Raise your hand if Rafiki’s on Kloof Nek Road holds fond (and debaucherous) memories for you. Good times indeed…The erstwhile home of one of Cape Town’s most iconic dive bars has undergone two overhauls in less than a year, the most recent of which has seen Parisian owners Vincent John Soimaud and Rafael Wallon-Browstone transform it into a French-style bistro and café. (It was The Sunnyside Inn for a fleeting moment.)
The restaurant’s name is derived from a Hemingway quote, in which the famous author referred to Paris as “a movable feast”. Dressed in second-hand finds from flea markets, junk shops and a defunct French restaurant in Paris, The Moveable Feast is a Moulin Rouge-inspired feast for the eyes.
Separate from the decidedly upmarket restaurant is the bar, where the visual extravaganza continues: an old piano with exposed mechanics steals the show, backlit by a neon-lined stage. You’ll be hard-pressed to find us anywhere else on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The menu is as French as the red velour booths. You simply have to start with the classic French onion soup: impeccably tasty and bursting with flavour. Meat-lovers will devour the springbok shank, served with a side of pomme pureé (mashed potatoes) – the epitome of comfort food. The portions are rather small, so we’d recommend you order a side, too. If you’re in the mood for something light, but feel adventurous, the quail is a must! Cooked to absolute perfection with a slightly sweet Asian sauce, it comes with pickled radish salad. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it before.
Whether you’re looking to book a special-occasion meal or a lively vibe for Friday night drinks, The Movable Feast ticks all the boxes.
Opened June 2018
Opening times Bistro: Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10pm
Bar: 11am – late