With the sea in front and the mountains at it’s back, Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s most scenic spots. It’s also one of its trendiest and hotspot for South African culinary elite. With the bright lights and sights filling the view, you’ll need our guide to the top ten restaurants to point out the tastiest places in town.
The Hussar Grill
The Hussar Grill is famous for offering its customers an award winning experience built on excellent customer service, great food and smooth drinks since 1964. Now regarded as one of South Africa’s premier grill rooms, Hussar’s only serves the best, Class-A, grain-fed beef and game. To ensure you choose the meat that will be perfect for you, the grill even offers a ‘viewing session’ of your meat before you eat; their meat board displays the raw meat cuts while the knowledgeable staff explain how the process of preparation differs for each cut of meat. The house speciality is the Hussar Carpetbagger which is a dish combining stuffed fillet mignon with a combination of smoked oysters, Cheddar cheese and topped off with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce (R169).
With a familiar feel between staff and customers, you can’t help but fall in love with this little bistro that boasts both stunning views and the tastiest baked food. Huddled into Cape Town’s laid back Bakoven, so named for the famous rock which is shaped like a bread oven, the welcoming atmosphere of Baked Bistro is the perfect place to meet and mingle. Owner Zahir Mohamed manages to create a home from home atmosphere that bursts with passion and personality, something that also comes through in the food which is guaranteed to be of the freshest and finest quality. With ethically sourced and sustainable ingredients in all their produce, Baked Bistro provides divine, artisan breads made from non-GM flour. A favourite dish to try out is the rib-eye wrap with béarnaise, roasted cherry tomatoes, goat’s cheese and rocket.
On an eye level with the beach, Paranga offers amazing seaside views whether you sit outside in range of the ocean spray or in the cosy intimate interior. With an enormous variety of food, all with a distinctly Capetonian feel, customers can choose from salad, sushi, seafood or selected meats. A particular favourite from the seafood section is the delectable grilled Kingklip with warm tartare and tomato sauce, fresh peas, diced potato, gem lettuce, boiled egg, fresh herbs and capers in lemon cream.
‘Gorgeous’ pretty much sums up Café Caprice?’ The place, the people, the drinks are all exceptionally stunning. Recommended for the ‘World Class’ mixology award in 2014, drinks are created with passion, precision and pride. Enjoy these perfectly crafted concoctions whilst watching the sun set over the ocean between the pillars and the palm trees. You can even head over the road and sit with your cocktails on the sand, along with other members of the Caprice crowd. A particular cocktail recommendation for those who are finding it hard to decide: Botanical Gardener, a mix of rosemary and lemon infused Tanqueray No. 10 with fresh fruit zest topped with Hibiscus tea soda.
Blues Restaurant & Bar
A landmark in the ultra-chic Camps Bay, Blues Restaurant & Bar serves some excellent Mediterranean cuisine in equally exceptional décor. The unique interior allows guests to feel as if they are stretched out on the beach as opposed to seated in a bar right next to it. From its opening in 1987 the restaurant and bar has hosted a number of notable foodies such as including TV and musical celebrities, sports stars and politicians. However, with an energetic, informed and wonderfully friendly service at your beck and call, everyone feels like royalty here.
Codfather Seafood & Sushi
With wood panelling and racks of wine on classically dusty shelves, the Codfather is a warm and open space with a roaring fire as its centrepiece and a sushi belt adorning one side. The menu is resplendent with reams of fresh and perfectly prepared seafood, and the restaurant has been described as a seafood lover’s dream. With a vast array of creative and unique sushi providing most of the menu, you could remain here all day filling up Camp Bay’s finest.
Mezepoli Meze & Wine Bar
A recent addition to the Camps Bay beachfront, Mezepoli Meze and Wine Bar is an exciting fusion of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. With generous and crowd wowing servings, each meze dish is perfectly paired with one of Mezepoli’s carefully selected wines. The perfect urban dining experience, Mezepoli offers food-on-the-go for the tired and fed up workers who want to relax and enjoy their evenings off with a revitalising cocktail in one hand and a table full of promptly prepared meze in front of them.
Azure Restaurant at the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa
Sitting with a brooding glamour over the sparkling Atlantic Ocean between Table Mountain National Park and the iconic mountain range of the Twelve Apostles, Azure is a multiple award-winning restaurant forming part of the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa. With a menu that includes meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes, Azure restaurant brings to the table the best of African cuisine including the world renowned Cape Malay Curry which is an authentic Cape curry combining chicken and prawns in a sauce that is slightly sweet but also ferociously spicy (R205).
Dining at its finest, the Roundhouse restaurant offers a side of history with its extraordinary meals, exceptional vintages and excellent service. Supposedly the favourite haunt of Doctor James Barry, a man who was revealed to be a woman in death and who was rumoured to be the secret love of one Lord Somerset, you can bet that the historical gossip surrounding the Roundhouse is as saucy as the food. On the constant lookout for long lost South African recipes to revive and present, this restaurant offers the combined cuisines of Europe and South Africa. For first timers in South Africa who want to try something new, the Roundhouse’s Kingklip is a tasty introduction to African seafood delicacies.
The decadent and luxurious décor inside Zenzero creates a startling contrast to the al fresco style dining that is most often found along the beachfront in Camps Bay. With plush alcoves that look rose gold in the reflection of the glittering chandeliers that give the place its warm and welcoming glow, you’ll be quite dazzled. Despite this deceivingly soft appearance, however, Zenzero packs a feisty Italian punch in every aspect: food, drink and lively atmosphere. Risotto is Zenzero’s signature dish and is not to be missed if you’re having trouble deciding what to eat first.