Feast with a view
Following a renovation that’s opened up its first-floor space to some great people-watching on the Camps Bay beachfront, plus a delicious menu redesign, La Parada del Mar has shot to the top of our list of Cape Town spots at which to spend some late-summer quality time. Order a selection of tapas and one of their excellent gin and tonics (served Spanish-style in big goblets) then simply sit back and enjoy the passing parade. Standouts among the tapas dishes include the seared sesame-crusted tuna with fine bean and green-olive salad (it’s both light and packed with flavour), while the Spanish garlic mushrooms, which are served with a poached duck egg and truffle oil, are sublime. If you’re in the mood for simple, deep-fried treats, plump for the prawn or ham croquetas. For the seriously hungry, there are also some excellent grills and a wide variety of sides, and you should try to save room for the churros, which come with a delectable salted dark chocolate dipping sauce. Morning glory
- All three of La Parada’s locations (Bree Street, Constantia Nek and Camps Bay) now also serve breakfast. The Pan Breakfast (slow-cooked tomato sauce with chorizo, blackened corn, eggs and toast) will be just the ticket after an early morning hike, and there are loads of other options that cater to a variety of tastes – and hunger levels – too.
- For the growing gang of Sunday brunch devotees out there, La Parada Constantia Nek is serving a delectable three-course Toast Brunch on the first Sunday of every month. Bloody Marys, anyone? Book a table by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.