Located in De Waterkant in Cape Town, this contemporary restaurant and bar is ideal for an evening meal with friends. The menu is geared towards sharing, with tapas and small plates forming a large section of the menu. The roti-like flatbreads are the perfect flaky companion to the mezze dips and starters. The tuna ceviche is their signature dish, served on a crisp wonton with extra wedges of lime. The tacos are smaller than usual tacos, but packed quid or pork belly. Ask the waiter how many diners each plate feeds and multiply accordingly to the number of guests dining.
The main courses are substantial and also easily sharable amongst the table. Be sure to enquire about the chef’s main course special on offer, which changes daily. The braised lamb neck is the ideal dish on a cold winter’s evening – the rich, sticky and decadent dish has the meat falling apart effortlessly at the touch of a fork. The vegetarian offering is small, with only a handful of dishes catering to non-meat eaters.
The dessert choice is also limited, with three desserts on offer. One is an Eton mess reimagined, composed of panna cotta, meringue, fresh fruit and sorbet. It’s a must-try.
The wine menu comprises of an adequate selection of local wine varieties. Also available is a selection of gin cocktails amongst the other classic cocktails on offer. For those who don’t consume alcohol, there are a few non-alcoholic cocktail creations on the menu too.
Food is quick to come out of the kitchen and the shared plates each arrive at your table as soon as they’re ready to ensure they’re eaten at their optimum. The service is relaxed and easy, with plenty of staff available to assist with menu queries.
The centrepiece of the restaurant is a large wooden tree-like structure that doubles as an art feature as well as a light fixture. The room is dotted with triangular cages of lamps that glisten, lighting up the room with shimmery light. The lamps give an illusion of wooden fires on a cold winter’s evening. Outside, the small courtyard would be the perfect setting for a few sundowners in the warmer months. The tables are small, with the booth stations offering the most comfortable seating. The large bar offers great seating if you visit for a quick drink or are dining alone.
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