Glamour (South Africa) - - Guide / Dine out -

Blue­berry Café R103 Not­ting­ham Rd, Nether­wood Farm; 033 266 7132

Lovely views, a roar­ing fire and fresh food, in­clud­ing pro­duce from the restau­rant’s own garden, make for spe­cial times. We par­tic­u­larly loved the break­fast dishes like blue­berry crum­pets with egg, ba­con and syrup (R75), and home­made muesli with berries, yo­ghurt and hon­ey­comb (R80).

Stretta Café 50 Old Main Rd, The Colony Shop­ping Cen­tre, Hill­crest; 031 765 8862

This ap­peal­ing mod­ern eatery puts the em­pha­sis on au­then­tic Ital­ian cuisine, and you can’t go wrong with the Zucca (spaghetti with but­ter­nut, caramelised onion, feta, Parme­san and bal­samic glaze; R75). The dessert menu in­cludes stan­dards, like choco­late brown­ies (R35), but our re­sis­tance crum­bles at the sight of Hu­berto’s ar­ti­sanal ice cream (R35).

Olive & Oil 16 Old Main Rd, Lil­lies Life­style Cen­tre, Hill­crest; 031 765 6214

The splen­did Mediter­ranean dishes here in­clude Creamy Gor­gonzola and Ba­con Chicken (R130), and herby rack of lamb (R260), and the choco­late brownie with Bar-one sauce (R46) is a sump­tu­ous con­clu­sion to any meal.

Kloof Street House 30 Kloof St, Gardens; 021 423 4413

With its Victorian-in­spired decor, en­chant­ing gardens and plenty of fire­places, Kloof Street House is brasseri­estyle din­ing with a dif­fer­ence. Start with the pan-fried Patag­o­nian cala­mari (R95), and then move onto a tasty main like os­trich fil­let and Wal­dorf salad (R185). The stand­out dessert: de­lec­ta­ble salted caramel cheese­cake with pop­corn (R75).

So­ci­eti Bistro 50 Orange St, Gardens; 021 424 2100

A multi-award-win­ning es­tab­lish­ment with a fol­low­ing that ranges from A-lis­ters to de­voted lo­cals, So­ci­eti serves up­mar­ket food in a cosy, hugely invit­ing set­ting. The rich mush­room risotto (R85) is the best in town, and the mains range from vege­tar­ian op­tions to hearty pork neck in mus­tard cream (R145). The Choco­late Neme­sis is le­gendary, or for some­thing lighter, try re­fresh­ing sor­bet (R17 per scoop).

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