Yindees has been serving Cape Town a fantastic selection of Thai cuisine for over twenty years, and is a must-visit taste experience!
The dishes are as fun to eat as they are to mispronounce, with a generous lashing of heat.
For starters we had the Man Tord Nam Jim Ma Kam, which are Sweet potato strips , crispy–fried in a light sesame seed batter and served with a tamarind sauce. For mains we went with the Kaeng Khiew Wann (Green Curry) prepared with coconut milk, green chillies, lemongrass, lime leaves, basil and coriander. Accompanied by your choice of duck breast, prawns, mixed seafood, fish, calamari, beef, chicken, vegetables or tofu.
The food is authentic, the décor is minimal and the vibe is relaxed, even more so if you choose to eat sitting in the “pillow” section in the back.
Chefs Warehouse & Canteen creator and food visionary Liam Tomlin has opened another venue using the same mix of outstanding food in a laid-back environment with unfussy service.
They don’t take reservations and the menu is set, offering up at least eight individual tapas courses that span the length and breadth of India.
You start with chaat, an Indian street food replica, with poppadoms to dip into chickpea and spiced potato cups.
After that tandoori chicken and minced lamb skewers, tempura pork belly and a whole range of exotic sauces and curry strengths to spice to your taste.
You progress to a vegetarian black dhal and a wonderful cauliflower dish.
This is followed by two curries which create the highlight of the dining experience. One is a golden lamb curry with turmeric, ginger and saffron strings. The other is a thick chicken curry in a beautifully fresh coriander and mint sauce.
While you’re there, grab a mango lassi (or anything off the extensive wine list).
While spicy, you will not be needing gallons of icy water to make it through the meal(s), and generally you can decide how hot you want to make it.
How do you solve a problem like Maria’s? Easy, there’s no problem, this is why it has been around forever, and will hopefully continue being around a long time from now. This venue has been serving up authentic Greek cuisine since the 50’s and is situated on the charming Dunkley Square in the old part of the city. Perfect for filling up on mezes, baklava, chunky Greek salads, and other favourites.
Go for the Kalamari Patagonica Mediterraneo which comes in a red sauce with white wine, garlic, olives and lemon and is a life-changing, evening starting dish! Also not to be missed is the classic Maria’s Lamb with a thick, creamy sauce and chunky rustic vegetables.
The staff are knowledgeable and attentive, though not obtrusive. The ambience is private inside, but also creeps out into the Square, where a clear sky on a warm evening can complement your meal beautifully.
Our first stop this week is the upstairs downstairs venue with a cute courtyard in Kloof Street.
Chalk and Cork is owned and run by Marc and Amy Botes, who have collectively attained an enviable amount of experience in top end kitchens working with international chefs.
This translates into a menu that is packed with flavor, a highly knowledgeable staff that is very present, but not intrusive, and a wine list that is approachable, fresh and always exciting.
You can’t go wrong with any of the boards (especially the charcuterie selection) but we were blown away by the wild mushroom risotto with grated parmesan and truffle oil, it was out-of-this-world good!! Another stand out were the Parma ham croquettes with apple and beetroot, an outstanding blending of flavours.
The thing about tapas is that the final ingredient is the company you choose to share it with, however you will find that the selection here is good enough to enjoy alone 😉
This is a bistro with a bit of a twist, more of a burger joint within a café environment. Think bare wood bar, generous portions, brilliant drinks and platter type sharing food to go with huge and succulent burgers.
The décor befits the postmodern hipster trendoid, but let that not distract from the delicious food and amazing sweet potato fries (really, get a double helping of these). Try the waffle burger, with bacon and honey mustard sauce, and pick something from their varied and exciting drinks menu. The salted caramel and Baileys milkshake is divine, or the pineapple mango velvet smoothie, with honey, is also an absolute winner!
Lastly, Mustacchio Caffe is also becoming a bit of a destination for coffee connoisseurs, they certainly brew up an excellent cuppa!
The Sorrows is the cousin restaurant of Yours Truly (which we will cover next) and is the brainchild of best mates and now business partners, Daniel Holland (of Yours Truly) and James Louw (of JL Joinery).
It boasts a beautiful aesthetic that is both elegant and tongue-firmly-in-cheek, riffing on the idea of drowning your sorrows, libation accompanied by victuals. The menu is small, but tight, the Porchetta is awesome, and the lamb shank falls off the bone. Have that with a couple of their signature Berry Mojitos and enjoy the stream of interesting folks frequenting this trendy little spot.
There are two reasons to come here, to drown your sorrows or to celebrate, either way, you’ll have a blast. Unhappy Hour from 3pm – 6pm Monday to Sunday.
When the former large-scale band and DJ Venue The Assembly closed down it was gutted and revamped into three venues, a cocktail lounge, a punk styled neighbourhood bar and District, the new live act venue with world class sound and lighting systems.
Harringtons Cocktail Lounge is the home of arguably the best margarita in Cape Town as well as a slew of top notch and high-end cocktails. With beautiful polished wooden details, swish velvet bottle service booths and a dedicated smoking lounge, this venue exudes the class of an era gone by.
To go with your classic cocktails you can indulge in fancy bites such as tuna tacos, spring rolls, mushroom risotto balls, mini burgers, oysters, beef skewers and even mini-samoosas. A house cocktail to try is the Pink Hush, Beefeater Gin shaken with honey and lemon, topped with bubbly and wild raspberry liqueur and served in a flute, it’s elegant and delicious. This is a beautiful sip, indulge and relax venue, by itself, or as the start to an evening out.
New York Bagels is one of those old-time favourite places, that has been around for ages (and moved location a couple of times in the process) that owes its ongoing success to always maintaining excellent quality control and refreshing its menu frequently.
Aside from their eponymous bagels (which are whipped up on site, and come in thirteen varieties), NYB specializes in all sorts of Jewish specialties from chopped herring to blintzes, babkas and baked cheesecake.
All bakery and confectionery items, smoked salmon, brisket and pastrami are produced on site. The coffee is amazing, and the Gypsy Ham, cheddar, onion relish and salad on a toasted sesame seed bagel we had to go with it was perfect.
This is a build-your-own sort of set-up, and practically any palate and diet are catered for. Open in some shape or form for the last 57 years, we hope they stick around a lot longer.
Lefty’s Facebook profile “about” section reads:” booze...food...smoke...song!” and that’s pretty much dead on. Students, locals and business people mix here easily and the reason is the consistently great food.
The menu is limited to a few favourites, and they prep the kitchen for one service at a time, so the later you get there, the more limited your menu may be.
The veggie falafels are phenomenal and the burger selection is brilliant, succulent and tasty, the flavours are simply bombastic. Don’t forget the fried chicken and waffles, a must-try! To go with this hearty modern pub-style fare Lefty’s run the best gin and tonic special in town.
Simple yet great, with a fantastic Friday afternoon ambience.
In part III of our #CTstreetbystreet series Harrington Street comes under the microscope and we look at a cocktail lounge, a dive pub that’s less dive and more pub and an old Cape Town favourite. Harrington street is off Roeland street, near parliament and the Company’s Garden.