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The Stack

The Stack
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Cost
R160 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
French
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Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

Food
The à la carte menu offers a range of consistently delicious and exquisite bistro-style fare. Slurp up a bowl of authentic French onion soup for starters. It has silky smooth, caramelised onions swimming in a rich, flavourful beef broth, gratinéed with gruyère cheese croutons.

The confit duck rillettes are a delight, served with gem lettuce, tart and tangy pickled veg, and cherry jam for sweetness. If seafood is more your thing, try the rock oysters or salmon gravadlax instead.

A brasseire classic is the steak frites (French for steak and fries), featuring 300g of lovingly tended to and perfectly cooked sirloin. The crispy and delicious pommes frites are in a league of their own, with accompanying béarnaise (oh, the béarnaise!) delivering a rich, smooth and creamy texture that takes the steak to new heights.

Another classic is duck à l'orange, which is served pull-apart tender and tasty, with baby carrots and braised shallots. If the hunger pangs have got the better of you, however, the Karoo lamb rump may be your answer. It comes complete with wild mushrooms, veal sweetbreads and celeriac purée, which is silky in texture and deliciously subtle in flavour.

To see what’s on offer for the day, investigate the plats du jour menu, with options ranging from pork schnitzel on Mondays to moules marinières (mussels) on Fridays.

Dive into the classic crème brûlée for a sweet ending, where you’ll find velvety, vanilla-flavoured custard beneath the burnt caramelised bits. It’s served with macerated berries and a subtle hint of black pepper.

Drinks
The small but stellar selection of wines has been carefully chosen with the menu in mind. Start or end off with a cocktail in the beautiful bar.

Service
Excellent all-round. Staff are professional, helpful and knowledgeable about the dishes and drinks.

Ambience
Compared to the riot of colour in the bar and private members’ club, the brasserie favours a more neutral palette, contrasted with splashes of colour. It’s sophisticated, stylish and eclectic at once – perfect for a fancy date night or dinner with the in-laws if you’re looking to impress.

And…
For the privileged few, the private members’ club allows access to the private bar, lounge and outdoor verandah, including a screening room, huddle room and cuddle room.

(June 2017)

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  • John Maytham

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    Hotelier Nigel Pace and his designer wife, Sarah Ord, could just as easily have called their restaurant The Phoenix – so successfully has it risen from the fire that consumed the second floor of Leinster Hall within days of the 2015 opening. It took a year, but open again it is, and triumphantly so.

    The menu is bistro simple, and very well done. It’s an art to honour bistro classics without being slavishly imitative – an art The Stack kitchen seems to have mastered. French onion soup is a case in point – a luxuriant combination of silky onions and an umami-rich dark broth that is delicious. Rock oysters are from Saldanha Bay – plump and delicious, they're served with red wine shallot vinegar and lemon.

    There is a daily plat du jour – if it is Monday, it must be the best coq au vin in town; Tuesday is for Toulouse cassoulet, and so on. The a la carte mains include bistro staples like steak frites and a particularly tender and juicy roast baby chicken, served with nicely al dente root vegetables baked with thyme, and a tangy garlic aioli. The cassoulet shows evidence of long and loving attention – braised shin of Black Angus with smoked bacon, mushrooms and lentils is fall-off-the-bone tender and rich with dark, earthy flavours.

    It's no surprise that the desserts include a crème brûlée and tarte au citron, although rum baba – a brioche bun soaked in rum, and served with cinnamon roasted pineapple and coconut ice cream – is a delight for those wanting a finish less obviously sweet.

    Drinks
    There is a very good selection of international big brands and local craft spirits and beers in the bar across the passage. The Brasserie’s wine list is small but carefully and imaginatively compiled. The few wines that are available by the glass are well matched with menu options. Stemware is of very high quality.

    Service
    Amiable and professional; knowledgeable about both the menu and the story behind Leinster Hall and its current caretakers.

    Ambience
    The Brasserie allows the history of the house to dominate, with the wooden floors and pressed steel ceilings softly accented by a splash of colour here and there. Very cool and sophisticated. There’s a much more riotously eclectic approach to colour and form in the bar, and in the rooms upstairs that comprise the Private Club. Sarah Ord’s bold flair is very much in evidence here.

    And...
    Ask for permission to go upstairs and marvel at Flipflop Fred – a technicolor trophy head made from recycled flip flops.

    (September 2016)

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

  • John Maytham

    Food
    The menu is bistro simple, and very well done. It’s an art to honour bistro classics without being slavishly imitative – an art The Stack kitchen seems to have mastered. French onion soup is a case in point, a luxuriant combination of silky onions and an umami-rich dark broth. Rock oysters are from Saldanha Bay, plump and delicious, served with red-wine shallot vinegar and lemon.

    There is a daily plat du jour: If it's Monday, it must be the best coq au vin in town; Tuesday is for Toulouse cassoulet, and so on. The à la carte mains include bistro staples like steak frites and a particularly tender and juicy roasted baby chicken, served with nicely al dente root vegetables baked with thyme, and a tangy garlic aioli. The cassoulet shows evidence of long and loving attention: A braised shin of Black Angus with smoked bacon, mushrooms and lentils is fall-off-the-bone tender and rich with dark, earthy flavours.
    No surprise that the desserts include a crème brûlée and tarte au citron, although rum baba – a brioche bun soaked in rum, and served with cinnamon-roasted pineapple and coconut ice cream – is a delight for those wanting a finish less obviously sweet.

    Drinks
    There is a very good selection of international big brands and local craft spirits and beers in the bar across the passage. The Brasserie’s wine list is small, but carefully and imaginatively compiled. The few wines that are available by the glass are well matched with menu options. Stemware is of very high quality.

    Service
    Staff are amiable, professional and knowledgeable about both the menu and the story behind Leinster Hall and its current caretakers.

    Ambience
    The Brasserie allows the history of the house to dominate with the wooden floors and pressed steel ceilings softly accented by splashes of colour. Very cool and sophisticated. However, there’s a much more riotously eclectic approach to colour and form in the bar and in the rooms upstairs that comprise the Private Club. Sarah Ord’s bold flair is very much in evidence here.

    And...
    Ask for permission to go upstairs and marvel at Flipflop Fred, a technicolor trophy head made from recycled flip flops.

    (August 2016)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

User reviews

  • What a gem!!!! Service was on point; fast, efficient and friendly. The atmosphere was just so amazing! Tranquil and elegant. I was immediately sold with the quality of the cocktails!!! Now... The food... I am a huge fan of fine dining and not only did they deliver, they exceeded expectations with great taste and decent quantities. The quality was exquisite! I would definitely go back, for both the food and the cocktails! Worthy of many returns!!!!
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  • Brilliantly curated interior style in a rarefied atmosphere! Superb service and a menu leaning to comfort food, bistro classics, exactly what we needed!
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  • Beautiful beautiful interior and a wonderful welcome by the hostess. Enjoyed a quick drink at the bar, and then went on to dinner. We had the steak tartare to start. As a confirmed carnivore Ive been searching for a replacement to the offering of Den Anker- which used to have the best steak tartare in Cape Town until they changed chefs and stopped hand chopping it... well I have found it. Absolutely sublime! UNFORTUNATELY, it overshadowed the rest of the meal. Plat du jour was roast chicken which was finished by deep frying with crumbs and rendered the dish dry and 'kfc' like. The second main was the duck, which I had great expectations for but they fell short- the dish just lacked flavour- or maybe the steak tartare had just left me expecting something else. So we'll definitely be back. For a double up portion of ST as a main! Great service, lighting in the dining room could be lower...
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  • Our meal at The Stack was excellent, a very enjoyable evening in a very pleasant setting. The oysters were gobsmackingly good, the duck stood at the verge of divinity and the creme brulee - simply gorgeous. It was our first visit to this restaurant. We will be back.
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  • This is one of the best restaurants we have found in Cape Town. The food was excellent, well presented and delicious, served in a courtyard garden in front of a lovely old house. Charming service, very good food in wonderful surroundings, what more could one desire?
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  • Had a brilliant night at The Stack last night - we had a glass of bubbly in the bar, before sitting down in the beautiful dining room for a delicious dinner. My sirloin was cooked perfectly and served with THE most incredible béarnaise sauce. Friends had the 'plat du jour' of pork schnitzel with mushroom sauce, which they raved about. The creme brûlée and tart au citron were dessert winners, while the Dom Pedro (sorry, I'm an 70s girl at heart), was the only let down, not being quite thick enough. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at The Stack and will be back! Our meal was R300 a head (excluding tip) for main course, dessert, bottle of bubbly and wine. (Main courses range from R100 - R170).
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  • The Stack has reopened after the horrible fire that burnt it down only 10 days after opening in 2015 and it is glorious.We went to Stack on the recommendations of friends, and boy were they right. The beautifully designed interiors - all sourced, conceived and executed by Sarah (there is a private members club upstairs) are a delight visually and very comfortable ( not often the case with eclectically designed rooms). This grand old house of Cape Town has great owners in Nigel and Sarah, and all the staff are a good mix of professional yet open to chatting and knowledgeable about the history of the restaurant and the house. The menu is just right too - not too short, not too long and authentically french. We had chicken Terrine and Duck Rillettes as our starters, both delicious and then followed with the Plat Du jour - Coq au vin, which was one of the best C has had. I had the Steak frites: It is not often I finish both a starter and a main, but such was the quality I did. Can't wait to go back, don't take too long to book your visit.
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  • The Stack's setting is great, although you'd never expect to find that down a little service road between the Mount Nelson and Checkers centre. The facade of the building is beautiful and the ground and fountains make me want to dine there outside in summer! The bar area is convivial (and you can choose to eat there other than in the formal dining area). The French brasserie menu has all what you'd expect when dining in France (menu is on there website) and we had the Duck Rillettes (shared), Steak Frites (overcooked - sent it back and was good, but not the best steak in town) with a good Bearnaise, and Pork Confit that was beautifully cooked with crispy skin! All in all a 'nice' experience. Service was very attentive (if not too attentive!) If they offer champagne breakfasts outside, I will definitely be back when the weather warms up.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • WiFi

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