South Africa is a smorgasbord of dining and drinking options, as these new offerings prove
Van Der Linde
Sunlight streams through the wraparound windows of Van Der Linde, whose pared-back decor is peppered with potted Fiddle-leaf figs throughout. Offering bistro-style fare, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The French toast with rhubarb, crème anglaise and lemon, and the sea bass with beurre blanc, Brussels sprouts and fried leeks are must-tries.
50 4th Ave, Linden, Johannesburg. vdl.restaurant
Schoon Manufactory Café
Run by well-known husband-and-wife team Fritz and Chanelle Schoon of Schoon de Companje fame, this new café has a dedicated team of bakers who create artisanal loaves using stone-milled grains, natural fermentation and woodfired ovens. Try their famous brioche French toast or classic scrambled eggs on sourdough toast.
The Bird Precinct, 91 Bird St, Stellenbosch. schoon.co.za
The Course at SLOW in the City offers chic city dining in lush interiors created by Tonic Design. The palette of deep red, sage green and rich mustard paired with marble and gold accents signals that this brasserie-type eatery is bang on trend. Offering a wide array of dishes, from tapas plates to Florentine T-bone steak cut right at your table, the emphasis is on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Located near the Gautrain Station, it’s the ideal setting for a stylish business lunch or a pre-commute cocktail.
Cnr West St & Rivonia Rd, Sandton, Johannesburg. slow.co.za
Twin sisters Jesse and Jamie Friedberg – the original owners of Skinny Legs café – have opened Between Us in a heritage building ‘with beautiful bones’, giving its interiors the lightest touch by exposing its sandstone walls and emphasising its airiness. This calm simplicity is mirrored in their wholesome menu, which includes a breakfast favourite of granola with lemon thyme, organic cold-pressed coconut oil and orange zest. The restaurant is open for dinner and serves alcoholic beverages as well.
176 Bree St, Cape Town. 021 823 8695. betweenus.capetown
The perennially popular Stanley Beer Yard has morphed into an Americana-inspired restaurant and vinyl bar. Described by its co-owner Larry Hodes as ‘Californian boho with a Mexican influence’, Calexico is a vibrant fusion of good beats and sharing hearty plates with friends. On the menu you’ll find dishes made of the best fresh produce, like the hot artichoke dip with light tortilla chips.
44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg. 011 482 5791.
Tomo Japanese Restaurant
This new kid on the block has been making waves with its flavourful Asian-fusion dishes, relaxed ambience and beautiful interior designed by owner and Executive Chef David Yen. Complete with original Japanese artworks, intricate wooden details and a sweeping staircase leading up to the soon-to-be-opened tearoom, it’s a modern space infused with character. Expect a host of firm Japanese favourites on the menu, such as miso soup, tempura, sushi and sashimi, as well as lesser-known offerings like robata, which is the Japanese version of a braai. The bento box is filled with Chef Yen’s top picks, making it a wonderful way to sample a bit of everything.
86 Loop St, Cape Town. 021 422 0635.
Text: Fiona Davern, Karen Tennent