Societi Bistro has long been one of my favourite restaurants in central Cape Town. With its well-priced menu, excellent wine list and genuinely warm service, it ticks all the right boxes for a neighbourhood bistro, and then some.
Since head chef Robert Giljam took the reins in late 2017, the menu has taken on a new energy. A graduate of Capsicum Culinary Studio, Robert has injected subtle Asian influences into the menu, balancing much-loved classics with lighter, more contemporary dishes.
So fear not, the lamb shank and classic sirloin are still there, but you will also find meltingly tender organic venison in teriyaki sauce with Asian greens. And instead of the daily local line fish, perhaps dabble in the richer monkfish with togarashi (red chilli spice blend) and bok choi. They are all good and regulars will surely welcome the infusion of exotic new flavours. Look out for the autumn and winter special menus that will see Robert flex his culinary muscles to include dishes from ethnic cuisines across the globe.
From March to September, each week will see a new cuisine explored in a handful of dishes. Think skirt steak and chimichurri from South America or ossobuso alla Milanese from Northern Italy. Be sure to stop in for the Middle Eastern dishes (mid-August): the platter of taramasalata, hummus and haloumi is as delicious as the hearty Ottoman lamb on toasted couscous. Visit Societi Bristo at 50 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town.
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Writtern by: Richard Holmes.
Article Source: Food and Home Entertaining Magazine