There are so many different types of restaurants in Cape Town that it was almost impossible to know where to start this blog post. Because of the many different cultures that have migrated into Cape Town over the last few centuries the number of different cuisines available is mind-boggling. In this blog post I’m going to attempt to write about some of the most interesting restaurants Cape Town has to offer according to their culture and what makes them so special.
Cuisine: French, but with a mix of Mediterranean
Pigalle is a French restaurant that is completely decked out in art deco elegance. Named after the famous red light district in Paris, instead it aims to bring some of the glamour and sophistication of vintage Paris to Cape Town. Converted from an old ice rink, stepping inside is like being transported back in time. Huge art deco paintings of dancing couples line the walls, chaise lounges litter the entrance halls and custom made art noveau chandeliers hang from a high ceiling.
The food is similarly as chic. Oysters, Parma ham and a mezze platter are all available as starters and lobster thermidor, steaks and slow roasted duck are for mains. As you can imagine, the price isn’t the average restaurant spend but if you are looking for a restaurant for something special then Pigalle is the one for you.
If you are looking for super chic, super modern dining then Haiku should be top of your list. Voted by ‘Eat Out Magazine’ as one of South Africa’s top 10 places to eat, this tapas style Asian restaurant scores high on quality of food and ambience. The kitchen is open plan so you can see your meal coming together expertly in front of you, the walls and floor are polished granite and cocktails are available at the bar.
The food is as chic as the restaurant, but it also features all the staple favourites of an Asian restaurant. A wide variety of prawns, spicy chicken, duck and mushrooms are available all in tapas style so there’s no excuse not to try everything!
Cuisine: South African
Known locally as a cheap place to buy good food, Arnolds offers a wide range of pan continental food such as burgers, pastas, spring rolls and chicken wings, making it a perfect place for families to eat. However, there is also a South African side to the menu with everything from crocodile ribs to an ostrich fillet on offer, all for a remarkably cheap price.