The Imibala Trust is doing wonderful work in the Helderberg. Imibala, Xhosa for colours, is a social movement of commitment towards enriching, bringing colour, into the lives of school going children in many significant ways. CLICK HERE to read more.
The recently opened Imibala Restaurant and Deli, with the talented Nicole Dupper as chef, serving fine Bistro Food in her inimitable style – aromatic, colourful and bursting with flavour – is at the centre of the Imibala ‘Village’ in Bright Street Somerset West. The restaurant also boasts a complete deli offering all manner of fine foods, wines, and fresh products.
Before lunch do browse through the Imibala Art Gallery that holds frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary established South African artists, amongst them some of the most sought after in their genre.
Nicole has been successfully treating palates with fine food for some 20 years from Bushman’s Kloof, Bartholomeusklip, and Bluegum and latterly at Casa Labia.
She has set a stunning menu for this opening period, filled with her real Bistro style comfort food.
There is an all day menu that is filled with Muffins, Bacon & date and Spinach & feta, croissants, an artisanal bread board, cakes, charcuterie and vegetable antipasti platter and here soon to become legendary Ultimate Rump Steak Sandwich.
Breakfast which is served from 08h00 – 11h00, offers luvverly grub like Eggs Benedict on Toasted Sourdough Bread, puffed Huevos Rancheros and a Blueberry Crumpet Stack – she’s a temptress is Nicole.
The main lunch menu is served from 12h00 until 16h00 and contains too too many of Nicole’s wondrous dishes. My favourites amongst the ‘starters’, I have had it twice is the Caramelised Onion, spinach and blue cheese tart which she serves with a tomato chili chutney. There is an enchanting little lamb shank pie, with the bone sticking up out of the pastry, her slow roasted lamb shanks is the stuff of which legends are made. The beer battered hake with homemade chunky chips and kitchen salad is a reminder of the excellent pub food in many an English village.
The desserts are a truly happy ending to the meal.
The wine list, compiled by Ian Downie, the wine loving – and wine knowledgeable – Chairman of the Imibala Trust is as eclectic as it is reasonably priced. It has an excellent section of Cape Wines, and wines by the glass, and a comprehensive selection of imported wines, beers and craft beers.
Service is quietly efficient and is carried out by utterly charming and knowledgeable ladies.
And afterwards you can fill you basket with goodies from the Deli. From the freshest of vegetable, to Terra Madre bottled goods. Do take home a bottle of the Terra Madre Cider, made with a second bottle fermentation like Champagne.
The Imibala Restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday and on Saturdays until 13h00. Open for dinner on Friday evenings.
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Imibala Restaurant and Deli
18 Bright Street
021 851 2364 or 850 0999