28 February 2017

Caroline Dub’s Her Top Three

“What’s your favourite fine-dining restaurant in Cape Town?” I must have heard that question a thousand times in my two decades of luxury travel. The trouble is our Mother City has become a culinary destination with world class restaurants popping up faster than you can say “tagliatelle”. That is of course, apart from all her other attributes that lure visitors back time and time again.

We explore some of the endless possibilities in Cape Town with one main ingredient – Liam Tomlin.

Before Cape Town, Dublin-born Tomlin and British wife Jan ran one of Australia’s top restaurants, Banc, awarded Restaurant of the Year at the time. Tomlin also judged SA’s Top 10 restaurants as an Eat Out Guide panellist and has subsequently created three of Cape Town’s top restaurants. Can you imagine?

Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen

If you're a foodie and wine enthusiast, Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen is the place for you. Tomlin’s every dish is a sensorial experience. Artful plates with diverse tapas bites will have your taste buds applauding, paired with intriguing wines, craft beers and artisanal teas. The waiters know when to appear and when to clear, yet they’re hospitable and informed. With their focus being on the democratisation of good food, no reservations are taken here. Bustling and edgy, whether you’re sharing the terrace tables overlooking Bree Street, or inside admiring the coveted décor, it’s fine dining minus the frills.


This Indian-style tapas bar, once again conceived by chef guru Liam Tomlin, is an exotic South Indian culinary experience. Filled with flamboyant postcard art and kaleidoscopic patterns, and the dishes are as fresh and unpretentious as the man himself. No alcohol is served, but dip into juices like mint and lemon or lassi options. Service is swift and informative at this charming, home from home culinary haunt.

Beau Constantia

As Chefs Warehouse is rated one of the best restaurants in Cape Town by some of the city’s top chefs, many foodies leapt for joy when he opened a second branch at Beau Constantia Wine Estate! Every bit as exceptional as you’d imagine, the glass fronted restaurant is perched on the Constantia Mountains at the boutique wine estate and boasts beautiful views. Here, you can expect nouvelle cuisine and the honest-to-goodness atmosphere Tomlin’s eateries have become known for.



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