Restaurants in Cape Town come and go. It’s a hard industry. They spring up for a season and next thing you know the latest hip burger joint is in its place, trying to make it big. But there are a few restaurants that have been around for ages – and those are the ones that really need a round of applause and congratulations for standing the test of time and weathering the storm of Cape Town seasonality. One of these restaurants is Arnolds on Kloof.
Arnolds is well-known to most of Cape Town as the spot to be for breakfast. With their Chef’s Breakfast that will feed you everything delectable under the sun without breaking the bank, they are literally a place worth writing home about. But they’re so much more than that. Turns out, Arnolds is quite the spot to visit for other meals of the day as well … and to make sure we all learn about their other exciting offerings, we headed over there for a #LoveFoodCT event last week with a bunch of Cape Town’s most influential foodies.
An Evening Of Sundowners And Canapés
Any good event will start off with a few welcome drinks, and Arnolds took this time to introduce us to some of their latest offerings. We started off with some Malfy Gin & Tonics, which are totally worth the hype, and then moved on to sample wine from Meridian, Masons Cocktail Spritzers, beer from the Woodstock Brewery, and the yummy Fiery Dragon Ginger Beer. These all need no introduction. Malfy Gin is always a winner. Wine is a classic. Masons, made with locally sourced Sauvignon Blanc, real fruit juice, natural flavour extracts, and mineral water, has changed their formulation to be less sweet and more yummy spritzer. And Fiery Dragon is as fiery as ever. And it’s ginger, so I love it.
With this, we got to try some of the Arnolds starters as canapé options. Here we had the Jalapeno Poppers, the Vegetarian Spring Rolls, and the Camembert Wedges. The spring rolls were crisp and delicious, the jalapeno poppers volcanic in their hotness (so I was told; I shy away from spicy goodies), and the camembert wedges literally my favourite new thing. These are smaller versions of your conventional fried/baked camembert, but they come in bite-size portions and are absolutely divine! The perfect snack for some post-work drinks or pre-dinner starters.
After mingling, drinking, snacking, and enjoying a beautiful Cape Town summer’s evening outside, we all moved inside for the actual dinner experience. Arnolds has an intimate interior space that’s great for cosy dinners, but the outside area is also perfect for those crystal clear summer nights.
The Chilli Debate And Moving On To Mains
The Arnolds menu is quite large, but we were offered a selection of starters, mains, and desserts to choose from. The starter options included Chilled Gazpacho Soup, Chicken Tom Kha Soup, Ostrich Carpaccio, Tuna Nicoise Salad, and the Arnolds Salad. I went for the Chicken Tom Kha Soup, while my sister went for the Ostrich Carpaccio. I was quite envious of those that had ordered the Arnolds Salad – this looked divine! But my Tom Kha soup was also beautiful, so I was happy. About half of us who had this lamented that there wasn’t enough spice, while the rest (myself included) thought it was the perfect amount of spice – so I think this really depends on your taste buds!
For mains the choices included the Arnolds Burger, Wagyu Burger, Calamari Tentacles, Grilled Tuna, Fillet on Mushroom, and the Lamb Shank. I was torn between the Fillet on Mushroom and the Lamb Shank, but ended up going for the Lamb Shank while Sabine chose the Fillet. Both were absolutely divine. Massive portions – great for midnight snacking – and full of flavour.
For dessert we stuck to coffee or tea, Irish Coffees, and the famous Arnolds Banana Split Sundae. Sabine had the Irish Coffee, but I went wild with the Banana Split Sundae. Wow, what a treat. This was delicious. Not great for a diet but worth every calorie!
Arnolds, I so love your new style, mixed so well with your classic greatness, and will definitely be back. First up for those camembert wedges!!!! You’ll find Arnolds at 60 Kloof Street. They’re open Monday – Friday from 06:45 – 22:00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 08:00 – 22:00. For more information, visit their official website here or check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Article Date: November 2017
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