Cape Town is a city where foodies rejoice. Freshly caught seafood, expertly made cocktails and the finest cuts of meat are served in beautiful surroundings, at a fraction of the price.
The Bungalow, in the exclusive Clifton suburb, flaunts its flirtatious vibe to those to enter. Cushioned seats in the lounge make for a cosy evening whilst the restaurant spills out onto the sun kissed decks, a panoramic ocean view sweeping before you.
We were seated at a table at the front of the terrace, a perfect ocean view in our sights. Just moments before, we had been welcomed to the restaurant, grateful to finally have arrived after our taxi driver had gotten lost and seemed bewildered at The Bungalow’s somewhat secretive location.
Sipping on my Johnnie Walker cocktail, I gazed across the table at the sun slowly sank through the clouds towards the ocean. The drinks menu is inviting, not just for its range of cocktails but also for the selection of wines and spirits on offer at a price that no one can resist. Of course, being in South Africa, the wine list is extensive however a written guide or descriptions would be valued.
The food menu offers a gorgeous choice of fresh starters followed by a range of salads, fish and meat dishes. The Bungalow is also known for its sushi selection, however I somehow put my sushi addiction at bay and ordered a starter and main, with a bottle of Prosecco to accompany (not just for me I assure you…).
Fried calamari with tartar sauce – fresh, delicious, a perfect starter.
Beef fillet (medium rare) with a side salad, garlic butter sauce and thin cut fries. Quite honestly one of the best steaks I have ever had, so perfectly cooked, it melted in my mouth… *dreaming*. The bubbling garlic sauce was a perfect accompaniment, a silky butter drizzle that brought out the flavour of the steak.
As the sun slowly sunk behind the ocean horizon before us, warm heaters switched on to compensate for the evening’s cool breeze. We had chosen an earlier reservation of just before 6pm to ensure that we saw the sunset. There were a few other diners at this time but overall it was quiet and peaceful. As the evening went on, the atmosphere changed dramatically. The terrace filled with families and couples whilst the lounge saw the arrivals of affluent groups and bronzed bodies.
As we finished our meal around 8.30/9pm, we relocated to the lounge, ordering a drink to enjoy in a cosy cushioned corner. The atmosphere was one of a relaxed trendy bar, groups laughing and chattering, cocktails in hand, as cool chilled beats played in the background.
The service overall was nothing to rave about. Our waiter had been very friendly and smiley, although others had been less attentive or polite. Yet this made no difference to our evening. The food was exceptional and the atmosphere one to rave about. I have read some negative reviews about The Bungalow but I truly think they were at a different place.
Let me know if you’ve been to The Bungalow and what you thought, or what restaurants you love in Cape Town.