Enjoy traditional South African fare with a modern twist.
Located in the serene Steenberg wetlands, with the majestic Constantiaberg mountains to the one side and the verdant forests of Steenberg on the other, Norval Foundation is a world-class art destination – and Cape Town’s answer to MOMA.
In addition to showcasing thought-provoking exhibitions, the feted museum is also home to a restaurant that delivers in its own right.
Named after legendary local artist and teacher Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant overlooks mountains, vineyards and a lush garden dotted with impressive sculptures. And, as you’d expect of a restaurant located in a world-class museum, the interior design is impressive, with contemporary features and warm furnishings creating a relaxed and homely atmosphere.
The menu, overseen by executive chef Delia Harbottle (previously The Stack), pays homage to traditional South African food, but with a modern twist on flavours. Ingredients – where possible – are sourced from local suppliers.
The recently added Petite Plates, a combination of local flavours and international influences, are perfectly shareable. We have it on good authority that the seared-tuna poké bowl, crispy calamari and grilled springbok loin are stupendous. The most popular main dishes are the slow-cooked bobotie with apricot, mebos chutney and aromatic rice; and The Skotnes Burger with Gouda, coal-infused mayonnaise and smoked monkey gland sauce.
Vegetarians and vegans will love the variety of options catering to them, including roasted red pepper and chickpea burger, multigrain salad, as well as a mozzarella panna cotta (most dishes can be adjusted to suit different dietary preferences and requirements). Make sure you leave space for dessert – the rooibos posset with citrus-infused cream, caramelised white chocolate and crispy meringues are divine!
The breakfast menu, also locally inspired, features pampoen koekies (pumpkin fritters), with camembert, cinnamon and fynbos honey; and chakalaka shakshuka with eggs and amasi, served with fire-roasted bread.
A decidedly civilised way to end (or start) an exhilarating outing to a world-class art gallery!
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