Every local in Cape Town knows Kloof Street House. And for good reason too, this restaurant, on Kloof Street funnily enough, is an eclectic collection of artefacts, influences, styles and food. It’s also the perfect place for a variety of different occasions, whether it’s just meeting up with friends (their bar is also a great atmosphere), celebrating a birthday, just pure food love, 2 of our friends even got engaged here. It’s versatile in every sense of the word.
Sarah and I have been meaning to visit Kloof Street House, for a long time. We decided on a slightly chilly and overcast day to go and experience their lunch menu. The great thing is that the weather doesn’t affect your experience at Kloof Street House; we walked through the entrance gate, and straight away the trinkets, colours and atmosphere hits you.
Their famous classic bicycle with their logo stands proud in the entrance walkway. Soon after which, we were greeted by a smiling waiter who proudly introduced himself and showed us to our table. We were pleased to see that a fire was roaring in the grate, close to our table so it was warm and cosy. As you glance around there are so many things to look at, it occurs to you that if you, yourself tried to re-create this look at home it would be impossible. There’s so many objects, from completely different walks of life placed next to each other, almost like a hoarders dream, but the interior design has been created in such a way that it just works so well!
This interior kaleidoscope is only one half of the story however. The a la carte dinner menu was supported not only by a brunch and light lunch menu, but also some delicious sounding chef’s specialities. We started with a glass of wine whilst we perused the menu and couldn’t decide which of these delicious dishes to order. Eventually we came to the conclusion of sharing starters and also a little of the mains (well, I would have to taste a little of Sarah’s).
So we shared Butternut, Spinach and Feta Spring Rolls, with Dukkah Spiced Sweet Chilli Sauce and a Whole Baked Camembert with homemade Beetroot, Cranberry and Onion Marmalade. I mean what’s not to love, the best tasting spring rolls, and a whole baked wheel of cheese. Just delicious, there’s no other way to put it.
The waiter had managed to describe the specials in such a way to Sarah that she immediately chose a roast chicken dish. Now you may not be thinking that this sounds exciting or ground breaking, but what was presented on the plate was a fresh take on roast chicken and oh so tasty! The combination of ingredients, such as dates and olives was unexpected, but like the interior design just worked so well. Small splashes of butternut puree spread around the plate just accented the delicacy and detail that goes into every single dish.
I went with one of Kloof Street House’s classic items on the lunch menu. Their Grass Fed Beef Burger with Smoked Mozzarella, Marinated Roast Peppers, Harissa & Hand-Cut Fries. If you go and are not feeling too hungry, just get a side of these fries; trust me…it’s worth it! Again, people may think that a burger is not ground breaking, but by combining each of these flavours with such care, it’s a taste sensation!
It’s fair to say that I have a sweet tooth, and that I always have some space for desert too. Our fabulous waiter managed to twist my rubber arm and we ordered the Salted Caramel Cheesecake with popcorn Sorbet. If you’ve never tried popcorn sorbet, then I suggest you do, it’s a strange sensation to say the last, but tastes magnificent (and you don’t get popcorn stuck in your teeth either). Just look at it, I think that should say it all.
To round up, it’s little wonder as to how Kloof Street House has gained its brilliant reputation. Kloof Street itself is difficult to become known on, as there are so many great places, especially with so many new spots opening up in the area. But Kloof Street House remains steadfast and should become your home at least once in your life.
Kloof Street House kindly hosted us for a complimentary lunch.
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