Marrow (and Melting Pot pop-up)

Marrow (and Melting Pot pop-up)
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R65 avg main meal
Quick meals
Bistro fare, Light meals
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa
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

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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.


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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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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
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  • Lunch
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