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Top 10 Cape Town eats for sun-starved Brit holidaymakers

Close-up of a fork on a dining table Photo Credit: Thinkstock
Close-up of a fork on a dining table Photo Credit: Thinkstock

With the end of British Summer Time and the arrival of long hours of winter darkness‚ the Brits clearly need some cheering up.

The Guardian chipped in on Wednesday with a listing of 10 of the Mother City’s best restaurants‚ tempting the sun-starved masses with thoughts of an end-of-year break in Cape Town.

And the recommendations will be just as handy for South Africans planning to spend quality festive leisure time in the holiday city.

Top of the list is the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock‚ described as “a must for any street food lover”.

Bacon on Bree is “dedicated to the humble bacon butty‚ elevated to irresistible gourmet levels by chef Richard Bosman”.

Next is the Bo-Kaap’s legendary Biesmiellah‚ with The Guardian reporting: “Signature curries are much milder than recipes from south-east Asia because‚ as the owner‚ Momeena Osman‚ explains: ‘When the Malay slaves arrived here‚ they cooked their home cuisine but with our own subtle spices‚ which are not so fiery.’ ”

Then it’s back to Woodstock for craft brewery Woodstock Grill & Tap. “On the menu are some exceptional IPA‚ malt and stout‚ accompanied by juicy giant steaks of dry-aged meat that comes straight from its own meat locker‚” says The Guardian.

Marco’s African Place in the Bo-Kaap “specialises in hearty local dishes‚ such as oxtail curry‚ umleqwa spicy free-range chicken and a signature smoked wild-game carpaccio of springbok‚ kudu‚ ostrich and impala”.

The Guardian says there is no better city centre bar than Publik‚ in Church Street‚ to discover the latest South African wine trends. “Publik shares premises with an artisan butcher whose delicious sharing plates of charcuterie are offered – don’t miss the unique biltong-cured beef – along with a surprising range of cheeses from nearby farms‚ including a tangy local take on gorgonzola.”

The Codfather‚ in Camps Bay‚ has no menu. “The friendly waiters‚ who take equal billing with the seafood‚ take diners over to the cornucopia of fish and seafood displayed on a wetbar‚ and propose a menu according to your budget‚ with the fish priced by its weight.”

Yard‚ in Gardens‚ is a “a rock ’n’ roll garage diner with a serious in-your-face attitude ... when your name is called out to collect what is the biggest‚ meanest burger in Cape Town‚ be prepared for some badass insults from the rowdy waitresses”.

The article adds: “Three eateries-in-one‚ Yard morphs from Mucky Mary’s‚ a gritty breakfast bar with stellar barista coffee‚ to the Bitch’s Tits‚ a lunchtime dinerette serving meaty sandwiches‚ to The Dog’s Bollocks in the evening‚ nothing less than hamburger heaven. Politically correct it isn’t‚ but the clients love it.”

The V& A Waterfront gets the thumbs-up for its 50 street-food stalls. “Everything is cheap‚ cheerful and self-service‚ with bars offering smoothies‚ craft beer‚ wine and cocktails.”

And at Amadoda‚ in Woodstock‚ visitors are warned to “be prepared for a riotous night of succulent barbecued steaks‚ pork chops‚ home-cured sausages and crispy chicken wings‚ accompanied by spicy chakalaka sauce‚ booming African or hip-hop music‚ and a lot of cold beer at this ramshackle venue hidden away in a backstreet parking lot”. – TMG Digital


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