Chef’s choice – top 10

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen
Launched as a Cookery School and reformed into a gastronomic treasure trove. The menu changes daily depending on available produce, and there’s a “no booking” policy.
92 Bree Street, 021 422 0128

La Colombe
Acclaimed upmarket vineyard restaurant on Silvermist Wine Estate in Constantia, that marries foraged-for local ingredients with a wonderful sprinkling of French flair.
Constantia Main Road, Constantia Nek, 021 794 2390

A much-loved foodie eatery at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, it draws inspiration from sea and land, to offer sophisticated modern South African in a magnificent five-star setting.
93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia Heights, 021 795 6226

South China Dim Sum Bar
Simple, varied and ever-changing menu of fresh and flavourful Asian street food – merging good food, warm service and earth-friendly practices.
289 Long Street, 078 846 3656, [email protected]

The Test Kitchen
Bold, experimental, contemporary, TTK (as it’s known among insiders) serves nouvelle cuisine with a South African bent - ranked Best Restaurant in Africa 2016 and 22 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2016.
Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, 021 447 2337

Ash Restaurant
A nose-to-tail meatery, motivated by sustainability and the concept of charcoal cooking - where good wine, meat (naturally), and coolness merge.
81 Church Street, 021 424 7204

The Foodbarn
A Noordhoek institution where La Colombe founder Franck Dangereux offers a more relaxed take on fine-dining housed in a charming old barn.
Noordhoek Farm Village, 021 789 1390

Rust en Vrede
Located on the historic, award-winning Rust en Vrede estate it offers the quintessential winelands restaurant experience, combining fine dining, superb service and an elegant setting.
Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, 021 881 3757

The Shortmarket Club
Combines edgy versions of classic dishes, immaculate interiors and exceptional service, making dining here a memorable occasion - feels like a private members club without the stuffiness.
88 Shortmarket Street, 021 447 2874

La Mouette
Seasonally inspired modern restaurant in a quaint old building, offering great à la carte options and an excellent value tasting menu that changes regularly - a local favourite.
78 Regent Road, Sea Point, 021 433 0856

Quirky is cool

Bacon on Bree - Bacon butty elevated to gourmet levels.  
217 Bree Street, 021 422 2798,

Biesmiellah - Asia meets African spices.  
2 Wale Street, 021 423 0850,

Woodstock Grill & Tap - Pairs quality meat with its own brews.  
252 Albert Road, Woodstock, 021 447 0934,

Marco’s African Place - Game carpaccio and live Afro Jazz.  
15 Rose Lane, Bo Kaap, 021 423 5412,

Publik Wine Bar - Great local wines in the heart of the city.  
81 Church Street, no phone,

The Codfather - Foodie institution with the fish priced by weight.  
37 The Drive, Camps Bay, 021 438 0782,

Yard - Politically incorrect, rock’n’roll garage diner.  
6 Roodehek Street, Gardens, 083 440 7843, on Facebook

Amadoda - Riotous ambience of a casual shisa nyama barbeque.  
1 Strand Street, Woodstock, 021 447 2133,

Best of the best for …

  • Burgers - Jerry’s Burger Bar (Observatory, Kloof etc)
  • Sandwich spot - Jason Bakery (city centre)
  • Breakfast - Hemelhuijs  (city centre)
  • Brunch - The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Sundays only) or Four & Twenty (Wynberg)
  • Late-night food - Junior (Tamboerskloof)
  • Vegetarian - Nooka Café (city centre)
  • For when you're not paying - Kyoto Garden Sushi (city centre)
  • Casual fine-dining - Foxtrot (Constantia)
  • For date night - Kloof Street House (Gardens)
  • Tapas - Chefs Warehouse and Canteen (city centre)
  • Sushi - Izakaya Matsuri (Green Point)
  • For the view - Glen Carlou Wine Estate (Klapmuts)
  • Cheap eats - Eastern Food Bazaar (city centre)
  • Lunch spot - Bistro 1682 (Tokai) 
  • Seafood - Pigalle (Green Point)
  • Pizza - Col’Cacchio (branches everywhere)