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Top 11 2011: Paul Murray's Top 11 Restaurants

Paul Murray - 2011-12-15

Paul Murray listed his top dining experiences of 2011.



1. Belthazar at the Waterfront

021 421 3753/6
Shop 153 Lower Level V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Belthazar 2011 Copyright ©
Credit for graphics: http://www.belthazar.co.za/home.html

The ambience at Belthazar is great!
Belthazar at the Waterfront provides the discerning diner with the best in cured raw meet grilled to perfection in a luring ambiance – you meet people there from all over – Texas, Bali, Paris, London – people flock into the place – Ian and Doron, the owners, are always there to say hi, as are the staff, Herman and Serge.

2. The Planet Restaurant

The Mount Nelson Hotel
Cape Town
For more details please contact:
Tel: +27 (0)21 483 1000
Book online.

The restaurant ceiling – stars nestle under the classical dome.

There has been talk about the Mount Nelson’s newly furbished restaurant, the Planet Restaurant. Trendy dining places in Cape Town are not scarce. But this one is very trendy. It’s in another league. Many will already know its “little brother”, the trendy Planet Bar. Now there is the Planet Restaurant and it certainly deserves a visit, even if just to see how the planet theme is reflected in the decor. For starters, the star-studded ceiling is a knock-out. But ultimately the hero is the dining experience, which is elegant and fine in every possible way.

3. Carghill’s Restaurant, Rondebosch – for the most classic dining experience

20 Station Rd, Rondebosch, Cape Town
021 689 2666
Hours: Lunch, Tuesday to Friday; dinner, Tuesday to Saturday. Closed Monday.
Style: Sophisticated
·  Indulgent
·  Romantic
·  Classic European
·  French

Review: Cargill's Rondebosch, Cape Town
An intimate gem 
By Alice 
Wednesday, 2 March 2011

This is truly a gem in the Southern suburbs. A small menu of classical dishes (I highly recommend the figs with Gorgonzola and the duck) complemented by an interesting wine list and very friendly service.

4. Founders Restaurant Dining Hall

8 December 2011, Founder’s Christmas dinner, prepared by the Founder’s kitchen staff – special menu for the boys and staff – a jovial occasion for the students of the house at their Christmas dinner with a schoolboys’ menu that’s special!

  • Mushrooms in phyllo pastry
  • Fillet steak, chips and nice veggies
  • Ice cream and strawberries
  • Lindt chocolates

Founders House Facade

Inside the dining hall of Founders Restaurant

5. The Decameron, for an al fresco luncheon in historic Stellenbosch – and recited lines from fellow poet Dante

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • 50 Plein Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
021 8833331


Al fresco meals at Decameron are a delight - Italian owner Mario is there to recite some Dante, but that cannot put Boccaccio to shame!

6. Nelson’s Eye Gardens

9 Hof Street
Cape Town
Western Cape

021 423 2601
Email: nelsonseye@absamail.co.za
Credit: http://www.nelsons-eye.co.za/menu_light.htm

Brandon and Tony

Nelson’s Eye Gardens: Every time I go there Tony and Brandon cook up a new kind of chicken meal – with mushrooms and curry, or done in red wine. This is venturesome cuisine, to say the least. Steve, the owner, checks the quality. Sit at the bar and chat away while you eat and drink good red wine!

7. Bukhara, Cape Town

33 Church Street
Cape Town
021 424 0000
Email: capetown@bukhara.com
Website: http://www.bukhara.com
Credit: http://www.bukhara.com/

Bukhara in Cape Town makes the best in North Indian food and dishes; expert manager Greg in attendance, and friendly staff. Great selection of good reds to go with stunning dishes. Atmosphere that lures you in.

8. The Rosebank Hotel, Johannesburg

Cnr Tyrwhitt and Sturdee Avenues, Rosebank, PO Box 52025, Johannesburg 2196  
Book online or call 0800 999 136 

The Dining Hall at the Rosebank

The Rosebank Hotel, Johannesburg. It’s just so classy, and everything about it is like that – so professional.

9. Primi Wharf

V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

PRIMI Wharf for fresh Italian food – itza better thana the mamma makes.

10. Knead Wembley Square

If you want to have a nice coffee and muffins.

021 462 4183
Physical address: Wembley Square 1, McKenzie Street, Gardens, Cape Town
Cuisine: Light meals
Ambience: Comfy and casual
Opening times: Monday to Friday, 7 am – 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 7 am – 3 pm

11. Baruso’s, Rondebosch

No frills, just good pizza and a friendly ambience – sometimes it’s packed out, and you cannot book – but you wait!