Occasionally, one comes across a fantastic restaurant and this one is a case in point. We contacted them telephonically and I could hear that they were trying really hard to accommodate our request for a table for two. If we arrived at opening time (18:30) they could accommodate us, as they would be fully booked later in the evening. So we duly arrived on time, and were shown to an upstairs table, with a view of the lower dining area. This is not a new building, it is a very old building and despite having some modern facilities such as air-conditioning, one can see that they have taken the decision to display the old brickwork and older elements of the building, totally charming.
The waitress who was assigned to our table was delightful. She was warm and friendly and knowledgeable about what was on offer that evening. This restaurant work on the principle of designing their menu on a daily basis, depending on what fresh produce is available.
As starters, we ordered the following dishes,
“Beetroot Salad with Orange, Fennel, House-made Labnah and Horseradish dressing.”
“White Grape and Almond Gazpacho with a Red Gazpacho Granita”
And as mains we ordered,
“Grilled Kabeljou with Risotto Nero, Seaweed Tapnade, Saffro emulsion and Seaweed foam”
“Herb-crusted Lamb Rack with Cromesqui, Creamy Haricot Beans, Celeriac Puree and a Cherry sauce.”
I finished off with a Crème Brulee.
Well, I have to say that the food served to both of us was exquisite. This is fine dining at the top end of the scale. For me, my hero dish was the Gazpacho. Made in the traditional way, this was a dish from heaven. But all of this food was absolutely top class.
I went to chat to the Chef and asked if I could have a copy of the menu, and the Chef gave it to me, with a signature and a short comment, which just added magic to the entire experience. Peter Pankhurst, the Chef, is obviously at the top of the game and he also has a sense of humor as well. His comment, “May the Sauce be with you”. What a wonderful experience. If you don’t go to this restaurant in Cape Town, you will be denying yourself an extraordinary culinary experience.
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