SMAK – delicatessen and restaurant.

We started the Restaurant Week SA Spring Edition, with SMAK, a vibey deli/restaurant situated in, smack bang in the concrete jungle of Bree Street, Cape Town.

At Smak they believe “that great food doesn’t have to be complicated.” Even though every dish is made-to-order, you are not left waiting or wanting. The kitchen is led by head chef, Divan Snyman, owner Katia Scherf, is hands on and ensure that everything, from front of house to the kitchen is seamlessly orchestrated to achieve an amazing dining experience for all patrons.

They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner till 20:30pm, best to contact them to confirm and reserve a table. Diners can look forward to handmade pasta; their own branded coffee; pastries and cakes. If you do not have time or a sit-down meal, they also offer made-to-order sandwiches and take away options.

We choose to do the Restaurant Week Menu, see below for the full menu.






Homemade soup of the day

Tuna Sashimi Salad – Asian greens, pickled ginger, sesame seeds, wasabi soya dressing

Mushroom Risotto – Creamy wild mushroom risotto finished with parmesan

Assorted Bruschetta – Chef’s selection



Vegan Tacos – Hard shell tacos, chipotle chilli tofu, salsa and avocado

Moroccan Chicken Breast – Harissa spiced yoghurt chicken served with a vegetable quinoa salad

Green Pasta – Handmade tagliatelle, basil and pistachio nut pesto finished with parmesan

Line Fish – Herbed brown rice, pea purée, butter roasted carrots, mange tout and capers

Lamb Pasta – Handmade tagliatelle, slow roasted creamy lamb finished with parmesan

Homemade Lasagne – Served with a salad

Chef’s Steak – Sirloin, cumin spiced sweet potato wedges and creamy mushroom sauce




Cheesecake – Salted butter caramel glazed baked cheesecake

Ice cream – Homemade vanilla ice cream with a toffee fudge sauce

Brownie – Warm chocolate and nut brownie finished with crème Chantilly.


The portions were extremely generous, and the ingredients were super fresh. That Tuna Sashimi Salad will have us going back for more, every day. If you thinking the Bruschetta wasn’t a wise choice, think again, its was probably once one the best I have hand in terms of look and more especially taste.

The Mains again were huge, and I only managed to enjoy half, but the rest was a yummy lunch the next day 😉. The Line Fish was cooked well and the rice, carrots, pea, mange tout and capers were the best accompaniments to the fish

Desserts – now they specifically mentioned their ‘Salted Caramel Cheesecake’ and its certainly didn’t disappoint, it’s quite rich, but a guilty pleasure never hurt anyone, right? The Brownie and Chantilly Crème, yet another hit.

So, all in all, we loved it, we will be back!

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Name of Restaurant: Smak

Address: Shop 3, 22 Bree Street, Cape Town

Contact Number: +27 21 418 3266

Email Address:

Written for JAR Photography by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR Photography by Jason Dubbz Petersen

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“Great food doesn’t have to be complicated.”