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Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

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Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

We'll be in Cape Town mid-February and we'd really like to eat "South African" cuisine. I'm learning that's a very broad category, but for me it boils down to trying food we can't get easily here in California.

My husband especially would like to try game, but it seems like the game restaurants are on the touristy side and maybe not that delicious. What kinds of experiences have people had at places like Mama Africa, Africa Cafe, Khaya-Nyama Game Restauarant, Marco's African Place, and Nyoni's Kraal? Are there any standouts among them --or places/dishes to avoid? Are we better off going to some of the more upscale restaurants mentioned in the forums (like Colombe) and trying the game dishes there? (In particular, we're looking for warthog, which seems a little more unusual).

I'd also like to try Cape Malay food, and am wondering the best venue to do that. Any places in Bo-kaap?

Thank you!

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1. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

Just a shoutout to say i'm very jealous of you and your husband being in Cape Town in Feb and eating warthog; warthog is spectacular eating, perhaps try a nice dark berry sauce on top and a bottleor2 of local Sauvignon Blanc. I will leave it to the locals to fill you in on the restaurants...

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2. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

I am adding to your food list and not helping with what you specifically asked, but if you like seafood, give serious consideration to the Portguese style calamari at the Chapman's Peak Hotel overlooking Hout Bay in Cape Town. Absolutley the best calamari I've ever had. I eat it every time, a few times, during my visits to Cape Town.

You can visit this spot easily by eating there on the way to or from Cape Point during your stay in Cape Town. The restaurant sits as the last place of business prior to driving up to take in the exceptional views for the Chapman's Peak drive. I hope Chapman's Peak drive is open as it was closed in October due to repairs.

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3. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

You are so perfectly right SouthernSkyAdv, the best calamari in the world is the Chapmans Peak Beach Hotel in Hout Bay! I was there three weeks ago and Mr. Nobrega himself cooked his specialty calamari, unbelievable, plus, what a beautiful setting. Mr. Nobrega is busy building a new wing on the old property, beautiful, modern rooms overlooking the ocean!! The road still ended at the hotel. settinghttp://www.chapmanspeakhotel.co.za/history-e.htm

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4. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

The place in the Bo-Kaap is called Bo-Kaap Kombuis (kitchen).

I have no idea what the contact number is but you can get it from Cape Town Tourism at 0214264260

When you make reservations, check to see on which night the owner and his friends are providing entertainment...they sing old Cape Malay and Cape Dutch songs

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5. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

You will find www.eatout.co.za a mine of information on restaurants in S. Africa. Also www.dine-out.co.za You can do a search by location and food type and read reviews.

Some of the restaurants you mention are 'touristy', they may offer a certain experience but they are not considered among the best eating places in Cape Town.

Most good restaurants include some game on their menu - it is usually springbok. Somewhere like Savoy Cabbage also usually has offal dishes available.

La Colombe is a fantastic place and if you enjoy food and wine you absolutely must go but the style of food is contempory classic French with Asian influences (if one has to label it) - one of Cape Towns best along with Jardine. (In my opinion) Our equivalents of Gary Danko but at a fraction of the cost!

For Cape Malay in Bo-kaap there is (or was) Noon Gun and Biesmillah. Other Cape Malay are:

Gold Restaurant Cape Town CBD Cape Malay, African, South African, Traditional

Jonkershuis Bar & Eatery Constantia Bistro, Breakfast, Cape Malay, Picnics

Nyoni's Kraal Cape Town CBD Cape Malay, African, Breakfast, Steakhouse

Orange Marmalade Cape Town CBD Cape Malay, Health, Mediterranean, Pastas

The Cape Malay Restaurant at The Cellars-Hohenort Constantia Cape Malay, South African, Traditional

Wild Bar Zonnebloem South African, Cape Malay, Game, Seafood

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6. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

Hi Isybela

You’ll have a great holiday next month. We always particularly welcome visitors from San Francisco. I have been visiting the Bay Area frequently for the past 30 years. You will find so many similarities between Cape Town and SFO. Mountain views, hilly streets, ocean, climate, Waterfront/Fishermans Wharf, laid back lifestyle and wine. Both cities are really wonderful places to eat. There is a huge range of good restaurants here. You have had lots of listings but to concentrate on what you have asked for.

Cape Malay – as you mentioned, the centre of the Cape Malay population in central CPT is the district of Bo-Kaap very close the city centre. You can eat genuine cape Malay food in a number of back street shops. For restaurants I would suggest Biesmellah in Wale Street and the Noon Gun Café, higher up the Bo-Kaap (can’t remember the actual address). Both of these are not touristy – in fact you may eat at bare tables – but provide genuine food. Remember that Cape Malay is a Muslim tradition and you won’t get wine at these places. For “gourmet” Cape Malay visit the restaurant of the same name at the Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia. The chef there, Martha Williams, is an expert on CM. This is an upmarket restaurant with excellent food but not the local experience. Also in the city is De Waterblommetjie, a restaurant built in outbuildings of the Cape Town Castle from the seventeenth cent. It is a delightful place but I haven’t been there for some time and I’m not sure it is still open – maybe someone could post and confirm. Outside Cape Town in the winelands I can recommend two more places where I have eaten. Die Volkskombuis in Stellenbosch provides newer style food but based on Cape Malay themes. On a wine estate I would recommend De Leuwen Jagt (there are no Lions to hunt there anymore!). This is outside Paarl at Seidleberg very close to Fairview. Good food with stunning views. The chef here is also famous, Cass Abrahams appears on TV and has written a number of books. She is/was also associated with De Waterblommetjie.

Game African – Mama Africa is the most famous but very touristy, more likely to find customers from New York than Africa! As said many of the best restaurants in Cape Town will have game on the menu – be aware that the description Venison on a menu is not confined to Deer and may cover a wide range of different game meats. To add to the list there is a Game specialist restaurant in Stellenbosch next to the Ou Werf Hotel (can’t remember the name – help please).

For a different, touristy experience that some people love and some don’t, try Moyo at Spier Wine Estate outside Stellenbosch. We often take overseas visitors there and , especially if there are older kids (or kids at heart) they love it. Moyo offers an “african experience” they have huge buffets with surprisingly good food. They have separate counters for Game and Cape Malay as well as grills, fish, vegetarian, seafood, deserts, etc. If you book ahead try and get one of their treetop tables – literally that, you go up easy ladders to platforms built in the spreading trees. There is live, local music and other performers who come up the trees to your table.

As I say there are many more restaurant types around Cape Town. Post again if you need more recommendations.

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7. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

De Waterblommetjie at teh Castle has long gone BUT it has beenreplaed with another Cape Malay restaurant called De Goewerneur. It is only open for lunch Mon - Sat. I don't know anything about it!

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8. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

We ate at Nyoni's Kraal in December one Sunday evening and enjoyed it although it wasn't our favourite meal. Ambience was fine - about 8 other tables downstairs and our waitress was friendly and attentive. The owner came round to say hi and made sure we were happy with our meal. We only had main courses and shared the Game Platter like you thinking we'd be able to try some native and unusual game that way but we got lamb, beef, chicken and ribs so although native not the unusual meat that we were looking for. The sides were things we'd not had before paap and chakalaka and the meat was tasty just not what we hoped for.

We had a better mixed game dish at a restaurant in Swellendam - kudu, springbok and ostrich.

My hubby had springbok cooked very well at Five Flies and although not exactly South African cuisine, they use lots of local produce in terms of game and fish so there may well be something you've not tried on the menu on that day.

I didn't see warthog in Cape Town although it was offered when we were on safari.

If you'd like to see some pics of what and where we ate go to: www.travelpod.com/members/mindabarley

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9. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

macsym

Thanks for confirming the demise of De Waterblommetjie - shame. Now you have to go to Paarl for Cass Abrahams cooking.

Another recommendation for African cooking, although not South African, is Addis in Cape on the corner of Long and Church Streets. This is a really good Ethiopian Restaurant. Don't be put off by the very simple foyer you see at street level, the main restaurant is upstairs. Ethiopians are not big meat eaters so this is a great place for vegetarians although they also have good meat stews(wots) in many different styles.

A different branch of the family have very recently opened an Ethiopian antique shop and coffee shop in Hout Bay. They provide Ethiopian style snacks as well as good quality artefacts and antiques. Went to the opening before Christmas but haven't been since then

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10. Re: Best places to eat game and Cape Malay food in Cape Town?

My daughter and son in law were just here (last week) from l.a. and they ate at lots of restaurants. One of their favourites was Societi Bistro where they had Kudu, and Venison and i think warthog (yuk) on the menu. They said it was excellent 021 4242100.

Then of course our fish you cannot get in the USA - Baia has excellent seafood dishes as well as Willoubys - both at the waterfront and our steak is excellent too. A There is a new steak restaurant called 1800 degrees at the Cape Royale which i believe is excellent too.