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

 

 

Winter meals that won’t break the bank

 

We’re sure you’ll agree, there is nothing better than a moreish, home-cooked meal on a cold winters evening. From the delicious smells wafting into the lounge to the satisfying feeling in your tummy after the last bite has been swallowed.

Everything about it is satisfying and wonderful; everything but the aftermath left in the kitchen and the piles of dirty dishes that need cleaning, that is!

Luckily there are a few restaurants along the Atlantic Seaboard that cater for those of us who wish to forego the cleaning up process with the added bonus of not breaking the bank!

 

The Bungalow, Clifton
Best known for its spectacular views and fresh ocean breeze, this hotspot has a warm fireplace and great cuisine on offer in winter. The menu is bountiful with seafood, lamb chops and seasonal vegetables, they even have artisan ice-creams for the sweet tooth.

When: May until August 2017
Price: Two-course meal R200; Three-course R240
http://www.thebungalow.co.za/

 

La Belle Bistro and Bakery, Camps Bay

Enjoy the views of the Atlantic Ocean and a lovely dinner at La Belle Bistro and Bakery. The menu includes Cape Malay mussels, roast potato soup, roast chicken, grilled sirloin, mushroom parcels and a sticky banana bread pudding, pear and chocolate crumble and a chocolate tart for dessert.

When: May to August 2017
Price: Two-course meal R 190; Three-course meal R230
http://www.labellecampsbay.co.za

 

Paranga, Camps Bay

Paranga’s ground floor location puts it on eye-level with the beach, so whether you choose to feel the sea spray on your face or prefer the cosy intimacy of the interior, you can be assured of an eyeful of ocean blue. Their winter menu includes dishes such as mussels, sweet corn veloute, roast chicken, butternut risotto, oxtail, chocolate tart and tiramisu.

When: Winter special available until 31 August 2017
Price: R250 for two courses, R300 for three courses
http://www.paranga.co.za

 

Pepenero, Mouille Point

Pepenero has uninterrupted views of the Atlantic and a versatile Italianesque menu. Relax on the expansive deck or in a private booth and tuck into their winter set menu. Dishes include soup, line fish, chicken saltimbocca, veal, pannacotta ice cream, zabaglione and meringue.

When: Winter special available until 31 August 2017
Price: Set menu R180 for two courses, R220 for three courses
http://www.pepenero.co.za

 

Tobago’s Restaurant at Radisson Blu Waterfront

Perfectly positioned at the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean with Robben Island visible to the north and the iconic Table Mountain standing proud to the south, Tobago is no doubt one of the Mother City’s finest seaside restaurant locations.

When: Winter special available until 29 September 2017.
Price: Set Menu Two-course: R285 (includes complimentary glass of Protea by Anthonij Rupert wine) | Set Menu Three-course: R345 (includes complimentary glass of Protea by Anthonij Rupert wine)
http://www.radissonblu.com/hotel-capetown/dining

 

HOME MADE MEMORIES

For those of you who don’t mind doing the dishes or have become experts at delegating this horrid task to other members of your family, we have compiled a list of great winter recipes that are sure to become firm family favourites of yours.

 

Muffin-topped winter beef stew by Lesley Walters has all the right components. With hearty beef and veg topped with a beautiful crust.
https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1859/muffintopped-winter-beef-stew

 

Slow Roasted pork with citrus and garlic is made to pull-apart perfection. Add creamy mashed potatoes and greens or a bed of root veg and your meal is done.
http://www.foodnetwork.com/holidays-and-parties/photos/top-recipes-for-winter-entertaining

 

Lemon-garlic chicken with spinach will have your mouth watering, roasted potatoes and peas make the perfect accompaniment for this dish.
http://www.chatelaine.com/recipes/recipe-collections/chicken-recipes-for-winter/image/3/

 

Spiced Apple Crumble, we love the addition of hot cross buns. Serve with cream, ice-cream or just as is!
http://www.picknpay.co.za/recipe-search-results/spiced-apple-crumble

 

Malva pudding is a classic in every home, served with homemade custard or ice cream, its sweet sticky cake texture will be a winner this winter.
http://www.eatout.co.za/recipe/ouma-corries-malva-pudding/

 

Melkkos is South African comfort food at its best. Directly translated to ‘Milk food’, it’s a soothing, warming combination that tastes like you’re eating the filling of the best milk tart you’ve ever taste.
http://www.woolworths.co.za/store/fragments/recipe/recipe-index.jsp?contentId=cmp101323

 

Whether you choose to stay in or go out, we hope you stay warm and eat well.

 

Bon Appétit!