Reverie Social Table

3 Reviews
South African, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0214473219or0790606971 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Tuesday to Friday (no bookings) 12noon to 2.30pm

Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm to 11pm


Menu - Menu changes daily: Look on Instagram -  reveriecapetown Look on Facebook - Reverie Social Table  


avg main meal R70(lunch), R820 for five courses (dinner)
South African, Vegetarian
R40 (bubbly); R30 (still wine)
avg main meal R70(lunch), R820 for five courses (dinner)
Business meetings, Groups, Special occasions
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

226A Lower Main Road Observatory, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Ishay Govender-Ypma

Chef Julia Hattingh’s 18-seat table d’hôte restaurant in Observatory serves a 5-course chef’s choice dinner and is, in her own words, her “daydream come true”. At the dinners (that are frequently booked weeks in advance), Hattingh displays her skills, gained with time spent in local and renowned French kitchens, through intensely flavourful dishes. The menus rotate often and are crafted to pair with a selected winery’s offering – a new winery is chosen every few weeks.

The simplicity of presentation sometimes belies the numerous steps in preparation, with several slow-cooked dishes having begun their lives the day before. Hattingh draws heavily on local flavours and cherished foods – take her aged rib-eye steak, served with pap, chakalaka sauce and a boerewors crumble; angelfish with mussels and nasturtiums; or smoked impala with sweetcorn mash and plums. Her perfect egg is cooked at 63 degrees Celsius and served with a cumin, red lentil and pumpkin soup, which she pours at the table.

Local cheeses like ash-covered goat’s cheese sometimes earn centre stage in a dish and the desserts are masterful. A grapefruit sauce and a spritely scoop of ginger and raspberry sorbet heighten the humble but perfectly-made New York-style cheesecake.

Because the menu arrives as a surprise, share any allergies or restrictions when you book. Communal eating seems to be a growing trend, with an emphasis on leaving the mobile phone off and getting to know your fellow diners. However, the food is very Instagrammable, so you may want to keep it close.

The meal is paired with pre-selected wines from unique boutique wineries so, like with the food, you have no choice apart from other standard drinks like sodas and hard liquor, which are charged for separately. Some diners may find this limiting.

Service is friendly and intimate, with Hattingh welcoming each guest, addressing the table at each course and being on-hand to answer any questions between prepping dishes. Her tiny team is professional and very hands-on.

The single, shared table (you’re allowed to pick where you sit, so come earlier rather than later) is a boon for the extroverts, though may be a challenge for introverts. It’s a good way to meet new people but it’s probably best that you come with at least one companion.

Hattingh serves a relaxed daily specials menu for lunch. (Think beef and sugar bean stew, Asian chicken salads and noodle broths.) So come and enjoy without having to socialise with fellow guests. There’s even free WiFi.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

3 Reviews
    We live just around the corner from this little gem, and have always wanted to go. They launched a Winter Special, so we decided to grab the opportunity and reserve our space at the long 18 seater table. It can be quite daunting not knowing who you're going to be sharing the table with and there's definitely a fear that you won't have anything in common with anyone...which would make for extremely awkward conversation... But we were extremely lucky! To our left were a group from my partners home town in Australia, and to our right fascinating Sexual Studies students and teachers, and all around the table either people from the same industries as us, or we knew people in common. 'Six degrees of separation' at its best... All of this just made the food and wine even more memorable, as we had the opportunity to 'uhm' and 'ahh' with a great group of people! Don't let the location of this little tucked-away Observatory/Salt River Main Road restaurant scare you off. The gates are always locked, and the welcome and staff are extra friendly and will make you feel right at home. You get welcomed with a glass of bubbly, and then taken for a tour of the kitchen and the adorable and relaxing lounge area. And then with each course, talented chef Julia comes to explain the dish and wine pairing personally, adding that little extra touch! The dishes seem to change almost daily, so if you go back, you'll be surprised by some new flavours and textures. But it's worth it, because what we were served the first time around, was amazing, and the wine pairing also perfect. We've been to The Tasting Room in Franschhoek a few times, and I would honestly put Julia and her creations right up there with flavours and presentation. And all of this right on our door step, and shared with 16 other strangers at one long Social Table...
    Absolutely amazing experience :) thank you Julia Hattingh's for an awesome evening of great for and great wine!

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