Table Thirteen is a great alternative to those over-hyped Cape Town cafes. Rich coffee aromas fill this intimate, purple-accented dark-hued space, attached to a beautiful homeware store (T&Co.; see Shop) in a currently undiscovered spot not far from De Waterkant. A motley collection of chairs, virtually none of them matching, are gathered around white marble-topped tables beneath an exposed industrial ceiling, juxtaposed with flamboyant crystal chandeliers: a fine balance of baroque and bohemia. Feminine without being frilly, it reflects something of Laura’s accidental restaurateur approach – she claims she tried hard to avoid the food business, but thanks to her mother, a culinary doyenne with two successful London eateries, cooking is in her blood. Which is good news for Capetonians. Slow-cooked and home-style are the signatures here, with delicious comfort food served through the day (with one dinner session per week) – a small choice of just five or so exciting-sounding dishes, such as slow-roasted duck, or wild mushroom, gorgonzola and leek pie. Also likely to make you an instant returnee is the dessert buffet – don’t miss the super-chocolately espresso-and-macadamia- nut cake (which just happens to be wheat- and dairy-free).