Luke Dale-Roberts of The Test Kitchen fame has partnered in a joint venture with his wife, Sandalene Dale-Roberts, his top chef Wesley Randles and manager Simon Widdison to open The Shortmarket Club in a heritage building just off Bree Street. The excitement around the food and the venue was palpable, and The Shortmarket Club already created a buzz in the Mother City ahead of its opening in June.

Dale-Roberts is justifiably proud of this new venture: ‘I’m extremely excited about what this will bring to the City Bowl,’ he says. His involvement is more of a supporting role, as his focus remains on The Test Kitchen and The Pot Luck Club in Woodstock. ‘The restaurant is unique in its design and is a place to relax and really lap up the feeling of luxury that surrounds you – and the delicious food of course!’ That delicious food comes courtesy of head chef Wesley Randles, who has worked closely with Dale-Roberts since the opening of The Test Kitchen.

The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and many of the dishes are modern interpretations of classics. New breakfast trends include: shiitake brioche toast soldiers with boiled eggs and quinoa granola made in-house.

For the full article see Habitat #255 September / October 2016

The Shortmarket Club: 88 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town; open for breakfast, lunch & dinner daily (closed Sundays).

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