A must-visit enclave in the city.
In the midst of Cape Town’s favourite foodie street is chef Matt Manning’s alluring enclave, combining Grub & Vine Bistro, Culture Wine Bar, The Blue Room and The Chef’s Studio in a single atmospheric, eye-catching colour-blocked building.
Whether for after-work drinks, a catch-up dinner with friends, a special celebration, or a session of toe-tapping, soul-stirring tunes, 103 Bree Street is a one-stop, guaranteed great night (or day) out, where you can settle in, relax and enjoy the multiple pleasures served up by Matt and his team.
Grub & Vine Bistro is “small, vibey, honest, unpretentious”, as Matt describes it, but this is somewhat an understatement and hardly conveys the quality of his refined and downright delicious menu. Beautifully prepared and plated dishes, combined with friendly, knowledgeable service, create an upscale dining experience – without the associated pomp and ponceyness.
Grub & Vine has two distinct dining areas: the elegant, contemporary dining room (with the bustling kitchen in view) and the Green Room, with garden-inspired decor (rattan chairs, avian prints, hanging lights and pot plants everywhere) and a courtyard for alfresco dining.
When Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – late
Menu du jour R340 (2 courses + canapés); R440 (3 courses + canapés)
Summer tasting menu R695; R1 250 (with local wine pairing); R2 250 (with international wine pairing)
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Top-notch food deserves to be paired with suitable wines, and Culture Wine Bar takes care of this. Adjacent to the bistro, it’s stocked with the finest SA wines, including rare gems and cult classics, and extends to globally sourced wines on the “Wanderlist”, Culture’s special black-leather-covered menu, available on request.
The wine bar is warm, cosy, moody – all leather booths, wooden floors, exposed brick, marble countertops, and a fabulous window seat for the best views over Bree Street. It’s a wonderful spot to unwind with friends over a glass or two, and there’s a small menu of snacky bites from the bistro kitchen to enjoy with them.
It’s also where wine-lovers can try something new, learn more about wine and engage with the sommelier and other fundis at its weekly events (many of them free of charge) – without a hint of “wine snobbery”. Hidden upstairs is the Wine Library, home of Culture’s private-members’ club and co-working space. Sign up and you’ll get to regularly indulge your passion at curated gatherings that offer something truly special.
When Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm – late
Vine Night: Wednesdays 6pm – 8pm
Thirsty Thursdays: 6pm – 8pm
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The latest addition to the family is 103 Bree The Blue Room, a live-music lounge where Matt, partnering with jazz muso Buddy Wells, has created a platform to enjoy the best jazz, soul and blues around. With its own in-house recording studio, music lovers can also catch these sessions live from time to time, through a viewing window that faces the main seating area.
What’s more, The Blue Room doubles as a cocktail bar, specialising in bespoke concoctions aptly named after music legends, such as the Ella Fizzgerald (gin, MCC, lime, rhubarb and fennel) or Muddy Waters (bourbon, dry sherry, vanilla maple and naartjie). Patrons can also indulge in the Blue Room’s dinner-and-show package (R495 for a show, two-course menu and cocktail) or order from a tapas-style menu that is as delicious as what’s on offer upstairs at the bistro. The Blue Room is also open for lunch on weekdays and brunch on Saturdays.
When Monday – Saturday, from 4pm
Live music performances: Wednesday – Saturday, 8pm + 9.30pm (two seatings)
Cost R100 (performances)
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An audience with the chef
The Chef’s Studio is all about sharing a love of cooking. At these interactive workshops, budding foodies can learn the ropes in a stylish state-of-the-art, professionally equipped kitchen – starting with canapés and ending with a multi-course feast at a long communal table.
This makes the cooking workshops the perfect choice for a celebratory gathering, such as a kitchen tea or birthday, or a team-building experience (six guests minimum). Children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult. There is a range of culinary choices, from a seasonal du jour menu to themed global cuisine.
With all of these diverse experiences at hand, guided by a top-notch food-and-beverage team, it’s no surprise that Matt’s collection makes for an attractive private party or function option, including small, intimate weddings. Matt and his team custom-create the ideal event, from the charming, characterful venue to the menu and wine pairings.
Contact 087 153 5244, email@example.com
Address 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
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