The Butcher Shop
Nestled in Nelson Mandela’s Square there is a restaurant and butchers, The Butcher Shop. Now you might think by the name that they wouldn’t even dream of catering to vegetarians but think again, they may not have as many options as there are cuts of meat but there is a tasty veggie burger and lots of sides of vegetables. The food is high quality but be warned if you are not used to South African portions ask for half. I got two fillet steaks on the bone, two! I left half of it. It is cooked to perfection and utterly delicious. If you are a fan of steak I recommend it entirely!
In Cape Town (city centre):
I had the most delicious breakfast in Dear me, it is just past a market square on Long Market Street. There is a great menu and I can whole heartedly recommend the eggs benedict, the muesli, their coffees, the freshly squeezed orange juice and their pastries look delicious. Note: They are, for some reason, closed at the weekends which I found out to my horror. There is also a dinner restaurant upstairs. (Note: The head chief will have moved away by the end of February. I can’t vouch from then on)
Really tasty food, so many options on the menu. Big portions, remember this when ordering. I really recommend the homemade lemonade, it is so delicious! What I will say about this restaurant however is that it is connected to the hotels in that are in the area, when you check in you are encouraged to eat here and big groups do come in. Think of this when you go to eat, you could be behind an order of 25 steaks which means waiting quite a while for your food. Also items on the menu sell out so maybe go for lunch or early dinner to get all the options available. What I must say though is the staff are absolutely lovely! A wonderful woman by the name of Mollie took care of our table, she is funny and knows whats going on. A true asset to the restaurant!
Snacks I now love:
Nik Naks are these cheesy maize snacks are absolutely delicious and unhealthy. I love them!
South African Jelly Tots are really yummy and not like ours, they are softer and don’t get stuck in your teeth like our ones. Try the sour ones they are eye wateringly good!
In all honestly South Africa loves it’s sugar. Lots of delicious sweets and snacks. Really, you could probably choose anything and it will be good.
I love iced tea, BOS tea is so tasty, refreshing and is my absolute favourite. There are so many versions of rooibos tea you can find all over the place.
- Vegetarian? You would be surprised in this country with a love for meat and braai’s, you can find vegetarian options everywhere! They love avocado and halloumi and there is always one or two things on the menu for you.
- Portions will be huge. Think wisely if you want to get a few dishes or starters to share because they will look like mains. Your meat main will be huge also.
- Try the supermarket, the fresh fruit and vegetables are delicious! The supermarkets are always so well stocked and so cheap! A whole bag of 28 oranges cost about €1.75!
Basically, eat everything, it’s all delicious, just huge!