Further, for Americans, South Africa is inexpensive thanks to a a good dollar-to-rand exchange rate, and I was typically able to walk out of a fine-dining restaurant having spent less than $40 (this includes 2-3 courses with wine). In the case of more traditional restaurants, such as those serving Ethiopian food, I typically spent $5-$20.
|Kingklip, Ataraxia Chardonnay, Claus' Calamari|
After visiting the Earth Fair Market, my next killer meal was at Luke Dale-Roberts's The Pot Luck Club & Gallery, which is the sister restaurant to The Test Kitchen. The Test Kitchen ranked 74th in the S.Pellegrino list for the World’s 100 Best Restaurants 2012, and I would have eaten there except that it was under renovation. The Pot Luck Club is located next door to The Test Kitchen, and it serves small plates that, for the most part, cost between $3 and $10.
|Mushrooms on Toast|
The Pork Belly, served with Luke's OX dressing and red cabbage and apple slaw, was heavenly. I don't like to sound like a douche bag, but that's what it was. For me, pork belly has to be crispy on the outside and melt in your mouth on the inside, and Luke's was perfect. The meat had been brushed with a sweet glaze that likely involved honey, and the tangy slaw cut through the sweetness when needed. Now I know why Luke is described as "the king of pork in Cape Town."
These two dishes are likely the heaviest on the menu. Their flavors are massive, which makes them ideal for sharing. For those looking to balance out their meal with lighter dishes, I can recommend the Claus' Coconut and Calamari Salad and the Kingkilp (a mild white fish) Clay Pot, which is served with a Thai-style black pepper sauce and Thai basil.
In the next post, we'll visit Bistro Sixteen82 at the Steenberg Luxury Hotel in the nearby Costantia wine region, where round-two of the pork-belly extravaganza will go down.