Friday 27 February 2015

4 weird places to dine in Cape Town

Cape Town is a place famous for the diversity of people and cuisines, these odd foods can take your taste buds on a taste adventure. Here are some of Cape Town’s strangest and most delicious cuisines…

The Greenhouse
Just try and imagine what west coast crayfish and vermicelli with lemon emulsion & powder would taste like? Or how about wagyu beef tartare, puffed tendon and dill aioli, black fungus gel and cucumber? If that’s not weird enough for you, your mouth may explode with amazement when you get stuck into some springbok with coffee roast carrots, pan fried foie gras and blackberry finished off with some salted cappuccino.
The Greenhouse was voted the #1 restaurant in Cape Town by the EatOut Magazine in 2011 and it came in at #4 last year, so at least you know it tastes delicious even though you probably don’t know what most of the ingredients are. You can find the Greenhouse on the beautiful slopes of Table Mountain in the Constantia Valley.

WHERE: 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
TEL: +27 (0)21 794 5535

Savoy Cabbage
Enjoy this mouth-watering food safari of rare Zebra Loin with Mustard Spätzle, Celeriac Mousse, Mushrooms and Poivrade Sauce, you can find all this at Savoy Cabbage, a locally and internationally acclaimed creative contemporary restaurant on Hout Street.
The Savoy cabbage is decorated in 18th century Table Mountain stone, glass, concrete, chandeliers and fine table appointments. They also have a thing for unusual flavours like House-smoked Norwegian Salmon on a Buckwheat Pancake with Grapefruit Jelly, Crème Fraîche and Keta Caviar and a wide selection of South Africa’s famous four-legged beasts (warthog, springbok, eland, kudu, zebra)

WHERE: 101 Hout Street
TEL: +27 (0)21 424 2626

Mama Tembos
You haven’t tasted the bushveld unless you've gone to Mama Tembos. This festive location offers African cuisine and slow cooked soul food sprinkled with memorable South African wildlife. Don’t let anyone tell you, you haven’t experienced South Africa when you've had the Crocodile Ribs, Kudu Steaks or BBQ Springbok Bunny Chow.
You can also get your hands dirty with some Sticky BBQ Wings or Ostrich Kebabs, how about South Africa’s iconic Springbok in a pie served with buttermilk coleslaw and rice?

WHERE: 150 Main Road, Sea Point
TEL: +27 (0)21 439 7383

On a Roll
On a Roll has some seriously inventive hotdog combinations, and on a Monday you can even get a free beer or cider with every gourmet wiener. Try and be fearless when you order any of these hotdogs, like the Batman which is a bauernbratwurst sausage with camembert cheese, caramelised fig & baby leaves drizzled with a balsamic glaze or the Whole-Lotta-Love with Swiss emmanthaler sausage, smoked chicken, Swiss chard, cherry  tomatoes and a dollop of yoghurt.
Alternatively you can try the slow-cooked pork belly foot long, marinated with maple syrup, soya and pickled ginger, served with a side of fries. Just take a moment after your crazy hotdog and consider the diversity of Cape Town’s food, it’s almost criminal!

WHERE: 78 Durban Road, Little Mowbray
+27 (0)21 685 9916

Do you feel like tucking into something a little odd, but strangely delicious? Try these restaurants and discover some of Cape Town’s most weird and wonderful foods.

Thinking of traveling to Cape Town for some strange cuisine? Call Airport Shuttle for a reliable shuttle service to and from Cape Town International Airport. Once you're in the Mother City you're going to need a place to stay, so book in to 808 Cartwright, for luxurious accommodation with amazing views.

Written By: Christine Romans

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