Cape Town: South Africa’s Culinary Capital

Kimberleigh Tessendorf
Test Kitchen

South Africa is a unique location, where natural beauty, turbulent history and diversity of cultures meet. South Africans are proud of their rainbow nation, the country is a melting pot boasting 11 official languages. Currently ranked as the top tourism destination in the world, Cape Town’s blend of beauty and cultures make it the culinary capital of the country.
The Test Kitchen (Woodstock, Cape Town)
Celebrated Chef Luke-Dale Roberts delivers once-in-a-lifetime experiences with modern fine dining. As the name suggests, you’ll find maximum innovation in the kitchen. The dishes reflect creativity with flavours and ingredients. Imaginative combinations such as slow-roasted pork belly with parsley-pressed apple squares and wild-rosemary-infused honey have ensured this restaurants spot on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Heston Blumenthal said of Robert’s artistry, “he has this ability of putting seemingly incongruent ingredients together in such a way that they work amazingly well.”

La Colombe

La Colombe (Constantia, Cape Town)
Eat Out S.Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Scot Kirton, is dishing up delicious food with character and confidence. There is a playfulness to his menus. A recent move to the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate on Constantia Nek has injected new vibrancy. “Ideas come from everywhere: seasonal produce, new crockery, overseas travels and experiencing the cuisines of other countries,” he enthuses. Lifting the lid on their signature dish, seared tuna tataki served with spelt-and-oat bread, and olive-parmesan bread sticks with herbed butter, is a delight.
Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (Constantia, Cape Town)
Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff combines local produce and South African flavours to produce truly refined plates. Inspired by the natural landscapes of garden, veld and sea, he shares local stories through imaginative dining experience. This is a menu full of drama and detail. “Release the Kraken!” features octopus and gamefish dramatically plated on a smear of ginger infused squid ink. ”Expect the unexpected… Greenhouse is where meals translate to memories.”

Pot Luck Club

The Pot Luck Club (Woodstock, Cape Town)
Situated on the top floor of an old silo, this restaurant has been dubbed the coolest place to eat out in Cape Town. Chefs Luke Dale-Roberts and Wesley Randles take the diner on an adventure of flavour and texture. “Sharing plates” are divided into 5 basic tastes; salty, sour, sweet, umami and bitter to allow diners to appreciate each sensation on its own, as well as all the flavours as a holistic experience. Their success is based on innovative dishes that appear understated but are fresh, modern and in sync with this edgy environment.

Jonkerhuis (Groot Constantia, Cape Town)
Nestled beneath oak trees in the oldest wine estate in South Africa, lies Jonkerhuis. This homestead turned restaurant exhibits traditional Cape Dutch architecture characterised by gables, thatch and white washed walls. The relaxed eatery pays homage to the rich history of the area through Cape Malay inspired food. The menu boasts a delicate balance of local produce enhanced by aromatic spicy scents. Renowned for their fruity full bodied flavours Jonkerhuis serves a traditional curry; laced with secret spices, fragrant basmati rice, fresh coriander and poppadoms.