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10 Chapters Wine Bar in Paarl

10 Chapters Wine Bar

Paarl Tapas restaurant in Paarl

This cool and contemporary wine bar cum restaurant serves a delightful array of tapas, pub food and light meals. As is naturally suggested by the name, you can pair any item with amazing wine of your choice. Regular wine tastings are held. 10 Chapters serves breakfast, lunch and early dinners. Booking is advised.

Asoka in Gardens


Gardens Tapas restaurant in Gardens

In a beautiful Victorian Town house on the vibrant and trendy Kloof Street is Asoka. The menu offers superb flavoursome tapas and promotes sharing and socialising while sampling the delicious creations with friends and family. The food served is healthy and full of wonderful flavour combinations that have diners ordering seconds and thirds. Enjoy a truly tranquil culinary experience at Asoka.

Bar-bay-dos in Gordons Bay


Gordons Bay Tapas restaurant in Gordons Bay

This happening spot in Gordons Bay is definitely the place to be whether you're young or just young at heart. Bar-bay-dos offers a simple menu that consists mainly of tapas-style foods, and the main attraction here is the sublime cocktails that are mixed to perfection. Bar-bay-dos has live music acts two to three times a week and the variety ranges from rock to 80's to latin tunes. The menu is small and dishes include grilled Portuguese sardines either rolled in coarse salt and grilled the traditional way or butterflied and grilled, served with spicy Portuguese chilli salsa and rice. Be sure to try the Jalapeno chilli poppers stuffed with feta and cream cheese, an ideal dish to share. Beef schnitzel, succulent espatada and butter-filled prawns are also on offer. A variety of seafood can also be enjoyed and make a point of trying the Mississippi mud pie for dessert - it really is as indulgent as it sounds.

Bliss Café in Johannesburg

Bliss Café

Johannesburg Tapas restaurant in Johannesburg

This chic, modern café cum restaurant is situated in the 44 Stanley Avenue Lifestyle Centre. The emphasis is on having a social experience and the Spanish-style, tapas-type food mirrors this. Gourmet-looking snack foods and boutique-style meals are the order of the day. Enjoy a classic cocktail or a glass of your favourite vino in the relaxed, ambient atmosphere of Bliss.

Café Dutch in Cape Town

Café Dutch

Cape Town Dutch restaurant in Cape Town

Café Dutch is a modern bistro café offering traditional and modern Dutch delights. Located in Wynberg in a converted Victorian building boasting an upmarket feel dressed in stark white tables and chairs set against warm charcoal walls. The menu encourages lingering sampling homemade crumbed organic beef kroketten served on rye bread and winter rich pea soup with smoked sausage. Then there is the tasty nasi goreng with Indonesian chilli and spices, chicken satay, homemade peanut sauce and prawn crackers. Diners can enjoy non-traditional highlights, such as wild mushroom tart with rocket and Parmesan shavings, or salmon fishcakes with dill mustard sauce rounded off by a simply sinful bittersweet dark chocolate dessert with orange curd, served in a coffee cup.

Carvers Restaurant and Pub in Randburg

Carvers Restaurant and Pub

Randburg Belgian restaurant in Randburg

Carvers has been going since 1983, giving this unique Cape Dutch restaurant and pub the edge over other establishments through sheer years of experience and success. As well as the buffet, Carvers offers an interesting Belgian a la carte menu and changes the offerings on a frequent basis to ensure that the loyal following of regulars always have new dishes to choose from. Carvers proffers a wide selection of imported beers and boasts a very interesting and extensive wine list featuring some really special rare and vintage wines. Striving at all times to thoroughly satisfy diners, it’s no surprise that this restaurant and pub has such a keen following of regular clientele.

Den Anker in V & A Waterfront

Den Anker

V & A Waterfront Belgian restaurant in V & A Waterfront

Set in a stunning position on the Waterfront with a spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain, this acclaimed restaurant is a real must-try spot. Delicious cuisine that changes with the seasons is on offer, with the freshest ingredients to ensure the most flavoursome creations. With a winelist that picked up the 2006 Gold Diners Club International Winelist of the Year Award and superb and exclusive Belgian beers, the perfect accompaniment to your meal is just waiting to be chosen. Diners can sit out on the terrace under umbrellas in warm weather or inside in the crisply-designed interior. A warm and welcoming ambience with service to match makes for an all-round superb dining experience at Den Anker.

Dutch East Restaurant in Franschhoek

Dutch East Restaurant

Franschhoek Dutch restaurant in Franschhoek

The Dutch East Restaurant finds its home in the historic French Hugenot settlement town of Franschhoek in the Western Cape. Easily one of the most picturesque towns in South Africa, Franschhoek has also earned the reputation of being the culinary capital of the country. The Dutch East, with its fusion of traditional Dutch and eastern influence offerings, stands out as a unique eatery in a predominantly French cuisine environment. The restaurant is relaxed and upmarket. The earthy interior manages to achieve a clean, minimalist simplicity in its décor that is stylish and inviting. High A-frame ceilings, red bricked walls and chandeliers set the mood. The menu aims to present food that is both appetizing to the taste buds and appealing on the eye. With the restaurant philosophy of maintaining and complimenting the true flavour of the main ingredient of the dish by preparing it fresh and simply, Dutch East certainly plates up dishes that are a flavoursome feast for the senses. Menu options include the likes of Seared Tuna with black sesame halva and a soy emulsion with whipped mango for starters, Lamb Shoulder with spinach cream, crackling and corn bites for mains and Fried Milk Tart with whipped cream and berry compote for dessert.

Dutchies on Grotto in Hermanus

Dutchies on Grotto

Hermanus Dutch restaurant in Hermanus

Mere meters from the sea shore of Grotto beach in Hermanus is Dutchies, a delightful Dutch eatery. Guests are easily charmed by the select, Dutch inspired menu and the cosy atmosphere that the restaurant presents. Dutchies abounds with atmosphere and guests love the personal attention of the restaurant owner mingling with visitors. In summer outdoor seats under umbrellas, soaking up the view is a must. The Hollandse Biefstuk on offer for mains is a clear indication that this is proud to be Dutch establishment. Other menu items include Calamari, a Seafood platter and Chicken kebabs. The dessert menu is just a delight with African Dream which is Amarula ice-cream dipped in chocolate and crowned with a chocolate slab and Blueberry Cheesecake. The restaurant charges a small fee for corkage.

French Toast Wine and Tapas Bar in City Bowl

French Toast Wine and Tapas Bar

City Bowl Tapas restaurant in City Bowl

Located along the trendy Bree Street, diners peruse the Mediterranean inspired menu bursting with tapas of all shapes, sizes and flavours, enjoyed with a glass or bottle of wine. The menu changes fortnightly sampling choices such as cheese and basil skewer and prawns to grilled calamari and juicy oysters. Wine is abundant and full of choice, offering over 100 bottles and wine by the glass. Spend the day indulging in a leisurely lunch or delicious dinner with friends, socialising and sharing the pleasures of tapas and wine and French Toast Wine and Tapas Bar in City Bowl.

Gorgeous by Graham Beck in Tokai

Gorgeous by Graham Beck

Tokai Tapas restaurant in Tokai

Gorgeous by Graham Beck is most definitely elegance dipped in, well, bubbles! This exclusive bar offers flutes, or bottles, of the best champagne and 5 amazing dishes to pair them with. The designer décor exudes chic sophistication. The bubbly bar divine menu offers Saldanha oysters, poached tiger prawns and asparagus and goat’s cheese. The bar is open from 11 am to 10 pm every day of the week.

Haiku in Cape Town City Centre


Cape Town City Centre Tapas restaurant in Cape Town City Centre

Enjoy delicious and authentic Asian and Chinese cuisine at this popular spot in Cape Town’s buzzing city bowl.Japanese and Chinese chefs skilfully prepare delicacies like dim sum, sushi and flavoursome wok dishes in ample portions for a communal dining experience, making this a great place for a group of friends.The wine list is vast and descriptive, ensuring that diners can easily select the right bottle for the right meal.The setting is carefully lit and features a dark palette and stylish lacquered wood, creating a unique and enjoyable environment.A must-try venue for those who adore Asian cuisine, Haiku is well worth a try.

Ke-Monate Wine Bar and Bistro in Durbanville

Ke-Monate Wine Bar and Bistro

Durbanville Tapas restaurant in Durbanville

At Ke-monate Wine Bar and Bistro one can enjoy a selection of tapas with friends and family. This Spanish-style cuisine encourages interesting conversation and loads of laughs. Choose a range of tapas, small-dish meals, to try between a group. Ke-monate also serves bistro-style meals and breakfasts are served from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9am to 12pm. Nibble on a freshly baked muffin or devour the Signal Gun Breakfast of eggs, bacon, chorizo sausage, hash brown, mushrooms, tomato and toast with preserves. The blackboard displays the daily tapas and specials. Try anything from green curry and homemade pork burgers with bacon and camembert, to our grilled chicken pineapple roasted almond salad and much more. Our tapas are more South African inspired but still has the spirit of Spain.

Klipkantien in Kalk Bay


Kalk Bay Tapas restaurant in Kalk Bay

A popular breakfast haunt with sweeping views, Klipkantien serves up great cocktails and simple mouth-watering delights with lovely harbour views and seas. Serving some of the best tapas around including freshly caught, seared and served Tuna straight from the sea, this small intimate eatery boasts breathtaking views in a simple setting popular with locals. From hearty breakfasts, delectable tapas and simple sandwiches, salads and pastas to cool cocktails and wines, Klipkantien provides the ideal place to relax and enjoy the cool ocean breeze while sampling finger-licking delights under the shade of the trees.

Laughing Chefs in Rietondale

Laughing Chefs

Rietondale Tapas restaurant in Rietondale

Situated off the busy Soutpansberg road, in lovely Rietondale, Laughing Chefs is definitely Pretoria’s best kept secret. From the street it looks like just a parking lot with a house, but follow the arrows and you will enter into a wonderland! Surrounded by lush gardens, a koi pond that feeds 4 waterfalls and a stream. Our outside seating is divided into different sections, ensuring that even when we are fully booked all our guests still enjoy privacy. The high trees and water blocks out the city noise, leaving you feeling as if you left the hustle and bustle far far behind. Our inside seating is just as magical. The venue consists of 3 different venue rooms, each with glass doors that can open completely. In the winter, each room has its own fireplace that burns the whole day, and in summer we open the doors, inviting the gardens and sunshine inside. High ceilings, wooden floors and lead glass windows complete the look. The menu is another triumph. It changes twice a month, with a selection of dishes that are sure to suit every taste. Although we think each menu is a masterpiece, we are flexible enough to accommodate even the pickiest eater. If we don’t have what you want on the menu, just ask and we will try and create something specially for you! Allergies? Dietary requirements? No problem! We aim to please. Planning a party, wedding, office party, christening, engagement, or any other celebration? Then why don’t you have it here! We cater for any function, and will plan your menu, seating area, decor and music to not only suit your taste, but to also suit your pocket. We work within your budget. But that is not our only advantages. We also do flowers, decor, invites and we have our very own photographer who offers her services to our clients at a better price! Our staff is well trained, friendly and informed. Our bar is fully licensed and stocked. Our parking secure and safe, with a security guard for larger functions and armed patrol cars guarding the premises 24/7. And the best of all? One of the owners will be there to assist you with anything. No middle man or manager, we believe in personalised service at all times. Why don’t you come and discover this hidden jewel? Looking forward to welcoming you in our little paradise.

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