3 Reviews
Contemporary fare, International, Light meals, Modern, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0214220384 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Thursday to Saturday 12noon – 3pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 6pm – 11pm


Menu - ëlgr food menu - Updated in November 2023 ëlgr bar menu - Updated in November 2023 ëlgr wine menu - Update in 28 July 2023


R140 avg main meal
Contemporary fare, International, Light meals, Modern, Vegan food, Vegetarian
R140 avg main meal
Bar scene, Business meetings, Coffee, Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Cocktails, Dinner, Dog-friendly, Fireplace, Food, Functions, Licensed, Reservations recommended, Serves food, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

Chef-owner Jesper Nilsson was born in Sweden, trained at South Africa’s ICA and has worked in the restaurant industries of both countries. This has afforded him a unique culinary point of view that he brings to his own eatery, where local, seasonal ingredients take centre stage in dishes that are flavour-forward and contemporary. Offering a good balance between meaty and plant-based dishes, the menu consists of small, tapas-style plates meant to be shared at the beginning of the sitting, and larger dishes that you can have all to yourself. To start, the charcuterie board is a great way to ease into the meal, with a selection of Parma ham, spiced and red-wine chorizos, salami and duck-liver paté complemented by pickled onions and gherkins that balance out all the salty, fatty flavours. The potato wedges are another banger with garlic, rosemary and tzatziki – the crispy outside, fluffy inside wedges perfectly designed to be drowned in the lemony, creamy, herby dip. The white Neapolitan-style pizza with seasonal ingredients – in this instance, Brussels sprouts and Jerusalem artichoke – is a menu regular for a reason: it’s deeply flavourful and fired to absolute perfection in the courtyard pizza oven. An absolute highlight is the beef Bourguignon with pommes purée, Parmesan and parsley – hearty and moreish, but not too rich, with intense flavour. To end, a nectarine, hazelnut and brown-butter galette is the ideal meal-clincher; the sweet tartness of the fruit beautifully offset by the rich nuttiness of the brown butter. Or you could call it a day with a simple but satisfying local cheese plate, served with home-made crispbread and a tangy membrillo. With the menu geared towards communal eating, the dining experience is relaxed, yet special, and at a very affordable price too, considering the quality of the ingredients at play.

The wine list is expansive, predominantly local, but also with a small selection of international wines. The sommelier is knowledgeable and relaxed, not pushy or showy – a very refreshing quality. There’s also a resident mixologist whose whisky cocktail ‘Let them eat cake’ is deliciously refreshing – perfectly pink with just the right amount of sweetness from the pomegranate juice and acidity from the lemon.

The welcome is warm and friendly, with bubbles on arrival, but the dining service itself could do with a bit more coordination on the floor.

The interior is Insta-ready: minimalist-industrial clad in moody tones of charcoal with pops of teal, blonde wood and brown leather, an enviable assortment of designer chairs and light pendants, and a bounty of thriving potted plants. In winter, a roaring fireplace makes a cosy dining experience, while the small, lush courtyard outside, with its slick bar and pizza oven, is a vibe in summer.

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User reviews

3 Reviews
    We've been to ëlgr 4 times by now and every time the experience has been phenomenal. The staff is attentive, welcoming and informative. The wine selection is on point and the food is always incredible. Every time we've walked away learning something new about what can be done with interesting flavour pairings.
    Our party of 4 loved every part of our experience at elgr! The Dineplan online booking and confirmation system was easy and efficient and we received a very warm welcome when we arrived at this beautiful restaurant (where even the bathrooms are luxurious and easy on the eye). Sitting in the courtyard on a summer's night was a treat and the service throughout was in fact, exceptional. We enjoyed several dishes and the food was interesting and delicious, starting with the (complimentary) sourdough bread, which is a nice touch, and quite rare in Cape Town restaurants. There is a good wine list, including the great value-for-money house wine. We were made to feel welcome and that our business was appreciated and so we will definitely become regulars here!

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