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food: contemporary café
ambience: laid-back and trendy
service: very good
winelist: crowd pleasers with lots of local favourites
value: excellent - average price of R100 for two courses

Mano's is the kind of place that's as popular with young families as it is with the chicest girls and guys about town. The busy space hums at lunchtime when media types hold court over salads and Sauvignon Blanc, while dinner sees the space fill up with loyal regulars in for their Mano's fix. The food is unpretentious, consistent café style - they serve one if the best Caesar salads around, suitably spicy (and saucy) prego rolls, and old faithfuls like the light-and-lovely chicken limone and fantastic lamb chops. Whenever you choose to go, you'll get a liberal dose of the vibe that gives Cape Town its cosmopolitan kick.