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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

This collaboration of La Mouettes chefs Henry Vigar and Andre Hill in bustling Green Point draws inspiration from Andres childhood in colourful Bo-Kaap in a street named Upper Bloem. Shades of salt, saffron, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper in geometric tiles and upholstery form a backdrop for a journey of small plates. “The colour palette reminds me of Bo-Kaap and the barber shop I was taken to as a small boy,” says Andre. Andres growing up with spices is evident on each plate, without any overpowering of prime ingredients. Delicate dishes like cured kabeljou with a sago crisp, pickled radish, curry and raisin and Saldanha Bay mussels with spekboom, parsley oil and sea essence make way for bolder plates. Vegetable dishes, like Cape Malay-style onions with pickled aubergine and caramelized onions, and Tandoori carrots with whipped goats milk yoghurt and candied black rice, are stand-outs. Moving into ‘main plates, expect something typical of Cape cuisine like lamb neck biryani and beef short rib with Jerusalem artichoke, sweetbreads, tongue and apple. The thread of happy memories ends in the dessert selection which includes yummy milk tart doughnuts. Happy and attentive waiters ensure an enjoyable experience. The set menu of three courses can be paired with wine, priced to suit local pockets. Lunch is six plates instead of nine, with the bread course being optional. You may not want to miss that though… “I have attached technique to what I know, coming full circle from where I grew up. I pushed it aside for many years. I want diners to have a feel for Cape Town, to leave in love, talk about it and appreciate it.” Chef Andre Hill

Reviews (66)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.9
Value 4.7
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.3
  • Valentina B. Fri 17 Jan 20
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Nicole R. Sat 11 Jan 20
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Christopher C. Wed 01 Jan 20
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Very happy to eat the Cape Malay modern interpretations! Superb.

  • Erik U. Tue 31 Dec 19
    4.3
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • Neha S. Mon 30 Dec 19
    4.3
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Absolutely spectacular food - simply not to be missed in cape town. The ambience is not fussy but the food is Michelin star quality. Only gripe was that the service was a bit slow at times due to rush hour. But this is hands down the best meal I’ve had in my life.

  • Hagen G. Sun 29 Dec 19
    3
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Long waiting time for payment. We had to ask 3 times in order to get the check.

  • Jamie M. Sun 22 Dec 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Fantastic meal, Hazel was very welcoming and the food Andre produced was excellent, star dish was the Asparagus! Too many (all) the dishes were fabulous to explain each one.

  • Heinrich G. Sun 22 Dec 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Delicious, brilliantly innovative food. This restaurant is defining Cape cooking. Very good winelist, excellent service and excellent value for money.

  • Elena S. Fri 29 Nov 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Sulize D. Thu 21 Nov 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Beautifully presented and so delicious! Will definitely be back!

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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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