As the glorious summer season approaches, who wants to be inside on a gorgeous afternoon?
Since restaurant goers will start to opt for more open-air restaurants and eateries when eating out, we decided to do a little investigating in the Southern Suburbs for our five favourite open-air restaurants to help you enjoy your summer to the fullest.
Here are our Top 5 Open-Air Restaurants in the Southern Suburbs
1. Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia
Treat your senses to a symphony of tastes and smells at the Chef’s Warehouse at Beau Constantia. Located on a sprawling 22 hectare boutique wine farm at the top of Constantia Nek, this is a dining experience you will surely not forget in a hurry.
The menu ranges from Asian cuisine to finger food to sushi. If you’re not in the mood for a full meal, head to the wine tasting bar for the Tasting Room Platter, a cheese and charcuterie platter topped with red hummus, marinated olives, chakalaka chutney, waterblommetjie pickles and caper berries.
Tuna tartare nachos anyone? The Chef’s Warehouse certainly knows how to whet customers’ appetites with a variety of Asian cuisine inspired dishes that leave stomachs more than satisfied. After just one taste-bud-tingling dining experience, it won’t be long until you’re dreaming about your meal.
If the weather is gloomy and you sit inside, delight in the open kitchen setting that is always interesting to watch.
Lunch service is from 12:00 to 14:00 and dinner from 17:00 until 20:00 from Tuesday to Saturday. There is a lunch service only on a Sunday so be sure to book in advance.
Constantia Main Road | Glen Alpine | 021 794 8632 | 12:00-14:30; 16:30-20:00
2. Peddlars on the Bend
Source: FoodBlog Cape Town
Peddlars on the Bend is one of the best ways to make good use of a sunny day. Sit outside on the terrace and bask in the summer sun which is finally starting to grace the Cape.
Peddlars has a range of delicious food to entice your taste buds, from tapas to pub grub to the grill. All their meals are best known as hearty, honest and wholesome and will definitely hit the spot. We suggest either the Grilled Chicken Burger with smoked mozzarella, chilli mayo and chips or the famous Tender Pork Ribs with sticky BBQ basting sauce, house dry rub and chips.
There is, of course, outdoor seating, a full bar and a sports bar. The bar area is sleek yet still retains its oak finish and old school charm. Peddlars on the Bend is open from Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 22:00.
13 Spaanschemat River Road | Constantia | 021 794 7747
3. Bistro Sixteen82
This tapas and bistro-style restaurant first opened its doors in 2009 and was named after the year Steenberg was established. Bask in the African sun as you look across the indigenous escarpment that lies before you.
Bistro Sixteen82’s menu keeps up with seasonal produce and will feature inventive dishes that showcase the locally sourced ingredients. Tuck into some delicious Saldanha oysters, beef tataki, or even the risotto of the day. For a hearty lunch time meal, we suggest the open steak sandwich with Chimichurri Hollandaise, sundried tomato pesto, tender greens, onion rings and hand cut chips.
This innovative and interactive establishment sits adjacent to Steenberg’s winery with a beautiful terraced dining area that leads straight to reflective water features and the magnificent stone mountains and sprawling wine estate.
Bistro Sixteen82 is open from Monday to Sunday with breakfast served at 09:00 to 11:00, lunch from 12:00 to 15:00 and dinner from 17:00 to 20:00.
Steenberg Estate| Steenberg Road |Tokai | 021 713 2211
4. Myoga at The Vineyard Hotel
Myoga (meaning “Ginger Blossom” in Japanese) is beautifully positioned in the lush 6-acre garden of the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands. Owned by head chef, Mike Bassett, Myoga is a contemporary fusion between Mediterranean, Asian and African cuisine.
Bassett says, “True fusion is the integration of ingredients from across the world that joins together in a contemporary combination of flavours without creating a confusing juxtaposition, resulting in a seamless style of fine cooking.”
Besides a lunch, tapas and dinner a la carte menu, Myoga offers a signature seven-course tasting menu, as well as a lunch and dinner tasting menu paired with some of South Africa’s finest wines, perfectly assembled for the more discerning culinarian.
Lunch is from 11:30 to 14:00 from Tuesday to Saturday. Dinner is from 18:30 to 22:30 from Monday to Saturday.
Myoga | 60 Colinton Rd, Newlands, Cape Town | 021 657 4545
5. Moyo at Kirstenbosch
And lastly, who wouldn’t want to enjoy a delicious meal in the impossibly beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens? With the city’s balmy evenings on the way and the sunshine warming up the Cape, head to Moyo at Kirstenbosch Gardens for a truly authentic African dining experience.
Moyo’s cuisine is inspired by the traditions and values of African ancestors. Customers can tuck into mouth-watering meals such as oxtail linguine, Moroccan lamb shank deluxe sandwiches, crocodile tail pie, cuts from their kraal grill, African tagines and potjies and so much more.
There is a dinner buffet held on Fridays from 18:00 to 22:00, breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays from 09:00 to 11:00 and a lunch buffet from 12:00 to 16:00.
This restaurant is perfect for those looking to have a truly authentic African experience with a backdrop of Table Mountain that will certainly be hard to top in a hurry. Please note there is an entrance at the gate to enter the park.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden | 99 Rhodes Drive | Newlands | 021 762 9585