South Africa, winter is on our doorstep, and all we’ve got on our minds is tucking into a steaming hot, hearty meal in front of a crackling fire. To this end we’ve collected some of the cosiest – and most delicious – eateries across Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg that are sure to keep you happy during the cooler months to come. Also keep an eye out for our round-up of the top winter menus, coming soon!
Just because it’s winter in Cape Town doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy glorious views of the ocean. Azure Restaurant at The Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay makes the most of the cold season with two grand fireplaces, plush furnishings and floor-to-ceiling views of the moody Atlantic Ocean. It’s romantic and cosy, and the menu boasts a wide selection of hearty meals that will chase the chill away.
La Mouette is an intimate space housed in a characterful building that’s especially inviting during the colder months. With its deep-pink walls and and a roaring fireplace, this venue in Sea Point pairs cosy interiors with a superb 4- or 6-course winter menu.
Made famous by chef Luke Dale-Roberts, La Colombe is a place to visit in all seasons, but in winter, its rustic chic interior is particularly enticing. With a menu comprising tasting plates that are perfect for a long and indulgent lunch or dinner, this acclaimed Constantia eatery will have you coming back for more.
There’s nothing better than a touch of rustic Italian fare when it’s freezing cold outside, and everything about Jamie’s Italian – from the food to the ambience – is inviting and warm. This new destination at Melrose Arch is all about family-style eating and, in winter, you can’t go wrong with authentic Italian pizza or pasta – rich, wholesome and simply delicious.
The landing page of Momo Baohaus‘ website features a steaming bowl of ramen that just shouts winter, so we know it’s one to visit during the colder months. Although the interior is coolly contemporary, pops of yellow in the chairs and light fittings add a warm aesthetic. If that isn’t enough to pull you in, the flavoursome menu at this Greenside establishment certainly will.
The Potato Shed
For a mealtime respite from Jozi’s icy reaches, head to vibey Newtown, where The Potato Shed has taken the idea of warmth on board – steam from the fires used for cooking in the kitchen leaves the space nice and toasty in the colder months, and comfy leather couches add to the welcoming feel. It’s easy to succumb to possibly the most comforting winter dish in town – steaming spuds and slow-cooked pulled pork filled with marmalade, ginger and mustard.
The Chef’s Table
At The Chef’s Table, the sheer energy of the open-plan kitchen – its ‘theatre’ – at the heart of the restaurant is enough to warm anyone up. The interior reflects the philosophy of the food (which is absolutely out of this world) – natural, raw, elegant and adventurous.
Seeing as Durban doesn’t really have to endure a cold winter – let’s be honest, the weather is pretty good all year round – you might as well make the most of what the seaside city has to offer. The Joint is right at the beachfront on OR Tambo Parade and serves 1930s-era shisa nyama, with wors and meats braaied over an open flame, while upstairs is a lounge that plays jazz and township music. Their deliciously spicy side sauces really chase the winter chill away.
Although open only on Sundays, The Morning Trade market is well worth a visit – especially in winter. With a homely and buzzing atmosphere, it offers a wide variety of food from local producers that’ll warm you up from the inside. Read more about The Morning Trade, which is situated in the newly revamped Station Drive, here.