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Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room

Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups
Food
Bakery fare, Burgers, Coffee, Food from the Americas, Modern, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Jody Theodore

Clark’s bar and Dining has become a place where people gather for the setting and the food. Life is way too short to miss breakfast, it is after all the most important meal of the day. Lucky enough Clark's offers a all day breakfast menu. With a fresh and sleek looking dinning space, one is able to feel comfortable instantly, knowing that the staff  will be helpful and  attentive.

Food
It's evident that each item on the menu was well thought out with both classic and adventurous dishes. The French toast is a true breakfast classic and a must have. Instead of the usual bread, a freshly baked croissant is made the true French way and then stuffed with Nutella and accompanied by boozey bourbon bananas, and if one enjoys bacon with French toast rest assured it's available as an extra option. The hash eggs are simply too amazing for words. Beautifully cooked potatoes, a perfectly roasted cauliflower  leaving it a with crunch and a lightly smoked aroma, served with soft textured pouched eggs, asparagus and silky hollandaise and finished off with pea shoots. There is even the option to add bacon or haddock at an additional cost to improve a already outstanding dish. At 11:00 daily the lunch menu becomes available with a superb selection of sandwiches like the Reuben which is grain fed beef brisket that’s cooked slowly for 12 hours, braised cabbage, blue cheese dressing & finished emmental cheese. Clark’s have a superb burger selections as well as the Buttermilk Fried Chicken sandwich/burger. The kitchen offers pizza’s as well and Claeke's offers a great selections of vegan and gluten free meals to choose from with the Sabich which is hummus, fire roasted aubegiene, cumin carrots, beets, salted cucumber, tomato, cabbage and yoghurt.

Drinks
Clarks Bar & Dinning Room offers a fully stocked bar to quench your thirst. A large selection of craft, local and international beers as well the full monty of spirits are available to. Clarke's has an exclusive selection of wines. Clarks mixologist has created a fine and well balanced selection of brunch cocktails to pep up your mid-day with the Hibiscus & Gin surely will pull one’s interest. Rest assured Clarks gives the evening dinner a selection for dinner cocktails to add some spice to the evening like the Acapulco, which is a must.

Ambience
A very upbeat and lively vibe that Clarks bar and dinning offers. The attentiveness of the staff set the tone so one feels relaxed and also knows that one is in safe hands for the full dining experience. With such an awesome vibe, Clarke's will have you planning your next visit before you've even left. Friendly faces and smiles, there is nothing pretentious about Clarke's Bar & Dining Room.

Best for...
The freshest diner-style food and setting.

(2018)

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  • Seth Shezi

    Food

    This Cape Town haunt is much-loved for breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. It’s attracted an almost cult-like following among the resident hipster set. Clarke’s makes a mean beef burger served on a buttery brioche bun, topped with Underberger cheese with flippin’ fantastic fries! The offering hearkens to elevated pseudo-American diner fare but is done with more flare and a whole lot more luvin’.

    For brunch, The Hash Eggs comes with toasted cauliflower, parmentier potatoes, two poached eggs, asparagus and hollandaise. It’s a firm favourite and I’m a repeat offender when it comes to ordering the Huevos Rancheros with black beans, smoked tomatoes and fried eggs all topped with homemade queso fresco and avocado.

    Where would American fare be without good old mac and cheese? Clarke’s is no exception here. Their four-cheese gooey hot pot is the stuff cheesy dreams are made of!

    If your sweet tooth is yearning, try the nutty gluten-free brownie to tame the chocolatey beast within. Or, if ice cream’s your thing, the hot fudge brownie sundae is perfect for two... or just one!

    Drinks

    The buzzing bar serves up drinks to Bree Street’s thriving masses from dusk till dawn and is popular for its brunch cocktails, as well as its larger dinner cocktail menu. The Hibiscus and Gin Soda, as well as its virgin counterpart, is a floral delight, and their Bloody Mary seems to be a super popular choice for hungover-filled Saturday mornings.

    Showcasing some of the Cape’s best, a carefully selected array of local wines and craft beers are available, as well as a fully stocked bar with artisanal spirits and everything else one could ever need. On the non-alcoholic front, Clarke’s whizzes up fantastic fresh juices – try The Red with carrot, beetroot, pineapple and ginger – and offers on-tap Theonista kombucha. Caffeine-wise, the barista efficiently pumps out coffees with beans made by local coffee roastery Deluxe.

    Service

    Service is relaxed and informal. There seems to be quite a close-knit relationship amongst all the staff and it’s evident in the air of familiarity wafting around the place. It’s not a fussy establishment. One is mostly left to one’s devices and often has to wave down a waitron in times of need but, that said, everyone seems to have a good handle on what needs doing.

    Ambience

    At peak times the buzz can get to a frenetic roar, especially during the mania of First Thursdays, but don’t let that deter you! Clarke’s oftentimes feels a bit like a sprawling party with customers filling every nook and cranny with laughter and the frivolity of celebration. If peace and quiet are beckoning your name, this is not your destination – Clarke’s is fit for the easygoing city-dweller in need of the sights and sounds of a rowdy kitchen and a familiar smile.

    And…

    Clarke’s offers a myriad of interesting options fit for the non-meat eater – the beet burger is an absolute winner!

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User reviews

  • A burger-date booking for first Thursday at my favorite burger joint with a vibey atmosphere, Clarkes. Thank you for making your burgers with so much love! I’ll be back.
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  • Definitely the best cheeseburger in Cape Town! The brioche bun is incredible. Order some Aioli on the side to finish off the perfect burger.
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  • There's always something interesting on the menu and it's always good!
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  • Clarke’s Buttermilk fried chicken sandwich/ burger will CHANGE YOUR LIFE ! I was never one for chicken burgers but this burger is one I go back for every chance I get 🥰 You must go try it
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  • A sure thing for great diner food. Service is hit&miss and it can get quite noisy over peak times. But theee best cheese toastie in all of the land!
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  • It's no secret Clarke's toasted sandwich & tomatoe soup duo is a delicious combo. It definitely lives up to the hype! See a video review here: https://goo.gl/b7gQBr Here is a playlist of my other reviews: https://goo.gl/fDWtmq
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Specials

Specials at Clarke's
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Clarke's - Specials Menu

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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