The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town

The Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town Cabo Beach Club

From streetfood joints to Michelin-standard establishments, there’s a clutch of new spots to try out!

Cape Town’s impressive foodscape continues to bulge, with new eateries popping up in and around the CBD, in the suburbs and as far afield as the Winelands – all of which are ready when you are!

We’ve rounded up the 40 most noteworthy restaurant openings in the Cape – 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.)

Let us know which are your favourites in the comments below.
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The Waterside

The Waterside La Colombe Group

The latest addition to La Colombe’s family of restaurants is an ocean-facing sibling – The Waterside – whose casual fine-dining menu promises sumptuous summer lunches and early suppers with views of Table Bay. A peek at head chef Roxy Mundie’s menu reveals glorious ocean-inspired surf-and-turf combinations: seabass and mussels with Black Forest ham; pork belly with scallops; crayfish cooked over the coals, served with roast quail. Dishes will change according to the best produce available at the time, with vegetarian versions available on request. For now, there will be a four-course menu with options for each course, along with bread, snacks and palate cleansers.
Opened December 2021
Cost R695 (four-course menu)
Contact details 021 879 6328, reservations@thewaterside.restaurant
Where to find it Slipway Corner, Pierhead (between NSRI and Life Grand Café), V&A Waterfront
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Hacienda

Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town: Hacienda

Just in time for winter, this cosy and cool “coastal Mexican” eatery is a worthy addition to the Bree Street strip, taking over the space previously occupied by Chefs Warehouse. From the gaucho-chic interiors (leather booths, dark-wood panelling, mosaic-tiled floors, ceramic drinkware) to the warm and professional service and the spice-flecked dishes, this hotspot is turning up the heat.
The menu, inspired by the spirit of Baja (a peninsula in northwestern Mexico), is divided into On Arrival, Entradas (starters), Platos y Tazones (plates and bowls), Fuego (grill), Postres (desserts) – all of which are designed to be shared. There’s also a Tequila section, naturally.
Everything we tried was superb, from the charcoal-grilled wagyu to the chorizo prawns and the seabass ceviche (a cunning combination of fresh-fresh fish, tiger’s milk, avo, Arbol chilli and salmon roe). A highlight was the trio of totopos (tortilla-like chips), served with three addictive salsas, and the deeply satisfying Mole Hacienda (ask your waiter for the full lowdown!) is another must-try! And leave space for the churros – heaven on a plate!
The humming vibe, flowing tequila and toe-tapping playlist of cool Latin tracks all lean towards a memorable evening out. Luckily, there’s a roomy bar counter where you can settle in for the evening, as you work your way through the tipples.
Opened 25 May 2022
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – late (kitchen closes at 10.30pm)
Contact 021 422 0128
Where to find it 92 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre
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Pier

Pier Waterside New

The newest addition to Scot Kirton’s restaurant empire is not “just another” La Colombe experience. Pier promises culinary adventure and theatrics, as expected, but with John Norris-Rogers in charge, the focus is clearly on the best flavours coaxed from the best local produce.
On offer is a set of 9 or 11 dishes running the gauntlet of the La Colombe group’s skills with aplomb – from the very first “snack” to the petit fours offered with the bill.
We were particularly impressed by the depth of flavour from the bone marrow butter with the bread course, the sublime tableside-poached oysters (in MCC velouté, and just warmed through to perfection) and the seamless integration of mussels, soubise and black forest ham. As for the crayfish course… so sensitively prepared, you could taste the sea. The lamb and aubergine with Israeli couscous and harissa stole the show, an intense ras-el-hanout jus perfectly complemented by the young pinotage served alongside.
The extra cheese course (all South African) is a joy to anyone averse to dessert, and the best we’ve had locally. The team traverses a spider-silk thread between theatrics, molecular gastronomy and old-fashioned French technique, overshadowing even the floor-to-ceiling vistas of the harbour and the elegantly understated décor. A dining experience of this stellar quality in the Waterfront is long overdue.
Opened December 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday; 12pm – 3pm; 6:30pm – late
Contact 021 879 6328, reservations@pier.restaurant
Where to find it Pierhead Building, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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De Eetkamer

Hottest New Restaurants: De Eetkamer

Yet another heritage building in Stellenbosch has been given a new lease on life, this time a former stable in Drostdy Street. Chef Marco Cardoso, who worked with Liam Tomlin for eight years (at Thali, Chefs Warehouse on Bree and La Cantina), has set up his own restaurant here, celebrating small-plate eating in an array of global flavours. Expect anything from Korean-style fried squid and Southeast Asian-style pork belly to risotto, gnocchi, and baked fish in coconut broth.
Opening April 2022
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 001 8308, de-eetkamer.co.za
Where to find it 3 Drostdy Road, Stellenbosch

Post & Pepper

Post and Pepper

On the corner of Bird and Plein Streets, Stellenbosch’s Old Post Office has undergone a complete makeover in the form of Post & Pepper. A dream come true for young chef (and owner) Jess Van Dyk (formerly La Colombe and Protégé) and restaurant manager Dimitri Hadzigrigoriou, who became friends while working at Protégé in Franschhoek. Both shared the desire to offer guests a fine dining restaurant experience without any stiffness or intimidating price tag – as chef Jess likes to call it: fun dining! Post & Pepper offers family-style dining with a seasonal, ever-changing menu where “flavour is always the focus,” says Jess. Guests can expect reinvented South African classics, such as koeksisters and skaapstertjies that have been infused with global influences resulting in delicious, flavoursome dishes.
Opened February 2022
Contact 021 203 5165, reception@postandpepper.co.za
Where to find it The Oude Postkantoor, Corner of Bird and Plein Street, Stellenbosch
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The Bailey

The Bailey Kitchen Chef Liam Tomlin

The chef with the kaleidoscopic mind is doing it again…Chef Liam Tomlin’s next culinary dream project is a three-storey, gourmet hub, ticking multiple boxes for a sophisticated, premium-quality experience – whether it be brunch, a special dinner or drinks with colleagues. Just across from Liam’s popular Pinchos bar at Heritage Square, this historical building with its high ceilings and large windows is being transformed into a glorious foodie destination.
On the ground floor you’ll find a glam patisserie, a champagne and cocktail bar and an eatery serving all-day breakfasts, brunches and lunches (a high tea offering will be added later). The middle floor will be home to a classic European-style brasserie, complete with maître d’ to ensure top-level service and hospitality. And upstairs, a wine and whisky bar for aficionados, with relaxed terrace seating. For Liam, it’s all about creating a place where like-minded adults can meet, eat and drink in good company.
Opened June 2022
Contact reservations@the-bailey.co.za
Where to find it 91 Bree Street, Cape Town CBD

Café Noir

Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town: Cafe Noir

Taking over the Origin Coffee Roasting space at night, Café Noir is a buzzy pop-up cocktail bar and eatery that also serves great coffee. While mixologist Nicholas Crouse crafts intriguing cocktails, chef Ayanda Matomela (whose work experience includes a stint at Michelin-starred JAN) plays with local ingredients and childhood flavour memories, devising a deliciously clever menu of small plates that reflect his African heritage. Think samp-and-beans croquettes, pap and chakalaka, rooibos kombucha pork belly and confit duck leg, finishing with amasi-and-sorghum cheesecake, or plum-and-millet tart with sweet-potato ice cream. And the Origin team provide their full speciality coffee and tea offering, so that after-work drinks quickly turn into dinner and a fun night out on the town.
Opened March 2022
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 6pm – late
Contact 067 404 7343 info@originroasting.co.za
Where to find it Origin Coffee Roasting, 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant
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Ouzeri

What began as a series of pop-ups and a home-delivery offering, Ouzeri has blossomed into a convivial restaurant on Cape Town’s Wale Street, inspired by owner-chef Nic Charalambous’ family’s Cypriot heritage. Here, he recreates the regional cooking of Cyprus and Greece alongside a string of contemporary plates inspired by his travels through the Mediterranean. Snacks, mezze plates and mains feature classic comfort dishes like yiouvetsi and octopus stifado and beautiful pork chops with braised lentils and lots of wild winter greens. Nic uses a charcoal grill to cook fish and seafood, thin cut lamb chops and homemade sausages, accompanied by authentic and consciously selected wines, and an eclectic music selection that promises a lively ambience. The interiors reflect elements of the Aegean – in the curved white walls and mosaiced floors, and tapestry pieces that speak to the craftsmanship of Cyprus and mainland Greece.
Opened June 2022
Contact nic@ouzeri.co.za
Where to find it 58 Wale Street, Cape Town
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Yen’s Vietnamese

New Restaurants in Cape Town: Yen's Vietnamese

From a popular stall at the Oranjezicht City Farm Market, chef Yen Nguyen has moved to an atmospheric side street of the old Cape Quarter, serving up her short but sweet-salty-spicy-sour menu of authentic Vietnamese. The dinky little eatery opens onto the street, with a dozen or so tables inside and a few on the curbside verandah.
You place your order at the counter, take a seat at a table and your meal is brought to you. Surrounded by exposed-brick walls covered in newspaper clippings, vintage adverts and photos of Yen’s homeland, beneath dangling tropical foliage and traditional pointy straw hats, you’re transported to Vietnam… and the food in front of you – most likely, the hearty pho (rice noodle broth) – is truly, deliciously “Vietnam in a bowl” and nothing costs more than R100.
Other dishes include delectable bun (rice noodle salad), delicious pho xao (stir-fried noodles) and superb egg-topped banh mi (baguettes), along with starters of spring rolls, rice-paper rolls, dim sum and bao. These all come in various flavours (chicken, beef, pork belly, prawn, tofu), heaped with quintessential tasty extras like peanuts, shallots, sprouts, mushrooms and a range of lip-smacking Asian sauces. For a perfectly sweet ending, the traditional Vietnamese iced coffee, made with a dash of condensed milk, is out of this world.
Opened November 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 9pm; Mondays until 6pm
Contact 071 156 6782, yen.eksteen@gmail.com
Where to find it 19 Dixon Street, Cape Quarter, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Blondie

New Restaurants in Cape Town: Blondie
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Some say the decor reminds them of a restaurant in Tel Aviv’s buzzy Carmel Market – the curvy ice-blue bar, the Warholesque poster of a shy Princess Di and the odd leafy plant propped up against a tiled white wall. Quirky on the minimalist side. This is Blondie, the hippest new hangout on Kloof Street.
Oozing laidback vibes luring you closer long before you’ve crossed the road (parking is best in the Lifestyle Centre on the opposite side), the food here is as much a marvel as the place itself. Think small plates of affordable, Mediterranean-type eats (like a whole charred cauliflower head!) and colourful cocktails served inside at large wooden tables, or outside in the shade of bright yellow umbrellas.
If you go for the food – try the whole fish (there is a medium and large option) in white wine, onion and tomato sauce or the stacked tomato, cucumber and herb Acid salad – yes, it’s really like the drug.
The music gets loud and fun (I’m sure I heard a remix of a Blondie hit from way back in the 80s). Whether you’re after food, cocktails, music or a party, you’ll get what you came for.
Opened December 2021
Opening times Daily, 9am – 9pm
Where to find it 71 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

Farro

New Restaurants in Cape Town: Farro

It made quite a few waves when it popped up on Bree Street last year, offering a night-time bistro experience at daytime Café Frank. Now Alex and Eloise Windebank have found a permanent home for their culinary venture – and one that is sure to inspire new tastes on the plate. Chef Alex is very much rooted in using local ingredients, and out in the Overberg he’ll have a cornucopia of different produce to work with. The new Farro will be at Gabriëlskloof wine farm in Bot River, taking over the modern restaurant space overlooking the inner courtyard, pond and fountains. His velvety rich duck-liver parfait and melt-in-the-mouth pork belly are two of his signature dishes, but he’s looking forward to adding rib-eye, Elgin trout, country-style terrines, pickles and preserves and produce from the farm’s gardens.
Opening April 2022
Opening times Daily, 9am – 5pm (last orders 3pm)
Contact 028 284 9865
Where to find it Swartrivier Road, off N2, near Bot River
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Deux Lions

Hot New Restaurants in Cape Town: Deux Lions

The new restaurant at La Bourgogne Wine Estate in the Franschhoek Valley is headed by chef Nanda Cardoso (previously head chef at Chefs Warehouse & Canteen), whose meticulous approach to seasonal, home-grown ingredients and honest flavours inspires a menu that is both approachable and elegant. In the spirit of the barefoot luxury the farm represents, she says: “Very few things make a person feel as at home as having a comfortable meal in a harmonious setting – which is what we are so proud of sharing.”
There’s a delicious array of small plates such as ceviche with apple and fennel; beef tagliata with truffle dressing; and spätzle with soubise and boerenkaas. Or go for the three-course set menu, with mains of seared tuna, lamb rump or potato gnocchi, finishing off with panna cotta or pasteis de nata.
Opened March 2022
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm
Contact 021 876 3245, reservations@deuxlions.za.com
Where to find it La Bourgogne Wine Estate, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek
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Grand Country

Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town: Grand Country

Who says you can only get Grand on the beach? The Grand Africa Collection, famous for its ocean-scrabing restaurants in Granger Bay and Plett, has opened a restaurant on the slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains! Dubbed Grand Country, guests can expect the upmarket-playful vibe, a delicious selection of food and wine, and views across the vineyards that equal the delight of walking barefoot on the beach…
Opening 28 March 2022
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 11am – 9pm.
Contact 021 569 9352, Country@GrandAfrica.com
Where to find it Dieu Donne Vineyards, Uitkyk Street, Franschhoek

How Bao Now

How Bao Now

The passion project of former Test Kitchen chefs Matt Van den Berg (27) and Carla Schulze (25), this dinky bao bar at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock serves flavour-popping buns, such as crayfish Malay; brisket and kimchi; Szechuan fried chicken; beef short rib and a vegan one that’s one of their best sellers. Housed in a converted shipping container, the 25-seater eatery does a few other dishes in addition to the baos, which are priced between R75 and R85. Wondering when the best time to visit is, how about now?
Opened December 2021
Contact howbaonowbao@gmail.com
Where to find it 375 Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock

We Café

Hottest New Restaurants in Cape Town: We Cafe

You might have already met globe-trotting surfing buddies Alex Malkin, Olya Kiriluk and chef Eugene Volcov at various Cape Town foodie markets where they’ve been cooking up a storm of vegan blinis and pancakes. Now, sitting at their new plant-based café in Gardens, sipping kombucha, turmeric latte or oat-milk cappuccinos, they welcome guests to enjoy an array of tasty breakfasts (from shakshuka and frittata to cheese flapjacks and granola), lunches (buckwheat noodles, rösti and Caesar salad), and all-day sweet and savoury pancakes – all plant-based. Across the road from El Burro Taqueria in Gardens, the café has a spacious, fenced and pet-friendly outside seating area, presided over by their dog, Tofu, and is inspired by the trio’s passion for nutrition, fresh ingredients and community.
Opened May 2022
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 8am – 4pm
Contact 066 187 8315, info@wecafe.co.za
Where to find it 118 New Church Street, Gardens, Cape Town

 

One Park

Listen, eat, look, shop: One Park is a cool modern-retro space that combines an eatery and drinking den with a vinyl store (courtesy of The Other Records) – and there’s an upstairs art gallery in the works. Once a camera shop (remember those?), the multi-faceted building received an architect-designer revamp and is now a relaxed, feel-at-home space where patrons can socialise, enjoy a selection of delectable shared plates and intoxicating cocktails, browse vinyls, vibe with the DJs…
The food, courtesy of Lisa Knipe (ex-Oxalis and Janse & Co), elicits nostalgia, yet it’s presented in an edgy, contemporary way. Think crispy potatoes with smoky mussel cream, coconut aubergine curry or paneer popcorn. Chef Liam Tomlin (co-owner of Thali next door) reckons: “They’re doing a great job!”
As for the music, it was pitch-perfect on the night we visited. Front-of-house dynamo Yoraya Nydoo designs the playlists and the cocktails! And the third part of the triangle is Carolee Schutte who’s (anything but) “the boring accountant”. One Park is one of those intriguing places you’ll disappear into and won’t want to leave.
Opened January 2022
Opening times Wednesday – Saturday, 4.30pm – 11pm
Sunday 12pm – 6pm
Contact 081 047 1248, info@onepark.co.za
Where to find it 1 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town

Clara’s Barn

And Clara’s makes it seven! Über-restaurateur Bertus Basson’s latest culinary adventure has turned a centuries-old barn on Vergenoegd Löw wine estate into a sleek, fine-dining venue. The characteristic Cape-Dutch thatched building, complete with weathered rafters, oversized barn doors and dormer windows in the roof, now houses a welcoming bar-lounge area and a spacious restaurant with tables flowing outside onto the verandah, two fireplaces and a carving station. Yes, the menu will pay loving attention to meats and roasts (inspired by the estate’s original incarnation as a cattle farm); expect delicious South African farm-kitchen recipes with a refined modern tweak from chef Drikus Brink, presented in three- and five-course menus.
Opened March 2022
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 4pm; Friday + Saturday 6pm – 10pm
Contact 021 202 4373, claras@vergenoegd.co.za
Where to find it Vergenoegd Road, off Old Faure Road, Stellenbosch
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Rykaart’s

Opened by passionate husband-and-wife team Alex and Ella Rykaart, this everyday restaurant is fast becoming a favourite among locals for its approachable and flexible, unfussy and eminently satisfying dishes. European in feel, Rykaart’s epitomises the Mediterranean pavement dining scene – with a view of Dorp Street’s historic houses, ancient oaks and a slice of mountain reminding you exactly where you are.
The flexible seasonal menu is designed to suit any occasion; expect beef-cheek roll with Vietnamese pickles; Caesar salad; cheese gougères; earthy Mediterranean pan con tomate; grass-fed steak with triple-cooked chips, homemade lemon-scented ricotta agnolotti in caponata sauce, and so on. As for dessert, you’ll always find “something creamy, something fresh, and something chocolate,” says Alex. (The decadent chocolate marquise in cardamom crème anglaise with sesame nougatine really is to die for.) The interiors are warm and colourful, with an open kitchen and luminous abstract artworks by Arabella Caccia (Ella’s mother). Judging by the various languages spoken when we visited on a balmy Friday summer evening, it’s a haunt for locals – and also on the radar of our foreign visitors.
Good to know There’s a well-chosen wine list, but you can also bring one bottle of your own wine per table (no corkage fee).
Opened November 2021
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 9pm
Contact 061 545 1465, eat@rykaarts.co.za
Where to find it Corner of Bird and Dorp Streets, Stellenbosch
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Cabo Beach Club

Swaying palm trees, a sparkling rim-flow swimming pool that melts into the horizon, cool beats, powdery sand underfoot, endless ocean views and the whiff of piña coladas fresh in the air… welcome to Cabo Beach Club, a sexy new destination in Cape Town’s docklands. The previous tenants are not worth mentioning because, let’s face it, Cabo has been completely transformed into an utterly seductive organic-with-a-dash-of-Mexican-and-70s beach club. In addition to the sea-scraping, umbrella-shaded pool and dining deck, there’s a luxe bar (with flokati sofas), a sunken lounge, exquisite, sculptural lighting and a neutral palette of taupes and beiges creating warmth throughout.
The menu, a collaboration between head chef Ashwin Isaacs and Cabo’s culinary director and co-owner Ryan Cole is upscale yet accessible, with loads of seafood options, and more than enough to satisfy carnivores and vegetarians. (For those who don’t know him, Ryan is a Luke Dale Roberts protége and current head chef at Salsify.)
We shared the whole baked fish (R250, and large enough for two), whose North African fire-roasted flavours were well-balanced; and the sugar-cured seared Norwegian salmon salad with arugula, pine nuts, capers, sun-dried tomatoes and fennel in a dill yoghurt (R290). Eating seafood by the sea must be one of life’s greatest luxuries.
The dirty burger at the table next to ours looked appetising too, and there is a dedicated sushi bar that doles out delicious platters, and a pizza oven on the beach.
As for the cocktails, sensational! I couldn’t resist a piña colada, but a margarita or mule might go better with the Mexican vibes.
Take your costume, you’ll want to dip on sweltering days (there are indoor and outdoor showers to rinse off the saltwater).
Opened December 2021
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 1am
Contact 021 137 5401, info@cabobeachclub.co.za
Where to find it 12S Arm Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
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Cucina at Goodman

Cucina at Goodman Gallery New Restaurants Cape Town

Escape the bustle on Somerset Road and duck into the serene, colonnaded courtyard of a beautiful 19th-century stone building. A former convent, it’s the new home of the internationally renowned Goodman Gallery, and now also a simple little Italian bistro. Take a seat inside (in the cool, white-walled, wooden-floored, minimalist space) or outside in the shady courtyard.
Cucina’s menu is short and sweet, but top-quality, with Morning Nibbles (served until 11.45am) and Noon Food (until 5pm). Early on, there’s luxurious granola, croissants, smashed avo or scrambled egg on toast, among other choices. Later, the menu extends to slivers of carpaccio (made from the fish of the day), pappardelle pasta with slow-cooked beef ragu, burrata cheese with tomato confit and wild rocket or a Caprese salad with fior di latte mozzarella. Drinks include espresso, cappuccino and macchiato (of course), teas, fresh orange juice or, fittingly, Bitterlekker (the nonalcoholic apéritif made in the Italian style by Babylonstoren.)
It’s an appealing spot to take a break, linger and reflect; for viewing the thought-provoking exhibitions inside, browsing in the art bookshop and refuelling.
Opened December 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 8.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 462 7573
Where to find it Goodman Gallery, 37A Somerset Road, De Waterkant, Cape Town

The Poké Co. Stellenbosch

The Poké Co’s winning formula of grab-and-go healthy poké bowls, super-indulgent smoothie and breakfast bowls, and freshly-prepared Asian flavours has arrived in Stellenbosch. The Cape Town-based restaurant group that started as a lone store on Loop Street brings its whole menu of fast, fresh and glowing-with-colour-and-goodness bowls, including build-your-own, to Stellies. The tiny eatery on busy Plein Street has several pavement tables under the oaks and the same subtle Hawaii-surf aesthetic as The Poké Co’s four Cape Town stores.
Opened April 2022
Opening times Monday – Friday 8am – 8.30pm
Saturday 9am – 8.30pm
Sunday 11am – 8.30pm
Contact info@pokecoct.com
Where to find it 27 Plein Street, Stellenbosch
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Lazari


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One of Vredehoek’s most-loved coffee shops, Lazari has undergone a soft update courtesy of its new owners. The Greek-inspired coffee shop has retained its heritage, honouring its long 18-year-long history and tipping its hat to previous owner, Chris Lazari, who has returned to his motherland. Loyal customers, neighbours and their dogs, are delighted to see the return of beloved staff, Molly and her team. The updated interiors – muted pinks and grey, warm wood panelling, powder-blue chairs and a pretty vintage sofa that calls you to its corner – create a warm and inviting atmosphere and reflect its Greek inheritance with modern flair.
The menu features an array of flavours influenced by Greek, Mediterranean, Lebanese, Tunisian and Egyptian cuisine. Designed by Grethe Botes, diners can expect fresh, healthy, gluten-free and vegan dishes such as flavourful falafels, black-bean burgers, delicious dolmades with homemade hummus and tzatziki. Or if breakfast is your thing, a wide range of options are available to suit any taste. Like it predecessor, baked goods adorn the café front, including croissants that are sourced from Paris.Cape Town to accompany the excellent Rosetta coffee.
Opened April 2022
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7.30am – 5pm
Saturdays and public holidays, 8am – 2pm
Contact 063 276 5933; lazaricoffee@gmail.com
Where to find it Corner Upper Maynard Street and Vredehoek Avenue, Vredehoek, Cape Town

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Bo-Vine Wine & Grill House

New Restaurants in Cape Town: Bo-Vine Wine & Grill House

The Camps Bay Strip has gotten some real meat on its bones. Bo-Vine is a breath of fresh air, in terms of food and décor – slightly edgy, Meatpacking District-inspired, with wood panelling and graffiti (courtesy of master street artist Falko1). The marvellous sea views remain intact. It’s headed up by “Wagyu master” Steve Maresch (of Joburg’s The Local Grill), with celebrated chef Pete Goffe-Wood consulting on the menu. The approach is classic steakhouse with a few surprises: expect top-quality, grass-fed and properly aged meats (whether dry or wet).
The restaurant has its own butchery/meat store, a shrine to carnivorous cravings, and cuts are presented to diners to make their choice, with accompaniments of sauces or butters, sides or salads.
It doesn’t stop at steak – there’s ribs, carpaccio, tartare, beef cheeks, marrow bone, burgers, as well as lamb, pork, chicken, seafood and even a few inspired vegetarian dishes. The winelist spreads the love far and wide, from Stellenbosch to the Swartland and southern Cape, plus there are cocktails, fine spirits and draught on tap.
Opened December 2021
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am; Monday from 11am
Contact 063 712 6310, bovine@cbkitchens.com
Where to find it The Promenade Centre, 85 Victoria Road, Camps Bay
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The Cheverells Farm Shed

In the heart of the Elgin Valley, Cheverells Farm offers a wholesome, fresh-air escape just an hour from the city, where the Boome family have transformed an old 1960s apple-packing shed into an exquisite new venue for private functions and weddings, daytime dining, retail therapy, and wellness.
At the Farm Café, chef Laura Truter’s menu celebrates the fresh, vibrant flavours of the region. Think: truffled mushroom scrambled eggs, salmon poké bowls, gorgeous salads, a gourmet burger and farmer’s platter. Naturally, the apples shine – homemade apple and sage sausages in the Full Shed breakfast, in the Bowl of Goodness with homemade granola, in all of the salads, and the delectable apple and frangipani tart. Be sure to try a glass of an Elgin Valley wine or a local L-Gin apple-flavoured craft gin – and visit the glass greenhouse nursery to discover a rainbow of flowers and house plants, along with stylish gardening tools and décor.
Opened December 2021
Opening times Wednesday – Sunday, 8am – 3pm
Contact 060 861 1044, info@cheverellsfarm.com
Where to find it 55 Highlands Road (off Viljoenshoop Road), Elgin Valley

Le Grand Domaine Enoteca

New Restaurants in Cape Town: Le Grand Domaine Enoteca

Wine bars are making a massive comeback – as an urban alternative to a wine-farm visit. The latest is a stylish emporium, from Le Grand Domaine in the Devon Valley, in Stellenbosh’s buzzing Church Street. All glossy wooden surfaces, leather, copper details, striped awnings and tiling, it’s an atmospheric spot for aficionados (and novices) to indulge their passion. There are several tasting options – all from the Grand Vin de Stellenbosch, Stellenview, Kruger Family and Cape Five ranges – with more than 30 wines available by tasting portion, glass or bottle.
A small, seasonal bistro-style menu features bold classics with a twist: chipotle Patagonian squid, mussels in garlic-miso broth, steak Florentine or pan-seared duck breast with balsamic blackberry sauce; a simple trio of sorbets or berry pavlova adds the sweet final note. There are also generous platters of local artisanal cheese and charcuterie to share, or simply order a half-dozen fresh oysters and a glass of bubbly to enjoy at a sidewalk table under the oaks.
Opened January 2022
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11.30am – 11pm; Sunday until 6.30pm
Contact 021 300 3279, enoteca@granddomaine.co.za
Where to find it 7 Church Street, Stellenbosch

Café Chiffon

New Restaurants 2022 Cafe Chiffon

As its name suggests, the cakes here are light, fluffy, gorgeous ­­and utterly delicious. (Food nerds will know that “chiffon” refers to a mixing method that creates extra aeration.) Chiffon cakes and rolls are the signature treats at this Asian bakery-dessert-café. But there’s more: rich, melt-in-the-mouth Japanese cheesecake (not cheesecake as you know it – think chiffon cake made with cream cheese); colourful Korean macarons (known as “fat-carons”) stacked and stuffed with delectable fillings. The options extend to ever-popular desserts such as tiramisu and mousse, and a range of Japanese sweet breads is coming soon. Flavours range from tropical to fruity, nutty, chocolate and, of course, Asian matcha. The other hot item is Mr Brown’s canned coffee, all the rage in Taiwan and enjoyed hot or iced. The café itself, with its pink Danish-style Midcentury chairs, wicker lights and wall niches filled with organic ornaments, is as pretty as the puddings. Café Chiffon is run by Christine Hu of Yu Dessert Studio, known for special-occasion cakes with decadent vintage piping (available to order). Interesting, this tempting high-tea haven is tucked between a juice bar and yoga studio – it’s all about balance!
Opened 12 April 2022
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 7.30am – 5.30pm
Contact 071 874 5058
Where to find it 72 Waterkant Street, Old Cape Quarter, De Waterkant, Cape Town

Meraki

Meraki, the OG of Stellenbosch café culture, serving its first cortado back in 2012 and wildly popular until it closed during the pandemic, has re-opened in a bijou, light-filled new home on Church Street. Corlandi Bezuidenhout and family have come together to revive the dream – Meraki shares the premises and the long stretch of pavement tables on oak-lined Church Street with Bertha Wine Bar. Luscious cakes fill the display window and the menu runs through breakfast feasts, tempting croissants and patisserie to go with locally sourced coffee and scrumptious lunch plates. At 4pm the café menu shifts to evening tapas to service the Bertha Wine Bar trade, and at any time of day, it’s ideal for catch-ups, people-watching and celebratory feasts under the oaks.
Opened February 2022
Opening times Meraki Monday – Sunday 7am – 7pm
Bertha Wine Bar Monday – Sunday 11am – 7pm
Contact 021 065 0192, cafe@meraki-living.co.za
Where to find it 43 Church Street, corner Ryneveld, Stellenbosch

Santorini

You’ll have to go to Greece if you want a more vibey Greek atmosphere than Santorini Café in Newlands! Previously home to another Greek restaurant (that was also named after a well-trodden island), it’s the go-to place for delicious Greek and Mediterranean tapas, a wide variety of wine, and a festive vibe. Like the ambience, the decor is laidback, and comes in a happy mix of blues, seascape murals and a massive wooden row boat propped up against a wall. On the menu you’ll find delights such as flame-grilled lamb skewers; spanakopita; and calamari stuffed with chorizo, sautéed vegetables and feta. Those after a quieter dining environment, there’s a leafy courtyard at the back.
Opened January 2022
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm
Contact 021 685 3885, jameswt@absamail.co.za
Where to find it 37 Dean Street, Newlands Village, Cape Town

Dimples Dumpling House

Hottest New Restaurants: Dimples Dumpling House

Egyptian-born Moses Tadros was introduced to dim sum while teaching English in southern China. He learnt the techniques from his students, and from his Taiwanese partner Shini Liu, then brought those authentic recipes to his two tiny little eateries in Cape Town – one in Muizenberg, and now this second outlet in Kenilworth. Both are tucked away; the latter is a small, mint-green, happy space with seating for about 12 diners. The menu looks simple but the decision is anything but! A dizzying line-up of wontons, shu mai, dumplings (boiled and pan-fried), steamed bao buns, gua bao and speciality dim sum await – with vegan and gluten-free options. Fillings range from sticky BBQ shredded pork, marinated soy chicken and beef to daikon, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and wood-ear mushrooms. The speciality shu mai is without a doubt the showstopper – as is the divine ice cream (made exclusively for Dimples) served with the dessert of fried mochi (rice balls).
Opened December 2021
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 10am – 9pm
Contact 083 448 1633
Where to find it 1 Myrtle Road, Kenilworth, Cape Town

Qbar

Qbar Restaurant new

Shaded by plane trees and canvas umbrellas, the sophisticated yet relaxed Qbar, in a hidden courtyard on Stellenbosch’s Church Street, evokes the style of Quoin Rock on a smaller scale. Here you can sample all the wines from the Quoin Rock portfolio (and take them home at cellar-door prices) accompanied by an utterly delicious menu by Gâte Restaurant’s Jack Coetzee. Generous bowls of crispy tempura shimeji mushrooms dunked in a gorgeous garlic emulsion make for appetising bar snacks with a pre-dinner drink, as do the sweetcorn dhaltjies (chilli bites) with Cape Malay curry dipping sauce – so good with the feisty Quoin Rock white blend (sauvignon blanc and semillon).
Opened January 2022
Opening times Monday – Sunday, 12pm – 12am
Contact 021 888 4740
Where to find it De Wet Centre Courtyard, Church Street, Stellenbosch

Infinite Café

This little eatery in a sunny greenhouse space in downtown Commercial Street is on a mission to save the planet, turn Africans into a healthy bunch of plant-eaters, and spread some vegan love. For breakfast and lunch, they serve only 100% plant-based foods including wraps, salads and a variety of bowls. Try the Aztec burger, it’s made with a Beyond burger patty (the best-tasting patty around) and fresh avocado salsa on a turmeric bun. For a side, go for the crispy sweet potato wedges, they’re delicious. And when you find a moment to look up from your plate, you’ll see the decor is sweet and simple with loads of lush plants around, and walls filled with original paintings for sale. Way to go vegan.
Opened October 2021
Opening times Monday – Friday, 7am – 3pm; Saturday, 7am – 1pm
Contact 021 001 2164, info@infinitefoods.com
Where to find it 4 Commercial Street, Corner of Plein Street, City Bowl, Cape Town

The Wine Glass

New Restaurants in Cape Town: The Wine Glass

The Stellenbosch sibling of the highly rated wine bar in Hermanus, this convenient, upmarket, all-in-one food-and-wine experience in the heart of town is drawing the crowds… and for good reason. Whereas Stellies’ other wine bars tend to focus on a specific estate’s labels, here you can get a taste of (just about) all this region’s nectar – by the glass, bottle or tasting flight of six.
The chef has compiled a noteworthy local-global menu that sings with the wines, including seafood, steak and lamb dishes. There are also sharing plates of tapas, plus generous cheese and charcuterie platters, or simply a plate of six Atlantic oysters with zingy sauces.
It’s an elegant, contemporary space, with indoor leather banquette seating along one wall under a draped tented ceiling, and an oak-shaded courtyard in the back – home to an eye-catching statue called Lady Temptation. Indeed, with more than 130 choices of wine, repeat visits will be essential.
Opened February 2022
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 10pm; Monday from 4pm; Sunday until 4pm
Contact 082 555 2332, foh@twgstellies.co.za
Where to find it 13 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch

Shoreditch

New Restaurants in Cape Town: Shoreditch House

In a nutshell, the new restaurant at the revamped Winchester Hotel takes cooking over coals (yes, braaiing) and elevates it. It’s a great way to introduce foreign guests to the African fondness for flame, fire and smoke – and for locals to enjoy our national culinary obsession in a new way. It’s all about relaxed communal eating and finger-licking deliciousness, with a menu of shared plates and a few mains (rib eye, tuna, chicken skewers, risotto) and sides. Chef Tim Pick has added a spicy twist to create deep layers of flavour. Think ponzu, chipotle, teriyaki, Mexican mole, citrusy Peruvian Leche de Tigre, chimichurri…
Enjoy your meal on the sea-facing verandah of Harvey’s bar, or indoors in the Scandi-chic restaurant, or the iconic bougainvillaea-filled courtyard.
Opened November 2021
Opening times Daily, 6am (for hotel breakfast) – 10pm
Contact 021 110 5006, shoreditchhouse@winchester.co.za
Where to find it The Winchester Hotel, 221 Beach Road, Sea Point

CHEFS Foodhall

New Restaurants in Cape Town: CHEFS Foodhall

Noted chef and restaurateur George Jardine has moved from the Winelands to the southern suburbs; Cavendish Square to be precise. He is the executive chef and culinary director of a new venture that’s set to launch in Cape Town this May, with plans to go countrywide later. Inspired by foodhalls around the world – and the centuries-old tradition of the town marketplace – it brings together 10 kitchen stations, with each chef cooking something different, to offer customers a global feast – anything from ramen and pizzas to burgers, curry and seafood, and including George’s signature mussels and braised short rib. There will also be a bar area and patisserie.
It’s a clever concept, allowing the best local-produce sourcing (thanks to George’s 20 years of experience) that all the chefs will share, making it a more sustainable model. It also keeps prices lower and provides training for budding young chefs. From a user perspective, it’ll simply be a vibey place to gather and enjoy a delicious, chef-cooked meal.
Opening May 2022
Opening times Daily, 9am – 9pm
Where to find it Cavendish Square, Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town

Wildsprout

For lovers of green, clean and healthy food, the inimitable Wildsprout Wholefood Café and grocer just opened a second branch in the Constantia Village Courtyard. Unlike the Kenilworth store where the grocery section takes centre stage, here, the restaurant is the main attraction, with ample seating, inside and in the lovely courtyard. Those looking to stock up their pantries, fret not: there’s a small retail area selling Wildsprout’s delicious frozen meals and other staples.
Opened March 2022
Opening times Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm; Saturday + Sunday, 8am – 2pm
Contact 078 576 6124, info@wsprout.co.za
Where to find it Shop no 1, Constantia Village Courtyard, Constantia, Cape Town

The Blue Room

Downstairs from Grub & Vine, chef Matt Manning’s popular Bree Street bistro, a cocktail lounge and jazz club is adding another dimension to a night out in the Mother City. In collaboration with prominent jazz musician Buddy Wells, The Blue Room regularly hosts top local musicians, so you can toe-tap to top-brass musos, while enjoying a delectable array of small plates from Grub & Vine’s kitchen. As for the cocktails, named after perennially cool jazz artists, they’re equally appetising, like the Ella Fizzgerald (gin, lime, rhubarb, fennel and brut MCC).
Opened November 2021
Opening times Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – late
Contact details 087 153 5244, info@mattmanningchef.com
Address 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
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Time of publication: 02 March 2022

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

  1. MELANIE LAWRENCE

    Congratulations to the new restaurateurs!! Exciting times ahead and looking forward visiting your places soon.

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  2. noreen

    new concept by George looks interesting! His eponymous restaurant in Bree str still sorely missed.

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  3. Melz

    Would live to try Cabo beach it really looks hotty

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  4. Previn Pather

    Look forward to visiting these outstanding & intriguing establishments

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  5. Mark Lowe

    Congratulations. Some very exciting entries, hopefully indicative of good times ahead for our province’s restaurateurs!

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  6. Ockie van Zyl

    Fantastic information

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  7. Ian Barnard

    Very interested in trying something new.

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  8. Seja

    Keep me posted

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  9. Michael Smith

    I Dine out 304 times a week at always looking for recommendations for new hotels in the Westin cape to recommend to my friends from the UK that frequently stay with me

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  10. Immo

    Thank you

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