The urban sister restaurant of seaside Sotano in Mouille Point brings a winning formula of playful Spanish tapas and pintxos (pronounced ‘peen-chos’ – small bites from the evening tapas buffet) to town. There’s something for everyone and every pocket on an eclectic menu that runs from hearty brunch of eggs Benedict, a signature lamb burger and an A-Z of piquant Mediterranean fare as well as the Manga sushi bar, which delivers first-class sushi.
Mix and match generous tapas portions of lamb koftas, calamari a la plancha, squid tentacles, chorizo, halloumi bruschetta, confit of octopus and patatas bravas – swirled with piquant salsa verde, chipotle aioli and chimichurri. The flavours on a generous serving to share are colourful, simple and robust.
Stick to the Club Med theme for mains, from a signature spicy paella served in a pan with the works to a delicious squid ink risotto, tender espetada and moules in creamy white wine with frites. Vegetarians will find a range of tasty tapas, salads and soups – or ask for a paella without chorizo and chicken.
Share churros with chocolate dip or a chilled chocolate fondant with butter caramel sauce to end on a sweet note.
Living up to its name, Sotano (meaning cellar) lists a great selection of affordable Cape wines by glass and bottle, champagnes, classic cocktails and a fabulous list of 30 craft beers.
Attentive, hands-on from cheerful owners and enthusiastic staff.
Youthful, abuzz with life, music and cool conversation across two storeys. Find your place in the lobby bar, lounge, sushi bar, at the bistro tables or on a terrace with a view.
A night out on the town after work, partying with friends.
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