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Five Flies

Five Flies is one of Cape Town’s French restaurants tucked away in the belly of the city’s legal district, close to the Company Gardens and close enough to Parliament. This white-washed colonial monument formerly housed an exclusive Dutch members’ club, and takes its name from a famous 1920s Amsterdam restaurant, D’Vyjff Vliegen. They do meat and fish commendably, with very generous servings (in response to the T-bone, a typical reaction is: “Where’s the plate?”) and full-on tastes (some sauces a bit too rich, perhaps). The grilled ostrich fillet with red wine jus is particularly memorable, while desserts are probably worth skipping in favour of time in the upstairs bar, a leathery, clubby lounge-style space with striking checkerboard tiles at the end of the white marble stairway. In summer, try for a table in the gorgeous cobbled courtyard-the oldest part of the restaurant-adjacent another bar. No less romantic, though, are the jumble of dining rooms upstairs, a beguiling mix of antique, uneven floors and walls doubling as art gallery.

Address
Rembrandt House, 14-16 Keerom Street,
City Centre
Telephone
+27 21 424 4442
Website
fiveflies.com
Opening Times
noon-3pm Mon-Fri, 6-11pm Mon-Sat
Price
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