Cape Town Restaurant: Beleza Obrigado

Situated on a busy corner in the Tamboerskloof area of Cape Town as you head up the hill towards the Cable Car Station, this is a strange but popular restaurant.

The decor is distinctly “homemade” where someone was happy to tempt fate and get 7 years of bad luck repeatedly by smashing mirrors to create many mosaics of broken glass. The decor and tables are quite retro, and could be and would be more trendy if it did not look quite as homemade as it does – as whoever had the idea did have a good one.

The restaurant is popular with the backpacker set in the area, as there are a number of backpacker hostels around and nearby. They advertise breakfast, lunch and dinner starting at low prices and have a large balcony which means people can puff away on cigarettes over a drink or a meal.

The food was pretty good, and I enjoyed it a lot.

The menu is very standard South Africa fare which means that they have things like Greek salads, calamari, peri peri chicken livers and pasta and meatballs. The portions are generous and all very tasty. Like many places I have eaten in here, the service was quite erratic and slow. But fine enough. It was a good safe and steady menu which was tasty and good value.

Not a place to rush back to or rave about madly, but a good stop when hungry. I suspect in the evening it is quite buzzy as probably more of a bar than a restaurant and a good place to hang out.

Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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