Chef Vengatass's favourite eat-outs

Cape Town has so many restaurants to choose from and it’s always good to know where to get affordable but tasty food. With a palette for a taste and affordability, we asked Mount Nelson’s, chef Dion Vengatass to give us his top restaurants that serve his favourite meals at a good price.


To get the day started, Vengatass says Dear Me, in Long Market Street, is the breakfast place to be, ranging from R17 to R72 a dish. “They cater for all dietary requirements and I have to say the Eggs Benidict is a must-try,” says Vengatass.


If you desire something spicy, then there is the Eastern Bazaar, also situated in Long Market Street. Vengatass is a fan of their affordable Indian dishes that are also prepared while you wait. He says you get huge portions, value for money and most of all super tasty meals.


If you have a taste for burgers, Vengatass says the Flying Boar, a pop-up restaurant in Long Street, is a good choice. You get really interesting gourmet burgers with bursts of flavours and a great selection of beers to go with it.

“It’s not your usual fast food prices but it’s for sure worth the coin, considering what you get on your plate,” says Vengatass.


Looking for good pasta then Vengatass said you should get the Italian experience at The Cousins.  This pasta restaurant opened a few years ago in Barrack Street, Cape Town. Our chef says they have simple home-made pastas cooked to perfection. “It’s so good I swear they have an Italian grandmother stored in their cupboard. I have to recommend the Strappatelli with Gorgonzola and grated pecan nuts,” says Vengatass.


Our resident chef says that if you feel for Portuguese then The Villa Tavern Portuguese restaurant in Buitenkant Street, Vredehoek is the place to go.

“’You get really cheap prices for awesome authentic Portuguese. Their chicken livers are the best I have ever had. If you feel you can pallet spicy food then, go for extra hot. It’s sure to put those taste buds to the test. The beef Espetada and Prego steak are equally good,” says Vengatass.

For Dear Me contact or call 021 422 4920.

You can contact Eastern Bazaar on or call 021 461 2458.

The Flying Boar can be contacted on or 079 526 7839.

To contact The Cousins call Andrea on 072 1224 or Simone on 073 325 7633.

You can call the Villa on 021 465 4100 or