No run-down of burger joints in Cape Town would be complete without mentioning Royale. Royale was hipster before hipsters started calling themselves hipsters. The decor, the staff and the food all have a special quality, something different and interesting.
Take the menu, for instance, there is literally a section titled “Something a little different” 😊. From there we chose The Federale, a 160g basted beef patty blended with chorizo, chilies and coriander, served with guacamole and caramelized onions. Each burger comes with a choice of fries or sweet potato fries or a mix of both (recommended).
Always an experience, Royale never fails to deliver!
You’ll find IYO (Inside, You’re Out) on the super trendy Bree Street in Cape Town, a stretch that’s known for it’s upmarket eateries and fine cuisine. IYO has a great spread of traditional and way out-there burger combos and sides, along with never-ending jam jars and local beers and ciders.
We opted for the Quick Dip, a smoked cheddar beef patty on a fresh bun with crispy sweet onions and the IYO house dip (incorporating pork broth) and it was mesmerizingly good. Everything just comes together and creates an amazing flavour profile.
After an informative outing to Robben Island we think a little levity may be in order, beer, music and ambience in a beerhouse! Remember, we are remembering the oppression, but also, celebrating the freedom. 😊
The Rudimentals, Nomadic Orchestra and Ann Jangle will keep the mood electric and local, the many, many beers will be flowing freely, and the early evening will get a little raucous!
There is a beer for everyone and the location on Long Street make it a fantastic gateway to spill out into town and enjoying yourself in earnest. Centrally located, it is close to a lot of very nice spots both large and small, definitely worth an exploration.
We begin with Plant, a vegan restaurant which came into being as a café in Bo-Kaap in 2013, and then moved to bigger premises with a wider and more gourmet menu that revolves around food with a mission.
Their mission is “part of ongoing commitment to make this world a little better, a little kinder”, and they do this by offering only cruelty-free plant-based foodstuffs and by actively donating to animal and human charities.
Have the Thai papaya bowl, consisting of finely chopped cabbage and red pepper soaked in lime juice with papaya, cashew nuts and avocado, served with a papaya-lime-coriander dressing.
Pair that with a Raspberry Collins, mixed with Bottings raspberry puree, vanilla Vodka, ice, fresh lemon and soda and you are in for a flavour treat that you won’t soon forget!
Nobody said you can’t be healthy and have a little fun!
Ethiopia is known for its coffee, but also its outstanding cuisine, centering around shared pots and dipping/holding bread, where the utensil becomes part of the meal.
The bread is called Injera and is a spongy bread, resembling a crepe or pancake which is traditionally made from Teff flour.
Have the Shiro Wot, a popular vegetarian stew, Shiro Wot is made from chickpea flour and simmered with garlic and onions in a berbere sauce (a combination of peppers, garlic, onion and other spices which are dried and ground into powder form, and used to spice many dishes). For your meat option, we suggest you try the Tibs, tender beef or lamb cubes sautéed and cooked with pepper and onion.
The food is rich, with deep and tantalizing flavor profiles, but it is also welcoming and tactile, obviously prepared with great love and care.
A cultural foodie extravaganza, The Africa Café brings you flavours from across the continent. Starting from humble beginnings, this venue has flourished over the past 15 years into the amazing kitchen it is today.
A standout dish was the Ethiopian Doro Wat, chicken thighs cooked in a rich
Berbere /paprika sauce. Also amazing was the Malawi Mwana wa Nkhosa Tender, a free-range lamb stew in a succulent, rich gravy.
Fifteen different African dishes are brought to your table simultaneously and you indulge in the “communal feast”, a truly outstanding experience!
There are great vegetarian options, and you can order individual dishes too, if that is to your preference.