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Mink & Trout

Cost
R130
Ambience
Contemporary cool
Food
Bistro fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
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Food
This quaint restaurant situated in the heart of Cape Town's bustling foodie street, Bree, puts the truth in the saying that dynamite comes in small packages. The menu is small with only a few choices of recognisably named menu items, but that's part of their allure.

The dishes are presented in the most sophisticated and interesting way. The mushroom risotto is the perfect starter, providing taste and texture in abandon. Another recommended option is the silky smooth duck parfait, served with wafers and spicy relish. Each dish is beautifully crafted and presented on the most exquisite crockery; every plate is unique and interesting, framing the food as if it were a painted masterpiece.

The chicken pie main course is the signature dish, the recipe hailing from the previous owners and purchased along with the restaurant. The flaky, buttery pastry encases a chunky chicken centre which rests on top of a creamy truffle sauce; it delivers everything you want in a chicken pie and more. Accompanying side dishes such as triple-cooked chips and duck-fat roasted potatoes are a perfect addition to any of the meaty dishes on offer, which might include the likes of confit pork belly or bone-marrow-crusted fillet.

The dessert menu tempts with offerings such as chocolate torte and a light-as-air panna cotta served with seasonal berries.

Drinks
The wine list is carefully selected to match the seasonal menu offering for that day. A few local sparkling, white and red wines are available, all offered by the bottle or as a carafe for those who wish to pair each course with a different wine.

Service
As soon as you walk in the door, you're greeted by the smiling face of the hostess and bar man, making you feel like you've just arrived at a family's home. Service staff are well versed on the menu items, offering detailed explanations of what each dish entails.

Ambience
Small restaurants can often feel cramped and full, but Mink & Trout has found a way to make the space feel open and welcoming. The sleek tables and chairs line up on either side of the room with the open-plan kitchen in view of diners. The interesting light fixtures dotted around the restaurant give the place a romantic ambience.

And…
Enquire about the themed curry nights and the bottomless bubbly brunches, which are ideal for a meal out with friends.

(July 2017)

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  • Katharine Jacobs

    Food

    Start with a stellar ceviche. Tender morsels of fish are arranged in a little garden of sweet and sour ginger-pickled veggies with a miso and cream cheese dressing. We also sample a trout, asparagus, leek and lemon ricotta tart, which is every so slightly dry, but comes with a soft boiled egg that’s somehow been coated in thin, crispy batter – glorious. We’ll be back to try the mussels, arrives in an impressive-looking package that lets out a huff of coconut, coriander and chilli-scented air into the room as it’s opened at a neighbouring table.

    For mains, the Karoo lamb bredie is outstanding. The lamb is tender, melting and full of flavour – and crucially not overpowered by tomato bredie sauce. The free-range chicken, leek and mushroom pie with truffle sauce boasts a rich centre of succulent chicken – although the sauce has that slightly artificial taste of stock cubes about it. Other options include Oak Valley Pork, pasture-reared steak, and a confit pork belly, which also involves parma ham, prawns, asparagus and risotto.

    Vegetarians will have to make do with two intriguing salads, or pasta tossed with spring veggies and artichokes.

    There are three tempting puddings: we manage only a crème brûlée, which is excellent. It’s small, but perfectly creamy without being heavy, with a thin, crisp layer of on top.

    Drinks

    A concise wine list offers a handful of gems. Think Intellego chenin from the Swartland, Oak Valley Riesling, or Force Majeure’s cinsaut rosé. A small but beautiful bar has opened in the former entrance area, which we predict will be popular come First Thursday.

    Ambience

    The old Birds space has been beautifully refurbished by Attik Design. The crumbling, exposed brick walls are still a feature, but the whole space now has a much more moody, evening feel, thanks to emerald green and rose gold details. Custom bar stools (a collaboration between Attik and Nieuw design) carry the green through to the bar area. Beautiful crockery from The Potter’s Gallery in Kleinmond helps to take each dish up a notch.

    Service

    Considering we dine on opening night, everything runs very smoothly. The food takes a little while to come out, and staff are slightly unsure about some things, but their warmth makes up for it.

     

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User reviews

  • Mink & Trout deliered big time tonight on all fronts. The service was impeccable but it was overshadowed by the exceptional food. We had starters of mussels with a Cape Malay twist, and creamy, flavourful butternut soup. Both can be recommended. My husband chose pork for his mains and said it was done to perfection. I'll have to try it next time as he wouldn't share a morsel of it. I had duck and am very glad I wasn't expected to trade a mouthful as I wanted it all to myself. Both dishes were perfect portions, with layers of complex flavours. We shared a dessert of flourless chocolate cake that hit the spot beautifully. Check out their fabulous specials and be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
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  • Stumbled across M&T whilst walking through the CBD last night. Beautiful interiors with style and sophistication. I was immediately sold upon walking in. We weren't that hungry so only opted for a main. The duck confit was absolutely amazing❤️
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  • Perhaps a First Thursday was not the best night to book as a group, but I think the booking could've been handled more professionally. And I think that insisting that a large group MUST have a full 3-course menu is a touch dictatorial. It made it impossible to expand the party at will (as is wont to happen on a First Thursday and thus lost the restaurant business as people popped by to say hello) and left me feeling manipulated into something I had not wanted. And who, in this water-conscious age, can not be prepared to provide tap water in jugs for the table? My starter was delicious, if billed a little oddly as trout, asparagus, leek and lemon ricotta tart, it had the smallest piece of trout possible on the side. The others had the pate (pronounced very good), and someone ordered the "very dull" salad - which then appeared as a "side" with the main course again. Poor man. The steak was excellent, but when offered chips with that, it would be nice if they didn't come as a surprise in bowls to share. Desserts were just fine, but I was too full to appreciate it properly! All-in-all, I'd say it was a lost opportunity on the restaurant's part to set us on the road as ambassadors and regulars (we all work in the travel industry).
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
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  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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