Reverie Social Table

Reverie Social Table
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R700 for five courses wine pairing
Contemporary cool
South African, Vegetarian
Amex, Diners, Mastercard, Visa
R40 (sparkling wine); R30 (still wine)

Critic's review

Ami Kapilevich

Chef Julia Hattingh prepares a five-course tour d’exquis through a gorgeous landscape of ingredients and flavours. Each week or two the restaurant collaborates with a wine farm to pair each course with a particular wine from its range. You might be served dishes like a Beatrix Dairy-Goat Dairies sensational Reblochon-style Josephine cheese with a nasturtium pesto; warmed freshwater trout with seaweed-marinated beans, black-sesame paste and roe; a slow-baked duck-liver parfait with molasses pineapples and pancakes infused with noble late harvest; and beef short rib with celeriac-and-cauliflower gratin. Each course is cooked with a panache that belies Chef Hattingh’s youth. There is an auspicious new voice on Cape Town’s fine dining scene.

It’s all about wise and deft food-and-wine pairings at Reverie. There is clearly a lot of thought and preparation that goes into the combinations, and the chef’s formative years spent in the winelands have born wonderful fruit, as it were. She is intimately familiar with South Africa’s hidden gems and classic terroirs. When the wine is combined with the flavours of the food, you can honestly say that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

The evening is more of an experiential process than an intimate dinner, so the service needs to be suitably efficient and industrious, which is it. Fortunately, it also manages to be attentive and friendly at the same time. The chef describes and explains each course before it is presented, and will join the table here and there for a relaxed chat.

Reverie is a table d’hôte setup, which means that there is a single 18-seater table in the establishment, and guests are encouraged to enjoy the social aspect as much as the food. The atmosphere is that of a culinary soirée, and if the delicious food doesn’t melt the ice, the incredible array of wine certainly will.

(November 2016)

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User reviews

  • We live just around the corner from this little gem, and have always wanted to go. They launched a Winter Special, so we decided to grab the opportunity and reserve our space at the long 18 seater table. It can be quite daunting not knowing who you're going to be sharing the table with and there's definitely a fear that you won't have anything in common with anyone...which would make for extremely awkward conversation... But we were extremely lucky! To our left were a group from my partners home town in Australia, and to our right fascinating Sexual Studies students and teachers, and all around the table either people from the same industries as us, or we knew people in common. 'Six degrees of separation' at its best... All of this just made the food and wine even more memorable, as we had the opportunity to 'uhm' and 'ahh' with a great group of people! Don't let the location of this little tucked-away Observatory/Salt River Main Road restaurant scare you off. The gates are always locked, and the welcome and staff are extra friendly and will make you feel right at home. You get welcomed with a glass of bubbly, and then taken for a tour of the kitchen and the adorable and relaxing lounge area. And then with each course, talented chef Julia comes to explain the dish and wine pairing personally, adding that little extra touch! The dishes seem to change almost daily, so if you go back, you'll be surprised by some new flavours and textures. But it's worth it, because what we were served the first time around, was amazing, and the wine pairing also perfect. We've been to The Tasting Room in Franschhoek a few times, and I would honestly put Julia and her creations right up there with flavours and presentation. And all of this right on our door step, and shared with 16 other strangers at one long Social Table...
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  • Absolutely amazing experience :) thank you Julia Hattingh's for an awesome evening of great for and great wine!
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Set menu - Menu changes daily


  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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