Rick's Café Américain

Seven MORE Reasons to Love Rick’s Café Américain

Mon - Sat | 11:00 till late
 
+27 (0)21 424 1100
2 Park Road | Gardens
www.rickscafe.co.za
info@rickscafe.co.za
RicksCafeCT
Rick's Cafe' Americain
Rickscapetown

Seven MORE Reasons to Love Rick’s Café Américain

As if you needed any

There are a whole host of things to love about Rick’s Café Américain. From their vibrant interior, with ornamental lanterns hanging overhead and multicoloured cushions dressing the chairs, and charming staff who ensure you feel right at home, to the idyllic rooftop bar that boasts a beautiful view of both Table Mountain and Signal Hill, there’s nothing not to love about this inner-city haunt. But we did find, if you can believe it, seven more reasons to love this eatery. Round up the usual suspects and let’s begin!

A Daily Dose of Casablanca
The 1940s classic film is arguably one of the greatest love stories ever told and every day, at 12pm, you can expect to catch the dashing Rick Blaine whisper sweet nothings into Ilse Lund’s ears on the main TV. ”It’s my favourite movie,” owner Per Menkö shares. The seasoned chef and enthusiastic host pays homage to the script, which he says was voted the best in the 20th century by maintaining the Moroccan motif throughout the restaurant.

Weird and Wonderful Menu Items
You would think Rick’s theme was enough to set it apart from other restaurants and cafés in the area until you look at the menu. Patrons can look forward to mouthwatering offerings of authentic tajines and tapas dishes, but if you want to take a walk on the wild side you can try a serving of smoked crocodile. For R105 you can enjoy thinly sliced crocodile tail, accompanied by a warm orange granadilla vinaigrette. It’s more delicious than you think!

No Meat? No Problem!
It’s very easy to feel left out if you are the only vegetarian in your group. Eating out can become a headache when the only meat-free substitutes restaurants give you are garden salads or jacket potatoes... but Rick’s Café is as committed to providing filling, flavourful food to vegetarian diners as it is to catering for customers who appreciate a thick piece of meat. Tuck into tasty tajines, scrumptious stuffed aubergines, pastas, pitas and satisfying risotto, all made to suit your dietary needs. Belly-busting burgers are not off limits either. Rick’s kitchen is happy to substitute any chicken, beef or ostrich patty with a vegetarian one made to complement the flavours of the burger you’ve chosen.

Food me Once, Food me Twice, Food me Three Times!
Rick’s menu is pretty extensive and with over 60 dishes to choose from you are bound to find the perfect meal. However, Per offers a curated lunch special “Every week [the dishes] will change and there will be something different. It will be the best we can offer for R69,” the plucky German/Hungarian, who is also a seasoned chef, says. Keep an eye on their Facebook Page or Twitter profile so you can be the first to see the astounding menu when it’s published on the preceding Friday. Whet your appetite on these offerings: Thai chicken curry with coconut basmati rice, gnocchi with blue cheese sauce, Moroccan style flame-grilled calamari on a chickpea tomato salsa with couscous, Hungarian pork goulash with homemade spätzle, or Cape Malay beef roti with tomato and cucumber salsa. YUM! Expect options like these, and so many more, during the lunch special that runs from 3pm to 5pm daily.

“Of All The Gin Joints...
… in all the towns, in all the world”, as the famous movie quote goes! And although Rick’s Café offers more than just gin, with over 600 drink items you’re certainly be spoilt for choice. Similar to the weekly lunch special, Rick’s have a cocktail of the week. For R44 you can sip on colourful and creative cocktails like the Bloody Maria. This twist on a classic substitutes the vodka base with El Jimador Reposado tequila. If you want to suss out the mysteriously named weekly specials like Shark Bite and Chimayo then you’ll have to head to the charming eatery and see for yourself.

Hooray for Happy Hour(s)
Very few things beat celebrating the end of a successful (or dreadful) day by cracking open a cold one. It’s as if, as the refreshing nectar glides down your throat, all the frustrations, aggravations and stresses of the day wash away. Well Rick’s wants to celebrate with you, and in the spirit of having a good time, and in keeping with the flexi hours many professionals observe, the perfectly located restaurant and bar runs an incredible four-hour happy hour special. From 3pm until 7pm every day you can toast to R44 mojitos, Moscow mules, martini’s, daiquiris and cosmopolitans. Champagne cocktails go for as little as R58 each and long cocktails are cheaper, but just as potent, at R52 each. Jack Black lager, ale and weiss go for as little as R26 each too. It would be a travesty to miss out on such a hospitable special.

The Host With The Most
This popular hangout is as loved and frequented as the Rick’s Café Américain in Casablanca. Because it is a local go-to for fun, fine food and fantastic drinks it comes as no surprise that patrons often want to host events at the eatery. Rick’s is happy to oblige. Per, with the assistance of his lovely managers and friendly staff, will help you plan a birthday party, farewell, bachelorette or corporate event that all your guests are sure to enjoy. Rick’s can accommodate 25 to 60 people in their upstairs dining area and on the rooftop deck so there’ll be ample space for a casual, but still intimate soiree. You’ll have 140 wine options, over 60 beer varieties and 30 different gins to choose from, and with their mouthwatering menu you’ll want for nothing.

If you’ve managed to make it this far without getting on the phone to book your table at Rick’s Café what are you waiting for?! I implore you, treat yourself to a tajine, traditional tapas dish or a mixed meat skewer – it’ll be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!

 

Words by Inga Sibiya

---

Eager to learn more about what’s on offer at this trendy restaurant? Read more about Rick’s Café Américain. Check out other spots to enjoy at sunset in our Rooftop Bars overview or make the most of Happy Hour in the CBD. 

---

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!

Cape Town Events Calendar
February 2020
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29

Woolworths_ProductionA Haunting New Show With A Hilariously ...

Anything and everything will be made fun of in Juliet Jenkin’s new satire

mother_city_comedy_festivalPlanting Funny Bones And Growing Local ...

Come out to support comedians you know... and new ones you’ll love

Hussar_GrillCook Your Steak And Eat It, Too

Plus find out how to make wet-aged beef and the perfect sauce to go with it

la_parada_finery4Spanish-inspired Tapas, 2-For-1 ...

Enjoy tapas, craft gin, and live music

the_om_revolution_2019Sunrise To Sunset Yoga On The Beach Or ...

Sociable, mindful, fun and affordable group yoga classes in the park or on the beach

Polkadraai_and_popcorn_popcorn_and_wine1Polkadraai & Popcorn Wine Pairing Back ...

Check out the anti-serious wine pairing in the Western Cape with Polkadraai & Popcorn

ocean_experiences_2019_sealSnorkelling Adventure To See The ...

There are no crowds here. Just you, the seals and the guides

african_relish_2019An Affordable Summer Food Adventure In ...

2 two nights accommodations, a half-day cooking course with lunch or dinner, and a recipe ...

aroundaboutnew3Season Specials And More With ...

From R200 vouchers and free upgrades, drive away with more value adds

William_Kentridge_2A Monumental Exhibition At The Norval ...

The iconic South African artist’s largest exhibition in Africa in over a decade

TheChef'sStudio_Matt_ManningTeambuilding Activities You’ll ...

16 teambuilding activities and why they work

blowfish_new_7R99 Calamari and Prawns Combo Every ...

And drink in the view of Table Mountain across the bay

cape_quarter_01Catch These Weekly Deals at Cape Quarter

From R18 coffee to half-price burgers

rotterdam_restaurantFarm Stay Special: Romantic Weekend Away

Idyllic Swellendam farm accommodation with a special game drive and picnic amongst the ...

fpl_5Get Moving in Functional Training Class

Improve your fitness, strength and overall functionality with the Functional Performance ...

ac_marriott_musicHappy Hour and Live Music Every ...

Get a discount on drinks and tapas before local musicians step up to entertain you

aroundaboutnew1Get a Free Stay in Scarborough With ...

Just use the promo code when booking a 4X4 and camping equipment

sundoo2019_4South-Indian Tapas and Thalis For a ...

Vegan options, halaal-friendly, casual but beautifully decorated: Sundoo South Indian ...

the41_music3Romantic Beach Vibe and Live Music At ...

Live Thursdays: Come in your slops to this chic Camps Bay spot for great food and live ...

WSDC Shark Jumping 4White Shark Diving Company’s Shark ...

See a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle with shark experts in Gansbaai

asamisLove Sushi? Asami's Has The Best ...

Get two sushi plates, pay for one, plus women also get 50% off on all cocktails on ...

galileo_kirstGet Comfy at Kirstenbosch Movie Nights ...

Great films, fabulous scenery, delicious food and cosy seats – look forward to a night ...

Leopards Leap Rotisserie LunchRotisserie Lunch at Leopard’s Leap ...

Snack on succulent skewered meats and seasonal salads at this hip, young Winelands ...

tjing_momjii_3Next-Level Dining At Tjing Tjing Momiji

Take your taste buds on a tour of Japan

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips