Boo Radleys Bistro and Bar, Restaurant Cape Town
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Taking its cue from New York’s bistro-bar culture; newly opened Boo Radley’s offers a shot of nostalgia and a spoonful of style to Cape Town’s City restaurant offering.
The 50-seater assembly of leather banquets, café chairs and glossy wood tables are offset by a black and white checked floor and ceiling to street level windows. Palm fronds, leather-bound encyclopedia sets, heady black and white prints and a bluesy soundtrack set the scene for intimate dinners or jovial group gatherings.
An unfussy menu inspired by the famed grill rooms of cultural centres such as Paris, New York and Chicago, offers prime meat cuts, half free range chicken, seafood and pasta dishes. Staples include the mussels (served steamed in white wine, marscapone cheese, garlic and herbs), prawn cocktail (a pre-nouvelle cuisine classic served with avocado all year round), mac+cheese pot (a more-ish must), lamb cutlets (served with mushy peas) and crème brulee ( a perpetual crowd-pleaser).
A lunchtime sandwich menu makes for a swift but satiating office escape and the old fashioned lemonade will wash that down nicely.
Boo Radley’s is owned by friends and business partners Jay Haupt and Alex George who are the duo behind Long Street’s Julep Bar. This is their “grown-up entertainment spot”, with junior partners Matt Finch (ex Ginja and Yum, Johannesburg as chef) and Conrad Joubert (ex-Julep as GM) bringing further enthusiasm and experience to the party. Naturally cocktails are a speciality but they are classics not contemporaries – although their famed Mojitos are very much on the menu.
Boo Radley’s forms part of a new stable of art, culture, food and entertainment venues on the city block that is bordered by Castle, Long and Hout. Central to this development is The Grand Daddy Hotel and The New Space Theatre. Boo Radley’s is an extension of this creative experience with their own regular live music and a part-time staff of actors, comedians, performers and students. Boo’s theatre meals are precisely timed to ensure you make your show but return for coffee and desserts or a slow bottle of wine. Alternately, come post-theatre and enjoy a leisurely supper.
Boo Radleys is open:
Mondays – Fridays from 11h00 – 02h00
Saturdays from 17h00 – 02h00
Kitchen closes @ 11h00