Mink & Trout

6 Reviews
Bistro fare
Phone Number 0214262534 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 3.30pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10:30pm; Wine Bar: 12noon to 11pm


Menu - Menu changes regularly Brunch Menu - Updated November 2019 Summer Menu - Updated November 2019 Dinner Menu - Updated November 2019


3 Tapas for R220; 2 courses for R245; 3 Courses for R298
Bistro fare
3 Tapas for R220; 2 courses for R245; 3 Courses for R298
Coffee, Family friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Graham Howe


A culinary collaboration, named after owner chefs Leigh Trout and Kevin Mink (in case you were wondering), who formerly ran Birds in this grand old heritage building. Inspired by fresh seasonal ingredients, the short tapas, lunch and dinner menu tempts with a checklist of continental classics, well-prepared and attractively presented with robust, wholesome flavours.

Simplicity, good technique with a serious gourmet twist and good value are a winning formula. The office regulars come for the standout pork belly with smoked pork broth, ginger, soy and rice noodles. For starters, share tasty tapas infused with local flavour, from buttery West Coast mussels poached in a Cape Malay broth to crispy white bait with aioli.

Staying in the comfort zone, for mains enjoy crusty signature chicken pie enhanced by a divine mushroom and truffle sauce, spicy Indian butter chicken and cauliflower curry with all the trimmings, or tender pepper-crusted beef fillet with duck fat-roasted potatoes. Vegetarians should opt for the ethereal gnocchi with wilted spinach, mushroom, poached egg and parmesan.

For dessert, you can’t go wrong with the oozy dark chocolate fondant, or a retro treat of sweet pear and apple crumble with custard.


Well-chosen, if expensive list of the Cape’s top wine labels by the glass and bottle.


Smart and polished from beginning to end. 


Chic and intimate in a gorgeous old building that has led many lives behind the exposed brick walls and giant windows. A showpiece is the magnificent new mural of Cape Town in the seventeenth century where the open kitchen used to be.

Best for…

A smart business lunch or intimate dinner downtown.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Mink & Trout WOW what can I say such a amazing small restaurant. I enjoyed there special menu and was blown away by the freshness of the food and the service. The waiter recommended the chicken Pie and the steak,all I can say is praise to the chef who prepared this amazing dish. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that comes to cape town. 5 Stars all around. Thank you to Chef Dien who made our food and making me a repeat customer
    This is a true great experience ! The staff (Anati) is very helpfull and relaxed, but most of all experienced. The ambiance is very relaxed, nice interior, and the food is great! We will be back!
    What a great experience! I’m visiting Cape Town from London and couldn’t have asked for a nicer resturant for lunch! Great food, lovely staff and a very cool place. I highly recommend the Thai green curry delicious and very authentic also all the desserts (We did try everyone). Really great, thanks guys!! Amie McD
    The food was absolutely outstanding. We had the Thai Green Curry and Gnocchi. Both amazing. And the desserts were to die for. Perfectly executed. Cannot wait to come back again. Bravo!
    Lovely atmosphere, lovely staff. Thank you for having us Mink and Trout

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