Restaurant Week South Africa kicks off today, Thursday 22 October, and runs until Sunday 1 November. Over 100 restaurants are taking part, so now's your chance to try out some new places - or revisit old favourites - and be treated to a fantastic dining experience at a great price!
- Most menus are set at R95 for a 2-course lunch and R175 for a 3-course dinner.
- Those marked with a star (*) cost R50 extra, so R145 for lunch and R225 for dinner.
A limited number of places available each day (both Rueben's at the One&Only and The Tasting Room have already sold out for the full week) so choose quickly and secure your spot. To help you out, we've narrowed the wide selection down to our 20 favourites.
Chef Marc van Rooyen and the team at Marc's Table
> Marc's Table (Sugar Hotel, 1 Main Road, Green Point)
This small, welcoming restaurant has been receiving rave reviews for their excellent food. Their menu for Restaurant Week looks particularly good and word is they’re filling up fast – book soon!
- On the Menu: Their lunch menu features truffle & thyme rolled fillet of beef, while our top pick for dinner is the sous vide lamb shoulder with rosemary infused potato gnocchi.
> Cafe Dijon (15 Napier Street, De Waterkant )
Expect French bistro classics with a South African twist. On warm evenings it’s magical dining out on the patio with French music playing in the background and fairy lights strung amongst the trees.
- On the Menu: Their menu will change daily during Restaurant Week. Firm favourites include the Angus Beef sirloin and Toulouse sausages from lean pork shoulder.
A small taste of Kitima's delicious offerings during Restaurant Week
> 6 Spin Street (6 Spin Street, Cape Town)
6 Spin Street is run by the team from Rozenhof Restaurant. Fine dining at an exceptional venue: the beautifully restored Herbert Baker building with its high pressed ceilings and great art collection.
- On the Menu: Signature dishes are the decadent cheese soufflé starter with a herb and mustard cream, and the crispy duck main served with a traditional orange sauce.
> Kitima Restaurant * (140 Main Road, Hout Bay)
Kitima offers an excellent selection of authentic Asian cuisine. Housed in a 17th Century Cape Dutch homestead, this award-winning restaurant is skilfully run by Executive Chef Lai Kuan Geo.
- On the Menu: Superb Restaurant Week selection: mains include duo of roast duck & crispy moo khob on a bed of braised peanuts, and Massaman lamb slow cooked in coconut milk.
[spasie] offers gourmet, chef-led dining experiences
> [spasie] * (97 Church Street, Cape Town)
Spasie offers intimate fine dining with a difference. Every Thursday and Friday a top chef (or rising newcomer) put together the menu, and everyone dines together around their Chef’s Table.
- On the Menu: The menu changes weekly with each guest chef, but think of the experience as a private dinner party with excellent food, fine wine and a wonderfully social atmosphere.
> Borage Bistro * (Portside Building, Foreshore, Cape Town)
Borage is an upmarket brasserie with a focus on fine dining. Head chef Frank Marks has worked at top restaurants worldwide including Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Luke Dale-Roberts’ Pot Luck Club.
- On the Menu: Dishes that caught my eye iclude the gravlax starter with orange, cream cheese and beetroot; and for mains the pork belly with buttered mash and wholegrain mustard sauce.
The Conservatory is built around a 200-year-old oak tree
> The Conservatory * (The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, Constantia)
The Conservatory, a lovely venue, has glass walls and garden views. Fresh produce from the gardens are incorporated into the dishes - traditional classics that are beautifully presented and rich in flavour.
- On the Menu: Their 3-course dinner menu includes a double baked cheese soufflé, oven roasted springbok rump, and vanilla crème brûlée with chocolate chip biscotti.
> Planet Restaurant *** (79 Orange Street, Cape Town)
Winner of Best Restaurant for Restaurant Week 2013, Planet Restaurant at the Belmond Mount Nelson continues to receive rave reviews. It costs a bit more (R325 for 3 courses) but it's worth it!
- On the Menu: For starters cold smoked kabeljou, followed by a main of grilled beef sirloin with charred potato and yam press, and for desert a coconut lime torte.
> The Red Table (Nederburg Wine Estate, Paarl)
The Red Table offers a simple but tasty menu, along with their award-winning Nederburg wines. The Manor House terrace is perfect for a leisurely lunch looking out at the vineyard and mountain views.
- On the Menu: Join them for lunch, where you'll sit down to traditional fried fish & chips, followed by a cardamon infused orange crème brûlée served with a lavender biscotti.
Slow-cooked, flavour-filled dishes at Reuben Riffel's Racine
> Racine (Chamonix Wine Estate, Franschhoek)
Celebrity chef Reuben Riffel began his culinary career at Chamonix, hence the name Racine meaning ‘origin’ or ‘root’. Racine has a rustic feel and a small, well-balanced menu of bold flavours.
- On the Menu: Choose from the daily changing chalkboard menu. The chilli salt squid, and miso braised beef cheek with roasted bone marrow are both stand-out dishes.
> Bosman's (Grande Roche Hotel, Paarl)
The Manor House at Grande Roche is the elegant setting for Bosman's. Here Michelin-trained Executive Chef Roland Gorgosilich creates innovative dishes for an unforgettable evening out.
- On the Menu: Their lunch offering is pan fried hake fillet with pea-garlic risotto & shaved biltong, or enjoy dinner in the Winelands with a main course of bone marrow crusted dry aged sirloin.
Fine dining at The Restaurant at Newton Johnson.
> The Restaurant at Newton Johnson (320 Hemel en Aarde Road, Hermanus)
Award-winning restaurant overlooking the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. Chef Eric Bulpitt creates delicious works of art, using fresh local produce and techniques such as pickling and open fire cooking.
- On the Menu: The menu changes daily. Their starter of a wild organic salad with raw, pickled and charred vegetables and herbs was voted the best dish of Restaurant Week 2014.
> The Tasting Room (Corner Berg & Wilhelmina Street, Franschhoek)
The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français is the stage for Chef Margot Janse and her famous tasting menu. A food journey with innovative flavours expertly paired to wines from the surrounding region.
- On the Menu: fully booked!
What to expect at Pigalle Melrose Arch
> Plaka Cresta (Cresta Shopping Centre, Northcliff)
This popular restaurant serves traditional Greek food. A great choice for a casual lunch or dinner: tasty yet unpretentious dishes, a vibrant atmosphere, and fresh white and blue décor.
- On the Menu: Sit down to tapas, followed by a choice of good quality Greek favourites: moussaka, souvlaki, soudsoukaki smyrni or calamari grilled the ‘Plaka’ way.
> Piccolo Mondo * (Michelangelo Hotel, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton)
Piccolo Mondo is in the Michelangelo, one of the ‘Leading Hotels of The World’. Classic fine dining, a good wine list and professional service at this plush restaurant located on Nelson Mandela Square.
- On the Menu: Choose between slow braised pork belly with roasted pear, dukkah spiced beef fillet with poppadom potato cake, and exotic forest mushroom and feta risotto.
The beautiful interior at AtholPlace Restaurant
> Pigalle Melrose Arch * (Shop HL48 Level 05, Orange High Level Street, Melrose Arch)
Pigalle offers fine dining with a Portuguese flair. Overlooking the lively Melrose Arch Piazza, this upmarket restaurant has plush furnishings with lavish gold, soft lighting and top notch service.
- On the Menu: A highlight on the starter menu is the rooibos cured eland loin, while mains offers three choices including sirloin with creamy mushroom sauce and Mozambique-style prawns.
> AtholPlace * (90 Pretoria Ave, Johannesburg)
Contemporary fine dining in the stylish surrounds of a Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel. AtholPlace was fully booked over Restaurant Week, but has made room for a few more diners. Best book soon!
- On the Menu: The carefully crafted dinner menu changes daily. One of Chef Wynand Van Der Watt’s favourite dishes is his five spice roasted pork belly with mung bean and toasted sesame.
> Black Bamboo * (Menlyn Boutique Hotel, Pretoria)
Black Bamboo couples excellent food with a relaxed and casual, yet elegant environment. Head Chef Pellie Grobler is always present, talking to customers and experimenting with new delicious creations.
- On the Menu: An ever-changing a-la-carte menu is inspired by international delicacies with a local twist.
A splash of colour at Black Bamboo
> De Kloof Restaurant * (Waterkloof Golf Estate, Pretoria)
De Kloof has been shortlisted for Eat Out’s Top 10 restaurants, and their pastry chef was selected in the top 5 in Africa and Middle East region for the “San Pelligrino young chef the year award 2015”.
- On the Menu: A wide selection for Restaurant Week SA; choose from braised pork belly, roast aubergine and marrow lasagne, smoked turkey roulade and free-range beef fillet.
> Prosopa * (103 Club Avenue, Pretoria)
Prosopa serves a range of dishes from Greece, Portugal and Spain, such as the traditional lamb dish, Kleftiko. Their winelist is great too!
- On the Menu: fully booked!
How to Book:
Book your spot for any of the above restaurants through Restaurant Week South Africa: http://www.restaurantweek.co.za/lang/en/cities