Chefs Warehouse and Canteen

Chefs Warehouse and Canteen
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Set menu R750 for 2
Modern, Tapas
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Critic's review

Anelde Greeff

By now everyone knows that Liam Tomlin is a food genius. If not, they should just have a meal here. From start to finish – from the sourdough bread to the bread-and-butter pudding – it’s beautiful, innovative, delicious food. Best of all, you don’t really have to make any decisions: on offer is a set menu of tapas-for-two, comprising eight dishes.

The menu changes regularly, but the result is always a fusion of cuisines, using some of the best local ingredients. On the day of our visit, the menu included Japanese, French, Mediterranean and South African influences. Highlights were the miso-charred salmon with soba noodles and mentsuyu dressing, the deep-fried squid with fragrant Cape Malay pickle and a curry emulsion, as well as the fresh tomato gastrique with homemade ricotta, semi-dried tomatoes and olives. And did we mention the risotto? There’s always a risotto on the menu, and it’s always exceptional. This day’s celeriac version with truffle cream was dreamy.

Dessert is not included in the set menu, but it is a worthwhile addition. The lemon posset is quite legendary – subtly sweet and light, it makes for a beautiful end to a beautiful meal. If you fancy something chocolatey, the selection of bon bons will hit the spot.

A small but exciting offering of carefully chosen wines, spirits, craft beers and ciders. They’re really proud of the selection, so no BYO allowed. The coffee is excellent too.

On point. Everyone is knowledgeable and attentive without being annoying. They’re also really good at knowing when to leave you to get on with your meeting. They don’t take bookings, so make sure you’re not in too much of a hurry. You can have a drink at No Reservations, the downstairs bar, or browse in the shop while you wait.

The canteen-style seating isn’t everyone’s vibe, but it works really well with the offering. If you’re in the mood for a leisurely meal, get a table outside and watch the traffic and talent of Cape Town rush past.

Best for…
Business lunches or a date night.

(August 2018)

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