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
TOMO JAPANESE RESTAURANT CALEXICO
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