stefan marais from societi bistro with his legendary chicken parfait
last night I went to the Taste of Cape Town and like all the years previously it did not disappoint.  I did notice that it was a lot busier and the number of stands seemed to have increased.  It is housed at a different location each year, and I found that whilst this years spot was very convenient (Green Point), the access in and out of the parking was far too slow. It was easier to park further away and walk in.  I also found that the tents were too spread out and the layout very confusing.  I kept walking around in circles unable to get my bearings.  I think it would have been better to keep things closer together.  My all time favourite location was at the German school in Tamboerskloof two years ago. There were some fine restaurants on the list and certainly enough to choose from, but overall it was my impression that the number of very top end restaurants has diminished, with more middle end restaurants being represented.

There seemed to be more wine estates and smaller producers.  So lots of drinks, coupled with fabulous friends and a few tasty morsels, it really is a fun night out.

My food highlights were (based on the limited number of tasters I ate)

  • Chicken liver parfait, on toast with pineapple chutney – Societi Bistro
  • Gambas Pil Pil,sauteed prawns in roast garlic and chilli – Bistro 1682
  • Confit of duck tart with preserved ginger and pickled shimji mushrooms – Signal at the Cape Grace
  • The nutty one (dessert parfait) – Planet at the Mount Nelson

I wish I could have eaten more.  I few dishes ‘underwhelmed’ me, but I do also consider the environment in which they are prepared.

brad ball from bistro 1682 with his 3 meals
george jardin with his aged chalmar sirloin and foie gras bourguignon
rudi liebenberg from planet restaurant at the mount nelson with the ' superb nutty one'
the confit of duck tart from signal and delightful and colourful staff of gold on their beautiful stand
don who mixes up the cocktails in the BOSsewa with his sidekick, and the uber charming johann de wet from dewetshof

Taste of Cape Town 2010


  1. Have to agree that more “middle end restaurants” were represented, but Gaye and I still had a *wonderful* time on Friday night. We also found some of the food underwhelming, but our three top tastes were the
    – confit of duck tart (fantastic!)
    – Gambas Pil Pil
    – Cape Grace paella

  2. Sam

    Hey Steve, Lovely to get your comment on Drizzle 🙂 and glad you had fun at Taste.

  3. Lovely evening but I do agree about the calibre of the restaurants.
    Absolute best was the chicken liver parfait and the confit duck tart. TO DIE FOR!

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