Protégé Restaurant – January 2019

Chef Scot Kirton does it yet again, this time he has teamed up with Stephen Raaff and Protégé Restaurant was born.

Loved the casual feel and we absolutely loved the open feel of the restaurant. Having dined at LA COLOMBE ,  LA PETITE COLOMBE and  FOXCROFT and could not wait to see what PROTéGé had to offer.

The hostess, waiters were all very attentive and the food was good.

They offer two options of menu, The Chef’s Menu and the Small Plates Menu.

THE CHEFS MENU

A selection of seven of the chef’s favourite dishes to share, available for the entire table only –
R495 p.p.

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SMALL PLATES MENU

They do recommend ordering 3-4 savoury dishes and a dessert per person.

TO START

SOURDOUGH – Goats butter, olives & biltong – R35 p.p.

SALDANAH BAY OYSTERS – Asian Style – R28 each

THE MAIN MENU

EDAMAME BEANS – Sriracha, sesame – R70

MUSSELS – Chilli, lemongrass, ginger – R98

KOREAN FRIED CHICKEN – Coriander, buttermilk – R88

TATAKI & TARTARE – Avocado, chipotle, pork crackling – R135

SPICED SQUID – Chorizo, guacamole, cucumber, lime – R125

CURED TROUT – Hazelnut, verbena, horseradish, endive – R115

EAST COAST CRAYFISH – Cape Malay style – R350

ROTI – Braised lamb, herbs, pickles – R115

ONION TART – Goat’s cheese, caper, olive – R98

RISOTTO – Pea, mascarpone, quail eggs – R95

KERALA STYLE FRIED LINE FISH – Labneh, cucumber, pickles – R145

ASIAN BARBEQUE PORK BELLY & PRAWNS – Sugar snaps, kimchi, ginger,
corn, soy – R165

POTATO GNOCCHI – Gorgonzola, seasonal vegetables – R95

BEEF FILLET – Bone marrow, black pepper, carrot – R250

DESSERTS

VANILLA PANNA COTTA – Macadamia, strawberry – R98

TERRINE – Chocolate & Peanut Butter – R98

LOCAL CHEESE’S – Preserves – R130

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES – Protégé selection – R75

We really loved most of the dishes, the only one which really wasn’t a hit was the Korean Fried Chicken perhaps instead of the drumsticks, strips would be better.

Hands down best dish was the Edamame Beans, loved that!!!

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Name : Protégé Restaurant

Address : Le Quartier Français, Franschhoek

Telephone : (021) 224 – 0801 

E-mail us : reservations@protegerestaurant.co.za

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

The Athletic Club and Social – January 2019

What pleasure this was…certainly a good place to visit after work on a lazy Thursday evening. We arrived a little early and was shown to the upstairs bar area to enjoy a refreshing drink before we commence with dinner.

For an establishment which only opened its doors at the end of November, they certainly were busy. An eclectic mix of Greek, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern Cuisine, there is something for everyone, and I personally loved the large selection of vegetarian options.

The idea is to order a few options from the too share menu and then select your protein, but we just did our own thing and they didn’t frown upon it.

From a menu we choose the following dishes.

TO SHARE

TAHINI CAULIFLOWER (V) – Baharat spice, herby lemon dressing, hummus, almonds slithers – R 95

FIRE ROASTED BABY GEM LETTUCE – parmesan, white anchovy, capers, lemon vinaigrette – R 85

BREAD BASKET & OLIVES – R 25

COAL FIRED ROTISSERIE 

100 grams per portion

ROASTED LAMB SHOULDER WITH PITA – tzatziki, tomato, cured onion – R105 100g / R175 200g

CHICKEN THIGHS WITH PITA – carrot hummus, tomato, cured onion – R95 100g / R165 200g

MEAT & FISH

CRISPY MEDITERRANEAN SARDINES & AIOLI – R 90

Its very hard to decide on a clear favourite, everything was amazing, even the Sardines which is not my favourite but one of Jason’s and according to him one of the best…

We were not surprised to find out who the chef was part of the Springbok Team, they have some serious skills with the open flames. The portions are large, very good value for money. Presentation of each dish was impeccable.

The bar has a very large selection of whiskey and of course no whiskey bar would be complete without a cigar selection and they have that box ticked too. I must add they have some yummy cocktails and I already have a favourite “The Diamond Ring”, because after all, “diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

Waitstaff, Managers and Hostess were all very attentive and you felt looked after even though the restaurant was filled.

We already planning our next visit, hope you will too…Let us know what your thoughts are.

See full album HERE

Name: The Athletic Club and Social

Address: 35 Buitengracht Street, Cape Town

Phone: 021-012-5331

Email: info@theathletic.co.za

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen