Named after two streets in Manhattan, its young co-owners and co-chefs Cornel Mostert and Cynthia Rivera formed a connection while studying at The Culinary Institute of America in New York. He is Capetonian. She grew up in Brooklyn. They share an eye for design and an urgency to put flavour on their plates. Their concept is offering “something different, while introducing modern American cuisine aside from burgers and fries”. This is food that hides complex techniques in simple presentation. Fresh elements in a salad of sliced kohlrabi with walnuts, Parmesan and mint, balanced by persimmon. Think umami bacalao fritters… the ricotta gnudi dumplings have a lightness of touch, served with shimeji, in a pool of leek and scallion green sauce. There are aromatic lamb ribs. Or comforting pork shoulder steak in broth, topped with chargrilled cucumber. To finish, a wickedly moist chocolate cake cloaked in chocolate ganache, whipped cream and sea salt. It’s a pared-down eating experience where beautiful accents linger on.
12 Pepper Street, Cape Town City Bowl; 021-422-3301.
By Kim Maxwell