The Village Idiot has always been our favourite Cape Town neighbourhood restaurant & bar. Understandably so – good food, good vibes, and always a good time.
Covid-19 may have led to numerous changes in Cape Town’s culinary landscape but we’re only too glad that our favourite ostrich, Oskar, is back in action.
Here are some of the not-to-miss specials currently running at the Village Idiot, as well as some other details including their menu, Covid-19 changes, and contact details.
But, first, a quick update on temporary changes that are due to Covid-19:
The Village Idiot is not currently operating according to its usual schedule. They’re now open Thursdays and Fridays from 15:00 and Saturdays from 14:00 at a limited capacity.
This means that you should definitely book a table or come early to avoid having to stand in the queue outside. Now that brings back memories of when they first opened up!
They’re also offering a limited menu that includes some of the old favourites — but also some new delicious meals!
Masks are required upon entry and within the restaurant, unless seated. Social distancing is also in place, with a minimum of 1.5 metres required between patrons at all times.
Luckily, Oskar the ostrich gives some guidance on this:
Why Do We Love The Village Idiot?
Of course, The Village Idiot has been an I Love Foodies favourite for years. If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll have noticed that we talk about them time and time again.
That’s only testament to their consistency – no matter what changes they’ve gone through, they’ve managed to keep up the same level of awesomeness.
In today’s world, that’s worth gold.
Some things we absolutely love:
- Their amazing decor, which is always a feast for the eyes. It’s changed over the years but there’s always something new to discover.
- Constantly innovative offerings, from food and drink specials to tequila bars and more.
- The cosy interior and fireplace, which is great in winter, and the chilled balcony area, perfect for any summer night
- Their amazing food with its uniquely South African twist. And edible flowers.
It’s the perfect place for a wild night out, chilled afternoon drinks, or a delicious dinner. You want it, they’ve got it.
Blast from the past:
If you’re an old-school Village Idiot fan, you’ll surely remember the divine Spit Roast Sundaze or the Dates & Mates deal that used to run every Tuesday. You can take a look at our reviews (linked) that take you all the way back to 2015 for a real blast-from-the-past experience.
Village Idiot Menu & Prices
Fast forward to 2020.
As mentioned, The Village Idiot is currently operating with a limited menu.
But that’s no reason to despair — they’ve still got the old favourites and a few new offerings and it still embodies the delicious South African braai culture. We’ve tried both their old goodies and some of the new items, and, well, we like.
I Love Foodies favourites you have to try:
- Salt & Vinegar Halloumi (R60)
- Biltong & Local Charcuterie Board (R125)
- Slow-Roasted Beef Bone Marrow (R80)
- Boerie Burger (R115)
- Tata Ma Chance Pork Ribs (R160 for a full portion; R90 for half)
- Hot Or Not Taxi Wings (R135 for a full portion; R80 for half)
These prices are also indicative of the rest of the menu. Approximately, you’d be looking at an average of R70 for starters and R120 – R150 for mains.
Of the above, my personal favourites include:
- Biltong & Local Charcuterie Board (R125): Served with cashew nuts, cranberry jam, and roosterkoek, this is the best value-for-money charcuterie board I’ve ever come across.
- Slow-Roasted Beef Bone Marrow (R80): Served with button mushrooms and roosterkoek, this bone marrow is divine. Don’t be deceived – it may be listed as a starter and it’s super affordable but it’s a massive and absolutely filling portion.
- Boerie Burger (R115): Served with caramelised chutney onion marmalade. This burger is delightfully flavourful and absolutely massive. It comes with a divine smoked apple slaw and your choice of chips/salad/pap. The chips are great but I always go for the salad for some extra freshness.
Drinks-wise, of course, you’ll enjoy all your favourite wines, beers, cocktails, shooters, and spirits. The Village Idiot House Wine is pretty decent and, at R35 a glass, it’s excellent value for money.
The Village Idiot Specials
Wild Wednesday: (Almost) Everything Half Price
Wild Wednesdays are the new day to hang out at your favourite watering hole for the best deals in Cape Town.
Get the following half price every Wednesday from 15:00 – 23:00:
- ALL food
- House wine
- SAB beer
- Pouring spirits
- Olmeca tequila
If that’s not magic, we don’t know what is.
Thursday: R300 Meal Deal
In the past, Tuesdays was the day for foodies to visit The Village Idiot. Now, it’s Thursdays.
Every Thursday, you can enjoy 2 main meals, 1 dessert, and one bottle of house wine or jug of beer for R300.
Main meal options include curries, burgers, ribs, steak, and vegetarian goodies.
And, for dessert, you can try the Chocolate Brownie with Rooibos Ice Cream or a South African classic, Koeksisters, also served with Rooibos Ice Cream.
This has always been and probably will always be the best dinner deal in Cape Town.
News update: Upgrade your meal deal and swap your house wine for a Cape Collective Rad Red or Epic White for an additional R40 and be entered into a lucky draw.
Thursday: Wine Pairing & Complimentary Wine Tasting
Head out to the Village Idiot patio every Thursday from 18:00 – 20:00 to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting.
The wine partner for November is Cape Collective & you can enjoy the Rad Red, Epic White, and B Vintners MCC.
If you enjoy the wines, you can opt for a wine & snack pairing at R150:
- Rad Red and Biltong
- Epic White and Baby Calamari
- B Vintners and Salt & Vinegar Halloumi
Alternatively, upgrade your R300 Meal Deal & swap your house wine for a Cape Collective Rad Red or Epic White (R40 extra).
Customers who upgrade their meal deal or do the wine pairing automatically get an entry into the Village Idiot lucky draw, which happens on the night.
Friday: R150 Bubbly Deal
Fridays are bubbly days at The Village Idiot.
Enjoy any bottle of Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel MCC for only R150.
Friday: R110 Burger & Drink Deal
No Friday would be complete without a good burger and a drink.
On Fridays, you can get any Village Idiot burger and a drink of your choice for only R110.
Options include the boerie, chicken, or veggie burger, paired with a glass of house wine, standard beer, or Pilsner Urquell.
I Love Foodies recommendation? Try the boerie burger — it’s unique and delicious!
Friday & Saturday: Patio Bar Happy Hour
In addition to the large inside bar, The Village Idiot also features an outside patio bar, the Cantina.
You’ll get to enjoy half-price happy hour deals Fridays & Saturdays from 20:00 – 22:00 on the following drinks:
- Altos Blanco & Reposado
- Slushy of the week
- Standard Lager
- Standard Mary Jane Ale
- Marshmallow Kisses (shooter)
- Super Sour C (shooter)
- Melktertjies (shooter)
Saturday: Half-Price Happy Hour
Enjoy the half-price happy hour deals every Saturday from 14:00 – 16:00.
For drinks, this includes half-price pouring spirits, house wine, SAB beers and ciders.
For food, this includes half-price ribs and half-price chicken wings.
Curry Cup Rugby Specials
If you head to Village Idiot to watch your Curry Cup games (schedule here), then you’re in luck.
Enjoy the Curry Cup Special for R100, which includes:
- Double brandy coke
Available during the game only.
Get The Village Idiot Merchandise
If you’re a fan of all things Oskar and The Village Idiot, then also check out their new merchandise range, available online and in-store.
Merchandise includes quality-driven, limited-edition apparel featuring The Village Idiot and Aces & Spades (which we’re still heartbroken about), and you’ll find face masks, beanies, shirts, hoodies, tote bags, mugs, and more.
Proceeds are donated to The Family Fund, supporting the staff that’s lost their income during the lockdown.
The Village Idiot Contact Details
If you’re keen to check out The Village Idiot and enjoy one (or all) of their many amazing specials, then check out the full details below.
The Village Idiot
Address: 32 Loop Street, Cape Town CBD
Opening Times: Thursdays & Fridays (15:00 – late), Saturdays (14:00 – late)
Call: +27 21 418 1548
Last Updated: November 2020
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