Winter in the Cape is not for sissies. There are howling winds, endless days of (welcome and necessary) rain and short, dark days. Despite this, it’s not all doom and gloom, thanks to the emergence of winter specials. One thing is certain, if you’re going to leave the house this winter, it has to be for a good reason – and we reckon these winter specials are a very good reason indeed.

Shortmarket Club

The Shortmarket Club’s prix fixe winter lunch special is one of the most anticipated specials in Cape Town. Priced at R280 per person, or R380 per person including a carafe of wine, it includes three courses of Wesley Randles’ incredible food. The menu will change, but it might include the loved sambal tuna, the linefish with lemon and tarragon veloute and rhubarb crumble for dessert. This only available at lunchtime, Monday to Saturday, until the end of September 2018.


Hout Bay is the place to be this winter, thanks to Cheyne’s. His annual yum cha menu is back, which allows you to tuck into any 3 dishes at R150 per person, such as baby shrimp tempura, grilled chicken yakitori or a Vietnamese rice noodle bowl.

La Tete

La Tete will warm you up this winter by offering three dishes for R220. Head chef Giles Edwards is known for his ever-changing menu, featuring seasonal ingredients and interesting cuts of meat, but you can look out for his crispy pig’s tails and aioli and fried fish sandwich.

Manna Epicure

This cosy Kloof street spot is serving up a great special this winter. Order two courses for R150 or three for R185, which could include any of their fresh, homely dishes such as moules marinieres or roast pork belly.

La Mouette

La Mouette, with their multiple fireplaces, is always a no-brainer in winter, but their winter special of five courses for R295 makes it that much more enticing. The menu will change, but you can look forward to snacks, including their famous cheese croquettes, ricotta tortellini or a beef brisket risotto.