taste of cape town 2012 packed with deliciousness

I popped off to Taste of Cape Town on Thursday and Friday night to check out the line up of restaurants and dishes at this years event. I am glad I was lucky enough to go twice as it is impossible to eat everything that you want on one night.

Housed in the same location as last year in Greenpoint, everything is laid out in a large circle so that if you walk around you will be able to see everything.

A new feature of this years show was the ‘Pop-Up’ restaurant which saw one new chef / restaurant popping up to prepare their signature dishes at each session. I totally loved this idea.

Thursday’s pop up was Tokara and Richards Carstens knocked my socks off with his 3 delectable and highly innovative courses.

richard carstens from tokara

His Japanese cheesecake with jasmine pears, almond and green tea was a beautiful clean tasting  and  highly innovative dish with wonderful textures.

On Friday night Luke Dale Roberts ‘popped up’ from The Pot Luck Club & Gallery and we ordered the fish taco and the pork belly, both of which my friend and I decided we would rather eat ourselves and not share. Great decision and sublime.

One of the highlights of the show for me was the prawn, coconut & lemongrass veloute with water chestnuts from Scot Kirton of  La Colombe . I had it on both nights and would say it was my dish of the festival. Served in an egg-shell, it’s a little flavour bomb leaving you salivating for more. It’s on their winter menu, so I cannot wait to try it again.

la colombe

Another highlight for me was Planet Restaurant dessert ‘Do you wanna see my stiiiiik? – a montage of mini desserts made with Valrhona chocolate (my best) on THE most delectable pastry stick I have ever eaten.  It is now my mission to hunt down this recipe and attempt to make something like it.

I also totally loved the Bistro 1682 limited edition beef burger slider with foie gras butter and I’m planning on a visiting soon for the real deal where only 10 of what is widely regarded as the best burger in Cape Town are served every Friday.

Bertus Basson’s Wors Roll was as delicious as usual.

As is the case every year, I regret the lovely dishes I didn’t get to taste, but hey I love in the same city with all these restaurants so this show definitely inspires me to go and pay them a proper visit.

As with all previous years the event hosts a plethora of wine and other booze brands, so you get to sip a lot as you make your way around the restaurants.

I was impressed with the main sponsor – Pick n Pay green initiatives.  All the crockery and cutlery is 100% recyclable as is all the waste at the event.

There is also an array of wonderful small producers selling their wares.

so much to do, see and eat at taste

There are a few chefs theater’s so if you plan correctly you can sit in on a few incredible demonstrations.

As I discussed on the 2010 event, its worth taking the time to read through the list of restaurants and dishes and circle the must do’s.

The best part about Taste is that it really is a good day or night out.


  1. Frances Beasley

    thanks for sharing – it sounds as if it was well organised, professionally presented and totally sublime – now if I wasn’t 12 hours flight time away I’d be there!!!

  2. Hey Sam! Have to agree with you: the prawn veloute from La Colombe was my favourite dish too!
    I didn’t enjoy the Bistro 1682 burger though… I found the brioche rather dry and the patty lacking in flavour.

    I also really enjoyed a rice pudding dessert with caramel (?) and nuts. Forget where I got it from, though.

  3. Sam

    Hey Steve, glad you went and enjoyed….. I’m keen to try the Steenburger in its full version although I don’t eat foie gras. So far for me the best burgers in Cape Town are at &Union and Clarkes. Also KC Canteen do a mean cheese burger on a Friday.

  4. Hey Sam
    Thanks for such an excellent report back and photies! You have an incredible style!
    I have used a link to your blog for my April newsletter – so inspired – thank you!

  5. Sam

    Thanks Karen that is awesome! Hope I bump into you soon. S x

  6. nina schiodt

    Steve – Bea’s rice pudding was sublime- from Azure 12 apostles. It is Mrs Tolmans very own recipe so the team tells me….
    Sam – fab pics glas you enjoyed the show

  7. Sam

    Thanks Nina, I didn’t get to try the rice pudding (but I’m not a fan of rice pudding), there were just so many delicious options available.

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