1. Voted as one of the Top 100 Restaurants in the World, Aubergine was one of the birthday surprises waiting for yours truly.
Aubergine’s timber-and-glass interior matches chef-owner Harald Bresselschmidt’s classic-with-a-twist cuisine. A beaded Strelitzia flower in the entrance hall is a clue to what will come: South African produce, prepared with strong classical methods that echo the Austrian chef’s roots, surprises and requires a closer look. This is serious cuisine.
Aubergine stands out as Cape Town’s most complex restaurant in terms of menu and ambiance. Located in the former home of Chief Justice Sir John Wylde built in 1930, this restaurant is the epitome of traditional meets modern. From the beautiful wood ceilings and soft lighting, to the open, airy space and polished service staff, this restaurant is a winner before you even taste the food.
First Course – Meat and Peas, flavors mix n match
The only restaurant I have been that lets you choose and customize your degustation menu.
Second Course – Creamy Ravioli with fresh herbs
Phyllo and meat puff with extra ordinary combinations of spices and vegetables
Light and airy dishes that only kept me craving for more..
2. Test Kitchen – One meal that you absolutely cannot miss in Cape Town. Located in the Old Biscuit Mill, along the galleries and this is a big reason to visit this part of the up and coming neighborhood.
The Test Kitchen is a relatively new restaurant by world renowned chef Luke Dale Roberts. Although it’s a fairly new spot, it has quickly become one of the hottest restaurants in Cape Town, with reservations very hard to come by.
Slow cooked sweet potatoes, goat cheese, olive and pine nut salsa, beetroot and apple purée, puff shards
Time magazine pin pointed the date November 24, 2010, as the day “Woodstock officially became Cape Town’s hottest district…when Luke Dale-Roberts opened The Test Kitchen there.” Worthy praise indeed.
Crisp fried pork belly, sous vide fillet, garlic and toasted ginger purée, American oak and bourbon velout.
Pan fried beef fillet, green beans, pine ring mushrooms with black pepper “café au lait
Frozen cashew and cinnamon parfait, hazelnut butter, Hazelnut and olive oil cake with a saffron lassi foam and pineapple tarte!
And the best part ~ 150$ for the most memorable meal by a celebrity chef.