There is a new little hot-spot in the cosy suburb of Kenilworth in Cape Town, on the corner of an old building that’s recently been paid some attention…many of you Capetonians will fondly remember Banana Jam Jamaican Restaurant for its daily happy hours. Those were the good old days, but Banana Jam moved on (or across the road anyway) and a host of half-hearted affairs tried to fill its shoes…unsuccessfully…until a few months ago, when someone recognised the locational potential and gave it a face-lift, allowing for a conveniently situated host of new restaurants including a little corner establishment run by young husband and wife team – Graze!
Seeing as it happens to be situated at the bottom of 2nd Avenue (Harfield Village), which is literally at the top of our road – it is perfectly positioned in walking distance as a mid-week dining spot…and hence, has quickly become our firm family favourite! With its living garden wall of home-grown herbs, minimal décor, funky, bold accents, friendly staff, open kitchen and small but fantastic menu and wine list – Graze deserves its craze….as it seems the locals have cottoned on. It is now preferable to book, especially in the evenings as they only cater to one sitting with the kitchen closing around nine. (The owners have young kids)
Graze is a little home-away-from home, and a great place for family dining with their clever kiddies menu (you can see it has been put together by a mommy). Our kids have never eaten so well in a restaurant and have come to crave their home-made chunky fish-fingers and meatballs. Additional portions of fresh fruit and veg, cut and prepared just as a mom would do in her own kitchen, means that your kiddies will leave with happy, full tummies! Happy kiddies equals happy parents, and Graze welcomes yours!
And as for us big kids, we have never had a meal less than delish. Whilst the menu is small, and acclaimed more on the breakfast front – we have found the burgers to be sublime, especially their fabulous Banting Burger. Meat and eggs are sourced locally from Farmer Angus himself and each item on the menu is innovatively conceptualised and expertly prepared with an approach to good nutritional value. Trust me – you can taste the difference and every item we have tried has been quality, with resounding flavours of overall goodness.
Even the wine list is personally tasted and selected, and again whilst small – it is clear that the owners have a knack for food, wine and overall attention to detail in the combinations of ingredients presented; and there’s more – the menu really does accommodate all tastes and dietary requirements.
Lastly, the warmth and friendliness of the staff deserves a special mention and once you have returned more than once, you will be greeted (all of you) by name and ensured a warm, hearty, dining experience that is all about family and greatly good food.
“We believe in cooking and producing real food, bold and full of flavour, simple but done well, with a nutritional value that complements.” Graze
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.