I happened upon Upper Bloem Restaurant in my search for good restaurants around my neighbourhood. Its more formal sister restaurant La Mouette also popped up on my search. I was more curious about their cape-inspired cuisine and take on South African dishes. It is described as a quintessentially Cape Town restaurant.
It is just off Main Road, on a fairly nondescript strip of Green Point, but their food is anything but prosaic. Their breadboard on that day (their menu is seasonally inspired and changes regularly) was roti served with seaweed butter and smoked snoek pâté with a teriyaki glaze and samosa crisp. They even accommodated my gluten-intolerant lunch date by serving her potato bread in lieu of the samosa.
Their salt and pepper hake sandwich was a mini slider with African potato and pickled cucumber. My favourite was the boerenkaas croquettes which were accompanied by a curried aioli and shaved radish. It all comes in these bite-sized servings that taste so delicious that you are tempted to ask for second helpings. Their ostrich carpaccio came with roasted ostrich mayonnaise and pickled mushrooms, and their courgette ‘salomie’ forced you to get down and dirty with your hands as you wrap the beetroot and mint yoghurt in the salami for a fresh taste sensation. By the time we made it to the duck ‘Oumas onder die kombers’ – smoked duck ham, grilled baby gem and salad, accompanied by the triple-cooked potato with Muizenberg sour figs, curry sauce, burnt chard, and bhaji powder, we barely had space for dessert.
I still tried their poached apple with vanilla cream, koe-sister crumb, mint oil, and miso caramel.
Upper Bloem was a delightful surprise and an experience worthy of being repeated, although for dinner this time. It is fine dining in a very casual laid-back space.
The restaurant is not that big, and it has an open kitchen that allows you to see the goings, truly enthusiastic and knowledgeable servers and truly amazing food.
Upper Bloem Restaurant, Shop 1 Winston Place, 65 Main Road, Green Point