Salsify a brand new restaurant, opening at the historic Roundhouse, overlooking Camps Bay, the former hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset.
“I love Salsify, it’s the most unassuming of vegetables, with it’s ugly and rather unfortunate looking exterior, but it is absolutely amazing to work with, full of taste surprises and so versatile”, says Head Chef and operating partner Ryan Cole of Salsify, a new addition to the Dale-Roberts empire, due to open its doors this October.
“I think it’s important to honour the legacy of The Round House and to do it justice with seriously good quality food and service”, says Ryan who says Salsify will be offering fine dining without the snobbery. “We want to really push boundaries of flavour and technique but we’re not trying to be a Test Kitchen, we will develop our own signature and style as we go”, he adds.
Salsify will open its doors on October 16th with an a la carte menu and in time, says Ryan, this might develop into a tasting menu based on the successes of the a la carte offerings. In reference to the restaurant’s name, a focus on ‘root to leaf’ dining is one of the elements of dishes that are being developed for the menu, there will also be a strong focus on fish (“my father was a career fisherman and my brother is one too, it’s in my DNA”, says Ryan) and a waste-not-want-not nose-to-tail approach will feature too. “Cape Town has such amazing produce and we’ll definitely be making the most of what our suppliers can source – I’m especially excited about the micro seasons we experience in the Cape and the produce that’s only available for a few weeks at a time, I can’t wait to start sharing our discoveries with our guests”, he says.
Like its namesake vegetable, the new fine dining eatery at the historic Round House in Camps Bay is a space that promises to be full of surprises. Salsify will occupy the upper level of this historically significant building – and will be dressed by Luke’s wife and design partner Sandalene in a way that both honours and challenges its historic past.
“Because it’s a significant historical building, we couldn’t and didn’t want to change its bones, we chose to amplify its history with really modern touches juxtaposed with nods to the past and plenty of surprises too”, says Sandalene. ”The Roundhouse has always been something of an anomaly, it’s shape is unusual, it’s had a pretty chequered past and there’s a romance to it that fuels people’s fascination with it, a restaurant that pushes boundaries just makes sense for it”, says Luke. The restaurant’s main dining areas are situated in the inner and outer rings of The Roundhouse. There are huge, faded vintage Persian rugs set on the original faded oak floors, beautiful antique pieces are upholstered in jewel-coloured velvets and bring an undeniable sense of luxe to the space, while modern upholstered chairs in a mix of patterned velvets and fabrics emphasise the marriage of old world and new “we’re beyond playing things safe, we want people to be interested in wanting to know more about everything they see and taste”, says Sandalene.
It’s clear that Ryan, together with his polished team including General Manager Markus Fiedler (ex The Test Kitchen) and Sommelier Nash Kanyangarara who comes to Salsify care of the world renowned Constance Moofushi in the Maldives as well as the brand’s property in the Seychelles, looks set to take fine dining in Cape Town to exciting new heights and Cape Town’s stalwart foodies will no doubt agree. “We’re ready for something new and we think the city is ready too”, says Luke.
Salsify will be open from Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Please note that reservations at Salsify are online only via Salsify’s website: www.salsify.co.za.
Bookings are open one month in advance from 08h30am (South African time).
Reservations are not taken by email.
Salsify will assist telephonically + 27 (021) 010 6444
Information from Manley Communications