A few weeks back we were invited to visit The Company’s Garden Restaurant (Previously Harleem & Hope) located in the heart of the Mother City…. The Company Gardens themselves!
This historical center of Cape Town has long been known as port of call for great food and with the recent revamp of the restaurant located in the gardens by the Madame Zingara group this tradition can continue – for tourists and local alike!
This latest offering by the well known restaurant group is a step removed from the usual quirky scene. This serene space is much more focused on being a chill out zone for busy city professionals or families looking for a leisurely lunch on the weekend.
The space is just that – spacious, with plenty of tables located outside under the tall trees and overlooking the gardens, giant chessboard and unique children’s playground featuring giant birds nests – created by Porky Hefer – a huge highlight for the youngest visitors.
Inside the decor is modern, natural and relaxed with a focus on eco-consciousness. The vibe is casual and relaxed, it’s easy to see why it’s already one of the favourite family-friendly restaurants in the city! If you’re planning a weekend visit it’s advisable to phone and make a booking a few days before, if not a week, to avoid a long wait in the queue!
And when it came to the food, we were not disappointed! For our main meals we opted for the mustard and marmalade spatchcocked chicken which was deliciously sticky and the grilled organic sirloin. Other menu options include various South African delights such as beer-battered hake and chips, bobotie roti with homemade sambal, a dhaltjie (Malay chilli bite) burger, a smoorsnoek and onion jam sandwich, grilled Karoo lamb and more. My kids both opted for the Big Boy burger which was great value.
But before you order your main be sure to take a look at the cakes and desserts displayed inside. The red velvet baked cheesecake served with berry coulis and fresh raspberries was amazing and we also enjoyed a decadent slice of chocolate cake! Scones, pastries, koeksisters, Malva pudding, and apple berry crumble are also on offer on any given day.
Expect to pay between R29 and R72 for breakfast, R60 to R79 for a salad, R60 to R95 for a light meal and from R80 to R185 for main meals. Desserts are around R40 and the kids menu has options between R35 and R40.
Tel: 021 423 2919
Queen Victoria Street
Central, Cape Town
Opening hours: Breakfast and Lunch