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Mink & Trout

Mink & Trout
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Cost
R130
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Food
Bistro fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R65

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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    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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User reviews

  • 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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  • 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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Facilities

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

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