Cape Town restaurant
Wesley Randles
Luke Dale Roberts

classic French cuisine with contemporary execution’

The Shortmarket Club is discreetly positioned just off bustling culinary Bree Street. From welcome to departure you will be ensured of an unforgettable experience courtesy of the collaboration between Luke and Sandalene Dale Roberts, chef Wes Randles and manager Simon Widdison.

The décor is dramatic yet not detracting from the classical cuisine served in simple, contemporary style. The New York, clubby feel with waiters in white jackets, some executing tableside service, is what has cemented this restaurant in the hearts of locals and visitors alike, alongside world-class cuisine.

The thread of the menu highlights simplicity and seasonality, ingredients are the star of the show. This talented chef shows the ultimate respect for produce, he is equally enthusiastic about his craft, his suppliers, and his team.

The tuna tartare could compete with the roasted quail for a delight-of-the-night award, but know that you will sing the praises of the duck liver and foie-gras parfait. Plating is simple but the flavours and techniques are not. Chef Wes Randles gives discerning diners exactly what they desire, and shows his prowess of culinary technique gleaned along a classical French path. His menu is a current take on the classics, celebrating his history as a chef by re-inventing old recipes with imagination. Sleek, stylish, uncontrived – like the setting. The extensive wine list is aimed at the connoisseur, with the wine pairings carefully considered and eloquently introduced.

This is sophisticated dining at its best, the intimate and romantic ambience perfect for a hot date, a business interlude, or fun with food-loving friends. If it is more Asian-style and casual that you are seeking, then slip next door to The Commissary. Here it is casual, plastic plates, great cocktails, unreserved seating with unapologetically powerful, punchy flavours.

“We should have less staff, with more skills, which means that there are fewer hands on the food.” Chef Wes Randles

Address: 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre, 8000

Contact: 021 447 2874

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