La Boheme/La Bruixa
In comparison to other Mediterranean restaurants in Cape Town, this two-spaces-in-one-venue offers a genuine neighbourhood vibe – something that’s mostly lacking in a city that caters overwhelmingly to the tourists and the trendy. La Bruixa (“the witch”) is an all-day venue serving the only genuine Spanish tapas in Cape Town, not to mention mean paella. La Boheme is the more recent addition, Sea Point’s only bistro-style restaurant and wine bar (with over 60 varieties by the glass). A laid-back, yet slightly more glamorous, trattoria-style venue that spills out onto the sidewalk and fills up with locals out for no-nonsense good food that’s carefully prepared and comforting. La Boheme’s chalkboard menu changes daily, but always features six starters and 14 mains, based on what’s good and fresh and available, so there may be chicken curry and rice today, but beef tagine tomorrow, or rabbit (farmed in Stellenbosch, and brought in fresh); handmade pastas are always on offer, as is their signature balsamic beef fillet with risotto and mushroom sauce. The vibey outside section is prime people-watching territory, and the crowd that flocks here is a sexy cross-section of cosmopolitan Capetonians, with only a minor sprinkling of foreigners sent here by savvy hosts.