The Paulaner Bräuhaus, in the Clocktower precinct of the V&A Waterfront has closed down. The micro-brewery pub and restaurant was a favourite amongst homesick German tourists and many locals. Personally I am a wurst and Weissbier fan.
As usual, the news is full of contradictory statements from the V&A and the restaurant management – each blaming each other.
The spat matters. It is a feature of Cape Town hospitality that certain spots are able to demand eye-watering rents. The V&A and parts od the Camps Bay strip are good examples. Good luck to them – they are businessmen, and should get the income they can. Nonetheless, there is a perverse consequence: high rents mean that a restaurant must focus on turnover rather than quality. That’s why the best sustainable restaurants are often away from these high-rent areas.
And that’s why we no longer recommend any restaurants in these areas to our guests.