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Where to eat at the V&A

Where to eat at V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

We love food and we adore the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town with its amazing view on Table Mountain. We have hand-picked the best restaurants for you. You want to know where to eat at the V&A Waterfront, read below : 

Karibu

Winner of best South African cuisine globally World luxury restaurant award 2017. A great place to eat if you’re in search of authentic high quality traditional South African dishes from seafood, steaks and Cape Malay curries. They also boast a wide selection of the best wines in South Africa. Discover the menu and make an online reservation here.

Our favorite dish : The giant venison skewer, served with Amarula sauce 

Budget per person (2 courses + 1 drink) : R 600 to R 850.

Life Grand Café

Delicious Mediterranean inspired dishes offering a wide variety of classics often with a twist. The food is prepared simply and the kitchen has a wood-burning oven. With salad, coffee, crudo and cocktail bars available there is something to suit anyone’s interests. The also have great sushis. The outside seating is lovely, facing the harbour. the service is impeccable. Discover the menu and make an online reservation here.

Our favorite dish : The dock and dive platter (16 prawns, 400g grilled calamari, crispy squid heads, baby kingklip)

Budget per person (2 courses + 1 drink) : R 450 to R 700.

V&A Food Market

What was once the old power station which provided electricity to the docks is now a powerhouse of innovation and bright ideas. With over 40 tenants offering trendy concepts to food and wine V&A Food Market has it all. It’s the place to be for those seeking an eating experience with a vibrant atmosphere and plenty of variety at affordable prices. 

Our favorite dish : Hungarian langos flatbreads with avocado, onions, tomatoes etc. from Stack that.

Budget per person : R 70 to R 120.

Stir crazy cooking

If you’re looking for a fun and interactive cooking experience then this perfect. Anyone looking to learn and new skill or different cooking style either during the day or in the evening. Classes include African style safari cooking, Asian cuisine, sushi, vegetarian, Cape Malay, vegan and more. The cooking classes are taught by professional chefs in a fun, relaxed and interactive environment. Participants get involved in a South African, Cape Malay or African cuisine course preparing delicious course recipes which are shared and enjoyed around the table after the cooking session.

Our favorite dish : Malay Chicken Biryani

Budget per person (class + meal) : from R 750

Ginja

If you’re looking for cuisine to suit all pallets located a literal stone throw from the waters edge. Offering a delicious prawn and wine special for seafood lovers. Whether it’s a cup of coffee and slice of cake with some colleagues, a lovely family meal or sundowners with friends Ginja is an ideal relaxing spot. Book a table online.

Our favorite dish :  Ginja chicken with Jasmine rice, cucumber, peanut, coriander and spicy dressing

Budget per person (2 courses + 1 drink) : R 450 to R 600. 

Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Cape Brandy Bar

Inspired by Cape Town’s oceans, mountains, fynbos and vineyards and using local ingredients to create the favours and effects. Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen & Brandy Bar is a specialist bar offering experiential cocktails and vintage drinks. Offering the largest selection of award-winning Cape Potstill brandies and local bitters, tinctures and vermouth there is something for any drink’s enthusiast.

Our favorite dish : Sprinbok carpaccio with roma tomatoes, parmesan, rocket and balsamic reduction

Budget per person (2 courses + 1 drink) : R 450 to R 600. 

What if we tell you we have a tailor-made food lovers itinerary with some of the best culinary experiences in Cape Town, check it out.

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Malay cooking class in Bo-Kaap

Bianca (admin at African Heart Travel) went on to try a Malay cooking class in Bo-Kaap district; she tells you all about this unique fun experience.

Unique to the Western Cape of South Africa, Cape Malay cuisine fuses African traditional food with that of the Malaysian and Indonesian flavours brought over by the Dutch slaves in the early 18th century. A blend of spices (ginger, fennel, star anise, tamarind, and turmeric) gives the food a distinctive aromatic quality. Stews, roasts, and sauce-heavy curries are popular in Malay cuisine.

Within the predominantly Muslim neighbourhood of the Bo Kaap, with houses painted every colour from hot pink to lime green and orange, lies the home of Faldela; who will be our host and culinary teacher for the afternoon. A local food lover, she is one of several women in the area offering informal cooking classes out of her home and waits to greet us with a warm smile on her doorstep.

Infusing her lesson with interesting bits of information into her cultural ways and customs, Faldela shows us the difficult task of folding onion-and-cheese-filled samoosas. With patience she demonstrates how to sprinkle heaped spoonsful of spices over a saucy onion base for chicken curry (it’s more about the feel than learning exact recipes, she explains). We learn how to prepare the dough for home-made roti (a buttery, flaky flatbread) and deep-fried dhaltjies (a small round chilli bite).

We slice, fold dough and laugh our way through the 2.5 hour lesson as she chatters away about how meals play a central role in religious ceremonies and how curry should always be cooked with the lid off. How she, and the vast majority of other Malay women, first acquired the tricks of the trade from their mothers and grandmothers, passed down through the generations.

As our lesson winds down, we sit down around her kitchen table and enjoy the feast before us in a delightfully social setting. We end the afternoon strolling through the cobbled streets of the Bo Kaap, our bellies full and having a sense of fulfilment that comes with an authentic Cape experience.

Wanna try it out? Ask us, we will include this authentic experience to your next trip to South Africa. Check out our amazing itinerary in Cape Town with friends.

Nos 5 restaurants préférés à False Bay

Voici nos 5 restaurants préférés dans le quartier de False Bay.

Etant habitants du quartier de False Bay, nous avons testés des dizaines de restaurants, chacun dans son genre. Ceux-ci sont nos 5 préférés, testés et approuvés par l’équipe d’African Heart Travel.

Bombay chilli – Muizenberg

Épices et parfums de l’Inde vous attendent à Bombay Chilli, à quelques pas de notre bureau à Muizenberg. Insitution locale, les capetoniens viennent de loin déguster les spécialités indiennes de ce restaurant. Ils viennent d’ouvrir une succursale à Plumstead également. Menus « à la carte » entre R 90 et R 140 pour un plat principal. Tous les grands classiques de la cuisine Indienne vous y attendent.

Cuisine indienne à Bombay Chilli

Live Bait – Muizenberg

Ouvert pour la saison 2017, voici le petit frère du Live Bait de Kalk Bay. On adore la vue sur le front de mer de Muizenberg. La salle est immense, bien agencée et le décor et sobre. La rénovation de l’un des plus anciens bâtiments du quartier est un vrai succès. Carte variée, pas uniquement du poissons et prix très raisonnables (entre R 90 et R 130 pour un plat). Excellent rapport qualité-prix. Découvrez l’univers du restaurant sur le site de Live Bait.

Spécialités de poissons à Live Bait

Barracudas – Fish Hoek

Notre petit chouchou, entre autres, pour son menu du jour à R 60 le midi. Un choix entre une dizaine de plats principaux pour seulement R 60 et c’est bon et copieux. Le soir, les prix montent. Grande salle, proche de la plage, accueil jeune et sympathique. Fermé le lundi. Carte variée avec poissons, viandes, salades et burgers.

Vue sur mer à Barracudas

The light House Café – Simon’s Town

Difficile de trouver un restaurant à Simon’s Town sans casser le porte-monnaie. La proximité des manchots à Boulder’s associée au port et marché d’artisanat, en font un haut lieu touristique sur la route du Cap de Bonne Espérance, d’où des additions élevées. Si on veut autre chose que du poissons, Light House café est une option. Prix (un peu) élevé, mais cadre jolie et service efficace. On aime leurs pizzas, leur “Fish & Chips” et surtout le plateau à partager avec charcuterie, humus, fromage etc.

Ambiance rétro à Light House Café

Kalky’s – Kalk Bay

Institution connue dans la ville entière, Kalky’s est le temple du “Fish & Chips” dans le grand sud. Attention aux calories, tout est fris. Amateurs de poissons vapeurs ou calamars grillés s’abstenir. On aime le côté convivial de ce restaurant où les locaux se retrouvent. On commande au comptoir, on va s’asseoir avec son numéro et 5 minutes plus tard, les parts, généreuses, vous sont servis dans une corbeille en plastique. De l’authentique, bon et pas cher.

Fish & Chips à Kalky’s