The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

Title Image: Foxcroft

The Mother City is a culinary destination, with an eclectic mix of restaurants popping up faster than you can say “penne arrabiata”.

From ethnic eateries to fine-dining establishments and even tourist traps, we’ve selected the new restaurants in Cape Town worth trying. While some might not be brand spanking new, we thought they deserved a mention too. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

1. Foxcroft

Foxcroft Constantia
The wait is over! SA’s top chef Scot Kirton has opened a brand-new restaurant with his long-time pastry chef Glen Foxcroft Williams (pictured above). Fans of La Colombe, where Scot heads the kitchen, needn’t fret; the 2015 San Pellegrino Chef of the Year won’t be leaving the wine estate for the time being… The vibe at Foxcroft, situated at the High Constantia Shopping Centre, is more laidback than its buttoned-up sister, but the food is equally exceptional.
Opened 1 October 2016
Contact 021 202 3304
Where to find it FoxcroftHigh Constantia Shopping Centre, Corner Groot Constantia Road and Constantia Main Road

2. Wolfgat

Wolfgat, New Restaurants
Image credit: @seth_shezi on Instagram

This is arguably the opening of the season! Master forager and award-winning chef Kobus van der Merwe has named his new eatery after the nearby Wolfgat cave – an archaeological wonder containing remnants of an ancient culture, and rumoured gateway to underground passages.
If you’ve ever had the salubrious fortune of eating at Oep ve Koep, Kobus’s other feted eatery in the charming west coast town of Paternoster, you will be familiar with his gastronomic style and philosophy: hyperlocal Standveld cuisine. His reverence for his ingredients and their provenance, coupled with his playfulness and skill, makes every mouthful a rare treat.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 12.30pm; Sunday, 12pm  (lunch)
Friday and Saturday, 7pm (dinner)
Note Lunch and dinner are served by appointment only. Reservations can be made via email
Contact diewolfgat@gmail.com
Where to find it Wolfgat, 10 Sampson Street, Paternoster
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

3. The Shortmarket Club

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Luke Dale-Roberts. Need we say more? Not actually, but we will… The award-winning chef has joined forces with three others to open an impossibly chic, immaculately designed venue where, as always, the food is off the charts.
Opened July 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 10.30am, 12.30pm – 2.30pm, 7pm – 10pm
Contact 021 447 2874, info@theshortmarketclub.co.za
Where to find it The Shortmarket Club, 88 Shortmarket Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

4. Faber at Avondale

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Having established world-class eateries at The Roundhouse and Newton-Johnson, chef Eric Bulpitt has undertaken a new project in partnership with Avondale Estate owner Johnathan Grieve. They share a passion for careful cultivation of the land, as expressed by the phrase Terra Est Vita (Soil is Life) that is at the heart of every practice employed by the 300-year-old winery. This new venture is an extension of that philosophy, with Eric envisioning a farm and restaurant functioning as one, each element dependent on the other in a system geared entirely towards natural production. We have yet to dine here, but have it on good authority that the food is honest country fare prepared with finesse and passion, as we’d expect from Eric.
Opened October 2016
Contact 021 863 1976, wine@avondalewine.co.za
Where to find it Avondale Wine, Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

5. Shio – Modern Japanese Izakaya

Shio Japanese Restaurant
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating at Cheyne’s and Lucky Bao, you’ll know exactly what we mean when we say finger-licking delicious! And now the owner-chef of these two Hout Bay institutions has opened a third restaurant – at the Grey Boutique Hotel in the heart of De Waterkant. Dishing up modern-Japanese cuisine in a cool setting, Shio is a must-do for those who have a predilection for Asian cuisine.
Opened December 2016
Read our full review here
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am – 10am
12pm – 3pm
6pm – 10pm
Contact 064 661 7474, info@shio.co.za
Where to find it ShioThe Grey Boutique Hotel, 49 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

6. Thali

Thali Best Tapas
Image credit: John van Zyl

If you’re still not over the closing of Takumi, you’ll be pleased to know that not only did Papa San open a new sushi restaurant on Long Street, but that his former space is the home of an exciting new eatery: an Indian-style tapas bar conceived by none other than Chefs Warehouse guru Liam Tomlin, in partnership with Dimo Papachristodoulou (Fat Cactus and Long Street Cafe), and with head chef John van Zyl at the helm.
Thali takes you on a visual journey where intricate postcard art, kaleidoscopic patterns, vibrant colour and Indian intrigue abound. The interiors (five different sections) and garden area make for an exotic and unique eating experience indeed!
Try the tapas for two (R650), which includes eight dishes, with the likes of tantalising tandoori chicken, as well as golden lamb and chicken curries included in the mix.
Opened December 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 5pm – 9.30pm (only open for dinner at present, with a no reservation policy in place)
Contact 021 286 2110, info@thalitapas.co.za
Location Thali, 3 Park Road, Gardens
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

7. Osteria Tarantino

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Image credit: House & Garden

A staircase on Waterkant Street in De Waterkant leads you up to this delightful pocket-sized osteria, whose owner Enrico Tarantino is as charming and unpretentious as the delicious plates he dishes up. The daytime vibe is warm and rustic (think unsanded wooden tables, a chalkboard menu and easy-listening Italian music), which gets a makeover when the sun goes down, with white tablecloths and dim lighting. For starters, we shared the Tuscan Cigars (stracciatella and rocket wrapped in Parma ham), which were divine. We tried two pasta dishes for mains: the not-too-rich and creamy Gnocchi Gorgonzola, which were pillowy and comforting, and the 4 Ps pasta (pappardelle, Parmesan, porcini and pancetta), which was delectable and moreish. The cannoli for dessert rounded off a truly satisfying experience.
Opened June 2016
Good to know Enrico doesn’t have a liquor license yet, so BYOB.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 9pm
Contact 021 418 0099, enricotarantino48@gamil.com
Where to find it 125 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

8. Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

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Foodies in the Southern Suburbs will be pleased to know that Chefs Warehouse, rated the best restaurant in Cape Town by some of city’s top chefs, is opening a second branch at Beau Constantia Wine Estate. Ivor Jones, Luke Dale-Roberts’s righthand man at The Test Kitchen, is taking the reins at the new establishment, and guests can expect the same cutting-edge cuisine and laid-back atmosphere that Liam Tomlin’s original eatery is so famous for.
Read about the new Chefs Warehouse here.
Insider scoop When it comes to new Cape Town restaurants, let’s just say the rumour mill never lets up. The latest hearsay involves Liam and Ivor, so we thought we’d share it with you. The two feted chefs are allegedly opening a restaurant together at The Silo Hotel at the V&A Waterfront, due to open in March 2017. We can confirm a Rooftop restaurant and bar, but anything more than that is speculation at this point.
Opening End-October 2016
Where to find it Beau Constantia, Constantia Main Road

9. La Tête

La Tete Cape Town Restaurants
Image credit: La Tête Instagram

This French nose-to-tail bistro, on Bree Street’s ever-expanding foodscape, is farm-to-fork chef Giles Edwards’ first restaurant. His aim to remove diners’ aversion to eating the whole animal – and, of course, to serve delicious food.
Try the mint-and pork terrine or beef-and-kidney pudding, and the plum pavlova for dessert.
Opened November 2016
Read our full review here
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – midnight
Contact 021 418 1299, reservations@latete.co.za, info@latete.co.za
Where to find it La Tête, 17 Bree Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

10. Mantra Café

Camps Bay restaurants – Melissa's Mantra Cafe
New to Camps Bay; new to Melissa’s, Mantra is a touch of laidback chic on the bustling Camps Bay strip. Part of the very popular chain of coffeeshop-delis, Mantra is no ordinary Melissa’s; this is Melissa’s on steroids – and a foray into the first of its new style of eateries. Here you can order prawns, linefish, sticky chicken wings or a pizza. Or, if you’re not feeling peckish, grab a seat at the bar, and let off the day’s steam with a beer, cocktail, or tasty G&T. Read our full review here.
Opened December 2016
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 8am – 12pm
Contact 021 437 0206, campsbay@melissas.co.za
Where to find it Melissa’s Mantra Cafe1st Floor, 43 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

11. House of H

House of H, New Restaurants
Image credit: Tails of a Mermaid

Looking for a new spot that’s utterly unpretentious yet so damn cool? House of H on Loop Street is it. Revamped by owner H’s wife, the converted warehouse has been brought to life by quirky bits and bobs that add warmth and charm. Exposed brick walls, reclaimed wooden furniture, life-sized Marmite stools and shelves packed with vintage tins tickle the senses each time you notice something new.
The menu is seasonal and changes daily, but there are regulars, such as various cuts of meat, burgers, and a delicious display of salads (which looked so good, I considered vegetarianism for a minute). When you’re ready to order, make your way to the pass, where H will cut your steak in front of you.
When resident DJ JonnyRazor isn’t playing old-school tunes on the vinyl decks at sundown, he’s wearing his Jonni-the-Barber hat at the on-site barber shop.
We love the back-to-basics food philosophy. Herbs and mushrooms used in the making of our meal form part of the decor, as does locally sourced organic produce that’s also available for purchase.
We recommend The cheeseburger with hand-cut chips, and the koeksister waffle – served with Japanese green tea-infused cream cheese and berry compote.
Opened August 2016
The Inside scoop House of H is in the process of setting up a rooftop bar (and some other cool stuff) upstairs. Subscribe to our newsletter to be first to know when it opens.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am – 11pm
Contact 079 061 9826, info@houseofh.co.za
Where to find it House of H112 Loop Street, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

12. Chefs

Chefs Restaurant Cape Town
Simplicity is the name of the game at this no-frills eatery where the cool, pared-down interiors reflect the culinary philosophy: fresh, wholesome, great-tasting food. The restaurant is a collaboration between Justin Letschert, the guy behind Bio-Oil; Adam Whiteman, of The Power and The Glory and Hallelujah; chef Jenny Ward; and MD Campbell Stevenson. They wanted to created a space for on-the-go people, looking for top-quality grub without the hassle of perusing a long menu, waiting in a queue, and ordering from a waiter. Here, you can order one of three freshly prepared mains from an iPad at the counter and pay for it there and then. According to TASTE magazine’s Abigail Donnelly: “The food has a Bill Granger thing going on: fresh, bold, simple, delicious.”
Opened October 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 461 0368
Where to find it Chefs, 81 St John’s Street, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

13. La Parada at Constantia Nek

La Parada Constantia Nek
After months of careful renovation and loving restoration, another La Parada eatery has opened its doors in what was formerly the Constantia Nek restaurant, Cape Town’s oldest restaurant institution. And even though the grand old dame’s thatched roof and dark-wood exterior have been retained, inside it’s a far lighter and more modern set-up, more in line with the La Parada we know. The new menu is bursting with a delicious variety of tapas and sharing plates, carefully conceived by executive chef Martin Senekal.
We recommend La Parada’s new Spanish-inspired breakfast (served from 9am 11am). Expect butternut churros (with bacon and butterscotch apples), frittata with jamon and smoked paprika and basque mushrooms with poached duck eggs on toasted, gluten-free bread.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Monday –  Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 795 0620, constantianek@laparada.co.za
Where to find it La Parada Constantia Nek, 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

14. The Salt Yard

The Salt Yard, New Restaurants
Completely overhauled by joint owners Matt and Phil, and two assisting painters, this is a welcome addition to the busy corner in Mowbray opposite the Fat Cactus. The awesome assortment of decor items (some of which have been donated by diners), greenery and reclaimed wooden-pallet walls and tables give the place a refreshingly rustic feel. The menu (with items such as Pay Back the Mango) offers breakfast (available until 12pm), sandwiches, starters, pizza, seafood, landfood (meat dishes), cocktails, craft, local and draught beers, hot and cold beverages and sweet stuff too. Portions, neatly presented on recycled wooden boards, are suitably large and very tasty. There are also a few vegetarian dishes and, for an extra R10, gluten-free pizza bases. Owners and staff are very efficient and welcoming.
We recommend the Norwegian sandwich (R99.95): smoked salmon, loads of chunky cottage cheese, avocado and chives on a ciabatta panini with curly fries and the popular Candyfloss Martini (R49.95).
Please note There are a smoking and non-smoking sections, a bar area – and they’re looking to create outdoor seating and a kids’ play area too.
Opened August 2016
Opening times
Monday – Thursday, 10am – 11pm
Friday – Sunday, 10am – 1am
(Kitchen open 10am – 10pm every day)
Contact 021 685 0307, matt@purecape.com
Where to find it The Salt Yard, 74 Durban Road, Little Mowbray, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

15. The Mess

The Mess, new Cape Town restaurant
Cape Town’s cool corner, De Waterkant, recently welcomed a brand-new eatery: The Mess. Housed in the space formerly inhabited by Café Dijon, its owner Carlene de Gouveia has given it a fresh new look, with consultant chef Luke Wonnacott introducing an exciting new menu. In line with the de rigueur global trend of plate-sharing dining experiences, The Mess’s menu showcases an array of cuisines through its various courses, all of which are packed full of delightful flavours, work fantastically well side by side – and, most importantly, are designed to be eaten communally. The outside courtyard will be the spot on balmy summer evenings, with fairy lights strung up from the surrounding trees.
We recommend you whet your appetite with the yogurt and thyme flatbreads, confit of duck rillette, and pickled goat’s cheese. Ooh, and the lime-cured tuna ceviche! And for mains, you must share the pork belly.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – late
Contact 021 418 3910, carlene@themess.co.za
Where to find it The Mess, The Rockwell All Suite Hotel (Ground floor, shop 110), Napier Street, Green Point
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

16. The Stack

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Private-members’ clubs are trending in the Mother City right now, and it’s thanks to The Stack! We’re not talking old-school fraternities clogged with cigar smoke and social climbers. The Stack is where you’ll find the city’s cool creatives enjoying fine food and excellent drinks in the comfort of this super-stylish, double-decker venue, housed  in the historic Leinster Hall.
Opened June 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 286 0187
ask@thestack.co.za
Where to find it The Stack, Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

17. Blanko

Blanko, New Restaurants in Cape Town
Constantia, it seems, is Ground Zero for all the hot new openings… Within two short months (September and October) three big-name restaurants have started trading in the area – Foxcroft, La Parada and Harbour House – with Liam Tomlin’s Chefs Warehouse about to launch at any moment. And, then of course, there’s Blanko, Kove Collection’s brand-new baby. Located in the iconic Alphen Hotel, Blanko’s all-day atmosphere is just what the neighbourhood needs. The all-white gallery-style space – with Italian marble tables, a dramatically lit-up bar, and textured furnishings – reflects head chef Amber-May Deetlefs’ culinary philosophy: “The best food not only has to taste good, it should be something sincere and uncomplicated”.
The walls of the restaurant are adorned with the art of some of South Africa’s top artists, such as William Kentridge, Brett Murray and Michael Subotzky, courtesy of Goodman Gallery. So, all round, it’s a sensory feast.
Opened October 2016
Opening times Monday –  Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 795 6300, manager@blanko.co.za
Where to find it Blanko, Alphen Hotel, Alphen Drive, Constantia
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

18. VILLAINS ALE HOUSE

Villains Ale House, New Restaurants
So new, it’s not even open yet! Located on 38 Hout Street, in a Georgian-style building that was home to O’Driscolls Irish Bar, Villians is the brainchild of three craft beer-loving, business-minded Capetonians who have revamped the 19th-century beauty and are about to introduce her as the inner-city’s go-to spot for after-work drinks.
The villainous masterminds are Jason Lilley (Bardough by Jason), Gavin Hagger (Jerry’s Burger Bar) and Reg Macdonald (The Village Idiot and Aces ’n Spades).
Downstairs you’ll find long high tables and street-facing counters that create an indoor-outdoor vibe, while the upstairs lounge with wraparound banquettes will boast VIP-style laservice. A raised booth will see the resident DJ hitting the decks from 10pm onwards. Food will only be introduced in 2017, but hungry patrons will be able to get their fill from alternating food trucks parked outside daily from 5pm – 8pm.
Opened October 2016
Opening times
Tuesday – Thursday, 3pm – late
Friday – Saturday, 1pm – late
Contact 076 070 4474
Where to find it Villains Ale House, 38 Hout Street, CBD
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

19. Burger & Lobster

Burger & Lobster, New Restaurants
New York-glam meets innercity-grunge at this fabulous new Bree Street bar and restaurant. The loud, dimly lit space is long and narrow, typical of those found in the Big Apple, with red uplighters at the bar, and exposed brick walls paying homage to the heritage building it’s in.
We recommend Surprise, surprise… there are two things on the menu: a B&L Burger (R129) and a Lobster Roll (R147). But why put yourself through the stress of deciding? Go halfies with your bestie, and get the best of both. The 250g burger is topped with streaky maple bacon and cheese, and comes on a toasted brioche, while the lobster tail is dressed in a light Japanese mayo and tucked into a toasted New England-style brioche roll. Both options are served with hand-cut French fries and herb salad. Not into carbs? Order a whole lobster (from R303 for 350g)
We love The extensive cocktail list that had us chuckling at the clever names.
Opened July 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 11am – 11pm
Contact 021 422 4297, capetown@burgerandlobster.co.za
Where to find it Burger & Lobster, 105 Bree Street, Heritage Square, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

20. Harbour House at Constantia Nek

Harbour House, New Restaurants in Cape Town
Jointly occupying this historic location with La Parada is Harbour House Constantia Nek, which boasts a sophisticated space with rustic stone walls, floors and herringbone brick work. And now that the gardens have been neatened, the views over the beautiful Constantia Valley are even more breathtaking.
This laidback fine-dining restaurant seats up to 100 people, and there’s also a bar, with a lovely, oversized wine fridge.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Monday –  Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 795 0688, constantianek@harbourhouse.co.za
Where to find it Harbour House Constantia Nek1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia, Cape Town
TIG reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

21. Obi

obi restaurant
Papa San is back! The lovable (if volatile) chef who earned his exemplary reputation at the now defunct Takumi and Minato has opened a new Japanese restaurant in Long Street that specialises in sushi (naturally), tempura and ramen (which seems to be the latest hipster food fad). His fish is always ocean-fresh, flawlessly prepared and as tasty as forbidden fruit. Chopsticks at the ready!
Opened July 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 12pm – 2pm; 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 418 4040, info@obirestaurant.co.za
Where to find it Obi Restaurant, 14 Long Street
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

22. Mulberry & Prince

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New York (quite literally) meets Cape Town at this cultishly cool kitchen and bar on the corner of Bree and Pepper Streets that’s co-owned by Capetonian Cornel Mostert and Brooklyn-born Cynthia Rivera. The chic eatery specialises in New American cuisine – expect to be bowled over by slow-cooked pork shoulder in brodo (broth) with burnt leeks and cucumbers, or ricotta gnudi (dumplings) with Parmesan broth and mushrooms. The up-to-the-minute space is a delicious mix of exposed-brick walls, stained glass, lush velvets, mid-century modern-inspired furniture, with beautiful artwork by Kurt Pio (available for purchase) on the walls.
Opened April 2016
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – late (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Contact (021) 422-3301, info@mulberryandprince.co.za
Where to find it Mulberry & Prince12 Pepper Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

23. Three Wise Monkeys

Three Wise Monkeys, New Restaurants
Image credit: Gaby Wesson

The latest addition to Sea Point’s burgeoning Regent Road is an izakaya (informal Japanese gastropub) that’s fast becoming an after-work favourite. From Monday to Saturday evenings, it’s bursting at the seams with Atlantic Seaboard locals, popping in for a bowl of ramen after a promenade stroll, as well as work colleagues coming to let off steam after a hard day at the office.
An illustration of Kid Goku from Dragon Ball Z hangs above the open kitchen, setting the mood in the long, narrow eatery. Grab a seat at the pavement-facing counters while you enjoy a steaming bowl of noodles served in delightful rustic ceramic bowls.
The menu is small but offers variety: ramen (noodles) with chicken, beef or vegetables; kushiyaki (from the grill), which changes daily; poke (sliced raw-fish salad) and sushi. Love ramen? We recommend the beef! The poke is a welcome change of pace for sushi lovers.
Please note The restaurant doesn’t have a liquor licence yet, but you’re welcome to BYO(wine). It’ll hopefully be serving sundowners by December.
Opened August 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 11pm (no bookings; walk-ins only)
Contact 021 433 1837, ash@threewisemonkeys.co.za
Where to find it Three Wise Monkeys, Shop 1, 77 Regent Road, Sea Point
TIG reviewer Michelle de Bruin

 

24. Mangata

Mangata pork belly
Finally, there’s a restaurant in Simon’s Town worth the drive! Owner and head chef William Sharp was “fed up of driving over the mountain for a decent meal”, so when the opportunity to open his own presented itself, he put his chef’s jacket (back) on. The top-floor space is warm and low-key, and has a balcony with views over the rooftops to the sea. The modern, creative, and French-inspired menu bursts with ample delicious options. We recommend the mushroom bruschetta (R89) to start, the sesame-seared tuna (R220) for mains, and the crème brûlée (R55) for dessert.
Opened September 2016
Read our full review here
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 10 pm
Contact 021 786 1635, info@chefsrecruit.co.za
Where to find it Mangata, 98 St Georges Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

25. Ground Art Caffe

Ground Art Caffe New Restaurants
Image credit: Ian Goodes

A place of passion and dedication, this cool café offers a lovely selection of food, art and coffee, in no particular order. The close-knit staff members are efficient and welcoming, and the select menu offers a range of coffees, Nigiro teas, juices, pastries, antipasti and ciabatta panini as a takeaway or sit-down option.
We recommend a flat white (obviously) and a freshly baked, lightly toasted ciabatta panini (with roast gammon, rocket and sundried tomatoes)
Opened October 2016
Read our full review here
Opening times
Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 7am – 3pm
Sunday, 7am – 12pm
Contact 021 418 1331, lisa@groundartcaffe.co.za
Where to find it Ground Art Caffe, 160 Strand Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

26. Bardough by Jason

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Jason (of Jason Bakery fame) has opened a brand-new restaurant on Loop Street, which will be “similar, but different” to his original Bree Street sensation. Though you won’t find any of those crispy doughssants here, the new joint has its own special offerings, such as Dog Day Afternoon on Saturdays, where gourmet hot dogs and beer are served from 11am onwards. So now you’ll have somewhere else to go when Jason Bakery is packed to the brim, as it usually is.
Opened March 2016
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 9am – 3.30pm
Friday, 9am – close
Saturday, 11am – close
Contact 060 681 3803, orders@jasonbakery.com
Where to find it Bardough by Jason, 33 Loop Street
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

27. Kan 10

Kan 10 Stellenbosch
Street food – no longer just the budget alternative to fine-dining – has become a culinary art form in itself. This new canteen-style restaurant in Stellenbosch, a collaboration between Towerbosch Earth Kitchen’s Westley Muller and Bistro 13’s Nic van Wyk, celebrates food-on-the-go from all over the globe.
Opened April 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7:30am – 10am
12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 883 2274, 083 258 1167, Kan10@dewarenmarkt.com
Where to find it Kan 10De Warenmarkt market, Corner Ryneveld and Plein street, Stellenbosch

28. Jardine

Jardine Restaurant
Renowned chef George Jardine, whose award-winning Jordan Restaurant is one of our all-time favourites, adds another medal to his decorated epaulette: the new Restaurant Jardine (check it out on our list of The Best Stellenbosch Restaurants). Situated in a converted home opposite the Stellenbosch Hotel, the new eatery is warm and welcoming, offering innovative dishes enriched by chef Jardine’s commitment to fresh and flavourful ingredients.
Opened February 2016
Opening Times Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm, 6:30pm – 8pm
Contact 021 886 5020, info@restaurantjardine.co.za
Where to find it Restaurant JardineAndringa Street, Stellenbosch
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

29. Villa 47

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Yet another Bree Street restaurant! This one does Italian cuisine with aplomb, and there are plans to incorporate an Asian diner. For now, Villa 47’s Locando Bistro offers a sidewalk-café experience out front (one of the only sunny spots on Bree Street), and a courtyard area in the back for more sheltered dining.
Opened March 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 6:00am – 10:30pm
Saturday, 9:00am – 10:30pm
Contact 021 418 2740, reservations@villa47.co.za
Where to find it 47 Bree Street

30. Scheckter’s Raw

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A welcome addition to the burgeoning food scene on Sea Point’s Regent Road, Scheckter’s Raw takes health food to the next level. I started with a Golden Mylk (raw organic activated nut mylk, turmeric, cinnamon, dates, coconut oil, black pepper), which was utterly delicious. Being a chilly winter’s day, I ordered the organic hemp and flax Thai curry for mains (baby corn, ginger, cayenne pepper, baby marrow, carrot, red cabbage, tamari, cashew nuts, garlic, dates, sesame oil and red onion, served with quinoa), which was flavourful and satisfying. Do not leave without trying the “Snickers bar”. I have no idea what was in it, but I trusted owner Toby Scheckter’s promise that he only serves “natural, authentic, honest, plant-based, cruelty-free and nutrient-dense food”. It was as decadently delicious as its unhealthy counterpart (seriously); the only difference was that I didn’t feel bloated and lethargic afterwards. #Winning! Read our full review of Scheckter’s Raw here.
Opened March 2016 
Contact 021 434 1364, love@schecktersraw.com
Where to find it Scheckter’s Raw
TIG reviewer Nikki Benatar

31. City Bowl Health Kitchen

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A restaurant specialising in healthy salads, wraps and fruit juices, it’s the perfect spot for a quick sandwich or quesadilla. Pick your favourite ingredients from the build-your-own-salad selection.
Opened January 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 4pm
Contact 021 461 0334, citybowlrestaurant@gmail.com
Where to find it 9 Commercial Street, Cape Town Central

32. Smak Delicatessen

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This new delicatessen-patisserie – yet another addition to the burgeoning Bree Street Restaurant scene – comes courtesy of young chefs Katia Scherf and Devin Hogan, who interned at The Test Kitchen, where Katia discovered her passion for pastry (and then went on to study patisserie in France). Her confectionery display at the deli counter is quite impressive, and I really should have tried one, but I was in a savoury mood, and the flash-fried tuna sashimi salad sounded too delicious to pass up. It tasted as good as it looked: slices of herb-crumbed tuna loin atop an Asian-style green salad with julienne carrots, red cabbage, avocado, chilli and coriander. It wasn’t a big portion but it certainly hit my noon-day-snacky spot, and I loved that the salad bits were chopped up finely, so I didn’t have to mission with unwieldy pieces of lettuce.
Opened February 2016
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 9am – 3pm
First Thursdays, 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 824 5023, info@smak.co.za
Where to find it 22 Bree Street
TIG Reviewer Nikki Benatar

33. Ash Restaurant

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A collaboration between Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants, Publik and talented young chef Ash Heeger (whose previous experience includes stints at The Test Kitchen and La Colombe). Frankie Fenner and Publik’s former home on Church Street has been transformed into a restaurant, which combines Fenner’s scrupulous commitment to fresh, ethically sourced meat, Publik’s array of fine wine, and the culinary expertise of Ash.
Opened June 2016
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 424 7204, reservations@ashrestaurant.co.za
Where to find it 81 Church Street

34. Creamery Café Palmyra Junction

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Everybody loves ice cream (check out our favourite ice cream spots in Cape Town) but let’s just say Creamery takes it to another level, scooping up generous portions of deliciousness made with farm-fresh ingredients. The new Claremont branch means you can enjoy your gelato while you do your Woolies shop. Of course, where you can get great ice cream, you’re bound to get great milk shakes, too… Hashtag: just saying.
Opened September 2016
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 11pm
Contact 021 447 7690, hello@thecreamery.co.za
Where to find it Palmyra Junction, 9 Palmyra Road, Claremont, Cape Town

35. Tortilla Modern Mexican

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Image credit: Style Central

Fans of Mexican cuisine have reason to celebrate with the re-opening of this burrito bar. Just head over the counter and take your pick from the fresh fillings on offer, which include meat and vegetarian options, guacamole, beans, and classic Mexican additions such as salsa and jalapeño. Its location in the busy foreshore district makes it the perfect spot to pick up a breakfast burrito and coffee (provided by Deluxe Coffeeworks) on your way to work.
Opened January 2016 (originally founded in 2012)
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm
Contact 021 418 4599
Where to find it Icon Building, Corner Lower Long Street and Hans Strijdom Avenue
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

36. Bertus Basson’s restaurant at The Ritz

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This iconic revolving restaurant has been a familiar sight on the Sea Point skyline since 1972 (even before Sea Point had anything resembling a skyline). So, when it closed in 2015, Capetonians were left wondering what was going to open in its stead. The speculation is over: the hotel has been taken over by hospitality group Shimmy Luxury Collection (SLC), headed by Nicky van der Walt, whose other endeavors include Shimmy Beach Club and the Bon Amis at Bloemendal Wine Estate.
The entire refurbishment is allegedly going to cost R110 million, and should be open in time for the December hordes.
What we are most excited about is the brand-new fine-dining restaurant, where chef Bertus Basson will be conjuring magic in his inimitable down-to-earth style.
Opening December 2016
Contact 021 439 6010
Where to find it Corner of Main Road and Camberwell Road, Sea Point, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

37. Garth Almazan’s restaurant in Paternoster

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Having served 15 years as executive chef at Catharina’s Restaurant on Steenberg Farm, Capetonian-born Garth Almazan is embarking on a new venture. He’s planning a beachside eatery in Paternoster, in partnership with Simone Jacke and Deon Brand (owners of the five-star Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel). Set to open in summer 2016, the restaurant will be an authentic west-coast eatery, with a menu and atmosphere true to its seaside-village setting.
Opening Summer 2016
Where to find it Paternoster
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

38. El Burro Newlands

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Mouthwatering Mexican food has landed in the Southern ‘burbs! Yep, El Burro opened a new branch in Newlands. Fans of the original restaurant in Greenpoint (as well as its Taqueria in Tamboerskloof) can expect the same cool sombrero-style decor and delicious cuisine at this new offering, which is conveniently situated alongside The Creamery Ice Cream cafe in Dean Street.
Opening November 2016
Contact 021 201 1421, newlands@elburro.co.za
Where to find it Dean Street, Newlands
TIG Reviewer Matthew Flax

39. The 41

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Easy to find, easy to love! The 41, the latest addition to the buzzy Camp’s Bay strip, is perfect for an epic summer holiday outing. Located at, you guessed it, 41 Victoria Street (which was once Tuscany Beach), this restaurant-come-bar has an fab glass façade, perfect for gazing at the world-class beach views.
Opening November 2016
Where to find it The 4141 Victoria Road, Camps Bay

40. Solo Restaurant

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Image credit: Lena Sulik

This shared restaurant and gallery (99 Loop) is yet another fine-food addition to the innercity.
Currently, the focus is on breakfasts and lunches (with vegan and vegetarian options and special requests available), though they’re hoping to expand to dinner and evening functions in the future, too. Solo is chic, yet relaxed, and offers good, quality food (90% of which is made fresh in their kitchen daily), prepared bistro-style.
Opened November 2016
Read our full review here
Opening times
Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 5pm, Saturday 7.30am – 1pm
Contact 021 422 3766, info@solorestaurant.co.za
Where to find it Solo Restaurant, 99 Loop Street, Cape Town
TIG Reviewer Tamlyn Ryan

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You might be interested in the restaurants that have previously appeared on this list (that are still hot, but not brand-spanking new):

Yumcious
95 on Morgenster
Bouchon Bistro
Dalliance
Outrage of Modesty
Homespun
Reverie Social Table
The General Store
Arcade Café
Raya Kitchen by Kitima
Lucky Bao and Asian Shake Bar
La Belle Bistro & Bakery
Open Door at Constantia Uitsig
The Village Idiot
Byblos Trading Co
Loaves on Long
My Sugar
Imibala Restaurant and Deli
Nomad Bistro Fusion
Con Brio Bistro
Batavia Cafe
Bacon on Bree
Jarryd’s Espresso Bar & Eatery
Riverway Cafe

Disclaimer:

The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 17 January 2017

54 Responses to “The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town”

  1. Corina

    What about Stepbrothers in town? Delicious Italian food and really worth a visit!

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  2. Abdel

    New Brighton Bakery in Woodstock. Best halaal eatery in CT.

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  3. Lindi

    Can anyone tell me if the new restaurant, Bertus Basson @ The Ritz have opened yet? I am struggling to find any info on this restaurant. Can not get hold of the hotel either. Any feedback appreciated!

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  4. Jeremy

    found a gem of a restaurant in simons town, called mangata food was of the same standard i have had at top ten restaurants. so if there was a gem worth finding id say send some one to have a look. I’m no expert but think its as good as any where in cape town.

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  5. Sarah Jessica

    Kleinskys in sea point! Great place, great food, great service. Definitely a must

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  6. Ralph

    My wife and I eat out almost daily and each time I check in to the resturant on Facebook
    Many of our friends have suggested that we become food and resturant critics or just blog. How should we go about. Perhaps we could become a part of the inside guide

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  7. Greg

    Forage at Wildekrans is also relaunching end of October. Good things happening over the mountain as a lot of new top eateries and chefs have moved to the Overberg region.

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    • The Inside Guide

      Indeed Greg! It’s an exciting place to be! We hear great things about Wildekrans. Thank you.

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  8. WDN

    Gastao’s tapas & craft beer in Tygerwaterfront?

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  9. Martin

    Have you been to De Grendel Restaurant?

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    • The Inside Guide

      Hi Martin
      We have! It’s great, but it’s not new. You will notice that our list here includes the restaurants that have opened in the past three months (and up to a year ago).

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      • Louise

        How about Homespun by Matt in Blouberg? Nicer than a few of the places on your list, relatively new and doing incredibly well.

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        • The Inside Guide

          Hi Louise

          Thanks for your opinion. Homespun was on our list last year, soon after it opened. This list is dedicated to the latest openings.

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  10. Stacey

    Tried dalliance based on this post and it’s definitely not a dinner spot! It might be fine for a quick shopping breast but definitely not okay for a dinner. Might be worth adding that to the review.

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    • The Inside Guide

      We totally agree, Stacey. Those portions do not touch sides.

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  11. Tony

    Lucky Bao in Hout Bay is really good fun.

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  12. Malibongwe Restaurant

    Malibongwe is a restaurant in lookout hill khayelitsha if your looking for an african experance malibongwe is the place for more info contacr Thando on 0213876259

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  13. Jez

    Great article! Very in-depth, covering lots of places and super-useful reviews for foreigners visiting Cape Town – thank you!

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  14. Sophia Stopford

    Tableview definitely has some good restaurants that are worthy being added to this list. One that comes to mind, is Homespun!

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  15. giusi

    What about the Vesuvio Pizza in tyger water front?

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  16. Manu Siegel

    It’s great to be updated

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  17. Kieran

    Charango?

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  18. Colleen

    Good to see all these great places in and around town – but I would like to draw your attention to a real hidden gem – its new. Its called Saltwater Grill in Pinelands – ideal for those that live in Observatory and surrounding areas. Specializes in Seafood – I can only say awesome!!!

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  19. Soraya Bhamjee

    How do we get our restaurant on your list please

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  20. Jeane

    Been to Nomad, the village idiot. Both very very good & beautiful spaces.

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  21. Ash

    Another new restaurant is Midtown an authentic Middle-Eastern restaurant and bar in Cape Town, CBD serving flavour forward food that honours Middle Eastern traditions and marries them with unexpected cuisines from around the world. Taking culinary cues mainly from the Middle East, Italy and France.

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    • Ron

      Midtown was great, met friends there for a dinner on Saturday, a bit quiet to start but got very vibey. Nice music selection and food was fantastic. Great Mezze but found the variety on the menu a bit strange. Nancho’s, Thai Salad and Greek Salad in a Middle Eastern Restaurant ???
      Overall brilliant

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  22. Eyab curling

    Thank you for the vote for August Deli. We are truly blessed and proud to be part of this list.

    Thank you again
    James and Ryan
    August Deli

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  23. wayne

    I am looking for a place for our dinner club for next Tuesday the 8th. Some thing in Cape Town which is special and vibey. Ideas please!

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  24. Bruno

    Try out Giulio’s cafe in the CBD 16 long street. His ever changing mangia table and amazing coffee and designer decor is the cbds new trendy bistro/café. It has been open 3 weeks now to rave reviews too. The owner worked under Jamie Oliver and even has his italian mama in the café to give the extra cape town metropolitan eurocentric vibe! You wont be disappointed

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  25. Julia Hattingh

    Reverie Social Table! social dining concept opening 1 October in Observatory- not to be missed!

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  26. Jeanne

    Am a difficult one to feed but at Rustica the always find a way to see that I get what suits me

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  27. Rachel

    Great article and love hearing about new places, but I feel like the author has something against Table View…

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  28. Sammy

    So awesome that Cape Town has become such a foodie capital! I must say my best Cape Town Foodie Experience has been The Table d’Hote at The Flagship in Simon’s Town, they are number 7 on tripadvisor in Cape Town, the place just rocks! Also love Stardust…

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  29. Charisse

    Delmar the new mexican fusion restaurant in Camps bay next to Blues is pretty incredible with their Michelin Star Mexican cheff

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  30. Wanita

    I Was very disappointed that not one place in Observatory was mentioned. Best value for money and the most amazing places. Honeybun, Obz Cafe, Jerrys burger, 1890 sushi. You should do an article just on the amazing pretentious places in Obz

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  31. Jason Whitehead

    Bacon On Bree and Open Door – both must visits!

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  32. Nick

    Don’t forget PJ Vadas’ Hog House in Pinelands/Ndabeni that opened a couple of weeks ago. Classy smokehouse food and a brewery to come once they get their licence…

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  33. Raoul Eurenius

    Fills my heart with pride, living all this way away in Sweden….
    Cape Town is where I was born and partly bred – yet I always carry a bit of it within my being….
    I love the very act and ritual of food….

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  34. Grant

    Truly the best , tastiest fare at Lime Tree Cafe , in Bergvliet

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  35. nicola townsend

    Where is eighty 8? X

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  36. Filippa

    And a very new (1 week old) cafe for your list is The Shala Cafe, 15 Wandel Street, Dunkley Square.

    The Shala Cafe is a plant-based, soul food cafe in Dunkley Square, Cape Town.

    Our menu, is seasonal and flexible – a tenet that allows us to uplift local, small-scale farmers through buying their produce and close the loop from farm to table.

    We aim to be a zero-waste cafe – an opportunity to be an expression of a world of abundance – our food scraps find their way back into the ground as compost, surplus produce diverted to the hungry through Food 4 Thought, used coffee grounds become chicken feed and trading directly with farmers reduces unnecessary packaging.

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  37. Paul

    Belsol Camps Bay – very poor, would never go back, over priced and boring menu / food.

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  38. Simone Factor

    Great article! I shall have fun trying all these spots!!!

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  39. Helga Groenewald

    We ate at Volare a few weeks ago and were very disappointed! The menu was limited, and it was definitely not value for money.
    I ordered slow roasted lamb for R150-00 , it was dry and tasteless and served with nothing more than a token decoration or two on the side.The manager was defensive and did not appreciate our criticism. We will definitely not be going back!

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  40. Richard Jooste

    I have to agree with Sandy Pedersen.

    Quite surprising indeed.

    Catch up guys…..catch up

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  41. Sandy pedersen

    Surprised The Eatery Wood Fired Grill Wynberg is not listed! Awesome food, atmosphere, staff. Plus, it’s strictly BYOB!

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  42. Rael

    Lime Tree Cafe has been creating waves in Bergvliet since September. Firm favourite for followers of creative chef Graham Isaacson!

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  43. shashoe

    Try Graze Kenilworth. Awesome

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  44. Viv Burgess

    Great to hear of new restaurants in CT. We visit a least once a month for a few days & eat out most nights so having a god list is ideal.

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  45. Jess

    Surprised Eighty Ate isn’t on here 🙂

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