Lunch for less! 5 spots for good value lunch specials in Cape Town

Take a load off your pocket with one of these good-value lunch specials in Cape Town…

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.

Welcome to the land of Bread Milk and Honey

A few steps from the Company’s Garden you’ll find one of the most charming coffee shops in Cape Town. Bread Milk and Honey flies under the radar in lesser known Spin Street, but is worth discovering.

Bread Milk and Honey opened its doors in 2005 and has built up a strong local following ever since. Situated on the doorstep of the Parliament buildings a minute’s stroll from the popular Company’s Garden, it’s proven a hit with both office workers and tourists willing to leave the beaten track.

You won’t be disappointed, as this charming café offers both light meals and freshly baked goods.

If you’re hungry you’ll be spoilt for choice, with a generous buffet table laid for both breakfast and lunch. The lunch buffet is particularly impressive, with an array of delicious salads alongside a selection of hot dishes. If you’re in a rush you could opt for their ready-made wraps and sandwiches instead.

Alternatively, simply stop in for a coffee. The baristas are highly skilled and Origin Coffee Roasting roasts their excellent house blend of coffee beans. The bakers are hard at work here before dawn each day so the selection of fresh cakes, chocolate tarts and towering lemon meringue pies will tempt you. It’s a charming café with friendly service and wholesome, fresh food. What’s not to love?

Jason Bakery

Its fresh and it has personality. When you think of a bakery, you think of worn out chefs with anger issues that hide away for fear of attacking the customers who are always right with a french loaf, or you think of the South African, Ouma’s pantry that started a small bakery and thought it would be a better place to be than in front of the television, or even a place that smells good, has good produce but it’s a buy and leave relationship, well Jason Bakery has none of that except that it smells like a mixture of heaven and all things heavenly and everything they have on offer is exceptionally awesome.

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Tamboers Winkel

You want unconventional conventionality in a modern setting with quirky undertones of sarcasm which is in fact the highest form of intelligence, meandering a brilliant capetonian sense of humour in a menu which tantalises tastebuds you did not know you had and couples that with those special delightful wines we don’t find in the normal shops? Well that perfect place exists at no. 3 de Lorentz Street and its name is simply put The Tamboers Winkel.

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