During my week of writing the first section of my third SwitchBitch Book in Franschhoek last week, I finally ate lunch at La Petite Ferme, after a long absence, wanting to see the interior renovation, and to experience the cuisine of Chef Kyle Norris, whose food I have not previously tasted. It was a costly mistake! Continue reading →
In the past month a number of new restaurants have opened in Franschhoek, whilst a number of new chefs have arrived in the Gourmet village too. To assist our readers in planning a visit to Franschhoek, we summarize the changes below. Continue reading →
The first restaurants are sending out their Winter Specials information, summarised below. The list is updated continuously. We welcome information about new specials:
# Foxcroft, High Constantia, Constantia. Tel 202-3304. Three Tapas R195 Monday – Friday, 4-courses reduced to R295. Bottomless Steenberg Bubbly at R195 when eating either of two specials. From 15 May – 29 June. (Updated 30/5)
#. La Colombe, Silvermist Estate. Tel (021) 794-2390. Four courses for R395 Monday – Thursday until 31 August. R395. (Updated 15/6).
#. Umi in Camps Bay: 2 couc vv bvrse set menu R180, 3 courses R220. Fish & fries R110, Japanese pizza R75, Sirloin R120, Butternut soup R65, Half price sushi. Tel (021) 437-1802 (added 23/5)
# Pepenero in Mouille Point : 2 courses R180, 3 courses R220. Sirloin Tagliata R120, beer battered fish and chips R95, Seafood platter R155, red wine braised lamb shank R165, 6 fresh oysters R95, and spaghetti alle vongole R95. Daily. Tel (021) 439-9027 (added 23/5)
# Paranga in Camps Bay: 2 courses R250; 3 courses R300; Daily. Tel (021) 438-0404 (added 23/5)
#. The Bungalow in Clifton: 2 courses R200; 3 courses R240. Lamb curry R185, fillet pasta R135, Mussels R120, chicken schnitzel R95, Thai chicken curry R105, and braised lamb neck R165. Tel (021) 438-2018 (added 23/5)
# La Belle Bistro & Bakery, Camps Bay, The Alphen, Mouille Point: 2 courses R190, 3 courses R230. Tel (021) 437-1278/439-9036 (added 25/5)
# Dalliance, V & A Waterfront: 2 courses R190, 3 courses R230. Tel (021) 418-1037. (Added 25/5)
# Open Door, Constantia. Three courses Lunch or Dinner Tuesday – Friday. R295.. Tables of four or more receive a complimentary bottle of Constantia Uitsig Natura Vista.
#. Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg: Five tapas to share for two R300 for tables of up to 10 persons, Monday – Sunday 17h00 – 20h00, until 30 September. Free coffee with any breakfast Monday – Friday except public holidays. Lunch Special: 2 courses from R185, 3 courses R215, 4 courses R245. Prices valid for tables of up to 10 persons. Until 29 September. Tel (021) 713-2211. (updated 18/5/16)
#. Catharina’s, Steenberg Hotel: 2 courses R165, 3 courses R195, Lunch Monday – Saturday. 3 course Dinner without wine R265, R295 with wine. Monday – Sunday, until 31 August. Tel (021) 713-7178. (added 25/5)
#. La Mouette, Regent Road, Sea Point : 4-courses and a carafe of wine R 295. Tuesday – Sunday dinner, Sunday lunch. From 8 June. Tel (021) 433-0856 (added 30/5)
# Harbour House, Constantia Nek and Kalk Bay: 2 courses R195 (R220 with a glass of wine), 3 course menu R215, or R240 with glass of wine, Mondays – Fridays, June. Tel (021) 795-0688/788-4133/418-4744 (updated 3/6)
# Harbour House, V & A Waterfront: 3 course menu R215, or R240 with glass of wine, Mondays – Thursdays. June. Tel (021) 795-0688/788-4133/418-4744 (Updated 3/6)
# Harbour House, Constantia: High Tea Petit R150; High Tea Sweet & Savoury R185; High Tea Deluxe R260. All include a Pot of Tea. The Deluxe High Tea costs R320 with a glass of bubbly added. Monday – Saturday 14h00 -17h00. Tel (021) 795-0688. (Added 23/5)
# Live Bait Muizenberg: Hake and calamari combo R205, Mondays to Thursdays. Tel (021) 788-2705. (Added 23/5).
# Grand Africa Café & Beach: 2 courses R195, 3 courses R255. June. Tel (021) 425-0551 (added 3/6)
# Mangata Restaurant, Simons Town: Mussel Madness Monday 2 main courses R195, Sunday Roast R 149 pp. Tel (021) 786-1635 (added 25/5)
# The Shortmarket Club, Shortmarket Str: 3 course Prix Fixe Menu R280, with carafe of wine added R 360. Lunch. Until 30 September. Tel (021) 447-2874 (added 25/5)
# Pot Luck Club, Biscuit Mill: ‘Lucky Lunch’ Japanese Kitchen Style Lunch Menu R250. Mo day – Friday Lunch. 30 May – 30 September. Tel (021) 447-0804.
# Shimmy Beach Club: Winter Menu, until end August. Tel (021) 200-7778. (added 25/5)
# Constantia Glen: Winter soups (goulash, butternut and sage, and French Onion) at R 90 per single serving, or R95 for smaller trio of soups. Wines from R50 per glass. Until 31 August. Tel (021) 795-5639 (added 26/5)
# Meloncino, V&A Waterfront: 50% off pizza, pasta, and cocktails. 11h00 – 19h00. 1 June – 31 August. Tel (021) 419-5558 (added 25/5)
#. City Grill, V&A Waterfront: 50% off all Gourmet Steaks and Burgers. 11h00 – 19h00. 1June – 31 August. Tel (021) 419-5558 (added 25/5)
#. The Greek Fisherman. Fisherman Seafood Platter R140, 50% off second platter. 11h00 – 19h00. 1 June – 31 August. Tel (021) 419-5558 (added 25/5)
#. Aubergine: 2 course Winter Bistro dinner, 3 courses, July – Awaiting Specials. Monday – Saturday evenings. Tel (021) 465-4909 (added 30/5)
# Cape Town Fish Market, Big Bay, V&A Waterfront, Canal Walk, Tyger Valley, Stellenbosch, Tokai, Grand West : 200g fish and chips, or burger with chips and onion rings, for R50 on Mondays; 50% off Sushi and 25% off sushi platters on Tuesdays; Granger Bay Seafood platter for two to share R199, and Fish Hoek Seafood platter R99 per person, on Wednesdays. Sushi platters from R89 on Thursdays. Complimentary prawn spring rolls with a bottle of Lord’s Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Noir. Family Feast R360 for four persons (R90 per head), with 4 hake fillets, 12 prawns, and deep-fried calamari. Tel 083 400 2005 (added 30/5)
# I ♥ my Laundry, Buitengracht Street/Buitenkant Street: 8 pieces of Dim Sum from R55. Daily 7h00 – 19h00. Tel 084 6600 777 (added 30/5)
# HQ, Buitengracht Street: Two for the price of one steak, chips and salad, on Mondays; #DateNight 2 steaks and 2 glasses R280 on Tuesdays; Half price tapas on Thursdays. Tel (021) 424-6373 (added 30/5)
# Reverie Social Table, Observatory: 5 courses and 6 wines Dinner R545 Monday – Saturday Dinner. June and August. Tel (021) 447-3219 (added 30/5)
# Mondiall, V & A Waterfront: 2 courses R185, 3 courses R225 Lunch and Dinner. Tel (021) 418-3003 (updated 31/5)
# Den Anker, Waterfront: Two Belgian beers on tap and two dishes (mussels, fish, or burger) R125 daily until 19h00. Tel (021) 419-0249. (Added 3/6).
# GreenVine Eatery, Silvermist, Constantia: Sunday Winter Roast R140. Farm Breakfast Monday R59. Suit Up Tuesday breakfast and Bottomless coffee R80. Wine Wednesday lunch with complimentary Silvermist Sauvignon Blanc with meal. Hot cakes Thursday with tea or coffee R40. Beer Friday with 500ml Stella Artois Draught and burger R99. Tel (021) 794-7601. (Updated 3/6)
# The 41, Camps Bay. 2 courses and complimentary drink R180, 3 courses and complimentary drink R220. Lunch and Dinner, until 31 August. 20 % off Breakfast Tuesday – Sunday 8h00 – 11h30. Tel (021) 437-0558 (updated 26/6)
# Massimo’s, Hout Bay. 15 % off total bill lunch Monday – Friday. Eat as much pasta, pizza, and green salad for R125 per person, for tables of 4 or more. Monday – Thursday. Tel (021) 790-5648. (Updated 8/6)
# Goloso, Sea Point: Pizza, pasta, or winter stew with a 500 ml Darling Brew Slow Beer R99. Early bird dinner discount – 2 pizzas or 2 pastas or 2 Winter stews and bottle of wine R250 Monday – Sunday 17h00 – 19h00. Until 30 September. Tel (021) 439-2144 (added 3/6)
# Stuzzico, Villa 47: 2 courses R160, 3 courses R210. With a bottle of Italian sparkling wine or 750 ml craft beer or bottle of Italian red or white wine R410 (2 courses)/R510 (3courses). Tel (021) 418-2740 (added 5/6)
# The Stack, Gardens: 2 courses R 195, 3 courses R235. Monday – Saturday lunch, Monday – Thursday dinner. Tel (021) 286-0187 (added 5/6)
# Cheyne’s, Hout Bay: 3 dishes R150. Tel (021) 790-3462 (added 5/6)
# Burger & Lobster: The All Rounder’ (70g B&L Slider, Half Lobster Roll, Lobster Bisque, Fries) R139, Monday – Saturday, Lunch & Dinner. Tel (021) 422-4297 (Added 8/6)
# Mitico, Kloof Street: Any pizza or pasta plus glass of wine R75. Monday – Thursday, 12h00 – 16h00. Tel (021) 422-2260 (added 9/6)
# Primal Eatery: Two 35-day aged 300g sirloin steaks, with onion and chips, a bottle of KW Foothills Shiraz or Sauvignon Blanc, and sharing warm apple crumble with smoked cinnamon ice cream R450 per couple. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Tel (021) 422-3232. (Added 15/6)
# Greenhouse, The Cellars-Hohenhort, Constantia: 4 courses R395 Friday and Saturday Lunch. 7 courses R750 Tuesday – Thursday Dinner. Tel (021) 795-6226. (Added 20/6)
# The Quarterdeck, Grandwest. Prawns R250 on Wednesday evenings. Dinner & Dance Saturday evenings R250. Until 31 July. Tel (021) 505-7220. (Added 30/6)
# Mynt, Camps Bay: Fillet Special with 2 fillet steaks, 2 sauces, 2 sides, 2 glasses of house wine R350 Monday to Sunday; two for one cocktail Monday – Sunday 17h00 – 19h00; two for one burger and pasta Monday – Friday all day and night. Tel (021) 473-1765 (added 7/7)
# Seelan Restauarant & Bar, V&A Waterfront: Sunday Buffet 5 starters, 5 main courses, 4 desserts R300. Tel (021) 421-4906 (added 9/7)
# Cabrón Taco Bar, Bree Street : Two for one Tacos, daily until 16h00. Tel 0844 703 533 ( added 26/7)
# Arcade, Bree Street: Two pizzas for price of one 12h00 – 20h00; two burgers for price of one, Wednesdays 12h00 – 20h00; two Pizza and/or Burger for price of one Thursdays 12h00 – 20h00. Tel 060 861 0511 (added 26/7).
# Royale Eatery: Classic Cheese Burger, Vegetable Cheese Burger, Falafel Salad bowl, chicken salad, 2-topping pizza, for R50, Citizen Patriot beer 440ml R22, 12h00 – 17h00, until 1 October. Tel (021) 422-4536 (added 26/7).
# Clarkes Bar and Diner, Bree Street: Two for one cheeseburger, or beetroot and Aubergine burger for price of one between 18h00 – 19h00 on Tuesdays. Tel (021) 424-7648 (added 26/7)
# Mini & Trout, Bree Street: Curry night R99 on Tuesdays. Tel (021) 426-2534 (added 26/7).
#. Haute Cabriere: 300g steak with a glass of Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir R175, with Creme Brûlée R225 Tel (021) 876-3688 (added 30/5)
# Leeu Estates: 15% off with Leeu Collection Loyalty Card. Tel (021) 492-2220 (added 30/5)
# Leeu House: 15% off with Leeu Collection Loyalty Card. Tel (021) 492-2221 (added 30/5)
#. Tuk Tuk Microbrewery: 15% off with Leeu Collection Loyalty Card. Tel (021) 492-2207 (added 30/5)
# Marigold Authentic Indian: 15% off with Leeu Collection Loyalty Card. Tel (021) 876-8970
# The Garden Room at Le Quartier Français: 15% off with Leeu Collection Loyalty Card. Tel (021) 876-2151.
# La Petite Ferme: Wine and Food Experience 8 June, 6 July, 3 August. Dinner showcasing four wines, one La Petite Ferme, two other local, and one international, 3-course dinner R 750. Tel (021) 876-3016.
# Dutch East: Grilled sirloin R135, on Fridays. Tel (021) 876-3547 (added 20/6)
#. FABER, Avondale, Paarl: 3 courses R250, Wednesday – Sunday Lunch, Thursday to Saturday Dinner, until 30 September. Tel (021) 202-1219.(Updated 20/6)
# eat@Simonsvlei, Paarl: Cape Malay chicken curry, Cape Brandy tart and whipped cream p,us glass of Simonsvlei Bukettraube R145. June – September. Tel (021) 863-3845. (Added 3/6)
# Oude Wellington Restaurant: ‘Kerrie Tafel’ three curries with rices, and sambals R150 per person. Wednesday Dinner. Until 27 September. Tel 082 836 8924.
#. Terroir, Kleine Zalze: Tuesday – Sunday Lunch, Tuesday – Saturday Dinner. Two courses with glass of Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection wine R295, four courses R395/R495 without/with wine. Until 30 September. Tel (021) 880-8167 (added 15/5)
# Makaron, Majeka House: Small plates of 4/5/6 courses for R450/R565/675. If paired with wines the cost is R770/R940/R1100. Thursday – Tuesday Dinner. Tel (021) 880-1549. (added 25/5)
# Delheim: Jazz and Cheese Fondue plus glass of Glühwein and live jazz R 230, Sundays from 25 June until 27 August. Tel (021) 888-4607 (added 30/5)
# Cucina Di Giovanni, Eikendal Vineyards: Winter Mini Pizza (three) and Wine Pairing R60. Tuesdays – Sundays, until 30 June, and 1 August – 30 September. Tel (021) 855-1422. (added 20/6)
# Eikendal Vineyards: Winter Pizza & Wine Pairing Experience, mini pizza and matching estate wine R60. Tuesdays – Sundays, 12h00 – 16h00 from 1 August to 30 September. Tel (021) 855-1422. (Added 26/7) ‘
# Benguela on Main: 2 courses R240, 3 courses R310. Tuesday – Saturday Dinner, Lunch Friday and Saturday. From 2 June – 30 September. Tel 087 357 0637 (added 25/5)
# Henri’s Restaurant & Pub: 2 courses R 220, 3 courses R250, inclusive of a bottle of Lourensford River Garden wine per coup,e, or two glasses per single guest. Monday – Saturday Lunch and Dinner, and Sunday Lunch. Tel (021) 852-6442 (added 31/5)
# Benguela Cove Restaurant: 3 courses, glass of wine, and glass of Glühwein R450 per person. Tel 087 357 0637 (added 30/5)
# Origins Restaurant, The Marine Hotel: Winter Curry with almond and coriander rice, Pippa don, chutney and raita. R160. Lunch and Dinner. Until 30 June. Tel (028) 313-1000 (added 20/6)
* Gabriëlskloof Restaurant, Bot River: 2-courses R210, 3-courses R250 Wednesday – Monday. Sharing Sundays 3 courses R300 per person. Until 31 August. Tel (028) 284-9865 (added 31/5)
* SeaFood at The Plettenberg: Await Specials information. Tel (044) 533-2030
Closed for winter break
# The Kitchen at Maison: closed until 4 July (added 30/5)
# Indochine, Delaire Graff: closed until 24 June (added 30/5)
# Camphors at Vergelegen: Closed until 14 June (added 30/5)
# Reverie Social Table: 1 – 30 June (added 30/5)
# La Colombe: Winter break 9 – 30 June (updated 2/6).
# Osteria Tarantino closed 10 – 25 June (added 8/10)
# Waterkloof Restaurant: Closed from 19 June – 19 July (added 30/5)
# Haute Cabrière: Closed from 26 June – 7 August (added 30/5)
# FABER, Avondale, Paarl: 22 -30 May, 26 June – 11 July. (Added 25/5)
# Makaron, Majeka House: closed 25 June – 29 July (added 20/6)
# Pot Luck Club, Old Biscuit Mill: 26 June – 9 July (added 25/5)
# Spier Hotel Restaurant & Bar: 1 July – 15 September. (Added 19/6)
# Terroir: 3 – 25 July. (Added 25/5)
# The Dining Room: closed 7 -19 July (added 8/6)
# Bistro Sixteen82: 24 July – 10 August (added 25/5)
# Primal Eatery: 1 – 15 August (added 6/7)
#. Karoux in McGregor: 11 – 13 August (added 25/5)
# Benguela on Main, Somerset West: 13 August – 13 September. (Added 25/5)
# SOURCE restaurant in Hermanus not offering Dinner in winter. (Added 20/6)
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We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously.
New restaurant openings continue, especially in Cape Town. The most amazing new opening success has been Locanda Restaurant at Villa 47 on Bree Street, which became the city’s favorite within its first week of opening! Very interesting news is Chef Ivor Jones’ departure from The Test Kitchen* at the end of the month and his future (see below).
We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously.
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