Get your sugar rush in Cape Town

Everybody likes a happy ending, and by that we mean a knockout dessert of course. Not sure which Cape Town restaurants will deliver a grand finale to your meal? We did some of the hard work for you…

Chef Scot Kirton has done well to put La Colombe on the culinary map with his multi-course tasting menus, but he’s also a chef who knows how to finish strong. Rounding out his Gourmand menu is a dish titled simply; ‘Strawberries and Green’.

Cucumber ice cream? Celery leaf? Verbena and cashew? Not what you’d expect from a memorable dessert dish, but the combination of flavours and textures of strawberries will amaze you.

Around the corner there’s more fine dining fare at The Greenhouse, where Executive Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s wizardry with a gateaux of Madagascan chocolate and pistachio is equally impressive.

Or, think classic, and there’s little that can beat a textbook chocolate fondant made using quality dark chocolate and cooked to perfection. Giorgio Nava at modern Italian restaurant 95 Keerom ticks both of those boxes with his legendary version of this classic bistro dish. Paired with an imported grappa it’s a dessert to remember.

Of course a decadent dessert doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple ice cream cone, done well, is perhaps the queen of desserts. Our favourite? Any one of The Creamery branches across Cape Town. The Mouille Point and Newlands outlets are your best bet, and both are open until 11pm Tuesday to Sunday.

Speaking of ice cream: you don’t want to miss the black sesame ice cream at Kyoto Garden Sushi on Kloof Nek Road. While the sushi and Japanese cuisine here is arguably the best in the city, they don’t disappoint come dessert time either.

The same goes for Tjing Tjing Torii in the city centre: expect delicious small-plate Asian dishes, wrapped up with a memorable dessert that pairs black sesame ice cream with creamy matcha ice cream and a pancake of red bean paste. Delicious.

Go beyond expectations at Buitenverwachting in Cape Town’s Constantia wine valley.

Established in 1706, the beautiful Buitenverwachting wine farm on the slopes of the majestic Constantiaberg mountains delivers on its English namesake, ‘beyond expectation’, in every way.

The farm produces an array of top-quality wines, including 18 whites and 12 reds. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Blanc de Noir, Brut, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and more can be enjoyed on the farm or at home.

Visitors can enjoy a leisurely meal at the restaurant, which is situated in a classic historic thatched Cape Dutch building. Terrace tables offer iconic views of the vineyards and mountains, while the more relaxed courtyard is set amidst ancient stinkwood trees and a traditional Cape fountain.

The cuisine ranges from fine dining to relaxed deli-style fare, all with a sophisticated yet contemporary flare. It is no surprise that the restaurant was rated as one of Brian Berkman’s Top 10 in Cape Town in 2009 and 2010.

The farm also boasts a rustic yet trendy coffee shop offering the best in warm beverages and baked goods. Buitenverwachting hosts exceptional bespoke weddings, conferences and other special events. One of the most picturesque farms in the valley, it affords guests endless photo opportunities and the opportunity to relax in the total serenity of the pristine grounds. The farm boasts several function venues that can be utilised for functions catering for from 10 to 400 people.

The Greenhouse fine dining restaurant keeps wowing

The Greenhouse has been a staple of Cape Town’s fine dining scene for years, yet never fails to impress diners with food with a fusion of local and Asian influences given a masterful touch by executive chef Peter Tempelhoff.

Combining innovation without losing classical cooking fundamentals. That’s the goal at The Greenhouse fine dining restaurant, says executive chef Peter Tempelhoff, one of just two Relais & Châteaux Grand Chefs in South Africa. As the signature restaurant of The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in the leafy suburb of Constantia (about 20 minutes drive from Cape Town’s city centre), The Greenhouse restaurant sets the bar high and rarely misses.

This is a Cape Town fine dining restaurant that stretches the boundaries of traditional South African cuisine, exploring local ingredients and African food traditions with a tantalising array of South African produce from the garden, bush and seashore.

A five-course tasting menu is the standard offering, with exciting dishes given equally inspiring titles. You can ‘Release the Kraken’ with octopus and ginger ink, or discover the ‘Flavours of Baklava’ as one of the two dessert courses.

“The focus of the menu is Africa, as always, with a nod to my time spent in Japan,” says Tempelhoff.

That philosophy finds expression in dishes such as ‘4 degrees of cheese’, using the most-awarded indigenous cheese in South Africa, the ‘Huguenot’ from Dalewood Fromage outside Stellenbosch on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Alongside the standard tasting menus you’ll find the signature menus that focus on vegetarian dishes; African cuisines, given a fine dining bent, of course; as well as the ‘Virtues of Dom Pérignon’ menu that pairs each dish with this acclaimed French champagne.

Another highlight on this Cape Town restaurant’s menu is the African Single Origin Coffee tasting. Tempelhoff combines remarkable coffee beans from both Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee, and Rwanda to end off the Greenhouse experience in a most memorable way.