Already a fan of The Potluck Club? Then we are certain you'll be lunging for the nearest phone to make a booking for their Sunday Brunch offering. If you don't know about this most popular of Cape Town restaurants then you'll just have to trust us and read on as we describe a foodie experience that will blow your mind.
The Potluck Club is exceptionally popular with locals and visitors alike due to its innovative cuisine, served tapas style, and its incredibly trendy location and setting. Booking in advance is a must!
Food24 visited them for their Sunday Brunch this past weekend and while the restaurant was full to capacity, one might still be able to get a booking for this offering sooner rather than later, before too many people hear about how amazing it is and the stampede begins.
Upon arrival we were introduced to the DIY Bloody Mary station. This is awesome because if you are fussy about your Bloody Mary (like I am) then you can add a bit more spice here and a little less there, but if you are clueless on how to make them, then you are rescued by a very well balanced tomato juice concoction to mix with your vodka. Just add celery.
The waiter explains that there is a set menu (the menu is typed out in front of you on the table) that comes out course by course accompanied by free-flowing Graham Beck bubbly. Hold on to your seats!
The first course is categorised as 'Salty' on the menu and consists of mushrooms (porcini puree) on toast with Pancetta, smoked trout blinis and a mini Arnold Bennett (you might want to Google this as it has an interesting history).
Next up is the 'Sweet' category which for us this past week included fish tacos, beef tartare with Japanese apple and mustard dressing and my favourite dish of the day (apart form the Arnold Bennet) the crispy clalmari with Cape Malay-styled curried lentils.
Next was the 'Umami' or 5th sense round and we got confit duck legs with lentils and Spring beets.
Our 'sweet ending' was a spiced Winter apples dish served with rose water sorbet and brandy snaps. And what a happy ending it was.
The whole event from start to finish was incredible. A totally unique dining experience, with live music to add to an already jovial ambiance. Include attentive service and free-flowing bubbly and you have a winner that will continue to sell out for a long time to come.
Food24 was invited by Cape Town Tourism as part of their Hello Weekend campaign.
The Sunday Brunch is R500 per person and R350 without bottomless bubbly. To book a table contact The Potluck Club.
- Cathrine Shone