Hg2 : The Hedonist


If you’re too lazy to tour the Winelands, you’ll be glad to hear there’s no need to leave the Waterfront: just sit comfortably in one of the most celebrated wine bars in Cape Town. Styling itself as the home of the biggest wine-by-the-glass selection on the planet, Belthazar offers around 250 individual vintages-all from the Cape and stored in high-tech anti-oxidation equipment. It’s also a very decent steakhouse with a good seafood selection, too. The wine menu is an epic list of different vintages, but an elaborate and impressively detailed chart, rating each wine according to its individual character as well as recording it’s score in the highly-regarded John Platter’s South African Wine Guide, makes navigation slightly easier. It’s a very useful way to taste a wide selection of new wines, and the menu also lets you know what goes best with which kinds of food (and if your memory’s rusty, you can check the list on their website, later). If you’re feeling more adventurous, or a small group, order a bottle-there are some 600 listed on the menu, starting with some very good daily-drinking bottles, and finishing off with some impressive rarities. Done up, as is the norm amongst steakhouses in South Africa, in brass and dark wood, décor is not as memorable as the wines.

Shop 153, Victoria Wharf,
+27 21 421 3753
Opening Times
daily, noon-11pm
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