Eye-catching new look for Cape Town’s iconic Grand Africa Café & Beach


South Africa, Cape Town; WITH the mercury climbing and the days getting longer, Cape Town’s famous Grand Africa Café & Beach has unveiled a fresh new look for the summer.

Since opening its doors on 12 December 2009, this much-loved Cape Town destination restaurant and nightspot has fast become the place in the city to dine, drink and be seen. In July 2016, the expanding Harbour House Group purchased a 70 percent stake in Grand Africa Café & Beach, closed the doors for winter and set about rejuvenating one of Cape Town’s best-loved venues.

Three months and a multimillion budget later the revamp has finally been unveiled and the results are, quite simply, remarkable. The renovation and renewal hits home immediately thanks to a new beach-chic wooden walkway transforming the moment of arrival. With the Atlantic winking seductively out in front, the inviting new entrance laid out beneath swaying palm trees drives home the one-of-a-kind seafront location of Grand Africa Café & Beach.

“We wanted guests to see the water, to feel the ocean, from the moment they arrive,” explains David Townsend, architect behind the new-look Grand Beach, and Design Room Manager for the Harbour House Group.


The Harbour House Group’s internal design team have done an extraordinary job in reimagining the potential of this unique beachfront space, retaining the globe-trotting romanticism and relaxed glamour of the much-loved original, while infusing the new-look venue with a freshness befitting its seaside locale.

“We’ve done a major revamp of the indoor space in particular,” adds David, the architect.

o brighten the vintage warehouse, ceilings and floors have been repainted, while the expansive bar counter was demolished and rebuilt to add a dose of glamour and comfort. The restrooms have been refurbished, while larger windows installed in the industrial-chic sliding doors have improved the sea views and natural light for diners seated indoors.

Installation of the new Absolut Elyx bar adds a sophisticated new element to the space, with this more intimate bar ideal for a pre-dinner aperitif. Alongside, a raised indoor deck has proven to be a runaway success with diners clamouring for the handful of tables set above the action, yet boasting stellar sea views.

But when the weather’s fine it is, of course, the terrace and outdoor tables that form the vibrant heart of Grand Africa Café & Beach. From the spacious terrace, the revamp here is evident in the host of new décor touches. Furniture has been restored, chairs replaced, stemware improved and additional umbrellas installed. Happily, the voluptuous vases of blood-red roses remain, retaining the sense of retro-glamour the venue has long been famous for. By early-2017 the entire terrace will be enclosed with stacking glass doors, allowing diners to enjoy outdoor dining and memorable sea views year-round, whatever the weather.


A few steps from the terrace the original container bars have been given a new lease on life, and today guests can pull up a stool to watch the mixologists working their magic at the stylish Pongracz sparkling wine and cocktail bar.

Acclaimed mixologist Kurt Schlechter has been brought on board to update the expansive cocktail menu, crafting new signature cocktails and tweaking the classics.

“It’s about getting back to the basics of making drinks properly,” says Schlechter, who says juice are all squeezed fresh at the bar, all-natural cocktail syrups come from local producer Nettari, and enormous care has been taken in delicate garnishing of each and every cocktail. “We’re always aiming to bring in fresh flavours to classic cocktails, to make them unique to Grand Beach”.

A perfect example is Grand Beach’s new signature cocktail. Tapping into the global ‘tiki’ trend, the rum-based Grand African Tiki blends Havana Especial & 7, Malibu, mango, mint, thyme and coconut for a memorable cocktail served in a bespoke tiki mug.

Alongside the cocktails the wine list taps into a selection of leading Cape estates, and a partnership with G.H. Mumm Champagne will make Grand Africa Café & Beach one of the few local restaurants to serve French bubbly by the glass.


Both craft and global beer brands are offered too; best-enjoyed just metres from the sea in the dedicated beachfront beer bar. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s Cuban beach shack, it’s a more masculine space where bleached wood and black-and-white photographs bring a classic touch to the thoroughly modern space. A few steps from the beer taps a private waterside table, shaded by canvas sails, offers perhaps the best seats in the house; a hideaway perfect for bespoke private parties.

The reimagined Grand Beach has no shortage of spaces for unforgettable celebrations. A new section on the beach boasts luxurious daybeds, private bars and a dedicated DJ booth to create a comfortably exclusive area discreetly set apart from the main restaurant. On the rare occasion, it’s not booked out for private events, guests are encouraged to indulge in this glamorous corner of Grand Beach.
While the new spaces add diversity to the revamped Grand Beach, the restaurant area still retains all the feet-in-the-sand charm and casual-chic appeal it’s always enjoyed.

With the new look comes a new menu, and Head Chef Dominic Faict has drawn on his experience in South Africa and abroad to craft a wide-ranging menu combining signature Grand dishes with new Mediterranean-inspired plates.

“We’re definitely going to step up the standard of cooking,” says Faict, who has the daunting task of cooking for up to 1000 guests each night. “With the wonderful beach setting we’re trying to lighten the menu and bring in more fresh flavours and seafood.”

That could mean a generous pot of West Coast mussels steamed in a fragrant coconut broth, or a Cajun-spiced linefish tagliata. Generous cuts of steaks off the grill will keep the hungry happy, while the compact sushi menu is the perfect fit for the sunny seaside setting. Loyal locals will be happy to hear that the signature wood-fired pizzas remain.


On the white sands the rows of stylish tables are now shaded by stylish G.H Mumm champagne parasols and if you’re outdoors, don’t forget to look up: 11 graceful palm trees have been planted, at considerable expense, providing a dose of island style and a welcome rustle of shade as the summer days heat up.

“We’ve really taken each space and thought carefully about how to use the whole venue to create different moods; from the restaurant, to the bar to the beach to the daybeds,” says Grant Dutton, CEO of Harbour House. “But throughout the renovation we felt it was important to keep some of the iconic Grand Beach elements, and we wanted to retain the sense that once you step through the doors you’re in a different world”.
Suzette Lerm, proprietor of Grand Beach says, “This marks an exciting new phase in our development as an ‘African-centric’ lifestyle brand. I am confident we have found our ideal investor (in Harbour House Group) who understands the brand”.

“Our strategy at Harbour House Group has been to explore and capitalise on opportunities that excite us in South Africa and to continue to innovate in terms of our casual dining offering. Our more recent acquisitions speak to our passionate pursuit of this goal. Grand Beach complements our curated stable of high-profile brands,” says Grant Dutton, CEO of Harbour House Group.

“The challenge for the design team was to make the spaces stand alone, but also to be able to bring them together into a cohesive destination for big events,” adds Radley Dijkers, Brand General Manager of Grand Africa Café & Beach, who says that the venue is already sought-after for chic events from birthday celebrations to glamorous seafront weddings.

It’s a space where guests may arrive for lunch, then relax into afternoon drinks. They may segue into sundowners with a signature cocktail, before staying for dinner and celebrating late into the night as DJs warm up the decks. Although the doors have only just opened, locals and tourists are already clamouring for a glimpse of the revamped Grand Africa Café & Beach.

Grand Africa Café & Beach is located at Granger Bay Road, Granger Bay.

For reservations please call +27 21 425 0551, e-mail Beach@GrandAfrica.com or book via Grand Africa Facebook page.

For press assistance contact Lisa Carey, Group Marketing & PR Manager, Harbour House Group on lisa@harbourhousegroup.co.za

Charango Peruvian Bar and Grill


Charango is a concept born of a love of travel, a love of food and a love of incomparable experiences. It’s the new kid on the Bree Street block, set to become a definitive foodie destination in South Africa with a menu dedicated to Peruvian-Japanese fusion, or Nikkei cuisine.

Overseen by talented Head Chef Kieran Whyte, Charango serves an innovative menu focussing on textures and depth of flavour, incorporating native vegetables, fruit and fish with the aim of encouraging diners to discover interesting new taste combinations. The menu is designed for sharing with most dishes served as finger food, in small piqueos dishes, best described as Peruvian tapas. These dishes sit alongside a curated wine selection and an extensive cocktail list based on pisco infusions.

Nikkei cuisine has become the latest gastronomic sensation to hit culinary capitals – half a dozen new restaurants dedicated to the cuisine have opened since 2012 in London alone. Following in the footsteps of top international Peruvian-Japanese restaurants such as Chotto-Matte; Lima Floral; Rayminyc and most recently Uni, Charango opens the world of Nikkei cuisine to locals.

Peru’s culinary traditions speak to the cultural influences which have swept over the South American country, such as the Japanese, who began migrating to Peru in the 1800s. Japanese Peruvians now comprise the second largest ethnic Japanese population in Latin America (after Brazil). The roots of Nikkei lie in the importance both traditions give to fresh fish, as Japanese sushi mixes perfectly with ceviche, which lies at the heart of most Peruvian menus.

Japanese dishes have been combined with the flavours and cooking techniques of the indigenous Peruvians to remarkable effect, bringing together the best of the delicate, refined Japanese cuisine with Peruvian freshness and spice. Think fresh fish combined with corn, ají peppers, yuca, potatoes and, in Charango’s case, a host of creative flourishes — delicious Charango ‘New Style’ Ceviche; Seared Tuna Tataki and Toasted Quinoa Creme.

Charango celebrates this delicious mix of cultures and offers diners a dynamic fusion of street and contemporary style-food: from ceviche to hot, seared kebab-style meat cooked over coals.  And it’s not just the food that’s innovative. The cutting- edge interior features clean, earthy lines offset against colourful contemporary South African mural art by Faith47.

Located in the heart of buzzing Bree Street, Charango is unpretentious, sophisticated and modern with a Peruvian sense of fun.


  • CEVICHE – Made of various types of seafood, ceviche is the perfect way to start your meal. Seafood cubes and marinated in fresh citrus juice and topped with an aji chile lime juice.
  • CHARANGO – Traditionally made from the shell of an armadillo, the small but powerful Charango is a stringed instrument from South America. Best enjoyed with a glass of pisco sours and surrounded by your loved ones, let it transport you all the way to the Andes.
  • LECHE DE TIGRE – Leche de Tigre is the Peruvian term for the citrus based marinade that cures the seafood in a Ceviche. In Peru the invigorating potion is believed to be both a hangover cure as well as a aphrodisiac.
  • MUCHOS GUSTOS –  The only Peruvian slang you need to know here is Muchos Gustos. It literally means many tastes and represents our philosophy when it comes to what we offer. From ceviche to tiradito, enjoy not one, two or even three, but order one of each and share.
  • PERUVIAN FOOD – Due to its multicultural past, Peruvian food has the most delicious and eclectic blend of different types of tastes, from Spanish to Japanese. With so many influences, it is no surprise that Peruvians prefer muchos gustos in their cuisine.
  • PISCO – Originally created in 1641 to dodge the king of Spain’s tax on wine, Peruvians call Pisco their native spirit. Meaning bird in the indigenous Quechua language, its the perfect companion when indulging in Peruvian food, at any time of day, even breakfast.
  • TIRADITO – To keep you dancing, follow with a dish of Tiradito. A fresh catch of fish that is topped with various spices that is similar to sashimi but with a Peruvian twist.

(021) 422 0757
114, Bree Street, Cape Town

Opening Times: Lunch 12:00 – 15:00
Bar Menu 12:00 – 22:00
Dinner 18:00 – 21:30
Bar 12:00 till late

Harbour House and La Parada breathe new life into a Constantia landmark


Cape Town’s oldest restaurant has undergone an extreme make-over by the Harbour House Group and after months of renovation and eager-anticipation Harbour House and La Parada Constantia Nek have officially opened their doors at this iconic Cape Town site.

Jointly occupying this historic family-owned restaurant space, guests can choose to dine in the sophisticated Harbour House restaurant or relax and enjoy La Parada’s delicious new tapas offering by Chef Martin Senekal. The restaurant enjoy a spacious shared front courtyard, exceptional views over the rolling Constantiaberg mountains, ample parking and Instagram-worthy décor as unique as their menus.

Harbour House at Constantia Nek

To the delight of Cape Town foodies, Harbour House Constantia Nek has given this much-loved destination a new lease of gourmet life – expect a sophisticated, light space with seating for 80-100 people. The commanding views of the rolling Constantiaberg mountain range from the wall-to-ceiling windows are impressive, with doors opening onto the fragrant herb garden which supplies the bustling kitchen.

The décor is simple and understated – keeping the original form and structure of this Heritage building was a key consideration for the design team. White interiors with rustic stone walls, floors and herringbone brick work simply to amplify the original space.

As a sister restaurant to the original Harbour House in Kalk Bay and V&A Waterfront, the restaurant sticks to its winning formula of fresh seafood served with a gourmet spin. Share a sushi, shellfish or seafood platter with calamari, mussels, prawns, crayfish and line fish, or opt for the ever-popular Mozambican-style peri-peri tiger prawns.

Constantia is the oldest wine producing region in Africa and houses many award-winning wine farms – many of which feature on the curated Harbour House wine list. Plans for wine tastings and relaxed weekend bubbly brunches are also underway.

With most Capetonians associating Constantia Nek with happy memories of 21st birthdays, weddings and parties spanning decades, it was important that the spaces remain open for those wishing to celebrate important milestones or dine with extended groups of friends and family. As a result, the new site is perfect for small weddings, corporate functions or international tour groups looking for casual fine dining.

La Parada at Constantia Nek

The original La Parada Tapas Bar is located on Bree Street – Cape Town’s hottest food strip – and was created in tribute to the Spanish bars that bewitched Hemmingway. La Parada now offers the most authentic tapas in town, with a menu that has been updated and perfected for both Bree Street and Constantia Nek by talented new chef Martin Senekel.

The La Parada Constantia Nek interior is impressive, boasting ornate pressed ceilings, an eclectic mix of chairs and lampshades and a golden bull’s head for good measure.

The restaurant specialises in authentic tapas, a favourite amongst Capetonian foodies, incorporating natural Spanish flair. With many patrons popping in for afternoon drinks and a light bite, rather than a sit down dinner – which is after all the origin of tapas – the drinks list encourages as much experimentation as the menu.

The gypsy-chic décor and vibrant atmosphere make this a fine spot for a quick lunch, after work relaxing, casual get together with friends, late-night carousing or a work get-together. And Constantia Nek, with the views and ambience, is the ideal meeting place for Sunday breakfasts and long lunches.

Opening times:

La Parada – breakfast served daily from 9-11am
Harbour House & La Parada: Lunch and dinner: Monday –  Sunday, 12pm – 10pm

Where to find it:

Constantia Nek Restaurant, Hout Bay Road, Constantia, Cape Town

Contact information:

Harbour House
021 795 0688
Book online: https://www.resdiary.com/Restaurant/HarbourHouseConstantia


La Parada
021 795 0620



La Parada Constantia Nek

La Parada Constantia Nek interiors

Constantia Nek Harbour House restaurant

Harbour House Constantia Nek

Harbour House launches new sushi menu at Waterfront

Harbour House Restaurant has launched a new Americanised style sushi at the V&A Waterfront, but will make it available at all stores in the future.  They saw the need to update the menu and incorporate a new style, which is popular all over the world.

While authentic Japanese sushi is a delicate balance of flavours and tastes, Americanised sushi is quite the opposite, bringing bold flavours, strong colours and bigger portions – to cater to the demand from Westernized palates.

Harbour House Restaurant has kept the classics – California rolls, maki and nigiri – but incorporated new subtle flavours like cream cheese, and techniques such as
tempura crunch rolls, deep-fried futo maki (slightly larger roll with tempura outside) with  new-style sashimi.

“We are excited about our new sushi offering and believe it will be well received by our patrons,” says Brand GM, Karen Skinner.  Harbour House in Kalk Bay and Constantia Nek will offer the same sushi choices.

A renovated sushi deck at the popular V&A Waterfront eatery has opened in time for the summer season, affording awesome views over the working harbour. It’s the perfect venue for special occasions, corporate functions or casual get-togethers and sundowners with friends. Order from the sushi, small plates (which is also new to the restaurant)  and cocktail menu.