Sublime times at Mantra Cafe, Camps Bay (plus WIN)

Good food, drinks and friends is a fabulous combination that makes life feel worth living. I try to indulge every occasion I can and recently I was able to enjoy an amazing evening in the company of this formidable trio at the gorgeous Mantra Cafe in Camps Bay.

Situated on the “sunset strip” in Camps Bay, Mantra is tucked up a discreet staircase on the first floor which offers even better views of the beach and beyond than the eateries located on street level.

With wide open windows that deliver panoramic views across the Atlantic, a sun soaked deck made for sundowners, gorgeous interiors filled with foliage and a sweeping bar offering an array of colourful cocktails, this is a barefoot restaurant that is casual and relaxed. That being said, Mantra has a sophisticated, upmarket atmosphere that you would expect in Camps Bay – just without the pretension. And that’s something I value highly. I want to be able to enjoy my beautiful city, but I don’t want to feel awkward and unwelcome if I arrive with sandy toes and kids in tow!

Mantra is known for it’s casual yet chic dining…. and for it’s cocktails!  On arrival I was greeted with a tall glass of The Hugo (MCC, elderflower cordial, soda, lemon peel, R75) and breathtaking sunset views – a combination that allowed me to forget the stress of the day within an instant!

The menu at Mantra is varied and delicious. Featuring simple, classic dishes made with the finest fresh ingredients, there is bound to be something on the menu to suit everyone in your party…

I can highly recommend the Tuna Ceviche – marinated tuna with avocado and Asian flavours and French mayonnaise (R115). The grilled calamari with fresh green chimichurri sauce (R115) was also a very popular choice.

For mains, I opted for the Spicy Lamb Curry, served with cucumber raita, salsa, Melissa’s Coriander Chutney and basmati rice (R175). The most popular meal at our table however was the Slow-cooked Pork Belly served with spicy sweet citrus glaze (R185). The pan-seared line fish (R235) was also an option as was the 300g Thick Cut Rump Steak (R185). The menu also offers delicious pizzas and salads. Check out the other options here.

All the dishes at our table were attractively presented and ample in portion – no one was leaving hungry!

I’m the person who always checks the dessert menu first and there were so many decadent options to choose from –  Baked Cheesecake (R68), Lemon Tart (R55), Pear Frangipane (R68) were all good choices, but if there’s a chocolate option there’s really no other choice so it was the Rich Dark Chocolate Mousse with caramelized nuts (R65) for me!

I had an amazing evening soaking up the atmosphere at Mantra Cafe – a combination of happy holiday makers and relaxed locals enjoying the best their city has to offer. I loved spending the evening with friends – old and new – in the stunning setting that is Mantra at Camps Bay!

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Contact Mantra Cafe

Mantra Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Address: 43 Victoria Cafe, Camps Bay

Opening Times: Monday – Sunday (09:00 – 21:30)


Call: +27 21 437 0206


I was a guest of Mantra Cafe and Jared Ruttenberg for this review. All opinions are my own.

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

1 Comment
  1. Dear All

    I was so fascinated by the warm response by the Manager whom made me realise that I had to look no further at a place to celebrate my sons 21st birthday coming from KZN whilst he was flying in from Gauteng

    I immediately booked 2 x double vouchers on Daddys deal, sent it through and booked a table for 4 on 15th September 2021

    Table 26

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