We shine the spotlight on some unique restaurants worth a visit on your next South Africa safari holiday. Social dining and underground restaurants and experiences are taking off in Cape Town for residents and South Africa holiday makers.
It’s certainly a great inclusion on any cosmopilitan Cape Town holiday. You get to see a different side to the city, savour the cuisines created by Cape Town culinary masters and live like a local.
Spasie makes it on our list of favourites because every Thursday and Friday it hands over the kitchen to one of South Africa’s top chefs or young, rising stars and they create a food journey for diners. Gourmet Holidays or Food Tours don’t get better than this people! Enjoy a custom 4 or 5 course menu complete with wine parings in a casual atmospheric setting that resembles someone’s home. Here dining is communal so as a South Africa holiday maker you can sit at the long table and enjoy the food and company of a diverse crowd. It certainly does make for a great night out. This is ideal for the intrepid traveller because it’s very different. It books out quickly and for us on the Aussie dollar, it’s a no brainer to include on your itinerary at R650 for the complete food and wine experience… that’s around $65 per person for 4 or 5 courses and wine!
Spasie also hosts a Sunday Funday Brunch on the last Sunday of each month. What is that I hear the food tour lovers ask? Well, think bottomless bubbles, marvel lous mimosas, a DIY Bloody Mary Bar, live music and 4 waves of gourmet brunch food just for you. With Nicolas Charalambous at the helm, you will lavish this traditional New York style Sunday brunch. Bookings again are absolutely essential for this Cape Town Food Experience and the set menu is around R495 per person.
What if you are on a Cape Town Holiday on a Saturday night? Well, look no further because Spasie goes a la carte and wines are from independent boutique producers whilst Nicolas Charalambous dominates the kitchen. Our favourite is the clandestine bar run by Ben serving custom cocktail menu with old classics like Gin Martini or Whiskey Sour and new funky cocktails that alone put this place on the gourmet trail or food tour South Africa map!
It has made it to our map and will be included in the upcoming South Africa Food Tour with Mel Kettle ‘Cooks Notebook‘.
Now you’ve all heard of the concept ‘Pop Up’. It is usually linked to shops that literally pop up somewhere for a short stint and then disappear. South Africa holiday makers if you’re lucky tune in… we absolutely recommend you ‘watch this space’ with Publik and the Salt Cellar.
What is already one of our all time favourite wine bars has now created a tasting room and event space in the Salt Cellar winery in Salt River. It’s a stunning old factory building that has been restored by Tim Martin and now home to his wine production. This year Tim has a number of pop up dinners in the pipeline parked with a concise wine list curated by Publik and Tim of course!
Good luck with it Tim. We will be following closely and hope to dine there soon ourselves.
To wrap up, we thought you may like to keep on the path of a good bar experience because nothing beats a Cape Town holiday that sees you out and about in new and exciting venues. Meet the Gin Bar. That’s right, it is all about gin. It only serves gin. It’s about quality not quantity. So there are four cocktails and of course multiple gins to try. It is so inconspicuous you could easily be mistaken for thinking you’ve walked through the wrong door… it is tucked neatly behind the Honest Chocolate Cafe. Both are worthy of your time. Would you believe you choose your gin and you choose the tonic water – that’s right, there are different tonics to choose from! Undeniably cool with an awesome little courtyard (known to throw off the cuff parties with DJ on the decks) it’s great in summer or winter so whenever you are heading to South Africa on safari, put the Gin Bar on your list.
So that’s a snippet of the social underground dining scene for those planning a Cape Town holiday with a gourmet difference or a South Africa safari holiday with a Cape Town finale!