There’s little better for a vegetarian than to walk into a restaurant, especially a new one, and see a menu full of delicious treats for us to pick and choose from. These people know how to keep the customers coming back for more – time and time again. Salt. Kalk Bay. is a great new addition to the Kalk Bay strip. This independent, small plate restaurant is bang on trend – in all the right ways.
We were asked by our favourite local foodies team, InstaEatsCapeTown to be involved with this years #InstaEatsWinterWarmers roll out, where we visit some of Cape Town’s most popular spots and try our the favourites off the winter menus. So when Salt, Kalk Bay. invited us to come for lunch, we knew it was a must.
Nik MacLeod, owner and long-time Kalk Bay local, is serving up some homemade goodness with a great international flare that’s hitting the spot with millennials and food lovers alike. I was blown away by the complex flavours of our lunch. Also, eating seated at high stool, cafe style tables, just over the road from a working harbour, just sets the scene for that Continental European bistro-mood.
Being served Fresh-from-the-oven Soft Tortillas, made-from-scratch Hummus and Sugar Snap Peas with Chili Oil & Mint Salt as we sat down was really a nice touch. Completely drawing me into the experience with the first bite.
My meal started off with Flash Fried Zucchini and Kale Pesto. And boy, do they flash fry them. The venue is well designed and open to the kitchen so you can watch your meal being made. There was a few awesome flaming moments with this dish. I didn’t want to share with the table – these flavours together made for a beautiful dish!
Being honest – I wasn’t expecting the meal I got when I ordered the Curried Lentil Salad with Pickled Beetroot, Radish and Chermoula Croutons. This really got the table excited – and the general question was ‘Are you SURE this is vegetarian? It tastes AMAZING!’ One comment was even that it ‘tastes just like biltong’. The powerhouse of the spice-combo coming through with pickled juices of the beets was really something different and delicious.
On a previous visit, my boyfriend, Gustav had the Spanish Slider and I devoured the Butternut and Sage Ravioli. And of course, I had a bowl of the Potatas Bravas, my weakness in the small plate world!
Salt, Kalk Bay. is a great spot to unwind after work, on your way home. Pick it as your romantic, hot-date venue for the evening and sip red wine in the candle light, or enjoy a tapas style meal with friends, and cheers some Noon Gun Craft Beer all night long. I’d recommend ordering at least three dishes per person to fill you up. But be adventurous – there’s a lot to chose from!
DISCLAIMER: Although we were invited to dine at Salt, Kalk Bay., we are under no obligation to share a positive review about our experience and the above is totally in the opinion of The Social Needia.