We finally made it to the The Woodlands Eatery on our last trip to CT. Everyone just said go there and have the lamb pizza, you won't be sorry.. and sorry we were not! We split two pizzas and a butternut salad. All huge portions and mouthwateringly delicious!
Not only is their food amazing it's such a charming, down to earth place to have dinner - some restaurants in CT can be a tiny bit pretentious ;) but at Woodlands the service was amazing and friendly (our waiter had a different accent every time he came to our table, he was great!), people were there with their kids and their grannies! I really loved it and can see why most of my Cape Town friends are regulars there.
I also loved the interiors - you really do feel like you're in a little wooden cabin somewhere out west (whatever that means), keeping cozy and waiting winter out ; )
Find them at:
2 Deer Park drive, Vredehoek, Cape Town.
Oh and it's very popular so be sure to book a table - 021 801 5799
Dylan and I touched down in CT two Friday's ago and the first thing we did, after checking in, was head to Loading Bay.
I'd hear so many wonderful things about this place, but the one thing that stood out was TRUFFLE FRIES. So we walked from our hotel in Long street, searching for a late lunch, something cold to drink and truffle fries. We followed our little google maps GPS through Bokaap and eventually stumbled into this little back road full of cars and a construction site, and there it was. Such a beautiful sheeny shop window that felt so well designed and fancy, yet laid back. Like the place all the cool kids hang out / hide out.
We weren't too hungry so just shared their ultimate grilled cheese sandwich (and truffle fries obvs), but I think I'd like to go back and try everything on their menu. I personally also felt fed by the well crafted interiors, good coffee and the luxury apparel next door. They have whole section just for menswear (I think I spotted one dress but it was over R5k). It was almost aspirational - drink our coffee and eat our food and one day you can also buy our clothes.
Or if you can't ever afford their Acne jeans, just go and order a grilled cheese sandwich and soak up the awesome. It's a very inspiring and magical place.
First image & Last two images from here. The rest are mine.
It was our first time there, and a definite MUST do on a Saturday. In case you missed it, we made a little vid of a few parts of the trip - there's quite a bit of the Old biscuit mill in it - click here
We arrived in Cape Town at about 8:30 on thursday night, checked in to our hotel.. and our stomachs started rumbling, so I turned to twitter to all your lovely recommendations, one being Bombay Bicycle Club which comes HIGHLY recommended by anyone's whose been there or anyone whose been to Madame Zingara (It's created by the same bizarre and awesome people).
So we decided to check it out.. and I loved every minute in the place! Outside the restaurant is covered in hanging bicycles and the inside is like stepping into another world. Everything is cluttered. The walls and ceilings are just covered with frames, and tennis racquets, rugs and plants. There are tables everywhere with flickering candles and the most awesome doo-wop music ever!
We had some fruity cocktails and pretty much the MOST delicious food i've ever tasted. *sorry the pics are bit dark and moody. the Olympus struggles without a flash.
We ate the drunken camembert, the prawns wrapped in phyllo pastry, the seafood pasta and the chocolate chilli steak! My mouth is watering as I type just THINKING about that chocolate chilli steak.
Oh Bombay! My taste buds are screaming for you again!
We're definitely going back in December! and gonna book this table with swings for chairs! how nice?