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Mink & Trout

Mink & Trout
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Cost
R160 dinner and lunch is R100
Ambience
Coffee, Family friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Food
Bistro fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R80

Critic's review

Lynda Ingham-Brown

This stylish space is perfect for a weeknight meal with substance, or a lazy weekend brunch in the shade of the ancient eucalyptus tree on the terrace.

Food
Tapas are popular here, with a substantial list to choose from including the likes of arancini with mushrooms and cauliflower; crumbed pork and grilled calamari with a tonkatsu sauce (the pork cutlet alone would make a substantial starter); ham hock terrine with a kohlrabi-and-apple remoulade, and whitebait with dill-and-lemon mayo. Portions are generous and you’ll easily be satisfied by ordering a selection to share. Mains on offer include grilled fish with corn-and-bacon chowder and mussels au gratin (a great flavour combination and generously portioned), gnocchi with mushrooms, baby spinach and a poached egg; Elgin pork belly with butternut, braised red cabbage and sage; and their signature chicken pie with truffle-and-mushroom sauce. Desserts include classics such as a yoghurt panna cotta, which had a pleasing tang but could have been a little firmer; crème brulée; and a flourless chocolate cake.

Drinks
A well-conceived wine list with interesting red, white and MCC options, with some available by the glass and conveniently arranged according to flavour (e.g. “light and fruity”, or “fuller bodied with a dash of smoke”), beers and ciders, soft drinks, and spirits.

Service
Friendly and laid-back.

Ambience
A well-dressed space with dramatically draped curtains concealing the kitchen indoors, with some outdoor tables perfect for a warm day.

Best for… 
Take advantage of the tapas special, R189 for three; or opt for three courses for R250.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • Mink & Trout WOW what can I say such a amazing small restaurant. I enjoyed there special menu and was blown away by the freshness of the food and the service. The waiter recommended the chicken Pie and the steak,all I can say is praise to the chef who prepared this amazing dish. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that comes to cape town. 5 Stars all around. Thank you to Chef Dien who made our food and making me a repeat customer
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  • This is a true great experience ! The staff (Anati) is very helpfull and relaxed, but most of all experienced. The ambiance is very relaxed, nice interior, and the food is great! We will be back!
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  • What a great experience! I’m visiting Cape Town from London and couldn’t have asked for a nicer resturant for lunch! Great food, lovely staff and a very cool place. I highly recommend the Thai green curry delicious and very authentic also all the desserts (We did try everyone). Really great, thanks guys!! Amie McD
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  • The food was absolutely outstanding. We had the Thai Green Curry and Gnocchi. Both amazing. And the desserts were to die for. Perfectly executed. Cannot wait to come back again. Bravo!
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  • Lovely atmosphere, lovely staff. Thank you for having us Mink and Trout
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  • Don’t doubt it, do it!
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  • Great food, great service awesome ambience
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  • My wife and I were looking for a decidedly urban, cape town-based, wedding reception and we decided on Mink & Trout. Housed in a splendid example of Cape-Dutch architecture, the restaurant features a great veranda, dining and bar area, which lend it well for our wedding reception - accommodating different spaces where people could chat, eat and drink. Nevertheless, what should attract any urban dweller and Cape-Town visitor alike are the culinary delights with which Chef Leigh treated us. At the wedding reception, Mink welcomed us with tasteful bites and continued with a great canapé as starter-dish followed by a choice of main dish and dessert. I must say that the lamb was exquisite. Beside the ambience and the food, what I am left with today is a great experience in dealing with the Chef and his staff. They helped my wife and I to organize a, for us, memorable evening. It gave us great joy to see that the staff were happy to host us. Mink & Trout's staff did not stop smiling, being attentive and honest, which all are a reflection of their management. In conclusion, I would definitely recommend a visit, if not several, to Mink & Trout.
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  • Such a amazing little find. Situated on bree street. We inside for lunch and had a amazing atmosphere and vibe to get. Perfect selection of music. Had the gnocchi and my partner had the chicken pie. Such great flavours and hands down best chicken pie in cape town the combinations of flavors in both dishes were point on. The bistro has a amazing mural of table mountain that lights up in the evening. Definitely will be back soon and will recommend to everyone. Absolutely somewhere you have to visit in cape town.
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  • Just enjoyed the business lunch, had a tasty Thai Green Curry. The service was quick and attentive. Will definitely come back for an affordable lunch out the office.
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  • Just had a fantastic meal at Mink and Trout. The service was so friendly. Adored the Chicken Pie - shaped like Lion's Head - and the tapas were excellent. Sorry we are leaving tomorrow. A definite when we return!
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  • Unfortunately, a very disappointing experience. The only good dish was the risotto arancini. The chicken pad thai was tasteless and cold, the line fish main cooked well but nothing spectacular, steamed broccoli and shaved carrots were a sad portion of vegetables, and main course gnocchi was relatively bland and cold lettuce on a warm dish is not so smart.
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  • I can not Fault anything at Mink & Trout. I went there for lunch and enjoyed the Lunch special. I was blown away by the Homemade chicken Pie, So much flavour when the mushroom sauce is added. The Triple fried chip is a brilliant idea. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone, A small hidden Gem
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  • Great food and warm, friendly service
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  • Having 1 hour and 20 minutes to get our food is not usual Waiters were sorry, but instead of a courtesy glass we have to pay for it. Although the food was more than correct, a bad experience .
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Facilities

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

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