As the saying goes, “variety is the spice of life” and this is never more apparent that when choosing what to eat,especially in winter.
As a Capetonian with a healthy appetite, though, I say why choose at all? This is why my favourite culinary establishments in Cape Town are restaurants with all-you-can-eat buffet options.
In the Mother City, we’re blessed with a smorgasbord oftraditional and unconventional cuisine, so be sure to try the following buffet joints this winter:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and with the multitude of mouth-watering delicious choices (including sushi and oysters) Table Bay Hotel at the V&A Waterfront has on offer, you’re sure to get more than your fill. The delicious buffet is both halaal and vegetarian friendly.
If you have more of a sweet tooth and the idea of indulging in decadent caramel and gold leaf éclairs, cream-topped scones and macaroons gets you salivating, pop into the One&Only Cape Town’s Vista Bar&Lounge for afternoon tea.
Location: Vista Bar & Lounge, One&Only Cape Town
Contact: + 27 (0)21 431 5800
HARVEY’S AT WINCHESTER MANSIONS
Feast away on eggs cooked just the way you like it, fresh sushi, decadent desserts and a glass of complimentary bubbly.
Location: Harvey’s, Winchester Mansions Hotel, Sea Point
Contact:+27(0) 21 434 2351
A firm family favourite, this is the lunch and dinner stop for flavoursome Eastern, Indian and Malay cuisine. Dish as much as you want of their divine curries, seafood, breyanis, roasts and pasta dishes at any of their six locations in Cape Town and pay for your food according to weight.
Gorge yourself on a variety of dishes, including irresistible home-made chicken curry, paella and more at the trendy Kaprinos franchise around the Mother City.
Location: Athlone, Northgate and Mitchell’s Plain
Contact: +27 (0)78 868 8703/+27 (0)21 534 1105
Take a break between all of the entertainment at the Grand West Casino and fill up on some tasty dishes at the Quarterdeck Restaurant. Whether it’s soup, roasted meat or sweet desserts you’re after, you’ll find it all and more at this fabulous eatery.
The Durbanville Winelands are alive with the smell of great food as Bloemendal restaurants lay out their best gourmet food, featuring crowd pleasers like ostrich neck potjie, chicken pie, trifle and more.
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Babylonstoren is one of the best preserved ‘werfs’ (farm yards) in the Cape Dutch tradition. The days are intentionally unscripted at Babylonstoren, leaving guests free to do as theyfounding of the farm in 1690. The Koornhuis (for storing wheat and hay) and the old cellar are exceptionally fine. An ornate fowl house, pigeon loft, leaning bell tower and historic gates embellish a traditional courtyard surrounded by a low, whitewashed wall.
or vines being pruned – depending on the season. Enjoy a walk in the remarkable fruit and vegetable garden (guided if you feel like learning, or unguided for relaxation). Pick your own salad or enjoy a meal in the superb restaurant. Perhaps a massage in the spa after lunch? Or a stroll along a clivia lined stream? Then a swim in the farm dam or a
bout in the gym, before sundowners at a picnic spot? Or rather sample some of the excellent wines grown on the slopes all around the Simonsberg, possibly the finest terroir for wine in Africa? You please. Stroll out onto the farm of 200 hectares and see fruit being picked in the orchards
Babylonstoren lies in the Drakenstein Valley between Franschhoek and Paarl. Surrounded by the Simonsberg, Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Mountains, Babylonstoren is in the heart of the Cape Winelands. It is some 60km from the city of Cape Town and an easy 45 min drive from Cape Town International Airport. can choose. Or simply lounge and read, in summer in a hammock strung among tree trunks, in winter curled up before a fire.