Ever since it swung open its monochromatic doors in November 2016, La Tête has been wowing local gourmands (and the international foodies) with its fresh, seasonal French-bistro fare that focuses on the nose-to-tail philosophy (of using every part of the animal, leaving nothing to waste).
At this stage, it’s only offering lunch and dinner, though breakfast might also be on the cards once the team has found their, erm, feet (pun intended).
Occupying the space formerly inhabited by Orinoco on Bree Street’s ever expanding foodscape, La Tête is chef Giles Edwards’ first restaurant venture. Formerly of Woodstock’s Salt Cellar, chef Giles worked under Fergus Henderson at St John, his famed nose-to-tail London eatery, for the past decade. Before that, he enjoyed stints at J Sheekey, Convent Garden’s seafood restaurant, and Cape Town’s own Beluga, where he trained.
As a nose-to-tail restaurant, the menu bears a strongly meaty emphasis, featuring beef and lamb, as well as seafood. Expect mussels with bacon and cider, mint-and pork terrine, fresh bread-and-octopus salad; and beef-and-kidney pudding. Partly inspired by the French style of preparing farm-to-fork food, the experimental menu will change its offerings daily. Chef Giles realises that the nose-to-tail concept is quite something for diners to digest, so he wants to educate the public on this way of cooking (and eating) by showing that there’s for nothing to fear – no matter which parts of the animal are used.
On the dessert menu, expect delicious dishes such as poached guavas, chocolate pots and plum pavlova, to name but a few mouth-watering treats.
Tuesday – Friday, 12pm – 11pm
Saturday, 6pm – 11pm
Contact 021 418 1299, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Where to find it 17 Bree Street, Cape Town