Pam’s favourite Cape Town Restaurants – Woodstock

Pam’s favourite Cape Town Restaurants – Woodstock

This is a list of some of the best Cape Town restaurants that can be found in the Woodstock area of Cape Town.   This area is the fringe of the city – as such many of the artists and artisans moved into this rougher area to take advantage of cheaper rentals with easy access to the city.

The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale Roberts

Luke Dale Roberts first made an impression on our foodie scene  by taking the position as head Chef at La Colombe.  During his time there he won the award for the best chef in the country, and also ensured that La  Colombe stayed in the ranks of being rated as one of the Top 50 restaurants in the world by British Restaurant Magazine. He decided to branch out and open his own restaurant. The choice of location is interesting being in the up and coming hotspot for new cafes – Woodstock. The area is a little rough and tough! So be prepared for an interesting drive to get there! The location is the Biscuit Mill – an old mill premises that has been converted to include an interesting assortment of shops and is home to the Saturday morning “foodie” market called the Neighbourhood Goods Market.  The concept is to have an ongoing presentation of imaginative dishes. The menu consists of tasting menus with a variety of options to chose from – note that with tasty in between tidbits – this is an entire foodie journey and it takes time!  The current offering involves a fun concept of a dark room and a light room with different dishes served in each of them.   The menu reflects Chef Luke’s background – he is British, trained in England & Switzerland, worked in Asia for 5 years and then moved to South Africa…………where he has now been for many years!  Note that it is extremely difficult to get bookings – you have to stalk the website to see when bookings open for the month you are going.   For eg – on 1 March 2019 at 8am bookings open for Apr/May/June 2019 (Note 8am South African time).   If you are not awake and booking at 8am – you will have no chance of getting in.   The system is a nightmare and is really stressful to book from a foreign country as you need to make sure that you are up at 8am our time on the month specified.   It is like a lottery.  To get to their bookings page – click here.  Tel: +27 (021)-4472337.  Open Tuesday to Saturday.   Note that Luke Dale Roberts owns the Pot Luck Club Restaurant (at the Biscuit Mill in Woodstock – so same location as The Test Kitchen, co-owns The Shortmarket Club (city bowl) & Salsify at The Round House (in the nature reserve above Clifton & Camps Bay)

The Pot Luck Club

Has an amazing location on top of the old Biscuit Mill Tower!   We are in love with this little spot – it is simple and relaxed and offers insanely delicious Asian Tapas.  This one is easier to get into then the Test Kitchen – however it is still a good idea to book it well in advance to make sure you get in as last minute bookings are often very hard to get.  The idea is to order an assortment of dishes and to share them.  All I can say is yum and book now & try and take some friends as it is  awesome to try and order the whole menu! Open Monday to Saturday for lunch & dinner & on a Sunday for a great bubbly brunch. Note they are doing split bookings for the evenings of 6pm or 8.30pm.  Note they are open for brunch on a Sunday with bottomless champers or bloody Mary….can’t wait to try the brunch – but it is a little pricey for us locals!  Location: Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock.  To book: Same system as The Test Kitchen – bookings open the month before the following month on the 1st at 08h30 – it is not as hard to get into – click here to go through to bookings for The Pot Luck Club.  For back up in case you have problems booking here is their email address – reservations@thepotluckclub.co.za or call 021 447 0804 or 021 447 1505  OPEN MONDAY NIGHT

Burrata

Is a wonderful Southern Italian style restaurant in the Biscuit Mill complex in Woodstock.   Attention to detail is also the focal point of the restaurant – they are importing the flower and tomatoes from Italy for the pizza’s.  The pizza oven was hand built by a third-generation family-owned business in Naples. This oven is able to reach higher temperatures than the average pizza oven, which means every pizza turned out by Burrata is delicious and cheesy.  It is also a thicker base which is more typical of Southern Italy.  (Note it is also home to the Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club). Burrata is open from Tues – Sat for lunch and dinner,  open Monday nights for dinner. Tel +27-21 447 6505.  The Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Rd, Woodstock OPEN MONDAY NIGHT

The Neighbourhood Goods Market at the Biscuit Mill (Saturday morning)

This is our favourite food market in Cape Town – if you are in Cape town on a Saturday – you would be crazy to miss out on this one! This is our absolute favourite for sampling delicious artisanal dishes from dim sum through to exotic mushroom kebabs with locally made beer from a boutique brewery!  Note we go to eat – this is not a fresh produce market.   Pace yourselves – walk around and meet the vendors, nibble, have a drink, go and walk around the shops, nibble some more, have a cocktail and repeat pattern!   Do not miss a coffee in the complex from Espresso Lab – a micro coffee roaster that you will find at the back of the complex! It is also great for people watching!  Get there early – by latest 9am! Note that everything shuts down around 2pm.

Reverie Social Table

Is a great concept of a table d’hôte restaurant. It is simply a table of 18 people, you book your seat, come and meet others and enjoy a 5 course meal paired with 5 wines by a fabulously talented young chef.  Chef Julia introduces each course and you watch her plate all the dishes during the evening.   To read more about Reverie – check out my blog on them.  Note she is also open Wednesday to Saturday for a very simple meal of the day lunch &  for coffee anytime during the day.  The fine dining tasting menu dinner (Wed – Sat). Verdict: We have loved every visit to Reverie!   Highly recommended!   I love the personal nature of small table dining.   I love being able to interact with the chef, to pop my nose into her kitchen, to watch her plating and to meet others at dinner.    This is a very special experience.   Great decor, great interaction with the chef, wonderful dinner and a great spot to relax and simply enjoy the evening. This is a great spot to meet and interact with others (it is a shared table) or book it as a private venue for a special occasion. To book head to their website – there is live availability or on the day call Chef Julia on 079 060 6971 (bookings online close the day before.) Note she is in Salt River – the next neighbourhood after Woodstock