In the fourth and final instalment of our series on the best winter menus in Cape Town this year, we highlight the last few toasty spots on our must-visit list. Catch up by reading our city guide here, discover the best hotel restaurants here and find out about the Cape winelands offerings here.
Seelan‘s winter lunch menu is a delicious coming together of old favourites and spicy newcomers. Whether you’re seated outside on the water’s edge or enjoying the restaurant’s stylish interiors, you’re definitely in for a treat at Seelan Sundoo’s Mediterranean-inspired eatery.
From June until the end of August, Seelan is presenting a diverse, three-course winter menu for only R200 per person. Starters include tasty offerings such as beetroot salad with tempura feta and yoghurt dressing, chilli and garlic calamari, Mozambican peri-peri chicken livers, and a bean and lentil soup. For mains, our favourite is Seelan’s signature seafood curry, but if you’re more of a red-meat eater then we’d suggest you try the pan-fried 400g T-bone steak or beef ribs.
When it comes to dessert, there’s something for everyone: a warm flourless chocolate tart that’s deliciously decadent, a sticky-sweet banana and toffee pudding, or an unusual cheesecake flan to complete a well-rounded winter feast.
For classic dishes with a contemporary spin, Catharina’s is the place to go. Situated on the Constantia wine route, this cosy restaurant embraces fireside nostalgia and, of course, delicious tastings.
Start off with a prawn and smoked salmon ravioli or, for something more filling, try the lamb arancini. Venison is a strong feature in the main-course section, while grilled impala loin is the chef’s African game of choice. Other winter favourites make the cut too, including slow-cooked pork belly, fillet steak and rack of lamb.
Sweet-toothed patrons can look forward to desserts such as apple tatin, chocolate fondant, frozen lemon curd, Kahlua panna cotta or caramelised rooibos brulee with frozen melktert. If you weren’t hungry before, you should be now.
Simple yet bold, the winter menu of Durbanville Hills is designed to make individual components shine. Begin with a choice of fresh Cape oysters, succulent duck breast with sticky beetroot and parsnip, or gnocchi served with cured blue ricotta.
For mains, there’s succulent grilled beef fillet with shimeji mushrooms and a king oyster, chicken lollipop with crushed, minted pea potatoes, a fish of the day served with barley and wild rice, and curried cauliflower pilaf.
And because we all know that no meal is complete without a sweet treat, try the orange and brandy sponge pudding, berry rice pudding or a spiced poached pear to warm you up from the inside out.