Dup and Sarah du Plessis took the brave step and moved their Café Dijon in Stellenbosch high street to Green Point in Cape Town recently. Dup’s grandfather told him, “always have a business from which you can see Table Mountain!”.
I enjoyed more than a couple of excellent meals at Café Dijon Stellenbosch so I was very pleased when Dup and Sarah invited me to come and have a look at their new home. It is on Napier Street tucked in under The Rockwell and opposite Cape Town Legend Anatoli. The interior is modern, design by In House Design, responsible for Cape Town restaurants like Carne and Burrata. There is a wall installation reflecting the names of the French Huguenot families which settled in the Cape in the 17th Century. And some very innovative and clever woodwork around supporting pillars.
Sarah is a Silwood trained Chef and the time she and Dup spent in France is reflected on the menu. Dup regards himself as somewhat of a meat expert and this is reflected in the Grills section of the menu where the forequarter cuts of Rib Eye and the Dijon Cut shine.
Toulouse Sausages, made in their kitchen, served with Dijon Mustard, mini hamburgers made from Angus Beef and some tiny tomato and mozzarella tartlets with caramelized onion all made for excellent starters, though some of the people at my table had some rather delicious fresh looking salads.
My main course of the Dijon Cut Steak was served with a bowl of rustly chips and crisp batter fried onion rings.
The dessert choices are simple French, Glazed Tarte au Citron, Crème Brulee and a baked apple tart. Should you go the cheese route, there is Tete de Moine on the platter, not often seen in a South African restaurant.
Excellent wines, the Springfield Whole Berry Cabernet and Thelema Sauvignon Blanc accompanied the meal.
The company added to the fun!
15 Napier Street
Park in the basement of The Rockwell
Tel: 021 418 3910