Only in Cape Town can such an oxymoron exist. This far-flung city at a distant tip of the African continent is home to some of the world’s finest chefs, and yet it (and they) are famously laid back. The result of the mixing of these five-star culinary talents and their easygoing demeanors is a range of top-notch restaurants in unlikely places. Case in point: chef Franck Dangereux (formerly of La Colombe, a celebrated Cape Town institution) setting up shop in a lovely old barn in the village of Noordhoek. You’ll get all the flavors, without the fuss. Elaborate, heart comfort food is artistically presented, but a glance around the revamped space's rustic-chic décor, filled with quirky, colorful knickknacks, will remind you that you are, in fact, feasting in a barn.
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A Feast for after the Beach
A five-minute drive from a beach that will leave you slack-jawed, the laid-back Foodbarn Restaurant serves an exceptional wine pairing tasting menu that will run about 20 dollars a person. Look out for the spicy lemongrass mussel fritters.