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Cape Town Winter Specials and Warming Menus
Get cosy with toasty winter deals at top-notch Mother City restaurants and other establishments
Get cosy with toasty winter deals at top-notch Mother City restaurants and other establishments
Updated 30 May 2016
Wintertime in Cape Town tends to compel locals to retreat into the warmth and comfort of their homes; shorter days, longer nights and moodier skies are generally likely to lead to three solid months of hibernation. In the 2016 winter, however, prepare to be lured out from under your comfy duvet to sample some of the best belly-warming menus the Mother City has to offer and to cash in on great cold season deals at other establishments (from spas to yoga studios). Whether it is at a restaurant that’s always been on your radar or at an upscale eatery that’s normally out of your budget, you can satisfy your curiosity and your cravings while heating yourself up from the inside out with these unbeatable Cape Town winter specials.
WINTER RESTAURANT SPECIALS IN CAPE TOWN
Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel
Get comfortable this season at Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel. The seaside eatery’s ‘Winter Lunch by the Sea’ menu, combining a delectable two-course lunch with a glass of top quality red or white wine and breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Available Mondays to Thursdays until 31 August 2016, the lunch affords diners the perfect value-for-money opportunity to experience the award-winning cuisine of this American Express Platinum Fine Dining Award recipient. The five-star fine dining restaurant also boasts two fireplaces, ideal to keep you warm and toasty. Visitors can choose between a seafood, meat or vegetarian set menu and can either order a starter and main course, a main course and dessert or a starter and dessert.
Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 437 9000
African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel and Spa
This winter African Pride Crystal Towers encourages Capetonians to Live the Crystal Life and enjoy an exclusive complimentary cocktail when ordering their half-price sushi offer. The free bevvie and half-price sushi deal invites guests to lounge around on the Century City establishment’s iconic suspended pool deck, drink in the panoramic views of Table Mountain and tuck into delectable sashimi, nigiri, maki and more every Thursday between 4:30pm and 7pm (the discount applies to the entire sushi menu). The winter special is valid from May to August only. Pre-booking is advisable.
Price: Cocktails: FREE | Sushi: Half-price
Century Boulevard | Century City | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 525 3888
The Square Restaurant at Vineyard Hotel
With winter comes the cold and the rain and although Capetonians usually like to stay indoors when such weather strikes the Vineyard Hotel has put together the ideal winter lunch menu that provides plenty of reason to wrap up and venture outside to visit the Southern Suburbs haunt. Equipped with roaring fires in the foyer, the Newlands hotspot is warm and toasty and diners can expect nothing less than wholesome and delicious meals all while maintaining the level of elegance and sophistication that you can expect from the Vineyard. For starters think tasty soups, warm salads and delectable platters whereas mains include battered fish and hand-cut chips and butternut, ricotta and sage butter gnocchi, to name but a few culinary delights created to keep you snug when it is cold outside. Desserts include rooibos crème brulee and raspberry panna cotta. Booking is essential.
Price: Two Course: R175 | Three Course: R225
Colinton Road | Newlands | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 657 4500
Tobago’s Restaurant at Radisson Blu Waterfront
Located at the five-star Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront Cape Town, Tobago’s Restaurant invites all to join them for their delightful curry lunch taking place Monday to Friday from 12:30pm to 3pm or for their heart-warming winter set menu – either two- or three-courses – happening Monday to Thursday from 6:30pm to 10:30pm. Perfectly positioned at the very edge of the Atlantic Ocean with Robben Island visible to the north and the iconic Table Mountain standing proud to the south, Tobago is no doubt one of the Mother City’s finest seaside restaurant locations. The winter curry lunches will run from 16 May until 31 August 2016 while the eatery’s set menu will be available from 23 May to 31 August 2016. Booking is advised. What’s more, every Sunday Tobago’s Restaurant also offers its winter lunch from 12:30pm to 3:30pm. (Pensioners get 20% off on presentation of identity documents.) The winter Sunday lunch is available from May to end of August 2016.
Price:Curry: R175 | Set Menu Two-course: R195 | Set Menu Three-course: R295 | Sunday lunch: R325
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront | Beach Road | +27 (0) 441 3000
Lola’s on Long Street is offering patrons a wide range of winter lunch specials happening from 1 June to the end of August 2016 serving from 12pm to 4:30pm. Customers can get TWO main meals for only ONE incredible price from Monday to Friday where each day the CBD café will showcase a different lunch option. Weekly options include; Monday: Two 100% beef burger patties with thick cut chips, homemade ketchup and aioli; Tuesday: The deli plate for two – a selection of two salads (think roasted beetroot, poached pear and walnut and chickpea, chilli, spinach and butternut) with a lightly cajun free-range grilled chicken breast; Wednesday: Two signature pastas; Thursday: Bangers and mash with gravy (for two) and Friday: Two homemade pies. What’s more, loyalty card members get a loyalty stamp per meal and receive 50% off on their fifth visit (therefore, two main meals for R60).
Price: Two Main Meals: R120
228 Long Street | Cape Town |+27 (0) 21 423 0885
Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty meal or an alcoholic beverage to help you survive The Mother City’s icy winter, Café Mojito has it all. In addition to their famous double happy hour special (4pm-7pm and 11pm-12am), this Cuban-inspired restaurant understands that cold weather means comfort food. This is why the Long Street haunt offers up a nifty 2-for-1 burger special.Bite down on a scrumptious bun and patty combo while enjoying the carefree and cozy atmosphere. Come rain or sunshine, Café Mojito never disappoints.
265 Long Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 1095
Join this one-of-a-kind underground supper club (and hotspot for some of the Mother City’s most celebrated chefs) for their ‘Chef’s Table Winter Special’ this rainy season. The interactive, chef-led evening will take place every Thursday and Friday night and will feature some of South Africa’s most talented culinary stars and top foodie legends. Diners can expect bespoke, artisan cocktails, incredible craft beers and boutique wines paired with the eatery’s signature dining experience. Guests are advised to arrive at 7pm for 7:30pm as dinner will be served at 7:45pm. Booking is essential for this popular wintery event as space is limited. In addition to [spasie]’s ‘Chef’s Table Winter Special’, the unique restaurant is also running their #SAYTHANKS campaign. All guests need to do is bring someone special along and say thanks to them – the Bo-Kaap eatery will then give them a 15% discount on the booking. Thank you [spasie]!
97 Church Street | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 422 1492
The Foreign Exchange Bar
This winter season, The Foreign Exchange Bar – or Forex, as it’s commonly known – is offering all – locals, internationals and everyone else in between, their Red Wine Winter Warmer special. Located in the diverse suburb of Observatory, Forex is the ideal location for expatriates looking to celebrate their international identities as well as the perfect hangout for those from abroad and those from the Mother City to mix and mingle and truly get to know one another and their various cultures. Forex’s Red Wine Winter Warmer special allows guests to purchase two bottles of Wolftrap red wine for the price of one bottle or two glasses of red vino for the price of one. An incredible deal to help you stay warm and happy (not to mention, also help keep your pockets full) this cold and rainy season!
Price: Wolftrap Red Wine (bottle or glass): Buy one get one free
92 – 96 Station Road | Observatory | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 448 0038
The Cape Town Comedy Club
This one-stop-funny-shop is offering more than just belly-aching giggles and roars of laughter this winter. Introduce The Cape Town Comedy Club winter menu comprising an array of warm and hearty winter wonderland dinner options as well as a small selection of delightful hot cocktails. Mains include Moroccan butternut soup (served with a toasted garlic and herb crostini), vegetable breyani and butter chicken curry (accompanied with basmati rice and sambles) whereas for dessert comedy-fanatics can order traditional malva pudding (served with hot custard). Although their mains sound delightful, it is their hot cocktail menu that truly has us drooling. Offering warm alcoholic mixes such as Gluhwein, hot toddys and Amarula coffees – audiences will have no problem staying nice and toasty (and extra happy) while watching top-notch comedy acts and live performances. The special menu is available from 11 May to 28 August 2016. Don’t forget to also check out The Cape Town Comedy Club’s mid-week madness and half-price Sunday specials.
Price: Meals: R60 to R80 | Hot Cocktails: R40 to R45
The Pumphouse | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town | +27 (0) 79 495 3989
Tucked away in the CBD, this contemporary bistro and steakhouse boasts a warm, cosy interior that offers great respite from the icy outdoors during the cold spell. And for this rainy season, the restaurant, which has a small fireplace in one corner, is offering a delicious winter dish to match its toasty aesthetic. This seasonal offering entitles diners to indulge their taste-buds and enjoy wild cold water Argentinian langoustines served with a fresh salad, hand cut fries and lemon mayonnaise for less than R200. And because this chic spot is renowned for only serving up the freshest, highest quality fare, this is real value for money. Charcoal Dining specialises in simply presented, generously sized dishes that burst with flavour, and it’s become quite a popular hotspot for its succulent, free-range meat plates, so no doubt, carnivores can expect a few fine cuts on the winter menu (though, there will, of course, be options for seafood lovers – like the above mentioned exquisite dish - and vegetarians too). Paired with a glass or two of the bistro’s local wines, these dishes are bound to make frigid days far easier to handle.
50 New Church Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 3232
Headquarters (HQ) Restaurant
This city centre steakhouse, fondly referred to as 'HQ' is most well-known for their dedication to a single concept: the sirloin, salad and chips combo. Offering three awesome specials this winter (and throughout the year, in fact), diners can enjoy the standard offering while saving. On Monday nights diners can get two famous HQ standard combos (steak, salad and chips served with Cafe de Paris Butter) for one incredible price. What’s more, there is live entertainment every Monday evening. There are generally two serving times; 6pm and 8:30pm with some spare tables available at 7:30pm and an open courtyard and bar area to accommodate diners. Then there is Tuesday Date Night, which includes two standard offerings and two glasses of the Wolftrap red wine including live entertainment from swing singer, Ricky Botsis. Lastly, every Thursday night, the steakhouses bar snack and tapas menu is available at half-price along with various DJs playing live music.
NOTE: HQ’s incredible weekly specials run all-year round.
Price: Monday two-for-one: Usually R198 (please note that the restaurant actually charges half price so the offer benefits patrons that book with uneven numbers) | Tuesday Date Night: R250 | Thursday Tapas: Half-price
Heritage Square | 100 Shortmarket Street | +27 (0) 21 424 6373
Benguela on Main
If you are looking for something to do in the Somerset West region, then look no further than Benguela on Main and their delightful new winter menu and wine pairing. Diners can either enjoy a two- or three-course meal paired with a glass (or two) of their delectable Benguela Cove wine. The two-course set menu will be paired with one glass of red or white Benguela Cove vino; while the three-course set menu will be paired with two glasses of Benguela’s finest. Available every Tuesday to Friday from 12pm to 9pm, it is imperative to note that the offer is only available from the restaurants special winter menu and no substitutions can be made from the a la carte menu. Booking is essential and the winter deal is available until the end of August 2016.
Price: Two-course Set Menu: R240 | Three-course Set Menu: R310
Corner Main Road and Coronation Avenue | Somerset West | +27 (0) 87 357 0637
Benguela Brasserie in Sedgefield
Benguela Brasserie in Sedgefield – located approximately five hours away from Cape Town, invites all – locals, holiday-makers, passerbys as well as anyone else who wishes to join, for their famous Sunday Roast lunch. The traditional family-meal (created with a bit of a contemporary-Benguela-Brasserie-twist), is to be enjoyed by all in the relaxed, laidback setting. Diners can choose between a two- or three-course meal and have a wide selection of starters (think soup of the day and a fresh beetroot, chevin, orange and walnut salad), mains (such as bobotie spiced lamb rump and roast chicken) and desserts (including trifle and a cheese plank) to choose from. It doesn’t matter whether you are dining as a couple, bringing the whole clan out for a Sunday treat or are looking to do a little bit of celebrating, Benguela Brasserie’s Sunday Roast lunch is ideal for all occasions and everyone will leave feeling happy and satisfied! The Sunday Roast will run from 1 May until 28 August 2016. Booking is essential. Lunch is served at 12pm sharp.
Price: Two-course: R260 | Three-course: R320
3 Lakeside Drive | Swartvlei | Sedgefield | +27 (0) 44 343 1844
This trendy addition to Mouille Point’s oceanfront strip has a whole lot going for it during the summer months, but it’s well worth a visit or three during winter too, particularly on weekdays. All throughout the cold season, the cosmopolitan dining destination adds some colour during the dreary winter weeks from 12pm to 5pm by offering its Craft Combo. The deal comprises one delicious 200g cheese burger and one 300ml Jack Black craft beer for the incredible price of only R85. The winter special is valid from 3 May 2016. To add to the appeal, during the chilly season, Quaglino’s always has its central fireplace burning, which makes the modern interior particularly cosy and welcoming. Do note, the Craft Combo special is only available from 12pm to 5pm on weekdays and booking is recommended.
Corner of Beach Road and Rothesay Place| Mouille Point | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 202 2720
According to Mavericks; babes, bevvies and burgers are the best way to beat the winter blues. Visitors of the adult-only nightclub are invited every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening – guests must arrive before 9pm, to enjoy their winter R100 Night Out special. For only 100 bucks, customers will receive their entrance to Maverick’s main floor, one song table dance, a local beer or a brandy and coke as well as one of Mavericks famous cheese burgers. The special is valid from 30 May to 30 July 2016 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays only and all guests must pay for entry as well as order their food and drinks before 9pm for the special to apply.
68 Barrack Street | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 461 9988
WINTER RESTAURANT SPECIALS IN THE CAPE WINELANDS AND SURROUNDS
Haute Cabrière Restaurant
Located on Lambrechts Road’s incline (only a couple minutes from the centre of Franschhoek – a quaint winelands destination approximately 75-kms from Cape Town) sits Haute Cabriere Wine Estate. Although best known for its wine, the award-winning vino estate’s eatery, Haute Cabriere Restaurant certainly knows a thing or two in the kitchen and this winter is offering guests a two-course lunch special fit for the royals. Serving Monday to Friday from 12pm to 3pm, the winelands restaurants’s two-course special kicks off with a delicious ever-evolving (the restaurant is seasonally inspired) soup Du Jour starter, which is then followed by a 250gram sirloin steak (grilled to your liking) served with seasonal vegetables and red wine jus. Both courses will be paired with a glass of Haute Cabriere’s finest reds and whites. What a delectable fare for two! Note: The winter two-course special is available between 1 May and 30 September 2016 only.
Price: R395 (for two)
Lambrechts Road | Franschhoek | +27 (0) 21 876 3688
Grande Roche Hotel’s Bosman’s Restaurant
Located at the Grande Roche Hotel in the Cape Winelands, Bosman’s Restaurant this winter is offering diners a two- or three-course meal option. Situated in the Manor House of the historic working wine farm, the fine-dining restaurant and terrace truly offers guests an once-in-a-lifetime experience where world-class cuisine meets attentive service. Named one of the top ten restaurants in South Africa and one of the top 100 restaurants in the world, Bosman’s presents guests with a truly magnificent dining experience with unsurpassable service and spectacular views across the Paarl Valley. Booking is essential. The winter special is available from 1 March to 31 October 2016 only.
NOTE: Beverages and gratuities are not included in the menu price.
Price: Two-course: R210 | Three-course: R380
Plantasie Street | Paarl +27 (0) 21 863 5100
OTHER WINTER SPECIALS IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN
Swordfern is an eclectic, holistic hair salon. Besides getting an awesome haircut, it also offers sublime beauty treatments with a secret weapon: its treatments (hair and beauty) are 100% organic. This winter, get way, way more for less and pamper the heck out of yourself with specials and deals on offer from Tuesday to Friday until 30 October 2016. On Tuesdays, book yourself a gel manicure or pedicure for only R150. If you can’t make it then, on Wednesdays Swordfern offers an eyelash extension special – when booking a full set of eyelash extensions you will get a FREE mini manicure or pedicure. On Thursdays you can expect to receive 10% off all waxes. In addition, running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, score a distress massage for only R300. Another winter special Swordfern is offering is its Date Night Package. This package includes a full set of eyelash extensions, an exfoliating pedicure and express manicure, an eyebrow wax and eyelash tint as well as a ladies cut and blow-dry plus a hair treatment for the incredible price of only R1500 – the perfect package to make you feel fantastic for any special occasion. And lastly, when booking six Dermafix micro-needling packages, you will receive one session for free, thus saving R550.
Price: Tuesday Mani/Pedi special: R150 | Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Distress Massage: R300 | Wednesday Eyelash Extension: Free Mini Mani/Pedi | Date Night Package: R1500 | Dermafix Micro-Needling Six Session Package: R3600 (save R550)
104 Harrington Street | East City | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 462 4800
The Om Revolution Mobile Yoga Studio
This innovative Cape Town-based portable yoga studio is offering a winter special that is bound to appeal to active types who are frustrated by the fact that they can’t exercise outdoors as often during the rainy season. The deal gives locals the chance to buy a block of 10 private yoga classes and receive a FREE summer season outdoor yoga membership. This membership will give yogi’s access to hundreds of outdoor yoga classes in and around the Mother City (throughout the 2016 to 2017 summer season). The special is available from 1 June to 1 November 2016. Outdoor locations include the Company’s Garden, Clifton Beach as well as various other locations the mobile yoga studio might be adding such as Blouberg, Century City and Southern Suburbs – all TBC. With all the stretching and bending that’s involved, it’s sure to help keep folk toasty throughout the chilly spell.
NOTE: This block is valid for three months from the date of purchase and is non-refundable. Classes can be rescheduled up to 10 hours before the scheduled class. Anything after that is considered forfeited.
Price: 10 private yoga classes: R350 per class for one person, each person joining the class costs an extra R150 | FREE summer season outdoor yoga membership valued at approximately R4 000
Any location in Cape Town | +27 (0)72 027 4628
Excentric Hair Salon
Sitting pretty on Sea Point’s Regent Road, contemporary hair salon Excentric is offering three winter specials that make it possible to enjoy a little indulgence while still staying warm. The first deal sees all ladies receive a complimentary hair cut (valued at R340) when booking for any Evolution Keratin Smoothing Treatments. This hair rejuvenation therapy helps to keep locks silky smooth, shiny and free of frizz during the icy winter months, and the effects last for up to six months. The treatment is priced from R650 to R1600 depending on your length of hair and this spectacular special is valid throughout the winter season. As for the second special, it entitles all clients who book any of the expert salon’s nail services the incredible discount of 25%. What's more, when booking a deluxe manicure or pedicure treatement, Excentric will add in a hot oil/stones foot and leg massage as well as a paraffin heat therapy (which helps to soften and smooth dry and cracked skin on hands and feet.) Finally, the third special is a package deal catered toward men and sees a gents cut and Evolution treatment for the great price of R440. These deals run from May until the end of August 2016 and patrons must mention Excentric and CapeTownMagazine.com to qualify.
Price: Evolution Keratin Smoothing Treatments cost between R650 and R1600 depending on your length of hair (ladies receive a complimentary haircut valued at R340). All nail services are less 25% (nail services generally cost between R90 and R365). The gents cut and Evolution package costs R440.
85 Regent Road | Sea Point | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 434 1413
Attention all ladies (and their partners!) Desir Intimate Collectioninvites all to stay indoors this winter season and instead choose to explore their exclusive and seductive online women’s category. Discover Desir’s luxury range of high-class sex toys and sensual gadgets designed specifically with the female body in mind to not only enrich individual exploration but also couple interaction. Created for the woman who adores the most intense pleasures with style and sophistication, Desir encourages women to honour their bodies through their world-class selection of adult toys including vibrators, stimulators, beads, wands and plugs.
Price: From R229 upwards.
13 Totnes Avenue| Bakoven | +27 (0) 86 099 4160
Also eager to find out about Mother City hotels and lodges offering budget-friendly deals during the chilly season? Have a gander at our overview of winter accommodation specials in Cape Town.
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