I have been to Café del Sol twice this month alone. I am obsessive that way – find something new and I have too much of it, to prove whether or not I truly like it. I do like the art deco interiors, all mirrored walls, and bars that take you back to a different era.
I especially liked the food. Every dish has been given interesting names like ‘The Harlem Shuffle’, ‘Swanky Sage’ etc. I tried the ‘Ain’t we got fun’ for starters – a fresh caprice salad drizzled in sweet basil cream, topped with basil shoots, crisp baby capers, and crisp parma ham. Their oxtail risotto or ‘The Girlfriend’ is hearty and moreish. Fit for a chilly winter’s day, or a carb-laden spring day. I enjoyed the ‘Piggly-Wiggly’ – cider-braised pork belly served on sweet potato mash with a fresh apple and fennel slaw, roasted apple purée and a honey-mustard cream sauce – to the extent of recommending it to my partner, who said he found in ‘bland’. Okay, jury still out on that one. Their gorgonzola beef fillet looked like a hot mess of melting cheese but was actually very tender and tasty – the gorgonzola adding that robust flavour to what would have otherwise been just a plain fillet.
From their dessert menu do try their Turkish delight creme brûlée, it’s a rose-flavoured custard, crystallized rose petals and bit of Turkish delight. A definite different take on the old. We loved the cronut – oozing with custard, which was on their cake of the day menu.
On a perfect day, book a table on the terrace – but inside is equally as lovely and glamourous. This was the TRE, one of three restaurants in the Café del Sol group of restaurants. I have yet to try the Classico in Olivedale and the Botanico in Bryanston.
Café del Sol, Parkhurst Square, Cnr 4th Avenue & 13th Street, Parkhurst.