Chef’s Warehouse Beau Constantia, Constantia Liam Tomlin’s award-winning tapas restaurant on Constantia main road is the best restaurant that needs to be on your must-visit list. It has extended its brilliance to Constantia with chef Ivor Jones leading the kitchen.
Located at boutique winery, Beau Constantia, this restaurant is a must for panoramic vineyard views and seriously beautiful tapas. Its dishes are layered with clever flavours and textures, and made to share.
While the menu changes with the season, you can always expect to see a triumphant risotto in flavours like earthy carrot or delicate saffron, local game such as blesbok, and the now infamous wild honey and lavender crème dessert.
Clarke’s, situated on Bree Street, offers the best burgers and brunches in town. The diner-style spot is always brimming with the city’s coolest crowd and there’s often a waiting list for a table, so get there early.
For brunch, order a hair-raising Bloody Mary or mimosa before tucking into dishes like the hash eggs with cauliflower, Parmentier potatoes, poached eggs, asparagus and Hollandaise, or the huevos rancheros with slow-cooked organic black beans, smoked tomatoes and fried eggs.
For lunch, don’t skip the grass-fed beef burger on a buttery brioche bun. This is hands down the best in the city and is topped with Underberger cheese and served with a side of seriously good fries.
Green Point’s Jason Bakery is the bread king on the busy Somerset strip. While you’ll still queue for a spot on the weekend, the wait is worth it. Think signature doughssants (croissant-doughnuts) in flavours like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or TimTam; blueberry cheesecake croissants; poached apple turnovers.
On the savoury front, there’s oozing egg and cheese-filled bacon croissants; mac-and-cheese pies; and OTT gourmet hot dogs.
The tiny deli Kleinsky’s is in the heart of Sea Point. Nestle in and order a crispy latke Benedict topped with perfectly poached eggs and a gloss of hollandaise, or go for a lunchtime bagel topped with your choice of shmear (spread). On chilly days, don’t miss out on the chicken and matzo ball soup.
If you’re looking for beautiful seafood, you certainly won’t be disappointed at Kyoto Garden Sushi, the Japanese oasis in Tamboerskloof. The flavours here are minimalist and clean with serious technique in both raw and cooked dishes.
The fresh sashimi is the best way to start with delicate pieces of tuna, salmon and Cape salmon served with shaved daikon radish and freshly grated wasabi root. Follow this with West Coast mussels or the softly steamed line fish in bamboo, which is lightly seasoned and falls apart. The sushi here is also exceptional.