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Mulberry & Prince

Mulberry & Prince
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Cost
R280 avg spend per person
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Contemporary fare, Food from the Americas, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
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.

Drinks
A small well-curated wine list offers a range of exclusively South African boutique wines and a limited spirit menu.

Service
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.

Ambience
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.

And…
Make sure you book in advance, as this is a popular spot even during the slow winter months.

(October 2017)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay their own way. Read our full editorial policy here.

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  • Ishay Govender-Ypma

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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.

    Drinks
    It’s still BYO pending their liquor licence and they carry a basic range of sodas, water and coffees.

    Service
    The staff is enthusiastic, efficient, eager to explain the foreign-sounding ingredients and make recommendations.

    Ambience
    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.

    And...
    Make sure you book a table – the bar area seating, while sleek and pretty, is best left as decoration.

    (September 2016)

    Eat Out reviewers dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Click here to read our editorial policy.

  • Sandiso Ngubane

    Food
    The menu is not very extensive, but it will have your mouth watering as you read through dishes that include cod with ajo-blanco-inspired sauce and butter beans, ricotta dumplings, shimeji with grana padano, and pork with burnt cucumbers, leeks and brodo.

    The bacalhao fritters go down very well as a light, flavourful starter, but I must admit I am completely underwhelmed when the main – lamb ribs with spices and honey – arrives for me and my dinner date to share. We ask ourselves if this is a tapas bar rather than a place that serves full portions, but the disappointment fizzes into excitement the moment we start on the lamb. I’m not sure what heaven tastes like, but I imagine it would be something like these tender, moist lamb ribs. Quite blissful! By the time we are done, we realise the portion is, in fact, perfect. Zero complaints.

    Our second serving is perfectly textured octopus tentacles with chickpeas, preserved lemon and cured roe. While it doesn’t come close to the amazingly delicious lamb, there’s very little doubt that the rest of their offerings, like oysters with yuzu mignonette and cucumber and beef tartare with anchovy, walnut, pecorino, stracciatella, lovage and charred bread will be something to write home about. I’m most certainly going back to try them out.

    Drinks
    They're still waiting on their liquor licence, so for the time being, BYOB is encouraged.

    Service
    Exceptional service from attentive staff, who are very helpful with the menu and quite generous with their smiles.

    Ambience
    The small, modern and inviting space features artist Kurt Pio’s works on the walls, alongside modern furniture, making for a contemporary, minimalist feel. The stylish interior was designed by Atelier Interiors and features blush pink, exposed brickwork and beams, along with lush velvet and glossy metal. It could work for a date-night, or a meal with friends.

    And…
    While it can get loud, it’s still definitely worth a visit.

    (May 2016)

User reviews

  • Very pricey for a very small amount of food, squid at R140 twelve tiny rings of squid on a few salad leaves. It does have very nice decor and feel to the place. Food wise I was very disappointed in presentation, taste and portion size
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  • Very pricey for a very small amount of food, squid at R140 twelve tiny rings of squid on a few salad leaves. It does have very nice decor and feel to the place. Food wise I was very disappointed in presentation, taste and portion size
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  • This is how it works - girls go for the decor, and guys for the food. My fiancé and I went for a quick dinner before a show at the Fugard, we didn't book, so we sat at the bar, as pretty as the rest of the seats, but definitely less comfortable. Portions are small - think of it as a tapas menu where you have to order a few dishes and share.I'd definitely recommend the lamb ribs, and the pork was almost as good, but we left a little hungry. If we had more time we would've tried more dishes. Go with a few friends, book a table, and order a few dishes to share. No liquor license yet, so make sure to bring your own or be happy with sparkling water and a good coffee with dessert.
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  • Three of us dined at Mulberry & Prince last night and for a Tuesday evening (and a rather cold, rainy one) the restaurant was full! Yes, it may be a small place but point here is that one definitely needs to book in advance. Food is meant for sharing (tapas), although there are a few dishes that could be for one as a main meal (such as the pork) if sharing isn't your thing. We opted for quite a variety of dishes to share including: bacaiao fritters as our first nibble; kohlrabi salad (thin cucumber-like shavings of cabbage) with persimmon and hazelnuts (delicious: simple and fresh); stracciatella (also simple and great); lamb ribs; octopus (delicious); ricotta dumplings (delicious), and the pork. We were then sold on the idea of the 70% dark chocolate cake, which was pretty much like eating a 70% piece of Lindt - the perfect end. Tapas portions were perfect for sharing with 3 people as we had a better taste of each plate. The only gripe is that while our waitress did tell us that dishes came out slowly so we will have time between meals (we were worried we had over ordered), she was being serious; we waited about 20 or so minutes per plate of food. This probably would have been better for a Thurs/Fri/Sat evening. They still don't have their liquor licence, so definitely take your own wine (to be honest I didn't check whether they charged for corkage as mentioned in one of the reviews below). Our total for the evening was R820 ex tip. It is a cool space and I probably will be back
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  • The cheerful, welcoming hostess and chocolate cake were the only redeeming features of our experience. We moved tables (4 pax) after initially being seated at the pass (literally against it - this table should not even exist, with dirty plates being placed 30cm away from you), which was accepted gracefully, but the service stopped at this point. It took over thirty minutes for all glasses (4 minimalist settings) and cutlery to be moved (repeated requests/reminders) and our waitress then just ignored us for about 20 minutes after leaving the menus; she couldn't remember which BYO bottle of wine was ours (their liquor licence hasn't been issued yet) and refills had to be requested half of the time. Only when the place emptied did service improve. The food is overpriced for tapas portions and there is zero generosity; they charge you R45 for 5 slices of average table bread (with cultured butter that we never received) that would be included free at other decent establishments (or just not offered); the n'duja accompanying spread was another R35 - a waste of R80 total. The chocolate cake was excellent, but the rest was just fine (average these days for a good restaurant). You're spoiled for choice in Cape Town, so I can't imagine that this place will be open long, despite the valiant efforts of the hostess.
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  • My Friends and I had the privilege of dining at Cape Towns new hot spot, Mulberry & Prince. This is such a unique and special place with the interior and friendliness of the staff adding to the experience. The menu is interesting yet exciting with ingredients I could not even pronounce. We wanted to try a bit of everything and ended up doing so. The food was absolutely incredible. The flavors are so interesting you cant help to order something else just to find yourself enjoying the next plate even more. The concept of shared plates encourages a spontaneous and communal vibe, which we really enjoyed. I had a memorable time at Mulberry & Prince with the food being the highlight of the evening. This kitchen and bar is a little gem right in the heart of Cape Town. These two young Chefs has amazed me in so many ways. Mulberry & Prince is worth the visit, and though all of us can't visit New York ourselves, Cornel and Cynthia managed to bring a piece of it; combine it with the mother city and deliver a fantastic creation like non other!
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  • Loved our first visit to Mulberry & Prince last night! The service from Danni was fantastic and her food suggestions were spot on. We had the the bacaiao fritters, which were delicious if somewhat indiscriminate in flavour (reminded me of Dutch kroketten), the endive salad, which was fresh and savoury with a good anchovy hit, the beef tartare (a stand out!), the ricotta dumplings, octopus (another stand out), the stracciatella (pronounced by my friend as the best thing she'd ever eaten!) and the ribs, which had a fantastic flavour, but were a bit fatty (lamb ribs will be though I suppose). We ended with the panna cotta with hibiscus syrup, which struck just the right sweet savoury note to finish the meal. All in all we loved it! The bill was R910 excluding tip for the three of us (yes, we probably over-ordered, but everything sounded so delicious!). The only thing that was a bit off is that they charge R35 corkage per bottle of wine but they don't have a liquor license (yet), so you HAVE to bring your own wine. They are charging as some people were abusing the BYOB (!), but maybe they should rather think about only charging corkage over a certain amount of bottles per table, as it leaves a bit of a bad taste to see that unexpectedly on the bill.
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