Aaaah, lunch. That glorious excuse to put our feet up and forget about pounding the pavements for a while. Happily, it also doesn’t have to cost the earth, thanks to these wallet-saving lunch specials.
If you fancy a quick bite and ice-cold beer while exploring the city centre, pop in to the buzzy Beerhouse on Long Street. Their lunchtime special menu varies through the week, and could be sticky chicken kebabs or a bunnychow of curried chickpeas. But, the deal remains the same each day: R50 gets you a generous meal and a 350ml draft beer. Score!
Up the road, the ever-popular Rick’s Café Americain also offers superb deals between 11h00 and 17h00. For R65 there’s a choice of dishes each day, from gnocchi in blue cheese and cream sauce, to succulent West Coast mussels in spaghetti. There’s even a low-carb Banting option available daily.
With its stunning harbour views and retail outlets, the V&A Waterfront isn’t known for its restaurant bargains, but Balducci’s has a great deal come lunchtime. For R129 you can tuck into a bento box with 23 pieces of sushi, with a complimentary miso soup to start. Or, if you’d prefer something heartier, try the 250g sirloin with a choice of starch or vegetables. Yours for just R95. There are also pizza and pasta specials at R65 each. Offer valid from noon to 18h00 daily.
Fancy some more sushi? Active Sushi on Bree Street has the deal in town: their lunchtime platters range from R60-R90 for 10-20 pieces of sushi, which include California rolls, fashion sandwiches and salmon roses. There’s a decent selection of wines by the glass available too, so you can enjoy a decadent sushi lunch for less than 100 bucks. Of course, don’t forget to tip.
If you’re out in the southern suburbs, the old-school Barrister’s Grill is a good spot to stop at: while not overloaded with charm, their daily pub lunch special is a steal at just R55. Take your pick from the daily dishes on the special menu: expect pub-grub classics from the Barristers burger to pork chops or bangers and mash. Hearty fare at a great price.