The Shortmarket Club, Cape Town
The Shortmarket Club in Cape Town is the new born of Chef Luke Dales Roberts and it worth the wait for a table reservation!
If you like Potluck Club and The Test Kitchen, you will be happy to discover this totally different and new culinary destination. The Shortmarket Club is more conventional.
“I’m extremely excited about what this will bring to the City Bowl. It’s very challenging but exciting at the same time” Luke says. The restaurant is serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and, in keeping with its opulent old-world feel, many of the dishes are modern interpretations of classics. Breakfast will herald a new trend for the City Bowl with the likes of shiitake brioche toast soldiers with boiled eggs, quinoa granola made in-house and classic Arnold Bennett omelette.
The menu is led by chef Wesley Randles who has worked closely with Luke since the opening of The Test Kitchen.
For lunch, “We’ll start you off with perfect West Coast oysters with Asian accompaniments or beef carpaccio with a miso-cured egg yolk,” Wesley enthuses. “It’s the type of place where we want people to linger, have fun; where lunch turns into drinks at the bar, or an after-work get-together turns into a languid dinner.”
The restaurant space has been conceptualised and designed by Sandalene Dale Roberts, Luke’s wife, and her vision is a powerful one creating an uncompromisingly opulent feel. She designed the vast banquettes that form the centrepiece of the dining area. “The space has the feeling of a club, and we’ve used leather and wood extensively,” she explains. The striking blacks and deep aubergine colours form a suitable backdrop to the moody space where two vast skylights pour in light. Accents such as stained glass made by local craftsmen in sliding doors from Argentina separating the dining and bar areas have been kept as a nod to feel of history and craftsmanship the space evokes, while leather-covered tables add to the appeal.
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The Shortmarket Club – 88 Shortmarket Street – Cape Town – South Africa – Telephone +27.21 447 2874
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