Winter Lunches in Cape Town

It’s no secret that Cape Town is a tourist trap all year round, but especially during summertime, when everyone from Gauteng flocks to the shores of the Western Cape for the holiday season. Winter in Cape Town can be brutal apart from the chilly weather, there are whipping winds and rainy days, not to mention the fact that the weather can completely change by the hour. But for locals, winter time is perfect because it’s mostly just locals in town, and they’re able to fully enjoy the city, without the crowds – and, of course, the winter menus which are usually offered at discounted prices. Here’s a look at three of the best restaurants with winter menus you should check out in the city.

YU Restaurant

YU offers a contemporary take on Asian dining in Cape Town’s prime location, the Foreshore. Located at The Onyx, YU beckons guests and residents of the building, as well as the public, to experience its artistic setting and appealing dining offerings, including Asian tapas, sushi, dim sum and bao buns, to name but some of the menu’s offering. The name YU stems from the Japanese language, alluding to excellence, braveness and superiority as well as leisure and gentleness – a poetic description of all that this dining establishment embodies. In essence, YU guests can look forward to beautiful cuisine that brings the best of tradition and modernity together. YU presents fusion and Asian cuisine in an a la Carte Menu. There are a range of cocktails available, along with a dedicated drinks menu to accompany the food and desserts. YU is open Monday to Saturday, from 12h00 to 23h00. The 100-seater establishment also includes a stylish bar and lounge.

For more information, visit www.newmarkhotels.com/places/restaurants/yu/

Top Picks: The bao buns are sublime, but then so is everything else on the menu! I loved the dim sum and the sushi, which comes in in generous portions with great twists that take a plate of fish to the next level. For dessert, you simply must try the chocolate fondant, served with pistachio and ice-cream, and just the right amount of oozing goodness from the centre.

Shimmy Beach Club

Shimmy Beach Club is a Cape Townian favourite, warming up the colder months with an off-season menu to kick the winter blues. Eat at Shimmy, in the grand 220-seater restaurant fit with comfortable couch pocket seating. There is a separate open plan sushi bar and wood-fired pizza oven where pizzas are freshly baked. For the kiddies, there is a separate child-friendly menu. Sit seaside as you taste the variety of food and drinks on the menu, each prepared with culinary expertise. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of oysters, dim sum and grills, as well as a selection of soul-satisfying desserts. The winter trading hours are from Wednesday to Saturday from 11h00a 04h00 at the latest, and Sunday 1h:00 to 02h00, with our kitchen closing at 23h00.

To make a booking, contact +27 21 200 7778 or email info@shimmybeachclub.com.

Top Picks: Lookout for half price Wednesdays, and the special rates on Sundays, but make sure you book in advance as it fills up quickly! The food really is a noteworthy experience that you’ll be tempted to come back for time and time again. Our favourites were thedim sum, the meat dishes, the prawn curry and for dessert, the waffles with bacon and life-changing guinness ice-cream (thank me later).

Firefish

The Kove Collection’s Firefish restaurant, situated at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, offers diners the opportunity to sit in comfort whilst watching the activity of the harbour. The seafood grills are fresh from the ocean and hot off the grill at the sophisticated eatery. All protein cuts are grilled on the state to the art Josper Charcoal Grill. This hybrid grill burns only top-quality charcoal and operates at an ultra-high temperature to allow us to grill and roast while preserving and enhancing the most delicate flavours. The modern contemporary seafood menu has something for everyone, from freshly shucked oysters, to sushi, salads, vegetarian dishes, meat or chicken, dim sum, yakitori skewers, bowls, wraps and sweet endings to share. There are dedicated menus options for kids and vegetarians, ensuring everyone is catered for.

For more information, visit www.firefishrestaurant.co.za.

Top Picks: Take a seat outside with views of the harbour, or inside by the wall covered in leaves for a fresh, yet sophisticated feel. The goats cheese starter is fried and served with apple slices, making for a delicious start to a meal. For mains, the grilled fish is a solid selection, and for vegetarians, the whole grilled cauliflower is a winner. Enjoying these with a glass of white wine is highly recommended.

Here’s to winter menus that make winter enjoyable. Tantalise your taste buds – you deserve it.

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