1. Fabulous fish and chips, R59
There’s nothing like freshly fried hake and chips, with salt and vinegar, from Snoekies. This branch of the homegrown seafood chain offers fast and friendly service, a basin to wash your hands and the freshest fish in town. There’s a touch of nostalgia in the poster of the original Snoekies caravan dating from the 1950s right on the waves in Hout Bay harbour.
Snoekies, Cnr Plein and Spin Street. 021 462 7767. Open 10:00 - 21:00 seven days a week. Order online from www.orderin.co.za.
2. Best-ever steak salomie, R52
Mariam’s Kitchen, in an arcade off St George’s Mall, is a Cape Town institution. This family-run eatery offers spicy Cape Malay favourites, the best of which are their salomies. Lean, tender steak with onion salad is served in a blanket of delicious, crispy roti. Other options are chicken or mince salomies, also for R52, and veg or beans for R46. If you can squeeze some in (or save for later) try some samoosas or chilli bites too. Halaal certified.
Mariam’s Kitchen, 101 St George’s Mall. 021 423 0772. Open 06:30 – 17:30 Mon to Fri, 08:00 – 14:00 Sat, closed Sun.
3. The ultimate burger, R50
Burger lovers know all about the superb Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg and Tiger’s on Long, home of “dude food”. Now there’s Easy Tiger on Bree, a retro-inspired open-fronted mini eatery, with bar stools inside and a few tables on the historic cobbles outside. It’s hard to beat their Stepchild, a scrumptious (beef or chicken) burger with red onion, lettuce, tomato and their “secret sauce” for only R50. Perfect with one of the craft beers on offer. For vegetarians there’s a version with mushrooms, aubergine and feta for R55.
Easy Tiger Burger Bar, 120 Bree Street. 021 426 4659. Open 11:00 – 22:00 Mon to Fri and 11:00 – 13:00 on Sat and Sun. Use the Mr D Food app (www.mrdfood.com/app) to get your order delivered to your office or apartment.
4. Sum exotic delights, R45 to R54
I Love My Laundry is the eccentric name of this Korean restaurant in a launderette. Try the delicate dumplings, called dim sum. You get eight in a portion with either meat filling (chicken and mushroom, or pork with celery, chive or coriander) for R50, or vegetarian (kimchi, tofu, leek or wild mushroom and garlic) for R45 a portion. Eat in or takeaway (R4 extra).
I Love My Laundry, 50 Buitenkant Street. 075 502 2852. Open 07:00 – 19:00 Mon to Fri, 08:00 – 17:00 on Sat.
5. New York classics, R25 to R55
The East City, where a growing number of creative businesses are located, offers some best lunchtime fare in town. With all the favourites on home-baked traditional bagels – your choice of brisket, pastrami and rare roast beef, chopped liver, smoked herring and trout, coleslaw, pickled cucumber and more. Prices range from R25 to R55. There are old-fashioned burgers and beef bageldogs too. Plenty of fresh bagels to take home, and even frozen ones to brighten your weekend.
New York Bagel, 44 Harrington Street. 021 820 4359. Open 07:00 – 16:00 Mon to Fri, 08:00 – 13:00 Sat.
6. Simple, superb sandwiches, R38 to R45
In the heart of the new financial and legal district, Smak has a relaxed fine-living feel that would be the envy of big cities anywhere. With fresh pasta on the production line, a case of fresh baked breads and pastries, this is the place to go for a build-your-own baguette filled with a selection of deli meats and local cheeses, lettuce, tomato and pickles. Eat in or take away, they’re amazing value at R45. Plus, there’s a traditional croquet monsieur (toasted ham and drippy cheese for just R38).
Smak, 22 Bree Street. 021 824 5023 www.smak.co.za. Open Monday - Friday 07:30 - 16:30 Mon to Fri, 09:00 – 15:00 on Sat and public holidays.