Restaurants are also recovering from the water crisis and the impact it’s had on visitor numbers to the city and feet through their doors.
This is one of the catalysts for innovation in the industry, and of course a more sustainable approach to hospitality and cooking.
Coupled with the ever-changing food scene in Cape Town, it’s also possible there are many eateries that have popped up over the past few months that you might have missed.
Chef Jenny Morris has found the perfect venue in the northern suburbs for her second restaurant. There is a daily kilotable where you can weigh and pay for food that has all the hallmarks of comfort food.
Try the beef schnitzel smothered with a chunky mushroom sauce, and add crispy roast potatoes to your plate.
A breakfast and lunch à la carte menu is also available and it includes delicious omelettes, salads and quiches.
And if you’re truly inspired, Morris’s latest cookbook, also entitled Yumcious, is hot off the press so you can recreate her delicious starters, mains and desserts.
Address: De Ville Centre, corner Wellington and Main Road, Durbanville.
Opening hours: Monday to Sunday: 8am to 6pm
Wednesday to Saturday: 6pm to 10pm
Tjing Tjing Momiji
Tjing Tjing Momiji is situated where Dear Me used to be below the popular rooftop bar. It’s an authentic taste of Japan in the heart of Cape Town.
Of course you can still enjoy the rooftop sundowners but also try the bento boxes and their traditional kaiseki.
Their summer kaiseki menu launches on September 27 so there is even more to look forward to at the restaurant. It’s a bright, fresh new space that is perfect for a spring cocktail and then a meal that you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the Mother City.
Address: 165 Longmarket Street
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 10.30pm
Zeitz MOCAA Food
You’d battle to find a more unique eatery space in Cape Town than Zeitz MOCAA Food. If you’ve never been to the contemporary art museum or you have been and you overlooked the bistro, you’re missing out.
The food is simple but flavourful and chef Christopher Law is always changing the menu to keep up with the seasons. They recently introduced platters to the menu, and you’re always guaranteed a taste of Cape Town and Africa. The Reuben’s sandwich is a crowd-pleaser and a staple on the menu.
Address: S Arm Road, Silo District, V&A Waterfront
Opening hours: Daily: 10am to 5.30pm
This is fine dining with a difference. The Alba set sail at the start of the month and is Cape Town’s first fine-dining boat. It is 22metres long and 6m wide has the capacity to seat 72 guests or 100 for cocktail functions.
The vessel has been designed to be stable and smooth in the water, with floor to ceiling glass windows, which ensures a comfortable dining experience with great views regardless of the weather. Cruise lengths will range between 1½ and two hours, beginning with four cruises a day. There is a bubbly brunch, lunch, sunset, high tea (on Saturdays only) and dinner cruise on offer.
Address: Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
For more information, call 0659758060
The Camissa Brasserie at the Table Bay Hotel has introduced a lunch with a difference. It’s ideal for that businessperson on the go, and for when you need a hearty meal, but still need to sit down to a “work lunch”.
The staff guarantee that from start to finish the lunch will last one hour, so there is no lingering (unless you choose to do so). From the breads to the stews and the delicious pastries for dessert, you won’t be disappointed in the food or the variety. It’s also very reasonably priced; true value for money. This is a networking lunch and it comes to an end at the end of the month.
Address: The Table Bay Hotel, Quay 6, V & A Waterfront.
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday: Lunch is served from 12pm to 2.30pm