From 1 February Bruce Robertson, one of South Africa’s most well known chefs (former owner of the Showroom in Cape Town), will be opening a spot that celebrates “The Art of Table d’ Hôte” – ie the opportunity to dine in his home in Scarborough. The new venture is called The Boat House. This is really exciting as I have been watching this trend on the television in a number of documentaries – it has become very popular in New York. In NY – people open up their homes for dinner – ie they pile up the lounge furniture and fit in as many tables as possible into their home and start cooking – it looks fantastic. Bruce is going to be doing this from his home in Scarborough. I think this will be a really fun one to book for the weekend for us locals – Scarborough town boasts a gorgeous beach and is a really lovely drive to get there. For foreigners – I would suggest you get up early and do the penguins and Cape Point – and then book for a late lunch with Bruce in Scarborough. Note that The Boat House will only be open for lunches from Monday – Saturday. I have not been to try it out yet – but as soon as I have – I will report back!
Below is a press release to the Travel industry which gives you a feel for what he is planning. I have reverted with a request to know if one would need a minimum number to book and have also asked what the cost will be.
02 Feb update from Bruce Robertson:
Firstly my apologies to Bruce – he has not launched a restaurant – merely the opportunity for you come and dine with him in his home – ie as he says “Table d’Hote” with a top chef in his home – which happens to be right on the beach in Scarborough.
Bookings will need to have a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12.
More details to follow soon! I am on the road traveling – so will update the rest soon!
Full update form the 2 Feb e-mail: Bruce has clarified a whole lot of details. His marketing is targeting the overseas visitor to Africa. Here follow the details for the lunches:
HOSTED LUNCH WITH CHEF BRUCE
Table d’hôte “Lunch served to guests at a warm home gathering, where the host has prepared what the guests will be served” My home is yours.
· A five-course lunch paired to five award-winning wines.
· Price Per Person; R495.00 inclusive. (current price and subject to change)
· Reservations ONLY/No walk-ins accepted:
Telephone: Chef Bruce 083305 8533/The Boat House (021) 780-1789
· My home is closed on Sundays.
· The menu is ‘Table d’hôte’ and ‘Seafood’ in theme.
· Alternative ‘Starter’ and ‘Main’ course are on offer.
· The menu uses only local ‘Peninsular’ and seasonal ingredients.
· Tea and coffee inclusive.
· Arrival time between 12H00-13H30.
· Minimum number of guests x2-Maximum number of guests x12
· One ‘Registered’ travel staff per booking is complimentary
· Regrettably guest with walking disabilities need to negotiate 14 steps.
· The Home is not wheelchair friendly.
· All dietaries to be confirmed before arrival.
· Regrettably no children under 6 years old.
· All payments to be made via EFT prior to arrival/No cash or cards accepted.
BANKING DETAILS: Nedbank/Acc no. 1046565451, Claremont.
REF No. Guest Surname.
Directions to Chef Bruce Robertson’s Boat House
From the N2/Airport; head towards Cape Town and then take the M3 towards Muizenberg. At the end of the M3 turn right and follow signs to Ou Kaapse Weg. Continue along Ou Kaapse Weg, over the mountain and finally down into Sun Valley. At the second set of traffic lights, turn right towards Kommetjie. Continue along the Kommetjie Road, pass through two sets of traffic lights and one pedestrian light. After the third set of lights, take the first road to your left. The ‘Ocean View’ Police station will be on your left, continue along the road and when you reach a 4/way stop street turn left. Travel along this road with the sea on your right and mountain on your left, passing through Misty Cliffs until you get to Scarborough. At the stop street in Scarborough, turn right down Camel Rock Road towards the beach. Just before you reach the parking area at the beach, turn right along Beach Road. The Boat House is halfway along this road on your right side, No. 36.
With Culinary regards from The Boat House