‘uncomplicated, pure and provident’
An eye-catching floral mural on the wall welcomes you as you enter from busy Kloof Street. The dark hues of steel and gun-metal grey, leather and wood provide a clean yet cheerful backdrop for casual fine dining. This modern, sassy and stylish restaurant is calm and cool – innovative table settings like cutlery in boxes and the herbs hanging from the kitchen ceiling add charm.
A gracious, dignified welcome is also part of the charm. Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg and his team are ably assisted by his wife Liezl Odendaal, who runs the cold kitchen with a deft hand and ensures that the behind-the-scenes is run smoothly. He has made the move from the village of Franschhoek to inner city with aplomb, his journey of discovering new local ingredients a delight. “We offer guests a tasting dinner menu or a more relaxed lunch in our courtyard with a smaller menu. It reflects what is in season and the best quality ingredients available to us,” says Arno.
The menu is original and trendy, demonstrating Arno’s ability and love of foraging on Table Mountain for mushrooms and sunchokes, and the sourcing of seasonal ingredients from his own hydroponic garden in the courtyard. Perfect plating and balance of ingredients are other talents. Expect aubergine paired with black sesame and shiitake mushrooms or manganji peppers with lardo and pangrattato. Combinations are intriguing, like sunchoke cocoa with sunflower and wild mushrooms with celeriac and nasturtium. The mains of suckling pig with cabbage and the lamb with paprika, red onion and chive may sound standard, but know that they are anything but average.
Staff are friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. Their harvest table which seats up to 18, gives a good view of their house-made charcuterie, and wines. Wine pairings are ably recommended, from boutique wineries and winemakers of the Western Cape.
“Each dish is thoughtfully curated to bring out the best in each ingredient.” Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg
Address: 75 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
Contact: 021 422 0384