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This restaurant run by Cornel Mostert and Cynthia Rivera is inspired by their experiences working in top restaurants in New York, Chicago and Copenhagen. A short paper menu lists the options of small plates intended for sharing. Boldly simple and raw options might include a generous serving of market fish capaccio laid out on a bed of sour hot sauce; whipped hake roe; a very tasty smoked lamb tartare with a glossy soy-cured egg yolk and crisp vegetable chips; oysters; or straciatelli with white anchovies. What remains are the famed cacio e pepe (creamy and confident, a highlight, despite the high price) and an utterly gorgeous dish of meaty and fragrant foraged mushrooms on a bed of creamy polenta. Beef with cafe de Paris butter and the catch of the day are at the top end of the menu. The one dessert on offer might be something like a dutch baby with lemon and fromage blanc.
An intriguing selection of wines from the likes of Swartland and Elgin sits along some local and international craft spirits on the simple one-pager menu. Tap water comes in a cool glass carafe that resembles a plastic bottle. Very meta.
Waiters are smartly turned out in aprons and look after us well, despite some issues with the pacing of dishes.
The decor is well known for being sparse, clean and ultra modern. Interleading spaces have touches of marble, copper and trademark pale pink. It feels special and elegant inside. Make sure you shine your shoes!
A trendy spendy dinner.
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