Cape Dutch Restaurant has been on my list for quite some time. It was a no brainer when we were invited to their exclusive media night. National Braai Day is September 23 and they were testing a new menu specifically to celebrate that day.
I had no idea what to expect so I was blown away. The front of the building does not tell the tale of what you will embark on. Upon entering, I was immediately drawn into a lobby area unlike any I'd ever seen. The lighting was dim and lit with decorative tea light candles and wall fixtures.
I sipped on an exquisite cabernet/pinot noir wine that was sensational. I'm not a big wine drinker but this one was incredible. It had a subtle sweet and oak flavor to it. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name. This was the start to a perfect night.
Approximately fifteen or so local professionals were invited to this gala. Some were media personalities, chefs, journalists, tv producers and even a tough food critic. Many had been here before while others were experiencing the magic for the very first time.
Walking into the dining room was like opening up a whole new world. It was a completely different feel from the lobby. The big windows, bright walls and hight ceilings created an atmosphere that was familiar. I never would have imagined, just from seeing the front, that I would go through such a visual adventure.
The tables and seats were welcoming. I cannot remember last time, if ever, I've been impressed with an eatery before taking a bite. Our table had a front row seat in front of the braai.
What is a braai? It is a distinctive grill most native to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Malawi. The one at Cape Dutch is a massive size. It takes up most of the kitchen and has a clear glass window for your viewing pleasure.
A beautiful charcuterie board put a smile on every table as they arrived. I recognized many of the items. Caperberry, peppadew, tomato and ginger chutney, crostini, cranberry walnut cracker, pate, goat cheese, swiss and so much more.
Being vegetarian can pose a problem at most spots for me. I had no issue here. Although the braai burger looked incredible, my sights were set on the fish. Honestly, it was the best fish I have had in a while. It wasn't breaded and it wasn't fried but it was so flavorful. The fish was cooked to perfection and was accompanied by a jalapeño sauce that gave it some spice.
Anyone that knows me knows that I am a fries connoisseur. The pommes frites not only looked the part but tasted so good they didn't even need ketchup. I mean Wow! They were thick cut steak fries that didn't need a condiment.
Last but certainly not least, it was time for dessert. First out was a raisin bread with chocolate soup. The flavors were unique and I enjoyed it. However, the bread pudding sold me forever. This decadent treat was dazzled raspberry sauce, fresh fruits and homemade whipped cream. I wanted to lick the plate. Oh my goodness. It was wonderful! Some places overcook/undercook bread pudding. That was not the case tonight.
I give Cape Dutch the 'Ash Said it Stamp of Approval'. The decor, ambiance and food are worth the drive from anywhere in the metro area. And Yes, if you're in Georgia, its worth the drive. Visit www.CapeDutchRestaurant.com for any updates. Be sure to tell them that "Ash Said it" sent you!