Chef Santi Louzán is the perfect Chef to launch a Chef’s table in his home in Cape Town. He is warm, welcoming, creative, a showman and one of the most charismatic people I have ever met.
Santi hails from Galicia in Spain. Here he learnt from his Mom and Granny to “love the ingredients” – he was surrounded by artisans and family members who were farmers and fisherman. In his teens he moved to England with his family. He started at the bottom of the chain in the restaurant world – washing dishes and slowly worked his way up. His career spans from being a Chef – winning a Michelin star for the kitchen he headed up – through to the business world of real estate in London. Finally he met the “one” – a South African girl called Dominique. Together they decided to “live the dream” and move to Cape Town. Here they started their restaurant called Little Saint (Santi means little saint!). Little Saint gained high accolades for their cuisine – but sadly did not make it. It broke my heart when they had to close down.
Santi’s latest venture is called Chef’s Table Cape Town – a shared social table concept where he prepares and plates a 7 course course dinner in front of you. The dinner is hosted by Chef Santi who introduces each course and shares the story of the inspiration behind each course. The plan is to adjust the menu based on seasonality of ingredients. Each course that is served will be paired with a matching wine (5 different wines will be served with dinner)
I am going to run you through the evening so that you know what to expect! I was invited to come and try out Santi’s new Chef’s Table with some of my fellow Travel Industry friends – lucky me!!!
The Chef’s Table launches this week and is open for bookings. To start with they will only be open on a Wednesday and a Thursday night. They can however be booked privately on other nights of the week – subject to Chef Santi’s availability.
My advice would be to book this in advance as I have a feeling that it will get very booked up over Cape Town’s summer season.
Concept – Shared Social Table – 7 food courses paired with 5 wines.
Cost – R850 per person.
Note the Chef’s Table can be booked online. The website shows live availability and you can book instantly.
Wednesday & Thursday night only to start – shared table.
The maximum number of people will be 16 per evening.
Arrival time 18h30.
You are welcome to book on other nights if you want exclusive use (subject to availability)
Tel no – Chef Santi Louzan – +27-79 420 2464