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Marrow (and Melting Pot pop-up)

Marrow (and Melting Pot pop-up)
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Cost
R65 avg main meal
Ambience
Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa
Corkage
BYO - no corkage

Critic's review

Blink and you could miss this culinary gem. This cosy little restaurant is brewing some of the best broths in Cape Town. Look for the interesting wishbone print that hangs above the entrance.

Melting Pot review

by Abigail Donnelly

Food
This is a one-of-a-kind experience, where contemporary dishes are packed with bold flavours that complement Korean, Thai, Sri Lankan, Vietnamese and Thai flavours.

Each dish, from the spicy flavours layered and smooshed into a bowl of dhal to the cracking good fried chicken with a lip-smacking soya-mayo dressing are made with a rich and full depth of flavour that knocks your socks off. Other options could include a Peruvian pork bun, fish tacos or sashimi line fish. End with an affogato.

Drinks
Bring your own or ask for the ‘extra olives’.

Service
As minimalistic as everything else. Simply order and pay at the counter and your food will be brought to you.

Ambience
It’s hip; a cute small hole-in-the-wall spot with tiny stools.  which makes this relaxed place very special and simple.

And…
The experience is minimalistic, but if you love great food then this is the perfect spot for you. This is my kind of food and I’m sure to be a regular. Can’t wait!

Star ratings: Food and drinks: 5; Service: 4; Ambience: 4

Marrow review

by Jody Theodore

Food
Pick your poison. The signature clear bowl broth is a meal that should not underestimated. It packs a punch that will satisfy any hunger. The julienne carrot provides crunch, the smoky paprika chorizo complements the delicately flavoured chicken, and the spring onion brings with it a light sweet light sting. Pour over the clear broth, served separately, for a perfect combination of all the flavours. Expect a culinary explosion with every spoonful.

The brown broth's amazing combination of venison, lentils, flaked almonds, zucchini and Turkish apricots is magical. The green and golden broths each boast their own unique signature flavour profiles. If you're vegan, Marrow has that covered too. The white broth is a vegetable broth base with the addition of coconut milk, miso, lemongrass, roasted aubergine, tofu, turnip strips and basil dressing. It can rival the clear broth bowl.

Unfortunately, there aren't any dessert options available.

Ambience
Marrow is small, quaint and comfortable. A simplistic trend runs through the restaurant, with furniture comprising a long wooden counter and little stools.

Service
Orders and pay at the counter and your meal is brought to you when it's ready.

Drinks
There's not a large drinks menu to choose from, but what’s on offer is definitely interesting. House-made plum shrub, aceso fire tonic health shot and pineapple shrub cordial is truly unusual and divine.

(2018)

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  • Linda Scarborough

    This brand-new broth bar has been opened by the people responsible for Honest Chocolate and the Secret Gin Bar on Wale Street. The quirky door covering printed with a wishbone will help you find this small hole in the wall on Loop Street, which is a calm oasis filled with rich aromas emanating from the bubbling pots of nourishing liquid on offer.

    Food
    Choose your broth – clear, white, green or brown – and then decide if you’d like it in a cup (R30) or with toppings in a bowl (R65).

    The brown broth sounds the heaviest, made as it is with bone broth, red wine, gochujang and harissa, but it’s surprisingly light and delicate and a very attractive colour in its tall pouring glass. If you order a bowl, you will get neat slices of perfectly cooked venison (still tender ruby red in the centre), lentils, ribbons of courgette and cubes of apricot. Add your broth as you wish and tuck in with a pair of chopsticks and little porcelain spoon.

    The green option is based on dashi with the addition of parsley and kombu, so it delivers a fresh and savoury flavour, with the additions of steamed angelfish, broccoli, leeks and some orange to lift it all.

    If you’re vegan, the white broth is bound to satisfy, and might even be the most delicious of the three I tried. Made with coconut milk, vegetable broth, lemongrass and miso, it comes with roasted aubergine for a sweet earthiness, tofu, turnip strips and some bright basil oil.

    Next time I’ll go back to try the fourth and final option of clear bone broth, made with soy, miso and sesame oil, with the option to have it in a bowl with roasted chicken, chorizo, spring onion and julienne carrot.

    Marrow’s bowls are wholesome and healthy and should satisfy, but if you have a particularly large appetite you can bulk up your portion by ordering sticky rice balls, soft-boiled eggs or chorizo.

    A generous touch is the cube of kombucha Turkish delight served on your tray to enjoy after the meal. It melts in the mouth, and puts the rubbery store-bought versions you may have tasted to shame.

    Drinks
    It’s great to have some tasty and unusual options instead the usual fizzy-sugary soft drinks. You can order a plum shrub (made with a base of apple-cider vinegar), which is tangy and aromatic, lemon-honey tonic water, or aceso fire tonic, all of which you are invited to top up with a swing-top bottle of sparkling water.

    Service
    Guests order and pay at the counter before finding a spot to sit to await their broth. Staff are efficient and friendly. The process feels simple and effortless.

    Ambience
    Marrow is small and sparsely designed, with gorgeous jade-coloured wall tiles and light wooden counters along the two side walls. 10 little stools will accommodate those who wish to sit down.

    And…
    The presentation of the dishes and drinks is simply beautiful, with glossy crockery and refined glassware.

    (August 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • Such a fabulous and healthy lunch spot in town. 5 different broths served either plain in a cup, or in a bowl with additional ingredients. Clear and brown are definite favourites. The homemade shrubs and cordials are refreshingly delicious. Extremely well priced and really healthy. A regular favourite.
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  • Marrow is the ideal city lunch spot and even thought we walked into a full Friday lunch hour, we got seats in less than 5 minutes. Fresh, flavoursome & wholesome - this is the type of lunch that won't push you into an afternoon nap! The brown broth comes with crispy almonds, venison and turkish apricots and I added extra rice balls and a refreshing plum shrub with sparkling water. Do yourself a favour and stop by for a quick work lunch. Small details in the presentation sets this apart from other drop & go lunch spots.
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