Picking a new restaurant to visit with family or friends is no easy task – especially when you’re a big group! There are so many different tastes and preferences to please and chances are, even when you find a gem, there will be at least one person who doesn’t like your pick. We know that not everyone has the time to comb through the internet reading restaurant review after restaurant review, so today I’m making your life even easier with 5 Cape Town restaurant reviews in 5 minutes!
Sexyfood – Health café
Find them at: 190 Bree Street, Gardens, Cape Town.
Go if: You love healthy food and trying new things.
If you’re a regular visitor to The Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay then you will no doubt recognise these guys as one of the most popular food stalls at the market. Sexyfood believes that if you don’t recognise the ingredients or feel good about the way it was prepared, then neither will your tummy or metabolism. Their food is all about listening to your body and learning to love the ingredients that the plant kingdom has provided for us. The menu at this unique eatery offers diners eats packed with fresh, healthy ingredients that not only satisfy the taste buds but also promote gut health and overall healthy eating.
I have visited this spot a few times since they opened earlier in the year and I have nothing but good things to say about the eatery. The food is beyond delicious and unlike anything you’ve ever tried before! I usually pop in for breakfast and it’s a great way to get your day started the super healthy way. With everything from Kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir and kombucha to buchu water, essene bread, organic vegetables, smoothies, and smoothie bowls on the menu, there’s something new for everyone to discover. And, what’s more, you can also buy a few healthy goodies to take home with you – try the kombucha and the Kimchi, you won’t be sorry!
Sexyfood is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Click here for the full menu.
The Press Bar & Grill – Burger joint
Find them at: 176 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town.
Go if: You like craft beer at affordable prices
There was quite a lot of buzz around the opening of this new burger and craft beer spot before it opened its doors. The upmarket bar and grill on Sea Point Main Road is only about two weeks old now and they are already pulling in a generous crowd of diners in the Sea Point area. The decor of this new spot is super cool with minimalist, modern design elements all coming together to create a chic but comfy atmosphere for diners. Take a seat inside or outside in the courtyard area if you’re looking to enjoy something from the food menu, otherwise grab a seat at the bar and enjoy the beer! Press Bar & Grill offers a rather impressive selection of craft beers, both on tap and by the bottle. Craft beers on top include the likes of Devil’s Peak lager,CBC Amber Weiss, Devil’s Peak First Light (all R38 for 500ml), and a few more. The wine menu is also quite comprehensive so you won’t go thirsty at this spot!
As for the food; the menu offers a wide selection of burgers and grills but it’s the burgers that take center stage on the menu. I opted to go for the All American (cos lettuce, sliced tomato, onion, double cheddar cheese, homemade IPA pickles with tomato sauce and mayo – R80). Sadly, while my burger patty was amazing, the burgers as a whole weren’t as wonderful as we expected. Out of our group of 6 people, 3 of our burgers came with ingredients missing. One of my friends ordered The Snob (rocket, bacon, brie, cranberry sauce, and toasted walnuts – R90) and received just a patty and a bun, no toppings. He had to send it back twice to get the order correct. My burger arrived without mayo but the waiter quickly brought it on the side when I asked. These could have been teething problems because it was their first week but was still disappointing since we were paying an average of R90 a burger. Having said that, the boyfriend decided to be different and opted to order the Pork Ribs (R155 for 500g) and loved them, so there is some promise here!
The Press Bar & Grill is open for lunch and dinner. For more information say Hi to the eatery on Facebook.
Hamachi – sushi spot
Find them at: 17 Old Stanhope Road, Claremont, Cape Town.
Go if: You love a good all-you-can-eat sushi deal.
If it’s a great all-you-can-eat sushi and Chinese food deal you want then Hamachi, in the southern suburbs is the place to be. For R149 you can eat as much as you like from the sushi belt and a special sushi ‘buffet’ menu which offers a wide selection of sushi favourites as well as some unusual, but delicious, ingredient combinations. I paid a visit to this casual spot last week and loved it. Sure, it’s not the best sushi in Cape Town but it’s delicious and well worth it when you do the sushi buffet. As for the decor of the spot, Hamachi is quite a large restaurant with clean, modern style decor. We didn’t book on the night we went but the restaurant was quite full when we arrived for dinner so I would recommend booking if you have a large table and don’t want to sit at the belt.
The all-you-can-eat special also allows you to try some other goodies from the menu including vegetable spring rolls, Chicken Chow Mein, Sweet & Sour Chicken, Oyster Beef, and Cashew Nut Chicken. I love that the Chinese food options are brought to you as smaller, tasting portions so you can really get your fill in instead of ordering a large meal and not being able to try anything else on the ‘ buffet’. I also tried quite a few things on the sushi menu but my favourites were definitely the Salmon Gift (salmon, avo, may, caviar), Bamboo Roll (cucumber wrap, tempura prawn, avo, chilli bean mayo sauce), and the Same Size Love (prawn tempura, tuna, avo, cream cheese, mayo, onion). The all-you-can-eat special also includes one portion of sashimi per guest as well as two portions of salmon roses per guest.
Hamachi is open for lunch and dinner. For more information say Hi to the eatery on Facebook.
Sticks McGee – Restaurant and Bar
Find them at: Fountain Centre, Corner Main & Belmont Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Go if: You love a casual vibe with great grub!
I absolutely loved this casual spot in Rondebosch. If you’re tired of pretentious Cape Town restaurants and just want a good meal at a good price then this is a great place to visit. The boyfriend and I went through on a Friday night and found the spot a welcome retreat from the rest of the eateries on the busy Rondebosch Main Road. While Stick’s McGee was full it wasn’t as frantic as the other spots we’d tried to get a table at and after glancing at the menu and noticing the great prices we were hooked! The decor of the spot is quite basic but it’s cosy and welcoming to diners of all ages. Take a seat inside or grab a table outside under the gazebo in summer.
On the menu you will find a wide range of dishes including snacks, pizzas, burgers, grills and more. We decided to share the Lasagne Poppers (fried, crumbed mini, lasagne portions with tomato dip – R45), a basic Margarita Pizza, and a basket of Barbeque Chicken Wings (R45) between two people and had a great meal for a steal! Special mention must go to the Lasagne Poppers which were beyond yummy. I also love that Sticks McGee offers daily specials for diners looking to save a few bucks. They run a breakfast roll special from Monday – Saturday where you pay just R35 for an origin coffee and a breakfast roll with 1 egg, 2 rashers of bacon, and salad (before 11:00). If you’re thirsty then you’ll also want to take advantage of their 1/2 price craft beer special which offers discount drinks (bottled and on tap) from 17:00 – 19:00 Monday – Saturday!
Sticks McGee is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For more information say Hi to the eatery on Facebook.
NY Slice – Pizza on the go!
Find them at: 100 Main Road Sea Point, Cape Town.
Go if: You love pizza and a casual vibe.
After loads of success at their Kloof Street branch, NY Slice decided to bring their Authentic New York-style pizza to Sea Point. The unique pizza concept offers hungry pizza lovers a space to pop in for a quick slice and a sip or even order a whole pizza for delivery or collection to enjoy at home with your mates and family. I love visiting this spot when I want a quick bite to eat without all the fuss of going to a restaurant and dealing with bills, waiters, and long waits. At NY Slice everything is quick, the pizzas are already prepared and waiting to be snatched up and diners can choose from a variety of different pizzas including the Pepperoni (Real New York Pepperoni), Buffalo Chicken (Buffalo chicken sauce and peppadews), and the Staten Island (Crushed meatballs, red onion and parsley). The prices range from R24 – R28 for a slice (depending on toppings) and a full pizza goes from between R168-R198. I’ve tried the Pepperoni and the SOHO and loved it! While I can’t claim it’s the best pizza in Cape Town, it’s definitely up there with one of my favourites.
As for the decor of this spot, it’s pretty simple. There are a few seats for diners to relax on while they eat their pizza. Grab a seat at the street-side window and watch the world go by as you munch on your slice or take a seat around the Lazy Susan and share your pizza with friends.
NY Slice is open from 10:00 – 23:00 daily, with deliveries available to the Sea Point, Green Point, Mouille Point, Clifton, and Bantry Bay areas. For more information say Hi to the eatery on Facebook.