Summer is approaching, and for many, that means preparing for the end of year holidays. Recent data from Cheapflights shows that South Africans are keener than ever for domestic travel with a 12% increase in domestic flight searches from 2019 to 2021.
One can’t deny that food is a big part of travel and over the last few months, several new eateries have opened in cities across the country. As you prep, your next local getaway be sure to check out these new must-try restaurants.
Sanctuary Mandela, Johannesburg
The recently opened Sanctuary Mandela is a celebration of the late Nelson Mandela. Having once been the home of the late President and the headquarters for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, this boutique residence boasts nine rooms, with spaces for reflection inspired by his life.
Eating here is an experience in itself. The menu is made up of some of Mandela’s favourite meals and prepared by Chef de tournant Mam Xoliswa Ndoyiya. As Mandela’s long-time chef, there is no better person to ensure that some much-loved favourites such as braised oxtail tortellini, Nguni sirloin, and coffee and Amarula malva pudding make it onto the menu.
Radisson Blu Waterfront, Cape Town
Tobago’s Restaurant, Bar and Terrace is not new, but their Flaming Fridays’ events are. These events are hosted on selected Fridays during the course of the spring and summer seasons. Guests are able to enjoy flame-grilled dishes, live entertainment and stunning views.
Also, it’s worthwhile remembering that during Spring and Summer, Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront hosts Dubai-style brunch sessions. Food comes in the form of all-you-can-eat starters, a platter choice for mains, rounded off with all-you-can-eat dessert. Guests will be able to enjoy live music by DJ Tanner and DJ Cosher who ensure that the vibe is always just right.
Platinum Belt Lounge, Durban
Platinum Belt Lounge is described as an exclusive contemporary fine dining experience in the heart of Umhlanga, KZN. This spot is definitely worth keeping in mind for a date night or a special occasion.
Their menu is quite extensive, catering to most people’s taste. They also have an impressive bar area to grab a drink at before or after your meal. If you’re visiting with a group, try out their platters, which are great for family-style eating.
Himitsu, Cape Town
This new spot means ‘secret’ in Japanese and recently opened at Camps Bay Retreat, one of Cape Town’s favourite accommodations.
As the name suggests, Himitsu is discreetly tucked away on the grounds of Camps Bay Retreat and is the brainchild of Chef Cheyne Morrisby. Guests who visit this exquisite spot for lunch can look forward to exciting Asian-inspired meals, including Tokyo tacos, fire oysters and wagyu short rib gyoza.
Shortmarket Club, Johannesburg
Earlier this month, South Africa’s most well-known chef, Luke Dale-Roberts, announced that he will be taking his Shortmarket Club offering to Johannesburg.
The Cape Town restaurant has been open for a few years now and serves up delicious fine dining experiences. Johannesburg’s Shortmarket Club will be headed up by Chef Taryn Smith and opens in October 2021. Unlike Cape Town, this venue will offer both indoor and outdoor seating and will be located at Oxford Parks in Rosebank.
Kruger Station, Kruger National Park
As one of South Africa’s top wildlife destinations, the Kruger National Park is on many of our bucket lists. This time last year, a new destination within the Kruger Park opened up, bringing a trendy deli, cool cafe and a bespoke designed and crafted space to the Park. In this short space of time, the Kruger Station has become a much-loved addition and a must-visit foodie destination in the area.
Here guests can find the Enroute Grab ‘N Go Deli and the Departing Soon coffee and ice cream cafe, where visitors are able to either enjoy the delectable foods while sitting in the open seating area or where they can quickly stop for a takeaway while, well, en route to their next adventure.
The Round in 9 (bar and casual dining) and 3638 sit-down family restaurant are perfect for families wanting a longer, more leisurely stop, while the Li’l Gricers play zone and the 360-degree cinema (opening soon) will keep the whole family entertained. There is even a dedicated biltong bar and a petit four station.