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Homespun Restaurant

Homespun Restaurant
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Cost
R140 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Contemporary fare, Modern
Payment
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Critic's review

Greg Landman

Food
This is eclectic cooking in its widest sense, drawing inspiration from many sources with a leaning towards Asian influences. Generous portions with no pretensions pleases the locals who flock there in droves. The baked camembert tart wrapped in phyllo pastry is suitably rich even though the beetroot jam is somewhat sweet for the dish. The delicious beef tataki, while not truly tataki – as it is wrapped in pastry – has the tenderest morsels of beef served with caramelised white onion purée, pickled ginger and wasabi infused kewpie mayonnaise.

Other starters include Moroccan style sweet potato and chick pea soup, as well as smoked springbok carpaccio with marinated wild mushrooms. The chargrilled beef fillet with tempura prawns and ginger soy is very popular, as is the excellent braised lamb shank served with the meat falling off the bone on a bed of sweet potato purée and the cutest tiny boiled quail egg.

The standout dessert is the deconstructed soft meringue with blueberry curd, rose reduction and roasted raspberry gelato made right there. It's absolutely delicious.

Wine
A very good list well priced with some treasures like the Fryer’s Cove Pinot Noir very carefully selected.

Service
Friendly, knowledgeable and efficient; though things can slow down when the kitchen gets really busy.

Ambience
Very cosy with a semi-glamorous interior featuring some chandeliers and big candelabras, cheek by jowl with candles in wine bottles – a curious but not unpleasing ambivalence. Huge ornate mirrors make the room seem larger than it really is. Hand towels in the rest rooms are a nice touch.

And...
Only open at night and bookings are essential, especially on the weekends. Make sure you get a table when you book, as the counter is uncomfortable for mature patrons.

(September 2016)

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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food
    Diners are greeted by a concise menu that fits onto one page: there are five starters, six mains and just three desserts – which always bodes well in my book. The braised belly of pork with apple purée, roasted butternut and crumbed feta is a fantastic starter – a sweet, tangy purée and beautifully savoury pork. The beef tataki is also good: the beef comes in satisfying cubes coated in crispy panko crumbs, and is plated beautifully on caramelised white onion purée and pickled ginger. The pulled lamb – a novel idea – is gloriously fragrant and juicy, with a strong lamb flavour. The line fish with a beautiful garlic and sweet basil cream also comes with a tasty baby marrow risotto, which feels like a bonus prize. For dessert, the vanilla and honey cheesecake is the winner. The deep-fried nougat is less of a success, probably because my expectation is that the nougat would melt. As it is, it just goes a little chewy (not soft), but is tasty nonetheless in crispy filo pastry, and the cinnamon ice cream served alongside is spot on.

    Drinks
    The restaurant is still awaiting its liquor licence, which can be a long process, so bring your own. In the plans are craft cocktails – made with fresh ingredients – no syrups or synthetic ingredients – and wine, beer and cocktail pairings. Would need updated info here.

    Service
    Warm without being overbearing. Food comes out smartly.

    Ambience
    A mix of rustic wooden furniture – couch-style banquettes rest on wooden pallets, bar-height tables are made from repurposed wooden spindles – and classy touches like candelabras and gilt-edged mirrors make this a comfortable but slightly special place to eat.

    And…
    All in all, it’s delicious bistro food with some clever angles, and would give some of the more established central Mother City bistros a run for their money. – Katharine Jacobs

  • Katharine Jacobs

    Tableview might boast one of the most iconic Cape Town vistas, but until now, it had precious little to offer pilgrims on the food front. Now, a restaurant opened up by young chef Matt Schreuder is promising something a little bit special.

    Food

    Diners are greeted by a concise menu that fits onto one page: there are five starters, six mains and just three desserts – which always bodes well, in my book. The braised belly of pork with apple purée, roasted butternut and crumbed feta is a fantastic starter – a sweet, tangy purée and beautifully savoury pork. The beef tataki is also good: the beef comes in satisfying cubes coated in crispy panko crumbs and is plated beautifully on caramelised white onion purée and pickled ginger.

    The pulled lamb – a novel idea – is gloriously fragrant and juicy, with a strong lamby flavour. The line fish with a beautiful garlic and sweet basil cream also comes with a tasty baby marrow risotto, which feels like a bonus prize.

    For dessert, the vanilla and honey cheesecake is the winner. The deep-fried nougat is less of a success, probably because my expectation is that the nougat would melt. As it is, it just goes a little chewy (not soft), but is tasty nonetheless in crispy filo pastry, and the cinnamon ice cream served alongside is spot on.

    Drinks
    The restaurant is still awaiting its liquor licence, which can be a long process, so bring your own.

    Service
    Warm without being overbearing. Food comes out smartly.

    Ambience
    A mix of rustic wooden furniture – couch-style banquettes rest on wooden pallets, bar-height tables are made from repurposed wooden spindles – and classy touches like candelabras and gilt-edged mirrors make this a comfortable but slightly special place to eat. A light fitting made from copper pipes is a nod to steampunk on one wall.

    And…
    All in all, it’s delicious bistro food with some clever angles, and would give some of the more established central Mother City bistros a run for their money.

    (March 2015)

User reviews

  • wow what a surprise find in Tableview. such a hidden little gem with amazing food, service and vibe. Perfect for a fancy date night or anniversary. The wines are perfectly paired with each meal and conveniently put on the menu as well. The waiter had so much knowledge and we took all her recommendations and were not disappointed! Mouth watering fillet and salmon. Cant wait to go back.
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  • This restaurant has a really great vibe - the decor is modern but not overdone. Its quite dark, but has fantastic ambient lighting which makes it feel like you're at a really exclusive place. The combination of rich fabrics and textures really relax you. I love that they make you your very own cocktail out of what you like - I've never tasted so many new types of cocktails in my life! The food is always excellent, it tastes fresh and while it is quite "designer" type food, its also not over the top! The staff are always friendly and you can see they love their job.
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  • This is an absolute gem in Blouberg, right on the beachfront. Matt and his team go out of their way to make you feel welcome - in fact on only our second visit there we were astounded that they remembered our names and came and welcomed us back. THIS is personal service at its best. The food is also amazing - I can HIGHLY Recommend the gammon, fillet and in fact everything were eaten there has been spectacular. It is just such a treat to be treated so well and be served such delicious food , there are not that many options available in the area although we do have a few firm favourites. As pensioners we like to get out for lunch (or dinner) at least 3 times a week , pity homespun does not open for lunch during the day but the evenings out make up for it, so we will carry on visiting every couple of weeks - a real treat, they never cease to thrill us. .
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  • Absolutely brilliant - can only highly recommend - A1 rating !!!!
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  • An absolute gem. We had such a great evening last night. For starters I had the Beef Tataki and then theTuna Crunch for mains, both highly recommended. We will definitely be back!
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  • Our visit to Homespun restaurant last night was a mixed bag. Having heard good reviews, our group headed out to Table View to try out this new venue. With one vegetarian eater in our group, we had pre-contacted the restaurant to ensure there would be vegetarian options - yes, there was a pasta main that was veggie and the chef would make a wild mushroom risotto as well. Perfect. However, when we looked at the menu on arrival, we noticed that the pasta dish had been removed. No worries, our waiter explained that the wild mushroom risotto was a special for the evening. Great... except 5 minutes after ordering she came out to tell us that the risotto was in fact NOT on the menu for that evening. How is it possible that a restaurant which aims to be of a higher level than the usual joints in the area does not have at least ONE vegetarian main option on the menu? Really not acceptable, especially considering the pre-visit discussion with the restaurant. That said, the food that was served was exceptional. Both my starter - the beef tataki - and my main - a Thai green curry with mixed seafood, all individually prepared - were delicious, and well worth returning for. So Homespun, please relook your menu - and maybe also add some air-conditioning (it was sweltering inside) and you could be on to a winner here.
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  • An absolute gem - a definite MUST for anyone in Table View - you will come back again and again !!
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  • After reading this review my daughter booked this restaurant more than a week ago first check g on the fact that there was still no corkage charged and that it was still BYO wine((we also read review in Fridays Cape Times confirming the same thing) we were only told there was a corkage price when we open our wine. The waitress told us that the licence only came thru 3days previously and checked with us when the booking was made. We btherefore understood that we were not goingg to be charged because of that fact. However we were charged corkageand upon quireying this owner Matt took a most aggressive attitude and insisted that he was legally correct and could not see our point of view at all no apology for inconvenience his attitude really spoilt my daughters birthday dinner. IIt's a pity this new rrestaurant owner could no t have been more gracious !
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  • After reading this review my daughter booked this restaurant more than a week ago first check g on the fact that there was still no corkage charged and that it was still BYO wine((we also read review in Fridays Cape Times confirming the same thing) we were only told there was a corkage price when we open our wine. The waitress told us that the licence only came thru 3days previously and checked with us when the booking was made. We therefore understood that we were not goingg to be charged because of that fact. However we were charged corkageand upon quireying this owner Matt took a most aggressive attitude and insisted that he was legally correct and could not see our point of view at all no apology for inconvenience his attitude really spoilt my daughters birthday dinner. IIt's a pity this new rrestaurant owner could no t have been more gracious !
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  • A recent girl's night out ended in the early hours of the morning after discovering a local gem right on our doorstep. That's right, we booked at Homespun! Patrons note, walking in and expecting a seat is unlikely now that Matt Schreuder's restaurant has raised the bar and then some.

    For starters the spicy butternut soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, crispy parma ham and cultured cream was such a hit that my friend declared she could have that for mains as well until she clapped eyes on the sirloin of beef served with roasted brown mushroom, carrot puree, sweet potato crisps, onion crumb and a wild mushroom and red wine jus served at another table. She was sold on the spot and thoroughly enjoyed both. I opted for the delicate, but perfectly proportioned camembert tart with beetroot jam, beetroot crumb and candy beets. It was beautifully presented and the flavours were exquisite. I only wish that it was served a tiny bit warmer. For mains I had the chicken fillet with creamy fillet truffled wild mushroom risotto and crispy fried capers. It was one off the best meals I have had in a long time. My only regret is that I couldn't finish it, portions are very generous. Our vegetarian friend could only choose the the pasta (the tiniest of tiny black marks) on the mains menu, but she was more than satisfied with her pasta tossed in a rocket and basil pesto, grilled cherry tomato, crispy fried aubergine and parmegan shavings. The other option would've been to have two starters which she would've been perfectly happy to do. We did not get to dessert, Matt's food was too delicious, the portions so generous and we enjoyed the evening far too much. Service was slick, we were not hurried along, nor were we chased to the door once our plates were taken away. All in all a most enjoyable experience, one we will most definitely repeat. Especially since still have to try the flourless chocolate torte!

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  • We went to Homespun last night and wow - what a stunning hidden treasure in the middle of Tableview! It was miserable weather outside, but stepping through the doors was like walking into a warm and cosy heaven. We were greeted at the door by a very friendly and professional host - always a good sign. The owner Matt, was constantly available, meeting and greeting customers. Our waitress was extremely efficient and knowledgeable about the menu and was able to describe each item perfectly. Service was great overall. They don't have a liquor licence as yet, so you can bring your own and it works very well. 'Glassage' is charged once off and the barman is fantastic - friendly and super efficient. And the food!! The menu is concise and caters for pretty much all palates. Everything sounded so good that it was hard to choose. I'm a very fussy eater and as I'm in the industry, I can be a bit over-critical, but I wasn't disappointed by anything. We were a large group and yet the food arrived in very good time. I had the baked camembert tart with beetroot jam for starters and it was completely delicious.Everyone else at the table of 14 was extremely happy with their choices too. I then followed with the pork belly with red cabbage, roasted turnip and brussel sprouts and that was even more delicious. Perfectly cooked, soft and tender belly with a crispy crackling top, beautiful flavours and textures on the plate - and it all looked so pretty too. I was too full for dessert, but a friend had the chocolate torte - and I sneaked a little bit while he wasn't looking - and it was gorgeous. Rich, chocolatey and soft.... I'll definitely be back - well worth it and the pricing is very fair.
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  • I had dinner at Homespun on Saturday night 11 July 2015, what an amazing experience. From the moment we walked through the door to dessert, the night was incredible! The beef tataki was exactly how Matt, the owner of this beautiful establishment, explained it. An incredible explosion of delicious tastes - fusing the pickled ginger with the crispy fried onion, the purée and a gentle tangy wasabi mayo had the beef dancing over my taste buds! The pork was done to perfection and well complimented with the Brussels sprouts ,turnips and red cabbage -simply YUM! Then came the cheesecake - I am crazy about the pistachio and fudge crumble base. A must for any cheesecake lover! The service was excellent and the staff were well versed on the menu and recommendations. The atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable with lots of chatting and laughing. I simply loved the decor. Quirky and interesting but not overpowering or ostentatious - any lull in the conversation could be filled with commenting on the unique use of copper piping and pallets! To Matt and staff - well done on an incredible establishment. Traveling from Muizenberg to Tableview on a wet and cold evening was well worth it!
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  • Absolutely excellent and about time that we had a decent restaurant in this area. Loved the decor and the candelabras at each table, the only negative being the monotonous wallpaper music. I had the beef tataki to start with which was so so good and the pulled lamp to follow. Lovely soft lamb with a delicious flavour but be warned it is very rich. The service was top notch and it was great to chat to Matt the owner and Ryan the head chef. We will definitely be going back.
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  • 5 star all round!!!! Great venue...staff so friendly...food FABULOUS!!! What I love about it is it's on my doorstep.
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  • My friends tould me 'you have to go', and we did...We can only comment fairly, the smoked springbok carpaccio was to die for. Great ambiance, excellent service (even with load shedding) and Matt is a great host. We will be back!
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  • Very good, brilliant staff / management, highly recommend for all residents in Table View and surrounds - A MUST !!
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  • Had a very nice dinner @ Homespun last night. Beautifully prepared dishes full of flavour. Loved the pork belly as well as the pulled lamb. Other dishes being served (springbok carpaccio, fried camembert, ostrich, beef medallions) looked very nice as well and were equally delicious according to my dining companions. I also really liked the fried nougat, it's definitely something different which I never had anywhere before. Service was very pleasant, attentive and spot on. They could be, or rather should be a bit more confident. No reason not to be. All in all a very satisfying experience. We definitely will be back.
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  • Homespun is indeed a welcome addition to Table View! They are offering excellent food and great personalised service. Being met on arrival by Matt himself was awesome and our waiter was so good. The beef tataki starter was top class. I like that they continue to keep their menu fresh and new. Look forward to my next visit. Matt, well done to you and your team I was so impressed!
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  • This is exactly what Table View has been missing for a very long time! Matt has created a really exceptional culinary experience.Nestled between the all too familiar pubs, bars and fast food joints of Table View, this little gem is a welcome breath of fresh air, and definitely worth a visit!! A simple and uncomplicated menu with some amazing tastes and combinations. The service and personal touch from Matt and his staff, is also worth a mention, and is a welcome change from the "get in and get out" attitude we see in so many other establishments in the area. An experience not to be missed.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
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