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Mar 2, 2009 11:27 AM

Cape Town-3 nights

We will be in Cape Town for three nights and want to optimize our diing experience.
Traveling with a small group and, at one of their friend's recommendations, three high end restaurants were suggested-Showroom, Aubergine and Sevruga.
We tend to like slightly more casual restaurants though the food is the important thing. We are leaning towards one night at Bukhara and a recent NY TImes article touted Bizerca and the website looked great.
Like fresh, local food served in a nice atmosphere. Not about the glitz/ornate, the "scene" or the hyped up presentation.

Thoughts? Thanks!

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  1. Bukhara is excellent but some friends just told me that there is now an even better Indian restaurant in Cape Town if one can believe.

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      1. re: merbel

        (I've got an email out checking)

    1. Went to Aubergine as very highly touted about 3 years ago, wasn't bad but sure wasn't memorable. Make sure you go to Vaughn Johnston's, a wine store in the *harbory* place
      with a zillion restaurants, none of which was super either, of the 7-8 we ate at over a few nights. Funny as l think back, cannot remember any restaurant that really was excellent, certainly not terrible but not great.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        I lived in South Africa for a few years, and spent a fair bit of time in Cape Town. It's not a European city and, mainly, doesn't have European prices either. (This is a sore point in our family - my rellies feel they should be able to get a michelin starred meal for a fiver). RSA is not really a food culture, except where the food is incidental to the social gathering like a braai or pojkie. The point being that mr.monger is right - the 'best' in SA only just hits onto the world scale and even they tend to be out in the winelands.

        My own favourite in the waterfront is the belgian place - sitting at an outside table eating a bucket of musels, drinking kwak and watching the sun set over Table Mountain.

        1. re: mr_gimlet

          I think that's Dan Anker. I had a solid, if somewhat over-priced meal there.

          1. re: joypirate

            yep, that would be right. I view expensive as a given for the V&A

      2. I'm a Capetonian ... and think that you can eat out well in Cape Town without spending a fortune.
        I'd send you to both Bizerca and Bukhara, but would probably give Sevruga a miss - over-rated. Try Riboville in the centre of town. Haven't been to Aubergine for a long time, but they do maintain high standards.
        There's also Wakame, near to the Waterfront - pre-dinner drinks upstairs would go down well.
        If you head out to the Winelands, do try Terroir in Stellenbosch and Rueben's in Franschhoek.
        This Top 10 list includes a few Cape Town spots worth trying:

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          1. re: ShelleyCT

            Would you recommend Riboville over Ginga? We have some friends here from Cape Town and they love Ginga. Both have gotten mixed reviews, Riboville got some bad marks on and Ginga a few on tripadvisor. Could not find anything about Ginga on eatout

          2. Indian - Chandani on Roodebloem Road in Woodstock

            Local food, unpretentious: Food Barn in Noordhoek and Olympia Cafe in Kalk Bay. Fish on the Rocks for fish and chips in Hout Bay. Toni's on Kloof for Portuguese

            The distinctive regional cuisine is Cape Malay and should not be missed. Look at for an overview of the cuisine. Suggestions are Zorina's on Loop Street (lunch), Noon Gun Tea Room in Bo Kaap (lunch, tea or dinner), Biesmiellah in Bo Kaap, which can be a bit overly local if you aren't used to working class muslim Cape Town.

            Other personal favourites: Jardine on Bree, Masala Dosa on Long Street, Aubergine.

            Haven't been but plan to: Bizerca Bistro, The Roundhouse

            Overrated: Ginja, Showroom, any restaurant at the V&A Waterfront, any restaurant in Camps Bay, Riboville (review here:


            Interesting to consider: Addis in Cape Ethiopian restaurant (review here:


            There are also some good bakeries in town:



            1. Is there a big difference in Bukhara waterfront and Bukhara on Church st?

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