Are your regular pizza nights on Fridays becoming a little predictable? Do the wait staff at Spur and the Dros know you by your first name? Do you long to eat glorious hand rolled Italian pasta or real Mexican enchiladas – but doubt that you’ll be heading overseas anytime soon?
Fear not, International cuisine is just around the corner – right here in Cape Town!
We all need to venture out of our comfort zone every now and then, and what better way to do this than to make a day or evening out of it, and to sample some of the best cuisine inspired from around the world?
Below are a few enchanting and delightful restaurants that celebrate different tastes and flavours from around the world, in Cape Town. These are really worth trying the next time you feel like venturing out and treating your significant other, family or friends to something a little more exciting than a traditional Spur burger.
La Masseria (Durbanville / Stellenbosch)
This family run restaurant is a real gem and everything that you’d expect to find in an Italian restaurant. The food is exquisite, whether it is ordered from the menu or selected from the buffet and it includes anti pasta and other traditional Italian foods. The furniture and layout of the restaurant is warm and inviting. The highlight to dining at La Masseria is enjoying the rich Italian food while being treated to classical Opera singing by the staff! The restaurant is currently under new management in Durbanville, but the family have an Italian outlet open in Stellenbosch along the R44.
Recommended for: Spoiling your partner to a romantic date night out
Cosecha Restaurant (Paarl)
Set on the Noble Hill Wine Estate in Paarl, this Mexican restaurant offers something different to the likes of Cantina Tequila and Bueno Vista – restaurants that are well known for their Mexican food. Traditional and contemporary Latin food is served at Cosecha, and this includes mouth-watering dishes that have been made famous by the Food Network Channel such as fish tacos and pulled pork sandwiches. Indulge in some wine tasting while you wait for your meal.
Recommended for: Treating the family to a long, lazy Sunday afternoon lunch
Yamas Greek Taverna (Somerset West)
This cosy, warm and inviting Greek restaurant is sure to leave you feeling as though you were in the middle of Europe. What makes this place so special is not only the excellent quality of the food or the festive ambiance, but it is the friendly service received that makes Yamas such a well loved restaurant. The wait staff are extremely pleasant and the owner of Yamas personally greets each table. I would highly recommend booking as tables are few, as well as to order the lamb shank well in advance as this cooks for a full day ahead.
Recommended for: A fun night out with friends
Banana Jam Cafe (Kenilworth)
This restaurant boasts a tropical atmosphere and a vibe that is both laid back and friendly. Favourite dishes and specialties off the menu include Pineapple BBQ ribs, Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Sunshine Soup, Trinidad Roti and Coco Loco Hoppin’ Jons to name just a few. Of course, a trip to the Caribbean wouldn’t be complete without an exotic cocktail drink. Happy hour is between 5pm and 6pm every day.
Recommended for: Celebrations with friends
Simply Asia – Thai Food and Noodle Bar (Throughout Cape Town)
There’s a big difference between eating Chinese take out food, and ordering Thai food. Thai food is known for its fresh and colourful ingredients that have a little bite to it. At Simply Asia you can choose how hot you want your food, or you can leave the chili out altogether. Favourite dishes include: Dim Sum, Prawn, Green, Red or Butternut Curry, Deep Fried Bananas and Coconut Ice Cream.
Recommended for: Surprising your partner to a date night out
Thanks to Melanie Chisnall for this post. Please visit her blog at http://melchi.hubpages.com