After a gentle stroll along the world famous Camps Bay promenade, where you can find pristine beaches, epic views of the Twelve Apostles, sand art, street artists and quirky thrones, we found ourselves at The 41…

Named after its street number, The 41 restaurant has a panoramic view of Camps Bay beach from Victoria Road, overlooking sports cars and palm trees onto some pretty spectacular sunsets. While our visit was accompanied by overcast weather and much needed rain, the moody seascape was still welcome and a good excuse for a fire.

We were greeted and escorted to our fireside table towards the back of the restaurant, giving us a full view of the ocean rolling in.

The first thing one tends to notice is the large waterfall feature behind the bar, which has quite a mesmerising effect.

 

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The tables are chic, the restaurant interior is mostly black in colour with some artful lanterns and an inviting fireplace to heat up the space. There are a few couches on the side of the restaurant that allow patrons to sit and have a drink, or alternatively enjoy something from their menu, which includes salads, mains, seafood, burgers, pizzas and desserts.

Pina coladas and a beach sunset!

We began with some pina coladas – a regular for hubby and a virgin for myself – because in Camps Bay one simply must have something beachy even in winter! Being there in time to watch the sunset, we weren’t in any rush, and what better way to enjoy the evening’s arrival than next to a fireplace with trendy music and creature comforts.

The restaurant features a weekly jazz night on Thursdays, where various jazz trios give patrons another dimension to the chic seaside spot.

Catering to vegans and carnivores alike

Being almost-vegan, with a number of dietary requirements, makes it quite tricky for restaurants to cater for me beyond offering a salad. My husband says I should create a business card with all my dietary requirements, so it’s easier for the waiter to pass onto the chef rather than trying a game of broken telephone. He’s probably right!

After some discussion with the friendly, chatty and accommodating restaurant manager, Emma, we were treated to some edamame beans in their pods and dipping salt. The steamed beans, which need to be harvested from their cocoons taste a bit like scrambled egg.

My husband was persuaded to try the churros off the tapas menu, essentially parmesan-infused potato croquettes, with a spicy dipping sauce (they smelt amazing!). The fun of unsheathing beans turned into him creating his own spin-off dish by blending them with the sauce from the churros.

Delish mains – burgers, pizzas, ostrich steaks, and more

The 41’s signature burger has a cheddar-stuffed patty, sriracha sauce, pickles, lettuce, tomato, onions, bacon and barbecue sauce.

 

 

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In terms of a signature pizza, the restaurant has a margherita with spiced beef, yoghurt, parsley and red onion. For those with a sweet tooth, the menu features a delicious looking range of desserts from chocolate lava cake and vanilla panna cotta to Semifreddo banoffee cheesecake with home-made sorbet ice cream as an optional extra.

The 41’s signature dish is ostrich steak, chakalaka salsa, putu maize pap and natural yoghurt atchar, which my husband ordered, giving a full spectrum of taste from South Africa.

Being a tourist hot spot, the restaurant is visited by a number of foreigners, making the ostrich dish a firm favourite for those wanting to eat something locally-inspired. While ostrich meat has become a staple product at supermarkets, it’s more of a delicacy for those unfamiliar with it.

The presentation was beautiful, serving the sliced ostrich on a slice of maize pap shaped like a piece of cake. The local hybrid sauces were dabbed around the edges of the plate, allowing one to mix things up and discover your favourite taste combination.

Gluten-free and vegan-friendly

Getting a specially-made gluten-free and vegan-friendly dish was a challenge that our hosts were more than up to. After some freshly prepared avo sushi, I was treated to a variation of their ever-popular vegan burger, which was served on a potato rosti and various side dishes including hot veggies and their scrumptious avo and rocket salad.

 

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DJ Rene on the decks at The 41 for a Summer Warm-up Hang up your coats and dust off your dancing shoes as DJ Rene is in Camps Bay this Spring and Summer. “The Frenchman” takes to the decks at The 41 every Friday night in October. More dates to come for season! The summer warm-up sessions will offer a scrumptious Sunset Tapas Platter for R 99 to share which includes Smoked Red Pepper Hummus with flatbread, Potato & Parmesan Churros with Chipotle Mayo and Crispy Squid with Sriracha Aioli. A La Carte dinner is also available during the Summer Warm-up sessions. Kitchen closing at 9.30pm. Guests who booked their tables will also receive a complimentary cocktail drink. Good music, delicious food and great vibes are all on offer this spring at The 41. From 10 o’clock till late, The 41 will remove its dinning tables to make sure you’ve got space enough on the dance floor for your best choreographies! Call us on 021 437 0558 or email at [email protected] for Dinner, Party table bookings (available from 10pm) & Guestlist. #dj #music #party #housemusic #artist #beats #djlife #dance #djs #beatmaker #djrene #africa #underground #instagood #live #vibes #the41 #campsbay #capetown #restaurant #TheGoodLife @djrenethefrenchman

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Passionate owner

Before dessert menus were introduced, we were acquainted with the owner… a Parisian by the name of Gilles. Having lived in Cape Town for three years, Gilles can almost call himself a local. Having travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and Australia, he has fallen in love with our country and city, impressed with how close everything is and the lightness of spirit of the people.

We discussed favourite restaurants and food trends, most specifically farming sustainability and insect diets of the future. The protein of a small cup of insects makes up the nutritional equivalent of a 300g cut of meat, yet costs so much less to produce in terms of resources. At some point, possibly for a New Year’s event, Gilles plans on unveiling a tropical themed menu, which could include some insect dishes.

Mouth-watering deserts

After a delightful and informative conversation, we were treated to a delicious fruit salad with refreshing sorbet and a chocolate lava cake. The lava cake takes a bit longer to prepare, but was more than worth the wait. Served with a scoop of nougat ice-cream, the chocolate sauce pours out of the pudding upon taking a spoonful, mingling with the creamy ice-cream to melt the night away.

Having enjoyed The 41’s unique and chic offering, friendly service and delicious medley of flavourful foods, we’ll be sure to go back for jazz night and to try some of their other signature dishes. The 41 is a great spot for drinks at the seaside and an even better place to enjoy a meal – knowing you’re in for a diverse, elegant and accessible menu.

 

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