Sometimes instead of date nights, we enjoy having day dates. These usually involve long walks through town, jumping from spot to spot for drinks and light snacks. We have a few go-to spots for delicious snacking at great prices. Here are three of our current favourites.
I bet most people know Beerhouse for, well, it’s beer. They also happen to have some pretty tasty food, though. One menu item that we have recently discovered is the Flammkuchen. If you are anything like us, your first reaction to that is probably…what the heck is that?! Flammkuchen (also known as tarte flambée and a number of other translations) is a dish originating from Alsace in France and Northern Germany. Depending on the region is comes from, recipes vary, though in general, it is made by adding crème fraîche, onions, and some sort of meat to thinly rolled bread dough and cooked over fire.
At Beerhouse, this traditional dish is fused with South African flavours to create an entirely original, and outrageously tasty, treat. So far we have tried two of the options off the menus (seen on the right): the biltong and the BBQ pulled pork. Both were delicious and a great snack to share over a craft beer. The sweet onion marmalade on both provides a great balance to the savory meat flavors. The chesse variety and crème fraîche perfectly round out the dish. So far our favourite is the biltong, but we think we need to taste the others before decalring a definitive winner!
Beerhouse is located at 223 Long Street in Cape Town
Rafikis Burrito & Chili Popper + TequilaRafikis on Kloof Nek Road has become one of our go-to spots for watching rugby on Saturday afternoons. They have a great option of foods to snack on, craft beers on tap, SAB beers by the quart, and an overall great vibe. Two enu options have become fast staples for us: “MexiCan” Burrito and the Chili Popper + Tequilia starter. The first is a basic snack burrito filled with rice, beans, cheese, salsa, sour cream, fresh avo, fresh coriander, and chili, wrapped in a flour tortilla. It is a filling snack and at R25 each won’t break the bank. You can also upgrade to a large burrito with the same fillings for R52.50. Meat lovers can add mince, beef, shredded pork, or chicken, for an additional R12.50 (small) or R18.50 (large). While it isn’t a groundbreaking dish, it is cheap and filling! We have also started combining this is the R30 chili popper and tequila special. That’s right, for R30 you can get a shot of tequila and a (rather large) chili popper to chase it down with! Let’s just say that we like this deal almost as much as we like seeing the Stormers beat the Sharks.
Rafikis is located at 13 Kloof Nek Road.
Mixa’s Mezze Platter
Another place we have enjoyed popping into lately is Mixa’s Schwarma on Kloof Street. While this isn’t the trendiest of places to grab a bite in Cape Town, it has a few great dishes for outstanding prices. The drinks won’t set you back too much either. A great item to share for a mid-morning snack is the mezze platter. The platter comes in small (R27.90), medium (R49.90), and large (R89.90). Each platter contains tzatziki, tahini, hummus, peppadews, falafel, crumbed mushrooms, and pita bread. This healthy snack is great with a Hunter’s dry on a sunny day or as a quick snack before going out on Long Street.
Mixa’s Schwarma is located beside the Checkers at Shop 11a in Palmhoff Centre on Kloof Street.