You don’t need to travel far for a bit of romance when in Cape Town. With the ocean, mountains and forest surrounding the city on all sides, there’s a magical view around every corner. And in the city? You’ll find some of the best restaurants in the world.
We are all for a romantic dinner at home, but sometimes it’s fun to mix things up a bit. Whether you’re after a restaurant with exceptional ambience, exceptional cuisine, or both, these are sure to make your date feel special:
As a restaurant that launched over a decade ago, Asoka has since established itself as “the gem” of Kloof Street. Their culinarily diverse menu tantalises whilst their music creates an atmosphere that you could soak in for hours. The owners of this indulgent establishment believe in the power of music and food, and where they converge to produce an experience like the one you can expect from a night dining at Asoka.
In the heart of De Waterkant, you’ll find a sweet and cosy guesthouse called “the Charles”, with a beautiful courtyard eatery, aptly named “Cafe Charles”. In this beautiful outdoor setting, you can enjoy a glass of wine with the one you love, followed by a tasty dinner in their intimate dining room. Their menu boasts a selection of European and African-inspired dishes, and their fully-stocked bar caters to all tastes and preferences.
Asoka’s sister restaurant, Kloof Street House, is famous for its fairy-lit garden and being a long-standing dining oasis set in a Victorian house on the vibrant, ever-changing Kloof Street.
Their menu is a brasserie-style expression of the owner’s love and passion for creating meals worth talking about. All of their meat is grass-fed, free-range and ethically sourced. A menu highlight: Their sharing dishes that offer a host of flavours – perfect for sharing with your special someone on a romantic evening beneath the stars (or in this case, fairy lights).
A modern spin on traditional Indian cuisine, Thali is a local favourite owned and run by the team behind Chef’s Warehouse. “Thali” as a concept refers to a “complete meal of 10 or more regional Indian dishes”. As such Thali’s menu is an aromatic and curated journey for the senses, served over three courses. It starts with milder flavours and builds toward stronger curry stylings.
One thing to know about Thali? Get there early because they believe in maintaining a relaxed atmosphere and therefore, do not take bookings.
Offering the most authentic Turkish dining experience in the Mother City, Ala Turkish is the place to be if you and your special someone enjoy indulging in the flavours of the world.
Built on tried and tested recipes that originated from the Turkish cities of Urfa and Adana, Ala Turkish is the slice of Turkey that Cape Town was missing. Their menu? A fully Halaal variety of mains, starters, drinks, sharing platters and desserts inspired by the homeland.
And there you have it, a premium selection of Cape Town restaurants, all perfect for wining and dining your special someone all year round.