What’s for dinner tonight?
If you don’t feel like cooking dinner tonight and the credit crunch making it difficult to afford that luxury dinner then I have a few solutions for you to dine out for R50.00 or less per person. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?
Brad’s Grill in Harfield Village Claremont (Southern Suburbs, Cape Town), has an In by 6 Out by 8 special that runs 7 days a week and the whole night on Sunday. The deal is you need to be in the restaurant by 18h00 (last orders taken at 18h45) and be out by 20h00. This is great for a midweek dinner when you have forgotten to defrost the chicken! The menu is always the same, which is great because you know what you are in for. For R35.00 you have a choice between a 180g sirloin steak, chicken schnitzel, deep fried calamari, hot and spicy chicken wings or vegetarian spring rolls. This is served with either a baked potato, chips or rice and 2 vegetables (butternut and spinach) …
I find the calamari is always succulent and tasty and the steak is done to perfection. If you are feeling a bit peckish then you can always have the Combo, which is any 2 items on the special menu for only R65.00 (so the steak and calamari make the perfect surf and turf). A recent addition to this special is the lamb shank for R60.00 served with mashed potatoes and 2 vegetables, it is absolutely delicious, slow roasted in a red wine sauce and don’t forget to ask for the bone in a doggy bag if you have a dog at home, it will definitely go down a treat!
Another early dinner special can be found at Barristers Grill & Cafe on Main in Newlands (Southern Suburbs, Cape Town). This is also great as a lunch special as it starts from 12 noon and you need to have eaten by 19h00. I met a friend for after work drinks and since we both live on our own this was a great opportunity to let someone else deal with the dirty dishes. The special costs only R39.95 and there are a wide range of choices on the menu, each main is served with the vegetables of the day (it was butternut and creamed spinach when we were there).
You have a choice between chicken schnitzel, steak, fish served with lemon or garlic butter, vegetarian pasta (a spinach cannelloni was the option for the day), pie of the day, bangers and mash, the curry of the day (mutton) or crumbed calamari. Barristers is renowned for their steak so you won’t be disappointed. We both decided to have the fish, which was an absolutely enormous portion and fantastic value for money. It was crumbed with a lovely batter that when cracked revealed a perfectly cooked piece of hake, it was accompanied by a tartar sauce and not the lemon or garlic butter as on the menu, however it was delicious none the less. This was a great meal and I will definitely be heading back there soon.
Heading into the Cape Town city centre the Cape Quarter in De Waterkant has a number of fabulous restaurants and most of them offering specials. Fiesta, a tapas, cafe and bar offers 2 tapas for R39.95 and 3 tapas for only R49.95, this is a great way to spend an evening with good friends who you can share food with. I especially enjoyed their artichokes marinated with garlic and rosemary. You can be sure to find something to cater for anyone’s palate.
Last night I once again found myself at the Cape Quarter, this time at Andiamo for their fantastic special 2 pizzas or 2 pastas plus 2 glasses of wine for only R100.00. This is definitely something you shouldn’t miss out on, the special has been extended and it’s not surprising as the restaurant was packed and buzzing with a great vibe. We had a large table of friends (try to make sure you go with even numbers so that no one misses out on the special) and all ordered the special. It was also a happy discovery to find that you are not limited to have 2 pastas or 2 pizzas you can mix and match (i.e. 1 pasta and 1 pizza), which is exactly what many of us at the table did, sharing is caring after all.
You are able to chose from their main menu and not the one that is entitled specials, which can cause a bit of confusion however there are plenty of options. My choice was the Al Samone pasta (fresh baby leeks, smoked salmon, cream & a touch of napoletana sauce) which was absolutely delicious and the portion size is just right. I also had a taste of the Salmone E Rucola a pizza with smoked salmon and rocket, served with cream cheese which is absolutely fantastic, their pizzas are not overloaded with cheese so you are able to taste the delicate flavour of the smoked salmon with the peppery flavour of rocket. This special is great option with a large group of friends as there is not much to quibble over when the bill comes, everyone owes their R50.00 plus tip and any additional beverages they had.
A big thank you to these restaurants for giving us such great specials that are good value for money and tasty. Everyone deserves a night off from the kitchen so why give yourself a break or surprise your loved one and visit one of these restaurants?
Brad’s Grill, 69 Second Avenue, Harfield Village, Claremont
Telephone: +27 (0)21 671-2527
Barristers Grill & Cafe on Main, Cardiff Castle, Corner of Kildare Rd and Main Street, Newlands
Telephone: +27 (0)21 671-7907
Fiesta, Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street, Green Point
Telephone: +27 (0)21 418-5121
Andiamo, Cape Quarter, 72 Waterkant Street, Green Point
Telephone: +27 (0)21 421-3687 / 8
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