At ENVY Lifestyle we pride ourselves on showcasing a unique side of Cape Town; but this doesn’t only happen through it’s people, our culture and our scenery, but also through our food. Cobus, our founder, always says “Capetonians cook with their heart.” And it’s true – Cape Town’s food scene has exploded. As difficult as it may be to list our top 5 restaurants, here they are:
1) THE POT LUCK CLUB
The Pot Luck Club is the sister restaurant to The Test Kitchen; Luke Dale-Roberts’ vision come alive! The Pot Luck Club is located on the top floor of the Silo at the original Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock – a very much up and coming part of the mother city. Pot Luck Club offers delectable tapas created by the popular chef Luke Dale Roberts himself. The restaurant actually encourages the sharing of plates, which makes covering the five taste sensations (bitter, sweet, umami, salty, and sour) pretty fun and easy. Besides their incredibly tasty food and brilliant house wine (Almenkerk), Pot Luck Club offers their diners amazing city and mountain views.
2) THREE WISE MONKEYS
Sea Point plays home to many restaurants in the city, but none quite like this Japanese gastropub. Three Wise Monkeys attracts locals and visitors from far and wide, with one thing in common – they’re here for the popular umami-laden broth. We’re bonkers for the beef brisket or the beef fillet ramen bowl; don’t forget to try the chicken ramen. For the non-meat lovers, Three Wise Monkeys offers a delicious vegetable ramen on the menu.
3) IL LEONE MASTRONTONIO
Our Founder, Cobus, has always been a fan of family run restaurants with small, intimate spaces. Spaces that tell a story and Il Leone Mastrantonio is just that! This family-run Italian restaurant in Cape Town’s buzzing and trendy Green Point is where you’ll find the best homemade pasta. Some of the most popular dishes is served with prawns, cherry tomatoes, and pine nuts. Il Leone is not only known for their witty humor, fabulous staff but also their fresh fish dishes, and a select few of their of chicken dishes. Desert is a must – tiramisu and crème caramel awaits!
Papa San is somewhat of a legend when it comes to the mother city’s dining scene. Papa San ran a restaurant, Takumi, which unfortunately closed it doors many moons ago – this left many locals (including ourselves) lost and wandering for the next best option. Then came OBI – serving customers genuine East Asian cuisine, showcasing the clean flavours and textures of Japanese cuisine. It’s the same Papa San that people have come to know and love. We cannot recommend OBI enough.
5) CEVICHE BAR
New to Cape Town’s dining scene, the Ceviche Bar is rocking the dining boat. A Peruvian-inspired ceviche bar located in Woodstock that’s of top quality, fresh, innovative and something we haven’t experienced in Cape Town before. The Ceviche Bar brings a welcome change from all of the restaurants in Cape Town.