We end the week on this gem. Chefs Warehouse & Canteen doesn’t accept bookings, and is a hotbed of culinary experimentation and training, with old hands passing on trade secrets to young whizzes with great ideas.
The Tapas for two menu consists of eight dishes. It generally contains two or three seafood dishes, with one or two vegetarian options and the rest is made up of poultry and meat.
Flavours are intended to be diverse, exciting and energetic. You may find interesting pairings that span the globe but avoid the tag of “fusion food”.
Every day the menu is different, with ideas being mapped out and prepped the night before. This ensures that on no two days you will be served the same fare. A restaurant for foodies and chefs, go, you will love it!
Charango serves up Peruvian delicacies on Bree street in the trendiest part of Cape Town. The menu ranges from street food to contemporary cuisine, all against the backdrop created by Cape Town’s own Faith47, a highly talented local muralist/artist.
With craft beer on tap to help you along, there are spicy and exciting items on the menu that will kick your taste buds into overdrive.
Try any of the ceviche’s and you will be more than pleasantly surprised. What stood out to us was the Tiradito, which is Peruvian dish similar to carpaccio, in a spicy sauce. Try the amazing seared beef Tiradito with quinoa salsa, chipotle mayo, chimichurri and green aji, you will keep coming back for more!
The venue is buzzing, and after a few amazing dishes and some great wine, so will your palate.
Our first stop this week is the upstairs downstairs venue with a cute courtyard in Kloof Street.
Chalk and Cork is owned and run by Marc and Amy Botes, who have collectively attained an enviable amount of experience in top end kitchens working with international chefs.
This translates into a menu that is packed with flavor, a highly knowledgeable staff that is very present, but not intrusive, and a wine list that is approachable, fresh and always exciting.
You can’t go wrong with any of the boards (especially the charcuterie selection) but we were blown away by the wild mushroom risotto with grated parmesan and truffle oil, it was out-of-this-world good!! Another stand out were the Parma ham croquettes with apple and beetroot, an outstanding blending of flavours.
The thing about tapas is that the final ingredient is the company you choose to share it with, however you will find that the selection here is good enough to enjoy alone 😉
Snack-time is all the time, and any of the fantastic places we are looking at this week are able to stretch snack-time into mealtime with an array of bite-sized finger foods, perfect for sharing and exploring.
Every seat in the house promises views of the picture-postcard Muizenberg beach front, and allows for lovely lazy lunches in an elegant beach house setting, with some awesome food and drink specials.
They do a selection of skewers, Lamb, Beef or Chicken with fantastic sides, as well as a full sushi menu.
But for something truly unique, you should try the whole fish, which is flame grilled with olive oil & lemon, stuffed with lemon and herbs and served with your selection of sides and sauce.
These include a garlic chardonnay sauce, a creamy lemon butter sauce, a Mozambican peri peri sauce, an aioli, a green mayo and a tartar sauce. Combined with either hand cut chips, summer rice, Mediterranean roasted veg, roasted butternut and creamed spinach, garlic mash or a side of greek salad.
The fish is fresh, the service is fast and the view is utterly memorable!
When in Cape Town, you will inevitably spend at least one day in the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, a working harbor and world class mall. Whilst there, don’t miss the fairly new addition, MAReSOL, a Portuguese themed restaurant with breathtaking 360 degree views of mountain and sea.
The menu is a great selection of seafood done right, as well as some outstanding meat dishes. Starters include an amazing Chouriço dish accompanied by roasted peppers marinated with a garlic, thyme & sherry vinegar. Also, the “Lulas”, which are succulent calamari starter with Chouriço, roasted cherry tomato, black olives & rocket.
For mains you will encounter old favourites like Trinchando, Espetada & Bacalhau and an assortment of beautifully prepared langoustines and prawns. All of this should be paired with some flavourful Vinho Tinto to complete the experience.
To stay true to our healthy and conscious eating theme, we needed to pop by Cape Town’s most lauded vegan restaurant, where according to their website: “We're all about bridging the gap between health and comfort food.”
The Hungry Herbivore does just that! We highly recommend that you try the THH Salad. A healthy portion of chopped greens, quinoa, red onion, sundried tomato, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and avocado with a Dijon vinaigrette.
This is a stunning little venue, easy on the eyes and a joy to dine in. A great place to begin your healthy transformation 😉
In a white-washed, clean and open space opposite Mama Africa on Long Street, Orchard on Long have made the healthy option so delicious, it’s impossible to resist.
Something that I didn’t know is that the way the juice is pressed defines how healthy it is, and how flavourful. Hydraulically cold pressed juices are prepared daily (nightly) and form the basis of the smoothies.
Orchard on Long elevate juicing and health cleansing to both an art form and a science, offering a variety of juicing regimes from novice to advanced.
For nibbles, go with the samurai rolls, which is delicious quinoa, marinated mushrooms, red pepper, cucumber, coriander, basil sunflower sprouts, sesame seeds and carrots. All this wrapped in rice paper rolls and served with organic peanut and ginseng sauce.
Healthy options can also be amazing opportunities to experiment with food outside of our usual repertoire.
You will find Opstal in the sheer Slanghoek Valley, with a dining experience that is difficult to match anywhere.
The Breedekloof valley provides the majestic backdrops to an eclectic assortment of menu items and a wine list that is absolutely top notch. You can tell a lot about a restaurant by its wine list, and this one has been curated, agonized over, and endlessly tweaked and perfected with a true passion for the art; complementing the estate wines beautifully.
Starters include the sublime baked camembert wrapped in phyllo and served with berry coulis. For mains we went for The Chef’s Burger, a sizeable and well seasoned beef patty with greens and pickles, topped with a creamy mushroom sauce and a slice of mature cheddar, served with crispy potato wedges. Everything was done to perfection and the service was outstanding.
This made it a perfect ending to a beautiful day out in the Breede river valley, we will certainly be back again soon.
The owners of The Gin Bar have also opened Marrow, a bone broth specialty eatery in the same vein of the Asian broth bars in New York which are experiencing a meteoric rise in popularity. Available in 4 flavors, the broth revival is all about amazing tastes, great protein pairings and the apparent health benefits (to both gut and joint).
Your choices include a clear bone broth with miso, soy and roast chicken toppings with spring onion and Chorizo; green dashi broth, leeks and steamed angelfish; white veggie broth with tofu, roasted aubergine and coconut milk; or the red wine and venison brown broth.
Each of these outstanding slow-cooked and flavoursome broths are improved by a sticky rice ball or a soft-boiled egg.
Another winner from the guys that bring you Gin, chocolate and now, the best broth in town.