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The best Cape winter menus for 2017: in the city

For the third instalment in our series of winter menus, we show you where to go for a tasty meal in the Cape Town CBD. Whether it's a revitalising lunch or a warming dinner, these three spots are sure to satisfy.

The Shortmarket Club

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We already know that chef Wesley Randles never disappoints, and The Shortmarket Club's new winter menu reaffirms this. The new value-for-money winter lunch prix fixe menu pairs superb dishes with wine from a few of the most exciting young winemakers the Swartland wine region has to offer. Randles has conjured up an impressive menu that includes hearty oxtail ragu pasta paired with fennel three ways, as well as local line fish, perfectly grilled and plated with a coconut masala cream, fresh lime and curry leaf. If you're up to trying something from the original menu, sample the playful Bhaji scotch egg with spiced lamb farce, ginger tahini and green mango atchar. And, if you're feeling adventurous, look out for the roti filled with slow-roasted goat shoulder, caramelised with spicy preserved fig harissa, roasted garlic and goat’s milk ricotta. To finish, choose between a mozzarella and lavender crème brûlée and a generous cheese course. While the wintry cold fronts pelt down against the wide skylights of this top-floor restaurant, you can expect hearty cooking with a healthy dollop of Randles’ signature sophistication, all for R360 per person.

HQ Courtyard

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Known for its straightforward menu of salad, steak and chips, HQ restaurant has paired up with Bistrot Bizerca's chef Laurent Deslandes to introduce a selection of tapas and a Chef’s Menu that will be available in The HQ Courtyard for the next few months. This space will form part of a brand-new restaurant-in-the-making by the current HQ owners, set to launch in August this year. (But for now they’re keeping mum about it.) With options such as seared tuna on butternut gnocchi, baby pak choi and Asian salsa, foraged wild mushrooms sautéed and served with blue-cheese crumble, coconut calamari, and a delicious dessert of cardamom-and-vanilla flan with berry coulis, we know we'll be frequenting this spot for some winter munching, and it will only amount to R250 per person.

Café Royale

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Café Royale invites you to embrace an al fresco dining experience on its Parisian-inspired patio. Stepping away from the tapas-style dinner menu, the bistro has created all-new dishes with a fine dining feel for both lunch and dinner. Delve into the moreish goat's cheese tartlets or thai fish cakes as a starter or a light snack. For something more filling, try the grilled lamb with harissa and creamed hummus with pomegranate and cilantro, or the confit duck with barley risotto, smoked corn, semi-dried tomato and parsley. And if that isn’t enough, choose from red espresso crème brulee, blueberry parfait or chocolate fondant to sweeten the deal.