The Homestead is where the heart is.
A hidden gem if we’ve ever seen one, The Homestead Kitchen is tucked away in a nondescript street in Plumstead, but the moment you step into its enchanting garden the magic begins. Launched by OG foodie Elaine Rosseau seven years ago, The Homestead Kitchen wears many hats – on Wednesdays it’s a pop-up restaurant, the rest of the week it serves as a special-occasion venue and the headquarters of Elaine’s 24-year-old catering business, Food Fanatics.
An enchanting setting
Dating back to 1820, the thatched Victorian building has been lovingly renovated and restored by Elaine, who has used its magnificent bones and original Cape Dutch features to create a series of warm, intimate spaces, all stylishly adorned with eclectic furniture, art, cookbooks and crockery that she has collected over the years.
Outside is just as beautiful – if not more. On warm summer evenings guests dine in landscaped alcoves overlooking the vegetable and herb garden, or under the Bedouin tent, with a gushing fountain and plenty of space for little ones to run around in.
In winter, the sides of the tent are lowered and outdoor heaters keep it warm and toasty, plus there are two big baskets of blankets that guests can wrap around their shoulders or legs. If you prefer, you can book one of the equally charming and cosy tables by the Victorian fireplace indoors.
If it’s Wednesday, this is the only (southern suburbs) spot you’re going to want to have in your diary. The winter “floating plate” menu is a combination of old favourites and new dishes. “I toyed with removing the lamb ribs and calamari,” she says, “but the team were adamant we leave them on, as they are still the most popular dishes on the menu. And perfect for winter.”
Styled as tapas dishes but generous in quantity, the lamb encrusted with coriander salt and the calamari grilled with chorizo are both heavenly, as is the melanzane Parmigiana. Hearty winter warmers such as cassoulet of white beans, pork, confit duck and sausage; shoulder of lamb pampoenkoekies (pumpkin fritters); a different risotto each week; and classic steak and chips will have you returning more than once this winter to taste your way through the whole menu. Several more vegetarian options, like the lentil paneer stuffed aubergine with chili mint yoghurt; and vegetable tempura with a soy dip, ensure that all palates are catered for.
Simple but delightful desserts to finish include a divine chocolate crème brûlée in an antique tea cup, and an intriguing banoffee-pie pavlova.
You don’t have to trek to the CBD to get your Thirsty Thursday fix. The Homestead hosts buzzy First Thursday gin tastings with Six Dogs Distillery (alternating with other guest distillers), accompanied by live music and their winter tapas menu. In keeping with the theme, your own dogs are welcome to join you (on leads) in the garden to enjoy the evening’s fun.
In addition to pop-up Wednesdays and First Thursdays, Elaine and her team also host other special-occasion events such as Father’s Day lunch. And you can also book out the venue for your own special events, including weddings, baby showers and private parties.
The warm, homely and magical atmosphere that Elaine and her team have created at The Homestead Kitchen tick all the boxes, turning winter Wednesday evenings into the highlight of the week.
Opening times Wednesday + First Thursdays, 5.30pm – 10pm
Contact 021 797 9819, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it 23 Constantia Main Road, Plumstead (entrance and secure parking in Bardia Road at the back), Cape Town
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