This collaboration of La Mouette’s chefs Henry Vigar and Andre Hill in bustling Green Point draws inspiration from Andre’s childhood in colourful Bo-Kaap in a street named Upper Bloem. Shades of salt, saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper in geometric tiles and upholstery form a backdrop for a journey of small plates. “The colour palette reminds me of Bo-Kaap and the barber shop I was taken to as a small boy,” says Andre.
Andre’s growing up with spices is evident on each plate, without any overpowering of prime ingredients. Delicate dishes like cured kabeljou with a sago crisp, pickled radish, curry and raisin and Saldanha Bay mussels with spekboom, parsley oil and sea essence make way for bolder plates. Vegetable dishes, like Cape Malay-style onions with pickled aubergine and caramelized onions, and Tandoori carrots with whipped goat’s milk yoghurt and candied black rice, are stand-outs. Moving into ‘main’ plates, expect something typical of Cape cuisine like lamb neck biryani and beef short rib with Jerusalem artichoke, sweetbreads, tongue and apple. The thread of happy memories ends in the dessert selection which includes yummy milk tart doughnuts.
Happy and attentive waiters ensure an enjoyable experience. The set menu of three courses can be paired with wine, priced to suit local pockets. Lunch is six plates instead of nine, with the bread course being optional. You may not want to miss that though…
“I have attached technique to what I know, coming full circle from where I grew up. I pushed it aside for many years. I want diners to have a feel for Cape Town, to leave in love, talk about it and appreciate it.” Chef Andre Hill
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Phone: 021 433 1442