Award-winning mixologists Kurt Schlenter, Siavash Marshall and James Phillips have partnered to create a unique experiential cocktail experience at Cause & Effect bar on trendy Park Road, just off Kloof Street in Cape Town. But no brandy-and-coke is served here. The premise is to create amazing drinks with unusual flavours that will entertain and amuse.
A study in creativity, the menu is inspired by local ingredients and flavours like seaweed, sea cucumber, Cape fynbos and award-winning local brandy. These foraged ingredients are transformed into house-made botanical tinctures used in unusual elixirs.
In addition to classics like the Sidecar (circa 1918) and the Legion (circa 1927), the team has created a true ode to Cape Town, called The Table Bay. It’s made with Caperitif, brandy, Wilderer Obstler apple-and-pear schnapps and Van der Hum liqueur. Garnished with a hand-made origami boat and mielie spouts, it makes for a visual and sensory delight.
Another option bound to please the crowds is the Boerie Roll, with braai-boerewors brandy, wild-dagga tomato bitters, onion sugar and coriander bread. The playful Nelly the Elephant will also amuse, served in a ceramic elephant with orange-husk marmalade, Step 5 Gin and pineapple, and garnished with pink rosemary candy floss.
For the less adventurous and those true brandy connoisseurs, there’s a generous list of 40 local brandies broken down by region. A curated list of local wines and craft beers will cater for the unconverted.
The bar – which takes the place of The Pasta Factory to join neighbouring crowd favourites like Thali, Rick’s Café Américain and Jerry’s Burger Bar – will also serve some snacks. A selection of boards to share is on offer, paired with cocktails and aperitifs, as well as substantial mains like a pulled beef burger or brandy mushroom pasta. Bar snacks like home-made snoek paté on toasted ciabatta and pickled fynbos olives with feta sound like perfect companions to the locally inspired drinks. The deep-fried brandy shot with custard, or the liquid nitrogen vodka nougat sorbet should ensure a sweet, tipsy ending.
Cause & Effect is still in its first few weeks of operation, but is set to be a sought-after spot for the season. Make a reservation, stat.