Our guest blogger Jean-Paul tells about his exquisite dining experience at Pigalle in Green Point…
There are few venues in Cape Town that offer dinner and dancing with a live band, accompanied by superb cuisine and sublime service, but Pigalle has to be my favourite. Pigalle is an institution in Green Point, having entertained and delighted Capetonians for more than a decade!
As you enter through the tall glass doors you are enveloped in a bygone era of elegance and glamour. The ambiance is sophisticated yet comfortable, with high ceilings adorned with chandeliers. When we arrived we were greeted by the hostess, adorned in a sleek gown, who escorted us to the bar for an aperitif. Our single malts were poured into cut crystal tumblers with heavy bases; as a whisky connoisseur this is something I appreciate. So many establishments serve good whisky in beverage glasses normally reserved for soft drinks. Uncouth, I tell you!
After our pre-dinner drinks the hostess showed us to our table near the dance floor, set with crisp white linen and fine silverware. Our waiter arrived promptly to discuss wine options and to walk us through the menu and specials for the evening. We ordered our starters and mains, as well as a bottle of Rupert and Rothschild Classique to accompany our meal.
I enjoyed the beef Trinchado to begin with and my girlfriend decided on the retro Prawn Cocktail; both delectable dishes superbly presented. For mains I chose a rare favourite of mine, seared yellow fin tuna, coated in sesame seeds, teriyaki dressing and accompanied by julienne vegetables. My partner went with the waiter’s recommendation of a selection of Langoustines, the sweetest of all shellfish, grilled in lemon butter and lightly brushed with garlic. Truly magnificent!
To round off our meal we shared a crème brûlée, prepared in a narrow, thin dish unlike anything I have seen before. The flavour and texture was pure decadence.
For a night of sheer grace and style in a sophisticated venue, nothing can compare. As the band began to play, we rose from our table and wafted down to the wooden centre floor to dance the night away…utter bliss.
Photo source: Pigalle*
Chic, glamorous, comfortable, al fresco and cosmopolitan are a few words used to describe the stylish Mediterranean restaurant called Rocca.
This past weekend the That’s Cape Town team braved miserable weather to indulge in mouthwatering Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Situated on the Square in the New Cape Quarter, Rocca’s innovative design and chic décor makes you forget that you are actually in Cape Town.
Upon entering the beautiful venue, we were welcomed by the friendly waiters who showed us to our reserved white leather couch. Our first round of drinks consisted of a bottle of Durbanville Hills wine, strawberry daiquiri and virgin pineapple cocktails, which consists of fresh pineapple pulp, pineapple juice and rocket… so refreshing!
After enjoying the best prawn spring rolls (phyllo pastry deep fried with a delicate creamy seafood and prawn filling) in Cape Town and a dip platter (Rocca style) we were so excited for our mains.
Between the three of us we had a Seafood Combo Platter for one (4 Queen Prawns, grilled calamari, 1 prawn spring roll, fresh chips and vegetables), a Yiro Chicken Wrap (Strips of chicken, chopped tomato, onion and tzatziki) and a Chicken Grillado (chicken breast flame grilled with barbeque basting or lemon & herb, served with hand cut fries).
We could barely move after devouring all that food, but we could not leave without trying at least one of the home made desserts. We shared a Halva and Maraschino cherry ice cream and Baklava which consists of layers of phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts, cinnamon and syrup… YUM!
During our dinner, the owners of the restaurant, Costa and Natasha, came over to check on us, which was a nice touch. Rocca pride themselves on professional service and strive to make each guest feel comfortable and relaxed while providing a memorable experience.
With that said, we’ll definitely be back in the near future to try their all-you-can-eat Mediterranean buffet. The buffet is available every Wednesday night and Sunday lunch for only R119, 00 per person you get to indulge in Mediterranean starters, mains and desserts.
If you’re not in the mood to cook Sunday lunch then take advantage of their seafood lunch buffet available every Sunday. R119, 00 will get you a selection of calamari, prawns, mussels in tomato, mussels in cream, seafood pasta, seafood paella, line fish, stewed calamari, vegetables, roast potato, salad starters and much more!
Visit Rocca at:
New Cape Quarter
27 Somerset Road
021 418 8000
After years of convivial conversation about this Cape Town institution, two old friends at last decided upon a date to rendezvous and catch-up over a delectable 3 course dinner. As you waft through the front entrance you are transported to a bygone era: black and white floor tiles, mahogany banisters and expanses of marble. Dining in the courtyard one sits with cobblestones below your feet, and fairy lights above your head, creating a romantic ambiance. Five Flies boasts several dining areas with a small bar off the courtyard and a more expansive lounge/bar area upstairs with a large leather chairs and sofas, with a grand piano tucked away in the far corner.
The menu offers a broad selection of scrumptious dishes which can be enjoyed either by ordering a la carte or a multi-course option of up to 5 courses! There is a broad selection of wines available with an option for every palate.
Amongst the myriad of options on offer a calamari starter was chosen to begin the evening, crusted in salt and pepper, accompanied by biltong mayo, crisp new potatoes and a jalapeno and radish salad. The mains consisted line fish of the day and venison: grilled Kabeljou, served on a bed of cauliflower mash, topped with green beans and a beurre blanc sauce; Loin of venison (kudu) with a goat’s cheese crust, sweet, sour cabbage pain perdu, fondant potato, and a caramelised apple and jus.
Once the last few quaffs of wine were enjoyed, the dessert menu was presented. The options are limited but decadent. After some deliberation a Brandy cheesecake was ordered, served with a spiced Indonesian sponge, sour cherry coulis and popcorn foam, and a Vanilla crème brulee, accompanied by a scoop of hazelnut ice cream, a Kaluha and cardamom shot with biscotti.
From beginning to end, the dining experience was exceptional. Service was professional, friendly and efficient. The food was a culinary delight, enchanting with every morsel. Whether it is for a special occasion, a romantic dinner for two, or a gathering of friends and family, the Five Flies will cater to your every need and gastronomic requirement. Contemporary cuisine served with elegance, from a bygone era.
Post by Claire Symons*