Elle Decoration (South Africa) - - EATS - Text FIONA DAVERN, KAREN TEN­NENT

Find an ar­ray of tastes and savoury treats at these new lo­cal eater­ies


Twin sis­ters Jesse and Jamie Fried­berg – the orig­i­nal own­ers of Skinny Legs café – have opened Be­tween Us in a her­itage build­ing ‘with beau­ti­ful bones‘, giv­ing its in­te­ri­ors the light­est touch by ex­pos­ing its sand­stone walls and em­pha­sis­ing its airi­ness. This calm sim­plic­ity is mir­rored in their whole­some menu, which in­cludes a break­fast favourite of gra­nola with le­mon thyme, or­ganic cold-pressed co­conut oil and or­ange zest. The restau­rant is open for din­ner and serves al­co­holic bev­er­ages as well. 176 Bree St, Cape Town.

021 823 8695. @be­tweenus.ctab The peren­ni­ally pop­u­lar Stan­ley Beer Yard has mor­phed into an Americana-in­spired restau­rant and vinyl bar. De­scribed by its co-owner Larry Hodes as ‘Cal­i­for­nian boho with a Mex­i­can in­flu­ence’, Calex­ico is a vi­brant fu­sion of good beats and shar­ing hearty plates with friends. On the menu you’ll find dishes made of the best fresh pro­duce, like the hot ar­ti­choke dip with light tor­tilla chips. 44 Stan­ley Ave, Mil­park, Jo­han­nes­burg. 011 482 5791. @calex­i­co­jhb


This new kid on the block has been mak­ing waves with its flavour­ful Asian­fu­sion dishes, re­laxed ambience and beau­ti­ful in­te­rior de­signed by owner and Ex­ec­u­tive Chef David Yen. Com­plete with orig­i­nal Ja­panese art­works, in­tri­cate wooden de­tails and a sweep­ing stair­case lead­ing up to the soonto-be-opened tea­room, it’s a mod­ern space in­fused with char­ac­ter. Ex­pect a host of firm Ja­panese favourites on the menu, such as miso soup, tem­pura, sushi and sashimi, as well as lesser-known of­fer­ings like ro­bata, which is the Ja­panese ver­sion of a braai. The bento box is filled with Chef Yen’s top picks, mak­ing it a won­der­ful way to sam­ple a bit of ev­ery­thing.

86 Loop St, Cape Town. 021 422 0635. @TOMOCapeto­wn

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