The 4 winter specials I enjoyed at Cape Town restaurants
October 2, 2018
The way I love food, I’m happy to add it as a hobby when I fill out forms. So you can imagine my joy every winter when Cape Town restaurants put on winter specials. The price drop is to encourage diners to brave the cold weather and come fill the spaces left after summer departed. As you can imagine this is my happy place so here are some spots where I ate all the things.
I’m starting with this one because not only is it great value but it is on until 30 November 2018. The deal is R295 per person for a four-course lunch menu with includes a carafe of wine. We started with a single oyster as recommended by the waiter, it wasn’t part of the set menu but a delicious way to kick off lunch. We started with kob ceviche and an exquisite roasted cauliflower mousse (its that round crumbed thing in the picture).
Next up was 12 hour celeriac and an amazing pork belly and tentacles. I love a good pork belly and this one with miso aubergine, peanut and coriander was heavenly. For mains we chose linefish with smoked mussel, chorizo and leek and chicken and bourdin noir- I had to ask what that was, its blood sausage. Dessert was a rhubarb financier, the first time I’d eaten rhubarb and warm hazelnut cake.
This superb offer is available for lunch Monday to Saturday.
The Stack, Gardens
This restaurant in town is set in a double storey house that also contains a members club. The special is R195 for two courses and R235 for three excluding breakfast and cheese. For starters I chose to show my maturing palate by eating fruit with food: cured trout with citrus wedges and pickled beetroot. For mains I chose the chef’s special of grilled kingklip with smoky prawns on a bed of squid ink pasta. The site still shows the special so you can also treat your palate to nice things.
La Mouette, Sea Point
This perennial favourite never disappoints, the cheese croquettes alone are worth the drive. The offering was R295 for five courses and each bite was glorious. We feasted on garden pea soup, pork belly with crackling and broccoli puree, risotto with pulled smoked brisket and Parmesan. The finale was a deconstructed lemon meringue which went all the way in.
La Mouette currently has a summer menu R395 for three courses.
Kyoto Garden Sushi, City Bowl
I had been wanting to try this place for a while but never got around to it. Then I went to watch a documentary at the Labia theatre so I decided to take advantage of the winter special which was R220 for three courses and a glass of wine. I started with the tuna tartare. For mains I had rice with special fish which is an understated name for such an unforgettable dish. It also costs R185 on the regular menu making the special great value for money. Dessert was Green tea ice cream.
The special is done but it runs every winter so mark your calendars. So that was me eating my body weight and not running it off this winter. Have you enjoyed any well-priced meals in the Mother City? Let me know in the comments below.