A nominee for the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, this small but beautiful restaurant has developed a reputation for stellar tapas.
Named after two streets in New York City, Mulberry & Prince is owned by Capetonian Cornel Mostert and New Yorker Cynthia Rivera, two chefs who met while they were studying at the Culinary Institute of America. The food is influenced by their experiences.
The seasonal menu features New American dishes like roasted oyster with horseradish emulsion, smoked onion dip with potato crisps, and dried porcini. The offering of small and mid-sized plates is designed to be shared.
Locally sourced creamy burrata with deep umami flavours of black garlic and seeded toast is like the most luxurious Marmite-and-cheese toast ever. Our waiter's suggestion impressed, too: tender squid with crunchy endive and a velvety emulsion. The portions are small despite being designed to share.
The more generous options of a simple pasta dish of tagliolini alla cacio (cheese and pepper) is an example in simplicity executed with perfection. A crowning glory of a rib-eye steak with an anchovy crumb is designed for an adventurous palate in mind. With real hits of umami, this is a unique take on a menu staple.
The only option for dessert at the time is a panna cotta with honeycomb and apricot, which delivers a genius marriage of flavours.
Mulberry & Prince is a unique eating experience that breaks convention and is best enjoyed with an open mind and a group of friends.
A small well-curated wine list offers a range of exclusively South African boutique wines and a limited spirit menu.
Slick and informed waiters move around seamlessly in this small space. The menu is explained in detail and special ingredients are highlighted, which is helpful as the menu is hard to read with small print and low lighting.
This is a truly Instagrammable space with a dusty pink, grey and white palette. Mid-century modern inspired furniture can be seen throughout the restaurant, together with exposed brick walls and colourful stained glass. The space is beautifully finished with work by local artist Kurt Pio lining the walls.
Make sure you book in advance, as this is a popular spot even during the slow winter months.
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Cornel Mostert met New Yorker Cynthia Rivera at the International Culinary Institute in Manhattan and together they bring a slice of the city-that-never-sleeps to the Mother City. Mulberry & Prince in the Cape Town CBD is evidence of a welcome trend in the city – the opening of diners and after-hours spots beyond Bree, Long and Kloof streets. The sharing plates can best be described as New American and won’t go amiss in any hip eatery, from Brooklyn to the West Village.
Think lardo (cured pork fat) on toast and endive with anchovy, walnuts and pecorino. The bacalao fritters (salted cod croquettes) tend to be a little on dry side. Dive into a plate of shaved kohlrabi, bright persimmon, hazelnuts and fresh mint and don’t expect a large serving of the lamb ribs. They’re lightly spiced, drizzled in honey and delicious, though, and you’d wish you'd ordered one for only yourself.
Splurge on the succulent steak for two if you’re feeling flush and don’t miss the molten dark chocolate cake. It comes with an unnecessarily large cloud of cream, but the true wonder lies beneath.
It’s still BYO pending their liquor licence and they carry a basic range of sodas, water and coffees.
The staff is enthusiastic, efficient, eager to explain the foreign-sounding ingredients and make recommendations.
An impeccably designed space with sienna-coloured leather, large globular light bulbs, a hint of pastel and gorgeous (if slightly cold to the touch) tables. Artwork by Kurt Pio and tastefully exposed bricks complete the look. The city’s young and fabulous have swooned over the design, concept and Instragram-ability of the space: a charcoal exterior and dusty pink interior with the décor of a design magazine. It gets packed with date-nighters and a chic crowd.
Make sure you book a table – the bar area seating, while sleek and pretty, is best left as decoration.
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