Cape Town’s dining scene is as rich and diverse as the city itself. The provincial capital of the Western Cape is home to myriad nationalities who bring their unique cultures and cuisines to the city’s evolving dining scene. From traditional South African ‘meateries’ serving steak and game, to flavours from South America, France and beyond, there’s so much to discover. On your next trip to The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, make time to check out these hot new restaurants in Cape Town.
In South African cuisine, meat rules. In a nation of carnivores, it comes as no surprise that one of the most anticipated openings of 2017 was Primal Eatery, a “meatery” that takes the dining experience back to ancestral roots. Here, chefs use traditional methods of cooking, including live fire, to prepare a meat-heavy menu, which sees primitive South African dishes given a Greek twist by its Greek-South African owners. Choose the Butcher’s Cut of the Day for some of the best steaks available in the city.
Long Street used to be the place to go in Cape Town, but nowadays there’s a bigger buzz around Bree Street. The newest addition to this burgeoning culinary haven is La Tête, a French bistro run by two brothers, Giles and James Edwards. After cutting their teeth at London’s St John restaurant, the pair brought their skills back to Cape Town. The menu changes daily, based on the freshest produce available from premium local suppliers, and includes dishes like crispy pig tails, braised lamb, devilled chicken livers, fresh seabass and Salt hake.
For South American flavours, head to Fuego in Sea Point. The new contemporary taco joint (whose name translates to ‘fire’) takes the best flavours of Latin America and piles them into a variety of tacos, from steak, chicken and pulled pork tacos to vegetarian tacos, salads and ceviche. Not sure what to try? Opt for the popular steak with chimichurri taco and finish with a dessert taco served with a generous scoop of ice cream.
Located in the heart of Cape Town’s CBD, Hokey Poké is the city’s first dedicated poké bar. The new Hawaiian eatery surfs a new wave of seafood restaurants to grace the capital. Dedicated to a healthier lifestyle, this restaurant is a great place for stop for a quick and light lunch during a day of sightseeing. The owners are also planning to launch a Champagne and oyster brunch on Saturdays, so keep your eyes peeled for future visits.
Indian food may often be thought of as a filling feast of curries and breads, but at Thali, the cuisine is given a ‘tapas’ twist. Chefs use all the flavours, spices and ingredients that one could expect from an Indian eatery, but serve them in small dishes (as in a traditional Indian thali dish), building up from papadums to chaats and dhals, and ending with curries. The aim? To introduce diners to the wide breadth of Indian cuisine.
Countless locals hit 12 Apostles for the curry buffet, which has become a bit of an institution, yet the real showstopper at the hotel is the immensely popular Azure Restaurant. Headed up by Christo Pretorius, the chef plays with the finest organic ingredients from fresh oysters to double-baked cheese cakes, which can be taken on the restaurant’s stunning terrace overlooking the ocean – which will doubtless be azure itself.
After eating your way around the best new restaurants in Cape Town, relax at The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa and enjoy breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean.