Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe & Bar brings a bit more heat to the Camps Bay strip

by Karisa

As far as sea views go, you really can’t beat the Camps Bay strip.  Add to that beautiful people everywhere you look and a sexy sunset setting and you’ve got yourself a great day into night location.

I’ve been dying to try out new kid on the strip, Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe & Bar, so when I was invited to come and enjoy some leisurely drinks paired with a bite to eat, I jumped at the opportunity.

We arrived at 18:45, just in time to enjoy the last bit of sunshine and the place was already quite full.  I would highly advise calling ahead of time to book a table or (even better) lounger.

Decor wise Chinchilla does not disappoint.  Think chic beach bar meets secret island location.  It’s fresh, colourful and very inviting.  Let me show you around:

I decided to kick things off with a margarita (R65), because well, what’s a Camps Bay sunset without cocktails, right?  Their cocktail menu is quite extensive, I counted 23 different cocktails in total.  Some are on the pricey side, like their watermelon mint G&T (R150) with Tanqueray No. TEN gin, fresh watermelon, ginger & tonic, while others like the Mango Daiquiri (R65) are a bit more pocket-friendly.

For those who prefer their wine, they also have a pretty good wine selection, with lots of wine by the glass options.

Nowhere I’d rather be… Cheers!

To me Chinchilla is, above anything else, a great spot if you want to enjoy drinks in a beautiful setting, but if you do happen to be hungry, they have a short & sweet cafe menu which is split into light bites, sandwiches, sides, mains & dessert.

For starters we tried their beef carpaccio (R105) and (because we were feelin’ the 70s nostalgia) also the prawn cocktail (R130):

Paired with a bottle of Warwick The First Lady Rose (R240)

Both dishes were lovely.  Price-wise a little steep yes, but this is Camps Bay baby and views like these don’t come cheap. 😉 Taste-wise though, very enjoyable.  The carpaccio was beautifully light and the prawn cocktail had all the creaminess we were hoping for.

Transitioning into pretty night lights…

For mains I opted for the steak béarnaise with fries (R220) while my friend Kim went for the salmon en papillote (SQ) with fennel, celery, shallots, garlic, parsley, white wine & tomato:

The steak was beautifully tender & perfectly cooked. The fish at first was a bit underdone, but they happily took it back and cooked it a bit more. Out of the two dishes, the steak was definitely the winner though.

My friend Leigh from Lipgloss Is My Life had the linguine (R140) during her visit and I must say, that looks like a total winner & at a great price too.  See a photo of it over here.  Another item that seemed to be super popular was the beef burger (R120) with mustard, cornichons (aka sour gherkins), red onion, lettuce, tomato, pink sauce & aged cheddar.  We kept seeing these heading to tables around us and it looked super tempting.

Other notable mentions:  The staff seem super friendly & welcoming in general, but our waiter, Blessings, made our visit even more memorable.  It’s also the kind of place where time seems to stand still, so you’ll very likely end up spending an entire lazy afternoon or evening here without even realising.

For general sexiness and a great spot to see & be seen, I’m going to give Chinchilla a score of on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.  And for the food they get a solid .

You’ll find Chinchilla at Shop 120, Second Floor, The Promenade Building, Victoria Road, Camps Bay and to make a reservation you can contact them on: 021 286 5075.

Chinchilla is open 12pm – 10pm daily. 


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