If you go down to the end of Kloof Street, you are in for a delightful surprise. The Kloof Street House Restaurant offers every imaginable luxury Cape Town dining experience. Delight in relaxed outdoor dining in a secluded space, a romantic candlelit dinner in an opulent dining room, or end your week with a Sunday lunch to the strains of jazz.
Ensconced within a historic Victorian-era building, this enigmatic space is filled with unique combinations of style, from gilt-edged knick-knacks to plush furnishings. Here glittering chandeliers overlook Tretchikoff reproductions, half-man half-animal prints, mirror clusters, quirky gilt ornaments and images of the Mother City as it used to be. The bar is an enigma, built out of leather suitcases and topped with an old gramophone.
Kloof Street House offers a complete escape from the mundane, just over the wall from the suburban buzz of Camp Street, and is open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays to Sundays from 12pm and from 5pm on Mondays.
The menu is described by head chef, Warren Carney, as unpretentious grain-fed, free-range and responsibly sourced. Sociable feasting is encouraged, as is sharing, with a range of meals designed especially for two. The brasserie-style menu is as varied and changeable as the décor, and the service is just as warm as the ambience created by these cosy comfortable spaces.
Outdoors, the mood continues with a mish-mash of mosaic, wooden, wicker and wrought iron furniture clustered around a Grecian fountain. This magical space beckons to the romantic at heart and is becoming a favourite among locals for an after-work tipple. Away from the chaos of urban living, the garden is where you can submerge yourself in the soulful sounds of live jazz while lingering over Sunday lunch every week.
The entire menu begs exploration, but a few of the stand out items are
- the seared tuna enfolded in an herb crust, beetroot, cranberry, and onion chutney adorning a baked camembert
- ossobucco with risotto Milanese
- classic bouillabaisse and
- Moroccan-spiced lamb rump.
Dessert appeals with silky chocolate fondant and homemade marshmallow ice cream, or salted caramel cheesecake and popcorn sorbet among the treats on offer.
Look out for the understated entrance to this other-worldly luxury Cape Town experience while cruising the coffee shops and chic cafés of Kloof Street.