Tasteful Tuesday – a guide to Cape Town’s restaurant specials

I love a good bargain, whether it’s shopping or food related. I’m a bit of a restaurant special hunter – I love trying new foods for a fraction of the price you’d usually pay. For this week’s Tasteful Tuesday I decided to create a little map of the Cape Town CBD, and Make a mini map of each of my favourite restaurant specials.

final map

La Boheme Bistro ||
R135 for a brilliant 3 course meal, or (I think) about R95 for a 2 course meal.
I had dinner here with my girlfriends for Valentines Day this year, and it was simply delicious. I ate the beef carpaccio starter, the pork belly main and a creme bruleé for dessert.
Read more about them here.
(341 Main Road, Seapoint, Cape Town)

Rafikis Restaurant Bar ||
Half priced for all pizzas all day & night every Monday. Most of their pizzas include a brilliant onion marmalade spread instead of a regular tomato base – go with it, and order the fungi Pizza.
I spent quite a bit of time at Rafikis while I was studying. It’s a bit of an art student hang out (read: bohemian and barefooted patrons drinking Black Label beers.) but their pizzas are so affordable and delicious that I often go back.
Read more about them here.
(13 Kloof Nek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town)

Labia Cinema & Soceiti Bistro special ||
On Mondays and Tuesdays you can watch a movie, AND have a pasta for 2 people for only R90! A brilliant special that is really, really affordable. They run other specials throughout the week with other restaurants (Ocean basket, Kauai, etc…)
This is perfect for a date night! Especially if you spike your slush puppies at The Labia with gin or vodka – and you don’t even need to feel sneaky, they allow it at this awesome little cinema. I also love the fact that they serve you popcorn from their old school popcorn machine in little brown bags.
Read more about them here.
(68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town)

Neighbourhood Café ||
One of the best mojitios in Cape Town, and just like all of their other cocktails – 2 for 1 on Monday to Friday, 4pm to 7pm. Try to book a table on the balcony so you can overlook Long Street and people watch.
Order a BIG bowl of curly fries for the table to share -Neighbourhood has some of the best tasting chips/fries in Cape Town. Yum yum yum!!!
Read more about them here.
(Corner of Long & Dorp Streets, Cape Town)

HQ Steakhouse ||
2 for 1 Steaks every Monday night and live music at this brilliant restaurant. You end up paying about R90 per person for a starter salad of cos lettuce, pine nuts, parmesan shavings and herb dressing, a 250g sirloin steak smothered in a herb sauce and a mountain of fries.
Top tip: a waiter should come around and offer you more fries and sauce – don’t be shy, take them! And if they don’t come around, call over your own waiter to go and find them. Don’t dip out – their chips are delicious.
Read more about them here.
(Shortmarket Street, Cape Town)

Beluga ||
This special must be the oldest and most worthwhile in Cape Town. Half priced dim sum, sushi and cocktails every week day from 2pm – 7pm, and all day on Sundays. This special is so brilliant.
I don’t eat sushi, but boy do I love Dim Sum and I could never say no to a strawberry daiquiri from Beluga, or her sister restaurant Sevruga at the V&A Waterfront.
Read more about them here.
(The Foundry, Prestwich, Greenpoint, Cape Town)

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