Three Wise Monkeys

Out of all the restaurants in Cape Town’s huge food scene, Three Wise Monkeys is hands down my favourite. Ironically, (because this is a blog post) I have no words for how much I love this restaurant. Cosying up at a table with a bottle of wine and a steaming bowl of ramen, surrounded by happy chatter. There is not a more comforting place for me, especially if it’s raining outside. 

As a general rule of thumb, it’s not possible for anyone to surprise me but the first time I went to Three Wise, it was a surprise (go, boyfriend!). I have gone back so many times since and it is always my first choice. It’s lucky (for my bank account) that I don’t live in Seapoint. The distance and the traffic between Three Wise and me are the only reasons I’m not there more than I already am. 

The menu is small: ramen, poke bowls, sushi and a grill section which is usually seared tuna and beef teriyaki. They don’t yet have an alcohol license. I do believe is it one of the factors that has made it such a popular hangout for Cape Townians. Bring along your drink of choice – a bottle of wine, pack of beers – there’s no corkage fee. I did ask at some point whether they were going to get a license. They are but they might leave one night a week a corkage-free night. Novel idea! 

A meal will set you back ± R100 unless you’re having a starter and a main, then you’re looking at ± R200. If it’s your first time, I do suggest having a two-course meal: sushi as a starter and ramen as a main. If it’s date night, share a poke bowl for a starter and each have ramen for main. Add a plate of sushi if your appetite can take it – the quality of their sushi is up there with the very best in Cape Town.

three wise monkeys

three wise monkeys

three wise monkeys

three wise monkeys

Psst: there’s no dessert on the menu but they serve Smores!

three wise monkeys

Three Wise is always full and they don’t take reservations. Ever since the restaurant changed its opening time from 6 pm to 12 pm, there is less of a queue in the evenings. Get there around 8 pm and you’re bound to wait for a table, though the wait is never long so don’t let that put you off. Sit at the bar and enjoy the drinks you brought with you while you wait for a table to open up. Or go ahead and eat right at the bar!
 
You’ll likely chat to one of the owners while you are there. He’s always around and he’s great: more than happy to talk. He’s very proud of his establishment, and so he should be. The morale of the staff is to send out food they are proud of. That is how it feels when your food hits your table and then your tastebuds – that someone made it with love and pride.
 
Three Wise Monkeys is the first restaurant I would recommend to people and the first place I want to go after I’ve been away. My favourite Cape Town gem.

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