Leinster Hall, one of Cape Town’s historic haunts dating back to the 1850s, reopens today with a new look, target market and name – The Stack.
The opulent venue, under the helm of hotelier Nigel Pace and his wife, designer Sarah Ord, boasts a brasserie and bar downstairs (where Top 10 chef David Higgs earned some of his stripes in 2003-2004) and a private members’ club upstairs.
Says Nigel, “We want to create a convivial space which will be perfect for doing business and entertaining alike. We won’t be a stuffy gentlemen’s club with strict dress codes in place; rather, we’re looking at attracting a younger, like-minded crowd from differing industries.”
The kitchen will be run by chef Quinton Bennett, just returned from eight years in London, where he worked as head chef for The Westbury Hotel, The Haymarket Hotel, The Arch and The Gun, amongst others.
His French-inspired menus will offer bistro-style dishes with a hint of South African influence. Lunches are lighter, with sandwich offerings such as the classic croque monsieur: smoked Black Forest ham on a brioche sandwich with grilled gruyère. For dinner, guests can look forward to dishes such as poisson Provençal (grilled Atlantic angelfish with aubergine purée, garlic roasted tomatoes and beurre blanc au citron) and pork confit (confit Kolbroek pork belly with caramelised apple purée, fynbos honey-glazed carrots and cider jus).
Tonight’s opening is fully booked, so best you get a reservation soon to try it for yourself.