Wine Cellar Fine Wine Merchants‘ Roland Peens and James Pietersen share their top Cape Town restaurant picks, focusing on their wine lists and menus:  

Aubergine

Roland and James highly recommend Aubergine as their inner-city restaurant of choice when it comes to the best food and wine pairing in the Mother City. This refined gourmet destination offers an extended and complete wine list of local and international wines, chosen to enhance Chef Harald Bresselschmidt’s creations.

Salsify

Luke Dale-Roberts does it again at this scenic Cape Town institution. Roland and James have earmarked this Grande Dame of dining for its wine list which includes an excellent additional older-vintage South African selection.

Black Sheep

If you’re looking for a fun local hangout with a good, contemporary wine list this is the perfect address. Black Sheep also offers some really superb wines by the glass and is described as the ‘culmination of 20 years of food, laughter and excellent wine’ for the Japha and Silva families.

The Shortmarket Club

Roland and James speak the same language as Simon Widdison at The Shortmarket Club. He’s a seasoned wine geek, so be sure to engage with Simon around your selection when you next visit this Cape Town gem. Luke Dale-Roberts, his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison chose a heritage building just off vibey Bree Street (accessed by an incognito entrance off the street) for added intrigue.

La Tête

Another of our fine wine merchants’ firm favourites is this classic Bree Street bistro, with a focus on nose-to-tail cooking, offering a light, menu-appropriate wine list. La Tête is a farm to fork eatery on Bree Street in Cape Town, the result of the culinary dream of two brothers, Giles and James Edwards.

Wolfgat (Paternoster)

According to Roland and James, the food and wine pairing at ‘The World’s Best’ is a must. The wine list highlights producers from nearby wine regions. The restaurant’s humble chef, Kobus van der Merwe, is a champion of SA’s indigenous ingredients, many of which he forages himself from sand and rocks along the coastline. The wines he’s selected perfectly enhance each of his seven foraged courses.

The Vine Bistro at Glenelly (Stellenbosch)

Chef Christophe Dehosse cooks up classical, wine-friendly food that will enhance your wine experience. The wine list is balanced and includes some great international options. Drawing inspiration from traditional, convivial French kitchens, the small menu changes regularly, featuring organic, grass-fed and free-range where possible.

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