30 Jan Dining In Cape Town: Dinner Edition
By Toby Amidor, MS, RD
In January, I ventured across the world to the gorgeous city of Cape Town, South Africa. Lucky for me, I had a personal tour guide – my boyfriend Shaun – who was born and raised there. While in Cape Town visiting his lovely family, I ate at delicious restaurants with seasonal ingredients, visited the most incredible farmers market, and tasted amazing wine and beer. Here’s a rundown (with scrumptious photos) of the must-try places to have dinner in Cape Town.
Listed as one of the top restaurants in town, La Mouette has impeccable service and a three-course tasting menu.
For the first course, I selected burrata, honeycomb, pine nuts, rocket oil, pickled aubergines, and mushrooms
The main course I selected was beef fillet, short rib, fermented shitake, crispy sweet potato, aubergine, and miso puree
For dessert, milk and honey, goats milk ice cream, honeycomb, honey cake, and grapefruit puree
In this restaurant, you select 4 plates from any section of the menu including Sea, Earth, Land, and Happy Endings. The display of culinary art is magnificent. Here are a few shots of plates ordered at my table of 6.
Cocktails included Saigon Smash with pink gin and kaffir lime leaf infusion with smashed raspberries, lemon juice, and holy basil (on the right). Dirty Ninja with vintage black vodka, spiced tomato juice, lemon juice, sriracha, soy, wasabi, and seaweed caviar (on the left).
From the Land category: Grilled chicken yakitori, pear and cardamom jelly, burnt pineapple
From the Sea category: Baby shrimp tempura, red pepper caramel, garlic truffle aioli
The seasonal menu changes daily, and is written on boards hung on the wall. Here are 2 dishes ordered.
Falafel balls, typically ordered at the bar but my table was able to get our hands on one.
Feta and watermelon salad with mint
All meals, including one alcoholic beverage, ranged between 20 to 30 dollar equivalents.
Stay tuned for my next post on where to eat breakfast in Cape Town!