As I have mentioned a time or two (ahem), my husband is from South Africa. Therefore, we try to go visit his family as often as possible. Below find my all time favorite places to eat when we visit the Western Cape.
Mere words can not express how amazing the food in South Africa is but I will try. This list is in no particular order, so here we go.
Mariner’s Wharf – This seafood gem is located in Hout Bay and boasts some of the most unique seafood dishes I have ever tried. The service was amazing and the view of the bay is all surrounding. Another interesting thing about this view is that if you look at the bay over the parking area you can watch a man feeding a wild sea lion. This animal is huge and still very wild but trusts him to provide a free meal of fish. It is really amazing to watch.
Quay Four – This is located inside the V&A Waterfront shopping center and reaches out over Cape Harbor. Again amazing food and service with a view to die for. This is also the first place I ever ate in South Africa. It was our first stop on our first trip ever. I learned about Savanah while at this restaurant as well. This is a draught drink that is best served in a bottle with an orange. If you find yourself in South Africa, you won’t regret trying one of these.
The Spur – Each Spur is unique in its own way. The one I am speaking of is in George. All of the Spurs have a Native American theme to them with a large focus on kids. The play area and the kid’s menu is like no other place in South Africa (they don’t have any Chucky Cheese type places that I know of). They serve a wide variety of wholesome “comfort” foods at an affordable price. Here in the USA, I would compare it to an Applebee’s. Definitely a staple of our travels now. Oh, and if it is your birthday they will bring you a cake with sparklers.
Drydock Food Co. – Another wonderful seafood stop located in Knysna’s waterfront shops. What stood out for me here was the dessert menu. Don’t get me wrong the food was amazing too but the sweets (although minimal) were artfully prepared and displayed. I highly recommend the ice cream sundae.
La Piazza – A little pizza shop in Sedgefield directly across the street from my Father-outlaw’s house (he prefers outlaw to in-law). Brick oven style with a great selection. You can also get a great burger at this local spot. Decorated with lovely fireplaces and cute little vases all over, I love to walk around and take pictures while I wait for my meal.
Gino’s – Yes this is another pizza shop but this one is in Stellenbosch. As I said this list is in no order for me but this is by far my husband’s favorite place to grab a pizza. Again, brick oven style (wood burning) with a completely customizable menu. While I do love the pizza, I find myself ordering from the pasta menu more often than not. So many options from a simple bolognese to a carbonara that is perfect in every way.
Bloemendal – I must admit I have only been here once but it was wonderful. They were offering a buffet style service that day so I was able to try so many dishes that South Africa has to offer. An entire area dedicated to potjiekos and another for every kind of sweet you could want. They also boast a hog roast on a regular basis. This is more of a venue for parties and weddings so you can imagine the views. On a mountain of its own, you can see all of Table Mountain from the deck area.