For downtime, Tihany prefers cities to quiet resorts—especially if the city happens to have great food. Cape Town, where Tihany designed the One&Only resort, is a current favorite, not least because of its many extraordinary restaurants. A few of his top spots:
Roundhouse Restaurant: The dining room overlooks the water, the building is over 250 years old, and the seven-course tasting menu ranges from eland carpaccio with pickled cranberry purée and braised ox tongue to apricot soufflé with Amaretto ice cream. Roundhouse Rd., The Glen, Camp’s Bay; 27-21/438-4347; dinner for two $144.
95 Keerom: This Milanese restaurant owned by Giorgio Nava is free of pretense. Bread is baked twice daily, and only the freshest ingredients are used. Try the crayfish linguine with cherry tomato sauce. Dinner for two $45.
Il Leone Mastrantonio: “An Israeli chef makes the most wonderful Italian food”—grilled calamari, extra-thin carpaccio—“and it has an enormous wine list.” 22 Cobern St., Green Point; 27-21/421-0071; dinner for two $38.
Caveau: Set in the antique wine cellars of the landmarked Heritage Building, Caveau is “an excellent wine bar to finish off a great night out,” says Tihany. Drinks for two $11.
Giovanni’s Deliworld: Tihany calls Giovanni’s “the best place for espresso and people watching in the world.” Across from the Cape Town Stadium, built in 2009 for the World Cup, it’s the city’s oldest deli, and is crammed with cheeses, sliced meats, wine, even newspapers. 103 Main Rd., Green Point; 27-21/434-6893; coffee for two $4.