The Best Banting Restaurants in Cape Town


Lately, there doesn’t seem to be a day that goes by that I don’t hear the word ‘banting’, or ‘Tim Noakes’. The high fat, low carb diet has become a veritable craze in South Africa. Everyone is doing it or knows someone who is doing it, and they’re all wanting to talk about it.

Guess what? There are now special menus and dishes at restaurants all over, designed specifically for you! Have a look at some of the Best Banting Restaurants in Cape Town:

Den Anker

Den Anker Restaurant - Banting friendly

Den Anker, at the V&A Waterfront, has brought out a Winter Menu with a few Banting Friendly Options – Sesame Tuna and Wagyu Steak Tartar caught our eye! You can find these on the menu by looking for #LCHF (Low Carbohydrate High Fat).

Soet Bistro

Soet Emporium - Banting friendly

Soet Bistro is a coffee shop-cum-bakery-and-boutique on the corner of Oxford Street and Wellington Road in Durbanville. This gorgeous interior design studio has ‘Bantable’ options on their menu – just let the waitress know you’re Banting.

Arugula Bistro & Bread

Arugula - Banting friendly

Arugula Bistro & Bread in Bellville, has a Low Carb / Banting Menu with items like Pan Fried Hake with veggies, banting tartar and fresh lemon, Banting Smoked Chicken Salad with bacon, parmesan, dill banting mayo dressing or a Banting Bacon Fettuccine with baby marrow ribbons, parmesan, mushrooms, chilli, garlic and rocket.


Papinos - Banting friendly

Papino’s, a family-run Italian Restaurant situated in the heart of Hout Bay, is well known for their Pizza and offer a Banting Base for those who are Banting but still enjoy a delicious cheesy Pizza.


Rcaffe - Banting friendly

Rcaffe, in popular Long Street in Cape Town, offers such Banting delights as carb-free, gluten-free seed bread that’s spread with sun-dried tomato pesto and topped with smoked salmon or crispy bacon, moist scrambled eggs, avocado and fresh rocket.

Rick’s Cafe Americain

RicksCafe - Banting friendly

Rick’s Cafe Americain, in trendy Park Road in Gardens, offers Weekly Changing Lunch Banting Specials – think Baked Hake with Cauli Mash, Bunless Beef Burgers and Moroccan Spiced Grilled Calamari with Cauli Rice.

The Gardener’s Cottage

Gardeners Cottage - Banting friendly

The Gardener’s Cottage, based at the Montebello Design Centre in Newlands, allow ‘Banters’ to swap a regular Artisan Bagel with a Banting Bagel. After your Banting treat, visit some of the studios in the centre and you’ll find a wealth of craft shops, ongoing research and workshops and classes to broaden your horizons.

The Revolution Restaurant

The Revolution - banting friendly

The Revolution Restaurant, in the New Link Centre in Paarl, and is dedicated to providing the health-conscious with a diverse range of Banting options, serving low carb, gluten free, sugar free and regular healthy meals. They also have a large selection of Banting muffins, cakes and breads and a well stocked Deli which has many Banting items which you can just pop in the oven on those days when you don’t feel like cooking.

Let us know if there are any Banting Friendly Restaurants in Cape Town that we have left out. We’d love to hear from you!

Go forth and bant!

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4 Responses to The Best Banting Restaurants in Cape Town

  1. Ferosa Lee says:

    Any places in Johannesburg? We need some places too….

    • Jade Ollis says:

      Hi Ferosa!Seems like Cape Town has taken to the banting craze more than JHB! But I did some research and it seems like Gingko Good Food in Parkview The Cheese Gourmet in Linden and the whole Col’Cacchio franchise (there are branches all over Jhb, just have a look in our search function) defiantely have banting friendly menus!

  2. Thelma says:

    Why do the big chain restaurants not sponser the Banting diet the way they do the Heart Foundation.?
    Offer alternatives to chips and the butternut pumpking on the menu.

  3. Jade Ollis says:

    Hi Thelma, that’s an interesting question. I wonder if it’s because there is a bit of controversy around the banting diet still? The Health Professions Council of South Africa are not convinced that it isn’t a long-term health risk, so perhaps big names are reticent to get behind it just yet?
    Still, offering salad or veg as an alternative to chips should be a standard anyway!

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