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.