Meals in Cape Town, South Africa

Since we spend much of our time in each city working, we feel like we are living temporarily in cities instead of being tourists.  Hence, our meals end up telling us a lot about where we visit.

With this in mind, here’s a summary of our meals near Anchor Bay Guest House (in between Green Point and Sea Point) during our 7 nights in Cape Town, South Africa.


Our first night in Cape Town we were excited to find a Middle Eastern restaurant in Sea Point.  The vibe was chill and the food was very good – we felt certain we’d visit again, but we kept finding new places to try.

Zataar Mana’aoshe – Freshly baked Syrian bread topped with a mix of Zataar herb blend (R65)
Beef bake – Traditional Syrian mince mixed with special Syrian spices topped with sliced tomatoes (R110)
Arabian chicken shawarma – Toasted wrap filled with chicken, topped with pomegranate and garlic sauce. Served with coleslaw & potato chips. (R80)

Newport Market and Deli

New Port Deli was recommended by Burt at Anchor Bay Guest House.  We ended up eating there a few times because it was quick, close, and had nice views of Green Point Park and Lion’s Head.  Families, remote workers, locals, and tourists seemed to enjoy New Port Deli – the only downside is that it closes at 7pm each day.

We found the wraps (R55-R85) to be filling and tasty. We tried the Turkish, Mediterranean, Tel Aviv, and Hawaiian wraps during our visits.

El Burro

We tried El Burro in Green Point for lunch one day.  Prices were a bit high, so we opted to get two horchata drinks (R22) and three appetizers.  Everything was excellent – truly some of the best food we’ve ever eaten!  El Burro was pretty empty when we ate an early lunch.

Ceviche (R70, finely diced line fish marinated in lime juice, chili, coriander & ginger), Esquites (R45, typical Mexican street snack. Char-grilled corn, Parmesan, butter, lime & chili salt), and tortilla chips & chunky guacamole (R48).

Alexander Bar

We visited Alexander Bar three times during our 7 nights in Cape Town.  We’d met the owners on our Ethiopian Airlines flight when they too mis-connected in Addis Ababa.

Alexander Bar has a fun theme, good drinks, and surprisingly good food.  Their wifi was also much faster and more consistent than at Anchor Bay Guest House.  We look forward to returning one day and enjoying one of their theater shows.

JT using the unique phone system at Alexander Bar.
The chicken burger at Alexander Bar.
Lasagna at Alexander Bar.
Cheese burger at Alexander Bar.


Sotano was another restaurant recommended by Burt at Anchor Bay Guest House.  We opted to go by on a Wednesday evening for their after 5pm 2 for 1 Lamb Burger Special (normally R110 each).  We complemented the special with Sotano’s Patatas Bravas (R65) tapa since this was one of our favorite dishes in Spain.  Although the patatas bravas were different than what we’d had in Spain, they were still very good.

Open-faced lamb burger and fries (normally R110), with patatas bravas (R65) in the background.
Katie with her half of the lamb burger Buy-1-Get-1-Free special.

There were many things on Sotano’s menu that looked tempting, but the higher prices and lackluster service kept us from visiting again.

Posticino Italian Restaurant

Sea Point also had a well-recommended Italian restaurant: Posticino.  When we went for dinner one night, the restaurant was crowded by not full – we were seated immediately.  We both ordered pasta, so we can’t speak for the rest of the menu…but the pasta was home-made and excellent.

JT’s spaghetti (included) with salmone (cream, salmon sliced, capers, onions) sauce (R104).
Katie’s butternut ravioli (R24) with butter & sage sauce (R56).


We didn’t plan on eating at Montasio, but stopped in after walking by after dropping off our laundry at the nearby Econ-o-wash.  Montasio is an interesting halal Italian-style restaurant that seems to be catering towards students based on (1) the other customers and (2) a sign at the register offering student housing.  The food was nothing special, but it was cheap and a good option for those looking for halal food.

Katie’s California pizza with avocado and fake meat.
JT’s burger, with lots of avocado and delicious fries.

Shawarma Express

We’d walked by Shawarma Express a few times in Sea Point, and each time a wonderful smell had wafted out from the simple cafe-style restaurant.  We stopped by for kebabs one night, and were not disappointed.  We both tried the lafa bread, with JT opting for the shawarma and Katie opting for the falafel.

JT’s shawarma wrap and cider.

Kushi Indian Restaurant

Kushi Indian restaurant only had two other groups when we visited – one group was there the entire time and they were engaging in a rather loud discussion about hiring a new manager for the restaurant.  We ordered naan for an appetizer and curries with rice/naan. Katie found even the mild curry to be uncomfortably spicy. Additionally, we were disappointed that the server implied that the rice/naan with our meal was included, but then we found charges for it on our bill – we would have much preferred if he had been up front about the charge.

Our curries with naan for Katie and rice for JT.

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