Simonstown is a historically rich little naval town near Cape Point, it is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. Bertha’s is situated on the quay in Simonstown, with prime views of the Naval base, yacht club and False Bay, just off the “Simon’s Town Historic Mile”.
Try the Scampi, beautifully crumbed queen prawns with a sweet chili sauce, or the seared tuna and avocado salad with tomato, onion, red pepper and greens served with pickled ginger and a honey soy dressing.
For mains you can’t go wrong with the Cape Malay Seafood curry with mussels, calamari, prawns and the catch of the day cooked with fragrant coconut and tamarind, served with basmati rice and poppadoms.
It’s a beautiful restaurant with a safe kiddies play area and seafood as fresh as it can be, what’s not to love?
The name is derived from the old French word “Mes” which is a portion of food, and portions here, are meant to be shared. Expounding on the social eating trend, The Mess delivers astounding plates in a homely yet stylish environment, that never cease to amaze.
Must haves on the sharing menu include squid and chorizo (charred baby squid, chorizo sausage, ponzu glaze, pineapple and red pepper salsa) and the Chefs recommendation, Beef tataki (seared angus beef tenderloin, ponzu dressing, mooli & cucumber salad). The service is attentive, yet low-key, allowing you full enjoyment of your company, the food and the extensive wine line list. This venue has established itself as a go-to spot for pre-theatre meals and drinks, as well as just generally being a damn great meal in a beautiful environment.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 18h00 till late and Friday lunch 12h00 – 15h00 (lunch during summer)
Location: 110, The Rockwell All Suite Hotel, 15 Napier Street, De Waterkant
Having worked up quite an appetite during the tour and wine tasting we were welcomed to the Red Table by Roy the friendly day manager, who promptly brought us the head chef Edmore Ruzoza for an introduction and a run through of the menu. Chef Edmore has that glint in his eye that true foodies have, people that can talk excitedly about something like mushrooms for hours. He crafts his meals with joy and honesty, bringing the best out of fresh seasonal ingredients. We listened to all his recommendations and had the following:
For starters, we had the Harrisa Prawn Salad with Avo and mixed greens, the prawns were infused and cooked perfectly, and the portioning was ideal. We also had the Pumpkin & Parmesan Fritters with crispy bacon and brown butter, an item that feels like a bit of dessert, and a lot of delicious.
Mains were the braised pork belly, with a deliciously smooth celeriac puree, caramelised red cabbage and sweet roasted pear. Also, we had the line fish (kingklip on the day) which was succulent and fresh, with greens and roast new potatoes.
The view from the front of the manor house is incomparable and we wouldn’t trade that moment in the sun, with a full belly, wine in hand, for anything in the world.
When you look at the profusion of restaurants, eateries and delis in the mother city, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices, especially when all you want is a great steak. The Nelsons Eye is a well-established steak house in an unfussy setting, with some of the best cuts of meat the city has to offer. First opened in the early sixties, virtually every Capetonian has a story involving this restaurant, and their approach to meat is brilliant. You can (on request) view the maturing room where they rotate the cuts, and also make your choice of cuts at the grill, from ostrich to beef to springbok and lamb. Try the Kudu Carpaccio starter, wafer thin slices of kudu with fresh rocket, lemon, olive oil & balsamic reduction topped with parmesan shavings. Follow that up with a beautiful “Hollandse Biefstuk” which is your choice of steak rolled in spices, brandy flambéd and served in a fresh mushroom, mustard and red wine butter based sauce.
The first thing you notice whilst approaching Mama Africa is the bassy thumping of drums. Prepare yourself; the evening is going to be loud, jubilant and an unforgettable taste safari. The atmosphere is electric, and you will dance, even if you don’t, ever, here you will dance. But first we must eat, and the menu is a tour de force of tried and tested Pan-African recipes and local favourites.
For the adventurous traveller with a taste for the exotic and a desire for a story to tell there’s Mama’s Wild Game Mixed Grill which is a spread of crocodile, ostrich, springbok, kudu & venison cuts. If that’s too gamey for you, go with the flavoursome Mama’s Moroccan Prawns, and follow it up with a Banana Flame replete with ice-cream, rum & Amarula cream. Mama Africa also helped popularise the Feta & Biltong Salad, now a local staple.
The music is vibey, and relentless in its ability to make you want to leave your table and dance in front of the band while they combine marimbas, jembe drums, jazz elements, and African soul. If you really want to have the full experience and leave with a head full of memories, we suggest you dress for comfort, because your belly will be full and you will be discovering dance moves you thought you had forgotten.
A vast menu, of both cocktails and food, DJ’s, gilded sidewalk café culture and an enviable position with an amazing view. Try the Jo-Honey Rooibos, honey infused Bacardi Oakheart, with BOS tea, cranberry juice and grapefruit zest, it’s mellow and deep, be careful though, these can creep up on you ;-)
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 09:00-22:00 (Bar opens until 02:00)
This Asian sushi and fusion restaurant is a perfect place to nip in and enjoy a lovely cold Sake Melon Slush on a blisteringly hot Cape Town day, made with Sake, Melon, Ginger and Honey it is ice cold and super refreshing! Try the Spiced Pear Bellini too, it’s fantastic.
Sandy B at The Bay Hotel is the intersection of summer and elegance, it’s being poolside, and beachside, at the same time. We highly recommend the iconic and signature Hibiscus & Rooibos martini, with gin, hibiscus extracts, lime, cranberry extracts and rooibos tea, it’s local flavours at an international level.
There is always an energy at Tigers Milk in Long Street, a perpetually pumping environment that provides entertainment through the upbeat music, the wait staff and the off-the-wall decor. An expansive menu, that covers many staples as well as signature dishes, leaves little to be desired. Try all their burgers, seriously, keep going back until you have had each one, they are that good, this is man food at it’s finest. Also amazing is their acorn fed pork, seasoned with Asian spices, hoisin, red peppers and spring & red onions. Finish off with a Jack Daniels-spiked chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream, it’s sublime. The pace is fast, the venue is buzzing and the food is a treat, enjoy.
The twin influences of being a thriving international tourist destination and having a vast range of culinary cultural inspirations make Cape Town a haven for any foodie. Though the list of great dining experiences to be had is long, we have shortlisted several favorites based on flavor, ambience and location.
Jarryds Espresso Bar + Eatery
If you are looking to start your day deliciously or recover from an exciting evening, there is breakfast and then there is breakfast at Jarryd’s. Jarryd’s source their ingredients, they don’t simply buy them. Their Fair Trade coffee is lovingly crafted at Espresso Lab in the Old Biscuit Mill, their milk is collected from a local dairy and for their bread (it’s heavenly) they have teamed up with Bentleys Bread Co. using only natural unbleached local stone ground flour. The attention to detail and the stringency applied to the quality of the ingredients reflects in the amazing spread that Jarryd’s offers. The toasted banana bread is a must have, also, the Jarryd’s Breakfast scramble, try the option with exotic mixed mushrooms, parmesan and truffle oil, you will not be disappointed. Alternatively the smoked salmon potato rosti stack with crushed buttery zesty peas, grilled zucchini ribbons, walnuts, caper berries, remoulade and a poached egg. The atmosphere is laid back, with a New York eatery flair, the staff are welcoming and attentive, and you you will often find the owner himself whipping up a round of coffees behind the espresso bar.
Once you’ve built up a bit of an appetite, it’s time to head over to Harbour House Restaurant in Kalk bay, to indulge in some delectable fresh seafood and cocktails while waves batter at the windows and breakwater by your feet. Elegant and sophisticated, this seaside venue offers unparalleled views across False Bay.
Spier is well worth the drive (29 km’s from Cape Town), and even though the area of Stellenbosch and the Helderberg offers many other surprises, you may want to pencil in quite a bit of time for this multi-faceted location. This is a wine farm and conference facility, eagle sanctuary and concert venue as well as a hotel, craft market and spa with richly appointed grounds. There is even a kids clubhouse, for the 2-12’s which entertains the children with developmentally appropriate activities such as feather arts, icing biscuits, pizza-making and farm walks. You have 4 restaurants to choose from, with great farm to table menus and amazing wine pairings. If you are in the mood to explore a little, you can also pick up a pre-packed picnic of local delicacies, brimming with pasture-reared cold cuts, farmhouse cheeses, homemade chutneys and pâtés, breads, fresh salads and various delectable baked treats. The Spier Estate has received numerous awards over time both from Condé Nast for its’ hotel and from various organisations for its’ wine and as a wine tourism destination. Be sure to visit Eagle Encounters, they do sterling work rehabilitating birds of prey, and you will be amazed by their falconry displays, as well as a variety of reptiles and bunnies for the kids to pet and interact with. Visit their website (below) to see the full span of their offering as well as individual booking and contact details.