After a trip to Cape Town I am feeling thoroughly inspired. It’s a place where both fish and meat are of the highest quality and are cooked with skill and finesse by some of the worlds leading chefs. A foodies heaven! Fine dining at unbelievable value.
We researched the best places to eat, in these world class restaurants we heard it was imperative to book before hand to guarantee a table so we did this months in advance. The only restaurant we couldn’t get in was the Test Kitchen, number 22 in the world where all the tables were booked 30 minutes after the reservations were open for that month-Next time!
However there are four restaurants in this group and we ate at two of the others – Pot luck club, here we had the Sunday brunch, there was a make your own Bloody Mary bar, live music and unlimited bubbly, which complimented the four waves of food, plates to share that were brought to our table by waiting staff that knew every detail of every dish. The plates were colourful, refined and most importantly the impact of the flavours blew us away. We were sat next to the open kitchen which ran like clockwork and oozed professionalism. The local seasonal produce reflected classic modern French cuisine with an Asian influence. This was a top experience.
At the other restaurant in this group, The Short Market Club, we ate grass fed fillet steak cooked to a perfect medium rare. First class quality meat! We started with fried octopus with tahini dressing, again the service was spot on.
Two of the other stand out restaurants we visited were the Michelin starred La Calombe number 76 in the world. A fine dining establishment with amazing views of the wine lands of costantia which is 30 minutes from Cape Town. We had the 10 course tasting menu with added amuse bouche, palette cleanses and petit fours. A fresh modern mix of techniques and influences created from their kitchen garden, beautifully presented and powerful in then flavour. The sommelier had chosen some amazing wines to complement the dishes in the wine paring, all local wines which made the experience complete and one to remember. In my opinion La Calombe definitely deserves to be up there in the top 100 in the world. Excellent place!
The Chefs Warehouse was another must, it is a casual restaurant come cook shop which serves dinner from 4.30pm to 8pm with no reservation. We were advised to arrive early as not to be disappointed. We got a table outside, a long communal table with high stools. Again the tapas method is used with waves of sharing plates. The menu changes every day and you get what the chef decides to cook. Yet again we were impressed not only with the pretty presentation, the mix up of ideas and the quality of the produce. The flavours again were outstanding and the cooking of every single dish done to perfection. Its hard to choose the stand out dishes because all of them blew us away. We drank a local Sauvignon Blanc to wash it all down on a gorgeous hot day. The tables being communal encouraged interaction and we enjoyed chatting to the other foodie diners and discussing the dishes.
We really didn’t have a bad meal the whole time we were there. A few other places worth a mention are The Bungalow for location, sunset and seafood platter to die for. The Round House for a relaxed garden, picnic feel. The Black Sheep on the cool Kloof Street and of course a trip round the wine farms in beautiful Stellenbosch, taking in the scenery and sampling world class wines!
Cape Town = perfection!