Relaxed, internationally inspired dining and cool cocktails on the Camps Bay strip.
Since it opened in 2016, The 41 slotted seamlessly into Camps Bay’s high-energy hub, offering a relaxed LGBT-friendly, good-quality dining, an uptempo vibe and superb cocktails.
Restaurateurs Gilles Blanc and Nicolas Da Costa have a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry, having managed a number of top establishments across Singapore, Laos and Australia. After visiting Cape Town and falling in love with its thriving restaurant scene, the Frenchmen decided to open The 41 on the Camps Bay strip in October 2016. Their international influence is evident in the restaurant’s diverse menu, with offerings ranging from pizza and burgers to seafood and steak.
The 41 is unsurprisingly best known as a sundowner spot (location, location, location!), which is not to say it falls short in the food department. The menu is inspired by various cuisines. We started with the highly recommended potato-and-Parmesan churros with chipotle mayo, and they were superb. My only question: where can I order a million? Other options include classic chicken livers, crispy squid, Spanish-style meatballs and nachos.
For mains, we opted for beef fillet basted in wagyu-bone-marrow butter, which was melt-in-your-mouth good; moules marinières (mussels in a white wine sauce), which transported us to Belgium; and The 41 burger – although on the expensive side – was one of the more indulgent burgers I’ve enjoyed recently. If you’re not in the mood that hungry, there are a variety of salads and pizzas, too.
Pivotal to the restaurant’s popularity is its close proximity to Camps Bay beach, where guests can enjoy views of the glistening ocean by day, and bask in the vibrant atmosphere of the strip at night. The beach-facing terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of wine, or one of the restaurant’s creative cocktails, prepared by an on-site mixologist.
The cocktail menu includes favourites like the mojito and old fashioned, along with unique concoctions like The Deep Throat (bear with us), a spicy version of a classic margarita, and The 41 Sunset with cranberry vodka, elderflower, cranberry juice and lemonade. Make sure to visit during Happy Hour (every day from 3pm to 5pm) for half-price classic cocktails. Come sunset, live entertainment in the form of local and international DJs and musicians enhance the atmosphere.
We must also give special mention to the service, our waiter Steve was attentive, helpful and interesting to chat to.
A special for every day
Lunch special Two courses for R180 (or three for R195)
Half-price burger special
Half-price pizza special
When Thursday, 12pm – 4pm
Steak special Two-course dinner: 200g rump steak, bottomless fries and salad (R160 per person)
When Wednesday, 6pm – 10.30pm
Tapas for two Pick four plates from the menu for R150!
Taco Tuesday Buy two and get the third free (choice of chicken, fish or vegetarian)
Happy hour Half-price cocktails, beer on tap, and Corona
When Daily, 3pm – 7pm
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