By Fazielah Williams
Waterfront at night
Cape Town Waterfront at night. Photo courtesy DanieVDM
Winter is nearly here, bringing with it cooler weather and the need to fill up on some comforting, warm and delicious food. Luckily for us, Cape Town restaurants are making it their business to bring warmth and good food into the hearts of our bellies with some terrific specials.
Get your soul food at the following superb restaurants:
For the luxury gourmet lovers:
No winter blues at Bistro Allée Bleue
For some French dining of the affordable kind, make the Bistro Allée Bleue in Franschhoek a must-visit on your tour of the Cape Winelands this winter.
From R85 to R150, you are spoilt for choice between three tasty and reasonably priced meals daily.
Try the delicious and filling chicken and prawn potjie with roti paired with a glass of the estate’s Isabeau or Shiraz. Or the soup of the day followed by succulent confit of duck with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. If you’re really in need of warmth and comfort food, try the mouth-watering three-course meal, which includes the traditional Provençal fish stew, malva pudding and custard and a glass of estate wine.
Location: Allée Bleue Estate, Franschoek
Contact: +27 (0)21 874 1886
Catharina’s at Steenberg
Catharina’s popular Winter Warmer menus offer select dishes from Executive Chef Garth Almazan’s inspired á la carte menu, with a choice of a 2-course set menu lunch at R165, three-course lunch at R195, and a 3-course dinner at R215, all served with a complimentary glass of Klein Steenberg wine.
With only the best being offered, including Truffle Risotto with Sauté wild mushrooms, Char-grilled Chalmar Beef Sirloin and more until 30 September, you won’t want to miss this!
Location: 10802 Steenberg Hotel, Constantia Valley
Contact: +27 (0)21 713 2222
Jordan Wines Restaurant
Jordan Restaurant, the supplier of nourishment on the decadent wine farm, offers diners fantastic winter specials. Enjoy a four course Set Menu with two glasses of Jordan wine at just R225 or, for the less hungry, a one course meal with a glass of Jordan wine at just R95 from May to September 2011.
Location: Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof Road
Contact: +27 (0)21 881 3612
Chapman’s Peak Hotel
Chapmans peak hotel
Chapman’s Peak Hotel.
For a spectacular view and heavenly meals, pop into the Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant.
Relish in the delights of one kilogram of tiger prawns for R99 or buy two items from the ‘Grill’ page and get one of two selected wines and two crème brulée free.
Enjoy these delicious treats every day until 30 September.
Location: Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Contact: +27(0)21 790 1036
Five Flies Restaurant & Bars
Dine in a building filled with historical significance and spicy, delicious food at the Five Flies restaurant in the CBD.
Fill up this winter with a two-course meal for R120 or a three-course meal for R150 (Mondays and& Wednesdays, dinner only, for the month of May)
Location: 14-16 Keerom Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27(0) 21 424 4442
For a truly authentic Italian menu that leaves you begging for more, try Hildebrand at the V&A Waterfront. Their two course meals for R 99 or three course meals for R 130 are a must this winter!
Location: Hildebrand Restaurant, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 425 3385 / +27 (0)21 424 5640
The Greenhouse Restaurant
Ward off the cold and the hunger pangs at The Cellars-Hohenort’s award-winning restaurant The Greenhouse. They have an unbelievable Winter Surprise Special menu which includes five delicious courses, created by top chef Peter Tempelhoff, paired with wines exclusively from Klein Constantia.
This offer is valid for dinner every Tuesday to Friday from May to September (excluding the month of July due to annual closure) for R240 and R295 with matching wines.
Location: The Greenhouse Restaurant, The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommerslvlei, Constantia, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 794 2137 (Please quote the “Winter Surprise Special” when making your reservation)
Grand Daddy Hotel
Daddy is feeling generous this cool season so let him take care of your basic needs. With a yummy weekday and weekend food special, the Grand Daddy Hotel ensures you won’t go hungry this winter.
For just R120.00 for two people, you and your partner can enjoy a variety of tasty snacks including burgers, pastas and sandwiches as well as two glasses of red or white wine or two soft drinks from Monday to Sunday.
Before you embark on a naughty weekend adventure, why not indulge in Daddy’s Dinner special: a mouth-watering two course set menu or just R95.00 per person each Friday or Saturday night?
Location: The Grand Daddy Hotel, 38 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27(0)21 424 7247
For stylish yet affordable dining in a gorgeous setting, try the V&A Waterfront’s Krugmann’s Grill.
At just R 74, you can enjoy a 250g Rump, a starch of your choice and four prawns.
Location: Krugmann’s Grill, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27(0)21 418 9393
Breathtaking views and delicious food… Salt in Bantry Bay knows how to do those best.
This winter, indulge in Salt’s fantastic special. For just R 120 for a set two course meal or R 140 for a three course meal, you can feast on Lamb gnocchi, Butternut velouté, Bread and butter pudding with whisky anglaise and chocolate ice cream and so much more.
This offer is valid until 31 August.
Location: Salt Restaurant & Bar, 34 Victoria Road, Bantry Bay
Contact: +27(0)21 439 7258
For the chic eaters:
Mondays at French Toast
Blue Mondays are a thing of the past with French Toast in Bree Street’s irresistible half-priced wine with affordable meals.
Sip leisurely on various great tasting international blends from as little as R49 for De Meye Shiraz Rosé to Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block for just R200.
Don’t miss their monthly wine and tapas evenings too from June to October where you have the opportunity to meet the winemaker, learn about the respective wine farms, taste special vintages and enjoy a four-course tapas menu paired with wine, all for only R250 per person.
Location: French Toast, 199 Bree Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 3839
Website: www frenchtoastwine.com
Sinn’s winter specials
Feel wickedly satisfied at Sinn’s this chilly season.
From just R50, you can enjoy a lunchtime snack guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling. And for a seductive dinner that will leave you begging for more, try their three-course meal and a glass of fine wine for just R150. This offer is valid from June 1 to August 31
Not in the mood for food? Not a problem because Sinn’s has a delicious cocktails and drinks specials offer daily from 16h00 to 18h00
Location: Sinn’s, Wembley Square, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 465 0967
Tapas and jazz Sundays at 1800°
For a leisurely Sunday afternoon spent tasting superb wines and irresistible Mediterranean tapas, head down to 1800° Grill Room in Green Point.
For just R195 per person, you can feast on a stunning selection of tapas, fresh breads and authentic South African wines to your heart’s content while listening to some of the Mother City’s finest jazz musicians, each Sunday between 12h00 and 15h00.
Location: 1800°Grill Room, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence, Green Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 430 0506
Winter lunch at The Square
Tranquil dining, affordable prices and good company … you get this and so much more at The Square in Newlands.
Enjoy their fabulous winter lunch special, including such tasty delights as battered fish and chips and organic lamb curry for a mere R130 for a two-course meal or R160 for a three-course meal.
Location: The Square Restaurant at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Newlands
Contact: +27 (0)21 657 4500
Sinn’s Restaurant and Bar
The wickedly delicious specials at Sinn’s will leave you begging for more all through the cool season.
Running until 31 May, this fantastic special allows you to enjoy fun and tasty lunch dishes like a Moroccan Chicken Breast and others for just R 50.
For the evening diners, a three course meal paired with a glass of wine is available at only R 150.
Location: Sinn’s Restaurant, Wembley Square, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 465 0967
Lose yourself in the mysticism and culinary delights of Asoka Bar in Kloof Street. With tasty cocktails names after Indian gods and fantastic specials, like two tapas and a glass of Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon for only R95 each weekend or half priced tapas each Sunday, you won’t want to leave this Nirvana.
Location: 68 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 0909
If roast butternut with hummus and pine nuts, Asian salmon, tiger prawns wrapped in pancetta or mini kudu with orange potato puree and citrus dressing tickle your fancy, then stop by Fork Restaurant in Long Street.
Treat your taste buds to their specials: a tapas taster plate with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink, and a coffee for just R60. This special is available from 12H00 to 18H00 only.
Location: Fork Restaurant, 84 Long Street, Cape Town:
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 6334
Indulge your love for seafood with some delicious fishy specials at the chic Beluga in Green Point. Get one kilogram of prawns or a 26-piece sushi platter for R119 or half-price sushi, Mondays to Saturdays from 12h00 to 19h00 and all day on Sundays.
For an even better deal, try their Winter Tasting Menu which includes two course lunch meal for R120 for a three course dinner meal at R 160.
Location: Beluga Restautant, The Foundry, Prestwich Street, Green Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 2948
A view of the gorgeous ocean and the city’s most beautiful people… what more could you ask for? How about a two course lunch at R 120 or a three course dinner at R 150, including wine and coffee? Sound good? Then get down to Blues now.
Location: Blues Restaurant, The Promenade, Camps Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 438 1758
Chic and in the midst of beauty, fun and entertainment at the V&A Waterfront, 221 is the place to dine at this cool season. Try their year round three course meal special at just R 135 per person.
Location: Upper Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 3633
Glamorous patrons, stylish food and a vibe you just cannot help but enjoy… at Trinity, you get it all.
This winter, gorge yourself on “All you can eat” Dim Sum at R135 or pizza for R50 until 7 pm daily , as well as unforgettable specials for each day of the week.Try the “All you can eat” ribs on Mondays at R99, two-for-price-of-one burgers on Wednesdays, the seafood platter for R100 on Thursdays.
Location: Trinity, 15 Bennett Street, Green Point
Contact: +27(0)21 418 0624
What’s On Eatery
Savour the aromatic flavours of the What’s On Eatery’s fabulous winter special in the city centre.
For only R99, you can enjoy a wonderful two-course meal with a glass of wine.
Location: What’s On Eatery, 6 Watson Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 5652
For the comfort foodies:
Where else could you dine on a two-for-one six-course meal, fit for a king, for only R240? Nowhere but at La Mouette in Sea Point this June.
You and your partner can savour spiced cheese croquettes, white bean soup, Butternut squash ravioli, apple custard and chocolate macaroons.
Location: La Mouette, 78 Regent Road, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 433 0856
Galbi winter specials
For Korean dishes and amazing specials, try Galbi in Long Street.
For three days a week until the end of August, you can have a variety platter for one with A-Grade rump steak, Thai marinated chicken, marinated ribs and potato wedges for R60 on Tuesdays, 400g rump/pork with doenjang jjiggae (Korean vegetable soup/stew), Korean spinach, sweet potato fries with jalapeno sauce, lettuce wraps and makkoli (a traditional Korean rice wine) for R180 for two on Thursdays and a three-course meal for two for R180 on Sundays.
Location: Galbi, 210 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 3030
Catch up the week’s news whilst enjoying a delicious brunch and the sounds of a soulful band at Winchester Mansion’s restaurant, Harvey’s, for only R 195 person each Sunday.
Location: Winchester Mansions, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 434 2351
A pizza parlour with a twist, this little eatery gives you fantastic deals. Try their two pizzas and two toppings each, take-away special for just R 84, 95.
Location: 81 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 461 0013
More than just a mouth-watering mezes and tapas bar, Café Sofia also caters for the most important meal of the day with its big breakfast special for just R28 each day. You can also enjoy a two for one main meal special each evening from 17H00.
Location: Café Sofia, 60 Kloof Street, Gardens,
Contact: +27 (0)21 426 0801
Enjoy the fantastic Winter Warmers special for two (beef or chicken stew, served with spaetzle or couscous and a free bottle of Altydgedacht Red wine) for only R 99 at Arnold’s in Kloof Street.
Location: Arnold’s 60 Kloof Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 434 4344
Cosy during the winter months with a roaring indoor fireplace every day, Café Roux in Noordhoek offers some delicious winter comfort food. Try their delicious chunky chocolate brownies for just R 39.
Location: Café Roux, Noordhoek Village
Contact: +27 (0)21 789 2538
Join the lovable Polana in Kalk Bay for another memorable R50 special this cool season.
This time, it’s a half of a large, fresh Elgin Free Range Chicken, flame grilled, with shoe string chips, a Parmesan and Avocado salad and a herb or chilli sauce. Valid Sunday dinner to Thursday dinner and Saturday lunch for May 2011.
Location: Polana Restaurant, Kalk Bay Harbour, Main Road, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27 (0) 21 788 7162
Live Bait Restaurant
With a breakwater wall to its name, this feisty little establishment is the place to be to get the best specials in town.
For a mere R60, you can dine on eight succulent Tiger Prawns, with sesame stir fried vegetables and an Asian noodle salad. This offer is valid for Sunday dinner to Thursday dinner and Monday lunch to Thursday Lunch for May 2011.
Location: Live Bait Restaurant, Kalk Bay Harbour, Main Road, Kalk Bay
Contact: +27(0)21 788 5755
The Foodbarn Restaurant and Deli
This quaint restaurant in Noordhoek is offering a scrumptious winter menu to accompany their lovely Steenberg wines.
Enjoy a three course meal at R 165, a four course meal at R 185 or a five course meal at R 215 while sipping on the most delectable Merlots, Sauvignon Blancs.
Location: The Foodbarn Restaurant & Deli, Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek
Contact: +27 (0)21 789 1390
If it’s comfort food served in a historical venue that you’re after, you can’t do much better than Brio 1893 in the CBD.
Enjoy their Winter Special menu from Monday to Thursday evenings for just R165 per person. Get carried away with their steamed mussels, mouth-watering oxtail, Lindt chocolate fondant and more.
Location: Brio 1893, ABC Building, 130 Adderley Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 0654
Quay Four Tavern
Try one of the oldest restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Quay Four Tavern. They have cool specials to make your winter warmer.
Until July 1, you can share a kilo of prawns, mussels or ribs for just R99 or create your own fantastic combos of the three, like a half kilogram of prawns and a half kilo of ribs for R99.
Location: Quay Four Tavern, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 419 2008
What can possibly be more appetizing and cost-worthy that Pepenero’s winter specials? Try their sirloin with fries for R 79, oxtail for R 99 or a calamari platter for just R 69.
Location: Pepenero, No.1 Two Oceans Beach, Bay Road, Mouille Point
Contact: +27(0) 21439 9027
Snuggle up this winter with D’Ouwe Werf’s irresistible Winter Warmer Special.
For just R 100 or R125, you can fill up on a delectable two course or three course meals. Enjoy your hearty meal which includes the chef’s soup of the day; a Cape Malay bobotie; sundried tomato, peppadew and feta stuffed chicken fillet and a traditional malva pudding under the specially erected Bedouin tent.
Location: D’Ouwe Werf Hotel, 30 Church Street, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27(0)21 887 4608