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Cape Town reccs

kate | Aug 31, 2005 08:06 PM

There's been quite a bit of interest in Cape Town over the last few weeks, so am just posting some reccs from my most recent trip home-

Hillcrest Berry Farm
Their simple lunch and tea menus have recently changed, becoming more varied and reflecting regional foods even better. Highly reccomended for those in the Winelands region, as always.
It's on the Helshoogte Pass, a small left-hand turn off between Stellenbosch and the village of Pniel. Also has great store for buying food gifts (cheese preserves, jams, liqueurs, vinegars, etc.)

Olympia Cafe
mentioned in previous posts, a favourite amongst Cape Town locals. A bakery/cafe/restaurant right on the sea, with a casual, vibey atmosphere. Menu changes daily, and you should definitely grab some of their bread for a picnic. It's in Kalkbay (great vintage stores for browsing, not to mention ocean walks), and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You may have to wait for a table during busy times, but you won't regret it.

In terms of Franschhoek, visitors should consider Reuben's and the French Connection Bistro as well as the places usually mentioned on this board (Le Quartier Francais, La Petite Ferme, etc). The former is actually highly awarded, and has both a more traditional and local fusion menus to mix-and-match from, and the latter does classic French food very well. Both require reservations.

Minato
4 Buiten Street
Perhaps sushi isn't the first cuisine that comes to mind when thinking of Cape Town, but it is a lovely way to sample the city's wonderful seafood. This is a hole-in-the-wall, mom 'n pops joint. They serve only 35 people a night, and booking is essential.When booking, also reserve the local sushi sampler (can't remember exact name - the sampler for about R120 which gives a taste of all the local fish). I think this could feed two people with perhaps some small a la carte sampling, too. Very reasonably priced, lovely fresh sushi.
Somewhat hard to find, Buiten Street is the turn off between Spaghetti Mafia and Teazers on Loop Street.

Oh, and just an aside: Guys, it's Cape Town, two words. I know this seems pernickety, but it makes it harder to ctrl+F Cape Town on this board, and 'Capetown' is as irritating to South Africans as Newyork, Sanfrancisco and Losangeles would be to Americans. Thanks.

kate
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