One day in Cape Town is not enough to see and experience the city, however when it’s a transit on the way to St Helena, that’s what one has. The list of priorities includes last minute shopping for “necessary” items such as jumbo oats, coffee beans, dehumidifying sachets and toiletries.
That done focus tends to fix on the fact that this is the last chance to fulfil any gastronomic itches which haven’t been scratched in the time off island. “Where to go for our last meal in Cape Town?” is a question asked by many who live on St Helena.
There are two places on most foodie’s radars at the moment as is reflected by the length of time needed to book. Both are in the Woodstock area and are owned by the same team.
At the top of the list and almost impossible to get into is the Test Kitchen which I am hoping to visit next time through Cape Town. At the moment bookings are running at around 6 months ahead. The Pot Luck Club is a sort of younger sibling of the Test Kitchen and booking, whilst challenging is not impossible.
The dining concept is similar to many restaurants now with the focus on variety of taste experiences for the diner in the form of a grazing menu.
Diners are encouraged to choose an assortment of dishes to share which are delivered to the table in a slightly random way.
Luckily I was able to appreciate this style of dining in company to the extent that three of us almost managed to taste our way through the whole menu!.
Highlights included a yummy BBQ Broccoli Mops with Blue Cheese which had fabulous smokey undertones in the broccoli and creamy tang in the dip. Surprise of the evening was probably the Coal Fired Tongue with parmesan butter beans and gremolata which presented itself as a tasty combination of rich tender meat with a crust to give a bit of texture and the aromatics of garlic, lemon and parmesan.
My only criticism would be that the current menu lacks anything to offset the richness of some of the dishes, there is only one salad on the menu and that came well dressed with melba toast. Desserts are novel with popular flavours such as a take on Smores , the American cookie made from chocolate and marshmallow.
Prices were pretty reasonable although that is speaking from a £ perspective with the whole meal including two glasses of wine coming in at around £23. One to certainly aim for in the future.