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T+L's Definitive Guide to Cape Town


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Here, six places to sample Cape Town’s ever-evolving “rainbow cuisine.”

Carne Sa: Braaiing (grilling) is a national pastime in South Africa, and no one does it better than this locavore steak house (the meats are sourced largely from owner Giorgio Nava’s ranch in the Karoo). You can’t go wrong with the free-range lamb, braaied over coal, or the 24-month-aged, grass-fed sirloin. $$

Grand Café & Beach: The ocean-facing tables and outdoor cabanas at this beachside hangout are perennially packed with stylish Capetonians. What to order: café classics such as smoked-trout salad and flatbread pizzas. $$

Neighbourgoods Market: On Saturday mornings, the city’s hipster bread makers and charcutiers gather at this collection of high-end artisanal food stalls in Woodstock. Pick up pastries, coffee, and crêpes, then grab a seat at one of the communal wooden tables. Or stock up for a picnic.

Pot Luck Club & Gallery: Chef-owner Luke Dale-Robert’s low-key tapas spot is the coastal port’s most buzzed-about restaurant. An airy, loftlike dining room decorated with contemporary art sets the backdrop for his creative dishes, prepared in an open kitchen. Don’t miss the pork belly with red cabbage and apple slaw. $$

Roundhouse: When restaurant designer—and jet-setting foodie—Adam Tihany comes to town, he stops in at this onetime Dutch East India Company guardhouse hidden on Table Mountain. The draw? An artful six-course tasting menu (rib eye ornamented with onion petals; beet carpaccio served with pickled eggplant and shimeji mushrooms) $$$

Test Kitchen: Pot Luck Club & Gallery’s sophisticated older sister made its debut three years ago with an ambitiously innovative concept. Ingredients such as ginger and yuzu are pickled and poached to intensify their essence, while dishes are presented in unexpected ways: biltong (cured meat) is topped with plum-cured foie gras; langoustines come alongside smoked quail and a corn-and-miso velouté. $$

Restaurant Pricing Key
$ Less than $25
$$ $25 to $75
$$$ $75 to $150
$$$$ More than $150


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