Certainly the most popular restaurant in Cape Town over the past year or two has been The Shortmarket Club. I’ve heard many great things about this go-to gourmet destination but, until recently, had not visited it myself.
Fortunately that changed last week when I was invited to enjoy lunch at The Shortmarket Club – a review of their new Prix Fixe menu!
After sneaking up the stairs to the entrance of The Shortmarket Club, we were welcomed into a cosy, cocooning space which makes for a great winter lunch venue. It has an opulent old-world aesthetic, with wood and leather elements that enhance the atmosphere. Dark colours set a dramatic mood, while the open kitchen is a vibrant focal point. The Shortmarket Club is surely an ideal spot to treat clients or woo lovers…
Fortunately for long-time fans and those who have yet to pay The Shortmarket Club a visit… they are kicking off winter with this exciting Prix Fixe Winter Lunch Menu that promises to keep the winter blues at bay.
The idea behind the Prix Fixe Winter Lunch Menu is that this is a quick three-course menu, ideal for a business lunch (or sneaky date) and it consists of three courses which change on a regular basis.
For our visit we enjoyed a delightful Amuse Bouche of springbok tartare, raw endive, parmesan cheese, pickled shimanji mushrooms with a walnut dressing.
This was followed by a starter of Sambal Matah Tuna Belly served with sambal oelek, hot coconut oil, chilli, basil and fresh lime and prepared table side by our waiter, Cornelius! Inspired by the chef’s recent trip to Bali, the flavours of this dish truly delivered – spicy, fresh and very delicious!
For mains we enjoyed grilled Red Roman fish, complemented perfectly with a tangy lemon and tarragon velouté and smoked mussel aïoli and served with fried pannise, green bulgar wheat and roasted turnip.
The Prix Fixe Lunch Menu can be ordered with or without a carafe of wine from Paul Cluver, so we ordered a Carafe Paul Cluver Sauvignon Blanc to share with our starter and then a carafe of Paul Cluver Pinot Noir, both of which paired perfectly with the dishes on the menu.
My husband, a wine
amateur, snob, lover was very impressed with the exceptional quality of the wines on offer and the very affordable price of R55 for the white carafe and R100 for the red.
And what is a date without dessert? Before heading back to the office (or the school run) there was one last delight… a Rhubarb Crumble served with pine nut ice cream, mascarpone catalan, rusk and shortbread crumble sprinkled with strawberry dust! Gourmet comfort food indeed.
Our mid-week date at The Shortmarket Club was an indulgence of incredible food and quality wine, we loved the private setting, sophisticated atmosphere and world-class service.
The three-course Prix Fixe Winter Lunch Menu is priced at R280 per person. It is available at lunchtime only, Monday to Saturday, until the end of September 2018.
Contact The Shortmarket Club
88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
Bookings should be made online via their website: www.theshortmarketclub.co.za
Open for lunch and dinner daily (closed Sundays).
Tel: +27 (0) 21 447 2874
Please note that The Shortmarket Club’s annual Winter break is from the 8th -23rd July 2018.
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