Cape Town and around again
I attached this on the last Ct post but no one responded so I'll try again. We are leaving in 2 weeks and I would love some food advice. No one has mentioned Ruben's who has restaurants in both CT and Franschhoek. Read about him in Saveur and menus look great. What does anyone think? Ruben mentions Bread and Wine Vineyard for lunch in Franschhoek? Good choices in Stellenbosch? Where is the best place for well prepared African dishes such as ostrich or antelope?We will be in CT for a week and will have a car so we can do lots of day trips.
We visited CT and Franschhoek in June 2010. Reuben's was wonderful - great food, lively atmosphere. Bread & Wine is absolutely wonderful and a great pit stop when out wine tasting - it's only open for lunch. If you like pig in all of its forms, the Charcuterie is his speciality and it's wonderful. We also ate at La Petite Ferme, where the views are stunning and the food is good enough. Try Dieu Donne as well for a glass of wine and beautiful views - they also have microbrews if you need a break from wine. Food was average. We had a fantastic blowout wine and food pairing at Le Bon Vivant as well - definitely would recommend it. There's apparently an amazing value food/wine pairing at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch that might be worth checking out for lunch.
In CT, we had a great burger at the Royale Eatery (plus great milkshakes!) and also splurged on Nobu at the One & Only - it's the best 'value' as we wouldn't be able to afford to go there in any other country. Food was very nice as one would expect. Didn't get a chance to try the Codfather in Camps Bay, but it has been recommended by more than one person for the fish and 1/2 price sushi at lunch.
We're heading back in April so would love to hear what you find so we can explore some new gems! Have fun!
Thanks..I have Test Kitchen on my list. How far in advance do I have to reserve for dinner for two..suppose best to go on a weekday??
I prefer places that utilize local foods as much as possible, what we in the US would call "market to table" cooking," perhaps with some Asian influence. Not really looking for stuffy French places. Last trip I had excellent meals at Showroom (closed). Ginja and Savoy Cabbage were good as well.
Also have on my list The Miller's Thumb..comments?
In Wine Country for a day trip, maybe try Bread and Wine?
Also, where is the best places for crayfish or giant prawns? Last time we ate at Panama Jacks, which I liked a lot, but I've read it has gone downhill..do locals still go there? If not, where?
We will have car and driver, so can range far for lunch; hope to stay near center for most dinners.
I haven't dined at either of the Reuben's (they're quite pricey in comparison to other local restaurants), but I have heard excellent things about it and am planning to go there for whatever special occasion comes up first this year :) - I've just had a look, and the set menu and summer buffet look more reasonable.
I do also like the bar at the One&Only. Great spot for drinks.
Can't advise on Franschhoek and Stellenbosch as I haven't been to either on anything other than work in a year.
I'm not big on eating meat when I'm out because of religious dietary restrictions, so can't help you with recommendations there. You should be able to get ostrich at several places. I'm pretty sure I've seen antelope on the menu at Karibu at V&A Waterfront.