What a concept. And what a festival. The Taste of Cape Town fine food and wine festival was fabulous. Again! I vividly remember last year’s snippets of gastonomic delight under Table Mountain. And this year was as good if not better. Fine food and wine in the fresh air of the city bowl is hard to beat. Especially when it is presented in stylish bite sized plates by 16 of greater Cape Town’s finest chefs and restaurants.
Just read these to get your taste buds going: Tempura squid with wasabi mayonnaise (Terroir), Asian Beef Tartare (Luke Dale-Roberts, La Colombe), Lamb and Aubergine Strudel purse with ricotta ratatouille and braised garlic (Harald Bresselschmidt, Aubergine), Seared scallop, pea and asparagus relish (Margot Janse, Tasting Room) to name but a few. And I quite enjoyed the Mini Bunny Chows that were served out of the front of an Airstream Trailer by Bruce Roberston and team from the Showroom Cafe. There were too many options. What a pleasure: all the big names were there. Reuben Riffel, George Jardine, Richard Carstens, and the list goes on. But remarkably it was a mellow affair. None of the fuss and stuffiness that one often encounters at these very restaurants. Operating out of white tents with makeshift kitchens the size of a boarding house bunkbed, these artists produced meal after meal of wonderful food for those who had come out to enjoy the autumn days and nights on the fields and savour some great local wines. Lounge tents sponsored by various beverage brands abounded, for a bit of comfort and a place to put up one’s feet after a session of eating and drinking was always a pleasure. So if you have not managed to tick off some of these top 20 restaurants during the next 365 days, don’t miss “Taste” next year, they will all be under one roof, so to speak.