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My fiance and I are traveling to Cape Town for 6 nights, looking for a GREAT kosher (meat preferred) restaurant. If it's romantic, that would be even better. Place I like: Pardes in Brooklyn, Prime Grill, Mike's, etc. Looking for the international equivolent.

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  1. I haven't been to Cape Town in a couple of years, but your expectations may be a trifle inflated. The list of cities on this planet that can offer a romantic and GREAT kosher dining experience is pretty short. Moreover, the south African community has been shrinking, most South African Jews now live in Atlanta, Sydney or Tel Aviv.

    That said, if Avron's Place is still open, I remember it as quite a nice grill.

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    1. re: AdinaA

      This from a neighbor who just returned from Cape Town, but I don't think she recommends anything like Prime Grill or Mikes:
      "There is Astra which is near the city center. I ate at Astra on a Wednesday
      when they have a buffet for lunch at it was amazing. There is Avron's, but I did not eat there. I got a lot of food from Checkers in Sea
      Point which has numerous kosher counters (fresh and fried fish, sushi,
      cooked meats and vegetables, and a bakery."

      1. re: mamaleh

        Avron's and Goldie's Deli are probably your only choices. I would not consider either romantic. I haven't been there in a few years; however, most are haimish not romantic.

        For a complete list, go to shamash.org kosher database.

        While you are in S. Africa, try out their Biltong, Boerwors, and Meat Pies, all specialties of SA.

      2. re: AdinaA

        Which Hashgagah is Astra Under?

        1. re: evengold

          You will have to double check if you go, but I believe it is under Cape Town Beit Din. Astra is a "sheltered work place" for members of the Jewish community with challenges. They train some of their participants to be caterers, and they put on an impressive buffet spread for lunch on Wednesdays for the public. It's a great idea.

          1. re: mamaleh

            Ok
            Use to be called coffee time and as you correctly pointed out under the local Beth Din

      3. I don't know if you have time for a day trip to Paarl from Capetown (a 45 mins. drive if I recall correctly) BUT if you do, you can visit two wonderful romantic spots. The first is called "Fairview" which is a winery (WINES NOT KOSHER) and cheese farm. Most of the cheeses are kosher and the grounds are gorgeous. Perfect for a romantic picnic lunch. http://www.fairview.co.za/
        The second spot is the Zandwijk winery, also in Paarl, which produces delicious kosher wines under the "kleine draken" label. We went and had a private tour and tasting there. It was an amazing experience. Its a small place and the staff was very friendly and eager to show us everything. http://www.kosherwines.co.za/
        These are two great spots that I would not miss if I were you! Have a great trip!

        1. Checkers Sea Point is the place to go to as well as Avrons. Maybe mamelah will find some RCC Srirachi sauce there :)