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Price Range: Avg. Price R100
Type: Boutique upmarket restaurant
Crowd: All types out for a good meal
Day Of the Week: Thursday
Address: 110 Kloof Street
From the minds at Madame Zingara, comes Cafe Paradiso!
It is very rare that Cafe Paradiso is not fully booked before 3pm on any day of the week and after having eaten there, you can easily understand why this is the case. The presentation and quality of the food coming out of the Paradiso kitchen is really something to be admired. Sure, the meals average out at around R100 per plate which is potentially a little more than what you would expect to pay for some of the dishes but if you are on the hunt for a good quality, feel good, fairly healthy meal, then I will happily pay this amount.
Food aside, the restaurant atmosphere and set-up is also pretty awesome. Split in to 2 fairly different areas (inside and outside), these both offer quite a different experience.
The outside area reminds me a lot of an Italian piazza. Although in the heart of the city, with fires burning between the tables and the old bicycles parked in and around the pot plants, you could easily be mistaken for being in the countryside – often a nice detachment from city living. The outside area I would say is a little more relaxed than the slightly more formal inside seating, but I would only recommend sitting outside in the summer or on a warmer and rain-free winters evening as shelter from the elements is minimal.
Inside, you will find a similar but perhaps slightly more formal dining area with tables nicely spaced out so as not to have you feel like you are sitting on the lap of the people at the table alongside.
Service cannot be faulted and with that in mind, Cafe Paradiso checks all the boxes for me and does so in style. I would go as far as to say that Cafe Paradiso has delivered one of the nicest meals I have had in Cape Town in the last 6 months.
Stamp of approval.