lacquered wooden floors and striking original chandeliers. Expect to be wined and dined in timeless style warmed by roaring fireplaces and the sultry sounds of swing jazz. The menu caters decadence-a classic gastronomic voyage sampling firm favourites, hearty portions and spicy flavours. Try favourites such as deep fried Camembert with figs, rocket and nuts for starters, Springbok carpaccio and roquefort snails. Mains brim with choices such as grilled calamari, carpetbagger steak (filled with mussels) or the Brio burger and Crayfish Thermidor. Experience the return of vintage glamour at Brio 1893 located along Adderly Street for a truly out of this era dining experience.

Café  Ruwach Art and Craft Gallery in Richmond Hill

Café Ruwach Art and Craft Gallery

Richmond Hill South African restaurant in Richmond Hill

Soak up the passion and flair exuded by this unique eatery sharing excellent food and conversation amidst popular art and craft creations. Popular dishes applaud the palate infused with French and Mediterranean flair and make for excellent choices with alternatives such as Moroccan beef or chicken sandwiches, Tandoori Chicken wraps and Gypsy Kings. The popular Greens menu welcomes vegetarians with a delicious take on veggies. Try the veggie tandoori wrap layered with potato, green and white beans, carrots, onion cooked with a spicy coconut milk and enrobed in a tortilla wrap or the potato bake deep-fried with mushrooms, onion, cream, cheese, peas and chives. For a lighter meal, try the asparagus au gratin layered with asparagus, peas, cheese, spring onion, and parmesan grilled to perfection. Café Ruwach Art and Craft Gallery transforms an ordinary lunch into a world brimming with creativity and flair complimented by an ever-changing menu and creative artwork displays.

Cafe Vacca Matta in Durban Beachfront

Cafe Vacca Matta

Durban Beachfront South African restaurant in Durban Beachfront

Situated on the sea-facing wing of the Suncoast Casino, hugging the golden shoreline of the Indian Ocean, Café Vacca Matta boasts stylish ambience and fine dining wrapped in delicious Mediterranean flavours. Dine within the indoor stylish ambience or alfresco, enjoying breathtaking views on the terrace sipping cocktails. Boasting mouth-watering signature dishes and extensive range of both local and imported wines, Café Vacca Matta will capture the palate with a distinctive setting and cuisine for a delightful cosmopolitan dining experience.

Copperfield Grill in Magaliesburg

Copperfield Grill

Magaliesburg South African restaurant in Magaliesburg

Perched high mountainous acres wrapped in exquisite gardens, this haven of tranquillity wets the appetite with delicious arrays of antipasta such as beef fillet carpaccio, stuffed trout with ricotta cheese, roasted butternut soup with cumin and New Zealand green mussels. Main courses choices include succulent rack of lamb, Cape Malay vegetable curry or a fresh grilled fillet of line fish with a tomato and thyme vinaigrette concluded by delectable deserts such as pavlova, tiramisu, key lime pie or fruit salad and homemade ice cream.

De Volkskombuis in Stellenbosch

De Volkskombuis

Stellenbosch South African restaurant in Stellenbosch

Do not be misled by the rustic ring to De Volkskombuis’ name. There is nothing even remotely unpolished about this establishment. The restaurant has been around since 1977 and has earned its reputation as a place of fine dining. The Cape Dutch house - that is the restaurant - is a perfect puzzle piece in historic Stellenbosch with its white washed walls and front garden. The restaurant also has its Voorkamer which serves as a private dining room for special occasions, conferences and private parties. Guests will be thrilled to find that although the menu boasts a fresh interpretation of traditional South African cuisine, none of the authenticity of the old favourites like Boland Bobotie, Braised Oxtail and Malva Pudding is lost. Furthermore, the menu has wine suggestions with each dish – a treat for wine and food pairing enthusiasts. Not only does De Volkskombuis promise a gastronomic experience of note, but also an impressive, if not, wildly indulgent, wine and beverage selection that could hold one’s attention for hours. Choose from the best locally and internationally sourced wines of every blend, including sparkling wines and Champagne. A selection of cigars rounds off the restaurant’s offerings. De Volkskombuis is open daily for lunch and dinner.

East Head Café in Knysna

East Head Café

Knysna South African restaurant in Knysna

The perfect setting to enjoy lazy breakfasts and alfresco lunches indoors or on the sheltered terrace marvelling at the awaking of the early morning or lingering sunset; East Head Café is where friends and family meet to reconnect for good food and casual conversation cooled by cocktails and wine. East Head Café boasts quality and service accentuated by flavour and freshness using the best local ingredients for sumptuous breakfasts and creamy cappuccinos. Indulge in a selection of the finest wines by glass or bottle complimented by fresh battered fish and chips or a delicious gourmet burger from the Café style menu. Kids are welcome and catered for ensuring parents get much needed time to relax and enjoy the well thought out setting and food. With a kiddies menu complimented by colouring boards, blackboards and toys, kids can be kids without the worry and stress associated with dining out. You can be forgiven spending a little more time here than expected, enjoying delicious food on a balmy summer days or curling up to the crackling fireplace.

Fig Tree Restaurant in Livingstone

Fig Tree Restaurant

Livingstone American restaurant in Livingstone

Fig Tree is a small eatery that serves good, wholesome American and British-style dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Burgers, sandwiches, wraps and other hearty meals are available. Only the freshest ingredients are used making the food, although unpretentious, burst with flavour.

Fourty Ate in Cape Town

Fourty Ate

Cape Town South African restaurant in Cape Town

Located along Hout Street this visually seductive and comfortable eatery boasts a gastronomic experience set over 3 floors of pure decadence. The ground floor welcomes with a white marble bar, contrasting wooden floors and exposed granite walls leading into a private cigar lounge. The 1st floor holds an intimate restaurant that caters to your every whim with the finest South African produce, quality meat and seafood. The 3rd floor boasts a prestigious art gallery showcasing work from the Jetzis Art exhibition. Exuding a relaxed and homely setting amidst an array of stylish furnishings, diners enjoy the ever-changing menu brimming with organic vegetables, finest beef and venison and fresh seafood. Savour a complimentary ‘Amuse Bouche” to wet your appetite before testing’s favourites such as raw Norwegian Salmon and wasabi ice -cream, beef rossini and the chocolate chip cookies, served with a bourbon ice and honey ice cream and a warm frangelica white chocolate sauce. Fourty Ate in Hout Street, Cape Town offers international dining in stylish surrounds in the heart of Cape Town.

Gordon's Restaurant in Graaff-Reinet

Gordon's Restaurant

Graaff-Reinet South African restaurant in Graaff-Reinet

Embracing the principles of the International Slow Food Movement, Gordon’s Restaurant seduces the appetite with local venison, organic Karoo Lamb and legendary dinners. Located in the heart of Andreas Stockenstrom Guest House, Gordon’s Restaurant invites good honest food spilling off the seasonal menu complimented by fine South African wine. Savour fine Karoo cuisine in a relaxed dining experience immersed in a four course set menu at this culinary oasis in Graaff-Reinet.

Gourmet Boerie in Gardens

Gourmet Boerie

Gardens South African restaurant in Gardens

The South African favourtie, the 'boerie roll', has now been given new life. Gourmet Boerie offers a variety of twists on this national treasure. Diners are spoilt for choice with a menu that is surprisingly extensive. Pull into Gourmet Boerie for a treat with flare, as well as excellent beer.