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Around the World in 7 Meals: Discover Specialty Cuisine in Cape Town 

Cape Town, South Africa, is a melting pot of cultures, and nowhere is this more evident than in its vibrant culinary scene. Whether you’re a local or a tourist staying at O’Two Hotel, you’re in for a treat. This guide takes you on a gastronomic journey through seven of our favourite restaurants in Cape Town, each specialising in a different cuisine from around the globe. From the complex flavours of Japan to the robust spices of Ethiopia, get ready to experience the world’s culinary delights without leaving Cape Town.

1. African Cuisine: Gold Restaurant

Gold Restaurant offers an unforgettable dining experience, immersing visitors in the vibrant cultures of Africa. The 14-dish set menu is a culinary journey across the continent, featuring dishes from Egypt to South Africa, featuring pot breads, chicken satays, curries, venison and more, each a celebration of authentic African flavours. The decor is equally captivating, with authentic African art and artefacts adding to the ambiance and immersion. 

The experience goes beyond food though, with live interactive entertainment which includes Mali puppetry, praise singing, djembe drumming, and dancing. 

Visitor Tips:

  • Best time to visit: Evening, to enjoy the full cultural show. The drumming session starts at 18:30  every day.
  • Must-try: The set menu will leave you craving African flavours long after you leave. Our recommendation? Savour. The. Pumpkin Fritters. 
  • Distance from O’Two Hotel: 4 km

2. Japanese Cuisine: Kyoto Garden Sushi

Kyoto Garden Sushi is a playful escape into the world of Japanese cuisine. The ambiance is tranquil, with minimalist decor that feels intimate and unique. Signature dishes include fresh sushi, ramen noodles, and a Japanese speciality – Wagyu Japanese Beef. The restaurant prides itself on sourcing the finest ingredients, ensuring an authentic and high-quality dining experience. The cocktails and sake make for a good time, too.

Visitor Tips:

  • Best time to visit: Dinner. The restaurant is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Booking on weekends is essential. 
  • Must-try: Saffron Japanese Curry
  • Distance from O’Two Hotel: 5 km

3. Ethiopian Cuisine: Addis in Cape

Addis in Cape offers an authentic Ethiopian dining experience with large platters meant for sharing.
The restaurant’s layout and communal dining style encourages a warm, social atmosphere, making it a perfect spot for group dining.The vibrant decor, traditional furnishing, and traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony add to the overall feeling of familiarity that makes the Addis experience so memorable. 

Ethiopian cuisine values rich, aromatic spices and unique flavours linger with each bite. Dishes cookers with Berbere (a fiery spice blend), like the Prawn Wot, are great for those chasing some heat. The menu offers a large selection of Vegan options too, such as the Mushroom Alichia. There’s something to pique everyone’s interest.  
Check their social media to learn about upcoming events and live entertainment. 

Visitor Tips:

  • Best time to visit: Lunch or dinner. Expect the meals to be hearty so plan for a nap after. 
  • Must-try: A little bit of everything! Try any of the combination platters to sample a variety of dishes.
  • Distance from O’Two Hotel: 6 km

4. Mexican Cuisine: El Burro

El Burro is your go-to for a lively Mexican atmosphere, complete with fun decor and a festive spirit. Enjoy soft shell tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, and the ever-popular margaritas. The vibrant colours and upbeat music create a lively setting that’s perfect for both casual dinners and celebrations. Their focus on fresh, high-quality ingredients ensures that every dish bursts with authentic Mexican flavours. Don’t miss their fish tacos, a crowd favourite, paired with a pineapple and chilli margarita. What more needs to be said? Come for the food, stay for the mezcal! 

Visitor Tips:

  • Best time to visit: Evening for the best ambiance
  • Must-try: The steak quesadilla and corn croquettes will please anyone with a pallet. 
  • Distance from O’Two Hotel: 3 km

5. Italian Cuisine: Il Leone Mastrantonio

Il Leone Mastrantonio offers a slice of Italy with its cosy atmosphere and delectable dishes. Think handmade pasta, fresh seafood, and rich tiramisu. The restaurant’s elegant setting is perfect for a romantic dinner or a special occasion. The warm, inviting ambiance, coupled with a fine selection of Italian wines, ensures an authentic Italian dining experience. The attention to detail in both food and service makes Il Leone Mastrantonio a standout choice for Italian cuisine in Cape Town. 

Visitor Tips:

  • Best time to visit: Dinner, for an elegant meal
  • Must-try: The Gnocci or Panzotti will make you consider immigration. 
  • Distance from O’Two Hotel: 3 km

6. Indian Cuisine: The Raj

The Raj offers an exquisite taste of North India right in the heart of Cape Town. With a menu brimming with traditional Indian dishes, you can indulge in favourites like butter chicken, lamb vindaloo, and a variety of vegetarian options such as palak paneer and vegetable biryani. The sophisticated yet cosy ambiance, adorned with elegant Indian decor, creates a perfect setting for a memorable dining experience. The authentic spices and fresh ingredients used in every dish promise a culinary journey through the rich flavours of India.

Visitor Tips:

  • Best time to visit: Dinner
  • Must-try: Butter chicken and garlic naan
  • Distance from O’Two Hotel: 4 km

7. South African Cuisine: Karibu

Karibu showcases the rich culinary traditions of South Africa. From hearty braais (barbecues) to flavorful bobotie (a spiced minced meat dish), the menu is a celebration of local flavours. The restaurant’s prime location on the V&A Waterfront provides stunning views, adding to the dining experience. The vibrant atmosphere, enhanced by live music and a welcoming staff, makes Karibu a top choice for experiencing real South African cuisine. The focus on traditional cooking methods and local ingredients highlights the diverse flavours of the region. Don’t miss the Karoo lamb, a tender and flavorful dish, and end your meal with the sweet and comforting malva pudding.

Visitor Tips:

  • Best time to visit: Dinner. 
  • Must-try: Karoo lamb bredie and malva pudding. Divine. 
  • Distance from O’Two Hotel: 2 km

Wrapping Up Your Culinary Journey

Cape Town’s diverse culinary scene offers an unparalleled opportunity to savour flavours from around the world. Whether you’re craving the delicate taste of Japanese sushi or the hearty warmth of South African cuisine, these seven restaurants promise an unforgettable dining experience. So, during your stay at O’Two Hotel, make sure to embark on this global gastronomic adventure and delight your taste buds with Cape Town’s unique culinary offerings.

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