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The Pot Luck Club

The Pot Luck Club
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Cost
R150 avg main meal; Brunch R450 (set menu per person)
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Modern, Tapas
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Critic's review

Amy Ebedes

Food
Luke Dale-Roberts and Frederico Dias serve transformative tapas in this buzzing eatery, which came in at number 10 at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.

Dishes are organised according to flavour: salty, sweet, umami, sour and bitter. The tapas-style dishes are prepared for sharing (two items, such as the fish tacos, are served per portion). Order between six and eight plates between two people – excluding dessert, of course. Write down your selection of dishes on the notepad and the chef will decide on the order of your meal, starting with the lightest and ending with the fullest flavours.

One cannot visit The Pot Luck Club without trying the iconic fish tacos. It’s advisable to eat them by hand. The tacos themselves have superb structural integrity: crispy on the outside with just enough softness. The black-bean purée and avocado add a subtle sweetness to balance the tang of the ceviche and sour cream. Two are served in a portion, and you’ll wish that both were for you.

The other must-try dish is the beef fillet with truffle café au lait. The smoky sauce is undoubtedly the highlight of the dish, and the steak a pleasant, succulent addition. Happily, the chef opts to serve the chickpea, goat’s cheese and parmesan fries alongside the steak dish. On the outside, the fries are crispy and oh-so salty, with a creamy interior. The accompanying tomato sauce is possibly a touch too smoky, but the truffle aioli is perfection. Be sure to keep a few fries aside to properly scoop out what remains of the café au lait sauce. No one’s judging you.

The fish sliders pay tribute to local cuisine: hake medallions are battered and crumbed in amasi and maize meal, and served on a soft, steamed bun. It’s crispy and flaky with just the right hint of sour undertones.

Other options on the extensive menu include the earthy, shredded confit duck leg with a fabulous addition of fresh plums; calamari with yuzu-compressed watermelon and fermented peanut-chilli dressing (the crispy, salty batter is perfection); or the springbok rump with earthy, ash-baked beets and tomato XO dressing.

For a sweet ending, you can’t go wrong with the famed s’mores: roasted, frozen marshmallows with peanut-butter ice cream and cacao nib biscuits. They are a sweet sensation, and with one bite, you’re instantly transported to a happy campfire in your childhood. A close second is the mint-and-chocolate ice-cream sandwiches, which you’ll happily dip into a decadent white chocolate sauce, coffee and crushed hazelnuts. Other dessert options include the hibiscus-poached pear (served with macerated berries, black-olive honeycomb and pear granita) and the almond-and-apple tart with burnt peanut butter, popcorn ice cream, apple gummies and maple-glazed bacon.

Drinks
It’s worth kicking things off with a renowned cocktail. The wine list is extensive, with a good range of local wines. There is also a good range of craft beers and ciders, as well as the usual suspects.

Service
Staff are friendly and attentive, and service is casual and cool, although a touch too chatty at times. Waiters are incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, right down to the flavour profiles of every wine on the menu.

Ambience
This is as trendy as it gets. Take a ride up the glass elevator to the sixth floor of the Old Biscuit Mill and watch as the views expand around you. You’ll be forgiven for thinking that you’ve stepped into an uber-stylish loft-style eatery in New York City. The 360-degree views of Cape Town harbour and Table Mountain are breathtaking. The Pot Luck Club is always full, and the crowd is vibey and festive. In spite of the palpable excitement in the air, acoustics are not a problem.

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Their Sunday brunch is a thing of beauty. Expect a set menu, which includes the likes of the famed fish tacos, arancini and burnt vanilla churros with dulce de leche. Add bottomless bubbly to your tab for an extra R200 per person.

It’s worth noting that bookings only open on the first of each month (8.30am South African time) for the following month.

(October 2017)

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  • Lisa van Aswegen

    Food
    The menu centres around tapas bursting with flavour, and is divided into taste categories: sour, bitter, sweet, salty and umami with a sweet ending for desserts. It's best to go in a large group, to try as many dishes as possible, as the temptation is massive. With inspiration from all over the globe, there is an emphasis on Asian touches, with dishes such as moreish Korean fried cauliflower (chunky florets in a spicy, crunchy coating) and rich pig-head bo ssäm with chilli-pineapple kimchi on the side, and a creamy miso dressing. The mushrooms on toast are a hit of umami: a rich brioche, reduced mushroom sauce, truffle and fresh mushrooms pack a punch in a hefty portion for such a rich tapas dish.

    Meat-lovers should order the Chalmar beef fillet with black-pepper-and-truffle cafe au lait sauce. One of the signature dishes, the melt-in-the mouth fillet, is perfectly paired with the rich, unctuous sauce. Another menu stalwart is fish tacos: fresh and zesty ceviche served with avocado, black-bean purée and sour cream. Dishes and combinations are intelligent, evolved and surprising, with depth of flavour and technique evident in every bite.

    If you need respite or a jolt for the taste buds, the granadilla sorbet is a bitter and icy blast for the senses, served in hollowed-out granadilla shells on ice in a vast stone mortar overflowing with fresh granadilla tendrils. It's a sight to behold.

    Sweets are a highlight: the s’mores are a decadent combo of roasted marshmallows, peanut-butter ice cream and biscuits with raw cacao nibs, making this a grown-up version of a campfire favourite.

    Drinks
    No visit is complete without at least one of the original cocktails on offer. The Thai martini is a spicy hit of Bangkok in a glass, redolent with lemongrass and chilli; while the pomegranate caipirinha packs a zesty, fruity, alcoholic kick. The wine list has been carefully curated with a select range of big hitters and interesting garagiste options that will have wine fundis delighted. Expect craft beers and ciders, too.

    Service
    Ebullient, personal and sometimes larger than life, the waiters here are fast, friendly and confident, with excellent knowledge of dishes. Note that there are two seatings for dinner.

    Ambience
    There are few places with more spectacular views in the Mother City than the top floor of the Silo Building at The Old Biscuit Mill. Evenings see an almost 360-degree view of twinkling lights over the harbour and the city stretched out below. With the open kitchen, banquettes and minimalist modern décor, the focus is firmly on the stars in the sky outside and those working in the kitchen. For a real feel of the chefs in action, sit at the bar counter overlooking the kitchen.

    And…
    For Sunday brunch, a host of favourite tapas and bottomless bubbles are served. Ideal for a special occasion.

    (September 2016)

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  • Linda Scarborough

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    The Pot Luck Club has a lot going for it. Its membership to the Luke Dale-Roberts stable and its proximity to The Test Kitchen pretty much guarantees perennial popularity. Its location – on the top floor of the former silo at the Woodstock Biscuit Mill – displays the urban landscape to its best advantage, fringed by the train tracks on one side and the iconic mountain on the other. Add to the mix a menu of great cocktails and tapas, and it would probably be a winner without even trying.

    The Pot Luck Club, however, is not one to rest on its laurels. At this eatery, easy does not do it. It might feel bright and edgy and modern and effortless inside, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    A menu of seemingly simple tapas belies the complexity and techniques layered in each dish. Unique ingredients, flavours and methods are borrowed from Asia, South America, South Africa and flipped on their heads. Street food turns fine dining, but it's accessible, sensational, thrilling food.

    The menu – divided into sour, bitter, salty, umami and sweet – is very understated, a few words barely hinting at the magical dish to come. It doesn’t shout about its incredible produce, or the time-consuming and pain-staking methods involved in preparation. The waiter will tell you more if you look interested; the provenance of this, the type of wood used to smoke that. South African ingredients come to play too, offering some smokiness and depth here, and earthy nostalgia there.

    Ciabatta made from masa (corn flour treated with limewater and dried, also used to make tortillas), is served with chimmichurri, braaied cauliflower dip and anchovy-and-kelp butter. It looks rustic, and is, but the execution of every element is flawless, from the crusty hot bread, aromatic with corn, to the zingy, smoky and salty accompaniments. You could eat just this and walk away happy.

    The now-famous fish tacos live up to the hype. And how clever: the portion now comes in two bite-size tacos to make devouring – or sharing, if you really, really care about your companion – all the easier. A dish for the perhaps less adventurous is the amasi-battered fish sliders served on soft and light steamed buns. A crunch of lettuce and blob of mayo inside make for an irresistibly simple and tasty burger bite.

    Then there’s the springbok carpaccio with smoked pine nuts, burned honey-soy dressing, and impasto-style layer of creamy goat’s cheese. The ceviche with jalapeño tiger’s milk, quinoa, and a tuile of samp and masa. Duck with naartjie segments, yuzu dressing, fine strips of sweet potato, and delicate yellow viola flowers. The steak tartare, polka dotted with avo purée on a slick black plate. The sensational smoked beef fillet with black pepper and truffle café au lait sauce that you will scrape up with your fingers until the bowl is clean.

    A fascinatingly complex dish – and a treat for vegetarians – is the ash-baked celeriac with tahini, lentils, mint, goat’s cheese, hazelnut oil and roasted hazelnuts and 25-year-old balsamic vinegar. The plating is an exquisite mess, with artful dots, drizzles and smears in the best way possible. A must for the daring of palate.

    Amidst all this seriously fine food, things can be childlike and fun, too. Chickpea fries are served in a charming cardboard box à la takeaways. But don’t expect a potato flavour: the interior is very soft and creamy, with a crispy, textured shell that’s ever-so-slightly bitter to complement the smoky tomato ketchup and aioli accompaniments.

    To end off this flavour and texture adventure, you might want to go for the comforting strawberry-and-champagne-poached rhubarb with toasted oats ice cream and vanilla ricotta, rusk crumbs and shortbread, or the more airy and refreshing ‘poached egg’ of granadilla curd ‘yolk’ nestled in a soft and glossy Italian meringue ‘white’, on lime and elderflower set cream with little cubes of white-wine-and-strawberry jelly, resembling tomato salsa. Tonka-bean churros with malted chocolate sauce and malted chocolate fondant soufflé with halva ice cream round out the smart sweet offerings.

    Drinks
    If you feel unable to deviate from your favourite pineapple-vanilla cosmo – could any cocktail ever taste better? – you might be persuaded to try a sip of the green Thai curry cocktail. The chilli-ginger warmth will spread through your mouth, nose, head and entire body, tempered by the cooling litchi and coconut water – and who knows what else. These are drinks you won’t want to put down: the glass remains against your lips until the liquid is gone. The generous wine menu boasts a well-considered selection per varietal, with some special bottles, affordable house wines and plenty by the glass.

    Service
    Emerging from the glass elevator, dizzied by the height and drama of it all, you’ll receive a warm welcome at the front desk before being shown to your table. Guests place their orders on a little paper sheet and the kitchen sends dishes in the order they’d recommend so as to avoid clashes or delicate flavours coming after bold hits of chilli and smoke. These guys are pros.

    Cutlery is discreetly replaced after each of the many dishes, water topped up and tables wiped down of any errant crumbs. It’s very casual and young, but still razor sharp. If you’re interested in hearing more about any of the elements, the waiters have impressively in-depth knowledge about how the dishes are prepared and cooked.

    Ambience
    The Pot Luck Club is almost better during the daytime, showing the 360°C views off to their best advantage. You’re teetering at the top of a burnished golden tower. Nothing has really changed décor-wise in the last few years, but it’s unfussy, uncluttered and ultra modern, so it doesn’t need to.

    And…
    Being able to see the bright young chefs manoeuvre expertly around the kitchen adds an extra frisson to the experience, with head chef Wesley Randles running a tight ship.
    (October 2015)

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    This is crowd-pleasing food and boy, are these crowds pleased. Sticking to what works for them, The Pot Luck Club’s tapas-style menu is still divided into sections (sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami), and abounds with extravagant flavour and edgy dishes devised by Luke Dale-Roberts and executed by head chef Wesley Randles. The fish tacos have become something of a legend, and for good reason. A serving of mussels steamed in bourbon and served in a chowder-esque broth with wood-fired corn is fantastic – the sweetest, plumpest bivalves you ever did see. And then there is the dish that can do no wrong: smoked beef fillet with truffled café au lait sauce – a decadent delight of pinkly smoked meat and rich, smooth truffle sauce. Desserts are not neglected; the pecan nut pie with celeriac ice cream is a knockout. No matter how often you go (that is, if you can manage to get a table), there’s always more to discover at this restaurant.

    Wine
    Expect an excellent wine list with unusual varietals and plenty of choice. Recommended wine pairings work like a charm with the Asian flavours of the food. And don’t forget about the cocktails – there are some very innovative choices on offer.

    Service
    Attentive and well-trained staff members are clearly pleased to be working here, and are eager to ensure diners’ satisfaction.

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    Edgy and very stylish, sporting fantastic views over Cape Town and the harbour, this is undoubtedly one of the best settings in the country, with an energetic energy to match. It feels like going to New York for the night – well, maybe Brooklyn, which is perhaps the bigger compliment.

    (August 2014)

  • Keep the plates coming; you’re in for a flavour extravanganza. And what a view! Inside it’s all cool, urban edginess and you can see both Table Mountain and the harbour from up high. The ever-changing tapas-style menu (arranged according to sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami) is like riding a rollercoaster of flavours.Stand-out dishes: anything and everything, but try fish tacos; vodka-infused watermelon with Campari jelly; pig’s tails; prawns with tom ka gai butter; fillet with truffle café au lait sauce; sticky beef short rib; curried celery leaves; crispy pork belly with kimchi; and mushrooms on toast. (EO mag 2014)
    Editor's note: The Sunday brunch is available every Sunday 11.30am-4pm
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    The ever-changing menu features things like salted edamame beans; pulled lamb shoulder; tangy fish tacos; duck spring rolls; Asian-style shortrib; prawns with peanuts; and sour and crispy calamari. All are totally delicious, served in bite-size offerings. More substantial options include crispy pork belly with Luke’s XO dressing, red cabbage and apple slaw; and beef fillet with superb chocolate and coffee sauce scraped up with their perfect mini potato wedges. Finish up with deconstructed orange cheese cake; quince and almond tart with malted popcorn; or summer berries with olive oil ice cream.

    Wine
    An excellent list with some superb little numbers at a price.

    Service
    Relaxed but speedy. This is a different kettle of fish entirely to the neighbouring Test Kitchen, so expect to pour your own wine.

    Ambience
    Coolly modern, with polished steel-top tables, dark painted walls and artworks (which are for sale) on the walls. The kitchen is open and right there so you can watch Luke’s talented band at work.

    And...
    This works best with a small group so you can try many dishes. Take friends and have fun. (Greg Landman, January 2012)

User reviews

  • We sat at the kitchen counter. Such fun watching the chefs do their thing. The service was very efficient and friendly, and when the waiter was busy our food was served by the chef which resulted in a very interesting conversation. The food looked stunning. Every bite was a flavour explosion, and the fish tacos were to die for. Very cool setting on the 6th floor of the old biscuit mill with beautiful views of the city.
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  • Wow, what an amazing experience. It's quite difficult to find a restaurant that caters for meat-lovers, a vegetarian and a 10-year-old aspiring foodie with developing taste buds - we were not disappointed. When the vegetarian menu was whipped out, the veggie's eyes popped! Well trained service staff is few and far between and our waitron surpassed our expectations. The food was superb - the fish Sliders were a firm favourite as was the Beef Tataki- fresh, flavour-filled, sensational flavour bursts. The vegetarian options were equally delicious, and as for the desserts, heaven on a plate. The view is spectacular, service outstanding and food to die for. Go hungry, you will want to eat too much!
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  • :( After weeks of waiting for our date at PLC, I was beyond excited to try it out for the first time after having listened to many rave reviews from friends and family. The restaurant wasn't full during our slot, but we were still seated right next to the waiter/kitchen/order taking station - were they embarrassed by us? (we did have a window seat but we competed for space with bustling waiters and servers). Luckily our very efficient and friendly waitress brought out our cocktails which lightened the mood. Thai Green Curry cocktail - best thing ever! I have spent my free time since trying to find the perfect recipe to emulate the pure joy this cocktail brought to my senses! A must have! Between the two of us, we ordered 11 dishes to really try cover a variety of tastes. Of the 11 dishes, the stand out was the Glazed Sweet Breads (pancreas of the calf/lamb) - never tried it before and it didn't disappoint. There is a reason why so many chefs use this ingredient in their dishes. Well worth venturing into the offal for this one! The crispy calamari was a colossal let down, dry and tasteless - I was saddened by this - of all the dishes I expected this one to deliver something special.. Nope.. Anyway, the other dishes were really good, well balanced, seasoning was perfect and presentation was spot on! Luckily all the reviews do prepare you - don't come expecting to fill up - you literally get a bite or two out of each dish. Then lastly, the reason for the two stars rating on the food. The dessert - what could've easily been the cherry on top of a wonderful food and dining experience, left us confused and giggling in awkwardness at how BAD it actually was. Maybe we missed something, maybe being seated in the naughty corner and being served a week old stale marshmallow wedged between a bland cacoa nib biscuit and a dense tiny cake parading as a 'tart' topped with brutally caramelised popcorn and bacon is actually part of a masterpiece, but for us paying customers, it was not. If you can't do desserts, then don't! if its not fresh, don't serve it. C'mon - just be better!
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  • Again, I was disappointed, I wouldn't have chosen to book here again after my disappointment in April 2016, but a friend had a last minute cancellation and I thought, hell, why not. I unenthusiatically ordered what I knew didn't wow me the previous time, but smiled and cheered on the guests who was there for the first time. Again, the tuna tartare was lacking in umami, the ssam prawns were okay, the beef fillet is really not 'the best thing since sliced bread', the fish tacos were nice. The fish sliders were good, but while I RAVED about the cauliflower last time, this time the miso mayo left a raw garlic taste in my mouth that ruined the rest of the meal and stayed with me til morning. I continue to be underwhelmed by their wine availabilities, the service was fast and attentive enough.
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  • Must is to start with the fish Tacos, one to share between two enough The Beef Tartare is great , Avo and micro coriander The Beef with Cafe au Lait sauce is really great, the Beef is excellent quality Shave room for dessert the Chocolate soufflé and hava Ice cream is not knockout Great cocktails
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  • Had my 3rd meal here on 10 Dec with a group of friends. The food and the cooking is at an extraordinarily high level and just gets better and better. We ordered cured trout, springbok carpaccio, ceviche, beef tartare, fish tacos, calamari, robata lamb, beef fillet "cafe au lait", peri peri chicken, berries with sabayon, churros, all outstanding. Pork belly and fish sliders underwhelmed a bit compared to the other dishes but still tasted delicious. I'm really disappointed that the Korean fried chicken is off the menu; hopefully it makes a return in the future. Service was excellent although a few of the dishes we ordered arrived short in quantity. This was always very quickly rectified. DO NOT miss out on the cocktails, especially the Thai green curry. The bill came to R4000 for 7 people excluding service and is worth every cent. Cannot wait for my next visit!
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  • SETTING: EXCELLENT SERVICE: EXCELLENT FOOD: NOT WORTH THE MONEY WILL I GO BACK: NO DID I ENJOY THE EVENING:WITH THE FRIENDS THAT WAS WITH ME WE WILL ENJOY ANYTHING ANYWHERE!!
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  • My absolutely favourite restaurant in Cape Town. The vanilla cosmo is the best cocktail I've ever had - and that Cafe au lait sauce with the steak is the only sauce I've ever wanted to lick from the plate.
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  • One of my favourite Cape Town restaurants - spectacular setting and delicious food! Great that they have a separate vegetarian menu, which was fantastic for our overseas guests, one of whom is a veggie and doesn't often get a lot of choice of options when eating out.
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  • Absolutely faultless! Amazing food, service & atmosphere. Fantastic.
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  • Loving fine dining, our worst experience unfortunately of this year was this venue. The restaurant do have a lively, warm atmosphere, but that is it. Poor service, minute portions that vary from great to bland, overpriced local wines - at the end of the day a place I cannot recommend to any food loving friend.
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  • I visited The Pot Luck Club this past Sunday for their brunch menu. It was my first time at the restaurant and I must say the location and setting is unbelievable with a 360 degree view of the city. The brunch menu consisted of various tapas sized portions, all of which were very tasty bedsides for the chicken dish which I found to be rather bland. All in all it was a great experience and I would definitely go back to try out other dishes on the menu.
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  • Emailed a request for a booking for 6 people mid November- was told that they were fully booked. Said that I was prepared to accept other dates and times and so was put on the waiting list for a cancellation. My sister phoned on same day- was told that restaurant was fully booked, said that she was coming down from Jozi and was given a reservation immediately! We enjoyed a beautiful dinner last Friday evening- BUT what really upset me was the fact that there were at least 5 tables open.................why pretend to be fully booked? Every day since Friday I have been called by the restaurant because there "has been a cancellation" and we could now be accommodated. Had a really unpleasant conversation with a woman in the office- when I told the staff at the restaurant about my experience- they advised that they had received other complaints about the same woman from clients. The restaurant experience however was awesome!!!!!!!!!
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  • The venue, the service and the food is of very good quality. We ordered 7 "tapas" between 2 of us and it was plentyful. The food is not novel but it's a creative reinterpretation. We shall go back for what we have not managed to order this time round!
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  • Ambience: 8/10
    Buzzing, fun and modern I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere the restaurant has. The open kitchen creates a sense of transparency and an inside look at how well it is run. We sat the counter, and it was not a "downgrade" to not having a table at all. The chefs were interactive, and very welcoming to any questions I had as to what they were making.

    Service: 9/10
    Welcomed warmly and great service, you get a sense that the staff really enjoy where they work. Our waiter was informative but not intrusive. The manager came over to us to let us know if a table does open he'll move us over, which was a nice touch.

    Food: 8.5/10
    I would suggest ordering about 3-4 tapas per person (depending on how much you eat). We ordered 6 tapas and 1 dessert between 2 of us and it was more than enough. I really enjoyed the different variety of foods you can choose from. All of them were really good, but the fish tacos stood out for me!
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  • Enjoyed a wonderful meal here for my father's birthday here. We totally over-ordered - but everything was incredibly delicious - and each dish so different. It's a good thing it takes a while to get a booking, or I'd bankrupt myself on sour calamari, that steak with that sauce and those insane roast potatoes.
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  • My family took me for my birthday to the Pot Luck Club. We arrived there on a freezing cold evening but the views of Cape Town esp. over the harbour were stunning. The menu is unusual but has a great variety and the cooking is excellent. My only gripe is the wine list, we are living in a region were wine is plentiful so why the exorbitant prices.
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  • This is the second time I've eaten at PLC. It was amazing, the flavors were faultlessly inspirational and yet clean on the palate. A must try is the Tuna Tataki, Fish Tacos and Fillet with Cafe au Lait sauce! You are in for a serious treat! The serivice, however, is not as flawless, and you can feel a bit neglected at times because it is always so busy. Book the later seating at 8.30pm (as I did this time around), otherwise you tend to be rushed out of the first seating to accommodate the second round of diners. For best views try reserve or ask for a window table.
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  • Very ordinary food disguised with mediocre accompaniments
    We were disappointed with the quality of t he food after the recommendations. Very novel concept but poor execution
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  • Great location with awesome panoramic views of our beautiful Mother City! The coup de gras was the delicious meal! Well presented and bursting with rich yet delicate flavours, which left my taste buds desiring more.

    Two areas that dampened the experience were - the over priced wine list; and poor ventilation. Our table was located furthest from the open planned kitchen yet my clothes managed to absorb the oily pungent cooking aromas. This should not be the case for a restaurant of this perceived quality!
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  • This one hits all the right buttons. Firstly, the food was fabulous. We chose 9 tapas dishes between the 3 of us. The portions were not too big so the breadth of tastes were the defining feature, without feeling stuffed. The fish taco as a concept was a bit of a disjoint for me, until the favours fused on my tongue - wow! Secondly, the service was impeccable. The plates were delivered and succinctly explained. The staff all intertwined to ensure that everything flowed, without hovering. Thirdly, the ambience was wonderful - inviting, beautiful and different. Fourthly, the views are simply stunning!
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  • Is it called pot luck because it's pot luck if you can get through ?

    Given up now , too many great restaurants in Cape Town, it does pee us off when a place thinks it's so good they don't man telephones or give useable email addresses.

    14 years eating in Cape Town and many of the greats have fallen because that have failed the customer.

    Will check out you mag further

    Regards

    Colin. UK
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  • what started as a great experience last year turned into a very disappointing food evening. I have been to this restaurant four times in the last nine months and the food has gone from exceptional to mediocre and with very little wow factor left. maybe the fact that they entertain two full sittings in the evening contributes to a more factory environment where food is now rushed at you with not enough time for proper prep. also certain changes to the menu seem to have moved to a different experiences. As we were eating with a vegetarian, there was no cognisance of the fact that they should have bought out meals for all of us so we could eat jointly ( the vegetarian food came out last ) Definitely room for improvement
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  • What a stunning place - lovely atmosphere, so much passion, attention to detail and care. Service is efficient, professional and mindful. The layout of the place is wonderful to see and experience. The food...interesting and very well presented. Personally I really would like more healthy options. A lot of the food is deep fried, extremely rich. I can do rich but limited - not all the dishes. No salad - one really needs green stuff to eat with every meal. At least I do (really). Wine list excellent. The better options - sorbet and jellies - wow this was the best part! All in all an amazing experience. One has to acknowledge and appreciate the effort to attention and quality.

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  • I've been to the Pot Luck Club three time and really like the place. The vibe, staff and concept are spot-on. The food, well... not so much. While I'm a fan of Luke Dale Roberts and the Test Kitchen, the food at the Pot Luck Club remains very hit and miss. The truth is whenever Dale Roberts veers too far out into his Asian-inspired flourishes, he simply misses the mark.... and not by a little. I twice tried his Korean fried chicken (I thought it fair to give it a second try) and found it one of the worst I've ever tasted. None of the snap-crispiness associated with better versions. The pulled short ribs with Korean doenjeong was far too viscous and one-note for me (It could have used a note of citrus or makoli to lift it), and his kimchi was simply chili sauce on lettuce. Same with his calamari, which was totally overwhelmed by a mussaman-style curry sauce. Love the elfin salad, the pork belly, the mushrooms on toast, gin and campari sorbet with compressed apples, the desserts. But I'm truly hoping Dale Roberts will rethink the direction he is taking with the Asian inspired dishes. They are at least three to four steps below what they should be. Bottom line... unless you have some clear reference point to the cuisines you're meant to referencing, it's best to avoid. Or get a plane ticket and learn how others are doing it right. Otherwise you're going to continue to mess up and leave diners feeling half-in and half-out.

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  • Managed to get a last minute booking for dinner on Wednesday evening. They say often great dining is about more than just the food. The service, atmosphere, the overall experience. We eat with our eyes! And how true that is. Your Pot Luck experience starts with the elevator trip to the 6th floor, a glass encased Bond like elevator. The very first thing we noticed on walking into room was the warm welcome from every member of staff. Then the beauty of the room, the position, the view, the decor. Everything works, it compliments, it speaks of harmony. And this is all before we have even tasted a thing! We had the mussels, calamari, beef and pork belly.
    We were served by one of the most professional waitresses that we have ever met. She was a pro, not some student earning a buck so she can go party later. But somebody who took pleasure out of serving. The wine list was short but clearly well thought out. Prices were more than fair. We chose a bottle of Sacetuers Chenin at R150 per bottle. Overall a wonderful experience. A visual and sensory treat.

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  • Great views and vibe. Felt like you are being forced through a factory. We were constantly reminded that we should leave at a certain time for a next group to use our table. Food is disappointing with very harsh flavours. The wine is rediculously expensive.

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  • As wonderful as Luke Dale Robberts Test Kitchen is...so disappointed we were on the 14th June for lunch. I love adventurous menus but we found most of the dishes over salted, spiced and sour. The steak and mussels saved the day.

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  • We had lunch at the 4th of June. We visited The Pot Luck Club for the first time. We came to eat and not to nourish our selves and ordered 7 different tapas sized plates and it was delicious. The varieties of unusual ingredients was hard work for our taste senses, but it's worth it. We had wine by the glasses, some of the reds were a bit too warm. Unfortunately that happens at 90% of the places we visit. Otherwise well done, we like the concept and will come again.

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  • Amazing food and vibe at The Pot Luck Club! Service was excellent!

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  • Just a tip for Luke, when you have people coming through your doors in abundance appreciate that and treat them with respect! Your glory will change no matter how good your food might be but if your service is not up to scratch people will not return! Just a heads up... Your service and staff is disgustingly rude.

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  • The Pot Luck Club is a busy establishment and we were lucky to get a table within a week of booking. It is housed a top the Biscuit Mill in a renovated Silo. The restaurant is tasteful with amazing views of the city and harbour - ask for a window seat. It is open plan to the kitchen - prep station so you can watch the talents sous chefs and their Master, Luke Dale-Roberts at work. The food was outstanding, the most memorable being the tom yum prawns, the braised short ribs in dark beer, the fig and chorizo salad, the pork belly was incredible and the fillet with Truffle Cafe au Lait sauce was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Service was good, and the food comes at a good pace. Order 3 tapas dishes each and share! It's amazing.

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  • We arrived, our phone booking had not been recorded (although amends were made sharp-shoot), and the guests next to us were "scolded" for being a bit late. Two sittings, message? Eat and get out (sorry - the Censor probably won't accept profanity - but you will get the picture) so we can get the next tranche of suckers in. Never in my life have I come across such a pretentious place. The menu was pretty well indecipherible (unless you were among those who were In The Know). A feeling of nausea overwhelmed us. We decided that, instead of subjecting ourselves to this travesty, we would rather go somewhere else, where the food turned out to be excellent, and the total bill came to just over what the wine would have cost at The Pot Luck Club. Shared our feelings with the ponces at the door on the way out (not having ordered anything). They appeared not to understand the meaning of the word "pretentious".

    Had heard that the Test Kitchen downstairs was pretty pretentious, and this was supposed to be kinda down-home by comparison. Well, we ain't going be going to the Test Kitchen any time soon. Or ever.

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  • Pure 'wow'. A divine setting. Truly original food. Smack me on the ground cocktails. And perfect service. Luke and team - you truly rock.

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  • Great new location, quality food, unfortunately very noisy.

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  • Wow! What a dining out experience! We had such an incredible meal there on Saturday evening. Cannot wait to experience more of the menu. Loved it!

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  • Finally got to try the 'new' Pot Luck Club - what a treat. We sat at the bar watching everything happen with precision in the kitchen - what fun! Our absolute favourite was the fish taco, followed by the pork belly. Want to go back to try the pig tails as I was not brave enough!

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  • What a great space. Fabulous views of a lit up Table Mountain and the harbour. Lovely buzz and really good service. The food better than ever with really interesting dishes, the celery was a winner and the lamb was really mouth watering. You need to go with 4 people to enjoy as many courses as possible. Highly recommended for an evening with a difference.

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  • Great night out. The views are amazing from the glass lift and from the restaurant. Sunset is lovely. The food was interesting and tasty, we were blown away by the smoked fillet with a truffle and black pepper sauce, and the fish tacos were fantastic.

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  • Having had huge expectations on the relaunched Pot Luck Club - I can just say it is just as good as I hoped it would be. And the new Pot Luck is now in a fantastic venue on top of the silo in Biscuit Mill with a magic view. It is just as vibey as before, friendly, cool and great service. Cocktails better than ever. Food is same tapas style as always. Of all we had we found the sashimi, grilled fish on the bone and the all star porkbelly the most delicious. Thanks for being back!

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  • ThePot Luck Club has totally sublime food but a few subtle touches wouldn’t go astray. I have eaten here now a couple of times and always had good service and even better food so was surprised that my last visit for my mother’s birthday fell a little flat.
    When booking the table there were two things we specifically requested, not to have a table by the door – which we did end up having and secondly that it was my mother’s birthday. On booking they said that there would be some complimentary bubbles and dessert platter with a ‘happy birthday’ message, which we never got either. Perhaps I should have said something but the gesture was offered on booking and confirmation of our booking so assumed it would be organised.
    We also had the later sitting and due to the table not being ready we were one of the last tables to leave and felt the pressure a little. Also, apparently due to the fact that there was a private function at Test Kitchen, we were not allowed to use the toilets that both restaurants share. This is totally ridiculous and don’t think it's appropriate to ask patrons of Pot Luck to head out into the freezing cold and try &and navigate the stairwells to locate a bathroom! I will of course be back as I do love the food and set-up and Luke checking-in our table was a really nice touch.

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  • An absolutely exceptional dining experience. The service was relaxed yet very attentive and professional. The food was absolutely outstanding prepared with great respect for the ingredients. A very memorable meal! We tried 14 different items and every single one was outstanding. Cannot wait to go back!

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  • We've been very big fans of Luke's menus for a couple of years now and didn't think it was possible to improve on any of our previous dining experiences with him but this was magnificent! I can't wait to get back. Beautiful delicious food matched with fantastic service.

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  • What makes a great dinner? Fusion of good food, flavours, nice ambience, good service and excellent company accompanied with excellent wines. If you want a place to experience this you have to go to The Pot Luck Club.

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  • Took my wife there for anniversary and absolutely loved it. Great service, wonderful food, great cocktails and a vibey atmosphere. Also got to try the new Yardstick wine for winemaker Adam Mason and Peter Templehoff. All in all a treat!

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • WiFi

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