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Upper Bloem

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Fine Dining Tapas
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Attributes

  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Gourmet Guide Plated
  • Gourmet Guide Rated 2019

UPPER BLOEM Restaurant refers to the uniqueness of Cape Town and draws inspiration from the port citys mix of cultures. We offer tapas-style and seasonally inspired dishes. Located on Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town

Gourmet Guide Description

'small, seasonal, sensational plates of the Cape' This creative collaboration of La Mouette's chef patron Henry Vigar and former sous chef Andre Hill draws inspiration from Andre's childhood in colourful Bo-Kaap in Upper Bloem Street. The open kitchen allows diners to see tapas-style plates being prepared. Their position on the Main Road of Green Point allows the team to be energized by sunshine during the day, and by the bustle of the busy street at night. Here the quality of fine dining prevails, in a relaxed environment. Shades of salt, saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper in geometric tiles and upholstery form a modern backdrop for a nostalgic journey of small plates. Andre's childhood exposure to spices is ever-evident, without being overpowering. Delicate dishes like cured kabeljou with a sago crisp, pickled radish, curry and raisin and the Saldanha Bay mussels with spekboom, parsley oil and sea essence make way for bolder plates. The ostrich 'bunny chow' dumpling with shallot crumb and buffalo fromage blanc is sure to delight. Vegetable dishes like the Cape Malay-style onions with pickled aubergine and caramelized onions and the tandoori carrots with whipped goat's milk yoghurt and candied black rice, are stand-outs. Moving into the 'main' plates, expect something typical of seasonal Cape cuisine like the lamb neck biryani and beef short rib with Jerusalem artichoke, sweetbreads, tongue and apple. The thread of happy memories can close with the dessert board that features milk tart doughnuts like grandma used to make. Smiling, attentive service and local wine pairings add to the enjoyment. The set menu of three courses of three plates in each, has been palatably priced to suit local pockets. The express lunch is six plates instead of nine, with the bread course being optional. There is a vegetarian menu and a Sunday bubbly brunch option. Regulars are devoted, returning 'home' regularly for a new take on old flavours. "The colour palette reminds me of Bo-Kaap and the barber shop I was taken to for haircuts when a small boy." Chef Andre Hill

Reviews (119)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.9
Value 4.7
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.3
  • Lynn S. Dined: 2 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 30 Sep 20
    The food & service were outstanding! Thanks

  • John G. Dined: 4 days ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 27 Sep 20
    Thank you for a most enjoyable evening.

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  • Craig H. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 27 Sep 20
    Incredible experience

  • Destiny L. Dined: 5 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 26 Sep 20
    The food is absolutely amazing and the staff so friendly and vibey. Loved the experience!

  • Caroline B. Dined: 6 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 25 Sep 20
    Another amazing meal and ig was the first night of the new menu. Fabulous as ever. Perfect Heritage day dinner

  • Fiona M. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Dianne N. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Garth A. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • Vic d. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 20 Sep 20
    Perhaps off an alternative menu with one less course. Not everyone has the time and stomach capacity for a five course menu.

  • Wim V. Dined: 1 week ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 18h00 - 20h30
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 02h00 - 20h30
  • Thursday 12h00 - 02h00 - 20h30
  • Friday 12h00 - 02h00 - 20h30
  • Saturday 12h00 - 02h00 - 20h30
  • Sunday CLOSED
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