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Grub & Vine

Grub & Vine
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Cost
A la carte lunch: R80 avg main meal; set dinner menu: 2 courses R295, 3 courses R425, 4 courses R545 (R795 with wine)
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Special occasions
Food
Bistro fare, Modern, Seafood
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Linda Scarborough

Chef Matt Manning cut his teeth under the likes of Marcus Wareing in London and locally at Top 10 restaurant La Colombe, before going on to make a name for himself as a private chef. In December, Matt set his sights on opening Grub & Vine on Bree Street, which serves refined bistro-style fare. Eat Out editor Linda Scarborough went to have a taste.

Food
Despite being billed as ‘grub’, this is accomplished and refined cooking made with skill and sense. The menu is blissfully short, allowing you a few options per section in starter or main portions. It’s easy to spot the dishes that make your imagination sing. Expert technique and plating result in dishes with spot-on flavours and textures. The food isn’t trying to be anything too trendy or flashy – it’s just thoroughly delicious, if quite pricey.

You might be treated to a tasty amuse-bouche of arancini, before starting off with a dish of creamy burrata, heritage tomatoes and figs, which makes the most of the season’s bounty. The alternatives – root veg with vinaigrette, and charred broccoli with pear and Forest Phantom cheese – are no doubt also satisfying.

West Coast hake with peas, lentils and tender mussels, plated with some on-theme foam, is perfectly cooked and tender, and the poached and roasted baby chicken with endives and parsnip chips shows off the chef’s skills, with umami-rich flavours and textures that will have you scraping your plate. Other options include braised ham hock and lamb rump but, coming in at over R200 for a portion, the latter is not mid-week lunch fare.

The single dessert option of the day is lovely: blackberry almond cake with custard and honeycomb. Alternatively, order a platter of local cheese.

Drinks
The wine list of boutique options shows a sense of humour, with sections such as ‘French plonk’, ‘juicy & crunchy’ and ‘tannins are your friend’. By-the-glass options are plentiful. You’ll want to come back to try more of the list.

Service
Sharp, generous and on the ball. Matt might pop by to introduce one of his dishes.

Ambience
Not at all like your average Bree Street café – it’s elegant, calm and smart inside, with beautiful glassware, servingware and bare tables. The open kitchen is always exciting. Grab a table by the windows for a view of this busy part of town.

Best for…
Business lunches or luxurious dates.

(February 2019)

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User reviews

  • we have been there and experienced some difficulties as we described in our review from march 23rd. It didn't take hours until Matt Manning personally called me on the mobile and tried to explain the background for this, actually himself trying to prepare for leaving the country to marry his future wife. A venue which is for most people a once in a life experience. We explained to him that there is no need to hide an that all guest would more than welcome any difficulties due to this event as long as they would know about it... In an impressive attitude, open for any input or critics, he appreciated the remarks and we are sure the team will reflect these to further grow in their dialogue with guests. As the food is already outstanding, the venue at a central point, a more interactive involvement of guest will surely make any experience even more positive. we are looking forward to see Matt and his team develop to further successes....good luck A&T
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  • Grub & Vine .... old location... new style and new chef... all ingredients to create success... but There is a great sommelier who performs very well The chef and owner spends most of his time sitting at his table and chatting with friends .... The food is great if you get some ... but after two hours we just had our starters and with eight people in the kitchen and the chef chatting with his friends we are starving.... so either the chef gets his butts up and works or the place will end like the restaurant which was there before
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food

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