There’s been quite a lot of movement on the restaurant scene lately, so I thought I would update you. If you know if any other happenings that I haven’t listed, please leave a comment below.
I’m not sure what the deal is with Kloof Street, but all of the following restaurants are on that street…
Depasco on the corner of Buitensingel and Kloof Streets is now Sabrina’s Portuguese Flavours. I do enjoy Portuguese flavours myself, so looking forward to trying that.
Tong Lok just up the road from Depasco is closed.
Mason, a bit further up Kloof Street is also closed.
Buzz Cafe, further up Kloof Street appears to have closed.
Even further up, Blooze Bar has closed and has become a new place called Jackal & Hide. They have asked me to come review so will report back soon.
Apparently Black Pearl, also on Kloof Street, has closed. I think it was where Seven Sins was.
St Elmos (next to Hudsons), which was always empty so that’s no surprise has closed and is now an Italian restaurant called Mitico. Every time I have driven past it has been packed so they must be doing something right.
Dropping down to Long Street, Fat Back Soul has become South China Dim Sum bar. I hear good reviews but haven’t managed to get a table myself.
Moving to the Cape Quarter in Green Point, Lazari closed and was replaced by Zabad.
In the old Cape Quarter, Thai Cafe has opened where Chenin used to be (old Nose Bar).
In Southern Suburbs, Caveau at the Mill Closed as well as Greens in Claremont which was replaced by a new Hudsons.
Don Pedros in Woodstock has been taken over by Madame Zingara, and recently reopened, but still as Don Pedros.
La Med has closed and been replaced by the very plush Bungalow.
Not to be deterred by the many closures, these new restaurants have recently opened:
Our first Gourmet hot dog restaurant, On a Roll (Durban Road, Mowbray).
Mahogany Room is a jazz club on Buitenkant Street, something we need as there are no jazz clubs left. They don’t make food, but they allow you to order from the Italian restaurant next door.
If you’re a burger aficionado, you’ll be excited about this new burger spot, The Dog’s Bollocks in Roodehek Street.
Also on the burger front, Clarke’s has opened just up from Birds Cafe on Bree Street.
On Strand Street, Alexander’s Bar and restaurant has opened.
Luke Dale Roberts has opened the Pot Luck Club, a more casual tapas option, right next door to his very successful Test Kitchen.
Petit Caveau has opened at Century City.
Apart from those already opened, we have a couple waiting in the wings:
Richard’s dinner and theatre looks like it will be opening where Adega was on the corner of Glengariff and Main Road, Seapoint.
Neil Grant is also about to open his Italian restaurant in the Biscuit Mill.
And that’s all I can think of off the top of my head. Please feel free to add additional info in the comments below.