Cape Town: The Pot Luck Club

By Jenny Handley

Relish an adventurous journey of flavour at The Pot Luck Club, a fusion of classic, quirky and Asian culinary innovation.

Physical Address: The Old Biscuit Mill, Albert Road, Woodstock.

Call 021-447-0804 or visit www.thepotluckclub.co.za. Open Tuesday to Saturday for drinks from 5pm to 6pm; dinner from 6pm to 10:30pm.

THE PLACE

Luke Dale-Roberts has opened a gourmet playground in the heart of The Old Biscuit Mill, alongside his successful restaurant, The Test Kitchen. Different, unique and modern, The Pot Luck Club has a sensual buzz that emanates from pure enjoyment. Sexy steel combined with black backdrops, tree-trunk seating and bespoke crockery in this eatery-cum-gallery provide an understated setting for a relaxed cocktail with snacks or a meander through a menu of petite plates of spectacular food. The best seat in the house is at the bar, where you can witness poetry in motion – Luke and his hard-working squad of young talent in the open-galley kitchen.

THE CHEF

Luke’s experience of establishing restaurants in Asia, his savvy business sense combined with exceptional gourmet expertise and the desire to please, are a winning combination. “It’s in our blood to want to make people happy at all costs, within limits,” says Luke. Discerning diners who have followed Luke’s voyage of success from La Colombe via The Test Kitchen come with extremely high expectations. And this Eat Out Chef of the Year 2011 will exceed their expectations.

THE MENU

The Pot Luck Club offers more accessible food than The Test Kitchen and dishes are less conceptual. A delicious sake cocktail (perhaps flavoured with lemon grass, ginger and granadilla) with a snack of crispy curried celery leaves could launch your culinary travel. The Asian tartare is a taste sensation, as is the blue cheese mousse, “an unadulterated version of the Waldorf”, states Luke. Hot stuff includes crispy pork belly with Luke’s XO dressing, red cabbage and apple slaw.

X-FACTOR

Smaller portions provide more scope for the experimental yet astute diner. Contemporary South African art and boutique wines accompany the culinary art. Pop in for a spot at the cocktail bar or make a table reservation. Plates priced from R20 to R80.

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