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Best Of Cape Town 2012
Posted by on Apr 4th, 2012

Right…been thinking about a new page for the blog and finally decided to put it in motion. So listen up because it involves you fine folks from Cape Town and the rest of South Africa.

In a nutshell…i have asked two legends in @concierge_ryan and @Jodenecoza to help me establish a crowd sourced list of the best Cape Town has to offer. Basically a go-to list for anyone wanting to know where in Cape Town they can find for example the best burger, or pizza or coffee or place that plays the best old school rock music etc. Now i know what you’re gonna say…there are already lists like that or restaurant reviews on several websites. Here’s the thing though…they are all made by so called ‘experts’ in the industry and are seldom unbiased. What we are trying to achieve is a people’s choice of what the best places are through social networks like Twitter and Facebook and here on Life is Savage.

Because why?…..locals know best that’s why.

I’m tired of reading that the best restaurant in Cape Town is blah blah according to some foreign magazine or website. What the f**k do they know? I want insider info..the word on the street.

And if you think this is gonna be a list of only food then think again…i want to make it as extensive and quirky as possible. So future categories will include things like best bar to pick up cougars or cheapest drinks or best sunset bar or best looking staff . And we can even get crazy and throw in some completely off the wall topics like best gatsby or slap chips or best place to find a sugar daddy. The wilder the topic the better…where in CT would you go the best massage with a happy ending etc? People wanna know stuff like that!

So every week i’ll throw out a new category and see what folks say on the social networks and on here. I’ll give it a week and then post the results in a top 5 or top 10 list.Each place that made the list will have include contact details and website links if they have one. The list can be updated at anytime depending on whether places close or new ones open up.

So without further messing about here’s the list of the Best Of Cape Town 2012 as voted for by you.


  1. Willoughby & Co : shop 6132, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 021 418 6115
  2. Genki Sushi : De Wet Centre, cnr of Bird and Church Streets, Stellenbosch, 021 887 5699
  3. Takumi Sushi: 3 Park Road  Cape Town  021 424 8879
  4. Kyoto Garden Sushi: 11 Kloof Nek Road  Cape Town 021 422 2001
  5. Sake House Sushi : 17 Old Stanhope Road, Claremont, Cape Town 021  674 7600
  6. Wasabi Sushi : Shop 17 Old Constantia Village, Constantia ,Cape Town 021 794 6546
  7. Wakame : Beach Road , Mouille Point, Cape Town, 021 433 2377
  8. Sawaddee : Rheede Street Mall, Cape Town 021 422 1633
  9. Fugu : Solan Street, Wembley Square, Gardens, 021 812 2706
  10. 1890 House Sushi and Grill: Trill Road, Observatory, Cape Town , 021 447 1450 / Sevruga: Shop 4, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town , 021 421 5134

The top 10 list for best burgers in Cape Town.


  1. Hudsons : Corner of Portswood and Somerset Road Green Point, Cape Town, 021 433 1496 (they also have two other restaurants)
  2. Royale Eatery: 273 Long Street, Cape Town, 021 422 4536
  3. The Dog’s Bollocks: 6 Roodehek Street, Gardens 0834407843
  4. Cafe Caprice:  37 Victoria Road , Camps Bay 021 438 8315
  5. Clarke’s : 133 Bree Street, Cape Town ,021 424 7648
  6. Saints Burger Joint: 84 Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 424 0030
  7. Bistro Sixteen82: Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road, Tokai, 021 7132211
  8. Da Vinci’s : 70 Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 424 7504
  9. Spur: all over the damn country
  10. Loading Bay : 30 Hudson Street, De Waterkant , 021 425 6320


  1. Espresso Lab: Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock, 021 4470845
  2. Origin Coffee: 28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, 021 421 1000
  3. Vida e caffe: all over Cape Town, 021 461 0424
  4. Haas Coffee Collective: 67 rose street, Bo-Kaap, 021 422 4413
  5. Giovanni’s Deliworld : 103 Main Road, Greenpoint, 021 434 6893
  6. Deluxe Coffeeworks: 25 Church Street, City Center, Cape Town, +27 72 569 9579
  7. Dear Me Food World: 165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, 021 422 4920
  8. Loading Bay : 30 Hudson Street, De Waterkant , 021 425 6321
  9. Truth Coffee Cult: Prestwich Memorial, 1 Somerset Road ,Green Point, 021 2000 440
  10. Peacock Gourmet Coffee: Shop 123 Canal Walk , 021 555 3613

The Best Pizza In Cape Town 2012

1: Massimo’s : Oakhurst Farm Park, Main Rd, 7806 Hout Bay, 021 7905648

2: Col’Cacchio Pizzaria: all major cities in SA

3: Posticino:  Albany Mews, corner Albany Rd and Sea Point Main Rd, Sea Point, 021 439 4014

4: Borusso’s:  92 Campground Road, Rondebosch, 021 689 1756

5: Woodlands Eatery: 2 Deer Park Ave West, Deer Park, Vredehoek, 21 801 5799

6: Burrata: The Old Biscuit Mill, 373-375 Albert Road, Woodstock, 021 447 6505

7: Dizzy’s: 41 The Drive, Camps Bay, 021 438 2686 

7: Bacini’s : 177 Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 423 6668

7: Sgt Pepper: 194 Long Street, Cape Town, 021 424 5608

10: Nonna Lina:  64 Orange St, Cape Town 021-42 44 966


Best Mexican Food in Cape Town 2012

  1. El Burro: 81 Main Road, Green Point, 021 433 2364
  2. Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant : 127 Lower Main Road, Observatory, 021 447 4854
  3. San Julian: 3 Rose Street, Cape Town, 021 419 4233
  4. Fat Cactus: 47 Durban Rd Mowbray, 021 6851920
  5. Mexican Kitchen: 3 Bloem Street Cape Town, 021 423 1541
  6. Beuna Vista Social Cafe: 15 Alfred House ,Portswood Road, Waterfront,
  7. Zapata Mexican Restaurant: Harfield Village, 2nd Avenue, Claremont , 083 739 2023
  8. Amigo’s: 158 Kloof Street Cape Town, 021 423 6805
  9. Cantina Tequila: 86 Edward Street, Bellville, 021 919 1556
  10. Pakalolo: 10 Main Road, Hout Bay, 021 790 07 00

Best Curry in Cape Town.

  1. Bukhara – 33 Church Street, 021 424 000
  2. Eastern Food Bazaar – 96 LongMarket Steet, 021 461 2458
  3. Bihari –  Southern Sun Hotel, Main Road, Newlands, 021 674 7186
  4. Chandani – 85 Roodebloem avenue,  Woodstock, 21 447 7887
  5. Kitima – 140 Main Road, Hout Bay, 021 790 8004
  6. Passage To India – 2 Carnaby Centre, Marine Circle, Bloubergstrand, 021 557 5524
  7. Masala Dosa – 167 Long Street  Cape Town , 021 424 6772
  8. Saigon – Cnr Camp & Kloof Street, Gardens, 021 424 7670
  9. Jewel of India – Shop 6264, Upper Level, V&A Waterfront, 021 419 8397
  10. The Raj – Shop 4 , Promenade, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, 021 438 4555

Best Chinese Food in Cape Town

  1. Mr Chan – 178 Main Road, Sea Point, 021 439 2239
  2. Monk’s Chinese Food – delivery only to the City Bowl and surrounds, 021 4249162
  3. Chef Pons – 12 Mill Street, Gardens, 021 465 5846
  4. Doyu – 85 Main Road, Fountain Square, Rondebosch, 021 685 1888
  5. Chuck Yang’s – 93 Campground Road, Rondebosch, 021 689 7967
  6. Mainland China – little alley between 45 and 47 Main Road, Claremont, 021 683 7298
  7. Eastern Fusion Shop 23, Eden on the bay, Bloubergstrand, 021 554 4752
  8. Xiang Yuan – 254 Main Road, Sea Point, 021 434 4987
  9. Ho Ho’s – Kenridge Centre, Kenridge, 021 914 0984
  10. Tai Ping – Cnr Dean & Wilkinson Streets, Newlands, 021 686 6312

Best Steak in Cape Town 2012.

  1. The Hussar Grill – Rondebosch, Camps Bay, Willowbridge, Stellenbosch, Steenberg
  2. Nelson’s Eye – 9 Hof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 021 423 2601
  3. Balthazar Steak House – Shop 153 , Victoria Wharf , V&A Waterfront, 021 421 3753
  4. Carne – 70 Keerom St, Cape Town, 021 424 3460
  5. HQ – 100 Shortmarket Street  Cape Town , 021 424 6373
  6. Brad’s Grill – 69 2nd Avenue, Claremont, 021 671 2527
  7. Cattle Baron – several locations
  8. Dias Tavern –  15 Caledon Street, Cape Town, 021 465 7547
  9. El Burro – 81 Main Road, Greenpoint, 021 433 2364
  10. Dale’s Black Angus Grill Steakhouse – shop 15, The Paddocks, Racecourse Road, Milnerton, 021 551 7776
Shané says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I USED to agree with your top spot until I discovered SushiBox in Newlands. Its like Willoughby’s and Takumi combined, with better prices and the freshest fish you’ll find.

If youre a sushi lover do yourself a favour and give them a try.

Gina says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Thanks Savage :)

Sushi luver says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Cool, will go and try them all. Hope this list is not in order of greatness. In my opinion, Willoughby is totally overrated. I think their sushi is good, no wow factor, and that’s it. The location is terrible and there is always a queue. No mention of any places in the Northern Subs? Well there are a couple of places. You can put Yo Eastern Fusion in Welgelegen, 021 5589888 at no. 11 then.

Dominique says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Disappointing that there’s nothing out Durbanville way… We like sushi too! I personally love Waka Yama in Sonstraal, Durbanville. R100 for all you can eat sushi, rarely any queues and the food is GOOD!

April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

yeah, only cape town CBD places. Stellenbosch one mention. It’s because the majority of the people come from around there.
Ive been to alot of awesome Sushi places in Northern Subs and even Strand and Gordon’s Bay side.

Its all about where the masses are from who put there nominations in 😉

Wazza says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Dude – how can you even put Spur in that list?
It is like comparing me to Bill Gates in terms of cash flow.
Come on now!

Savage says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

My bad…would have loved to include another restaurant, but the Spur got mentioned several times. And to be honest i rather quite like the Cheese mushroom burger! Always have one at the airport before i leave SA. That cheesy mushroom suace with onion rings is awesome!

Brett says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

What about the classic hunga busta double burger?!?

Brett says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Hudsons definitely rocks it. Next list: best chilli poppers around, please!

CapeTownOke says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Chilli poppers…
1. Pancho’s, obz
2. Joe Fish, pinelands (chilli prawn poppers.. i mean come on)
3. Rafikis
4. the shack (not sure if they still do them)
5. Banana Jam

Jamie says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I have only ever had Hudsons burgers at the Cape Town Festival of beer and I must say, I was not very impressed, but Saints on Kloof has seriously set the bar high. I’m talking 6 craft beers on tap, buns made on site and they apparently even grind their own meat. The effort definitely shows in the taste!

mike says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Vida e at big bay has terrible coffee. Actually, there is no realy good coffee (or food) at Big Bay. (Eden on the Bay)
Dont waste your money there. It’s all a ripoff. Have tried and tried.

Nice sunset views tho, but Blue Peter has them too, and better Pizza.

neal says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Yeah, I’m with Mike on this. Eden on the bay… how to milk wannabe surfers and beach bums, whilst not getting their feet wet. Really, so many bad restaurants in one place, it’s difficult to comprehend.

Di_CT says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

gave up on Eden years ago – started off well now it is just about shelter from the Wind! Vide E there has been bad since day dot!!

mike says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Howabout a “Best Pizza” list?

Savage says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Definitely on the cards Mike. Was either gonna do it this week or next week. Had Mexican , vegetarian and some other also planned.

Nash says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for the coffee update…..

biobot says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

List of top 10 pizza joints fails without Carlyles!

Savage says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Surprisingly nobody mentioned Carlyles! Was there last week…pizza was delicious as always.

majster187 says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

there is something about taste…
im all for number 1.
best sushi-takumi
best coffe-m deluxe coffee works-americano blck
best pizza – col’cacchio – gluten free bases

Hennie says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Dude, just a note on the coffee – Dear Me uses Espresso Lab’s beans. So you’ve basically got a duplicate in your list.

Kennaird says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Deluxe should definitely be higher up on your rankings. Go look on their site who they supply and you will probably see that loads of places that were mentioned are supplied by Deluxe !!

Janrik says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Spur made the list? Mega fail.

Claire Robertson says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Best seafood restaurant next.. and Polana – Kalk Bay has to be top of the list.. yissus its good!

CapeTownOke says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

NEVER… heard of panama jacks.. easily makes every other seafood resturant look silly .. go for lunch there.. or dinner (if u can afford it)
SQ but worth it

Ronnie says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Even though prawns are not on the Sassi green list, I must say that Polana makes the best value for money seafood tapas platter with the best prawns I have EVER eaten!

Ronnie says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Oh and Lucky Fish ( Kalk Bay ) make the tastiest, crisp, not oily fish and chips.

Emlingtonpost says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Let me know when you do an Indian “Best of Cape Town”, the two I went to on Saturday this week were both fully booked (one was fully booked for the entire week!). Would love to know Cape Town’s favourites and have a choice of 10 next time. Thanks Savage!

April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

What? No best gatsby place? This is Cape Town dude, you’ve GOT to have a “Best Gatsby” category!!

Andre says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

hahaha aweh

viv says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Oh, Hudson’s <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Filthy kitchen, greasy crockery/glassware/cutlery, and cheap ingredients.
Trashy managers and slutty, vapid waitresses,
Id rather drink drain water

Dion says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Willoughby is definately excellent, I don’t want to hear any bashing. Part of their success is that they don’t have a nice sea view, so the prices are good.
The atmosphere inside is great, and with the lady giving free tastings from the wine shop next door, it feels friendly and fun.
The retail fish counter at the back is a must visit…the guys know their stuff, and they get some quite exotic fish there…saw them wheeling in a 6ft tuna one day, and had the tuna steak on rice.
One of my favourite places…and if there is a queue, it means there is something worth queuing for…

Shaun says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Please get Top massage places in cape town, need a proper sports massage.


Helen says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Try Shannon at Muse Hair and Beauty Kloof Street.

Tonyb says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Body & bike in Tygervalley

Jared says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Bruegals in Rondebosch needs to be on your pizza list. Small, humble setting but AMAZING pizza.

Justin says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Salushi has to be added to that sushi list. I have tried all of those and Salushi is up there

maaliq says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

hey MISTER ED tis time you get your skinny ass plus your blog onto google+ if you don’t mind some of us don’t do fuckbook and twankers thanx.

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Andre says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

In terms of Burgers. what about Mixas Schwarma cafe in Gardens, Massive Burger (100% beef) and chips with a free draught beer only R25 bucks.

Dominique says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Number 9, ho-hos in Kenridge is completely overrated. I went there once to see what all the hype was about and was left sorely disappointed. The chow mein isnt made fresh and had clearly been standing in the metal containers all day long- tasted like salted rubber.

Candice says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Amigos (Mexican) has been closed for years.

Mike says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Often have overseas holidaymakers/guests here and want to show them what South African cooking is all about. Used to be a good place near Tygervalley, but that fell thru the floor.
Where do I nominate now for good trad SA cooking? And Sushi/Chinese/Mexican/Hamburger etc fails.

Justin says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

You cannot argue with a Spur Burger

Appleberry says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I’m a bit shocked that Sevruga is not on the best sushi list.

Nate says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Why is Golden Fish not on the sushi list? Its in Blouberg and had bottomless for R109. This includes Salmon Roses, Spring Rolls and Tempura prawns all botttomless. Also the sushi is amazing

Nate says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Also for the Burger section where is Cocoa Espresso ? Their burgers are 100000 x better than a Spur Burger

Colin Scholtz says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Some of the best pizzas I have had is at Rascals, Meyer Street, Kenilworth. Great taste and HUGE for the price. Try them sometime

Ronnie says:
April 04, 2012 at 4:11 pm

For all those dissing Spur, something has to be said for consistency. Might not be the best steak/burger joint, but at least you know what you gonna get. As previously mentioned, nothing wrong with a goodie burger in transit! I do think though that the Steenburger at Bistro1682, is the best burger in Cape Town. They only do them on Friday lunch and only 10, so preorder, Kyoto Garden Sushi, like stepping into Japan, the best overall Japenese, very traditional, so no bastardized sushi, Burrata the best Italian and Nobu (albeit over priced) the best overall Asian. Carne, also pricey, but incredible meat, Curry Quest in Durban Road, the best Durban curry you’ll find in the suburbs, Fat Cactus in Mowbray, still make the best poppers, even though Mexicans actually do not even know what chili poppers are, Espresso lab are by far the best roasters, do yourself a favourite and order a Cortado, either there or from Nash at Dear Me. Just my 2 cents…..sorry catching up to do as I just found Life is Savage!

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