The Pot Luck Club, Luke Dale Roberts’s latest venture, is an intimate space that serves as a laid-back eatery and a contemporary art gallery with a dedicated cocktail bar. The menu consists of many small plates of modern global flavours. Diners can expect a mix of both fusion and classically influenced dishes on the menu, from the likes of Lukes signature Asian pork belly to Cumberland sausage and red onion rolls.
Amazingly creative dishes with ultra fresh ingredients - including unusual cocktails like the lemongrass ginger and grenadilla I had. Friendly, attentive staff and fun to sit at the kitchen counter and watch all the prep - if you like that kind of thing. Think carefully about what you order - we ended up with too many dishes with high acid content. Pudding - the raspberry dish was particularly good and the ice cream sandwiches quite fun.
After a slightly underwhelming experience at this establishment in December, I surprised myself by returning for another special occasion. This time for the much talked about Sunday Brunch.
Bookings for this slot are in high demand, and I set a reminder in my calendar for the day that bookings opened for July. I secured a table for 8 and paid a booking deposit, which Im happy to do. (Helps with budgeting for the big event too!)
We arrived approximately 20mins early for our booking, after I made an incorrect assumption that the Biscuit Mill is open on Sundays. The staff wouldnt let us sit inside by the bar, so we mosied back to the sidewalk - not so pleasant on a moody July morning in Cape Town.
We returned promptly at 11am.
We were seated at a table right by the live music - which concerned me initially, but ended up not being a bother at all. The place was packed after a few minutes and a cosy, buzzing atmosphere was created. It was perfect for a wintry Cape Town Sunday.
The service was attentive and swift. I really couldnt fault it.
Our food was, as it should be, the highlight of the day. The brunch is a set menu, with dish after dish served on platters for the table. Every dish I tasted was sensational, perfectly balanced and inspired. This definitely surpassed my previous experience here. The best dishes were the beef tataki, the omelette and the brioche mushroom toast.
There is a bottomless bubbly/bloody Mary option for an additional R300, which isnt really worth it in hindsight. The food is so generous and rich that you cant really consume as much bubbly as you think you can :) But it's a great selling point for the brunch which certainly excited me initially. Next time I'll rather opt for a bottle of bubbly to share. (Around R400)
If PLC is judged only on brunch, I believe you have a top 5 facility here. The brunch is excellent value for money and the experience end to end sensational. It was really a happy birthday for me.
10/10 service food and experience. Would go here again.
Oh but you must make a reservation this is Cape Town after all ?
We honestly loved the food and bottomless bubbly, pity for us we made a reservation late but still managed to find a table.
The food was creatively tasty and the ambiance is set just right with a live band playing.
We left full and very satisfied, next time we will make a reservation in time.