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