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The Stack

The Stack
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Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine
Food
Contemporary fare, French
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Ashraf Booley

Food

The a la carte menu offers a range of consistently delicious, classic bistro, exquisite French fare. Slurp up a bowl of authentic French onion soup for starters. Silky smooth caramelised onions swim in a rich, flavourful beef broth and it’s gratinéed with Gruyère cheese croutons. The 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.

The steak frites (French for steak and fries) is a brasserie classic, and judging by the perfectly cooked sirloin (300g), has been lovingly tended to. The crispy and delicious pommes frites are in a league of its own. The Béarnaise is rich, smooth and creamy and takes the steak to new heights. The duck à l'orange is pull-apart tender and tasty, served with baby carrots and braised shallots. If the hunger pangs have got the better of you, however, go for the Karoo lamb rump. It comes complete with wild mushrooms, veal sweetbreads and celeriac purée, which is silky in texture and deliciously subtle in flavour. The plats du jour menu goes 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 with an almost unnoticeable hint of black pepper.
Drinks

The small but stellar selection of wines has been carefully chosen with the menu in mind.

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 colour 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.

(September 2017)

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  • 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)

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

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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)

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User reviews

  • The Stack is a vibey bistro serving classic French fare, and delicious cocktails. The interior, with its emerald green leather couches and plush violet seats, will definitely land up on your Instagram story! We started with some oysters and chicken liver parfait, both of which were excellent. For mains we had the steak frites which was cooked perfectly and came with a wondeful tangy bearnaise sauce, and the pork belly which had a good combination of apple and mustard flavours but was perhaps a bit dry.
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  • We had a most wonderful birthday lunch at the Stack on Saturday 18 November. The food was thoroughly enjoyed by all eleven of us, including the two grandkids, and the service was excellent. My steak was perfect and the food presentation was most attractive. The atmosphere and the way the staff looked after our gathering made it into a perfect celebration day.
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  • 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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Reservations recommended
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • WiFi

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