MY 8 FAVOURITE DISHES & DRINKS IN CAPE TOWN

We spent quite a bit of time in Cape Town these holidays and, as always, sampled the excellent food and wine that the city and its surrounding areas has to offer. I arrived back in Joburg a lot heavier (groan), but with wonderful memories of afternoons gazing over mountains in Somerset West, experiential cocktails in Gardens and my go-to poke bowl joint in Sea Point. Here are my favourite culinary memories from my summer holidays.

 

BEST BREAKFAST: JARRYDS BLACK BEAN & CORN FRITTER STACK

If walk you past Jarryds in Sea Point at 10am, you’re guaranteed to see a queue outside. Their breakfasts are creative and simply sumptuous. This holiday I fell in love with the Black Bean & Corn Fritter Stack, a wonderful reward after a promenade run. Another one of my favourites is the Summer Quinoa Breakfast Bowl.

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Jarryds

Jarryds Black Bean & Corn Fritter Stack

 

BEST POKE BOWL: THREE WISE MONKEYS POKE BOWL

I often post beautiful images of these Hawaiian dishes on Instagram. To me, Poke Bowls are the ultimate feast. They are a culinary artwork of colourful fruit and veggies with Asian accents of sushi. Three Wise Monkeys, also in Sea Point, claims to be the first restaurant in South Africa to offer Poke Bowls, and in my view, they are still the best. There is only one on the menu but it has everything my heart desires. Their Ramen is pretty awesome too! Jill visited this restaurant no less than three times this January – the food is THAT good.

See the full menu here.

Three Wise Monkeys

Three Wise Monkeys Poke Bowl

 

BEST RUSTIC DISH: LA TÊTE BROCCOLI VINAIGRETTE

La Tête is situated in the city on Bree Street. This very simply styled restaurant with open kitchen is inspired by an almost medieval philosophy of nose-to-tail eating, limiting waste. The food is rustic and charred with oodles of flavour. We ordered a few dishes which we shared feast-style. I love vegetarian dishes but when the seemingly plain plate of broccoli arrived I was blown away by the flavour bomb that every bite produced. The quail is also great, but definitely don’t pass on the broccoli!

See the full menu here.

La Tete

La Tête Broccoli Vinaigrette

 

BEST NEW FIND: FYN SQUID RAMEN

We visited Peter Tempelhoff’s brand new restaurant on Parliament Street, Fyn, on New Year’s Eve. The restaurant itself is exquisite, a glass structure perched on top of Speakers Corner. Fyn is a South African take on high-end Japanese cuisine. The tasting menu on New Year’s Eve was unique but the regular menu also has the delectable Squid Ramen. Courses are served in small portions and arrive on a tray. One tray per person. It’s like Japanese tapas for one, a serving-style that combats the overwhelming feeling I often get when sitting down to a tasting menu. All the dishes have the typical clean Japanese taste and presentation. And after only being open for two weeks, Hubby and I agreed that Fyn is a restaurant to look out for at the awards ceremonies this year.

See the Fyn menu here.

FYN

Fyn Kaiseki Tray

 

BEST AT THE BEST: THE RESTAURANT AT WATERKLOOF MAURITIUS SEABASS

The Restaurant at Waterkloof in Somerset West was awarded SA’s number 1 spot at the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards in November. Jill and I were joined by some wonderful friends and were all mesmerised by the beautiful views and food. The choices consist of either a 4-course tasting menu or a 7-course dégustation menu and the Mauritius Seabass is present on both. Take a moment to savour this exceptional dish and don’t forget to sample Waterkloof’s excellent wine.

See the full menu here.

The restaurant at Waterkloof

The Restaurant at Waterkloof Mauritius Seabass

 

BEST DESSERT: RIVERINE RABBIT MILK & HONEY

Chef Ash Heeger recently opened Riverine Rabbit in De Waterkant, a recreation of her acclaimed restaurant ASH. We loved her food at LittleGig and were very excited to try a full menu. There’s a choice between a 3, 5, or 7 course menu and we opted for the 3 course. The duck was excellent as were the leeks, but the standout dish of the night was the Milk & Honey dessert. As the waitress put it: “like breakfast but at dinner”. It may sound basic but geewhiskers, the flavours of almond, yoghurt and honey are great in this Riverine Rabbit dish.

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Riverine Rabbit

Riverine Rabbit Milk & Honey

 

BEST COCKTAIL: CAUSE EFFECT CROUCHING LION HIDDEN GECKO

I drank my fair share of cocktails these holidays but few came close to those presented at the cocktail kitchen, Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen, in Gardens. Hubby and I each had 3 cocktails (I think, ha ha!) off the highly complicated, but fun, menu. First you need to choose the flavour experience – spicy, floral, herbal, bitter, umami, earthy etc. Then you pick a number to coincide with your experience. Honestly, I don’t think you can go wrong with whatever you choose. The cocktails off the “experiential list” arrive with much fanfare, smoke, props and delight. The standout for me was the Crouching Lion Hidden Gecko made with Don Julio resposado, chamomile, sake, sage buchu and Jasmine tea. Bang!

See the full menu here.

Cause Effect

Cause Effect Crouching Lion Hidden Gecko

 

BEST WINE & NIBBLES: THE COMMISSARY BHAJI BAO

The Commissary is a casual spin-off from chef Luke Dale Roberts’ Shortmarket Club. Also situated in Shortmarket Street in the city center, this little wine bar and eatery takes no reservations. You can simply walk in and grab a seat from 6pm onwards. The small kitchen turns out utterly delightful snacks-to-share like the Lobster Roll, Yellowtail Ceviche and Umami Wedge Salad. The unexpected dish of the night for us was the Bhaji Bao, made with an indian spiced vegetarian dumpling in a soft bun. Everything on the wine list is available by the glass. We loved the Testalonga Keep On Punching white blend and the Saurwein Riesling.

The Commissary

The Commissary Bhaji Bao

 

The Commissary Menu

The Commissary Menu

 

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