Do you have an appetite for Street Food but don’t have the time to venture out to one of the many pop up markets in and around Cape Town? Why not sit and enjoy your street food favourites in a fun gentleman style clubhouse environment while still in the hustle and bustle of the CBD. What was once Chalk and Cork, is now the Gardens Collectors Club. Don’t be fooled by the name, gardening sheers need not apply. Same owners – Marc Botes, but with a revised look and fell and of course perfectly mastered menu items to match.
You can not miss the striking pink building nestled in-between a few well loved retailers on the popular Kloof street. As you enter through the bright coral doors, you walk into a communal dining area at the front of the restaurant. The semi-open plan kitchen is on your left and too your right is window shared seating for all the fellow people watchers. The pizza oven is all fired up and the resident pizza maker is hard at work flipping and building the perfect pizza for your to enjoy Garden Collectors Club style.
With so many warmer weather days in Cape Town, you can quite easily make your way out onto the noticeably fuchsia patio. The canopy offers shade while dining and the extensive bar offers a lengthily list of your favourite craft beers and cocktails. Marc Botes has partnered with a craft cocktail maker to offer his patrons premixed cocktails to eliminate the inconsistency aspect out of the equation. As well as add a old school feeling to the medicine style bottles it is served in. Just another added touch that the team at the Garden Collectors Club offer.
If you prefer a more intimate set up, then you can make your way up the wooden staircase to the loft like children’s room upstairs. With boyish collectors items such as vintage tennis rackets and model ships, striking wall paper and skylight’s offer a new perspective over the Cape Town skyline.
With bold canary yellow chairs, superior period furniture pieces and fresh-faced blue pops of colour throughout this attic style dining area, it’s sure to bring out the childish side in all of us.
While seated in the loft, we could hear the sizzling of saucepans, blending of sauces and busyness from the kitchen downstairs. Head Chef Zunaid Gangat (@betteriwthzee on Instagram) is the man behind the menu. His food reflects a classic American style with a twist.
My fellow foodie friend Georgia East brought me along as she knew that the most indulgent food always has my name written all over it. We lapped up the truffle salted popcorn for a starter instead of the usual breadsticks, a really innovative choice from Chef Zunaid. We then crossed over to the dark side with the uber-melt-in-your-mouth sensation that is the bone marrow burger…yes you heard me right! Before devouring the Southern Fried chicken with creamy potato salad and compulsory slaw. But how could we leave without trying the mascot dish, the shrimp poh boy…holy moly!!!!
The food is honestly unlike any other restaurant surrounding it and I would skip the hustle and bustle of Bree street and head right over to this gem. I know it won’t be quite for very much longer as the word of its success gets out.
For more information about the Garden Collectors Club you can see below and as always; Happy EAT-ing!
Gardens Collectors Club
Address: 51 Kloof Street, Gardens
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday (12:00 – 24:00; kitchen closes 22:00)
Call: +27 21 422 5822
Even though I was invited as a guest to review this establishment, all opinions are my own and the photographs were taken for the exclusive use o my blog post.