The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2019

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2019

The Mother City's food scene is exploding, with an eclectic mix of restaurants popping up faster than you can say “tuna ceviche”.

Cape Town is ranked among the top culinary capitals of the world, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Sydney, London, Tokyo and Barcelona. We certainly are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining in our magnificent city – from tried-and-tested favourites to lesser-known gems and, of course, speciality restaurants, the options are endless.

Still, the city’s impressive foodscape continues to bulge, with new eateries opening up faster than you can knock back a tequila – all of which are ready when you are! We’ve rounded up the latest additions below – and even added some that are about to swing open their doors, because forewarned is forearmed! (And, we’re all about giving you the Inside Track, so to speak.) We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

1. FYN

Fyn: The Best New Restaurant

It’s been 22 years in the making, and it shows! Not a stone has been left unturned at Peter Tempelhoff’s brand-new 60-seater urban eatery, which he co-owns with Jennifer Hugé (general manager) and Ashley Moss (executive chef) – a dynamic and assured threesome. FYN’s menu (and decor) is African-inspired, with an overarching Japanese aesthetic, making for an utterly seductive (and delicious) combination of tastes, flavours, textures and styles.
The restaurant’s fast-paced innercity location informs the menu – a condensed five-course kaiseki-style experience – with some of the most original wine pairings, courtesy of Jennifer (who spent 17 years at La Colombe as sommelier and manager). Bravo! We hope this signals an end to long, drawn-out menus everywhere.
As for the setting, the restaurant perches on the fifth floor, boasting sky-high views of Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. The interiors are sophisticated, warm, up-to-the-minute, with the kitchen in the centre of the space.
One of the many highlights of my meal was sipping bubbly from a coupe. So chic! So now! Full review coming soon.
Opened November 2018
Book through DinePlan
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

2. Grub & Vine

Grub and Vine

“So, this is Grub & Vine,” says chef Matt Manning as he welcomes us into his brand-new bistro on Bree Street. “Small, vibey, honest, unpretentious,” he adds in his signature Essex accent – a description, we soon discover to be a gross understatement, when we take the first mouthful of our starters: heritage tomato, fig and burrata salad, and chargrilled broccoli, pear and cheese salad.
Thirty-year-old Matt has certainly hit a culinary sweet spot – and filled a gap in the discerning-foodie market: beautifully prepared and executed dishes that taste heavenly – with none of the pomp and ponceyness that often accompany upscale dining experiences.
The characterful interiors – distressed concrete floors, avian prints, rattan chairs, atmospheric hanging lights and pot plants everywhere – enhance the buzzy vibe in the compact 40-seater. That, and the fact that the galley is on show, so diners can watch Matt and his busy team while they wait for their meal.
X factor The restaurant is housed in the same building as Frogitt & Vonkel, an elegant wine bar that stocks some of the best small-batch and boutique wines we have ever tasted. Passionate and knowledgeable owner John Woodward will tantalise your taste buds with some rare and exceptional gems – before or after your meal.
Do not leave without trying the blackberry almond cake with fig, honey custard and honeycomb – cloying and comforting!
Opened December 2018
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 2:30 pm; 6pm – 9.45pm
Saturday, 4.30pm – 9.45pm
Contact info@mattmanningchef.com
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Where to find it 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

3. Bones Kitchen and Bar

Bones: Best New Restaurant

Cape Town’s burgeoning fine-dining scene – with limited casual-dining options in Woodstock – prompted Rudi Minnaar to open an accessible, uncomplicated and excellently executed eatery for locals. Doing away with froths and foams, the food is the focus at Bones: maximum flavour; no fanfare. A collaboration between Rudi, who’s co-owned a string of successful restaurants in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and chefs Bella McLeod (previously The Brasserie) and Brendon November (previously La Colombe and Bistro Sixteen82), the result is a masterful team that serves superb casual fare with on-point service. Their philosophy is simple: Value for money.
As for the restaurant’s name… Bones are the base of any stock worth its salt (and stock the base of any memorable sauce), so the name speaks to the essence of a good plate of food, and the bare-bones approach with which each dish is conceived.
Opened October 2018
Opening times 8am – 11pm (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Contact 021 286 6208, info@boneskitchenandbar.co.za
Where to find it Palms Lifestyle Centre, Woodstock, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

4. The Green Goose Eatery

Green Goose: The Best New Restaurants in Cape Town

“No-bullshit-haute-cuisine” is how chef Gustaaf Boshoff describes his culinary vision at The Green Goose Eatery, a laid-back streetside establishment in the good old town of Stellenbosch. Gustaaf keeps it simple, yet flavourful, with dishes inspired by his travels around the world. Small plates, such as pork belly and “Kaapse fried chicken” are available for sharing, and main dishes include offerings like pearl barley risotto, slow braised lamb moussaka, and sirloin with mushrooms and root vegetables. The menu changes seasonally, and there’s a lot of focus on the specials board, with the linefish (sourced using Abalobi, an app that connects restaurants directly with small-scale fisheries) changing weekly. There’s also a neat drinks menu, with cocktails, beer and a fine selection of wine and bubbly.
Opening times Monday, 4pm – 10pm; Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 10pm; Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 087 807 7092, eat@thegreengoose.co.za
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Where to find it Mill Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

5. Belly of the Beast

Belly of the Beast East City

This online-bookings-only fine-dining restaurant sprang up rather sneakily on Harrington Street when it opened on 21 August 2018. Owner-chef Neil chose to pursue dreams of unhindered culinary creativity, roping in long-time friend Anouchka Horn, whom he met while working at Terroir Restaurant.
The industrio-mod eatery serves a maximum of 20 guests per service, which Neil explains: “Cooking dishes on a smaller scale enhances the depth of flavour of each element.” An entirely exposed kitchen lines one side of the small space, with a street-facing window on the other.
For R599 per person, you’re treated to a number of excellent courses, as well as bread service, a (life-changing) palette cleanser à la Anouchka, and an after-dessert delight (“a last hoorah”, as Neil calls it). You won’t find value like this anywhere else on the precinct.
Opened August 2018
Opening times Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday, 7pm – 10pm
Lunch (starting October 2019): Wednesday – Saturday, 12pm – 2pm
Contact 021 461 0335, eat@bellyofthebeast.co.za
Where to find it 110 Harrington Street, Cape Town
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Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

6. Chicha

ChiCha: New Restaurants in Cape Town

Finally – a sophisticated tapas restaurant-and-wine bar in Sea Point (enough fine-dining, thanks). But don’t let the “wine bar” bit fool you – this is a zero-pretence zone, with a massive wine list that includes wonderful by-the-glass options – the perfect accompaniment to small plates.
Excellent servers are more than happy (and more than capable) to make a wine recommendation based on your mood, while chef Julian Gabriel is even happier to make food recommendations to accompany said mood.
Our mood on the night was cool climate-inclined, so we opted for the Maastricht sauvignon, with chef Julian taking our cue. Are you ready for the best prawns of your life? Miso-marinated with a spicy lemon dressing. The IPA-marinated fillet, served with smoked bone marrow and noisette cauliflower, is unimaginably tender; and the local Chorizo, made with Inverroche Rum and served with apple chutney and crispy garlic, is an unexpected match made in heaven.
Although on the higher-end price scale, we thought ChiCha offered excellent value for money. We’re hurrying back to the street-facing open-window table for delectable easy summer eating with a side or people-watcihng.
Opening September 2018
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 11.30am – 11pm
Contact 087 470 0014
Where to find it 77 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

7. Avant-Garde Restaurant

Avant-Garde: The Best New Restaurants

When we heard that celebrated chef Michélle Theron had moved from Franschhoek (Pierneef à La Motte) to Stellenbosch, we had to get to the bottom of it! The award -winning chef, known for her boundless creativity and fine-tuned finesse, has taken up the position as head chef of Avante-Garde Restaurant at Hazendal Wine Estate.
The historic estate, which underwent a massive restoration in 2018, is owned by a Russian family and, as such, Michélle has deftly created a menu that pays homage to South African and Russian culture.
“I’ve created a contemporary blend of recipes that are unexpected, textured, delicious and healthy,” explains Michélle. “Guests can expect creative and diverse contemporary combinations of Russian and South African heritage cuisine.”
Open daily for lunch, the restaurant overlooks the Bottelary Hills, making it the perfect place for a special-occasion sojourn in Stellenbosch.
Opened December 2018
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 11.30am – 5pm (last order at 3.30pm)
Contact 021 205 5620, bookings@hazendal.co.za
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Where to find it Hazendal Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, Kuils River

8. Jewells

Jewells: The Best New Restaurant

Chefs Warehouse maestro Liam Tomlin has joined forces with charcuterie whizz Neil Jewell and baker extraordinaire Tina Jewell to open a farm-to-table eatery in the Paarl Winelands. The new restaurant has taken over the space formerly occupied by Bertus Basson at Spice Route and is due to open for Easter 2019. As you’d expect, only the best-quality ingredients will be used in the dishes: vegetables and herbs from Spice Route’s surrounding farmland, and organic Red Angus beef from Charles Back’s herd.
The experimental winelist comprises a Spice Route selection, including a new range of natural wines, produced in clay vats from Georgia (in Europe, one of the world’s oldest wine-producing regions).
With three talented chefs at the helm, a beautiful winelands location, and farm-fresh produce – we’ve no doubt Jewells will shine bright like a diamond. Watch this space!
Opening June 2019
Contact 021 863 5200, info@spiceroute.co.za
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Where to find it Spice Route Destination, Suid Agter Paarl Road, Suider Paarl

9. Gåte

Gate: The Best New Restaurants

On the slopes of the majestic Simonsberg Mountains lies Quoin Rock Wine Estate, home to the highly anticipated Gåte Restaurant that officially launched on 8 November 2018. The contemporary yet intimate 40-seater restaurant serves beautifully plated dishes to match the breathtaking location, and was until recently headed by executive chef Rikku Ò’Donnchü and head chef Warwick King until mid-April 2019, when the duo announced their departure. (Subscribe to our weekly newsletter for news of the new executive chef.)
The food If you’re into MG (molecular gastronomy), you’re going to love this. The 16-course tasting menu is a riot of foams, froths, espumas and the like.
Good to know There’s a vegetarian tasting menu, too, that’s as extravagant as the original.
Cost R1 250 (16-course tasting menu: regular and vegetarian)
R1 850 (16-course tasting menu with wine)
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6.30pm – 10pm
Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
Contact 021 888 4750, info@gaterestaurant.co.za
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Where to find it Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch

10. Bao Down

Bao Down Hottest New
Visi

Big things, they say, come in small packages – which is certainly the case for Oranjezicht’s newest culinary gem, Bao Down. Though it’s only been open for a month or so, this Asian-American 28-seater restaurant always seems packed to the brim with regulars looking for flavoursome dishes.
Behind a green-mosaic exterior, former head chef of Chefs Warehouse, Graham Oldfield, has devised a concise menu of six mains, two sides, and a dessert of the day, while his wife Philippa has created a beautifully calm space, with soft-pink interior walls, vintage exotic-bird prints, antique mirrors and origami-esque lights.
The food The plates may be small but what they lack in size, they make up in flavour. Bao buns, moreish spicy chicken wings, and delicious beef brisket are just a few of the items on offer, artfully plated on crockery from Chinese supermarkets across Cape Town.
Opened June 2018
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 10pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3pm
Contact 066 022 1165, restaurantbaodown@gmail.com
Where to find it 3 Vredehoek Avenue, Oranjezicht, Cape Town

11. Mykonos Taverna Newlands

Mykonos Taverna: New Restaurants Cape Town
Brought to you by veteran restaurateur Dimitri Peroglou (owner of Mykonos in Sea Point) and his wife Vicky, this new addition to Newlands continues the proud traditions of the original and much-loved Sea Point branch, which was established by Dimitri’s father Peter Peroglou back in the ’80s. If you’ve eaten at Mykonos before, you’ll know what to expect: lip-smacking Greek grub, from mezze and moussaka to seafood, skewers, souvlaki and kleftiko lamb shank – and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere.
Opened April 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11.30am – 10.30pm
Contact 021 685 0139, info@mykonostaverna.co.za
Where to find it 37A Dean Street, Newlands, Cape Town

12. The Athletic Club & Social

The Athletic Club and Social: The Best New Restaurants in Cape Town

With tasselled bucket chairs covered in velvet, herringbone wooden floors decked with layers of Persian rugs, leather booths and marble tabletops, this sophisticated watering hole feels like a dream you can touch. Housed in a restored three-storey heritage building dating back to 1900, it’s home to three bars and a restaurant. Drenched in history, the building once served as an underground speakeasy of sorts where people from all walks could socialise (without being arrested for violating the Group Areas Act during apartheid).
As for the food (Mediterranean-style tapas), it’s excellent, as is the service and ambience.
Opened December 2018
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 12pm – 11pm
Friday – Saturday, 12pm – 2am (kitchen closes at 10pm)
Contact 021 012 533, info@theathletic.co.za
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Where to find it 35 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

13. Yu Asian Tapas & Bar

Yu: The Best New Restaurants

Situated at the swanky new Onyx Hotel in downtown Cape Town, this Asian-inspired eatery fits in well with the establishment’s cosmopolitan New York feel. It offers a sophisticated tapas experience, complete with sake bar for young professionals to enjoy after work drinks. The restaurant is run by 30-year-old Zimbabwean Tapiwa Munyawiri, who started his career as a porter at a hotel in Johannesburg; and worked his way up through the hospitality industry over the course of eight years.
Opened March 2019
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 11pm
Contact 011 205 6699, yu@theonyx.co.za
Where to find it 57 Heerengracht Street, The Onyx Hotel, Cape Town

14. Macau Asian Tavern

New Restaurants: Macau Asian Tavern

Situated in the characterful Victorian building that was once home to the peerless Savoy Cabbage, Macau Asian Tavern offers Capetonians a taste of Macanese cuisine (a flavour-rich combination of Portuguese and Chinese influences originating in the south China province of Macau).
The restaurant is a collaboration between charismatic master chef Lai Kuan Geo (formerly Kitima at The Kronendal in Hout Bay) and restaurateur extraordinaire Seelan Sundoo (of Sundoo South Indian Tapas in Sea Point; Chicha, also in Sea Point; and Seelan Bistro & Bar at the V&A Waterfront).
Downstairs, a dining section with booths and a bar beckons (the kind you’d expect to see in a sushi or ramen restaurant), while upstairs is a decidedly more genteel cocktail bar and lounge.
The food Are you ready to take your tastebuds on a journey of discovery? If so, buckle up and brace yourselves for Goan curries, Hong Kong-style barbeque dishes, Portuguese chicken (a Macanese dish that blends chicken with Portuguese sauce, resembling a yellow curry), pork chop buns, pig’s ears, papaya salad, and the ever-popular egg tart (the Macanese take on the pastéis de nata).
Interesting tidbit The south China province of Macau was ruled by the Portuguese until 1999, hence the unique cuisine. The region is often referred to as the “Las Vegas of Asia” because of its thriving casino industry.
Opening November 2018
Contact 082 901 7669 (temporary number)
Where to find it 101 Hout Street, Cape Town City Centre

15. Eike

Eike New Restaurant
Claire Gunn

Everybody’s favourite “hogwart”, Bertus Basson has opened his sixth restaurant – in an historic building on Stellenbosch’s Dorp Street. An homage to Eikestad (the city of oaks), the intimate space is beautifully styled – think sumptuous emerald-green velvet chairs, an up-to-the-minute geometric-tiled wall and a kitchen that overlooks the 30-seater dining area.
Food-wise, the six-course dinner menu (R850) is a paean to the seasons, serving dishes that reflect Bertus and chef Kyle du Plooy’s passion for South African flavours. The utterly moreish roasted kale amuse bouche sets the tone for this creative feast; other highlights include the lamb-tartare bobotie; sliced plankievleis (steak); and the macadamia fudge, but my very favourite was the wildebeest, macadamia and celeriac morsel, served on edible rice paper and dramatically displayed on a giraffe’s shoulder blade –  bravissimo! There is no limit to these two chefs’ imaginations.
And, to match the food, the wine list is wonderfully curated, with some unexpected and rare gems.
Says Bertus: “Eike is the expression of being South African. It’s a celebration of local cuisine, inspired by childhood memories of classic dishes and travels through the physical and cultural landscape of our diverse land. And, it’s our only eatery where we offer a set menu.”
Good to know Unlike other fine-dining experiences, you won’t leave hungry – that’s Bertus’s promise!
Opened August 2018
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – late
Contact 021 007 4231, info@eikerestaurant.com
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it 50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

16. The Commissary

Shortmarket Club New Restaurant

Taking over the space formerly occupied by Outrage of Modesty, this new restaurant will be headed by The Shortmarket Club’s chef Wesley Randles in the kitchen, and Simon Widdison in the front-of-house. Information is scarce at the moment, but we’re all excited to see what these culinary veterans have in store for us at this new venue. The name has yet to be decided; we’ll keep you posted!
Opening 1 November 2018
Where to find it 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre

17. Blockhouse Kitchen

Blockhouse Kitchen: New Restaurants Cape Town

Chef Brad Ball returns to the beautiful Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate, where he served as executive chef more than 12 years ago when it was River Café. Loyal fans of that restaurant will certainly recognise some dishes from the original River Café menu, which Brad has tweaked and reincarnated – the utterly moreish salt and vinegar chips that are served with the soda-and-spice-battered hake, for example; the sticky pudding, and the heavenly eggs benedict – all of which taste as ambrosial as we remember them.
It’s a modern, airy and beautifully dressed 250-seater space, offering a chic yet child-friendly dining experience. (We visited on Mother’s Day weekend and it was packed to the brim.) “It’s a big restaurant, and our aim is to fill it at every service,” says Brad. “Most of our team have worked in high-volume spaces, so they can definitely handle the numbers.”
The restaurant’s tagline: “Social. Seasonal. Simple” echoes this sentiment. Here, you’ll find easy-to-eat comfort food. If you’re looking for highfalutin haute cuisine, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Opened May 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8am –11.30am, 12pm – 10.30pm; Sunday & Monday, 8am – 11.30am, 12pm – 5pm
Contact 021 794 3010, info@bhkitchen.co.za
Where to find it Spaanschemat River Road, Fir Grove, Cape Town

18. Ding Dong

Ding Dong: The Best New Restaurants

Inspired by Japanese tachinomi (standing bars) that cater to the fast-paced lifestyle of businesspeople and young professionals by providing quick service comes this new spot in De Waterkant from restaurateur Cheyne Morrisby. Ding Dong took over the space formerly occupied by Lucky Bao, and offers a range of wines and Japanese-inspired cocktails, such as the ichi (rum, sochu, fresh ginger and ginger beer). Food-wise, expect the kind of small, flavourful plates you’d find in an izikaya (Japanese tavern), such as oysters with wasabi and green chilli; swordfish sashimi; and tuna temaco sandwiches.
Opened November 2018
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 4pm – late; Friday & Saturday, 12pm – 3pm, 4pm – late
Contact 079 067 4919, cheynesrestaurant@gmail.com
Where to find it 47 Napier Street, De Waterkant

19. Gigi Rooftop at Gorgeous George

GiGi Rooftop: Best New Restaurant

This Euro-chic café is situated on the roof of Gorgeous George, one of 300 hotels worldwide that form part of the Design Hotels stable. Decor-wise, expect boundary-pushing decor and design in a relaxed atmosphere that is best summed up in the hotel’s philosophy: “Come for breakfast, stay for dinner”.
Executive chef Guy Bennett, who plied his trade at Buitenverwachting, Reuben’s at One&Only Cape Town, and Delaire Graff, has created a menu that combines his experience and as such guests will certainly taste classical French, Asian-fusion and South African flavours and influences.
Opening 18 April 2019
Contact 087 898 6000, hello@gorgeousgeorge.co.za
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it Gorgeous George, 118 St George’s Mall, Cape Town

20. Salsify at The Roundhouse

Roundhouse Hot New Restaurant

The Camps Bay institution, well-loved for its spectacular setting, will soon be receiving a Luke-Dale Roberts makeover (or should that be takeover?). You read right, the superstar chef and his wife Sandalene have earmarked the space for Luke’s protege Ryan Cole to showcase his talents as head chef. If the restaurant’s name is an omen of what’s to come, we’re looking forward to meaty vegetarian dishes and/or some tasty salsas. That’s about all we can surmise for now.
Opening October 2018
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it Roundhouse Road, Camps Bay

21. Viande

Viande: New Restaurants Cape Town
Charles Russell

Situated at the iconic Grande Roche Hotel – which was recently taken over by Paarl natives Hansie and Theresa Britz – this brand-new enterprise is helmed by celebrity chef Pete Goffe Wood. The French word for meat, Viande is country-style restaurant, with a nose-to-tail menu, explains Pete, who will also be involved in the hotel’s food and beverage operations. Herbs and vegetables will be sourced from the hotel’s garden.
The restaurant occupies the entire floor of the hotel’s main building, with overhanging chandeliers and a fireplace enhancing the grand old-world atmosphere. Set against the backdrop of the majestic Paarl mountains and vineyards, it’s sure to be a transportative dining experience.
Good to know The revamped hotel also houses a cocktail bar that serves innovative tapas dishes and a wide range of drinks, with a special focus on brandies.
Opening July 2019
Contact 021 863 5100, info@granderoche.co.za
Where to find it Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street, Paarl

22. Swan Café

Swan Cafe New Restaurant
Micky Hoyle

The unlikely new kid in Cape Town’s business district is a sexy French crêperie that oozes Parisian charm, style and panache. On the walls, representations of Leonardo da Vinci’s and Jean-Léon Gérôme’s Leda and the Swan swathe the crêperie in romantic mysticism, with accents of red, white and blue adding freshness. The delicious aromas of pancake batter, melting chocolate and brewing coffee will certainly lure you in, especially on a chilly winter morning.
The menu has something for everyone –  even health fiends, who’ll love the savoury, gluten-free, buckwheat-based galettes.
We recommend the chicken-and-mushroom crêpe with bechamel and truffle oil, or the goat’s cheese and caramelised apple with toasted walnuts, West Coast wild honey and thyme. On a sweeter note, expect classics such as cinnamon sugar and homemade salted caramel alongside new and exciting flavours of red wine-poached pears and dark chocolate ganache with candied walnuts. Every bite will have you singing “ooh la la, c’est magnifique!”
Opened May 2018
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 079 45 44 758, bonjour@swancafe.co.za
Where to find it Corner Buitenkant and Barrack Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town

23. 117Kloof

117Kloof: New Restaurants Cape Town
Brought to you by the team behind Yours Truly, this wonderfully eclectic oasis is housed in a converted workshop. An antique store and coffee shop rolled into one, the space also doubles as a nursery, where you can buy indoor plants.
The pièce de résistance is a 10-metre-long banquet table, where several times a week, guests can enjoy a three-course meal at the Chef’s Table.
Good to know The venue is hireable for hosting private events and occasions.
Opened May 2019
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday & Sunday, 8am – 3pm (117Kloof Store)
Daily, 6am – 3pm (117Kloof Coffee Hatch)
Contact 021 422 3788, info@yourstrulycafe.co.za
Where to find it 117 Kloof Street, Cape Town

24. Stargarden

Stargarden: Best New Restaurants

Owners Carina du Randt and Aldo du Plessis have combined their diverse talents and experience (she: an art curator and former gallery manager at Grande Provence; he: restaurant manager at Grande Provence and events manager at Boschendal) to create a warm and wonderful Angolan-style café and gin bar in the small suburb of Fishhoek. A giant star above the building will guide you there, and the quirkiness continues inside, with creative dishes, eclectic decor, a buzzy vibe atmosphere, and friendly service completing the picture. Regulars have described it as a Kalk Bay-style restaurant in Fish Hoek!
Opened October 2018
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 10 pm
Contact 084 639 4031, aldo.duplessis@gmail.com
Where to find it 150 Main Road, Fish Hoek, Cape Town

25. Cowboys & Cooks

Cowboys & Cooks: The Best New Restaurants

From well-known restaurateur Michael Townsend (founder of the Harbour House Group) and his partner Stuart Bailey (former owner of the Hussar Grill Restaurant Collection) comes this eagerly anticipated steakhouse, grill and bar that flaunts unapologetic rustic meat-feasting.
“I have always wanted to open a steakhouse in Cape Town,” explains Michael, which is surprising given his success in the seafood arena. But, with steakhouse stalwart Stuart as his partner, they’ve created a winner.
Located in Sunset Beach, Cowboys & Cooks is designed for meat connoisseurs. With a menu focusing on the best cuts of free-range meat available, this steakhouse is committed to serving. Delivering classic prime cuts such as Rib-eye, Rump and Fillet with an array of butters or sauces, the accumulation of forty years of restaurant experience between Townsend and Bailey permeates the bold menu with rich flavours and unapologetic feasting.
For those seeking something a bit lighter, try the Ostrich Loin served with a citrus reduction, the Mussels steamed in a garlic cream, or a fresh salad. Don’t forget to pair your chosen dish with local or international beers, the very best offering in local wines, and of course, a perfect view of the sun setting over the ocean.
Opened December 2018
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 2am
Contact 021 879 1923
Where to find it 4 Ocean Way, Sunset Beach, Milnerton

26. The Kind Kitchen

Kind Kitchen: New Restaurants

Kind to your tastebuds and to the planet, this vegan café and deli has loads going for it: delicious food, lots of parking (in Woodstock!) and positive vibes! But for me, the true test of a vegan restaurant isn’t if vegans like it; it’s if omnivores approve. The Kind Kitchen passes on both counts!
The food An impressive selection of breakfast options, smoothies, tacos, wraps, salads – as well as a superb range of cold-pressed juices – with humorous names (OJ Pimpson juice, Tropic Thunder smoothie, Ficken Mayo salad).
The kitchen is open daily for lunch, and for specially themed dinners from Tuesday to Friday (Taco Tuesdays, Ramen Wednesdays, Sushi Thursdays and Fish&Chip Fridays. The beer-battered avo taco and the banana blossom “fish” sounds amazing, as does the pulled jackfruit (a distant relation to pulled pork). There’s even milk tart and cheesecake on offer.
Good to know If you’re inspired by your meal – which you will be – you can pick up the ingredients from the deli to recreate it at home.
Friendly service, a welcoming air and fantastic food makes The Kind Kitchen a great addition to the Woodstock foodie scene.
Insider tip Can’t make it to Woodstock but in the mood for some deliciously healthy lunch? WhatsApp or call them for a delivery!
Opened 
September 2018
Opening times 
Monday, 11am – 3pm; Tuesday – Friday 11am – 8pm; Saturday, 11am – 3pm
Contact 
061 526 1358, info@thekindkitchen.co.za
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it 
252 Albert Rd, Woodstock Brewery, Shop 1, Woodstock, Cape Town
Reviewer 
Bridget McNulty

27. Bobo’s Brasserie

Bobo: The Best New Restaurant

The newest member of the Kove Collection has hit the Mouille Point strip, but you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d arrived at an utterly stylish slice of the French Riviera. In addition to sweeping views of the sparkling Atlantic, an extremely Insta-worthy (no to mention on-trend) interior, a cool playlist, and a chichi vibe, this cosmopolitan hotspot serves a wonderful selection of cocktails, wines and spirits inspired by the Capetonian summer. The best part? There’s a fabulous menu of modern bistro-inspired fare, should you get snacky during or after cocktail hour!
Whether you relax on the spacious terrace, fire up a tête-à-tête in the plush, old-world library-bar-and-lounge, or enjoy a meal in the elegant restaurant section, you’ll leave feeling sated, with your pleasure tank in the black.
We recommend the leek and mussels! Superb. And the apple tarte tatin to finish.
Opened December 2018
Opening Times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 0214399027, info@bobosbrasserie.co.za
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it 1 Two Oceans Beach, Beach Rd, Mouille Point, Cape Town

28.Tjing Tjing

Tjing Tjing New Restaurant
Kleinjan Groenewald

After an imaginative overhaul, Tjing Tjing reopened in July 2018, bursting with energy, inspiration and a riot of sights and sounds. At street level, you’ll find the buzzy Torii, where the pulsating pace, ultra-cool electro-indie beats, Harajuku-inspired decor and on-the-ball service are the perfect backdrop for flavour-popping, designed-to-share Japanese street food.
The first floor is home to the low-slung, reservations-only Momiji Bar, and the cool and composed Momiji restaurant, where diners can enjoy a 12-course kaiseki (multi-course haute cuisine) menu that pays homage to the seasons.
And, the cherry on top, is the perennial rooftop bar where top-drawer tipples, a selection of Japanese snacks and ice-cool beats are the order of the night.
As they say in Osaka: “Kanpai!” (Cheers!)
Opened July 2018
Opening times 10am – late
Contact 021 422 4374, info@tjingtjing.co.za
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

29. Riverine Rabbit

Riverine Rabbit

Like a hare in the headlines, this brand-new eatery, brought to you by sister duo Ash Heeger (of the now closed Ash restaurant) and Mandy van der Berg, opened in October 2018. Just off the tourist track on Cape Town’s Church Street, the sophisticated spot is named after the nearly extinct Karoo animal, and is set to offer diners an exquisite selection of handcrafted menu items, while opening their minds to the importance of sustainability and conscious cooking. Guests will be able to select from a short three-course offering, a five-course reduced tasting menu, or go all the way with a carefully curated seven-course degustation, paired with carefully selected wines, and even an exciting Chef’s Table experience.
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 9pm
Contact info@riverinerabbit.com
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it 81 Church Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

30. Protégé

Protege

It’s no secret that Franschhoek is bursting at the seams with fine-dining eateries, so the decision to open a casual restaurant in the valley is certainly savvy. From renowned chef-proprietor Scot Kirton (La Colombe, La Petite Colombe and Foxcroft) comes Protégé, a new culinary destination at Le Quartier Français. Aptly named, the restaurant will provide young talented chefs the opportunity of honing their skills, with chef Stephen Raaff heading the kitchen.
Scot wanted to create a place that locals could call home, while enjoying top-quality, seasonally driven comfort food.
The restaurant space has been designed around the central show kitchen, with al fresco dining areas at both ends to ensure a wonderful dining experience carefully considered by interior wizards, Rotem Shachar and Megan Bon.
Opening October 2018
Opening times Monday – Sunday
Breakfast: 7am – 10am
Lunch: 12pm – 2pm
Dinner: 5.30pm – 8.30pm
Contact 021 492 2222
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it Le Quartier Français, Corner Berg Street and Wilhelmina Street, Franschhoek

31. GoodFood

GoodFood: New Restaurants Cape Town

Not quite a market, not quite restaurant, this foodhall-style space brings together a carefully curated selection of food and beverage providers under one roof. Guests will be able to enjoy a wide range of offerings, from breakfast bowls to vegan curries, from the likes of Woodstock Waffles, Salushi Express, Gourmet Grubb, Vagabond Kitchens, The Woodlands Eatery, Prashad Café and Truck Norris. Though everyone’s welcome, the food-hall experience is probably best suited to young professionals and creatives, working or living in the area, who can order takeaways or enjoy their meal at one of the communal tables.
There’s also GoodBar, a platform for exceptional cocktail mixers; and GoodCoffee, a collaboration with Rosetta Roastery and Nuude Studio.
Opened June 2019
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7am – 9pm
Contact 061 606 9114, connect@peopleofgood.com
Where to find it The Ironworks Building, 187 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

32. Lapo’s Kitchen

Lapo Kitchen: The Best New Restaurants

Brought to you by chef Lapo Magni, Lapo’s Kitchen strives to create an authentic Italian dining experience, where it’s not just about the food, but the social element as well. Originally hosted at Lapo’s characterful home in Observatory, the experience has moved to a new location at the historic Josephine’s Mill, the Western Cape’s only fully functioning water mill.
Here, guests gather around a long table beside a babbling brook, and engage in conversation while Lapo prepares and serves a six-course meal utilising fresh, seasonal ingredients. The experience caters to small groups to preserve an intimate environment (in Italian culture, meals are a social event, as well as a means to fill one’s stomach), and Lapo’s knowledge and enthusiasm for the culinary arts enhances the occasion as he provides detailed introductions to each course.
Opened January 2019
Opening times Occurs on scheduled dates, and guests need to book their place in advance.
Contact 076 199 9189, info@laposkitchen.com
Book through DinePlan
Where to find it Josephine Mill Museum, 13 Boundary Road, Newlands, Cape Town

33. Lebanese Bakery

Lebanese Bakery: Best New Restaurant

Walking along Claremont’s busy Imam Haron Road – with its smorgasbord of stores ranging from pet care and bicycle shops to spice emporiums and quickie marts – you hardly expect to be met with the delicious smells wafting from the street’s newest resident, Lebanese Bakery. The intimate space, a deli and café, is bathed in natural light that floods in through large windows, with a clay pizza oven in the centre.
The menu is simple offering variations of manakish (Middle Eastern flatbread), fatayer (Middle Eastern pies stuffed with cheese or spinach), and a ka’ak (Middle Eastern bagels). The fuss-free food arrives quickly and makes for a lovely light meal. Do yourself a favour and order a side of hommous (Lebanese hummus), which is served with olive oil (drizzled generously) and the most divine toasted bread.
Good to know If you can’t find a seat (a very real possibility, if the queue outside during Saturday lunch is anything to go by) fret not, they do take out!
Opened October 2018
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 6pm
Saturday, 7.30am – 3pm
Contact 021 671 1522,
Where to find it 203 Imam Haron Road, Claremont, Cape Town
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

34. Pintxos Bar at Sotano

Pintxos Bar: New Restaurants Cape Town

Forget peanuts; pintxos should be your bar snack of choice. A cornerstone of northern Spanish culture, pintxos (pronounced “peen-chos”) are similar to tapas but have the origins in Basque country. Traditionally consisting of a small slice of bread topped with some ingredients and pierced by a toothpick, these flavourful snacks are served in taverns and enjoyed with alcohol following a hard day’s work.
Now Capetonians can enjoy the same experience at Sotano on Bree, where the Mother City’s first pintxos bar sits within a Mediterranean-style lobby with a crackling fireplace. A range of cocktails, craft beers and South African wines are available to accompany your pintxos, as is the Spanish way.
The pintxos themselves range from R15 to R50, and include interesting combinations such as tuna remoulade with sliced black olives; cream cheese and aioli with anchovy and basil pesto; and prawn with boiled egg and salmon roe. Prosciutto (thinly sliced dry-cooked ham) on the bone is also available, courtesy of charcuterie master Richard Bosman.
Opened March 2019
Opening times Daily, 7am – 11pm
Contact 021 422 0567, info@sotano.co.za
Where to find it 199 Bree Street, Cape Town

35. Saltwater Grill Durbanville

Saltwater Grill Durbanville: The Best New Restaurants
Neil Tomlinson

The popular Pinelands seafood restaurant has opened a branch in Durbanville, making a welcome addition to the burgeoning Northern Suburbs restaurant scene. Just like the Pinelands original, the new opening is fast becoming a favourite with locals, serving consistently high-quality seafood in relaxed surroundings. Landlubbers need not worry as there are steak and burger dishes available as well, along with some seductive desserts.
Opened December 2018
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 10.30pm
Contact 021 224 0063
Where to find it 33 Oxford Street, Durbanville

36. Sea Grill

Sea Grill: The Best New Restaurant

Appropriately situated a short distance from the ocean, this restaurant delivers as its clear-cut name implies: quality seafood dishes and platters, including grilled sea bass, prawn bisque pasta, Belgian-style moules-frites (mussels and fries), and good ol’ fish and chips.
We love the Baroque-style mural celebrating the beauty of a fresh haul, and daily specials scrawled on a chalkboard (keeping it old-school).
Oh, landlubbers of all sorts are welcome too, with options such as grilled sirloin and artichoke-and-pea risotto.
Opened September 2018
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12.30pm – 11pm
Contact 021 433 0789, info@seagrill.co.za
Where to find it 343 Main Road, Sea Point

37. Victoire’s Bakery

Victoire's Bakery

A baker and a rugby player meet up in France… No, this isn’t the start of a joke, but rather the beginning of Cape Town’s very own Parisian patisserie! The story dates back to 1952 when chef William Galzin opened the first Victoire Bakery in France. Some years later he met South African Drikus Hancke, who’d been in France for seven years playing rugby, and knew that he was the right partner for his Cape Town branch.
Now tucked away in Parliament Street, the Cape Town version of Victoire serves delicious and delicate freshly baked goods (made with free-range eggs and stone-ground flour with an added booster – developed by scientists – to give it the same quality and taste as French bakeries). The daily bakes are done under the expert eye and hand of Provençal native chef Manon Vieilledent, who was trained by chef William.
Soft music, exposed brick, and metal awnings complete the Parisian courtyard-café style that transports you from the streets of Cape Town and into a traditional French patisserie.
The food Being French (and having spent holidays sipping café au laits and devouring pains au chocolat), I entered Victoire’s with high expectations. And I am pleased to say that the pain au chocolats took me right back to my beloved Provence with every single bite. The macarons were also beautifully flavourful.
The build-your-own breakfast menu offers baguettes and croissants with all the traditional toppings, while the lunch menu is limited to a French-inspired dish of the day and hearty baguette sandwiches. Gourmands beware, the fruit tarts and eclairs will flirt with you from the bakery’s window…
Opening August 2018
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 5pm
Saturday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 021 286 2730, info@victoirebakery.africa
Where to find it 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Reviewer Alicia Chamaillé

38. Scarpetta

Scarpetta: The Best New Restaurants
Danillo Turilli

From the ebullient and experienced restaurateur Ricky Turilli comes his latest project: a homely dining space in a Victorian building on Roodebloem Road in Woodstock that captures the essence of Italian (and Jewish) culinary traditions. “I’m half-Jewish and half-Italian,” laughs the larger-than-life Ricky, whose previous projects include Andiamo at the Cape Quarter, and Zucca. “There’s so much overlap in the two cultures, especially when it comes to food and family. I like to call it Kosher Nostra,” chuckles Ricky.
As such, communal eating is the main event, with guests gathering around a festive table to enjoy generous helpings of comfort food. (Scarpetta, literally a small shoe in Italian, refers to the piece of bread Italians use to mop up leftover pasta sauce on their plate). Don’t be surprised if you encounter the Turilli clan celebrating their ritual Friday-night shabbat dinners here.
Hands-on Ricky handles everything from the cooking to the bookings. The menu is a concise list of Italian favourites, such as penne puttanesca and chicken al limone, and includes desserts like tiramisu and chocolate torte (baked by his wife). We recommend ordering off the daily specials chalkboard that Ricky concocts on the day.
The restaurant does not have a liquor license. “I’m happy for guests to bring their own,” says Ricky, “and we don’t charge a corkage fee.”
Opened January 2019
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 6pm – 10.30pm
Contact 083 251 0730, rickyturilli@gmail.com
Where to find it 85 Roodebloem Road, Woodstock
Reviewer Nikki Benatar

39. Unfiltered

Unfiltered: The Best New Restaurants in Cape Town

A collaboration between 24-year-old brewer James Williams (Rosebank Brewing Company) and Italian-food whizzes Matteo Santini and Maurizio Carlo (Woodlands Eatery), this new taproom on Kloof Street is, as its name implies, unadulterated and unpretentious – where excellent beer and uncomplicated, flavourful dishes do the talking.
“We initially wanted a very small menu,” says James, “but considering all the different types of people Kloof Street attracts, we had to be more eclectic with our food offering.” As such you’ll find thin-crust pizzas, tasty tacos, vibrant salads and juicy burgers.
Drinks-wise, there are currently eight craft beers on tap (with another eight in the pipeline), a selection of local wines, and fun cocktails.
Knockout nu-disco beats, coupled with simple interiors (in a characterful, heritage building) and friendly staff (who make their work look like such fun) make Unfiltered the perfect place for spontaneous after-work gatherings, rain or shine.
Don’t miss Unfiltered Fridays with a live DJ and mega vibes.
Good to know There are vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.
Opened January 2019
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 060 615 4917, james@rosebankbrewingcompany.co.za
Where to find it 18 Kloof Street, Cape Town

40. Lekker Vegan, Kloof Street

Lekker Vegan: The Hottest New Restaurants

This popular vegan joint has opened its second branch on Kloof Street and, like the Barrack Street branch, continues to be the gateway drug for fence-sitting omnivores. Conveniently nestled in between some of our favourite late-night watering holes, the cruelty-free junk-food joint is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, so it’s where you’re sure to spot (like-minded) vegan and non-vegan revellers, when the after-party munchies take hold. Place your order at the counter, grab a cold-pressed juice or Kombucha from the fridge (your liver and gut will thank you in the morning) and have a seat on the street-facing outdoor deck while you wait for your grub.
Stand-out dishes New on the menu is the Lekker Messy Gatsby. True to its name, don’t expect to leave with clean clothes, albeit a full belly. Comfort food indeed.
Opened November 2018
Opening times Monday – Thursday, 10am – 10pm
Friday & Saturday, 10am – 12am
Sunday, 11am – 9pm
Contact Send a direct message on Instagram or Facebook
Where to find it Shop 11A1 Palmhof Shopping Center, 105 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Reviewer Michelle de Bruin

41. Dalebrook Café

Dalebrook Deli New Restaurant

From passionate foodie Charmaine Lilje (of Chardonnay Deli in Constantia) comes this rustic restaurant in Kalk Bay in the spot once occupied by C’est La Vie. Charmaine, who trained under Olympia Café’s Kenneth McClarty and chefs Franck Dangereux and Luke Dale-Roberts, will be cooking up a storm at her new spot (it opens end-November 2018) for breakfast, lunch and dinner (three nights a week: Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
Located opposite the famous Dalebrook tidal pool, Dalebrook Café boasts fantastic sea views, a friendly atmosphere and, of course, scrumptious food. Swing past for a pre- or post-swim ice cream, coffee or freshly made superjuice. Or linger longer for a wholesome meal.
Don’t leave without stocking up on homemade breads, quiches, pies, cakes, pastries, granolas, olive oils, jams, fresh fruit and vegetables, and beautiful flowers from the deli section. This is a welcome addition to the strip, as Kalk Bay was seriously lacking in grocery stores!
Good to know Until their liquor license is approved, you can take your own wine.
Opens end-November 2018c
Opening times Sunday – Wednesday, 7am – 6pm
Thursday – Saturday, 7am – 9pm
Contact 021 795 0606, info@chardonnaydeli.co.za
Where to find it 20 Main Road, Kalk Bay, Cape Town

42. Kwéyòl

Kweyol: The Best New Restaurant

This Afro-Caribbean eatery is the latest addition to chef Giorgio Nava’s restaurant group, which includes 95 at Morgenster and Carne. The brainchild of supermodel Mala Bryan, who grew up on the island of St Lucia, Kwéyòl is the Caribbean word for Creole.
The tropical atmosphere – loads of greenery and a spectrum of island hues, enhanced by reggae and calypso beats – is intended to transport diners to the Caribbean. “I wanted to recreate a slice of home,” explains Mala. Food is served from 6.30pm onwards, but the after-work crew are welcome for cocktails from 5pm.
Expect an array of bold-flavoured traditional dishes, such as rice and beans, fried green bananas, and the tostones (twice-fried plantains drizzled in a rich garlic sauce) and fiery curried corn for starters; stewed lamb, beef and oxtail, grilled jerk chicken, pelau rice with peas, grilled pork, grilled prawns and Creole fish for mains; and key lime pie, banana flambé and mango sorbet for dessert.
Vegans and vegetarians are spoilt for choice with curried chickpeas, curried soya chunks, and Ital stew (a Rastafarian dish of okra, peas, butternut, carrots and plantains). End the night Papa’s Peanut Rum Punch to soothe your palette.
Opened December 2018
Opening Times Monday – Saturday, 5pm – late (food is served from 6.30pm)
Contact 021 424 5306
Where to find 54 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Reviewer Francesca Gransden

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

Seven
Table Seven
Upper Bloem
Janse & Co
The Poké Co.
Foxcroft
La Tête
Thali
The Shortmarket Club
Seabreeze Fish and Shell
Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia
The Granary Cafe at the Silo Hotel
The Stack
Shio
Scheckter’s Raw
Bouchon Bistro
Schoon
La Petite Colombe

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Time of publication: 10 April 2019

11 Responses to “The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town 2019”

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    Jacinta Windham

    Very interested in reviews of new restaurants

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    Amishi

    I think My Favor8 Restaurant in Mandela Rhodes place Hotel is a great restaurant. They do great food. They are awesome.

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    carole

    looking forward to being in cape town for the first time in sept

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    Paul

    Dos Chido Mexican BBQ in Durbanville is amazing. They specialize in BBQ smoked meats.

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    Hennie

    Hi Would Like to Know why Fresh taste bistro Somerset West is not on this List
    They are one of The top 9 Cape town Restaurants on trip adviser and top 28 in Western Cape
    And They are nowhere to be found on sites ??? Why

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    Peter Munzig

    Thanks s lot for the latest overview. It is a shame that I have to wait a couple of months before I can start to enjoy lots of these places.

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    Edna Ngwenya

    Lekker Vegan, Grub n Vine and Nourishd – tried and tested, 100%!

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    Sarah

    I think the Sorrows has just closed

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