Upper Loop Street in Cape Town is not associated with much dining – perhaps that’s the reason why a worthy spot like Homage 1682, which offers delicious food in a spacious, stylish interior, remains a bit off-radar.
The woodfired grill is put to very good use here, in what is (interestingly) a vegetable-forward establishment. Peppers, eggplant, sweet potato, even broccoli – all receive a baptism by fire, to delicious effect. There are fish as well of course (the spiced salmon is on point), and a selection of meats (rib eye, lamb chops, lemon herbed chicken breast), but it’s hard to drag your attention away from all those interesting veggie dishes. They’re served small-plate style, so you can create your own veggie-lunch-from-heaven. A friend does exactly that, and generously offers bites to the whole table: grilled sweet potato with thyme and honey butter; woodfired broccoli with toasted almonds, lemon and chilli, and the happiest mielie that ever did live: roasted corn on the cob with warm spices, mayo and fresh lime – divine.
They also boast a vegan menu – plant-based they call it – with some very satisfying dishes, including a fantastically fragrant green curry with broccolini, sugar snap peas, zucchini and sweet potato in a subtle coconut sauce. Winner.
A short but sufficient wine list, with a couple of excellent selections – it’s always nice to find the Hermanuspietersfontein Bloos on the menu, for example. (One or two more MCC options would be good though.) A nice cocktail list as well, with some inventive options – even here the wood-fired theme continues, with charred fruit purées being part of the mix.
Friendly and efficient.
The vibe is slick urban oasis, with a green-hued courtyard on the bottom floor, and a rather lovely upper floor with a small bar and a charming roofed veranda to watch the world go by.
A glorious girls’ lunch (or a bite with the boys, for that matter).
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