The delicious sandwich originated in the Cape Flats around four decades ago, and was a cheap and filling meal for families, factory workers and laborers. Over the years, many locals have laid claim to the super sandwich, but without solid proof these stories are mere hearsay. The name of the meal, however, is believed to be inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel, The Great Gatsby, due to its association with ‘excess’. What we do know is that the gatsby is a cultural symbol of Cape Town, and is best enjoyed with friends and family.
If you’re feeling ravenous and find yourself in the suburb of Wynberg, there is only one place to go: Cosy Corner. As the name suggests, Cosy Corner is situated on the corner of two roads in Wynberg, around a 20-minute drive from Cape Town. This bustling, family-owned restaurant is regarded as a local institution, having served the community since 1973. Food wise, Cosy Corner has quite a vast menu so there is something for all tastes and budgets. They are especially famous for their grills, curries, salomies and gatsbys, regularly attracting patrons from around the Cape Peninsula. There are 11 gatsby options to choose from, prepared in half or full portions and served with chips. We recommend that you try their famous Full House masala or chargrilled rump steak gatsby.
Farm Stall Takeaway’s delicious gatsbys are served with a range of fillings, including masala steak and egg, Russian sausage and egg, fish, and chicken mayo. Like its counterparts, Farmstall gatsbys come with chips and salad.
Bona Fast Food serves the best gatsbys in south-eastern Cape Town. The takeaway shop is situated in Grassy Park, one of the rougher neighborhoods of Cape Town, so it is advisable to visit this area with a local if you’re from out of town. You won’t regret visiting, however, as they serve one of the tastiest steak gatsbys in town.
Super Fisheries is owned by Rashaad Pandy, who is widely believed to be the inventor of the Cape Town gatsby. The busy takeaway store serves the freshest fish and chips and gatsbys with the usual delicious fillings. Pandy says his most popular gatsby remains the original polony gatsby, costing only R32 ($2.30).
Established in 1976, Aneesa’s have grown from a little family-owned corner store into a well-known fast food business with four branches in the southern suburbs and greater Cape Town area. Although known as the ‘home of the vienna and chips parcel’, Aneesa’s serve 11 gatsby varieties. Stand-outs include the mutton gatsby cooked in oriental-style curry and the grilled chicken gatsby in a delicious barbecue sauce.