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