If you’ve been following the blog for some time you’ll have seen my 2018 post on the Cape Town winter specials. It started like this: The latest Cape Town Winter Restaurant Specials are hitting the internet and I am finding them… disappointing. I’m not sure what your disposable income situation is looking like – but a three course lunch for R425 does not feel very special to me?? And so began the search for winter specials I would actually spend MY money on. This led to the list of my SUPER HONEST winter specials. There have been a few requests for an updated 2019 Cape Town Winter Specials list, and I am all for giving the people want they want! My list is a lot shorter than what you may find elsewhere but each one is special and not just a PR stunt trying to save Cape Town restaurants from off-peak season.
The 2019 Cape Town Winter Specials List
1) Cheyne’s Winter Yum Cha menu
Top of the list in 2018 – and rightfully top of the list in 2019. Cheyne creates some of the best food in Cape Town and his restaurants’ Cheyne’s and Shio are without a doubt in my top ten restaurants. If you’re an adventurous eater and you ask me for a recommendation I am nine times out of ten going to send you here. I have sent my mother, my financial adviser, my best friends and every unsuspecting foreigner.
So when you get to eat Cheyne’s food at their fantastic winter rates you know you’re in for a deal. The Yum Cha menu is three dishes for R180. Three is enough per person but you can always splurge on a shared dessert if you’re feeling fancy. This special is available until the end of July so please move quickly! This truly is a top 2019 Cape Town Winter Specials.
2) Shio’s Winter Izakaya 3 bowl special
To be efficient I thought I’d follow with Shio’s winter special! Shio is offering 3 bowls for R195 and just like Cheyne’s this is enough food for one person. Shio is very similar to Cheyne’s but a little bit more trendy and more centrally located in de Waterkant. I prefer Cheyne’s because it was my first love and the original. But Shio is super cool and often where I take friends who are not local to Cape Town. It’s great to start or end with drinks in the CBD. My most recent visit to Shio was after a trip up Table Mountain! Like I said – it is an inspiring pairing 😉
Shio is also offering a 3 bowl lunch at R150 from Thursday to Saturday from 12pm to 3pm. I think it is really generous of Shio to extend the offer to Saturday lunch and definitely makes it a super affordable weekend option!
3) BOCCA’s “One on Us” Special
I recently shared a blog post about our gorgeous lunch at BOCCA where we loved their pizzette, mussel fritters and stacciatella. For the month of June if you order any four plates from the menu the cheapest one is complimentary. If you’re two people and you order four dishes – one is free. If you’re four people and you order twelve dishes – three are free. There is no picking and choosing, it is the whole menu and the deal scales up and down depending on the number of dishes you order.
I am hoping that if the “One of Us” special proves to be a success the owners will extend it for the full winter period. Fingers crossed!
4) Kyoto Garden Sushi’s Winter Menu
Kyoto Garden Sushi is a well loved Cape Town institution and they are back again with their winter special! You can join them for a three course meal with a glass of wine for R230 until the end of August. Often a winter special menu includes a bunch of less popular dishes and budget options whereas Kyoto picks the highlights from their menu! This year the menu includes their incredible tuna tartare, tempura veggies, sushi platters, ramen with prawns, special fish with rice, or udon noodles with duck. It really is going to be tough narrowing this menu down!
5) The Creamery’s waffle and cookie special
I love The Creamery and have spent plenty of time in their Newlands branch. I love their exciting seasonal flavours and that every visit brings something new to taste! They’re offering 2 single scoop waffles or 2 single scoop cookies for R80 from Monday to Thursday from 5pm to 8pm. So if you’re looking for a weeknight treat or the perfect after dinner dessert then The Creamery has you covered!
6) Blanko’s winter set course menu
I love Blanko at The Alphen. We have joined them for their Supper Clubs in the winter months and I would highly recommend looking out for those. They pair up with a wine farm for a four course dinner at R395.
Their winter special is a 2 course set menu for R190 or a 3 course set menu for R240 until the end of August. The food at Blanko is Italian Bistro style and makes for the perfect winter comfort food. I am looking forward to cozy Saturday date nights very close to one of the Blanko fireplaces!
7) Grub & Vine Winter Lunch Special
Grub & Vine is running a great winter lunch special from Tuesday to Friday until September. You can join them for one course for R90 or canapes and 2 courses for R150. Personally I’d be opting for the 2 courses- because delicious!
Unfortunately work week lunch specials are really tricky for me – but with Grub & Vine located on Bree Street it should be pretty convenient for those in the CBD with an hour lunch break. Alternatively – schedule any client meetings around lunch time 😉
8) La Mouette’s five course menu
La Mouette has been running a fantastic value set menu for the longest time. There is a great fixed price menu in the summer months – but a really great fixed price menu in winter. This winter they’re offering a five course menu for R295 (or R545 with wines). I would highly recommend booking for a cozy Sunday lunch close to one of their many fireplaces. And if you catch them on a sunny winter day make sure to book a spot on the courtyard!
This is a 2019 Cape Town Winter Specials I have yet to take advantage of but can definite recommend from plenty of past experience!
9) Upper Bloem tapas special
I have yet to visit Upper Bloem and I am actually quite sad about that. They’re the baby sister of La Mouette and as such I am sure the food is superb! Upper Bloem is doing a 9 tapas dinner special for R375. They’re also running their Express Lunch special which is available from Monday to Friday at R125pp for 6 tapas.
This is insanely good value for money and fellow foodie friends have raved about the Express Lunch special. Hopefully I get a chance to visit some time soon!
10) La Tête’s three dish special
La Tête is back with their three starters and or desserts for R260. This special is running from Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. We really enjoyed this special last year and found five starters and madeleines to be plenty of food for two. Their menu is seasonal nose to tail dining so there is always something new and interesting to try. I have yet to try their fried fish sandwich and hope to try this instagram worthy gem soon. Also, the dessert menu has been seriously ramped up and I am dying to try the La Tête doughnuts!
11) Botanicum’s Winter specials
This is a very last minute addition to my 2019 Cape Town Winter Specials because we only visited Botanicum for the first time on Monday! We had such a fantastic lunch at Botanicum and I am so looking forward to pulling the blog post together. For now I just wanted to share their specials so you can get your bottoms there ASAP!
They’re offering 2 pizzas and a bottle of wine for R250. The wine is a red or white house wine but luckily one of the owners is super passionate about wine and I can bet their house wine will be pretty delicious! And the pizzas are fantastic! My recommendation is to keep it classic and go for the margherita. Or the burrata which looks delicious too!
They’re also offering a set three course menu for R225 from Monday to Friday between 12-4pm . I think that is a pretty smashing price especially for a gorgeous day out in the ‘burbs. The menu has options like their seasonal home made soups and onion tarte tatin to start, 200g hanger steak or fantastic pasta for mains and I can PROMISE you that you don’t want to miss the chocolate fondant for dessert.
12) Tjing Tjing Momiji’s Kaiseki experience
I heard whispers about the Tjing Tjing Kaiseki experience when it launched and thought it sounded brilliant! I have had a few foodie friends tell me that it is currently the best food experience Cape Town has to offer at the moment. They serve a formal Japanese degustation experience running diners through nine courses over two hours. The charming tiny restaurant only serves 16 guests for dinner from Thursday to Saturday. It really sounds like you’re in for a unique dining experience.
When I first looked into it – the menu completely convinced me but the price tag of R795 per person had me filing this spot away for a special occasion when we are looking to splurge. This winter they are offering the experience at a discounted rate of R595 per person until end of August. We have booked to try the Kaiseki experience this week and I will make sure to report back!
13) La Colombe’s Winter lunch special
Every year La Colome runs a winter lunch special of R495 per person for four courses. However, this special is typically only available from Monday to Friday until the end of August. With their recent great performance in the World’s 50 best restaurant awards they have decided to share the love and extend this special to Saturday and Sunday lunch! The extension to include the weekend makes it a super special despite the chunky price tag. La Colombe is producing some of the best food in our country and being able to indulge on four courses (which always means six with extra bits included) for R495 seems like a steal!
14) Tapas for Two at Bistro Sixteen82
I love the tapas at Bistro Sixteen82 – the menu is fresh and seasonal and regularly updated with the most delicious dishes. This winter they’re offering a great tapas for two special to tempt you out of your home and into their cozy bistro. Tapas for two is R325 per couple and is available daily between 5pm to 8pm. That’s really not bad for a posh dinner in the burbs ;).
15) Soup and wine sipping at Constantia Glen
We typically visit Constantia Glen for wine tasting in the summer months where we can sit outside, order cheese boards and soak in the view. I really love the estate and think their wines are brilliant. I never thought about visiting in winter until I spotted this little special! You can join them for a traditional Austrian beef goulash served with spätzle, a French onion soup or a potato & leek soup for R95 each. My current plan is to order the trio of smaller portions to try all three for R100.