DINING WITH A DIFFERENCE IN CAPE TOWN

Are you looking for culinary hotspots in Cape Town that go beyond the norm? Then try some of these unusual eateries for a full-on taste experience with a welcome twist.

 

Galbi 

Where: 210 Long Street, CBD

Time: From 5 pm

Phone: 021 424 3030

 

The only Korean BBQ restaurant in Cape Town, Galbi offers traditional Korean tabletop barbecue with a South African edge. Guests can join their friends and enjoy a barbecue situated in the middle of their table while friendly waitrons supply a vibrant array of freshly prepared meats, marinades and side dishes. It’s a truly social affair and while meat fans will undoubtedly love the many ready-to-grill options on offer (including ostrich, warthog, lamb, springbok and kudu) Galbi does have a vegetarian selection too and is also fully licensed.

 

Go for this:

The Kimchi and Marinated Pork Belly wrapped in lettuce with a spicy spring onion salad. Yum!

 

 

Outrage of Modesty (OoM)

Where: 88 Shortmarket Street, CBD

Time: From 6 pm

Phone: 021 4222902

 

This one-of-a-kind bar in the heart of Cape Town serves the coolest cocktails around. Everything about the place is eclectic and magnetic. From the décor to the divine drinks menu to the light eats that match, it’s the perfect spot to kick off a night on town. Although small, (seating just 24 people) the place packs a massive punch. As do the killer cocktails on offer. We’re not talking your average Mojito here. Ingredients include unorthodox additions like fennel pollen, buchu, wild berries and rosemary to name just a few. Whatever you choose to sip on or savour is sure to tantalise the palate and spark the imagination. Technical precision and genuine attention to detail mean that any visit to OoM is not easily forgotten.

 

Order this:

The ‘Caperitif’ is a brew with local vermouth Caperitif and naartjie. Or go for ‘The Berry & The Bee’ which is made from ingredients that are ‘literally foraged in the forest’.

 

 

Hallelujah

Where: Kloof Nek Road, next door to The Power and The Glory

Time: Wednesday to Saturdays from 7 to 11 pm

Phone: 079 839 2505

 

This is another small spot that makes a big impression. Patrons can enjoy some of the best Dim Sum in Cape Town and pair it with a bottle of bubbly. That’s the kind of eclectic vibe that comes with the place. This relaxed ‘hole-in-the-wall’ hotspot promises great flavours and it delivers – every time. The menu is short but sweet and has a clear Asian focus. The décor is surf shack meets SoHo and has an inviting communal feel about it. Bookings are only accepted for tables of 4 to 6 people so if you’re worried that you won’t get in then arrive early.

 

Try this:

Smoky prawn skewers served on hot steamed buns with a lime and coriander dipping sauce. It’s really good! The 12-hour duck is another firm favourite. It is served in a glass jar with Japanese Soba noodles and a freshly shredded cucumber sauce.

 

 

Honourable Mentions:

 

Downtown Ramen

Where: 103 Harrington Street, Zonnebloem (above Lefty’s)

Time: From 5pm

Phone: 021 461 0407

 

A trendy noodle bar with a pleasingly small menu – just four noodle dishes and a selection of bao (steamed buns filled with spiced pork, chicken or veggies). It’s tiny so book ahead.

 

Lefty’s Beer Garden & Restaurant

Where: 105 Harrington Street, Zonnebloem

Time: From 4pm

Phone: 021 461 0407

 

Lefty’s has become a tried and tested hangout for students, locals, business people who love great grub and a few good drinks. Uncomplicated but always delicious, the food never fails on flavour. Their pulled pork sandwich is legendary!

 

The Test Kitchen

Where: Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock

Time: From 6.30pm

Phone: 021 447 2337

 

 

No decent list of unconventional dining is complete without the crown in Cape Town’s culinary jewels – The Test Kitchen –  the only restaurant in Africa that’s been voted in the World Top 50. This innovative and experimental gastronomic gem is open from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner and bookings are essential. Also, open at midnight on the last day of each month. The experience comes at a premium price, but it is oh so very nice and well worth splurging on.

 

Whether you are up for something completely different or just testing the waters, make sure to tag us in your unusual dining experiences.

 

Until next time,

The Point Mall x

 

 

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