Did you know?
The history of the V&A Waterfront can be traced back to 1654, when Jan van Riebeeck built a jetty as a refreshment station for the Dutch East India Company.
One of Cape Town’s biggest attractions is its breathtaking natural scenery – rugged mountains, flawless beaches and the never-ending blue waters of the ocean. At Signal Restaurant at the Cape Grace hotel you have a front-row seat to this beauty, all the while enjoying a fine-dining vegetarian experience.
Overlooking the sleek marina of the cosmopolitan V&A Waterfront, vegetarian food lovers (and Jain vegetarians, with advanced notice) can enjoy an exciting gastronomic experience with Signal Restaurant's vegetarian tasting menu, without the pressure of having to tailor their dishes with substitutes.
The five-course vegetarian tasting menu (there is also a meat version) features fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers. It is available with or without wine pairing for dinner only.
Highlights might include saffron-scented tomato broth with chickpea fritters and roasted garlic foam, and Cape Malay bobotie with spiced lentils and a savoury bread and butter pudding. There is a distinctive South African touch to the occasion
The vegetarian menu has become a popular attraction. Executive chef at Signal Restaurant Malika van Reenen is known for her creative Cape cuisine and specifically created the menu to accommodate the increasing number of guests with particular dietary requirements.
This is in line with international culinary trends in creating health-conscious menus that suit every palate. It’s perhaps no surprise, then, that with such an abundance of fresh, seasonal produce available in the Cape, vegetarian cuisine features strongly on Cape Town’s gourmet scene these days.
Health-conscious foodies will not be disappointed with the restaurant’s enticing vegetarian tasting menu which, together with the venue’s pared-down décor, makes for a fine-dining experience with a difference.
The Cape Grace is an award-winning establishment, offering superb facilities, and is regularly voted as one of the top hotels in South Africa by international publications.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Signal Restaurant, Cape Grace hotel
Tel: +27 (0)21 410 7080
How to get here
The Cape Grace Hotel is located within the V&A Waterfront complex, which is easily accessed off all the main roads around Cape Town’s harbour.
Best time to visit
The vegetarian menu is only available for dinner service, which is served from 18h30 to 22h00 daily. The restaurant’s general operating hours are 06h30 to 22h00.
Around the area
If you're a keen foodie and enjoy knowing a bit more about the local food scene, a trip to the Neighbourgoods Market in the Old Biscuit Mill (Woodstock) on a Saturday is a great morning outing.
Tours to do
Take a tour of Robben Island, if you haven't done it before. Same goes for the cable car trip to the top of Table Mountain.
You can either organise a transfer or taxi from your hotel to the Cape Grace, walk if you’re staying at any of the other V&A Waterfront hotels, or drive to the waterfront complex if you have a hired car.
What will it cost
The tasting menu costs R425 if it features meat and R375 if it's strictly vegetarian (excluding wine).
Where to stay
There’s an abundance of hotels at the V&A Waterfront. Try the award-winning Cape Grace hotel itself for an ultra-luxurious stay; or the One&Only Cape Town, the Table Bay Hotel or the Commodore Hotel.
There’s plenty to do at the V&A Waterfront. Shop at any of the 450 retail stores, browse through the various craft and curio markets, visit the famous Two Oceans Aquarium, or catch the ferry for a tour of historic Robben Island.