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Eat in Cape Town and save a restaurant

There are many fine dinning venues than are making it easier and more affordable to eat out – or they might close. Here are a few of them :

Waterfront at nightCape Town Waterfront at night. Photo courtesyDanieVDM

Winter is here, bringing with it cooler weather and the need to fill up on some comforting, warm and delicious food. Luckily for us, Cape Town restaurants are making it their business to provide warmth and good food with some terrific specials.

Get your soul food at the following superb restaurants:


Winter Soup Evenings at De Grendel

Get your winter weekend off to a hearty start with the Winter Soup Evening at De Grendel Wines in Panorama each Friday evening.

For just R100 per person, you can satisfy your gourmet lust with mouth-watering soups, a glass of delicious wine, homemade breads and patés.

Location: De Grendel wine estate, Plattekloof Road, Panorama
Contact: +27 (0)21 558 6280
Website: www.degrendel.co.za



Family Night at Pizzeria Villagio

Wednesday night is Family Night at the Pizzeria Villagio in Pinelands. Adults coming to dine with kids get two small Margherita pizzas, with one topping, for R20 each, and two cooldrinks free.

Adults ordering two large pizzas or two main courses get any two starters for only R20 each and two free coffees.

Location: Pizzeria Villagio, Howard Centre, Pinelands
Contact: +27 (0)21 531 4473
Website: www.pizzeriavillagio.co.za


No winter blues at Bistro Allée Bleue

For some French dining of the affordable kind, make the Bistro Allée Bleue in Franschoek a must-visit on your tour of the Cape Winelands this winter.

From R85 to R150, you are spoilt for choice between tasty and reasonably priced meals daily.

Try the delicious and filling chicken and prawn potjie with roti paired with a glass of the estate’s Isabeau or Shiraz. Or the soup of the day followed by succulent confit of duck with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. If you’re really in need of warmth and comfort food, try the mouth-watering three-course meal, which includes the traditional Provençal fish stew, malva pudding and custard and a glass of estate wine.

Location: Allée Bleue Estate, Franschoek
Contact: +27 (0)21 874 1886
Website: www.alleebleue.com

Catharina’s at Steenberg

Catharina’s popular Winter Warmer menus offer select dishes from executive chef Garth Almazan’s inspired á la carte menu, with a choice of a two-course set menu lunch at R165, three-course lunch at R195, and a three-course dinner at R215, all served with a complimentary glass of Klein Steenberg wine.

With only the best being offered, including truffle risotto with Sauté wild mushrooms, char-grilled Chalmar beef sirloin and more until September 30, you won’t want to miss this!

Location: Steenberg Hotel, Constantia Valley
Contact: +27 (0)21 713 2222
Website: www.steenberghotel.com

Jordan Wines Restaurant

Jordan Restaurant, the supplier of nourishment on the decadent wine farm, offers diners fantastic winter specials. Enjoy a four-course set menu with two glasses of Jordan wine at just R225 or, for the less hungry, a one-course meal with a glass of Jordan wine at just R95 from May to September 2011.

Location: Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch Kloof Road
Contact: +27 (0)21 881 3612
Website: www.jordanwines.com

Chapman’s Peak Hotel

Chapmans peak hotelChapman’s Peak Hotel. Photo courtesy reemer

For a spectacular view and heavenly meals, pop into the Chapman’s Peak Hotel Restaurant.

Relish in the delights of 1kg of tiger prawns for R99 or buy two items from the “Grill” page and get one of two selected wines and two crème brulée free.

Enjoy these delicious treats every day until September 30.

Location: Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay
Contact: +27(0)21 790 1036
Website: www.chapmanspeakhotel.co.za


For Italian dishes with a South African flair that leaves you begging for more, try Hildebrand at the V&A Waterfront. Its two-course meals for R 99 or three-course meals for R 130 are a must this winter.

Location: Hildebrand Restaurant, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 425 3385 / +27 (0)21 424 5640
Website: www.hildebrand.co.za

The Greenhouse

Ward off the cold and the hunger pangs at The Cellars-Hohenort’s award-winning restaurant, The Greenhouse. It has an unbelievable Winter Surprise Special menu that includes five delicious courses, created by top chef Peter Tempelhoff, paired with wines exclusively from Klein Constantia.

This offer is valid for dinner every Tuesday to Friday from May to September (excluding the month of July due to annual closure) for R240, and R295 with matching wines.

Location: The Greenhouse Restaurant, The Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommerslvlei, Constantia, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 794 2137 (Please quote the “Winter Surprise Special” when making your reservation)
Website: www.cellars-hohenort.com/greenhouse


Krugmann’s Grill

For stylish yet affordable dining in a gorgeous setting, try the V&A Waterfront’s Krugmann’s Grill.

At just R 74, you can enjoy a 250g rump, a starch of your choice and four prawns.

Location: Krugmann’s Grill, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27(0)21 418 9393
Website: www.krugmannsgrill.co.za


Breathtaking views and delicious food … Salt in Bantry Bay knows how to do those best.
This winter, indulge in Salt’s fantastic special. For just R 120 for a set two-course meal or R140 for a three-course meal, you can feast on Lamb gnocchi, Butternut velouté, bread and butter pudding with whisky anglaise and chocolate ice cream, and so much more.

This offer is valid until August 31.

Location: Salt Restaurant & Bar, 34 Victoria Road, Bantry Bay
Contact: +27(0)21 439 7258
Website: http://www.newmarkhotels.com



Living la dolce vita (the sweet life) this winter is entirely possible at the gorgeous Zenzero restaurant in Camps Bay. At only R150 for a two-course meal or R180 for a three-course meal, you can dine on oregano and white truffle-infused beef carpaccio, Chicken Milanese, Panettone bread and butter pudding and more.

All meals are served with a glass of wine or grappa.

Location: Zenzero restaurant, Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 438 0007
Website: www.zenzerorestaurant.co.za


Dear Me

Eat for less at the cute eatery, Dear Me, in the CBD each Thursday evening until the end of July.

Get 25% off their a dinner menu, which includes honey-roasted, root vegetable soup, free-range oxtail and waterblommetjies bredie, lemon, vanilla and pomegranate trifle and more, paired with delicious wines.

Location: Dear Me, 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 4920
Website: www.dearme.co.za

Mondays at French Toast

Blue Mondays are a thing of the past with French Toast in Bree Street.

Sip leisurely on various great tasting blends from as little as R49 for De Meye Shiraz Rosé to Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block for just R200.

Don’t miss its monthly wine and tapas evenings too from June to October where you have the opportunity to meet the winemaker, learn about the respective wine farms, taste special vintages and enjoy a four-course tapas menu paired with wine, all for only R250 per person.

Location: French Toast, 199 Bree Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 3839
Website: www frenchtoastwine.com

Sinn’s winter specials

Feel wickedly satisfied at Sinn’s this chilly season.

From just R50, you can enjoy a lunchtime snack guaranteed to get your taste buds tingling. And for a seductive dinner that will leave you begging for more, try its three-course meal and a glass of fine wine for just R150. This offer is valid from June 1 to August 31

Not in the mood for food? Not a problem because Sinn’s has a delicious cocktails and drinks specials offer daily from 16h00 to 18h00

Location: Sinn’s, Wembley Square, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 465 0967
Website: www.sinns.co.za

Tapas and jazz Sundays at 1800°

For a leisurely Sunday afternoon spent tasting superb wines and irresistible Mediterranean tapas, head down to the 1800° Grill Room in Green Point.

For just R195 per person, you can feast on a stunning selection of tapas, fresh breads and authentic South African wines to your heart’s content while listening to some of the Mother City’s finest jazz musicians, each Sunday between 12h00 and 15h00.

Location: 1800° Grill Room, Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Residence, Green Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 430 0506
Website: www.18hundreddegrees.com

Winter lunch at The Square

Tranquil dining, affordable prices and good company … you get this and so much more at The Square in Newlands.

Enjoy a fabulous winter lunch special, including such tasty delights as battered fish and chips and organic lamb curry for a mere R130 for a two-course meal or R160 for a three-course meal.

Location: The Square Restaurant at the Vineyard Hotel & Spa, Newlands
Contact: +27 (0)21 657 4500
Website: www.vineyard.co.za

Asoka Bar

Lose yourself in the mysticism and culinary delights of Asoka Bar in Kloof Street. With tasty cocktails named after Indian gods and fantastic specials like two tapas and a glass of Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc or Cabernet Sauvignon for only R95 each weekend or half-priced tapas each Sunday, you won’t want to leave this Nirvana.

Location: 68 Kloof Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 0909
Website: www.asokabar.co.za

Fork Restaurant

If roast butternut with hummus and pine nuts, Asian salmon, tiger prawns wrapped in pancetta or mini kudu with orange potato puree and citrus dressing tickle your fancy, then stop by the Fork Restaurant in Long Street.

Treat your taste buds to its specials: a tapas taster plate with a glass of wine, beer or soft drink, and a coffee for just R60. This special is available from 12H00 to 18H00 only.

Location: Fork Restaurant, 84 Long Street, Cape Town:
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 6334
Website: www.fork-restaurants.co.za


Blog Featured ImageBeluga. Photo courtesy dplanet

Indulge your love for seafood with some delicious fishy specials at the chic Beluga in Green Point. Get 1kg of prawns or a 26-piece sushi platter for R119, Mondays to Saturdays from 12h00 to 19h00 and all day on Sundays.

For an even better deal, try the Winter Tasting Menu, which includes a two-course lunch meal for R120, or a three-course dinner meal at R160.

Location: Beluga Restaurant, The Foundry, Prestwich Street, Green Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 2948
Website: www.beluga.co.za

Blues Restaurant

A view of the gorgeous ocean and the city’s most beautiful people … what more could you ask for? How about a two-course lunch at R120 or a three-course dinner at R 150, including wine and coffee? Sound good? Then get down to Blues now.

Location: Blues Restaurant, The Promenade, Camps Bay
Contact: +27 (0)21 438 1758
Website: www.blues.co.za

221 Waterfront

Chic and in the midst of beauty, fun and entertainment at the V&A Waterfront, 221 is the place to dine at this cool season. Try its year-round three-course meal special at just R135 per person.

Location: Upper Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront
Contact: +27 (0)21 418 3633
Website: www.221waterfront.co.za


Glamorous patrons, stylish food and a vibe you just cannot help but enjoy … at Trinity, you get it all.

This winter, gorge yourself on “all you can eat” dim sum at R135 or pizza for R50 until 7pm daily, as well as unforgettable specials for each day of the week. Try the “all you can eat” ribs on Mondays at R99, two-for-price-of-one burgers on Wednesdays, or the seafood platter for R100 on Thursdays.

Location: Trinity, 15 Bennett Street, Green Point
Contact: +27(0)21 418 0624
Website: www.trinitycapetown.co.za

What’s On Eatery

Savour the aromatic flavours of the What’s On Eatery’s fabulous winter special in the city centre.

For only R99, you can enjoy a wonderful two-course meal with a glass of wine.

Location: What’s On Eatery, 6 Watson Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 5652
Website: www.whatsoneatery.co.za

Grand Daddy Hotel

Daddy is feeling generous this cool season so let him take care of your basic needs. With a yummy weekday and weekend food special, the Grand Daddy Hotel ensures you won’t go hungry this winter.

For just R120 for two people, you and your partner can enjoy a variety of tasty snacks including burgers, pastas and sandwiches as well as two glasses of red or white wine or two soft drinks from Monday to Sunday.

Before you embark on a naughty weekend adventure, why not indulge in Daddy’s Dinner special: a mouth-watering two-course set menu for just R95 per person each Friday or Saturday night?

Location: The Grand Daddy Hotel, 38 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27(0)21 424 7247
Website: http://www.granddaddy.co.za

Bamboo Chinese & Sushi

Get your fill of Asian winter warmers at the Bamboo Chinese & Sushi Restaurant in the CBD .

Each Monday to Saturday after 5PM, you’ll get 20% off all sushi and pay only R49 for a sit-down Chinese dinner.

Location: Bamboo Chinese & Sushi Restaurant, 8 Vredenberg Lane,
Contact: +27(0)21 426 5338

Chez Max

You’ll be begging for more with the delicious winter comfort cuisine special at the chic Chez Max restaurant in Somerset West.

For just R 145, you can enjoy a three-course meal with two tasty glasses of wine.

Location: Myburgh Street, Somerset West
Contact: +27(0)21 852 8209, chezmax@polka.co.za


Galbi winter specials

For Korean dishes and amazing specials, try Galbi in Long Street.

For three days a week until the end of August, you can have a variety platter for one with A-grade rump steak, Thai marinated chicken, marinated ribs and potato wedges for R60 on Tuesdays, 400g rump/pork with doenjang jjiggae(Korean vegetable soup/stew), Korean spinach, sweet potato fries with jalapeno sauce, lettuce wraps and makkoli (a traditional Korean rice wine) for R180 for two on Thursdays, and a three-course meal for two for R180 on Sundays.

Location: Galbi, 210 Long Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 424 3030
Website: www.galbi.co.za


Catch up on the week’s news while enjoying a delicious brunch and the sounds of a soulful band at Winchester Mansion’s restaurant, Harvey’s, for only R195 person each Sunday.

Location: Winchester Mansions, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 434 2351
Website: www.winchester.co.za

Diva Pizza

A pizza parlour with a twist, this little eatery gives you fantastic deals. Try its two pizzas and two toppings each, take-away special for just R 84,95.

Location: 81 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 461 0013
Website: www.divapizza.co.za

Café Sofia

More than just a mouth-watering mezes and tapas bar, Café Sofia also caters for the most important meal of the day with its big breakfast special for just R28 each day. You can also enjoy a two-for-one main meal special each evening from 17H00.

Location: Café Sofia, 60 Kloof Street, Gardens,
Contact: +27 (0)21 426 0801
Website: www.cafesofia.co.za


Enjoy the fantastic Winter Warmers special for two (beef or chicken stew, served with spaetzle or couscous and a free bottle of Altydgedacht Red wine) for only R99 at Arnold’s in Kloof Street.

Location: Arnold’s, 60 Kloof Street, Gardens
Contact: +27 (0)21 434 4344
Website: www.arnolds.co.za

Café Roux

Cosy during the winter months with a roaring indoor fireplace every day, Café Roux in Noordhoek offers some delicious winter comfort food. Try its delicious chunky chocolate brownies for just R39.

Location: Café Roux, Noordhoek Village
Contact: +27 (0)21 789 2538
Website: www.caferoux.co.za

The Foodbarn Restaurant and Deli

This quaint restaurant in Noordhoek is offering a scrumptious winter menu to accompany its lovely Steenberg wines.

Enjoy a three-course meal at R165, a four-course meal at R185 or a five-course meal at R215 while sipping on the most delectable Merlots and Sauvignon Blancs.

Location: The Foodbarn Restaurant & Deli, Noordhoek Farm Village, Village Lane, Noordhoek
Contact: +27 (0)21 789 1390
Website: www.thefoodbarn.co.za

Brio 1893

If it’s comfort food served in a historical venue that you’re after, you can’t do much better than Brio 1893 in the CBD.

Enjoy a Winter Special menu from Monday to Thursday evenings for just R165 per person. Get carried away with steamed mussels, mouth-watering oxtail, Lindt chocolate fondant and more.

Location: Brio 1893, ABC Building, 130 Adderley Street, Cape Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 422 0654
Website: www.brio1893.com


What can possibly be more appetising and friendly on the wallet that Pepenero’s winter specials? Try sirloin with fries for R79, oxtail for R99 or a calamari platter for just R 69.

Location: Pepenero, 1 Two Oceans Beach, Bay Road, Mouille Point
Contact: +27(0) 21439 9027
Website: http://www.pepenero.co.za

D’Ouwe Werf

Snuggle up this winter with D’Ouwe Werf’s irresistible Winter Warmer Special.

For just R100 or R125, you can fill up on a delectable two-course or three-course meals. Enjoy a hearty meal that includes the chef’s soup of the day; a Cape Malay bobotie; sundried tomato, peppadew and feta-stuffed chicken fillet and a traditional malva pudding under the specially erected Bedouin tent.

Location: D’Ouwe Werf Hotel, 30 Church Street, Stellenbosch
Contact: +27(0)21 887 4608
Website: www.ouwewerf.co.za

La Moutte

La Moutte wishes you bon appetite with a fabulous two-for-the-price-of-one special this July.

For just R240, you and a partner can enjoy an unbelievable six-course meal, which includes potato and artichoke soup, pan-fried calamari, confit pork, passion fruit curd and Guinness and Irish soda bread.

Location: La Mouette, 78 Regent Road, Sea Point
Contact: +27 (0)21 433 0856
Website: http://www.lamouette.co.za

Black Marlin

Enjoy the evening meal specials at the wonderful Black Marlin Restaurant in Simon’s Town.

Be spoilt for choice between a two-course meal for R115 or a three-course meal for R140, and receive a complimentary glass of red or white wine with your meal.

Location: Black Marlin Restaurant, Millers Point, Simon’s Town
Contact: +27 (0)21 786 1621
Website: http://www.blackmarlin.co.za

Bertha’s Restaurant

A hearty meal needn’t cost a fortune, and at Bertha’s Restaurant in Simon’s Town, it doesn’t.

For just R 99, you can share a kilo of prawns, mussels or ribs or various tantalising combination of the three with your loved ones.

Location: Bertha’s Restaurant, 1 Wharf Road, Simon’s Town
Contact: +27(0)21 786 2138
Website: http://www.berthas.co.za



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