Escapé Tapas Bar & Restaurant – Mario Arendse

In the past I’ve made no bones about the fact that there are so few quality eateries in the southern suburbs. I mean the kind of place you can slip in on your way home, or maybe on a lazy Saturday afternoon to catch the football with the boys and grab a bite.


Now, let me start by saying that any restaurant that offers complimentary Tequila on arrival is off to a good start in my books. The menu is Mexican inspired tapas-style dining with something for everyone. Escapè had only been open a few months when we arrived for dinner, and it was encouraging to see a steady flow of patrons into the establishment. It’s literally just off the M5 freeway, before you get to Muizenberg and I can already see it becoming a local favourite during the summer months.

The ladies enjoyed the good cocktail range and I was quite pleased to find that they offered Stella Artois on tap…a good start. Our starters consisted of Nacho’s, chicken wings and chilli poppers that were delicious. Mains were the Chicken Burrito, which was absolutely yummy; there were the beef burgers, deep fried calamari, steak and tacos to name a few of the choices on offer. The food was good, unpretentious, and honest while the service was friendly, attentive and efficient.

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I managed to have a brief chat with the manager Mia, and there are big plans ahead for this little restaurant and brand so watch this space closely and follow them on social media for updates on events etc.


It’s important that we support our local neighbourhood eateries and entrepreneurs and to provide them with honest feedback to ensure continued improvement and sustainability. For me personally this is not just about lip service, so I will definitely be back.


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At the time of this article Escapé was busy finalizing their liquor license but currently charges corkage,please contact them directly to confirm.

Restaurant Info:

Escapé Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Eastlake Drive,

Eastlake Shopping Centre

Cape Town

Tel No: 021 788 2568


Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

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