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@Kate’s Kitchen

@Kate’s Kitchen
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Cost
R110 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine
Food
South African
Payment
Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Thando Ndabezitha

Food

It’s surprisingly difficult to find simple, tasty South African home cooking at restaurants in this country. And when you do find it, the quality doesn’t always translate so well when done on a larger scale. But new spot @Kate’s Kitchen is serving up home cooking in a tiny space that seats only 30 people. And from the taste of things, the cooks take all the time necessary to prepare food that’ll take you straight back to your mother’s kitchen. Thando Ndabezitha reviews new local favourite, @Kate’s Kitchen in Parktown North.

Oxtail stew is notoriously overlooked in South African restaurants, so it’s wonderful to see that a hearty version – braised in red wine, celery, carrots, onion, tomato and garlic, like mama would prepare it – is one of the many delectable dishes on offer here.

Other home-style favourites include vetkoek filled with beef mince, served as a starter; roasted quarter chicken marinated in an apricot jam marinade – a succulent main dish that comes with a fantastic gravy; creamy pasta with chicken breast, prawns, mushrooms and a cheese sauce made with white wine; and vegan fried rice with tofu. The sides reflect this country’s food heritage – think creamy samp with bacon bits; savoury pap; and seven-colour rice.

A proudly South African peppermint crisp pudding stands out as the dessert of choice, served elegantly in a glass tumbler.

Drinks

Expect a selection of South African wines that make a regular appearance on wine lists. Spier Signature, Fat Bastard, Delheim Pinotage Rosé and Warwick First Lady are your by-the-glass options for sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rosé, cabernet sauvignon, respectively. Hennessey, Glenfiddich and Moët & Chandon, are among the fairly pricey yet hard-hitting cognacs, champagnes and whisky served here – so, yes, it’s also a definite “let’s meet for drinks” spot.

Service

Because the restaurant’s capacity is so small and the meals seem to be prepared from scratch, the wait for mains can seem quite long. To avoid ‘hanger’, it’s probably best to order a filling starter. Staff can sometimes seem a bit lost when you make inquiries about food preparation or ingredients, but they are affable and helpful nonetheless.

Ambience

Despite being a small space, the place manages not to feel cramped. Inside, there’s room for greater cohesion to create a particular ambience – the colour scheme might be better suited to a night-time establishment or a hotel lobby. The music choice can also seem strange and out-of-place, with John Legend crooning a little too loudly over the speakers as you try to enjoy a leisurely dinner. There is some really great, simple attention to detail, though.

And…

Vegetarians and vegans won’t be disappointed with the plentiful, moreish options.

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User reviews

  • We were absolutely spoilt! Compliments to the staff and the chef in particular.
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  • A few weeks ago, I was introduced to At Kate’s Kitchen. At Kate’s Kitchen is based in the trendy dining area of Parktown North. I visited them on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. At Kate’s Kitchen is all about elegant home style cooking and real food; a kind of 'kitchen away from home' type of restaurant. I’d never heard of At Kate’s Kitchen to be honest, but after visiting them I definitely felt like I had been missing out. At Kate’s Kitchen is certainly a hidden gem and quite an incredible one at that! The restaurant is intimate and stylishly laid out; inviting and welcoming to say the least. My benedict and I started our meal with a couple of cocktails. I tried their cosmopolitan and he selected the pina colada. They were made by our waiter just behind the open plan bar in full view of our table – both tasted great! We then then jumped straight into our main meals. Being a cold winter’s day, I opted for the oxtail. This was a hearty and rich oxtail stew braised in red wine, celery, carrots, tomato and garlic. I enjoyed my oxtail with a side of the creamy mushroom mashed potato with peas. The meal was absolutely incredible. I love oxtail and in all honesty, I cannot remember when last I had such an amazing oxtail dish! My benedict chose the bacon wrapped stuffed chicken. This was chicken breast stuffed with basil pesto, mozzarella cheese, wrapped in a blanket of crispy streaky bacon with a side of grilled vegetables. This was just another exceptional meal from At Kate’s Kitchen. The chicken was perfectly cooked, still tender and juicy, while the bacon had a lovely crunch to it. For dessert we shared the peppermint crisp pudding. It really doesn’t get more South African home style cooking than that. It was a tasty and enjoyable dessert. At Kate’s Kitchen is very elegant and stylish. The service was great and our waiter only had the best recommendations! The food at At Kate’s Kitchen was really fantastic. They take a great deal of pride in their menu and every dish exudes a real passion for food. Everything from the complimentary (very unique) potato bread, to the main dishes and the optional side dishes, as well as the desserts were all really impressive. I will most certainly be back to visit At Kate’s Kitchen again in the near future!
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Facilities

  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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