Chef Pon’s Asian Kitchen is a Gardens institution that has served its eclectic pan-Asian menu for over a decade. Kick off your culinary experience with mouthwatering tapas including Indonesian chicken and beef satay, prawn tempura or dim sum. Alternatively, try one of the fragrant soups like Tom Yung Khung that comes with a spicy kick. Mains include a range of mild to hot Thai curries, aromatic duck and delicious seafood dishes. If you’re brave enough, try the Thai Beef Jungle Curry or Angry Duck and wash it down with a Singha beer. The stylish interior features Chinese wall panels and dark wooden furniture accentuated by Asian artworks and candle-lit tables — an ideal setting for dinner dates.
12 Mill St, Gardens, Cape Town, +27 21 465 5846
A Kloof Street institution, Da Vinci’s is well-known for its range of juicy burgers and thin-based pizzas cooked in a wood fire. The menu also boasts grills, pasta, salads and a kids’ menu. Favorites include the burger-in-a-bowl (a bunless burger served with a salad), prime-age sirloin steak and delicious spare ribs. A popular hangout for families with children, the ambiance is comfy and casual featuring blank newsprint covered tables with crayons to bring out your creative side. And if that’s not enough, there’s Happy Hour every weekday when all drinks are half-price from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.
70 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, +27 21 424 7504