Last week, Glen and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. We went on a weekend cruise, which technically wasn’t an anniversary celebration because Glen was invited to perform on the ship. You can read about that in this blog post and check out our cruise photos.
We got back from the cruise and the sea sickness kicked in! We spent our actual anniversary sleeping, watching series and feeling tired and sick. The following day, we ventured outside to experience the greatest food experience of our lives. Hello Chef’s Warehouse!
Before we dig in, you should know that the head chef of Chef’s Warehouse is Ivor Jones, who used to be the head chef of The Test Kitchen. We had really high expectations, because Ivor and The Test Kitchen both have a reputation for creating some of the most incredible food experiences.
Chef’s Warehouse is situated among the vineyards of Beau Constantia, just a short drive from our house. It was easy to find, and we were greeted by the security guards, who helped us find a good parking spot. The very first thing we noticed was the amazing view of the night sky and the city. I wanted to take a photo, but you have to see the view for yourself. Photos don’t show off the entirety of this spectacular view.
We walked into the cozy restaurant and we were greeted by a friendly waiter who showed us to our little table. Something I loved about Chef’s Warehouse was that the kitchen is visible. You can watch Ivor and his team preparing food and plating their dishes. I love knowing what’s going on in the kitchen!
Our waitress came over to greet us and she explained how the menu works. Chef’s Warehouse is known for their “Tapas for 2” shared meal, and that’s exactly what we wanted. There’s nothing more romantic than sharing food with someone you love.
In addition to the “Tapas for 2”, we chose to order a bread and butter platter, and Ivor so generously sent over a complimentary platter of Oysters. The menu described the platter as “Oysters with Flavours from the Garden”. This was my first oyster experience and I probably won’t order them anywhere else, because I know they won’t taste nearly as good as these did.
The “Tapas for 2” is a set menu, served in three courses.
Linefish Sashimi with Lemon Achar, Buttermilk Dressing, Toasted Garlic and Smoked Paprika Oil.
Coal Seared Tuna, Hand Chopped Baba Ganoush, Parsley Dressing.
Seared Blesbok Rump, Whipped Ricotta, Pickled Daikon Salad and Kataifi.
Celeriac Risotto, Pickled and Fire Roasted Celeriac, and Hazelnut Beurre Noisette.
Slow Cooked Egg Yolk, Miso and Butter Poached Mushrooms and Brioche Soldiers.
Grilled Kingklip, Cape Malay Dressing and Tempura Mussels.
Roast Pork Belly, Spiced Sour Cabbage and a Coconut Salad.
Persian Spice Lamb Rib, Spiced Yoghurt, Chickpea Salad and Lamb Jus.
Excuse the blurry photo. Clearly we were excited to eat!
In addition to the amazing starter, bread and butter platter, and the three course tapas menu, we decided to order dessert. Our choice: Wild Honey and Lavender Creme, Honeycomb and Smoke Cassia Bark Ice Cream.
We seriously recommend Chef’s Warehouse for a date night or anniversary celebration. The food is absolutely amazing. We couldn’t choose which dish was our favourite because they were all delicious and full of flavour. This has been the food highlight of the year for us and we can’t wait to be back.
Open for Lunch Tuesday to Sunday from 12h00 – 14h30 (Kitchen Closes) | Open for Dinner Tuesday to Saturday from 17h00 to 20h00 (Kitchen Closes) | Closed on Sunday Evenings, Mondays, Christmas Eve & Day, Boxing day, New Years Day and Good Friday | GPS: S 34°0’ 48.57” | E 018° 24’ 21.67” | Maximum of 8 guests for Restaurant Reservations, no more than that will be accepted.
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