Chefs is not a place to pore over the menu for hours. A dine-in offshoot of the popular meal-delivery and catering business, the sit-down menu offers a choice of just three plates and one dessert. But that’s no hardship, given the faultless cooking, and it adds a welcome simplicity to the dining experience.
The choice of dishes changes daily, but always includes one vegetarian plate, and could feature an aubergine terrine, prawn and corn chowder, or the truly excellent herb and mustard lamb cutlets with triple-cooked chips. Much of the menu takes a turn through the wood-fired oven. Plates arrive on bespoke trays. Think upmarket canteen, with a selection of side dishes – a side salad of fennel and baby greens with the lamb, or crunchy lime fritter with the chowder.
Portions aren’t large, so you’ll easily have space for dessert. If you’re lucky, it’ll be the duo of chocolate mousse.
The wine list is small with a trio of whites and reds, all offered by the carafe. The focus is on smaller estates, and there’ll easily be something to suit your chosen plate. Filtered still and sparkling water is offered free of charge.
Expect a warm welcome from waiters who explain the concept and help you flip through the day’s menu, delivered to your table on an iPad.
A stark industrial space of concrete ceilings and tiled walls. Tables offer a good look into the kitchen.
After-work meals, midweek dinners, and Tinder dates.
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Absolutely wonderful experience we had, the staff made us feel welcome, It’s very clean,food exquisite and I love red wine🥰 and will not stop Recommending Chefs. Can’t wait to go again❤️
They having a tidy place and friendly stuff, hands up to chef, i enjoyed rare medium steak for first time. And thier recommendation of wines was a great match.
If I must choose to have good food in a basic venue, or average food in an upmarket, plush and romantic one, the former, in my book, is by far the best option. A no brainer. Spending too much on decor and venue makes the food too expensive, plain and simple. Then, in order to survive, the owners either cut corners and the food becomes average, or the prices go through the roof.
Chefs represent the first option. A basic venue with almost no decor but who cares if the food is as good as what is served at Chefs. Well priced too because the owners are not chasing turnover to pay off the construction debt.
A short menu, short wine list, no waiters and the service is quick and spot-on and done by the chefs themselves.
Three of us had the saucy, tender sirloin which was great and my wife went for the plant option that was (for a change) interesting and tasteful.
The wine list was short but good and complimented the food.
We will definitely be back.
My absolute favorite in Cape Town for delicious, wholesome, innovative delicious meals. Outstanding new eating concept. Beautifully prepared in the clay oven with outstandingly fresh, innovative and yummy salads. Always a delight!! Love you guys!!
Loved the style of the food served in a cafeteria tray and it tasted phenomenal.
Menu changes each day so check website on the day.
Atmosphere had been a bit cold.