Eating around Cape Town

Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:11 AM
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Eating around Cape Town

My husband and I will be spending 3 weeks in January/February in Gordon's Bay, just east of Cape Town. We intend to relax, check out vineyards, and do day trips to Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, and elsewhere. We live in France, and so obviously food and wine are important to us. We have our own apartment with full kitchen, but intend to take advantage of local restaurants, picnics in vineyards, etc. We will be going with the Michelin guide to South Africa, and the Time Out guide to Cape Town (once it arrives), and so will have some restaurant recommendations. I just came across a posting recommending Le Bon Vivant in Franschhoek, and wonder if someone can recommend other good, not too expensive restaurants in Cape Town and environs. (For instance, Michelin recommends ‘Ici’ at the Quartier Francais, and ‘Topsi & Co.’ but I have heard that the Q. Francais is more international up-market cuisine than local, more expensive and not necessarily as good as Le Bon Vivant.) Any comments?
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:41 AM
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Hi Carlux

I live in France too and my boyfriend and I went to SA earlier this year.

In Cape town we ate at camps bay which was Ok , more convienent than anything else as we could walk to it.
In Franschhoek we went to Reubens ( in the rough guide)which is apparently the new trendy place to eat in Franschhoek and it was amazing , my boyfriend had the local speciality of Springbok !
We paid E50 for two courses for the two of us plus a bottle of local champagne.
We also ate in The bistrot français which was cheaper but not as nice. The food is so cheap out there it really is worth paying the extra for a superior meal - have fun !!
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 01:23 PM
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I have to mention that with you staying in Gordons Bay you still remain quite far from the Franschhoek Valley so many of the restaurants that you speak of might be impractical to you unless you will be visiting them at lunch time. The main reason for me saying this is because the road back to Gordons Bay from Franschhoek is a rather dark one at night and the journey can take you the best part of an hour to drive. You mention that you like wine so therein lies the snag in that you should not be doing the return journey at any stage after you or your husband have consumed to much alcohol.

A couple of comments about Le Quartier, Reubens, Topsi and Co as well as Bon Vivant. These are all good restauarnts but they certainly are NOT worth the drive back to Gordons Bay at night. You probably read my report on this webpage about Bon Vivant and I have to remind you that I have not eaten at Bon Vivant at the lunch time meal which is totally different to their dinner menu, thus I cannot comment in this regard other than lunch seemed to be a much lighter meal choice when I saw the menu.

A hidden treasure for lunch in Franschhoek that few seem to know about is Le Fromaggerie at La Grange. Great setting and lovely light menu that is just right for a wonderful lunch in the Cape Winelands.

My opinion is that seeing that you are in Gordons Bay you should try and settle for restaurants that are as good if not better than the Franschhoek establishments yet a lot closer to you such as:

96 Winery Road
Superb dinner venue and relatively close to Gordons Bay


Marvellous lunch venue on Klein Zalse winefarm

De Wijnhuis,576,00.html
Stellenbosch dinner and lunch venue but particularly good for dinner.

Just outside of Stellenbosch. Dinner and lunch venue - Superb

Then there are 2 hidden secrets that have hardly (if ever) been mentioned on this board before:

Bread and Wine-Moreson winefarm

Seeing that you are semi-keen on Franschhoek venues this has to be one of the best lunch venues on the outskirts of Franschhoek. Everybody raves about the Le Quartiers and Reubens type places yet this is the venue that locals visit for lunch because it offers fantastic food, a marvellous winefarm setting and superb value for money. Rest assured you cannot visit this restaurant without booking a week in advance and that should tell you something already.

D'Vine in Somerset West
I dined at this restaurant last week and all I can say is that it lives up to all expectations as well as its name in that all was "divine" . Fabulous garden setting, fantastic food as well as presentation thereof, slightly expensive but worth every penny spent. My wife and I vowed we would go back to this venue and rest assured we will. Most important to you Carlux is the fact that this is the restaurant out of all of the above that is closest to you in Gordons Bay. Dont miss D'Vine!

Finally seeing that you are in Gordons Bay you probaby will take a day drive out to Hermanus. If you do this then travel a little bit further to a splendid little village by name of Stanford. Make sure that you go for lunch to Mariana's

If ever there was a hidden foodie gem for you to find then Mariana's at the Owl's Barn in Stamnford is the place to be.

OK Carlux the above should help you a lot further with some really good little hidden spots that the tour books, like Michelen, are not going to tell you about. ;-)

One fact is for sure and that is while staying in Gordons Bay you should not go hungry and if you eat in the above restaurants the food will always be


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Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:07 AM
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Thanks for the recommendations. I'm getting excited just reading your note Selwyn. In fact Frascchhoek was only one of the places I was thinking of - we will oviously be travelling to different parts of the general area. Interesting comment about lunch, which is our preferred time to go out - but in France, where we live restaurants have virtually the same menu at lunch as they do in the evening. We certainly don't intend to be doing long drives in the dark after a good dinner, so we'll have to sort that out. But it's good to know that there is an excellent restaurant in Gordon's Bay.
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Jan 3rd, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Try this website too

Easy to Navigate by area. Selwyn hits the nail on the head though with recommendations!
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