5 must-try restaurants in Cape Town

From breakfast through to dinner, these five establishments are sure to wow the Cape Town tourist.

by Eman El-Sherbiny

Surrounded by sea and mountains, scenic Cape Town is a jewel in the crown of South Africa’s tourism scheme, but looks aren't all it's got going for it.  Cape Town has many world-class restaurants to recommend it.  These five represent an eclectic mix of cuisines and experiences — four are Experts' Choice and Best of Cape Town award-winners, one is a newcomer locatied in an Experts' Choice Award-winning hotel, and all of them are personal favorites of mine.

Dock Road | V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa

“Heaven on earth and sex on a plate!” is how actor Kate Winslet has described this restaurant. The restaurant, named for its famous master chef, Nobuyuki ‘Nobu’ Matsuhisa, is a majestic operation with unforgettable signature dishes showcasing a talent for fusing Japanese and South African cuisines.

375 Albert Road, Cape Town, South Africa

Atop the Old Biscuit Mill, the Pot Luck Club’s moreish cuisine and unique architecture have made this restaurant one of Cape Town's it spots. From the liquorice-glazed sweet bread to the black sesame emulsion magic, The Pot Luck Club offers a tantalizing experience for the palate.  The food is serve tapas style, encouraging diners to indulge in a wide variety of the innovate dishes on offer on the ever-changing menu.

The Pot Luck Club
Kalk Bay Harbour, Cape Town, South Africa

Seafood is often a delicacy and there are plenty of elegant places to dine on the fruits of the sea in Cape Town, but sometimes you crave some of the best fish and chips (or tjips) in town.  Kalky’s has you covered. The classic restaurant offers simple, budget-friendly dishes with nice harbourside views.

217 Bree Street, Cape Town Central 8000, South Africa

Bacon-lovers will be in hog heaven here. Bacon on Bree offers its signature ingredient on delectable sandwiches, impressive salads named after movies and TV shows.  While it's a stellar choice for a midday meal, breakfast shines here too.  My favorite menu item, in fact, is the The Breakfast Club, a delicious pile of, of course, bacon togther with grilled mushrooms, avocado and rocket served on toasted sourdough bread with a poached on top of it all for good measure.

Bacon on Bree
Blanko Restaurant
Alphen Dr, Alphen, Cape Town, 7848, South Africa

Located in the Experts' Choice Award-winning The Alphen Boutique Hotel 73 in Constantia, Blanko is striking with its eponymous white interior "layered with warm colours and textures", not to mention the spectacular views of Table Mountain. On offer is palate-pleasing Italian-inspired cuisine made from local ingredients — the grilled local fish is particularly nice.  On Sundays, Blanko caters to families with an inventive kids' menu.  

Blanko Restaurant
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